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‘TERRORISED AND TORMENTED’ – BLUE HILLS RESIDENTS SPEAK OUT ABOUT RISING LEVELS OF CRIME PAGE  4

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Several crimes have taken place along Blue Hills Road in the past six months

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Police block a road in Blue Hills to search passing cars for drugs and guns

‘Terrorised and tormented’ Blue Hills residents speak out about rising levels of crime

Concerned Blue Hills and Wheeland residents spoke to reporter Olivia Rose this week about how robberies and violent crimes are affecting their communities. OVER the past six months, countless homes and businesses throughout Blue Hills, Providenciales, have been targeted by armed robbers. Last October, father-of-two Jefferson Seide was brutally murdered during a robbery at his residence on Church Avenue. The same month, Pastor Andrew Stone of the Blue Hills Church of

God of Prophecy and his wife Glenda were robbed and and the pastor was shot at their home on Millennium Highway. Several businesses including minimarts, laundromats and tyre shops are also among those that have been targeted during the crime wave. Blue Hills resident Kevin Lightbourne, who lives with his

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wife and two-year-old daughter, told the Weekly News that more patrol officers would deter burglars in the area. “We need more patrols, just to keep an eye on things more carefully,” he said. “I’ve seen the police here occasionally, maybe that’s part of it, but maybe just stepping up the police coverage a little bit would help.” Lightbourne said that a few days before Christmas, two armed men attempted to break into his neighbour’s apartment. The occupants fortunately managed to scare off the men. The young father said he now fears for his family’s safety as bandits continue to disturb the once peaceful neighbourhood. “It’s really sad and scary because I was born and raised right here in Blue Hills. We never experienced anything like this when I was growing up. “I have to check my doors and windows many times before I retire to bed. Sometimes I can’t even sleep - every little sound I jump out of bed quick, quick.” Lightbourne said crime in the community is getting out of control. “I think the only thing left to do is sell my house and move my family out of here. “Every other day is somebody getting robbed or their home broken into. It’s too much man, they are terrorising and tormenting us in Blue Hills.” Wheeland resident Sandra Gardiner told the Weekly News

Pastor Andrew Stone and his wife Glenda (top) were robbed and young father Jefferson Seide (below) was murdered in Blue Hills in October 2019

she felt much safer last year after a series of home invasions prompted a stronger police presence in the neighbourhood. “It made me feel good when it was there because people aren’t going to be breaking into cars and they’re going to think twice about breaking into a house when they see police on the street.” Gardiner said the lack of proper street lighting is making it easier for robbers to attack unsuspecting people. “This side of Wheeland is usually dark and desolate at night. No proper street lamps on these roads. “Men hide out in the bushes and wait to pounce on people. I’ve seen this with my own eyes.

“This area is still sparsely populated and we look out for each other around here, but there’s only so much we can do. “We need the help of the police to stop these criminals. We can’t sleep at night with these nuisances around.” Another resident who lives near the Conch Shack on Blue Hills Road said a few nights ago he spotted three armed men trying to break into a parked car shortly after 9pm. The man, who asked not to be named for fear of retribution, said: “Listen, let me tell you, these boys out of order around here. “The other night me and my son CONTINUED 


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Conch: Loved to death Overfishing blamed as plummeting ocean stocks force national dish off the menu BY GEMMA HANDY THE TCI could be at risk of losing one of its most cherished national symbols, environmentalists warn, as conch numbers dip so low it is being forced off restaurant menus. Owners of some of Providenciales’ most popular eateries said they had been unable to procure the meaty mollusc for several days this week. They described an “auction-like” atmosphere between restaurants desperate to feed conch-hungry diners and beleaguered fishermen battling to catch dwindling supplies. And as supply nosedives and demand soars with peak tourism season, it is translating to skyrocketing prices in restaurants and supermarkets alike. Michael Stolow, owner of Bugaloo’s in Five Cays, told the Weekly News he had been forced to increase his cracked and grilled conch dishes from $17 to $25. With fishermen having to hunt further and for longer to find conch, their rates had almost doubled from $3 to $5 per creature, Stolow explained. “The situation has been getting worse every year but it’s never been this drastic. When we reopened for the new season in November, for the first time the fishermen were saying there was no conch,” he said. Catchers’ unprecedented demands

for $4 per conch were soon increased to $4.50 and then $5. “I said no to one guy because the price was so high, and someone else bought it instead, so the next time I just paid it,” Stolow continued.

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Fresh conch is a bucket list feature for many tourists (Photo by Bugaloo’s)

Conch is a prime menu fixture at Bugaloo’s in Five Cays (Photo by Bugaloo’s)

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were sitting right here on the porch talking and we saw three of them with big guns trying to break into a car parked near the pier. “My son was about to shout at them and I just covered his mouth and told him to stay quiet, because they’re not afraid to shoot people. “I did call the police to make a report because I think we need to be more vigilant in this community and keep the police informed of what is happening.”

He said he believed it was a set of young men aged 16 to 20 committing most of the crimes. “They don’t want to go and work hard for nothing. They prefer to steal, kill and go to jail before they look for an honest living,” the man said. After a spate of robberies in the community last year, police beefed up patrols and roadblocks to curb crime. However, according to interviewed residents, the police

presence gradually faded and criminal activity has once again increased. On December 17, the Government read the Parole of Offenders Amendment Bill in the House of Assembly which sets life sentences at a minimum term of 30 years. On December 19, Premier Sharlene Cartwright Robinson described the recent crime wave as an “act of terrorism”. “My Government’s tough stance

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on crime: gun crimes evidenced by our increase in the minimum sentence from five years to seven years puts [us] among the countries in the region with zero tolerance for this behaviour. The premier described the crime wave as “a deliberate attack on my country’s peace and way of life.” She impressed upon the public the importance of speaking up. “I encourage residents to assist the police as the police manage its

resources to bring this era to an end, by first being even more vigilant in your movements but in sharing information that may help. “We cannot stress enough, the fact that Crime Stoppers is safe and you need not worry about your identity being revealed if you provide a tip through this network. “My Government has determined that while resourcing the police is good, as leaders of Government business, we must bring changes too through laws.”

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A Weekly News column that puts you on the spot for your opinions on the issues of the day

TC ISLANDER STATUS ORDINANCE PNP leader C Washington Misick has called on the PDM Government to repeal the Turks and Caicos Islander Status Ordinance and all other supporting legislation. His call came during the last sitting of the House of Assembly in which an amendment to the principal ordinance was debated. The PNP leader, who is also the leader of the Opposition, presented arguments to the effect that should the bill be passed legislators run the risk of making Islanders “extinct”. “Let us repeal the existing ordinances....to come up with a new legislation...that will better protect the longterm interest of heritage Turks and Caicos Islanders.” What are your thoughts?

Do not discriminate

The TCI has to face demographic and economic realities. May I hop to the US to deliver the answer as practically as I can. It was the native Americans who were the original inhabitants of what is today called America. The Europeans stole the land; brought involuntary migrant labour in the personage of enslaved Africans; continued with voluntary migrants and ended up with a diverse population with the white Europeans being the demographic majority. In a short while because of lower reproductive rates and expansion of black and brown people in the US the whites shall end up being a minority. Most, if not all the reasons behind the demographics, relate to economic considerations. The economics of seizing land; the economics of the slave plantation; the economics of cheap immigrant labour. Over time people do acquire rights of citizenship. Mr Misick needs therefore to look at the demographic reality of who does the majority hotel work? Who does the menial labour that no born and bred TC Islanders will perform? Who assist in educating as teachers? Who assists as doctors and other qualified persons to ensure that skilled jobs are performed as needed? If Mr Misick can answer that all those jobs are being performed and provided by born and bred TC Islanders, then he has an easy solution of ending inward migration. If he is unable so to do, then in practical and humane terms he needs to consider the reality of the situation the TCI finds itself with. Since it is a majority of black people in the TCI, we do not like the idea of Mr Trump’s

anti-immigrant and racist sentiments as recently expressed, let us be careful that in policy terms we do not act unfairly and/or discriminate in ways we ourselves would not like to be discriminated against.

Head in the sand

Surely this just ‘get elected’ blather because it makes no sense whatsoever. Mr Misick claims that the recent list of some 160 names proposed for TCI citizenship represents a huge wave that will surely drown indigenous Turks and Caicos Islanders, without acknowledging that many of those names represent applications going back five and six years, during which the Government of the day did nothing to process them. Had these applications been processed expeditiously, there would probably have been some 25 or 30 applications a year - all of which were from expatriates who had put down roots in this country, had paid all the prescribed fees as they went along, and who already enjoyed either PRC or naturalisation status. If Mr Misick really is adopting the insular, closed community attitude that he is suggesting with his recommendations, then he really does have his head in the sand, because this country absolutely must welcome skilled expatriates if it ever wants to grow and prosper – with that growth and prosperity benefitting everyone that resides here.

Surprise turn

It is surprising to see the Opposition emerge as an anti-immigrant party especially as they passed the law. It does not look good on them and it is indeed a rather uncomfortable fit. Dressed in borrowed robes, the message is

not so clear or coherent. Confusion is given to policy. Political mandates can be enduring and this seems to be fate of the Opposition where they’re being taken too seriously, even after losing the Government. Rather ironic to say the least. The issue is joined where it would appear however, that some people who have married TC Islanders, have truly contributed to the development of TCI people, have acquired vested rights, have earned Belongerships. There was a time, when marriage meant something and grants by way of marriage were not an issue and actually a good thing. Today there is marriage, given in marriage and of course marriages of convenience. Some of those names published should not be granted anything. The Government’s position, in response is, let there be an independent bi-partisan commission appointed by the Government and the Opposition, taking the ultimate decision out of political hands. On the other hand, it seems that the TCI is gone in the sense that TC Islanders feel they do not have a country any longer. It would be best to eliminate the very thought of awarding TC Islander status grants as this process has proven to be counterproductive. The right to vote and the reserved category of business licensing must be protected at all costs.

A clear pathway

It appears that Honourable Washington Misick is xenophobic. The Turks and Caicos Islands is multi-ethnic. We tend to forget that Turks and Caicos Islanders immigrated to the United States, Jamaica, Bahamas, Great Britain, Hispaniola: Haiti and Dominican Republic, Canada and other parts of the world in the past. We have our children abroad and so on and so on. The time has come to put racial biases aside and allow persons who have lived in the country legally (after a prescribed) time to assimilate as Turks and Caicos Islanders. There ought to be a clear pathway to Belongership other than by descendant. Even the subject of obtaining Turks and Caicos Islander Status by the fact of one’s great-grand parents (fourth and fifth generation Belongers) is not adequately addressed in the current ordinance. TCI laws should reflect and enhance our current state and should reflect of our forwardthinking trajectory (state). We should adopt the stance of Lee Kuan Yew “to have a more engaged and integrated population”. Expand the requirement for work permit holders to obtain a PRC to 12 years or PRC to become Belongers to 12 years if you will. But not granting persons who live amongst us, who invest amongst us, who go to church with us, who go to school and marry our kids, who care just as much about this country and its success as born and bred ‘indigenous’ TIs a clear pathway, right to citizenship and the right to vote (I think voting and deciding who sits in parliament is the crux of the matter) is a violation of an individual’s fundamental human rights. I hope to hear a statement from the Human Rights Commission on this most pressing

matter. One country, one people, one love.

Too much racism

In some ways, I can understand Misick’s concerns about status because the country can become overwhelmed by people of other places. However, like the big countries of the world, whatever is decided to do let us not forget our true neighbours, family and allies. Because no matter what you feel about them, they had not told your people to get out. Check history, not just words and feelings. What should be more looked at is the number of incidents concerning racism in the country, that Turks and Caicos Islanders only say to some people and the fact that even regular jobs your own children can’t get because of others.

Blunders and mistake

The plea by the leader of the PNP Opposition to have this PDM Government repeal the law comes some four years after the law was enacted in 2015. It is rather bizarre to ask the Government on the other side to undo blunders, mistakes and dubious achievements you may have, now that you’re in Opposition. The request for repeal of the Turks and Caicos Islander Status Bill is troubling and almost unprecedented. It is a major Mea Culpa, admission of guilt by the Opposition. Basically, seeking the Government of the day to ‘correct my mistake’. The argument is more complicated on the issue of the PNP where it is asserted that TC Islanders are marginalised, set aside, disrespected, treated as options in their own country. Truth being set to the feet of power, Providenciales, is truly an enduring saga of a ‘tale of two cities’. There is no way anyone could deny the importance of the cries of the leader of the Opposition that giving Belongerships away just like that cannot be in the short or longterm interests of TC Islanders. Yet this was done, willy nilly for over 30 years and the chickens have come home to roost. Really now there should never have been such a thing as a paper Belonger, TC Islander Status by grant or a law to enable a pathway to citizenship. That law should never, ever and one may repeat ever have been passed. The average TC Islander will agree to the urgent need for an immediate repeal of the law.

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make them $600 to $900. “Now they are coming in with 60 or 100, so even selling them at $5 they’re making less money and they still have to cover gas. “Most tourists don’t care about the cost of the conch dishes because they don’t know what it’s supposed to be. “The locals are the ones having a fit; it used to be a staple food; now with tax and service charge it’s $30 a meal.” Conch has long been a lynchpin of the tourism industry and, for many holidaymakers, sampling it is a bucket list feature. Stolow said Bugaloo’s was receiving more than seven calls a day from hotel concierges inquiring if conch was on the menu. “Many tourists have already been to other restaurants and found none available, so now they are calling before they even get in the cab,” he said. “I don’t think the Government realises how important conch is to our tourism industry.” The shortage has reignited calls for a total ban on exports of conch, traditionally the TCI’s second largest export. Others say the only chance of saving the iconic creature – which appears on the territory’s coat of arms – is to freeze all fishing of conch in the hope stocks can recover. “We needed to stop exports a long time ago,” Stolow added. ‘IT SHOULD BE PRESERVED’ John Macdonald, owner of Da Conch Shack, agreed. Like Bugaloo’s, Da Conch Shack is one of few Provo eateries where fishermen pull up directly to the restaurant, a feature

Conch has long been a lynchpin of the tourism industry and, for many holidaymakers, sampling it is a bucket list feature

which draws tourists keen to sample the freshest conch. “It’s a delicacy which is one of the reasons it should be preserved,” Macdonald told the Weekly News. “It’s like our sand; we wouldn’t sell that, so we shouldn’t be selling our conch offshore either. “I’m a firm believer that if we’d stopped exports years ago we’d never have had these problems.” Macdonald said even the restaurant’s sea-based crawls, which catch wild conch at its Blue Hills base, had been empty for several days. “That’s just our buffer,” he explained. “So if we have no conch, then no one does. “We treat conch as a delicacy; we cherish it and value it. People tend to take it for granted but we believe it’s something special to try but not something to be eaten for every meal,” Macdonald continued. “I really believe tourists and locals here could enjoy it for evermore if we stopped exports. We can’t supply New York and Miami; we’re just a little spot in the ocean, we have to

Two men detained following three burglaries TWO men are in custody assisting police with investigations following three burglaries in Providenciales this week. The first took place on Augusta Drive in Leeward, Providenciales, on Wednesday (January 8), according to a police press release. At about 11pm, a man was attacked by one of two burglars dressed in dark clothing who entered his town house. The men fled the scene in an unknown direction. On Thursday, at about 2.27am police received a second report that two armed men entered a Kew Town home and demanded money.

The homeowner was assaulted by one of the culprits. The men both escaped with a cell phone, a television and a wallet. The third incident took place at a home along Bay Road in Blue Hills and was reported to 911 at 3.09am. Two masked men armed with guns entered the home and demanded money. They took a handbag that contained identification cards, cash and two cell phones. Anyone with information on these incidents can contact 911, Chalk Sound Police Station on 338-5901 or 941-8082, or Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1800-8477.

keep it sustainable. “Exporting it does nothing for the local economy. Keeping it local has a trickle-down effect and creates jobs,” he added. The TCI’s love affair with conch dates back millennia. But fears are now rife it is being loved to death, with the shortage blamed on overfishing, exacerbated by poor environmental management by the Government, and tourists who collect juvenile conch shells as souvenirs. Kathleen Wood, former director of TCI’s Department of Environment and Maritime Affairs (DEMA), described the scarcity as “tragic, but not unexpected”. Wood has been calling for more stringent controls on conch fishing for years. And she dubbed current regulations, which include an annual three-month ‘closed’

season on exports from mid-July, as “biologically irrelevant”. Her previous recommendations include expanding the closed season to include local consumption, and moving it to April 1 to August 31 to be in sync with conch’s spawning activities. Wood now thinks stopping conch fishing entirely is the only solution, with subsidies given to catchers who would be hardest hit by the change. “It’s horrific that we’ve reached this stage. If this persists, it might be too late to do anything,” she warned. “TCI has always suffered from this delusion that conch supplies are protected by deep water stocks which will replenish the banks. But this idea of invincibility is a myth. “There is lots of research to show conch populations are very localised; they don’t drift and re-establish new areas. “There is example after example of places where fishermen used to fish and now don’t anymore. “As we’ve seen in other countries, once conch have gone, they’re gone. They don’t come back.” Wood condemned the conch export industry as “squandering” of a national asset, benefitting a minority at the expense of the majority. “The biggest impact is the loss of an iconic cultural species. For a country to lose a piece of its national identity, the consequences are farreaching.” She added that watersports operators who allow holidaymakers

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to collect juvenile conch shells in national parks were having a devastating effect on the country’s last remaining conch populations. Conch is particularly vulnerable to overexploitation, due to its slow mobility, habitat in shallow, accessible water, and slow growth and reproductive cycles. Chuck Hesse, who started the long-running and popular Conch Farm in the 1980s, said low densities of conch inhibited reproduction. “The female conch, like a cat, gives forth a pheromone to attract the males. If there are no males downstream to smell it, mating will never occur,” he explained. For Hesse, the issue is one “very dear” to his heart, having dedicated decades of his life to studying the intriguing creatures and striving to increase their numbers. “There are so many restaurants serving conch now, local consumption has skyrocketed. The most practical thing to do would be to stop exports,” he said, adding: “Conch is one of the unique things about our country and needs to be protected.” A Department of Environment and Coastal Resources (DECR) spokeswoman acknowledged conch was “declining in abundance” throughout the region, and noted too the “recent reduced catches” in TCI. She said population levels were being assessed and funding sought from the UK to gather additional data.

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‘Change is happening all around and for the good’ Premier and ministers outline achievements and challenges over three years

BY OLIVIA ROSE “WE HAVE enjoyed much success and are fulfilling the promises made to our people in the ‘Change Document’.” Premier Sharlene Cartwright Robinson was speaking at a press conference held at the Office of the Premier in Providenciales to mark her Government’s third anniversary in office. Flanked by Government ministers, she highlighted some of the People’s Democratic Movement (PDM) Government’s achievements over the past three years. She said her Government has advanced change through holistically investing in human capital, infrastructure, education, health and has enacted critical legislations. At the media briefing on Tuesday (January 7) she added: “I am pleased to say that we have passed three surplus budgets and critical, supplementary, real meaningful policies and changes. “Whilst we learn from criticism and will be foolish to insulate ourselves, we intend to make our voices louder than those who come bearing false and misleading reports inciting a spirit of ungratefulness, disunity, complaining, and yes hatred. “But we are encouraged that while there is much to be done, for those with eyes who wish to see, change is happening all around and for the good.” The territory’s leader said the “change” taking place is not just physical but evident through the many benefits and opportunities that the Government continues to provide for the people. SUBSTANTIAL INVESTMENT The premier outlined several specific achievements over the past three years. She said: “We have passed to date 76 bills and 202 subsidiary pieces of legislation. “We have reinvested over $98 million in these Islands through our capital programme including record breaking sums in school redevelopment and are happy to say that all school repairs from the hurricane has been tendered with some close to completion or completed. “We have invested in sporting facilities/programmes for our youth; community enhancement through our road development programme; prison upgrade; national security; social programmes and critical

Premier Sharlene Cartwright Robinson flanked by ministers of Government

government offices damages following hurricane Ike of 2009 and Irma and Maria of 2017.” Cartwright Robinson said the PDM Government is a “working government” that is committed to creating a better quality of life for its citizens through gainful employment. “We have provided jobs for hundreds of TC Islanders within the public service. “We have funded key programmes in record breaking sums, in particular in policing, immigration, prison services, social programmes, education, sports, culture and health, particularly in primary healthcare. “You will hear more as we move through this year of plenty of 2020.” The premier said the delivery of last year’s throne speech has set the tone for this year’s upcoming budget session and will certainly give the people something to be proud of. “I note the statements that persons are not feeling the Government and as I did in my budget address last year May, I state again that this borrowed economic model though used by previous governments is not working for us. “I committed then to reviewing this model and making it more homegrown but make no mistake about when governments are doing well there is no denying it as critical

Ministers of Government delivering sectoral report to mark the Government’s three-year anniversary

services are offered through the public service, through benefits that we are able to give under special programmes like the long running hurricane exemption for homeowners and businesses or the increase in benefits for the vulnerable among us. “And this year, we were able to again introduce meaningful and critical policies that have positively

impacted individuals and businesses, ”Cartwright Robinson added. ACHIEVEMENTS UNDER THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE In highlighting achievements under the Ministry of Finance, Premier Cartwright Robinson said the Government continues to run an ambitious capital programme with a

budget of $41,385,735. This capital programme now includes, for the first time, capital projects for Grand Turk from the infrastructure account of $4.8 million and $36,585,735 from the consolidated fund transfers. She said: “The projects contained in CONTINUED 

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MP George Lightbourne threatens separation from PNP BY DELANA ISLES ELECTED representative for Grand Turk North, Hon. George Lightbourne threatened to quit the Progressive National Party (PNP) as of January 7 if certain proposals were not accepted. Those proposals called for Hon. Misick’s resignation as party leader, Misick’s appointment of E Jay Saunders as deputy leader and all other 2020 candidates to fall away, a date for new party elections and for the process outlined in the party constitution to be followed. Several attempts to reach the representative to ascertain whether he has followed through on his promise to cut party ties proved futile before press time. Contained in a public letter shared by Lightbourne on January 3 was a reiteration of his proposals to the party in respect of his claims of breaches to the PNP constitution to elect or select C Washington Misick as party leader. Previously, the member had told the press that he will be taking the

matter back to the Supreme Court for satisfaction if by early January his proposals are not addressed. All indications are that the party has not acquiesced to Lightbourne’s requests, and the matter could be heading back to court before Chief Justice Margaret Ramsay-Hale. In September, when Lightbourne indicated his intentions to file suit, he claimed that a deal was made to keep Misick as leader and to cancel the elections. When this failed, a new and unlawful motion was made on the floor of the convention to allow Misick to enter the race. When this was done, no section of the constitution was cited to support such a motion and none could have been cited because none exists, the parliamentarian alleged. The case was taken to court for determination on whether the matter would be heard. When the case was first heard in court, on November 26, RamsayHale advised the applicant that his grievances should first be taken to the party’s general council for

satisfaction. She determined that the application was premature at that time, and advised the Grand Turk representative to seek redress there first, and if none if achieved, to bring his case back to the court for resolution. The chief justice stated the following to this publication: “It was dismissed, but not on the merits. “The PNP constitution requires persons who wish to raise an issue with respect to the party’s constitution to first make an application to the PNP general council. “In the court’s view, the application was premature. He should have raised the issue with the general council first and then appealed against the council’s decision.” In the ensuing weeks, following the court’s decision to dismiss the case at that time, Lightbourne and the PNP have both been silent on the possibility of a resolution or what was being done to take care of the matter, that is, until the public post by the member.

MP George Lightbourne said he would leave the PNP on January 7

In it he states: “The entire leadership of the PNP is null and void. “If my proposals are not accepted by the 7th January 2020 - I will no

longer associate myself with the Progressive National Party PNP.” PNP chairman Calvin Green promised a response on the issue at his earliest opportunity.

Critical policies and work undertaken in 2019 DURING Tuesday’s press conference, Premier Sharlene Cartwright Robinson said the Government has enjoyed much success in its three years. ACHIEVEMENTS, IN HER OWN WORDS, INCLUDE: 1) The Home Owners Policy came into effect and to date we continue to see uptake. 2) The critical work with CDB to look at the provision of capital access for businesses progressed and the tender was released to complete these works 3) We introduced a critical and successful Amnesty Programme for tourism related businesses that allowed over 20 businesses to restart on a fresh page and that yielded good revenues for TCIG. 4) We purchased a building for a trade school. 5) We were able to organise and facilitate mission of Cartac to discuss TCIG’s revenues in an effort to revamp our revenue collections system. 6) For those who had goods in government storage, we provided relief by waiving all fees for a period. 7) We were able to re-establish the critical Trade Department which has already to

begin critical programmes for trade and businesses. 8) We were represented at ministerial level for the first time since before the interim administration at the Social Security Annual General Meeting in Belgium; and there was ministerial attendance among the delegation at the critical meeting of the Global Forum. 9) We prioritised work on the Concessions Policy for Businesses and Airbnb Policy 10) We completed the Regulations and Standards for the Consumer Protection Ordinance and the Regulations for the Credit Union Ordinance. Both were brought into effect last year. 11) We completed the Vision Document and secured quotes for its critical roll out. 12) We funded the reintroduction of increments for the civil service which were suspended for the previous nine years and amended so as to allow the police to participate. This saw back pay and salary increases for hundreds of police officers and civil servants. We also funded new space for critical relocation of offices to facilitate repairs, funded the interest free Christmas advance for civil servants, we funded the consultancy review of the TCI pension and terminal

benefits and funded critical repairs for police stations. 13) We were able to secure an actuarial review of all of Government pensions which included for the first time pensions under the Retiring Allowance Ordinance (Politician’s Pensions). We were also able to secure actuarial reviews for NIB and NHIB. 14) We were able to open Grand Turk’s airport and approve critical projects for the TCIAA which included Salt Cay Airport redevelopment, new fire trucks, South Caicos terminal (out to tender), fire hall for Grand Turk (under construction), combined services building and fire services building for Provo (out to tender) and office building for Provo (currently being evaluated). 15) We were able to move forward critical projects at the port in our plan to redevelop all the ports in TCI recognising that they are critical lifelines: security gate house and RoRo ramp on Grand Turk was completed; temporary port of entry was approved for Salt Cay; tender for the dredging off North Caicos and clean-up of the scrap metal at Belle Field Landing were released; approval was granted

to begin works for a terminal at Belle Field Landing; South Caicos lighting and fencing progressed; Provo’s redevelopment plan was completed and costed. 16) At Invest TC, we continue to facilitate developers and manage our MSME Programme. The agency enjoys an active pipeline and we have been able to secure several key developments for around the Islands this past year: ground breaking for The Rock House in Provo; approval of development agreements for a hotel on North Caicos, Grand Turk and three in Providenciales with one located in the Lower Bight and two in the Long Bay area and a cruise port on an island not yet announced. 17) In 2019 funds were invested with the agency to provide further support in keeping with the Government’s commitment to develop the financial services sector. We supported and participated in the ITCI’s Conference on the Financial Services Sector. 18) We appointed a new CEO and deputy CEO for the Civil Aviation Authority in the persons of Peter Forbes and Arthur Bassett.


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January 11-17, 2020

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FINANCIAL TIP NUMBER FOR 2020

It is okay to borrow or lend money but be cautious I KNOW many of us sometimes wonder whether or not to borrow money. Some of you on the other hand borrow money quite frequently and as a result are in bondage to financial institutions and individuals. The other side of this coin is that there are individuals and institutions that take the risks in lending money to friends and family members and sometimes do not ever get repaid. It is fine to borrow money and it is okay to lend money but you should be very cautious in doing so. Obviously if you can avoid borrowing or lending that would be best option to steer clear of debt but there are circumstances in which you may just have to borrow. THE DO’S AND DON’TS OF BORROWING Borrow money if you are going to invest in something that will give you a return on your investment. For example, if you are going to purchase a parcel of land or property for investment purposes and you are expecting a return on it, then go for it. If you need money to start a business and you believe your

DREXWELL SEYMOUR

Drexwell Seymour is a certified public accountant and is the managing partner for HLB TCI. His favourite hobby, however, is writing. He has a personal website, www.drexwellseymour. com, where all of his writings are posted. He also has a YouTube channel where you can find inspirational videos. Drexwell has a BA in Accounting and an MBA in Finance.

business will be profitable even after the loan deductions, then get a loan. I know many of you want a home of your own. If you pay a significant amount of money in rent, then I would suggest you borrow for a home. However, build a quality home so that if later you decide to rent it, you can get rental income. Alternatively, design a home where you live in one part of the home and the other part is rented. Don’t borrow money for vacation. Try your best to save for your vacation. Don’t borrow money to purchase a vehicle unless it is for a taxi business or car rental purposes whereby you are expected to get a return. If you have a credit card bill with a

high outstanding balance and a high interest rate, it is okay to borrow at a lower rate to pay off credit card bills. Don’t borrow money that has high interest rates attached to them. I know it is hard sometimes getting a loan approved from the traditional financial institution but try to be patient and save for the requirements from traditional institutions. If you are an employee, ask your employer to lend you the funds at a reasonable rate and deduct it from your salary monthly. Don’t just ask one financial institution. Shop around and borrow from the one that offers the best option. Don’t lie about your income so you can get a loan, and when it is time to repay you are unable to repay

and you end up losing everything you worked so hard for. THE DO’S AND DON’TS OF LENDING If you decide to lend money to anyone, ensure that it is in writing. Hold onto something as a collateral. I am aware of too many cases whereby you lend money to individuals but they never repay you. If you are willing to lend money to someone, don’t give them all the money up front. Test their repayment ability and lend them less or half of what they want and see if they will repay you. Charge a fee or interest when lending as that is an investment opportunity loss because you could have invested those funds elsewhere. While borrowing money can create debt, it can also enhance the

value of your life especially if your business that you borrow the money for becomes very successful. There is nothing wrong with borrowing, but borrow for the right reasons and at the right rate. If you are successful in borrowing money, my advice to you is to pay more than the minimum payment. If you pay one extra payment each year, you can save years of interest and of course shorter repayments. Please also ensure that you are saving something despite the loan you have to repay monthly. Be careful lending money to individuals. Some individuals borrow money from you with no intention of repaying you. They think you have money and they don’t think they need to pay you back. It is wrong, so be careful with lending money to others.

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COMMENTARY

Election and rejection

HERE we are, well started into the 2020 election year. Incumbents and contenders are beginning to strategize. In a few months, the campaign will be hotly contested. Look at our companion countries to get the drift of the world’s voters’ leanings. Britain surprised folks. After posting a Donald Trump-like prime minister, Boris Johnston, the UK’s parliament’s voters went heavy for the Conservative Party. Labour liberals were rejected. Over in the USA, the US House of Representatives used its Democratic liberal majority to impeach president Trump. They were able to do this because in the off-year election they had captured one house of Congress. None of the opposition joined them and all voted against

the impeachment. No one seems to know what charge they will try to lay on Trump if they ever get around to bringing their impeachment to the senate for trial. Trump will probably survive. The political undefined harassment the Democrats laid on him may seriously damage their situation in the 2020 election - or will it? Will Trump be elected or rejected in 2020? The PDM party here in the TCI took control only three years ago after being out of power since 2003 now 17 long years ago. The classic question for the 2016 election is, are you better off in 2016 than you were in 2003? The party holding the chequebook for most of those years is now suffering the longest political criminal trial in history - and it is not over yet.

Meanwhile the PNP is fielding a strange new lot of candidates. They are party changers, new politicians, re-treads and leftovers from the pretrial days. Some voters feel the PNP field may change yet. One guy files frivolous lawsuits just to get his picture in the paper and remind left over PNP voters he is running. Another PNP candidate has rejected PNP leadership and now runs independent. George Lightbourne has been angry at his party’s leadership going back to the 2012-2016 RufusWashy years. His love for Washy has decreased. In the 2016 contest Washington Misick won his seat by a tiny 28 votes over PDM newcomer Been. The country will soon see if Josephine Connolly, having left PDM, will be as strong riding the

BY DAVID TAPFER

David is a retired mobile hydraulic engineer and business executive. He has been married to Middle Caicos native Yvette Robinson Tapfer for 30 years and has lived in Conch Bar, Middle Caicos, since 2002. David formerly served as branch chairman of the PDM from 2008 to 2011

Misick family coat tails. Maybe they will ride hers. The PDM needs to get busy with proper candidates in Providenciales because while it’s only January the weeks will race by starting now. While a case could be made for another strong PDM win, the PNP mouthpieces on Facebook think otherwise. All elections take work - lots of work. Who knows, what if Michael

Misick and others end up in the running? Stranger things have happened. With 15 seats up for grabs, 15 candidates will be rejected. That is a lot of disappointment waiting to happen. While numbers are what really count, those that end up rejected will experience serious hurt. Where do they go from here?


January 11-17, 2020

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THE VIEW FROM EUROPE

WTO’s future in doubt – no easy answers for the Caribbean

IN THE slow news period between Christmas and the new year, the Financial Times published a chart that graphically illustrated how the global trade in goods has changed since 2000. Picturing the nations of the world either in red for China or blue for the US, it showed that in 2000 the US was the dominant goods exporter globally, other than to some parts of Africa and the Middle East. Two decades on, the comparable world trade map shows that the two nation’s roles in international trade have reversed and that red has eclipsed blue everywhere other than in North and Central America and the European Union. What the FT’s diagram highlighted was why the US feels so threatened by China. It illustrated why in a belated bid to halt the US’s declining commercial pre-eminence, the Trump administration’s focus is relentlessly on using trade policy, punitive tariffs and sanctions to try to shore up the country’s manufacturing base and its older worker-heavy industries. It also illustrated why in pursuit of a policy of ‘America First’ and a desire for all future trade relationships to be transactional, Washington has abandoned multilateralism and is willing to neuter or destroy the World Trade Organisation (WTO), the body that governs the global trading system. In mid-December Washington effectively crippled the WTO’s core role in handing down legally binding rulings on international trade disputes. By blocking the appointment of two new judges and leaving just one member of the seven-member panel that hears trade dispute appeals and agrees to retaliatory tariffs - the minimum required to hear a WTO case is three - it became impossible for international trade disputes to be settled. Subsequently the US went one step further. On December 18, it registered an appeal against a WTO ruling in relation to tariffs on Indian steel products which the WTO had declared illegal. By appealing into what in effect is a legal void, it knew that the original judgment against it would fall. The effect is to enable the escalation and resolution of all future trade disputes through bilateral political and economic agreements between nations: the global approach to trade the Trump administration desires. Formally, the US says that the Geneva-based WTO, a body it was a party to establishing, is now not fit

BY DAVID JESSOP

David Jessop is a consultant to the Caribbean Council. He has worked on Caribbean issues for over 40 years. David is the editor of Caribbean Insight and Cuba Briefing publications. He can be contacted at david.jessop@caribbeancouncil.org

for purpose. It believes that it needs reform, that its appellate body has been engaged in ‘judicial activism’, and is unable to address its concerns about states like China able to become dominant in global trade by offering hidden subsidies and support to private and quasi-private entities. Less formally, the US president in pursuing his trade war with China and other nations is understood to want to end what he believes to be the advantage the WTO offers the US’s competitors though the creation of a level playing field, and its rulings against the US, despite the majority of such findings having been in the US’s favour. For the Caribbean, where all nations are WTO members except for the Bahamas, this is problematic as despite its flaws the institution remains of direct and indirect economic and political significance.

As Dr Jan Yves Remy and Alicia Nicholls pointed out in their recent Ramphal Centre paper, ‘Why the WTO appellate body crisis matters to the Caribbean’, it is the smallest WTO members that most need a functioning legal disputes settlement system. This, they argue, is necessary to safeguard their interests when, as they put it, ‘the powerful break the rules’. They observe too that the Caribbean has ‘a vested interest in the preservation of the rules-based multilateral trading system and the peaceful solution of disputes by an impartial body’. Since the WTO system underwrites stability in trade relations, they say that the region should be doing more to make its position clear. The Caribbean, they believe, can ill afford the damage that trade wars would cause to the global economy,

should have a position on proposals for WTO reform, and determine how small states with no powerbase might ensure that their interests are reflected in any new system. What might happen next is far from clear. WTO members and its director general, Roberto Azevêdo, recently agreed that reform is needed but could achieve no final consensus on how to proceed. This would appear to be because economically powerful states other than the US may be quietly pleased not to be bound in future by WTO strictures. Some nations hope that when the Trump administration is no longer in office in either 2021 or 2025 the US will seek WTO reform and restore the appellate body and the WTO’s global rules-based role. However, this is wishful thinking as any future US administration would likely seek see advantage in changing WTO rules in ways that are to its benefit. A possible short-term outcome is one being pursued by the European Union, but which is unlikely to benefit small states. As an interim solution Europe is looking at building a shadow arbitration system but has yet to achieve agreement on this.

It is also hoping to be able to unilaterally impose countermeasures against any WTO members that fail to seek final adjudication via means of the WTO’s agreed disputes settlement procedures. The danger, however, in having dismantled the WTO’s ability to adjudicate on trade disputes is that the world may be headed for a series of international trade wars. These would likely involve the largest economic entities vying to use their economic, political and even military capabilities and relationships to aggressively develop and defend their economic growth at the expense of others. The less dramatic but equally damaging implication for rules observing regions like the Caribbean is that, in future, nations could establish new trade regimes that are not harmonised, are driven by self-interest and the deployment of economic muscle, with no referee able to adjudicate or enforce noncompliance with the WTO rules. History indicates that in such circumstances other issues soon come into play, from controlling navigation rights to the creation of exclusive trade related power blocs that subsequently divide the world. There are no easy answers in this for a relatively powerless Caribbean.

Santa does not exist and neither does local governance PART TWO THE SECOND undertaking by leader Sharlene Cartwright Robinson and her Government was their insistence, both at the end of last year and this year, to make their pilgrimage across the Atlantic to Britain to triumphantly come away with constitutional reform. If anyone were to look at the outline of their reform proposal document, it becomes immediately clear that there is little aimed at improving the lives of our TCI citizens. In fact, the leading proposal by Cartwright Robinson and her team is one that calls for the current 12-month residency for citizens abroad to qualify to take part in their country’s elections to be extended to

BY BEN ROBERTS

Ben is a Turks and Caicos Islander living in Maryland, USA, and published author of ‘Jackals of Samarra’. He is also a founding member of the NGO Turks and Caicos Forum. Ben can be contacted at grandt730@aol.com.

36 months. What a backward-thinking way of representing the interests of a people. Backward-thinking because the British have no such system for themselves. What they have is absentee balloting that facilitates Britons anywhere to vote in their UK elections. Backward-thinking because now a number of African nations, most

notably Nigeria and Ghana, have now put in place a ‘right to return’ citizenship policy for the African diaspora anywhere they might be. Can anyone imagine JAGS McCartney and the PDM of his day crossing the Atlantic to negotiate such an arrangement with people not invested in our country’s progress? It must be noted that the British have neglected to host leader Cartwright Robinson and her team

in both instances, with the current reason being their attention to their own Brexit woes. The following is an additional list of local governance actions and inactions, but mostly the latter, that leader Cartwright Robinson and her party-that-was-JAGS should seriously examine themselves over: -Their almost complete negligence and inaction during ongoing crushing illegal migration. In not being able to do anything about this, including taking legal action in terms of making the governor and his British government live up to their constitutional obligations to secure the borders of the TCI, while in the same breath content with having this current HE official enjoy the luxury of judging a CONTINUED 

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Dear civil servant, are you aware? Open letter to the civil service Men and women of the Turks and Caicos Islands civil service, are you aware of the upcoming right-sizing exercise that is pending the approval of a consultant to carry out the work? On December 6, 2019, the tender notice entitled, ‘Consultancy for the productivity and efficiency audit of the TCI public service,’ was closed and was due to be awarded by January 6, 2020, with a three-month implementation timetable. Notice, on its surface it does not really speak to a comprehensive manpower review ie. right-sizing, but the tipoff was the words ‘productivity and efficiency’. The last time we did this exercise it didn’t go so well, with Steven Catchpole only finishing the Ministry of Border Control after months and months of review. We see how that turned out. The end result was a voluntary severance package being offered. Heads of departments, did your permanent secretary inform you of this upcoming exercise?

BY JAMELL ROBINSON Frontline staff, did your head of department inform you of this upcoming exercise? Are all permanent secretaries even aware of this exercise? The following are some key aspects of the tender: 1) Review of mandate of the government ministries. 2) Asses the efficiency and effectiveness of all departments under the various ministries in

exercising their current mandates. 3) Staffing: a) Identify additional key and priority staff to fulfil the mandate of the Government. b) Establish the qualification profile of each key and priority staff member (existing and required) for TCIG to fulfil its mandate. c) Determine the ‘fit’ between existing and future staff requirements. I for one, don’t believe that at this time it’s fair for this PDM Government to even be carrying out such an exercise whose recommendations can result in the sending home of hard-working Turks and Caicos Islanders. Why? You cannot objectively assess an officer’s efficiency at their job when they have been forced to work in subpar conditions since hurricanes Irma and Maria, and in some cases, even longer than that. Is it fair when civil servants’ moral is at an all-time low due to broken promises of restored gratuity, better working conditions, increased salaries and equity for all civil

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the capital programme for financial year 2019-2020 will continue to focus on recovery efforts that are geared towards building back better and ensuring that our infrastructure is more climate resilient to natural hazards. “In addition to this, we will also focus on community projects aimed at creating recreational places and employment opportunities throughout the Islands. “The intention is through the capital programme as employment increases, labour productivity will also increase, which will increase income in families throughout the Islands and act as a stimulus to local economic activities. “In this financial year we are spending across the Islands and heaviest in those islands that were severely impacted by Irma and Maria,” the premier added. She said the Government is satisfied with the pace of post hurricane repairs and is now able to move forward with critical projects across the territory. CHALLENGES The Government’s successes and notable achievements over the past three years were not without its fair share of challenges, particularly in

the areas of crime and security. The premier, who has long acknowledged that the rising level of crime across the territory, said: “Last year, we saw an increase in murders to a total of 13. “Whilst nations around us who are experiencing high incidences of crimes among the same age group and sex would wish to have these numbers, one is too many for us and we must be concerned. “I commend our police force who has certainly earned respect from all quarters over this period and again encourage us all to partner with them for our very own safety. “I offer my sincerest sympathy to those whose families were affected in this unfortunate way and those who now have to face the consequences of their loved one’s actions. “Last year truly revealed some sides of us as a people that was scary. We saw people defend and give excuses for criminal behaviour in an effort to blame politicians. “This is the basis for much of what is wrong in TCI - this eagerness to encourage wrong and sadly embrace wrong by holding the wrong people accountable and then missing the big picture.

“I was disappointed in the midst of the worst of it to hear people saying keep pressure on the politicians who are properly the law makers and funders and who in our case provided all the resources needed. “Then some said to keep pressure on the police. But I am yet to hear keep pressure on the criminals. “What transcended was threats being made against certain quarters and I note the statement decrying a single post on Facebook against judges. “And the Police Welfare Association spoke recently to threats against them and we as politicians dare say nothing for many seemed united in silence and in support.” She added: “But let me say this clearly, it is not okay to threaten politicians and their families; it is not okay to encourage persons to blame politicians for what many do not wish to do for themselves. “Not long ago we saw our collective negative actions bear out. When we dare to blame others for others’ actions, persons will feel justified in making all of our lives, including tourists, a living hell. Choose wisely in 2020.”

servants? The only notable benefit civil servants have received in the last three years is a $30 a month increment on average. This is set to the backdrop of legislation being passed to give 100 percent service charge to an industry that is predominantly expatriate workers (more on that later), as opposed to the dealing with core issues of a civil service that’s over 85 percent local. Yet, under all these constraints and conditions, this Government expects civil servants to produce at efficient and productive levels. The solution is simple enough here: First, use a part of the $43 million surplus and fix or rent adequate office space so civil servants can work in a comfortable environment to yield

better results. Secondly, provide the requisite tools and resources for civil servants to carry out their duties in a timely and effective manner. Finally, rather than wait for a consultancy to tell you what to do about civil service gratuity and pensions, simply restore the old system or implement the agreed policy left on the books by the last PNP administration over three and a half years ago. No sense in ‘humming and huhhing’ over something that ministers get after serving only two terms ie. gratuity and pension. Do what is right as our people deserve better. Jamell Robinson, PNP all island candidate, Former vice president of the Civil Service Association

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cooking show. -Their allowing crime to escalate to such an ‘out of hand’ state that people doors are bashed in, ATMs are now shutdown at set hours defeating the purpose of this convenience and businesses close earlier than before. All of this without them insisting that the British live up to their constitutional responsibility of maintaining law and order. -Their negligent and lame solution to resolving bed-tax monies due the people of Turks and Caicos Islands. - Their almost complete negligence in dealing with the most recent hurricane disaster aftermath in a timely manner, as evidenced by the long-running hurricanedamaged JAGS McCartney International Airport in Grand Turk. - Their inability to halt this British financial bleeding of our country in this eternal SIPT matter, that should not be our expense in the first place if they are truly ‘overseers’ of TCI governance. - Their shocking and absolute neglect in responding to a proposal sent them by me many months ago to provide

government-contracted services with a smorgasbord of medical specialties from both eastern and western medicine that would vastly improve preventive medical care at home for our people and in the process, slow down the alarming overall health deterioration in the TCI. - Their inability to see to the removal of the run-aground rusting eyesore of a ship on one of the territory’s best beaches right outside the governor’s back door. - And their puzzling allowance of elected representatives, most likely a practice from previous governments, to leave parliamentary meetings before the speaker’s final gavel in order to catch their flight. Is this how the people’s business is being conducted in the TCI? One has to wonder, with these glaring instances of poor and non-representative governance, how does the sitting Government intend to convince the citizens of the TCI to return them to office? How, when there seems to be currently no local representative government existing in the TCI?


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Caribbean countries urged to prepare after Puerto Rico’s earthquakes BY OLIVIA ROSE THE CARIBBEAN region is “seismically active and we always need to be prepared”, earthquake experts cautioned this week. The Seismic Research Centre (SRC) of the University of the West Indies (UWI) in Trinidad issued the warning after Puerto Rico was stuck by two earthquakes this week. On Monday (January 6), a moderate earthquake with a magnitude of 5.8 rocked the country and it was followed by a strong quake with a magnitude 6.4 on Tuesday. On Tuesday morning, the large tremor knocked out power, seriously damaged homes and other buildings and left at least one person dead, according to the New York Times. The governor of Puerto Rico, Wanda Vázquez has since declared a state of emergency throughout the country and activated the National Guard in response to the disaster. The SRC in a Facebook post on Tuesday, said Monday’s quake was a “foreshock” to the 6.4 quake and stressed that the region is seismically active. “Although we do not monitor that area, sharing of knowledge is key to better understanding and living with these geological hazards,” the centre said. The US Geological Survey said the quake affected several other countries including the Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Dominican Republic,

A house in Puerto Rico ripped apart during the recent earthquakes

Saint Martin, Sint Maarten, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Montserrat, Puerto Rico, St Kitts and Nevis, the TCI and the US Virgin Islands. However, the TCI’s Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies (DDME) in a statement on Tuesday debunked these claims. “The TCI was not affected by the 6.4 magnitude earthquake which impacted Puerto Rico,” the DDME said. The department added that the Turks and Caicos Islands is not

under any earthquake or Tsunami alert, watch or warning. “Some false information is being propagated on social media platforms with reference to the recent seismic activity that impacted the southwestern part of Puerto Rico and a tsunami threat posed to Turks and Caicos Islands.” The DDME said it is closely monitoring this event and advised that the seismic activity poses no threat to Turks and Caicos Islands. “Citizens are advised to ignore any

WhatsApp messages circulating on this matter. Citizens are also asked to stop sharing WhatsApp voice note messages which may cause unnecessary concern and/or panic. “This is for information purposes only and there is no tsunami threat to the Turks and Caicos Islands from this earthquake.” The department went on to join the SRC in stressing that the recent earthquakes serve as a reminder that the region is seismically active. It encouraged residents to join its

annual Earthquake Awareness Week from January 12 to 18 as it seeks to “inform, educate and prepare the nation how to effectively respond to an earthquake occurrence”. The TCI is one of several nations in the Caribbean and north western Atlantic regions that participate in a region wide drill. This evaluates communication systems, test standard operations procedures and response plans, increase preparedness to hazards such as earthquakes and tsunamis, and response coordination throughout the region. According to information posted on the SRC website, the biggest earthquake in an earthquake sequence is called the main shock. “Main shocks are followed by lots of smaller earthquakes called aftershocks. Occasionally an earthquake will be followed by a larger event. “In that case, we call the first earthquake a ‘foreshock’ and the new, larger event a ‘mainshock’.” There is nothing inherently different about the earthquakes themselves, it is just terminology explaining when they occur in relation to each other, the SRC explained. In recent days, several Caribbean countries have been rocked by earthquakes ranging in magnitudes from 3.9 to 4.3. The latest earthquake struck off the coast of Dominica on Wednesday putting sections of the Caribbean on alert for possible tsunamis.

Judges to state years until parole when handing life sentences Convicted murderers must serve at least 30 years without parole BY DELANA ISLES TRIAL judges will now have to state what length of time prisoners sentenced to life imprisonment will have to serve before they can be paroled. The change is as a result of amendments to the Parole of Prisoners Ordinance which were passed in the House of Assembly this week. The amendment sought to modify the ordinance to enable the court, when sentencing a prisoner to a term of imprisonment for life, to specify the period of incarceration the prisoner must serve before the prisoner is eligible to be considered for release on licence (conditional release).

The current position is that a court may sentence a person to a term of imprisonment for life without specifying the period of incarceration the person must serve before the person is eligible to be considered for conditional release. Prior to the amendment being made, section 6(6) of the Parole of Prisoners Ordinance empowered the Parole Board to make a recommendation to the governor to order the release of a person serving a sentence of imprisonment for life after that person has served not less than 10 years of his sentence. The change now enables a court, when sentencing a prisoner to a term of imprisonment for life, to specify the period of incarceration the prisoner must serve before the prisoner is eligible to be considered

for release. The period specified by the court has to be appropriate to satisfy the requirements of retribution, deterrence and rehabilitation. However, for murder, the period shall be 30 years before the prisoner is eligible for release on licence unless there are extenuating circumstances, exceptional in nature, in which case the court may impose a lower period of incarceration. In cases of aggravated murder which are exceptional in nature - the court may impose a longer period of incarceration. Another amendment in the ordinance provides the court with the ability to sentence a prisoner to life without parole in specified circumstances. The whole life tariff would apply where the offence involved multiple murders, a substantial degree of premeditation or planning, the murder of a child, or in the case of

a person who has been previously convicted of murder. A final change to the ordinance provides transitional provisions. This will allow the Supreme Court to pronounce tariffs for persons who are, at the coming into force of this ordinance, incarcerated without a tariff being set. “Within 24 months after the coming into force of this ordinance, the Director of Public Prosecutions shall send to the Supreme Court the case records of all prisoners serving life sentences, excluding those whose cases for release on licence are pending... and the Supreme Court shall, in exercise of the powers... pronounce in open court a period of incarceration for each prisoner, and in so doing shall exercise the powers specified in section 6A as if it were sentencing an accused who has been convicted.” Where the board does not make a recommendation to the governor for release on licence when the changes

come into effect, the prisoner may at any time apply to the Supreme Court for a tariff to be set. In exercising its powers, the Supreme Court may, where practicable, consult any serving judge who decided the matter concerned, and may exercise such other powers as a judge sentencing an accused in a case tried by him may have under any law. The accused shall have such right to be heard as he would have had at the time of his original sentencing hearing. At the new sentencing hearing referred to in this section, evidence of the prisoner’s behaviour in prison after original sentencing is not admissible. Any prisoner who is dissatisfied with a decision made following the new hearing, shall have a right of appeal in the same manner as a person being sentenced for the first time.


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Import of polystyrene and plastic straws is now a punishable offence BY OLIVIA ROSE IT IS now a punishable offence to import polystyrene products, single use plastic bags and plastic straws into the Turks and Caicos Islands. The ban, which aims to reduce the territory’s non-biodegradable waste and its impact on land and marine pollution, carries a fine of $5,000

Police intercept Haitian boat with 77 passengers A WOODEN vessel containing 77 Haitian migrants was intercepted on Tuesday morning (January 7) by police marine officers. Sixty-seven men and 10 women were removed from the red and blue, 30 foot boat in the area of French Cay at about 11.15am. The detainees were handed over to immigration officials who escorted them to the Detention Centre for processing and repatriation.

or six months’ imprisonment for offenders. This was revealed in a Government issued statement on Monday (January 6). Cabinet’s decision to restrict importation of single use plastics and polystyrene products was made back in May 2019, and was fully enforced on December 1. A full clamp-down on countrywide distribution will begin on April 1, 2020. This buffer will allow vendors and retailers to use up remaining merchandise and seek sustainable alternatives. According to the statement, the Government has approved a deduction in custom duty rates from 30 percent to 15 percent for alternatives to assist businesses in the transition. Some of the alternatives to polystyrene products include uncoated paper, coated paper, cardboard boxes, aluminium foil, compostable products, biodegradable products and recyclable products. The regulations have made exemptions on foam trays for uncooked meats, food prepared or packaged outside of the Islands, and packing materials which have been collected for reuse.

PLASTIC BAG BAN Last year, the Government instituted a ban on plastic bags used by supermarkets, retailers and restaurants across the Islands. That ban came into effect on May 1, 2019. A number of bags were promoted as an acceptable alternative to plastic, these included reusable or recyclable paper bags, and produce bags (used in store for loose produce items). Bags used by consumers to hold products to deliver such items to the point of sale or check-out area, laundry or dry-cleaner bags and newspaper bags are other options. To further assist businesses with the transition, the Government reduced customs import duties to 10 percent on select tariff codes for these alternative products. However, many shop owners and customers are finding it difficult to adjust to the change. Five Cays grocer Paula Roberts told the Weekly News that although she informs her customers that plastic bags are banned, many still insist that she finds a better alternative to the “flimsy” paper bags she now supplies. Roberts said: “I try to tell them

to walk with their own grocery bags every time they come to the shop, but many people forget because they’re so accustomed to getting the plastics bags. “It’s not an easy adjustment at all for folks. Many of them have to leave with their groceries in hand when they don’t walk with their own bags. “And they complain all the time that the brown paper bags are too feeble. They burst quick so it’s kind of a rough situation as a shop owner. People argue with me all the time like I’m the one who passed the law.” Roberts said the Government needs to conduct more community awareness programmes to get people on board with new laws especially those that impact their daily lives. “I think the Government really needs to go into these communities and sensitise the residents on things like this because most of the residents are ignorant and clueless of these new laws. They need to do more radio and television programmes as well.” Polystyrene including Styrofoam products and single-use plastics like plastic bags, cups and straws are one of the most visible signs of the pollution problem across the

territory. Premier Sharlene Cartwright Robinson, in announcing the ban on plastic bags back in May 2019, stressed that plastic significantly impacts waters and marine life. “Plastic does not dissolve; it breaks into tiny pieces and stays there for up to 1,000 years, contaminating soil, waterways and oceans and entering the food web when eaten by animals. “The volume of trash in the Islands is more than just an eyesore; it brings a myriad of environmental and public health issues. “The pristine marine environment that surrounds TCI is threatened. The litter from the streets has both indirect and direct effects on the ecosystem. “Marine organisms ingest toxins from the trash and these toxins make their way into the food chain, affecting multiple organisms,” the premier stressed. She added that trash not only threatens the local ecosystem, it also poses a serious health threat to the human population. “Trash in the streets promotes disease and pestilence... plastics have a huge environmental cost, and this ban is one simple step towards fixing it.”

Phone customer wins Christmas shopping spree A PREPAID Flow TCI customer got a surprise Christmas treat when she won a shopping spree as part of the company’s festive competition. Cheryl Clare filled her trolley with $1,500 worth of produce at Graceway IGA in Providenciales during the 60 second giveaway – a higher total than any previous winner. “I am elated because I broke the record,” Clare said. “I know some people would not have Christmas so I am going to just share this with some friends and family. “I would like to thank Flow and the entire staff for making this happen for me for the holidays.” To enter the contest Clare activated a 30 day ‘Always On Prepaid Combo Plan’ during the sixth week of the campaign which automatically entered her for a chance to win. Six customers won prizes in the festive comp with Clare coming out on top. Country manager Audley Gibbs said: “We wish to take this opportunity to thank all of customers for activating our plans and participating in the Flow Six Weeks of Christmas campaign. “A special congratulations is extended to all six winners including our grand finale winner who set the bar higher for next year’s contender.”

Winner of the Flow Six Weeks of Christmas campaigne, Cheryl Clare

Cheryl Clare filling her trolley with $1,500 worth of produce at Graceway IGA

On Christmas Eve, Clare and her supporter Blythe Clare, showed up at the store at 6am with a game plan and a mission. “My strategy this morning was

December 24, store manager Jamal Ewing congratulated the winner. “It was an exciting fun filled minute of action. What a great way to kick off Christmas Eve with a

the get down the aisle as quick as possible and get all the meats that I can,” she said after the shopping spree. In a company press release on

record-breaking run. “We are always pleased to see our customers win and it is a pleasure to partner with Flow and their team in these events.”


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$51.6m in capital projects ongoing under PDM Government BY DELANA ISLES A PROUD PDM Government boasted this week that in its three years in office, it has completed $8.9 million in capital projects, with over 57 projects in the works at a total cost of $51.6 million. This was the total cost of nine completed projects, which Deputy Premier Hon. Sean Astwood, as Minister of Infrastructure, Housing, Planning and Development outlined in detail this week. He spoke during a press conference to commemorate the Government’s three year anniversary on Tuesday (January 7) at the Hilly Ewing Building in Providenciales. Completed capital projects are: phase three of the Long Bay High School; upgrade of District Commissioner’s Office in Salt Cay, phase three of Grand Turk road development; repairs to emergency shelters: Antioch Grand Turk, Conch Bar Community Centre and the Wellness Centre in South Caicos. It also included reinstatement of sea wall in Salt Cay; completion of the Kew Community Clinic and the Bottle Creek Community Clinic.

Deputy Premier Hon. Sean Astwood, as Minister of Infrastructure, Housing, Planning and Development

And finally, repairs to the Raymond Gardiner High School as part of the schools’ infrastructure projects phase one and refurbishment to Emergency Medical Services (Ambulance) Base in Providenciales. Hon. Astwood also revealed that the Government has a total of 27 ongoing projects, which cost a total $30 million. Those projects are: the

Government office complex, Marjorie Basden High School refurbishment works and Ira Stubbs Primary School repair works in South Caicos; phase two of the Wellness Centre in Grand Turk; phase four of road works in Providenciales. Emergency repairs to Her Majesty’s Prison fence in Grand Turk; homes for domestic violence in Providenciales, a new Providenciales primary school; phase one of infrastructure works at HJ Robinson High, the Oseta Jolly Primary School and the TCI Community College. Reinstatement of four government buildings all islands, namely Crown Lands Building, Ministry of Education Building, Sammy Been Building and Carlos Simons Building. Renovation to Governor’s Office Residence on Grand Turk, phase two of the schools’ infrastructure project at the early childhood block at Ianthe Pratt Primary School and at Oseta Jolly Primary. Other phase two schools’ infrastructure works will take place at Mary Robinson Primary School and Clement Howell High School.

Several refurbishment works will be carried out at shelters such as South Caicos Community Centre; Green Door in Grand Turk, Salt Cay Club House and the Salt Cay Methodist Sunday School. Upgrades will be done at the Grand Turk Parade Ground, at the South Caicos Clinic and at the Front Street Vendors Market. The minister also detailed upcoming projects that are slated to begin at the end of the 2019-2020 financial year. These are refurbishment works to the HJ Robinson High School auditorium, construction of the yellow wing at Her Majesty’s Prison and repairs to water storage tanks in Salt Cay. These projects are estimated to cost the government $1.3 million. Meanwhile, all other projects were tendered and are at different stages of evaluation for the financial year. The 18 projects are: consultancy for a Government office complex, new block for HJ Robinson High School, new roof repairs for Ianthe Pratt Primary School, repairs to Beaches Vendor Market, repairs to Club Med

Vendor Market, refurbishment works to Regatta Village in South Caicos, refurbishment works to Jetty in South Caicos, road development phase five in Providenciales, boat ramps in Wheeland/Blue Hills and Five Cays, Green Park in Chalk Sound. Refurbishment works to the Leeward Palms Green Park, consultancy for Blue Hills masterplan, refurbishment works to NJS Francis Building, refurbishment works to Grand Turk Treasury Building, refurbishment works to DECR building. Refurbishment works to National Stadium, construction of community signs and equipment for Public Works Department. The total cost of the 18 tendered projects is $11.8 million. “In summary my ministry under my leadership is managing a total of 57 project at a value of $51.6 million,” the deputy premier stated. “We have also just recently recruited the following technical staff to aid in the delivery of these projects: two project managers, two clerk-of-works and one civil engineer.”

SIPT prosecutor looks to make TCI his permanent home and lend support to ODPP BY DELANA ISLES QUEEN’S Counsel Andrew Mitchell has applied for full admission to the local bar following several years of service in the territory and his distinguished legal career in the United Kingdom. The move is one which echoes that of former head of the Civil Recovery Programme, David Phillips, in 2015, when following the end of the civil court hearings he applied for full admission to the TCI bar. That move sparked protests from local lawyers, who at the time stated that there were serious concerns about conflicts about Phillips practising privately in the Islands, given that he was appointed by the British government to handle the civil side of the corruption trials. Despite objections from some quarters, Phillips was given approval and has since been practising in private firms in the territory. He was a former attorney with Karam and Missick law firm (which sponsored his appointment) and now works with Wessex Fairchild Attorneys. The Weekly News reached out to

head of the TCI Bar Council, Oreika Selver-Gardiner, to fine out whether the body had similar concerns about Mitchell’s application. Selver-Gardiner stated that the council has not made a decision yet on whether it will oppose the appointment, as the consultation with local attorneys is still ongoing. She said once that is done, the council will submit its findings and the matter will be taken to the chief justice for a hearing. Mitchell’s application for admission was listed for hearing in the Supreme Court on January 10, but that date has since been pushed back. He has worked as the lead attorney in the SIPT trial since he was instructed in Autumn 2010, a letter from the Director of Public Prosecution, Eugene Otuonye reads. According to the DPP, the UK lawyer has been under the tutelage of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) since the enforced break in the SIPT trial in the early summer of 2019. He has been under the supervision of the Deputy Director of Public Prosecution, Angela Brooks and

Queen’s Counsel Andrew Mitchell hopes to stay in the TCI

Otuonye. The letter states that Mitchell has also closely engaged with ODPP’s attorneys, none of whom is less than two years post call. Mitchell holds a permanent residency certificate with the right to work and reside and intends to make the TCI his home. During his attendance at the ODPP, the letter reads, Mitchell assisted with various cases over a wide range of criminal issues as well as civil recovery matters and the extradition issue relating to two individuals.

He has also drafted advices on appeal to the Privy Council and settled the applications. Mitchell has been practicing as a Barrister in England since 1976 and was appointed to the rank of Queen’s Counsel in 1998. He is a published expert on asset forfeiture and the proceeds of crime, including money laundering. He has sat as a part time judge since 1995 in both civil and criminal courts. “We, at the ODPP, are delighted to have had the opportunity to benefit from the experience he has brought to us and we are confident

that the entire TCI Bar will also benefit greatly from his expertise,” the DPP’s letter to the Bar Council stated. “He is scheduled to begin advocacy clinics for the lawyers in the ODPP and would, we are sure, be happy to offer the same service to new practitioners at the bar generally. “He also has extensive experience in the field of bribery and corruption and the training of lawyers and public servants which will serve us well when the new bribery ordinance is brought into force. “We would be most grateful if the Bar Council would communicate its support for this application to Her Ladyship, the chief justice.” Sponsoring Mitchell’s full admission to the TCI Bar is deputy director Angela Brooks. “I have pleasure in providing this affidavit as evidence of the applicant’s completion of his supervised training in the practise of law in these Islands as required by the Legal Profession Ordinance and in support of his application to be admitted as an attorney of the Supreme Court of the Turks and Caicos Islands,” Brooks wrote in support.


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THE SALT CAY NOTE

Titus de Boer takes snapshots of the island of Salt Cay for the Salt Cay Ferry Facebook page. He follows the advice of a photographer and former colleague who told him to trust his ‘eye’

That picture and those thousand words

WHEN I first decided to go into journalism after finishing school, I learnt ‘the business’ the oldfashioned way. Having come to the conclusion that I preferred print media to television and radio, I started working my way up the ladder in an established German news magazine. Before writing my first sentence, let alone see it published, most German news outlets at the time would first bore their trainees to death by making them work in the advertising, distribution and marketing departments, so we would also appreciate and understand the other side of the business. As uninspiring as I found this experience at the time, now as I look back on it I understand the rationale. The newspaper publishers wanted us trainee journalists to understand from day one: great

BY TITUS DE BOER

Titus was born in Hamburg and has lived in the Turks and Caicos Islands since 1989. He works as a general business consultant and has been based in Salt Cay since 2016.

stories don’t pay the bills- advertising does. This was the decade that preceded the arrival of the internet, digital

photography, cell phones and social media, so the next key question was, did I want to be ‘just’ a writer, a photo journalist or both. I decided that I’d leave the photography to the people who were really good at it and once my stories did appear in print they’d either be illustrated by a piece of archived photography or, if I was sent on a foreign assignment, a professional staff photographer would be sent along. And so one day I was asked to do a story in Haiti. 1987, the Duvalier regime had come to an end the year before and I was asked to do a piece about the first anniversary of these tumultuous events. A veteran photographer was asked to accompany me. He’d been in the business for a long time, a true professional with serious camera equipment (worth thousands) - and a heavy drinker. During a stopover in Miami, the photographer decided, in a very

drunken state, to jump into the pool for a midnight dip, unaware that the pool had been drained for maintenance. Luckily he survived the incident but with two broken legs a flight to Port-au-Prince was out of the question for him. Fearing the damage to his career and reputation I was thus inaugurated into the world of photo journalism from a Miami hospital bed during a two hour crash course. “Now remember Titus,” said the veteran photographer, “you may carry around the best camera equipment in the world, but if you haven’t got ‘the eye’, your photos will still be sh*t.” I took his advice (and his beautiful Leica cameras) to heart and did the story. Forward to 2019. After being asked in late 2018 whether I could create and edit the Salt Cay Ferry Facebook page, this simple social media initiative (aimed solely at bringing Salt Cay residents updated

ferry schedules and community announcements), soon become a Salt Cay photography hub. Perhaps the better description would be ‘photography hub - by default,’ as we endeavour to cheer our Facebook friends up with a simple, “Good morning Salt Cay” and a Salt Cay snap shot. To our surprise, the reaction to this seemingly simple effort has been overwhelmingly enthusiastic. Our photos are shared, liked and commented on endlessly and we’ve even been asked for postcards, calendars and books. The irony: I don’t own a camera or for that matter even the latest, fancy cell phone. What I do have is a good memory. And so, after all these years, I remembered the advice of that veteran photographer, who taught me to trust my ‘eye’. This column is dedicated to him.


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Baby Denerdo Quatela Junior was born at Cheshire Hall Medical Centre

Mother Latavia Williams with midwife Patricia Diaz and baby Denerdo

Hospital welcomes first baby of 2020 LITTLE Denerdo Quatela Junior was born at Cheshire Hall Medical Centre in Providenciales on the first day of the new decade. Mother Latavia Williams delivered her son at 9.25pm on January 1, 2020. He weighed 3.3 kilograms and measured in at 47 centimetres long.

In a press release from TCI Hospital on January 3, Williams said she was delighted with the arrival of her first child. She added that she did not expect Denerdo Junior to be the first baby of the year or decade as he was delivered two days before his due date.

To commemorate the new year, the new baby was decked out in a tiny white and blue onesie and hat emblazoned with a fox. During the media photographs, he was swaddled in yellow. Chief of clinical services Mikette Been said: “Congratulations! The motherhood journey has begun. I

hope that this journey is filled with much joy, delight and happiness. “We wish you and your family the very best, and the atmosphere to welcome your birthday’s will always be filled with celebratory fireworks.” TCI Hospital gave Williams an infant bathtub and infant-care items as a gift for the special occasion.

Rising cancer rate is a challenge for Government Premier says critical research needed to tackle the disease BY OLIVIA ROSE PREMIER Sharlene Cartwright Robinson says essential research is needed to tackle the increasing cases of cancer in the Turks and Caicos Islands. “We must conduct critical research and wage a war on cancer because it certainly is waging one on us.” The premier made these strong remarks during her Government’s three year anniversary report on Tuesday (January 7). She noted that battling a high rate of cancer has been a challenge for the PDM Government over the past three years. “We continue to suffer great loss to cancer with an increasing

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incidence of diagnosis and death.” She said it is strange among a nation of over 50 different nationalities “which for me dismisses that it is in the air, water or environment generally”. The premier added: “I pay tribute to those in this fight, be it the victims or families. “We as a people must do something different and the Ministry of Health is leading on this. “I pay tribute to those also that loss the fight on this side of eternity and single out our youngest victim little Ethan Pinder who became a beacon of inspiration for me in his fight. “This past year as a tribute, I chose the colour red for the Premier’s Golf Cup Tournament participants to

salute this brave young fighter. “Red was Ethan’s favourite colour and he reminded us throughout his illness and how he carried his little self that we must delight ourselves in whatever circumstance, define the challenge and not to let it define us, pray for those around and be an encouragement even when we need it most.” Over the years the Ministry of Health and the National Cancer Society has launched several campaigns and events to raise awareness about cancer while promoting healthy lifestyles. Last October during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Rosemary Jolly, president of the National Cancer Society, said these collaborative efforts allow the society to expand

its support programmes. She said: “While there has not been an exponential rise in cancer, we are always concerned when there is a new diagnosis. “To date, breast and prostate cancers remain the two highest detected cancers in the Turks and Caicos Islands. “Our focus is to ensure that our people are made aware and educated on the threats of this disease, through collaborative efforts with all of our partners in health, and to stand in the gap for our cancer fighters.” Breast cancer, prostate cancer and colorectal cancer are the three most common types of cancers diagnosed at the TCI Hospital, with officials noting a combination of 33 different types of cancers detected in the TCI.

Government adopts centralised register of assets A NEW system that will allow the Government to manage, track and capitalise all its fixed assets will be launching soon. The automated fixed asset module will eliminate the historic use of a multiple spreadsheet system, a Government press release explained on Wednesday (January 8). The new streamlined solution will instead automatically reconcile and depreciate all asset values and create a centralised asset register. The Accountant General’s Department (Treasury) announced the launch of the new system which it expects to be up and running “within the upcoming weeks”. It comes following the approval of TCIG’s Fixed Assets Policies and Procedures Manual by Cabinet in May 2019. The Accountant General’s Department will be carrying out a series of sensitisation sessions for staff in Grand Turk and Providenciales in the upcoming weeks. “We look forward to participation and support in this venture as we seek to safeguard our assets and know our worth,” the press release read.


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FortisTCI president and CEO Eddinton Powell presents trophy to contractors J and A Welding

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Awardees and participants at the FortisTCI Green Ribbon Safety Awards

Power company awardees praised for health and safety THREE FortisTCI departments, three partnering contractors and eight individuals were recognised at the company’s recent semi-annual Green Ribbon Safety Awards. The ceremony was held on Friday, December 13, at the company’s headquarters in Providenciales for those who demonstrate a commitment to health and safety in the workplace. Good Catch awards were presented to FortisTCI employees Clyde Hall, Ingrid Forbes, Callis Jones, Raymond Clare, Lorenzo Fabien, Rolin Garconville, Deniro Handfield, and a contractor employee John Ferguson. They are credited with raising awareness of safety and environmental risks and identifying solutions for potential hazards, a company press release said on

Wednesday (January 8). At the ceremony, the FortisTCI production team was the topperforming department, North Caicos placed second place, and the substation team placed third. Among the contractor group, J and A Welding took home the top prize, E and L Construction was second, and G and H Enterprises placed third. Offering remarks at this ceremony were senior director of energy production and delivery Don Forsyth and president and CEO Eddinton Powell. Director of legal services Alexandria Missick provided the safety moment, which is another initiative FortisTCI uses to heighten awareness of proper safety practices across the company. FortisTCI has held these brief

Visa restrictions imposed on Venezuelan nationals VENEZUELANS who wish to enter the TCI will soon be required to make an application for a visa at their nearest British high commission, embassy or consulate. Applications can also be made from outside the TCI to the director of immigration or to territory representatives at the TCI Office in London, England, or New York, USA. Cabinet granted approval to impose visa restrictions on Venezuelan nationals at its meeting on December 18 last year. This will take place through the removal of Venezuela from Schedule 2 of Regulations 9 (1) of the revised Immigration Ordinance 2018. It is anticipated that the proposed amendment will come into force within two weeks, a

Government press release stated on January 3. It added that, although the decision has been taken, Cabinet remains cognizant of the security and humanitarian situation in Venezuela. Guidance notes issued by the United Nations Commission for Refugee issues on March 2018 and updated May 2019 are also being scrutinized. These request that member states seek to allow access of Venezuelans and that countries have in place appropriate humanitarian protection for nationals of Venezuela. The Ministry of Immigration, Citizenship, Labour and Employment Services will provide further information to Venezuelans within the Islands and the general public “in due course”.

presentations dubbed ‘safety moments’ at the start of staff and stakeholder meetings since 2017. The initiative is one way the company continues to enhance its safety culture and help employees and business partners understand the importance of operating at the highest standards. Powell commended all employees and participating contractors for

their enthusiastic support of the company’s ongoing efforts to keep safety front and centre of its operations. He noted that by training contractors in the company’s environmental health and safety management systems, the EHS department was taking safety well beyond FortisTCI, and creating a movement for safety best practices

across the territory. “Safety is a way of life at FortisTCI and through initiatives such as the Green Ribbon Awards, we empower employees and contractors to focus on continuous improvement of our safety practices,” he said. “I am pleased to congratulate all the winners of these Green Ribbon Awards and encourage everyone to keep up the good work.”

The ‘Share your Christmas’ food drive invited Beaches staff to donate to a cause to help the less fortunate

Resort staff donate 5,000 food items to needy STAFF at Beaches Turks and Caicos donated more than 5,000 canned and non-perishable foods to their Environment Health and Safety Department’s annual food drive this December. The huge haul was handed over to the National HIV Prevention Unit and the Social Welfare Department on Friday, January 3, and will in turn be distributed to those in need. In a company press release on Tuesday (January 7) Jean Williams, Acting Deputy Director of Social Development, thanked the resort’s staff members for the donation. “We have been working with Beaches for quite some time and we thank the staff members of Beaches who have taken the interest to share their Christmas with our clients every year. “This is a worthy cause and

it’s very beneficial to our clients. Those who are sick don’t have a financial income - this supports them tremendously and we greatly appreciate it.” The ‘Share your Christmas’ food drive invited staff to participate in the spirit of giving by donating to a cause to help the less fortunate between December 7 and 22. Organiser Shuntel Gibson said that she was incredibly happy and overwhelmed for the support received for this year’s drive. “We anticipated collecting the same amount we collected in the years prior but we have exceeded that number,” she said. “This is by far the largest donation we have received in our six years of hosting this charitable drive.” She added: “We recognise that there exists a social group within our

communities that are in need and are pleased that our great relationship with the Social Welfare Department and other social interest groups allow us to assist through this annual initiative.” The Social Welfare Department assists with providing financial support for the unemployed and underemployed in the TCI. It directly impacts single mothers, children, the disabled and the elderly by providing them with monetary support and where possible, food and clothing. The National HIV Prevention Unit assists directly with providing medical support services to those affected by the disease. The group also offers healthy meals daily to about 40 people in Providenciales who would not have the means to feed themselves otherwise.


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Food ‘made from air’ could compete with soya FINNISH scientists producing a protein “from thin air” say it will compete with soya on price within the decade. The protein is produced from soil bacteria fed on hydrogen split from water by electricity. The researchers say if the electricity comes from solar and wind power, the food can be grown with near-zero greenhouse gas emissions. If their dreams are realised, it could help the world tackle many of the problems associated with farming. When I visited Solar Foods’ pilot plant on the outskirts of Helsinki last year the researchers were raising funds for expansion. Now they say they have attracted 5.5m euros of investment, and they predict – depending on the price of electricity – that their costs will roughly match those for soya production by the end of the decade perhaps even by 2025. I ate a few grains of the precious protein flour - called Solein - and tasted nothing, which is what the scientists have planned. They want it to be a neutral additive to all sorts of foods. It could mimic palm oil by reinforcing pies, ice cream, biscuits, pasta, noodles, sauces or bread. The inventors say it can be used as a medium for growing cultured meat or fish. It could also nourish cattle to save them eating soya raised on rainforest land. Even if things go according to

The protein is produced from soil bacteria fed on hydrogen split from water by electricity.

plan – which, of course, they may not – it will be many years before the protein production is scaled up to meet global demand. But this is one of many projects looking towards a future of synthesised food. The firm’s CEO is Pasi Vainikka, who studied at Cranfield University in the UK and is now adjunct professor at Lappeenranta University. He told me the ideas behind the technology were originally developed for the space industry in the 1960s.

He admits his demonstrator plant is running some months behind time but says it will be ready by 2022. A full investment decision will come in 2023, and if all goes according to plan, the first factory will appear in 2025. He said: “We are doing pretty well so far. Once we scale the factory from the first one by adding reactors (to ferment protein) and take into account the amazing improvements in other clean technologies like wind and solar power, we think we can compete with soya possibly as early

as 2025.” To make Solein, water is “split”, using electrolysis to make hydrogen. The hydrogen, carbon dioxide from the air and minerals are fed to bacteria, which then produce the protein. A key determinant, he said, would be the price of electricity. The firm anticipates that as more renewables come on-stream, the cost will fall. The progress of this extraordinary technology has been hailed by the environmental campaigner George Monbiot, who has made a TV documentary, Apocalypse Cow,

broadcast on Channel 4 in the UK at 22:00 GMT on Wednesday. Monbiot is generally pessimistic about the future of the planet, but says Solar Foods has given him hope. He said: “Food production is ripping the living world apart. Fishing and farming are, by a long way, the greatest cause of extinction and loss of the diversity and abundance of wildlife. Farming is a major cause of climate breakdown. “But just as hope appeared to be evaporating, ‘farmfree food’ creates astonishing possibilities to save both people and planet. “By temporarily shifting towards a plant-based diet, we can help buy the time to save species and places. “But farmfree food offers hope where hope was missing. We will soon be able to feed the world without devouring it.” Research by the think tank RethinkX, which forecasts the implications of technology-driven disruption of many kinds, suggests that proteins from precision fermentation will be around 10 times cheaper than animal protein by 2035. It forecasts the result will be the near-complete collapse of the livestock industry - although critics will complain that this doesn’t take into account the ability of meat producers to harness the novel proteins to feed their own stock . A consortium of leading scientific research and academic institutions has been formed to identify innovative solutions to tackle climate change linked to the agri-food sector.

DR Congo measles: More than 6,000 dead in world’s worst outbreak THE number of people killed by a measles epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo has passed 6,000, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said. The WHO says the epidemic is the world’s largest and fastest moving. Around 310,000 suspected measles cases have been reported since the start of 2019, the WHO says. The Congolese government and the WHO launched an emergency vaccination programme last September. More than 18 million children under five were vaccinated across the country in 2019, the WHO says. But poor infrastructure, attacks on health centres and a lack of access to routine healthcare have all hindered efforts to stop the spread of the disease.

Every one of the country’s 26 provinces has reported cases of measles since the outbreak was declared in June last year. The measles outbreak in DR Congo has killed twice more people than Ebola in the Central African country. “We are doing our utmost to bring this epidemic under control,” said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa. “Yet to be truly successful we must ensure that no child faces the unnecessary risk of death from a disease that is easily preventable by a vaccine. We urge our donor partners to urgently step up their assistance.” The WHO says an extra $40m (£30m) is required to extend the vaccination to children between six and 14 years and strengthen outbreak

The disease has ravaged DR Congo, which declared an epidemic in June 2019.

response. Measles is a virus that initially causes a runny nose, sneezing and fever. A few days later it leads to a

blotchy rash that starts off on the face and spreads across the body. Most people will recover, but measles can cause life-long disability. It can be deadly, especially

if it causes pneumonia in the lungs or encephalitis (swelling in the brain). It is estimated that a global total of 110,000 people die from measles each year. (BBC)


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TESS mission spots ‘Tatooine’ system and Earth-size potentially habitable planet NASA’S planet-hunting mission TESS has found its first potentially habitable exoplanet the size of Earth orbiting a star about 100 light-years from Earth, according to the agency. The findings were announced during the 235th meeting of the American Astronomical Society on Monday in Honolulu. The planet is part of a multi-planet system around TOI 700, a small, cool M-dwarf star in the Dorado constellation. It’s only about 40% of our sun’s mass and size, with half of the surface temperature. The planet is known as TOI 700 d, one of three orbiting the star. It’s at just the right distance to support liquid water on the surface in the star’s habitable zone. Astronomers confirmed their discovery using NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope infrared capabilities with follow-up observations. They also modeled the planet’s potential environment to further investigate its habitability. The find is exciting to astronomers because it’s one of a select few potentially habitable planets discovered outside of our solar system that happens to be the size of Earth. TOI 700 d is the outermost of the three planets, completing a single orbit around the star every 37 Earth days. From its smaller star, the planet

TOI 700 d (right) is at just the right distance to support liquid water on the surface in the star’s habitable zone.

receives about 86% of the energy that our sun supplies the Earth. The planet is thought to be tidally locked, meaning one side is always in daylight. The other two planets in the system, TOI 700 b and c, are different. The innermost planet, b, is the size of Earth and rocky like our planet and zips around the star every 10 Earth days. The second planet, c, is considered to be gaseous and between the size of Earth and Neptune, completing an orbit every 16 Earth days. “TESS was designed and launched specifically to find Earth-sized planets orbiting nearby stars,” said Paul Hertz, astrophysics division

director at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “Planets around nearby stars are easiest to followup with larger telescopes in space and on Earth. Discovering TOI 700 d is a key science finding for TESS. Confirming the planet’s size and habitable zone status with Spitzer is another win for Spitzer as it approaches the end of science operations this January.” Initially, the star was miscategorized as much hotter, leading astronomers to think that the planets orbiting it would be too close and hot to support life. But researchers, including high school student Alton Spencer working with the TESS team,

pointed out the error. “When we corrected the star’s parameters, the sizes of its planets dropped, and we realized the outermost one was about the size of Earth and in the habitable zone,” said Emily Gilbert, a graduate student at the University of Chicago. “Additionally, in 11 months of data we saw no flares from the star, which improves the chances TOI 700 d is habitable and makes it easier to model its atmospheric and surface conditions.” In the future, missions like NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, launching in 2021, could determine if the planets have atmospheres and their compositions.

Environment simulations created by researchers using TESS’ data revealed a planet that may behave very differently from our own. Because it’s tidally locked, the way clouds form and wind blows may be alien to us. “Someday, when we have real spectra from TOI 700 d, we can backtrack, match them to the closest simulated spectrum, and then match that to a model,” said Gabrielle Engelmann-Suissa, a Universities Space Research Association visiting research assistant at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. “It’s exciting because no matter what we find out about the planet, it’s going to look completely different from what we have here on Earth.” Another first for TESS is its discovery of a planet orbiting two suns, like Tatooine in the Star Wars films. The planet TOI 1338 b was found 1,300 light-years away in the Pictor constellation. It’s the only planet in the system with two stars. It’s between the sizes of Neptune and Saturn and experiences regular eclipses from its stars. The stars whirl around each other in orbit every 15 days, with one 10% more massive than our sun and the other is more diminuitive and cooler. (CNN)

Running marathon cuts years off ‘artery age’ TRAINING for and completing a marathon improves the health of a new runner’s arteries, cutting about four years off their “vascular age”, a study suggests. Researchers from Barts and University College London tested 138 novice runners attempting the London Marathon. Over six months of training, their arteries regained some youthful elasticity, which should reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes. And their blood pressure fell as much as if they had been prescribed pills. Those who were the least fit beforehand appeared to benefit the most. And smaller amounts of aerobic exercise are likely to have a similar effect, according to the British Heart Foundation (BHF), which funded the study, in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

It took them between four and a half and five and a half hours, on average, to run the 26.2 miles. Runners with a pre-existing but undiagnosed heart condition have died attempting marathons - but this is very rare. Lead researcher Dr Charlotte Manisty said: “People with known heart disease or other medical conditions should speak to their doctor first. “But for most people, the benefits of taking up exercise far outweigh any risk.” Start months before a marathon, begin each session with a warm-up and gradually increase the distance run. Having rest days between runs allows joints and muscles to recover and strengthen. Ask a doctor about any health concerns. Over the course of every week, adults should do a minimum of

In six months of training novice runners regained some youthful elasticity, which should reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

either: § 150 minutes moderate-intensity exercise, such as brisk walking, doubles tennis or cycling § 75 minutes vigorous exercise, such as running, football or rugby People should also do

strengthening activities - such as push-ups, sit-ups or lifting and carrying - at least two times a week to give muscles a good workout. BHF’s Prof Metin Avkiran said: “The benefits of exercise are undeniable.

“Keeping active reduces your risk of having a heart attack or stroke and cuts your chances of an early death. “As the old mantra goes, ‘If exercise were a pill, it would be hailed as a wonder drug.’” (BBC)


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Sands calls for Bahamian government to agree on larger total for Dorian victims

Hurricane Dorian was extremely destructive.

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands said a multi-ministerial decision would have to be made to confirm that over 200 people have died due to Hurricane Dorian. Giving an update on the unidentified victims from the monster storm, Dr Sands told The Tribune that the relevant authorities would have to make a decision to confirm that more than 200 people lost their lives during Hurricane Dorian. “At some point, the government of The Bahamas will have to declare that over 200 people have died

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in Hurricane Dorian but I cannot officially say that as that is a multiministerial decision. We have to do our due diligence and meet to decide. We want to move all of the outstanding matters to an agreed consensus or conclusion. We want to bring some closure. Again, we have not walked this road before,” said Dr Sands. The official death toll from the storm stands at 70, with 60 victims from Abaco and 10 from Grand Bahama, according to a November 29, 2019 press release from the National Emergency Management Agency. At last report, officials said nearly 300 people were reported as missing. A multi-agency meeting with the Ministries of Health, Legal Affairs, National Security, the Office of the Attorney General and relevant agencies was scheduled on January 9 but is postponed until next week. “The outstanding issues would be to ensure that we have done everything that we could possibly do

in terms of identification,” Dr Sands said. “You would have heard me say that we would invite the International Red Cross to provide a safe space for persons who may not be willing to come forward to identify (loved ones). And so that invitation and that request has already been made, the logistics of how that happens is very important. “Then it’s the whole issue of how long we are going to keep remains in refrigerated coolers particularly in Abaco. We need to identify a place for interment. We need to agree on a type of grid that would be set up and how we would reference remains.” In mass tragedies, the identification process can be protracted; for instance victims are still being identified some 18 years after the September 11 attacks on New York. In The Bahamas, the law states it takes seven years to declare a missing person dead, something Dr Sands says would have to be modified in light of the circumstances.

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The agency expects that by March this year, some 4.2 million Haitians will not have sufficient food.

Food insecurity in Haiti expected to rise this year, says UN Humanitarian Agency THE number of Haitians who do not have sufficient food to eat is expected to surpass four million this year, the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, says. OCHA reports that deteriorating economic conditions last year— including low growth rate, high inflation and an increase in the cost of basic food items—have had a negative impact on the humanitarian situation in the Caribbean nation. At the same time, insecurity and social tensions meant aid workers had limited access to a large part of the country. As a result, the number of

Haitians facing food insecurity rose to 3.7 million in 2019, up from 2.6 million in 2018. OCHA expects the figure will reach 4.2 million by March this year, with some 1.2 million Haitians likely to experience “emergency levels” of food insecurity. “The situation is expected to remain unstable in the coming months, which will further weaken the country’s economy and, consequently, the ability of the poorest Haitians to meet their basic needs as well as the capacity of the State to provide essential services,” the agency said.


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Bahamas: Minnis’ says he has ‘seven more years’ in office PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to stop income inequality and to create more job opportunities for Bahamians in the country. This, according to Dr Minnis, is a part of the government’s New Year resolution for 2020. “…I have seven more years (left in office)… What I’m concentrating now is to close the gap of inequality to allow more of the poor and the indigent to share in the wealth,” he told reporters during this week’s junkanoo parade. Dr Minnis made these statements when asked about his campaign reform plans, given the fact he only has two years left in office. However, while noting his plans to focus on the poor, the Killarney MP suggested to reporters that he would be reelected by the Bahamian people for another term. Also outlining the government’s goals this year was Deputy Prime Minister Mr Peter Turnquest. Speaking to reporters, Mr

PRIME Minister Hubert Minnis.is confident that he would be re-elected by the people for another term.

Turnquest noted that one of the government’s goals for the year include helping those displaced by Hurricane Dorian return to a life of normalcy. “We’ve gone through a tremendous traumatic event that

has long term consequences to the country and its going to be a long road to recovery,” he said. “… And the first order is going to put back those institutions that will facilitate residents coming back and being able to access the services that

they need. “(Those include) the police, the healthcare, the financial institutions and the government services to make sure all those things that provide for an orderly society are in place. Then we will assist residents as best we can to get back into their homes.” Meanwhile, Education Minister Mr Jefferey Lloyd added: “This year, (we want) greater efficiency, greater response. We got to be more responsive for the Bahamian people. We’ve got to cut down on the timelines. “We’ve got to get people results to them, whatever that is, whether you have to be paid or make a request of the ministry that (you) want (your) grades or diploma or transcripts or so on. So instead of having to wait two weeks, we want to cut it down to one week.” He continued: “Instead of having to wait one week, we want to cut it down to two and three days because the Bahamian people deserve it and…. So that’s why in

this year we’re going to be having in the ministry a 100 day challenge and every department is going to establish those goals and in that 100 day, we are going to exceed those goals.” Speaking on his ministry’s resolutions for 2020, Social Service Minister Frankie Campbell said he hopes to finalise several important matters. “There are some welfare and working conditions within the ministry that I want to address…. We are (also) looking to introduce legislation. We are in the final stages of the older persons protection bill as a matter of fact, we’ve sent it back to the attorney general’s office, hoping that they will put the final touches on it. “We’ve also presented to the attorney general office the amendments for the persons with the disabilities act because we thought in order to bring the right regulations, we needed to make some amendments....I’m optimistic that we’re going to have a good year.” (Tribune242)

Cayman government asks AT&T to stop running ‘tax professional’ ad THE CAYMAN Islands government has written to US telecom giant AT&T calling on it to cease and desist from using an advertisement which paints the Cayman Islands in a negative light. It follows Financial Services Minister Tara Rivers’ vow last November to challenge Hollywood over negative connotations concerning Cayman in US films and TV shows. The Cayman Compass reached out to the Financial Services Ministry about the TV ad, which has been making the rounds on local social media platforms. It was also recently released and posted to YouTube.com. In a brief response, the ministry said it was aware of the ad. “The Cayman Islands Government

has already written to AT&T’s legal department, asking the company to cease and desist using the ad on all media platforms; and reserving the Government’s right to legal and appropriate regulatory actions. As a result, the Ministry will not be taking further action,” the statement said. The video ad, titled ‘OK Tax Professional’, is set in an office and the main character, named Phil, appears to be a shady tax professional who tells his customer he can get her taxes in an “OK place”. The customer points to photos of Phil on his desk, noting that he takes a lot of trips to “the Caymans”. One photo shows Phil with a yacht in the background with the name Offshore Accounts and another photo shows him surrounded by parrots. The tax professional then goes on

The Cayman government has written AT&T about the advertisement.

to say Phil is legally dead as he fell off a boat and he is now called Dennis Celery. The man opens a folder and says, “You won’t want to see this” and then shreds a document. The customer walks away, saying, “This isn’t going to work out.” The tagline in the ad is “Just OK is not OK.” The advertisement is one of several recent instances in which Cayman has been referenced in a light that paints it as an avenue for

money laundering and criminal acts. Popular US TV shows ‘Law and Order SVU’, ‘Jane the Virgin’ and ‘How to Get Away With Murder’ named Cayman when referring to suspects moving or hiding money and engaging in criminal financing. In November, Rivers said her ministry would mount a new campaign this year to clear Cayman’s name, and funds were allocated in the 2020/21 budget to educate and dispel misconceptions about Cayman’s

financial services industry. She said there continue to be adverse throwaway references to Cayman in film, and added that her ministry would lead a targeted campaign to engage with entertainment company executives “to correct the record, educate content providers and to set the record straight about Cayman’s commitment to meeting international standards and its ongoing commitment to combat financial crime and tax evasion”.


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Owen Arthur has been announced as LIAT’s new Chairman.

The earthquake on Tuesday did some infrastructural damage and took the life of one man on the Caribbean island.

Earthquake jolts region as Puerto Rico continues to feel aftershocks

AS REGIONAL experts and disaster officials continue to urge the region to be prepared on the heels of strong earthquakes in Puerto Rico, a 5.2 magnitude tremor struck off Dominica on Wednesday morning. The Seismic Research Centre (SRC) of the University of the West Indies’ St Augustine Campus in Trinidad reported that the tremor was recorded at 10:01 a.m. Its centre was located 23 km southeast of Dominica’s capital, Roseau; 66 km

north-northwest of Fort-de-France, Martinique; and 124 km south-southeast of Point-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The tremor was recorded as Puerto Rico continued to feel the aftershocks of a 6.4 magnitude earthquake that rocked the US Caribbean territory on Tuesday morning and was responsible for the death of one man and damage to buildings, roads and bridges, and knocked out power and water services in some areas.

On the heels of that large tremor, the SRC had said that the seismic activity around Puerto Rico was a reminder that the region is seismically active and residents must therefore always need to be prepared. In an information note issued this morning, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) also urged countries to continue to monitor the situation in Puerto Rico, and said it would do the same. (Caribbean360)

Former Barbados PM to be LIAT’s new chairman ANOTHER Barbadian is set to lead the Board of the Antigua-based regional airline LIAT. Former Prime Minister Owen Arthur will succeed, Jean Holder as Chairman of the financially-troubled carrier, Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister Gaston Browne announced over the weekend. “I have to tell you, I don’t think there could be any better candidate,” he said in making the announcement. “Owen Arthur would have spent a large amount of his prime ministerial equity ensuring the survival of LIAT, and now that it is at the crossroads again, I think that Owen is the right person to lead LIAT out of these

difficulties.” Although not going into details, Browne said some changes are on the cards for LIAT and he believes the airline has “a very bright future” ahead. “We have come to a consensus on the way forward,” he said, explaining that “a lot of the differences that existed we’ve been able to resolve them”. Holder announced his retirement last month, informing LIAT shareholders that after 16 years as a Director and Chairman of LIAT, he would not be available for nomination for the next term. (Caribbean360)

Jamaican pastor claims he raised 72 year-old deacon from the dead A 72-year-old deacon is singing praises to God after he ‘died’ last Sunday in church, but was miraculously raised by his pastor, Bishop Robert Coates. Coates, who is the leader of the Visionaries Apostolic in Montego Bay, St James, for the past 12 years, said he was at the end of his sermon when he realised that a crowd was around his deacon. He said that he quickly stepped off the rostrum and went to investigate and found that Ansel Daley, his deacon, died in the church. “He completely fell dead. (There was) No pulse and his body went cold. No breathing, no movement, no vital signs of life were there. The

only thing was to rush him to the hospital or to exercise faith, which is what we did. Through prayer and audacious faith, we saw signs of life come back to our dear brother,” he said. Daley, who the pastor said was dead for five minutes, told THE STAR that he struggles with high blood pressure and diabetes. Dr Winston Dawes, a medical practitioner, said that Daley may have had a transient ischemic attack (TIA) which is a stroke that lasts only a few minutes. It happens when the blood supply to a part of the brain is briefly blocked. He said persons who are diabetic and hypertensive would experience these symptoms.

This photo shows the alleged miracle taking place in the church. Right: Ansel Daley.

Daley, meanwhile, is convinced that he was brought back from the dead. “I believe that through Jesus Christ, he (Coates) was able to raise me from the dead. He couldn’t do it by himself. Same as how Jesus work

through the doctors, he was able to work through him as well,” the deacon said. Asked to recall what happened on that fateful day, Daley said: “I wasn’t feeling so good in my body that Sunday and when bishop start to

preach, mi feel like mi want to sleep. After that I don’t hear nothing at all. I don’t remember nothing. I was a dead man. From what people told me, I was cold. All I have to do is give God the glory because is Him alone.”


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Iran plane crash: Evidence suggests missile downed jet - Trudeau EVIDENCE suggests an Iranian missile brought down a Ukrainian passenger plane that crashed near Tehran, possibly in error, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau has said. Mr Trudeau called for a full and thorough investigation into the crash, which killed all 176 people on board. Iran has ruled out a missile strike by its air defences. The crash came just hours after Iran carried out missile strikes on two airbases housing US forces in Iraq. CBS News quoted US intelligence sources as saying a satellite detected infrared “blips” of two missile launches, followed by another blip of an explosion. Meanwhile, Newsweek quoted a Pentagon and senior US intelligence officials, as well as an Iraqi intelligence official, as saying they believed Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 was hit by a Russian-made Tor missile. US President Donald Trump said on Thursday that he had “suspicions” about what happened to the plane. Amid tensions heightened by the US killing of top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani on 3 January, Iran has said it will not hand over the recovered black box flight recorders to Boeing, the plane’s manufacturer, or to the US. Under global aviation rules Iran has the right to lead the investigation,

Iran is known to have Russian-made Tor missile defence systems.

but manufacturers are typically involved. WHAT DOES US MEDIA REPORT? In separate reports, CBS News and Newsweek said US and Iraqi intelligence officials were confident the Ukrainian plane was brought down by a missile fired by Iran. CBS published a brief report on Twitter. It said this information was based on US intelligence, which sources said picked up signals of a radar being turned on. US satellites also reportedly detected two missile launches shortly before the Ukrainian plane exploded. Meanwhile, Newsweek quoted

US and Iraqi officials as saying they believed the aircraft was hit by a Russia-built Tor M-1 surface-to-air missile system. Two Pentagon officials assessed that the incident was accidental, Newsweek added. It quoted sources as saying that Iran’s anti-aircraft systems were probably active following its attacks on the US airbases. The Pentagon has so far made no public comment on the issue. when asked what he thought had happened to the plane, President Trump answered: “I have my suspicions. It’s a tragic thing when I see that, it’s a tragic thing. But somebody could have made a

mistake on the other side. “Some people say it was mechanical. I personally, I don’t think that’s even a question, personally. So we’ll see what happens. “Something very terrible happened. Very devastating,” Mr Trump said. Earlier on Thursday, Oleksiy Danylov, the secretary of Ukraine’s security and defence council, said in a Facebook post (in Ukrainian) that three four main possible crash causes were being considered: • an anti-aircraft missile strike, specifically a Tor missile, taking into account reports of a missile being found near the crash site • a mid-air collision with a drone or other flying object • engine destruction/explosion due to technical reasons • an explosion inside the plane as a result of a terror attack Mr Danylov said Ukrainian investigators, who are already in Iran, wanted to search for possible debris from a missile at the site of the crash. Iran is known to have Russian missile defence systems. The investigation would include experts who worked on the investigation into the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine, Mr Danylov added. The UK government said it was urgently looking into reports that the

Ukrainian plane may have been shot down. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesman said reports in media were “very concerning” and the government wanted to see a “full, transparent investigation”. WHAT DOES IRAN SAY? Iran’s Civil Aviation Organisation (CAOI) chief Ali Abedzadeh said: “The plane, which was initially headed west to leave the airport zone, turned right following a problem and was headed back to the airport at the moment of the crash.” Mr Abedzadeh added that witnesses saw the plane “on fire” before the crash, and that pilots had not made any distress calls before trying to return to Imam Khomeini airport. “Several domestic and foreign flights were flying in Iranian space at the same altitude of 8,000ft (2,400m). The issue of the missile’s impact on the aircraft cannot be true in any way,” he said. Mr Abedzadeh said the initial findings had been sent to Ukraine and the US, where Boeing has its headquarters. He was earlier quoted as saying that “terrorism” had played no role in the crash. Sweden and Canada had also been sent the findings, as their nationals were on board, he added. (BBC)

Brexit: Full UK-EU trade deal ‘impossible’ by deadline - von der Leyen THE UK and the EU will remain the “best of friends” but they will “not be as close as before” after Brexit, the new European Commission president says. Speaking ahead of talks with the PM, Ursula von der Leyen warned it would be “impossible” to reach a comprehensive trade deal by the end of 2020. She said if the deadline was not extended it was not a case of “all or nothing”, but of priorities. But Boris Johnson has insisted a deal is possible by December 2020. The prime minister has also said that the process will not be extended. After its 31 January exit, the UK will enter into an 11-month transition period in which it will largely follow EU rules but will not have any representation in the bloc’s institutions. This period will come to an end on 31 December 2020. Once the UK leaves the EU on 31 January, the two sides will

begin talks on their future economic relationship. Speaking at the London School of Economics, Mrs von der Leyen said the EU was “ready to negotiate a truly ambitions partnership with UK” but she warned of “tough” talks ahead. But she said: “We will go as far as we can, but the truth is that our partnership cannot and will not be the same as before and it cannot and will not be as close as before because with every choice comes a consequences with every decision comes a trade off.” Mrs von der Leyen, a former German defence minister, took over from Jean-Claude Juncker at the start of December. She was a student at the LSE in the 1970s. She added: “There will be tough talks and each side will do what is best for them, but I can assure you the UK will always have a trusted friend and partner in the EU.”

She said she hoped the new trading relationship would be based on “zero tariffs, zero quotas, zero dumping”. But she said: “Without the free movement of people you cannot have the free movement of capital and services. “The more divergence there is the more distant the partnership will be.” Mrs von der Leyen also warned that without an extension of the transition period beyond 2020 “you cannot expect to agree every single aspect of our new partnership”. She called the deadline “very tight”. Opposition MPs have warned that trade deals typically take years to conclude and, with relatively little time available, the UK risks defaulting to World Trade Organisation rules at the start of 2021, potentially leading to damaging tariffs for some industries. But Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay told BBC Breakfast that

Boris Johnson and Ursula von der Leyen met for talks inside Number 10.

the UK and EU had agreed in the political declaration to do a trade deal by the end of this year and they are “confident” they will do that. “Of course there will be planning within Whitehall for any eventuality, but we aim to get a trade deal,” he said. “Both sides are clear they want a trade deal, the political declaration says it can be done to that timetable, let’s be positive.” And No 10 said Mr Johnson was expected to tell the EU president

that he is confident of getting a deal and, having waited for more than three years to leave the EU, both British and EU citizens expect the next phase of trade negotiations to conclude on time. Downing Street added that the PM was likely to underline to Mrs von der Leyen and the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier that the objective was securing an ambitious, tariff-free trade agreement rather than continued regulatory alignment. (BBC)


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Iran crisis: Commander says more air strikes were planned against US STRIKES against US forces in Iraq could have been just the beginning of a great operation across the region if the US had responded, a senior Iranian commander is reported as saying. Quoted by state TV, Amir Ali Hajizadeh on Thursday said the only fitting revenge for Gen Qasem Soleimani’s killing by the US was to drive US forces from the region. The remarks came a day after Iran fired missiles at bases housing US forces. This was a response to Soleimani’s death in a Baghdad drone strike. But in a news conference covered by Iranian state media, Revolutionary Guards aerospace commander BrigGen Hajizadeh said Iran had been prepared to fire hundreds or even thousands of missiles. In the event fewer than 20 were fired. The intention had not been to kill any US troops, he said, but the operation could have been planned in such a way that as many as 500 died in the first stage, and more if the US had responded. “We had thought that the clash would continue for three days to one week. We had prepared a few thousands of missiles for such circumstances,” he said in remarks carried by the Fars news agency. Brig-Gen Hajizadeh also said

Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says he would keep his vote a secret.

US officials say casualties at the bases were prevented because early warning systems worked effectively.

that Iran had launched cyber attacks which had disabled US systems for tracking missiles during the strikes. However, US officials say casualties at the bases were prevented because early warning systems worked effectively. On Wednesday, Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei described the attacks as a “slap in the face” for the US, but said revenge was a “different issue”. Gen Soleimani was widely regarded as Iran’s second most

powerful man. As head of the Revolutionary Guards’ elite Quds Force, he was an architect of Iranian policy in the Middle East. Meanwhile the US said it was “ready to engage without preconditions in serious negotiations” with Iran following the countries’ exchange of hostilities. In a letter to the UN, it justified Soleimani’s killing as an act of selfdefence. (BBC)

Venezuela’s Guaidó forces his way into assembly after stand-off THERE have been chaotic scenes at Venezuela’s National Assembly, with opposition leader Juan Guaidó gaining access to the legislative building after a tense stand-off with police. National Guards in riot gear had formed a cordon around the building, but Mr Guaidó and another 100 opposition lawmakers broke through it. The move comes two days after Mr Guaidó was prevented from attending a vote to re-elect him as Speaker. He called it a “parliamentary coup”. On Tuesday Mr Guaidó arrived at the National Assembly building in a convoy of cars and busses carrying 100 lawmakers who back his reelection as Speaker. They were let through a number of checkpoints but not through the cordon of riot police surrounding the building. A tense stand-off ensued. About 30 minutes, amid shouts of “this is not a military barracks” and “the people rule, not the military”, Mr Guaidó and his supporters pushed their way past the guards.

Opposition leader Juan Guaidó had a difficult time gaining entrance into the legislative building.

Mr Guaidó tweeted footage of the moment they forced their way into the building. Their arrival prompted progovernment lawmakers to leave. Mr Guaidó sat down in the Speaker’s chair. He and his supporters sang the national anthem

before he was sworn in as Speaker. A power cut forced them to use the flashlights on their mobile phones. The melee follows similar scenes on Sunday when Mr Guaidó and a number of opposition lawmakers were successfully barred from entering the building.

Labour leadership: Jeremy Corbyn won’t endorse any of the six candidates JEREMY Corbyn has said he will not be endorsing a candidate to replace him as Labour leader. When asked whether he had made up his mind, he said: “I won’t be saying who I’ll be voting for.” It comes as six leadership hopefuls set out their stall at a meeting of Labour MPs at Westminster. All emphasised the need for change after its recent election defeat, Lisa Nandy saying the party would “deserve to die” if it didn’t change course. The MPs need to get the backing of at least 20 of their colleagues to get on to the ballot paper. The winner will be announced on 4 April. Sheffield City region mayor and MP Dan Jarvis has, meanwhile, ruled out a leadership bid. Shadow business secretary Rebecca Long Bailey, the latest candidate to enter the race, has vowed to build on Mr Corbyn’s socialist policy agenda if she is elected leader. Speaking earlier to ITV News, she said Mr Corbyn deserved full marks for his leadership of the party, describing him as the “most honest, kind, principled politician” she has ever met. “What we can’t ignore was that Jeremy was savaged from day one by the press. “We have a role as a party to develop the image of our leader and to put them forward in the most positive way, but we also have a duty to rebut criticism and attacks.” Mr Corbyn told BBC News that Mrs Long Bailey was a “wonderful colleague”, who had given him “ten out of ten”, but added: “I never mark my own homework.” The Labour MPs’ leadership hustings was closed to the media, but some of the contenders released the text of the speeches they planned to make. Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer planned to tell MPs: “I think we can restore trust in our Labour Party. We have got the talent in this room to do that, if we use it and if

we pull together. I do believe we can force a way to victory.” Backbencher Jess Phillips’s team said she planned to make “a passionate case for the party to elect a different sort of leader”. “I don’t want to be the leader of the opposition - I want to be prime minister,” she was expected to tell her Labour colleagues. BBC Political Correspondent Iain Watson was among the reporters listening to the speeches in the corridor outside the meeting room. He said Lisa Nandy told MPs ‘’never again can we let factions and friends of the leader determine where resources go” during elections. The Wigan MP said in her opening speech: “This leadership debate is possibly the most important in our history. Now is not the time to steady the ship. If we do not change course we will die and we will deserve to.” All the candidates, including Emily Thornberry and Clive Lewis, were asked by Halifax MP Holly Lynch what they had done personally to help root out anti-Semitism in the party and what more they would do. Mrs Long Bailey said voters didn’t trust the party to deal with the issue and rectifying that was part of the process of “rebuilding trust”. According to Labour peer Lord Hain, who was in the room, Ms Nandy said she would accept all the findings of a review into the party’s procedures by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission and implement all its recommendations. Mr Lewis told BBC’s Newsnight he would be “brutally honest” about the state that Labour was in, saying policy making had become too centralised and the right and left were incapable of working together “without putting a heel on the throat of the other”. He also suggested that some people who had voted for Brexit were racist. “The Brexit project had a number of components to it and one of them was racist. Some of it was about taking back control.” (BBC)


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Iran plane crash: Airliner ‘was trying to return to airport’ A PLANE that crashed in Iran with 176 people on board was trying to return to the airport when it crashed, Iranian investigators have said. The Boeing 737-800 went down just minutes after taking off from Tehran’s airport, leaving no survivors. An initial probe found the aircraft experienced a problem as it was leaving the airport zone, and was “on fire”. The crash came just hours after Iran carried out missile strikes on two air bases housing US forces in Iraq. However there is no evidence the two events are linked. On Thursday, Oleksiy Danylov, the secretary of Ukraine’s security council, said investigators wanted to search for possible debris from a missile at the site of the crash. Iran is known to have Russian missile defence systems. Amid high tensions - worsened by the US killing of top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani on 3 January - Iran has said it will not hand over the recovered black box flight recorders to Boeing or to the US. Under global aviation rules Iran has the right to lead the investigation, but manufacturers are typically involved. Iran’s Civil Aviation Organisation (CAOI) chief Ali Abedzadeh said: “The plane, which was initially headed west to leave the airport zone, turned right following a problem and was headed back to the airport at the moment of the crash.” Mr Abedzadeh added that witnesses saw the plane “on fire” before the crash, and that pilots

A team from Iran’s Red Crescent searched the debris for victims.

hadn’t made any distress calls before trying to return to Imam Khomeini airport. He said the initial findings had been sent to Ukraine and the US, where Boeing is headquartered. Sweden and Canada had also been sent the findings, as their nationals were on board, he added. Mr Danylov said that the Ukrainian security council was examining various possible causes, including an anti-aircraft missile strike, a mid-air collision, an engine explosion or an explosion inside the plane carried out by a terrorist. The investigation would include

experts who worked on the probe into the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine, Mr Danylov added. Ukraine has declared 9 January a day of national mourning. Normally, the US National Transportation Safety Board would have a role to play in any international investigations involving US-made Boeings. But the board must act with permission and in accordance with legislation of the foreign country concerned. In comments published by Iran’s conservative Mehr news agency, Mr Abedzadeh, said: “We will not give

the black box to the manufacturer and the Americans.” “This accident will be investigated by Iran’s aviation organisation but the Ukrainians can also be present,” he added. Mr Abedzadeh said it was not yet clear which country would analyse the black boxes - a cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a televised statement that “a thorough and independent investigation will be conducted in accordance with international law”, and that he would speak to Iranian leaders to step up cooperation in

investigating the crash. Boeing said it was “ready to assist in any way needed”, while Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his country expected to have a role in the investigation and had offered technical assistance. The Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 to Kyiv had 176 people on board when it crashed in Iran on Wednesday. The majority of passengers were from Iran and Canada. Ukraine’s Tehran embassy initially blamed engine failure but later removed the statement, saying any comment regarding the cause of the accident prior to a commission’s inquiry was not official. There was good visibility when the plane went down near Iran’s capital, according to the Flightradar24 aviation website. Officials from the airline said the crew were experienced. President Zelensky warned against “speculation or unchecked theories regarding the catastrophe” until official reports were ready. Iranian media blamed technical problems and quoted an aviation official who said no emergency had been declared. Mr Abedzadeh said “terrorism” had played no role in the crash, according to Mehr. Among the victims were 82 Iranians, 63 Canadians, 11 Ukrainians including all nine crew, 10 Swedes, four Afghans, three Britons and three Germans, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko said. Fifteen of the dead were children.

Police in Australia are accusing 24 people of deliberately setting bushfires THE Australia wildfires are a countrywide catastrophe, mainly caused by drought and extreme heat, but dozens of people are directly to blame for some of the problem, officials say. Police have charged at least 24 people for intentionally starting bushfires in the state of New South Wales, according to a statement the New South Wales Police released Monday. NSW Police have taken legal action against 183 people, 40 of whom are juveniles, for fire-related offenses since November 8, the statement said. The legal actions range from cautions to criminal charges. Out of those 183 people, 53 have received cautions or criminal charges for failing to comply with a total fire ban and 47 are accused of discarding a lit cigarette or match on land, according to the police statement. At least 24 people have died nationwide during this fire season. While the fires have touched every state in Australia, New South Wales

has been the hardest hit. The blazes have been burning across Australia for months, scorching homes and destroying entire towns. Nearly 18 million acres of land have been burned -- most of it bushland, forests and national parks, which are home to the country’s native wildlife. Nearly half a billion animals have been affected by the fires in NSW alone and millions of them are potentially dead, according to ecologists at the University of Sydney. Birds, reptiles and mammals, except bats, are among those affected. Insects and frogs aren’t included in that number. Police are cracking down on the burn ban across the state. On Sunday, a man was charged after power tools he was using allegedly sparked a fire in Mount Druitt, according to NSW Police. Three people were charged with breaching the fire ban over the weekend. Fire services put out fires in two different towns started for cooking purposes, NSW Police

The blazes have been burning across Australia for months, scorching homes, destroying entire towns, and affecting millions of wildlife.

said. Another man was charged after authorities found several fires lit on his property in another town.

In November, the NSW Rural Fire Service arrested a 19-year-old volunteer member on suspicion

of arson, charging him with seven counts of deliberately setting fires over a six-week period. (CNN)


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Prince Harry and Meghan to step back as senior royals

Prince Harry and Meghan said they plan to split their time between the UK and North America.

THE Duke and Duchess of Sussex have announced they will step back as “senior” royals and work to become financially independent. In a statement, Prince Harry and Meghan also said they plan to split their time between the UK and North America. The BBC understands no other royal - including the Queen or Prince William - was consulted before the statement and Buckingham Palace is “disappointed”. Senior royals are understood to be “hurt” by the announcement.

Last October, Prince Harry and Meghan publicly revealed their struggles under the media spotlight. In their unexpected statement on Wednesday, also posted on their Instagram page, the couple said they made the decision “after many months of reflection and internal discussions”. “We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen.” They said they plan to balance their time between the UK and North America while “continuing to honour our duty to the Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages”. “This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the

space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity.” BBC royal correspondent Jonny Dymond said the fact palace officials said they were “disappointed” is “pretty strong”. “I think it indicates a real strength of feeling in the palace tonight maybe not so much about what has been done but about how it has been done - and the lack of consultation I think will sting. “This is clearly a major rift between Harry and Meghan on one part, and the rest of the Royal Family on the other.” A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said discussions with the duke and duchess on their decision to step back were “at an early stage”, adding: “We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through.”

Justin Bieber said he was aware of social media speculation that he had a drug problem, after he was pictured looking unwell with blotches on his skin.

Justin Bieber: Singer reveals he has Lyme disease CANADIAN pop singer Justin Bieber has revealed he has been diagnosed with Lyme disease. “It’s been a rough couple years,” the 25-year-old wrote on Instagram, adding that he was also suffering from a chronic viral infection. The star said he was aware of social media speculation that he had a drug problem, after he was pictured looking unwell with blotches on his skin. Lyme disease is a bacterial infection caused by ticks. The symptoms often include a rash, muscle pain, and tiredness. On his Instagram page, the artist wrote that people had suggested he looked like he was “on meth”, but “they failed to realize I’ve been recently diagnosed with Lyme disease, not only that but had a

serious case of chronic mono which affected my skin, brain function, energy, and overall health”. He said he was getting “the right treatment” to help address the disease, and that more would be revealed in an upcoming YouTube documentary series about his life. “You can learn all that I’ve been battling and OVERCOMING!!” he wrote, telling his 124 million Instagram followers: “I will be back and better than ever”. Lyme disease is caused by bacteria carried by some species of ticks - around 13% in the UK are believed to be infected It cannot be passed on from person to person Symptoms - including the bullseye rash, fatigue and fever - usually develop around three weeks after a bite


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Joaquin Phoenix is up for best actor for starring in the origin story of Batman’s nemesis. John Legend is no strange to acting.

John Legend to guest star on ‘This Is Us’ THE EGOT will be in the building. John Legend has been tapped to guest star on the hit NBC family drama “This Is Us.” In a promo teasing the second half of season four which aired during the Golden Globe awards, a brief shot of the Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award winner playing by a piano was shown. According to Entertainment Weekly, the platinum-selling, chart-topping Columbia Records artist joins a growing roster of season four guest stars, which already includes Omar Epps, Marsha Stephanie Blake,

Tim Matheson and Timothy Omundson. Legend’s previous acting credits include his portraying abolitionist Frederick Douglass in the short-lived WGN drama series “Underground,” a short role in the acclaimed 2016 film “La La Land” and his Emmy Award-winning turn in the title role of NBC’s “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert” in 2018. The exact nature of “The Voice” judge’s role on the popular drama has not been disclosed. New episodes of “This is Us” returns Jan. 14 on NBC. (NYDailynews)

Bafta film awards 2020: Joker leads nominations amid diversity row JOKER leads the Bafta film nominations with 11, but there is criticism that the acting nominees are all white. Joker is followed by Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman and Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time... In Hollywood, which have 10 nominations each. Scarlett Johansson and Margot Robbie are up for two acting awards each. But no female directors were nominated for the seventh year in a row. Bafta boss Amanda Berry said she was “very disappointed” by the lack of diversity. Joaquin Phoenix will be the favourite for best actor for his role in Joker, which tells the origin story of Batman’s nemesis and has divided some critics and audiences. It’s 11 years since Heath Ledger

won a posthumous Bafta for playing the same character in The Dark Knight. Joker director Todd Phillips said: “Recently, when Joaquin and I were in the UK, the love we felt for Joker was palpable and I just want to thank my British colleagues for connecting with the film on a cellular level.” Phoenix will face competition from Taron Egerton, who played Sir Elton John in Rocketman, as well as Leonardo DiCaprio for Once Upon A Time..., Adam Driver for Marriage Story and Jonathan Pryce for The Two Popes. Margot Robbie is up against herself in the best supporting actress category for roles in Bombshell and Once Upon A Time... That category also includes Scarlett Johansson for Jojo Rabbit, while she is also up for best actress

for her role opposite Driver in Netflix’s divorce drama Marriage Story. The other best actress nominees are Renee Zellweger for playing Judy Garland in Judy, Jessie Buckley for Wild Rose, Charlize Theron for Bombshell, and Saoirse Ronan for Little Women. But there is no room for Little Women film-maker Greta Gerwig - or any other women - in the best director category. Told on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that the acting list “seems very white”, Bafta CEO Berry replied: “I’m going to totally agree with you. That’s how I felt when I first saw the list. “This isn’t being disrespectful to anybody who has been nominated because it’s an incredibly strong list this year.

Jussie Smollett will not return for final season of ‘Empire,’ Fox exec confirms “EMPIRE” star Jussie Smollett will not return for the hit show’s final season. Fox Entertainment President Michael Thorn confirmed the news to TV Line on Tuesday. “We’re not going to bring Jussie back to the show,” he revealed about the disgraced actor who was embroiled in a smear campaign by the Chicago Police Department following an alleged hate attack, which authorities said was a hoax. Smollett, who plays Jamal Lyon, was officially written out of the Lee Daniels-created drama toward the end of its fifth season. “There were a number of factors that went into the decision to not bring him back,” Thorn explained. There were many points of view

about if he should come back or if he shouldn’t. As hard as a decision as that was, for us — and when I say us I mean the network, the studio and the producers — it felt like it was in the best interests of the show and the cast.” He expressed hope that Smollett’s controversy, where he reportedly staged a hate crime against himself, will not detract from the final season of “Empire.” In December, buzz about whether or not the Jamal Lyon character would make an appearance in the final season sparked when “Empire” showrunner Brett Mahoney revealed to the outlet that there were discussions about a potential return. Daniels, who is set to host an

Smollett, who plays Jamal Lyon, was officially written out of the Lee Daniels-created drama toward the end of its fifth season.

upcoming fund-raiser for presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg, has been

adamant that the actor, who he once considered his son, is not welcome

on his show. In June, Daniels responded to a gossip report about a potential return on Twitter, writing, “This is not factual. Jussie will NOT be returning to Empire.” Last January, Smollett claimed he was the victim of a hate crime, where two masked men assaulted him. A month later, police determined that the attack was a hoax and charged Smollett with filing a false report. All the criminal charges were eventually dropped against Smollett in June. Smollett currently has a lawsuit suing Chicago’s police department for “malicious prosecution.” “Empire’s” sixth and final season airs this spring. (NYDailynews)


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January 11-17, 2020 FRANDY ANTOINE Subdivision, Five Cays Is seeking a

LABOURER

Set up equipment, run lines for power tools, erect scaffolding, lay out tools, set up forms for the pouring of concrete foundations, and even hand tools to workers, clean worksite, and take down bracing and scaffolding. Salary: $6.50 per hour

CONTACT: 241-3609

Belongers are encouraged to apply to the Labour Board This position is currently held by a work permit holder

20028

L.S.L.M

First Floor #8 Winsor Plaza, Leeward Highway Is seeking to employ a

GRACEMIR HOUSE #28 June Plum Street, Grace Bay. Is seeking to employ a

LABOURER

• Cleaning outside the property with sweeper, pick up yard waste and collect leaves, dispose of trash, clean windows, door frames. • To work 5 days a week Salary: $6.50 hourly

CONTACT: 941-2451

Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board. This position is currently held by a work permit holder 20021

La Pasience De Dieu

#14B Ralph Close, Blue Hills Is seeking to employ a

TILE LAYER

• Install materials on floors, walls, ceilings, countertops, patios, and roof decks. Level the surface to be tiled with a layer of mortar or plywood. • Must be willing to work 6 days a week. Salary: $350 weekly

CONTACT: 241-5131

Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board 20023

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3 FISHERMEN

• Diving and fishing. • To work 5 days a week. Salary: $6.25 hourly

CONTACT: 345-7959

Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board 20058

HELEN LIGHTBOURNE Apt. #4 Five Cays Road, Five Cays, Providenciales Is seeking to employ a

HG MAINTENANCE COMPANY North Side, Blue Hills Is seeking to employ a

BABYSITTER

• Ensuring a safe environment, preparing and giving meals, bathing and dressing children, administering medicine, doing housework, and disciplining children when necessary. • Must be willing to work 5 days a week. Salary: $6.50 hourly

CONTACT: 243-0266

Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board 20008

HELPER

• Handy man and maintenance work. • Must be willing to work 5 days a week. Salary: $6.50 hourly

CONTACT: 241-5071

Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board 20005

ISLAND CONSTRUCTION SERVICES Bay Road, Blue Hills

MASON

• Repairs, maintains and alters buildings, retaining walls and other brick or stone edifices. Mixes mortar; lays bricks and stones and/or concrete sidewalks; makes and repairs steps and plasters. • To work 5 days a week. Salary: $9 per hour

Contact: 649-241-5071 or 649-342-0275 Email: islandconstruction@outlook.com

Belongers are encouraged to apply to the Labour Board. This position is currently held by a work permit holder 200096

LEEWARD WATERFRONT 3500 SQ FT HOUSE FOR SALE

PRICE - $1.295M Luxury Home, Pool, Jacuzzi, and Boat Dock with large Terrace’s. TCREA Multiple Listing # 1900830 For private viewing call Ian Hurdle Tel: 649-247-1993

19955

ISLAND CLUB TURKS

375 Grace Bay Road, Grace Bay. Is seeking a

Full Time Assistant Manager

• 5 years previous Hotel management experience. • Responsible for all facets of Hotel management. • 48 hours per week. Evenings, weekends and on call required. Salary: $33,000-$38,000 annually based on experience and education This position is currently held by a work permit holder

Part Time Assistant Manager

• Evenings and weekend shifts. • Previous experience. Salary: between $9-$11 hourly base on experience and education

Contact: 649-242-1339 Send resume via email to: book@islandclubturks.com

Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board 20009

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TRITON LUXURY VILLA requires a

is looking for a

BUTLER to the Villa Manager • Assist a private chef and serve as may be required • Great knowledge of island activities, excursions, restaurants, and place of interest to assist with guest recommendations • Be completely flexible and willing to multi-task and perform other duties as may be required • Food and beverage skills • Ability to train and supervise junior staff if required Salary – commensurate with experience but range between $1,500.00 - $2,000.00 per month + gratuity.

Turks & Caicos Islanders and PRC Holders with the right to work will have preference. Interested applicants are urged to apply by contacting info@ tritonluxuryvilla.com or 441--5483, 203 Long Bay Beach Drive, Long Bay, and also to the Labour Department. This position is currently held by a work permit holder

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The successful candidate should possess the following: • Self-motivated, highly detailoriented individual • Prepared to work long, inflexible hours including weekends and holidays • Experience with high-end, demanding clients • Possess an excellent awareness of housekeeping standards • Background in hospitality essential • Clean driver’s license to run errands regularly • Willing to live in various villas when guests are in residence and be on call 24/7 • Have an excellent command of

English • Computer literate in order to present incidental guest charges to the Villa Manager • Assist a private chef and serve as may be required • Great knowledge of island activities, excursions, restaurants, and place of interest to assist with guest recommendations • Completely flexible and willing to multi-task and perform other duties as may be required • Food and beverage skills • Ability to train and supervise junior staff if required Salary – commensurate with experience but starting range at $1,800.00-$2,200.00 per month.

Turks & Caicos Islanders and PRC Holders with the right to work will have preference. Interested applicants are urged to apply by contacting Sharick Forbes, sharick@twsvillas.com or 242-4271, 461 Long Bay Highway, Long Bay, and also to the Labour Department. This position is currently held by a work permit holder

19984

The successful candidate should possess the following: • Self-motivated, highly detailoriented individual • Prepared to work long, inflexible hours including weekends and holidays • Minimum of 4 years’ experience with high-end villa industry • Possess an excellent awareness of housekeeping standards • Clean driver’s license • Willing to live in various villas when guests are in residence and be on call 24/7 • Have an excellent command of English • Computer literate in order to present incidental guest charges

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36 CLASSIFIEDS LEW 1 SHIPPING

Seeks the following persons:

ONE (1) BOAT MECHANIC

To maintain vessels engines work days Monday Saturday starting salary: $2,000.00 ( position currently held by work permit holder)

ONE (1) DECKHAND

To load /off load barge work days Monday-

Saturday salary: $6.25 per hour (position currently held by work permit holder)

THREE( 3) LABOURERS

Cleaning outside the property/warehouse /barge work days Monday- Friday salary: $6.25 per hour (position currently held by work permit holder)

Address: Lew 1 Shipping Ltd, Honour Lane Downtown, Providenciales Turks and Caicos Islands. Number: 941-5707

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Butterfield Drive, Kew Town, Providenciales Is seeking to employ a

LABOURER - $7 -10 PER HOUR

Cleaning outside the property with sweeper, pick up yard waste and collect leaves, dispose of trash, clean windows, door frames.

CONTACT: 241-3190

Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board

20024

MYSTIQUE CAR RENTAL & TOURS LTD. Is Seeking to Employ a

CUSTOMER SERVICE SUPERVISOR 1. Good command of English Language (written and spoken) 2. Must be Computer Literate 3. Must be Customer Service Oriented 4. Must be willing to work on weekends, holidays and at nights as required 5. Must be able to type at a speed of 80-100 words

per minute with accuracy 6. Diploma/Certificate in Secretarial Skills or Similar 7. Knowledge of TSD rental software 8. At least five years experience in car rental 9. Have a Valid Driver’s License and a clean Police Record

Please forward resume to Mystique Car Rental & Tours Ltd. 72 Old Airport Road, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands. Deadline: January 24, 2020 20013

NATALIE BEEN

#59 Leeside Avenue Technology Drive, Long Bay Is seeking to employ a

LABOURER

• Cleaning inside the restaurant. • Must be willing to work 5 days a week. Salary: $6.50 hourly

CONTACT: 331-2695

Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board. This position is currently held by a work permit holder

20003

SERVICES BY EA

TRADE WIND INDUSTRIES LTD.

NURSERY COORDINATOR

JOB OPPORTUNITY

Heaving Down Rock, Leeward Settlement, Providenciales

Applicant must have knowledge of finance, accounting, cash flow projection and proficient in using POS systems for landscape, chemical and fertilization inventory. Ability to analyze financial data and prepare automated financial reports, statements and projections. Work requires professional written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills to deal with customers and suppliers. Salary is approximately $600/ week and willing to work long hours, weekend and holiday if needed. Preference will be given to applicants who completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Accountancy, Finance or Business Administration. Excellent reference from previous employers a must.

Interested applicants including Islanders/ Belongers can send applications to Services by EA by email to mary@eagrouptci.com. Successful applicants will be notified by phone for interview. This position is currently held by a work permit holder.

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1 LABOURER

Trade wind Industries Ltd. seeks to employ a Labourer with a minimum of 5 years’ experience in the domestic cultivation of Caribbean queen conch and a familiarity with warm water fin fish. The position involves the daily job activities of cleaning and waste removal from conch ponds / cleaning and waste removal from fish tanks / the sorting, counting, relocating and harvesting of conch and fish / repairs and maintenance to off-

Interested applicants should submit their resume with qualifications and experience to: info@ saunders.tc and the TCI Employment Services and Labour Department. The Position is currently held by a work permit holder 20015

THE LANDING

TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMISSION

92 Grace Bay Road, Grace Bay. Is seeking a

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES! The Financial Services Commission (FSC), the regulator of financial services business in the Turks and Caicos Islands, is seeking suitably qualified applicants to fill several vacancies. APPLICATION DEADLINE 20 JANUARY 2020

ACCOUNTING ASISSTANT

COOK

• Setting up workstations with all needed ingredients and cooking equipment. Preparing ingredients to use in cooking chopping and peeling vegetables, cutting meat etc. Cooking food in various utensils or grillers. • To work 6 days a week. Salary: $300 weekly

CONTACT: 341-5856 Belongers are encouraged to apply to the Labour Board This position is currently held by a work permit holder

Department: Finance, Location: Grand Turk Annual Salary: $21,935.00 – $24,600.00

shore conch pens. 50% of this job is spent in sea water and applicants need to be expert swimmers and skilled at working underwater with a snorkel. Other duties include general maintenance of the facility including (but not limited to) trash removal, site maintenance and repairs etc. Other related duties and necessary duties may be assigned. Compensation at $8.00 per hour.

20004

TCI WASTE DISPOSAL #138 Millennium Highway, Blue Hills, Providenciales

MECHANIC

Keeps equipment available for use by inspecting and testing vehicles; completing preventive maintenance such as, engine tune-ups, oil changes, tire rotation and changes, wheel balancing, replacing filters. Salary: $400.00 per week

CONTACT: 333-7889

Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board. Position is held by work permit holder

20007

SOUTH SIDE SEAFOOD

#26 Aviation Drive, South Side Plaza, Providenciales Is seeking

ONE (1) SALESCLERK

• Serve customers. • Selling goods. • Ensure that the store is running and operating smoothly. • Must be able to work 6 days per week. • Monday-Saturday. Salary: $6.50 hourly

CONTACT: 649-231-6318

Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board. This position is currently held by a work permit holder 20072

JOB SUMMARY

The post holder must receive payments and apply to the accounts receivable accounting system, generate receipts and issues them to relevant departments for distribution; receipts must be filed and copied in chronological order daily. Must have basic knowledge of preparing daily reports. Files accounting documents/ records as required and other related functions assigned from time to time by the Senior Accounting Assistant. Details on the above vacancies can be found on the Commission’s website at https://tcifsc.tc/vacancies/ or by contacting the Commission at telephone numbers 649-946-2550 or 649-946-2791 ext. 4002 or 4021. Applications should be emailed to administration@tcifsc.tc no later than 20 January 2020. A copy of the application should be submitted to the Employment Services Department by emailing to CHbacchus@gov.tc and MCadams@gov.tc. Applications received after the application deadline may not be considered in this recruitment phase but may be placed on file for future reference. While we appreciate your response, please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 19989

TRANQUILITY PM LTD. P.O. Box 433, 17 Sailfish Lane, Venetian Road, Provo Is seeking to employ a

MAID

• 3 years’ min experience working villas for cleaning, changing bed sheet, washing clothes, scrubbing toilet and folding linens. Car required. • Must speak English, Spanish. Salary: $6.50 hourly

CONTACT: 231-1474

Belongers are encouraged to apply to the Labour Board. This position is currently held by a work permit holder 20031

TRANQUILITY PM LTD.

P.O. Box 433, 17 Sailfish Lane, Venetian Road, Provo Is seeking to employ a

MAINTENANCE

• To keep septic, cistern and gutter systems clean and disinfected, maintain cleanliness of properties, wash windows, etc. Car required. • Must speak English, Spanish. Wed to Sun inclusive. Salary: $6.50 hourly

CONTACT: 231-1474

Belongers are encouraged to apply to the Labour Board. This position is currently held by a work permit holder

20029

TROPIC MANAGEMENT

Acting on behalf of client Charlton Gardiner Major Hill, North Caicos

CARPENTER - $12.00 HR

Making cabinets, install contractures and fixtures Position is held by a permit holder Belongers are encouraged to submit a copy of their resume to the Labor Department

CONTACT: 246-7382

19982


January 11-17, 2020 NOBLE SECURITY Club Med Turkoise, Grace Bay Is seeking a

SECURITY OFFICER

• Secures premises and personnel by patrolling property; monitoring surveillance equipment; inspecting buildings, equipment, and access points; permitting entry. Obtains help by sounding alarms. • To work 6 days a week. Salary: $6.75 hourly

CONTACT: 341-9646

PAULA REINOSO PABLO COX Basden Hill, South Caicos Is seeking a

DOMESTIC WORKER

• Sweeping the house, mopping the floor, clean bathrooms, toilets, kitchen, living room, laundering sheets, towels and personal clothing and other house work. • To work 6 days a week. Salary: $6.50 hourly

CONTACT: 341-5924

Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board. This position is currently held by a work permit holder 19995

Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board. This position is currently held by a work permit holder 200020

S. WALKIN & SONS

RODEMIDE JOSEPH

658 MILLENNIUM HIGHWAY, BLUE HILLS Is seeking a

CASHIER

• Greets customers, receive payment by cash, checks and credit cards, Issue receipts, and change due to customers. Count money in cash drawers to ensure that amounts are correct and that there is adequate change. • Must be willing to work 5 days a week. Salary: $6.50 hourly CONTACT: 649-946-4411 EMAIL: WALKINMARINE@TCIWAY.TC

Belongers are encouraged to apply 19998

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TURKS AND CAICOS WEEKLY NEWS

RESIDENCE, FIVE CAYS Is seeking to employ a

CLEANER

• Stocking and supplying designated facility areas, dusting, sweeping, vacuuming, mopping, cleaning ceiling vents, restroom cleaning etc. • To work 5 days a week. Salary: $6.50 hourly

CONTACT: 348-8986

Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board This position is currently held by a work permit holder

20022

PJF PRO BUILDERS CONSTRUCTION

JOB VACANCY

301 GOLD AVENUE, PHASE TWO, BLUE HILLS Is seeking

CARPENTER - $36,000 PER ANNUM

• Specialize in metal roofing and project manager. • Install metal roofing measure, cut, and shape wood, plastic and other materials.

PORT SECURITY OFFICER

MASON - $10 HOURLY

• Laying blocks, mixing mortar repairing and altering floors, walls, shower sinks. • Must be fluent in Spanish, French-creole and English.

Reporting Officer: Port Facility Security Officer Salary: $26, 601.00 per annum

CONTACT: 345-4228

Belongers are encouraged to apply to the Labour Board 20025

PREMIER DESIGNS #5 PICTURE QUE LANE, SOUTH DOCK ROAD Is seeking a

CARPENTER HELPER

• Assisting the carpenter, using, supplying or holding materials or tools, and cleaning work area and equipment. Clean work areas, machines, or equipment, to maintain a clean and safe job site. • To work 5 days a week. Salary: $8 hourly

CONTACT: 332-4840

Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board 20002

Supervises: N/A Location: Grand Turk and Providenciales Ports POSITION SUMMARY:

This position is responsible for applying security measures and procedures in such a manner as to cause minimum interference with, or delay to ships, ship personnel and visitors, and/or goods and services. Also, to protect property from theft or damage or persons from hazards or interference. Makes periodic tours to check for irregularities and inspect protection devices. Preserves order and may enforce regulations pertaining to personnel, visitors and premises. May be exposed to inclement weather or be required to work in environments or under conditions that require the use of protective gear and devices and/or awareness of personal safety and safety of others.

REQUIREMENTS:

• • • • • • •

Knowledge of security operations and procedures Good oral communications and basic report writing skills Basic computer skills Clean Police Record issued within the last 6 months Passport or Status Card Drivers’ license Flexible to work shifts

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

• Must possess a High School Diploma or equivalent • Previous security experience a plus

VALUE FOR YOUR MONEY!!

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

THE LARGEST READERSHIP IN THE TURKS & CAICOS

HEAD BREWER • Day to day running of brewing and bottling and canning operation. • Winemaking and alcoholic malt beverages • Developing quality recipe formulation and ingredients selection handling and assessment of raw materials and grains. • Controlling quality of product and keeping the facility and equipment clean and operation. • Equipment maintenance and troubleshooting. • Purchasing of raw materials. SKILLS • Strong communication skills • Sound Technical knowledge of brewing, winemaking and distilling. • Understanding of microbiology and aseptic lab technique • Ability to maintain organized records of brew and quality control data. • Efficient computer skills.

The foregoing represents a definition of the main functions and requirements for this position but are not an exhaustive list of duties. The Ports Authority reserves the right to make amendments from time to time in accordance with needs of the organization. Resumes should be forwarded to

Salary $50,000 per year or commensurate with experience. Work permit renewal Please email resume to dave@turksheadbeer.com Provo Beverages 52 Universal Drive, Providenciales, TCI

• Controls access to the Port facility; assists visitors with legitimate need to gain entry to the facility. • Screens visitors and port employees in an efficient manner in order to expedite their admittance to the facility. • Prevents unapproved or unlawful entry; controls the movement of people and vehicles and parking; operates a gate and examines vehicle contents • Monitors remote entrances using close circuit television; operates remote access devices and calmly directs persons who cause a disturbance to leave the property. • Communicates in a manner that is open, honest and responsive in all situations; to the extent authorized, provides information regarding the facility and surrounding area as requested by visitors. • Patrols assigned site(s) on foot or in vehicle; checks for unsafe conditions, hazards, unlocked doors, security violations blocked ingress and egress and unauthorized persons; inspect vehicles and grounds using appropriate equipment and protective gear. • Observes and reports incidents or suspicious activity to client representatives, port management, life and safety personnel or public safety authorities as appropriate for the circumstances and/or as required by the post • Prepares log or reports as required for post; writes or types reports or enters data in a computer using standard grammar; inspects security control logs and takes action as required. • Responds to emergencies in an orderly manner utilizing proper training and following all protocols. • Carries out tasks and duties of a similar nature and scope as required for the assigned post.

20014

Deleria Simms Human Resource Manager Ports Authority of the Turks and Caicos Islands email: dsimms@portstci.com Or hand delivered to the Ports Authority Office, South Dock, Providenciales No later than January 20th 2020

19991


38 CLASSIFIEDS RJ’S SHOP AND SAVE

ALTAGRACIA RESTAURANT & BAR

Breezy Brae, Grand Turk Is seeking to employ a

Missick Building, Leeward Highway. Is seeking to employ a

B BEAUTY BOX AUTO DETAIL CAR WASH

LABOURER

CLEANER

• Stocking and supplying designated facility areas, dusting, sweeping, vacuuming, mopping, cleaning ceiling vents, restroom cleaning etc. • To work 6 days a week Salary: $6.50 hourly

Duties: To clean and Maintain premises by raking And cleaning yard disposing of Refuse, cleaning windows and doors. SALARY: $6.50 per hour.

CONTACT: 244-3581

Belongers are encouraged To send a copy of their Resume to the Labour Board. This is a renewal for work permit application.

CONTACT: 231-4279

Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board. This position is currently held by a work permit holder 19997

19999

B BEAUTY BOX #18 OLD AIRPORT ROAD, PROVIDENCIALES

2 LABOURERS

Duties: wash cars Salary $300 weekly 6 days per week This position is for first time work permit applicants

DOMESTIC WORKER

Duties: cleaning of store Salary $300 per week 6 days per week

THIS POSITION IS FOR WORK PERMIT RENEWAL BELONGERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO SUBMIT A COPY OF THEIR RESUME TO THE LABOR DEPARTMENT 19990

BASIA ZAIDAN

P.O. Box 433, 17 Sailfish Lane, Venetian Road, Provo

NURSE’S AID

• 3 years’ min experience with gastro cancer protocols, evenings and weekend required. • Car a must. Salary: $1500 monthly

CONTACT: 231-1474

Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board. This position is currently held by a work permit holder 20030

BELLA LUNA RESTAURANT • Must have 5 years’ experience as Restaurant Captain. • Must be able to run dining room. • Must have outgoing personality. • Mus be able to motivate and supervise dining staff. • Have knowledge of beverage and wine. • Must be willing to work evening, holidays and weekends. Annual salary range 18k (Plus service charge)

• Must work split shifts 7-11, 6-10. • Morning, evening, holidays and weekends. • Must speak and write English and Spanish. • Ability to check in deliveries made to the restaurant. • Ability to supervise gardeners and other staff in preparation for day to day maintenance. Salary 650 per week, 40 hours per week. Deadline January 24th, 2020

#98 Flamingo Road, Long Bay Hills, Long Bay Is seeking to employ

2 PARASAIL CAPTAINS

• Responsible for maintenance of the boat. • Ensuring safety of guests. • Mechanic experience required. • Must be willing to work 5-6 days per week. Salary: $500 weekly

CONTACT: 231-0643 OR 231-7245

Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board 19993

EXCEL AGENCY

Acting on behalf of our client Reference Plus and Auto Dealership #59 Industrial Drive, Providenciales seeking to employ the following:

MECHANIC

• Inspecting and testing vehicles; completing preventive maintenance such as, engine tune-ups, oil changes, tire rotation and changes, wheel balancing, replacing filters. • To work 6 days a week. Salary: $9 hourly

CONTACT: 331-7425

Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board 20010

CASTILLO CONSTRUCTION #5 North Side, Wheeland

MASON - $9 HOURLY

Repairs, maintains and alters buildings. Mixes mortar; lays bricks and stones and/or concrete sidewalks; makes and repairs steps and plasters

CARPENTER - $10 HOURLY

Follow blueprints. Install structures and fixtures, such as windows and molding. Measure, cut, or shape wood, plastic, and other materials

CONTACT: 345-5901 OR 331-8064

Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board 20070

E.R CLEANING

28 Oyster Lane, The Bight, Providenciales Is seeking to employ a

General cleaning of commercial villas, laundry and ironing. Salary: $6.50 hourly

CONTACT: 649-333-1246

Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board 20026

CONTACT: 649-245-2990

Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board This position is currently held by a work permit holder 20025

Millennium Heights, Blue Hills, Providenciales, TC

STEEL-MAN

Tie steel for Beams, columns and floors (Mash wire) Prepare columns for pouring of Cement Prepare Mash Wire for Pouring of floors, Mix cement, Lay Blocks, and other task assigned by Foremen. Salary $10.25 This position is for work permit renewal.

CONTACT: 243-2851

Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board 20000

• Cooking, washing, cleaning, ironing and etc. • Must be willing to work 6 days a week. Salary: $6.50 hourly

CONTACT: 432-2857 Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board. This position is currently held by a work permit holder

20023

COSIMO TRIPODI

D’JUDITH BEAUTY SALON

DOMESTIC WORKER

NAIL TECHNICIAN

214 LONG BAY HIGHWAY, LONG BAY Is seeking to employ a

• Clean the house and other duties necessary. • Must be dog friendly. • Must be willing to work 6 days a week. Salary: $400 weekly

CONTACT: 331-6763

Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board. This position is currently held by a work permit holder 20033

E&V EQUIPMENT LIMITED

Williams Auditorium, Five Cays Road, Providenciales Is seeking to employ a

MECHANIC - $600 WEEKLY

DOMESTIC WORKER

LABOURER

Cleaning outside pick up yard waste, etc. Salary: $275 weekly

BLUE CACTUS CONSTRUCTION

DOMESTIC WORKER

CONTACT: 649-331-6763

CAPTAIN MARVIN WATERSPORTS

Granny Hill, Five Cays Is seeking to employ a

Harvey Apt. #7, Behind Mara, Blue Hills. Is seeking to employ a

LABOURER PERSONAL ASSISTANT

Belongers are encouraged to apply to the Labour Board. The positions are currently held by work permit holders

BIG MAMA SHOP

BERNARD C.L GERBEX

#6 Grace Bay, Providenciales, P.O. Box 543

RESTAURANT CAPTAIN

January 11-17, 2020

TURKS AND CAICOS WEEKLY NEWS

Keeps equipment available for use by inspecting and testing vehicles; completing preventive maintenance such as, engine tune-ups, oil changes, replacing filters.

EQUIPMENT DRIVER – $600 WEEKLY

• Drive company vehicles. • Must be knowledgeable with Caterpillar machines and Cummins Engine. CONTACT: 649-941-8494 Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board 20011

1 Upstairs Alice & Alice Plaza, Airport Road. Is seeking a

• Manicures, artificial nails, gel nails, hand massages, nail fills, nail repair, and nail polishing. Pedicures and the application of acrylic toenails may also be performed. • To work 6 days a week. Salary: $6.25 hourly

CONTACT: 342-7373

Belongers are encouraged to apply to the Labour Board This position is currently held by a work permit holder

19994

DOLPHINS SPORTS BAR AND GRILL

#31 Airport Road

Kew Town Bar and Grill, Pearl Restaurant and Bar, KC Bar and Grill, Caribbean Café

6 COCKTAIL WAITRESSES $6.25 PER HOUR Serve Cocktails

6 BARTENDERS -

DOROTHEA MALCOLM 295 Palm Circle E Leeward Palms, Providenciales is seeking to employ a

DOMESTIC WORKER/HELPER

19996

E&J BARBER SHOP

56 Airport Road, Providenciales Is seeking to employ a

BARBER

• maintain dwelling home in a clean and neat condition at all times, eg. Sweeping, mopping, dusting, washing and other related chores • must be willing to work 5 days per week • Salary: $6.25 per hour

• Welcome clients as they arrive in the barbershop and engage them in conversation to determine their need. • Provide suggestions to clients regarding current hair styles and popular trends. Salary: $10 hourly

Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their Resume to the Labour Board (this position is currently held by a Work Permit Holder)

Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board. This position is currently held by a work permit holder 20027

CONTACT: 247-1554

20012

$6.25 PER HOUR

Mix Drinks

6 BARMAIDS $6.25 PER HOUR Serve foods and drinks; keep bar organized

KPW CONSTRUCTION CO.

#31 Airport Road

CARPENTER - $12 HOURLY Roof Work, Form Work

CONTACT: 241-5563

MASON - $10 HOURLY Laying blocks and plastering

GARDENER

Soil cultivation, digging, forking, mulching, watering, raking, weeding, edging, pruning, seed sowing, bed preparation and planting Salary: $6.25 per hour Must be willing to work 6 days per week

Contact: 331-6364. Email: kwilliams6364@gmail.com Belongers are encourage to send a copy of their Resume to the Labour Board. Positions are held by work permit holders 20069


January 11-17, 2020 SAMUEL A. ELLIS

Address: 7 Pisterine Cl., Juba Sound, Providenciales, TCI Contact: (649) 245-9783

HOUSEKEEPER

Salary/Wages: $297.00 per WEEK Responsibilities/Duties: · Keep the environment neat and pleasant · Maintain cleanliness · Laundry duties

Belongers are invited to submit their application to the Labour Board, Ministry of Boarder Control or contact (649) 245-9783.

200034

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TURKS AND CAICOS WEEKLY NEWS BERVE APARTMENT #24 BLACK CROW ROAD, KEW TOWN Is seeking to employ a

BIBLE BAPTIST CHURCH

Acting on behalf of Church of God of Prophecy #4 Aviation Drive, Downtown, Providenciales Is seeking to employ a

DOMESTIC WORKER

To play various instruments in the church and to organize and lead the church band. Salary: $6.50 hourly

MAINTENANCE WORKER

• fix and maintain mechanical equipment, buildings, and machines. Tasks include plumbing work, painting, flooring repair and upkeep, electrical repairs and heating and air conditioning system. • To work 5 days a week. Salary: $10 hourly

CONTACT: 341-3680

Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board 20059

C&S PROFESSIONAL

Church Folly, Grand Turk is seeking to employ

To ensure that the church is properly cleaned on a regular basis for services. Must be willing to work 5-6 days a week. Salary $6.25 per hour

CONTACT #231-6432 Renewal of Work Permit

20063

CAICOS CAFE

Governors Road, Grace Bay Is seeking to employ a

MUSICIAN

CONTACT: 649-241-5922

Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board. This position is currently held by a work permit holder 19633

LABOURER

Keep property well clean in and out. Salary: $6.50 hourly

CONTACT: 232-4980

Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board 20050

CHARLES TAYLOR Osbourne Road , Grand Turk is seeking to employ

HOUSE KEEPER

General house cleaning, including laundry, washing of windows, any other related chores etc. Must be willing to work 5-6 days per week. Salary $6.25 per hour

CONTACT #241-1862 Renewal of Work Permit

20065

HELP WANTED

TIBOR’S MACHINE SHOP LTD. 22 Cooper Jack Bay Rd, Industrial Park Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands BWI is looking to fill the following positions

WELDER HELPER • Assist lead welders in performing welding, brazing, thermal, and arc cutting operations • Use hoists, wrenches, and hammers to lift, move, and clamp work materials into position or onto tables • Oversee the scheduled maintenance of welding and fitting equipment to ensure they are operational • Evaluate workpieces to ensure they are free of defect and conform to set specs • Cleans work pieces to remove impurities, such as slag, rust and grease using hand tools such as wire brush, portable grinder, hand scraper or chemical solutions to ensure smooth surface. • Connect hand torches to fuel gas cylinders or electric power source • Maintain good knowledge of welding techniques and processes • Read and interpret blueprints for a welding project.

QUALIFICATIONS & PHYSICAL REQUIREMENT:

• Experienced in SMAW / GMAW / GTAW & oxy-fuel welding / cutting • Must have a valid trade specific certification Wage: $6.25 per hr.

MOULD MAKER/ MACHINIST • Set up and operate a variety of machine tools to produce precision parts and instruments. • Includes precision instrument makers who fabricate, modify, or repair mechanical instruments. • Fabricate and modify parts to make or repair machine tools or maintain industrial machines, applying knowledge of mechanics, shop mathematics, metal properties, layout, and machining procedures. • Study sample parts, blue prints, drawings, and engineering information in order to determine methods and sequences of operations needed to fabricate products and determine product dimensions and tolerances. • Observe and listen to operating machines or equipment in order to diagnose machine malfunctions and to determine need for adjustments or repairs. • Remain in a standing position for extended periods of time. • Must have a valid trade specific certifications with at least 5 years working experience. Wage: $9 per hr.

CERTIFIED WELDER • Lay out, fit and fabricate metal components to assemble structural forms using knowledge of welding techniques, metallurgy and engineering components • Operates drill presses, power saws, grinders, metal lathes and a variety of welding equipment and hand tools • Analyze sample parts, blueprints, engineering drawings and specifications to plan welding operations • Remain in a standing position for extended periods of time. • Experienced in SMAW / GMAW / GTAW & oxy-fuel welding / cutting • Must have a valid trade specific certifications with at least 5 years working experience. Wage: $8.00 per hr.

INTERESTED APPLICANTS CAN CONTACT 941-5802/ EMAIL YOUR RESUME TO ancha@tiborsmachineshop.com, or send resume to the Labour Board. POSITIONS FOR NEW WORK PERMIT HOLDERS; BELONGERS NEED ONLY APPLY\

Windsong Resort, located on Stubbs Road, Grace Bay would like to fill the below positions:

LOSS PRESENTATION OFFICERS (2) GENERAL JOB DUTIES BUT NOT LIMITED TO:

Patrol all areas of the property; assist guests as needed. Monitor all security systems, and fire life safety system. Lock property when required. Conduct daily physical hazard inspections. Respond to accidents, contact EMS or administer first aid/CPR as required. Assist guests/employees during emergency situations. Notify appropriate individuals in the event of accidents, attacks, or other incidents. Defuse guest/employee disturbances. Call for outside assistance if necessary. Complete incident reports to document all Security/Loss Prevention related incidents. Handle all interruptions and complaints. Resolve safety hazard situations. Escort any unwelcome persons from the property without interrupting the orderly flow of property operation. Report to scenes of vehicle accidents/thefts. Call for assistance using proper code responses. Complete a Loss Prevention shift summary/daily activity report. Maintain confidentiality of all Security/Loss Prevention and property reports/ documents; release information only to authorized individuals. Conduct investigations and gather evidence. Conduct interviews with relevant parties.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/JOB QUALIFICATIONS: KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY:

• • • • •

3 years of Security experience Excellent communication skills: verbal and written. Flexible to work any shifts especially nights Possess reliable transportation Professionally well-groomed with a clean Police Record is a must

EXPERIENCE:

• A formal loss prevention training and certification is a plus. Minimum 3 years of Security experience with a clean record. • Salary commensurate with experience between $8-10 per hour plus service charge and paid vacation.

OTHER AVAILABLE JOB POSITIONS:

• Dish washer/ Kitchen cleaner • Room Attendant/ Housekeeper Reliever/ Turndown Service Attendants and Domestic Worker • Laundry Helper: to assist with stain linen and hand washing as needed. Deep cleaning of laundry, ironing etc.

JOB REQUIREMENTS:

• Minimum of 2-3years in the specialized field. Ability to lift up to 65 pounds • Excellent written and communication skills. Reading and writing English is a must. Candidates must be flexible to work nights, weekends, and holidays. • Salary $6.25 per hour. Some Positions are available on a Part-Time basis *Prospective applicants who are Belongers are asked to send copies of your applications to the Labor Board. Some positions are currently being held by Work Permit Holders. Only qualified Belongers should apply. *Salary commensurate with experience. Only Shortlisted applicants will be contacted. Email resume and cover letter to admin@windsongresort.com or drop off resumes Windsong Resort, Stubbs Road, Grace Bay, Providenciales

20035


40 CLASSIFIEDS AUBREY FELIX #12 WELK CLOSE, COOPER JACK Is seeking to employ a

CARETAKER

• Assist dialysis patient with daily activities, clean and cook. • Must be willing to work 5 days a week. Salary: $6.50 hourly

CONTACT: 243-2949

Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board. This position is currently held by a work permit holder 20093

January 11-17, 2020

TURKS AND CAICOS WEEKLY NEWS

BLUE HILLS BAKERY

Unit #5 Rony Eli Plaza, Millennium Highway, Blue Hills Is seeking a

BAKER

• Measure and mix raw ingredients, bake and decorate items, and ensure that all raw and finished goods adhere to quality and food safety standards. • 5 days a week Salary: $1,200 monthly

CONTACT: 241-6646

Belongers are encouraged to apply to the Labour Board. This position is currently held by a work permit holder

20049

CHARLES W. MISSICK

CARGO EXPRESS SERVICES LTD

*DRIVER POSITION AVAILABLE GENERAL DUTIES:

20 CROWN RIDGE, PROVIDENCIALES Is seeking to employ a

DOMESTIC WORKER

five years • Basic knowledge of trouble shooting regular mechanical issues • Excellent communication skills in English with the ability to write legibly and compute simple mathematics Salary: Starts at $10 per hour for 44-hour work-week.

• Sweeping the house, mopping the floor, clean bathrooms, toilets, kitchen, living room, laundering sheets, towels and personal clothing and other house work • Must be willing to work 6 days a week Salary: $6.25 per hour

Please contact Cargo Express Services, in person, at 70 South Dock Road, Providenciales or email application to bkerr@tropical.com Application deadline: January 24, 2020. *Position is held by a work permit holder

Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board This position is currently held by a work permit holder 20061

• Ability to operate and drive all types of vehicles & equipment used to/ from Port to Warehouse/Customers • Cleaning & daily maintenance of all motorized equipment

REQUIREMENTS:

• Valid TCI driver’s license and proof of safe driving record over the past

20089

CONTACT: 946-4379

MECHANIC NEEDED* GENERAL DUTIES:

To service, repair and maintain in good working condition all mechanical & electrical systems for all company vehicles & other motorized equipment.

This is an administrative role preferably for a mature female who will be the initial contact for our diverse customer base while assisting several managers with daily administrative tasks.

Please contact Cargo Express Services on 649-941-5006 at 70 South Dock Road, Providenciales or email applications to bkerr@tropical.com to arrange an interview. Application deadline: January 24, 2020 *Position is held by a Work Permit Holder

JOB SUMMARY

20091

RECEPTIONIST/ ADMINISTRATIVE CLERK

REQUIREMENTS:

• Valid TCI driver’s license and proof of safe driving record for the last past five years. • Has outstanding knowledge & experience in trouble shooting mechanical & electrical issues to provide on-time solutions. • Excellent communication skills in English with the ability to write legibly; ability to do simple calculations in order to re-order & maintain stock levels. Salary: Starts at $20.00 per hour for a 40-hour work-week.

The Receptionist/Administrative Clerk is the team member who cordially greets our clients, in person or by telephone or email, and ably navigates the numerous shipping and logistics queries with the aim of providing clear, concise and valuable responses.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

• • • • • • •

Courteously receive and respond to all incoming calls via inter-company switch board Sort and file weekly documents for Managers and Accounts Department Compute weekly payments to vendors for timely distribution and/or collection Assist with preparation of payroll for weekly paid employees Make local & international travel and hotel reservations for partners when necessary Maintain a log & contact information of company vendors and key stakeholders Prepare the reception area and conference room for meetings and/or training as needed

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE WILL POSSESS:

• • • • • • • •

Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office Excellent skills in written and verbal communication Skills in organizing and prioritizing in order to meet deadlines Manual dexterity to perform repetitive tasks on a computer for 6 -8 hours daily Ability to multi-task while being flexible to cross train in other administrative roles Ability to work closely with other team members 3-5 years’ working experience in a similar position Associate Degree in Business Studies and/or High School Diploma

REMUNERATION

Salary offered will be based on candidate’s level of education & past work experience

Interested persons should forward resume by January 24, 2020 to bkerr@tropical.com or wewing@tropical.com or deliver by hand to 70 South Dock Road, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands.

ELECTRICAL AUTOMOTORIST Ports of Call Plaza (Unit#1), Grace Bay Road, Providenciales Salary: $2,500.00

• service, identify and repair faults on electronically controlled vehicle systems such as electronic fuel injection, electronic ignition, anti-lock braking, cruise control, automatic transmission, airbags and air conditioning • install electrical equipment such as gauges, lighting, alternators and starter motors in vehicles • install electrically operated accessories such as radios, heating or demisting equipment, air conditioners, driving lamps and anti-theft systems • refer to circuit diagrams, and use meters and test instruments to find electrical faults • adjust engine control systems and timing to ensure vehicles are running at peak performance • test, recondition and replace faulty alternators, generators, starter motors and related items such as voltage regulators and batteries • repair or replace faulty ignition, electrical wiring, fuses, lamps and switches • use hand tools, specialized electrical tools, instruments and machines, including drills, grinders, presses and lathes • solder or weld when repairing electrical parts • install, repair and service air conditioning systems. Please contact email sandrews@caicoswheels.com or (649)946-8302

20090

VALUE FOR YOUR MONEY!!

THE LARGEST READERSHIP IN THE TURKS & CAICOS

20085


CHARMANE TAYLOR #32 Yellow Elder Street, Leeward Palms, Providenciales Is seeking a

CARETAKER

• Help the patient get dressed, eat, bathe and complete light housekeeping duties, such as dishes or folding laundry. Plan, prepare and monitor meals. Run errands, remind patients of medications. • To work 6 days a week. Salary: $6.50 hourly

CONTACT: 242-5949

Belongers are encouraged to apply to the Labour Board This position is currently held by a work permit holder

20041

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TURKS AND CAICOS WEEKLY NEWS

CLOVERLEAF AGENCY

- 246-7382 Acting on behalf of clients Sharrington Forbes Hollywood Beach Blvd Whitby, North Caicos

- $6.50 HOUR

Help with cleaning yard and washing windows Position is held by a permit holder 20087

MASON - $9 HOURLY

Repairs, maintains and alters buildings, and retaining walls. Mixes mortar; lays bricks and stones and/or concrete sidewalks; makes and repairs steps and plasters. Installs pipes and fixtures, such as sinks and toilets, for water, gas, and etc. Installs supports for pipes, equipment, and fixtures prior to installation.

LABOURER - $7 HOURLY

Set up equipment, run lines for power tools, erect scaffolding, lay out tools, set up forms for the pouring of concrete foundations, clean worksite, and take down bracing and scaffolding.

EPHRAIM LTD

Conch Bar, Middle Caicos Is seeking to employ a

• Must have certification from accredited university/institution and valid professional license through and acceptable regulations authority • Must have a minimum of 5 years’ experience working in a retain 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: $50K -55K per annum depending on experience

Belongers only need to apply. Qualified applicants may apply to email: island pahrmacy@tciway.tc addressed to the attention of Business Manager, Mrs. Melanie Delancy and a copy sent the Labor Department

• Measure, cut, or shape wood, plastic, and other materials. Make cabinets. • Must be willing to work 5 days a week. Salary: $15 hourly

CONTACT: 333-8421 EMAIL: MIKE_ARCTCI@ YAHOO.COM

Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board This position is currently held by a work permit holder

20057

Cut and shape tile to fit around obstacles. Finish and dress the joints and wipe excess grout from between tiles Apply mortar to tile back, position the tile and press or tap with trowel handle to affix tile to base. Work 5/6days a week. Salary $8per hr.

FIRST TIME WORK PERMIT 20056

20039

ENRIQUE DICKENSON Salt Cay North, Salt Cay is seeking to employ

EASY WAY EMPLOYMENT

LABOURER

Soil cultivation, digging, forking, mulching, watering, raking, weeding, edging, pruning, seed sowing, bed preparation and planting. Salary: $7 hourly

CABINET MAKER

PHARMACIST

SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS;

Apply paints, stains, and coatings to interior and exterior walls, new buildings, homes, offices and other structural surfaces.

Belongers are encouraged to apply to the Labour Board

Building A Windward Rd, Leeward Highway Is seeking to employ a

• Serves patients with kind and caring disposition • Prepares medications • Counsels and monitors patient’s drugs therapies • Gives pharmacological advice and information to multidisciplinary health care team • Prepares medications by reviewing and interpreting physicians orders • Detects and resoles therapeutic incompatibilities • Provides pharmacological advice and information via phone and in person to patients and health care professionals.

TILEMAN

PAINTER - $9 HOURLY

CONTACT: 341-8193

ISLAND PHARMACY

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Five cays, Granny Hill Cell # 432-0000. Is looking for

#56 Mary Jane Lane, Blue Hills

PLUMBER - $9 HOURLY

HELPER

D & B TILES

D&H CONSTRUCTION

Manual labour, minor maintenance and repairs must be willing to work 5-6 days a week. Salary $6.50 per hour

CONTACT #232-6059

Renewal of Work Permit

50064

Acting on behalf of Evergreen Landscaping Millennium Highway, Inside 7mart Is seeking to employ a

GARDENER

CONTACT: 331-7188

Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board 20051

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

Relief Manager (All Services for PLS and GT Sites)

TURTLE BREEZE PROPERTIES LTD Requires a

BUTLER The successful candidate should possess the following: • Be flexible and willing to work long hours, including holidays and weekends if required • Have at least 5 years’ experience in a luxury housekeeping environment, having an extensive knowledge of housekeeping standards • Detail-oriented and a self-motivated • Valid driver’s license with a clean driving record • Be fluent in English • Assist with food and beverage service as may be required • Be completely flexible and willing to multi-task and perform other duties as may be required • Knowledge of food and wine pairing would be an asset • Assist guests with reservations and island excursions as may be required Salary starts at $2,500.00 + housing allowance per month.

Turks & Caicos Islanders and PRC Holders with the right to work will have preference. Interested applicants may apply to Turtle Breeze Properties Ltd, Regent Village East, Suite A210, Grace Bay, Providenciales and also to the Labour Department. This is a new position.

20095

Mechanical & Electrical Engineer – Providenciales Housekeeping Supervisor - Grand Turk Domestic Assistant - Providenciales Hospital Porter – Providenciales & Grand Turk Chef (Various Grades) – Providenciales Kitchen Porter/Stock Controller – Providenciales Security Driver & Security Officers – Providenciales • Applicants must have relevent experience in the field they have applied for. Must be able to work 40 hours per week (5 shifts allocated over 7 days and include weekend working and bank holidays). • Must have excellent customer service, English language skills and literacy are required for all posts. • *Salaries dependant on qualifications and experience NOTE: There will be a schedule job fair at Cheshire Hall Medical Centre, Providenciales on January 15th 2020 at 3:00pm – 7:00pm. Interested candidates please forward your resume to: Dpinnock@interhealthcanada.tc.

For further information and queries, please contact Donique Pinnock on Tel: 941-2800 Ext 71802

20054

January 11-17, 2020


JAI’S

The Regent Village, Unit A106, Grace Bay Road is seeking a

SALES CLERK

Responsibilities include greeting customers, presenting and selling merchandise to customers, counting inventory, and using the POS system.

The successful applicant must: 1. Have a minimum of 3 years sales experience in a retail

environment. 2. Be honest, hard-working and self-motivated. 3. Be available to work Monday through Saturday, with flexibility to attend training sessions outside work hours. Salary Range: $8.00 $10.00 per hour, dependent upon experience.

Kindly send applications to info@jais.tc. Contact: 649-941-4374

Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board. 20062

January 11-17, 2020

TURKS AND CAICOS WEEKLY NEWS JEREMIE SEIDE

#66 Robinson St., Five Cays Is seeking to employ a

DOMESTIC WORKER

Sweeping the house, mopping the floor, clean bathrooms, toilets, kitchen, living room, laundering sheets, towels and personal clothing and other house work. Salary: $6.50 hourly

CONTACT: 242-1441

Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board 20098

VALUE FOR YOUR MONEY!!

KANISHA B. CAMPBELL

#7 Phase One, Blue Hills Is seeking to employ a

BABYSITTER

• Watch and feed baby. Bathe the baby and clean the house. • Must be willing to work 5 days a week. Salary: $6.50 hourly

CONTACT: 649-344-9324

• To assist chef with preparing meals. • Serving of meals/ cleaning. • Other duties may be assigned. Salary: $6.50 hourly

ONE (1) BARMAID

• Mix and serve drinks & cocktails. • Keep bar and table areas clean. Salary: $6.50 hourly Must be able to work 6 days per week. Monday-Saturday 8 hours a day

Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board These positions are currently held by work permit holders

NEX GEN BUILDERS

SCOTT’S CAR RENTAL & SALES

20044

MASON

Repairs, maintains and alters buildings, retaining walls and other brick or stone edifices. Mixes mortar; lays bricks and stones and/or concrete sidewalks; makes and repairs steps and plasters. Salary: $8 hourly

CONTACT: 649-232-3435

Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board This position is currently held by a work permit holder

JOB FAIR

TWO (2) KITCHEN HELPERS

Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board. This position is currently held by a work permit holder

Apt. #2 Cooper Jack Bay Road, Providenciales Is seeking a

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SUNSET CAFÉ BAR & GRILL

#26 Aviation Drive, South Side Plaza, Providenciales Is seeking to hire

CONTACT: 649-231-6318

20073

#1228 Leeward Highway. Is seeking to employ a

Car Wash Attendant • Wash, scrub and polish the interiors of car SUV’s and buses to protect their appearance. • Vacuum, clean and maintain vehicles. • Must be young, energetic and able to multitask with a valid driver’s license. Salary: $6.50 hourly

CONTACT: 231-8438 Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board This position is currently held by a work permit holder

20046

20094

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VALUE FOR YOUR MONEY!!

Interhealth Canada Constructions & Services TCI Cheshire Hall Medical Centre

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Wednesday 15th January 2020 3p.m. – 7p.m. Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital, Providenciales, are currently looking for customer focused, driven, dedicated persons to join the Facilities Management Team. Full time vacancies are currently available in the following departments: • Relief Manager (All Services for PLS and GT Sites) • Security Driver • Security Officers • Kitchen Porter/Stock Controller • Mechanical & Electrical Engineer • Domestic Assistant • Hospital Porter • Chef (Various Grades) • Laundry Assistant

IS INTERVIEWING FOR:

HOUSEMAID

Successful candidates will meet the following criteria: • Have relevent experience in the field they have applied for, preferably within the Healthcare field • Be able to work 40 hours per week • Shift patterns and weekend working apply • Have excellent English, both spoken and written • Have a clean Police Record • Must be a Turks Islander or have Permanent Residency Status • Work permit holders need not apply *Salary dependant on qualifications and experience

PLEASE BRING WITH YOU:

• List of 3 references • Resume • NHIP Card/NIB Card • TCI Status Card • Police Check (no more that 6 months old)

The Facilities Team look forward to meeting with you.

Join a relaxed and friendly 35 team member workforce and enjoy one the highest wage, service charge and bonus packages on the island. Our 98 room resort popularity and occupancy is growing year after growing resulting in high distribution of service charges and NO SLOW SEASON LAYOFFS The suitable candidate must be personable, customer service oriented, have strong English verbal and written communication skills. Salary Commensurate with Qualifications & Experience. Resumes can be emailed to

20053

Resumes can be emailed to dpapke@portsofcallresort.com/ tlewin@portsofcallresort.com

20084


January 11-17, 2020

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TURKS AND CAICOS WEEKLY NEWS RASHARD’S CLEANING #41A DISCOVERY BAY, PROVIDENCIALES Is seeking to employ a

MERVCO

854 Leeward Highway, Providenciales Turks & Caicos Islands

CLEANER

CASHIER

• Stocking and supplying designated facility areas, dusting, sweeping, vacuuming, mopping, cleaning ceiling vents, restroom cleaning etc. • Must be willing to work 5 days a week. Salary: $1,500 monthly

Cashier-required to cash out customer transactions, manage cash for purchases, assist with pumping gas if required, clean and maintain the work area, stock shelves and freezers. Be willing to work weekends and holidays.

CONTACT: 649-941-3390 MERVCO.ACC@GMAIL.COM

CONTACT: 342-0255

Belongers are encouraged to send resumes to the Labour Department. This position is currently held by a Work Permit holder

20092

BERTRAM GARLAND

Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board 20060

RICHMOND HILL PREPARATORY SCHOOL Richmond Hills, Providenciales is looking for a

TRAINED PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHER

With a minimum of ten years’ teaching experience and a teacher’s certificate from an accredited institution. Teacher should be able to teach all subjects to any grade level, complete unit and lesson plans, serve on various committees, and complete annual reports. Salary is $2,200 per month. Position currently held by a work permit holder Belongers are encouraged to submit a copy of their resume to the Labor Department Please apply in writing to richhillprep@ yahoo.com or call 946-4957

20075

HEAD DOMESTIC WORKER X 1 @ $8.00 PER HR

X 1 @ $7.00 PER HR

Assist with general cleaning, duties of villas and maintaining weekly schedules of other domestic workers. Also assist with food preparation for guests, turn down linen services and other related general cleaning chores in line with TCI Villas & Properties standard of cleanliness. Must be willing to work 6 days a week including weekends and holidays

Interested TCI belongers are encouraged to drop off their resume to: Care Professional Consultantncy located in Sam’s Harvey Bldg. Unit # 9 Downtown, Providenciales. Or call: 347-3465

Interested TCI belongers are encouraged to drop off their resume to: Care Professional Consultantncy located in Sam’s Harvey Bldg. Unit # 9 Downtown, Providenciales. Or call: 347-3465 20036

Duties: Installs, maintains, and repairs pipes and fixtures associated with heating, cooling, water distribution, and sanitation systems in residential and commercial structures. Must be willing to work 6 days a week including weekends and holidays. This post is a first-time work permit holder

Only persons selected for an interview will be contacted. Deadline to receive application is January 21st, 2020

This position is currently held by a work permit holder

Only persons selected for an interview will be contacted. Deadline to receive application is January 21st 2020

VALUE FOR YOUR MONEY!!

CONTACT: 231-0327

Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board. This position is currently held by a work permit holder 20048

20037

BAKER HELPER

Assist baker measure and mix raw ingredients, bake and decorate items, and ensure that all raw and finished goods adhere to quality and food safety standards. Salary: $6.50 hourly

CONTACT: 649-941-3640

Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board 20047

SERVICES BY EA

GARDENERS/ LABOURERS

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Applicants must be able to work outdoors performing manual and physical labor. They must be able to operate a jackhammer/ lawn mower and chainsaw. They will be asked to dig holes, mix and spread topsoil/ cow manure and plant. They must be able to speak and communicate in English. Starting salary $6.25 per hour and may be required to work on weekends and holidays if needed.

Interested applicants including Islanders/ Belongers can bring all applications to Services By EA located at #65 Beechwood Road, Grace Bay, Providenciales or email to yvonne@eagrouptci.com. Successful applicants will be notified by phone for interview. This position is currently held by a work permit holder. 20068

IS INTERVIEWING FOR:

HOUSEMAN

Join a relaxed and friendly 35 team member workforce and enjoy one the highest wage, service charge and bonus packages on the island. Our 98 room resort popularity and occupancy is growing year after growing resulting in high distribution of service charges and NO SLOW SEASON LAYOFFS The suitable candidate must be personable, customer service oriented, have strong English verbal and written communication skills. Salary Commensurate with Qualifications & Experience. Resumes can be emailed to

dpapke@portsofcallresort.com/ tlewin@portsofcallresort.com or dropped off at resort Att- Taiwayne Lewin.

LABOURER

• Applicant must be honest, reliable and hard working. • Keeping surroundings and properties clean and disposing of debris. Salary: $6.50 hourly

22 Granny Hill, Five Cays Is seeking to employ a

B204 West Regent Village Gracebay Providenciales

PLUMBER

#493 Leeward Highway, Providenciales Is seeking to employ a

MACKEY’S CAFE

SEE MORE TCI VILLAS & PROPERTIES

Back Salina Grand Turk

ROYAL ROBINSON

20086

SERVICES BY EA

#65 Beechwood Road, Grace Bay Village, Providenciales

DOMESTIC WORKER REQUIREMENTS: • Cleaning, organizing menus and cooking for a family of 5 • Must be available to work weekends and some holidays

• Full time caregiver to a 7 year old • Must have a valid driver’s license • Salary $6.50 per hour

Prospective applicants including islanders can bring all applications to Services by EA located at 65 Beechwood Rd, Grace Bay Village, Providenciales or email to yvonne@ eagrouptci.com. Successful applicants will be notified by phone for interview. This position is currently held by a work permit holder

20067


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January 11-17, 2020

TURKS AND CAICOS WEEKLY NEWS

SHA CCONSTRUCTION,MAID TO CLEAN,NEWTECH CONSTRUCTION

SERVICES BY EA

SHRUB CL,BLUE HILLS. Cell: 432-3447 looking for:

#65 Beechwood Road. Grace Bay Village, Providenciales

HOUSEKEEPER REQUIREMENTS: • Cleaning, organizing menus and cooking for a family of 5 • Must be available to work weekends and some holidays

• Full time caregiver to a 7 year old • Must have a valid driver’s license Salary $6.50 per hour

Prospective applicants including islanders can bring all applications to Services by EA located at 65 Beechwood Rd, Grace Bay Village, Providenciales or email to yvonne@eagrouptci.com. Successful applicants will be notified by phone for interview. This position is currently held by a work permit holder 20066

MASTER CUTS BARBER SHOP Church Folly, Grand Turk. Is seeking to employ a

BARBER

Duties: Welcome clients as they arrive in the shop and engage them in conversation to determine their needs. Cut, Trim hair and beards or Giving shaves. Assume responsibility for The maintenance of Instruments and work Station. SALARY: $8.00 per hour

CONTACT: 348-4065 Belongers are encouraged to Send a copy of their resume To the Labour Board. This is a first time Work permit application. 20080

FERGUSON WILLIAMS

North Back Salina, Grand Turk Is seeking to employ

KITCHEN HELPER

Duties: Help the cook, Clean Dishes, Mop and Clean floors. SALARY: $6.50 per hour.

CONTACT: 241-5759

Belongers are asked to Send a copy of their resume To the Labour Board. This Position is currently held by A worker permit holder. 20076

CARPENTERS, WELDERS, MASONS, PLUMBERS, TILE LAYERS, LABOURERS, PAINTERS, STEELMAN, STONES FABRICATORS, CLEANERS, BUTLERS Must be able to read and understand building drawings;layout and erect brick wall, concrete columns, beams, supports concrete staircaises; concrete floor rending,layout and build driveways, deck floos, swimming pool, cisters,competent with masonry tool and working knowledge of imperial and metric measurement. Perform maintenance and minors repairs( replacing broken switches,fixing doors handles, minor leaks, cut and polish rocks, install,measure, cut and shape. Salaries started @$8- $13 per hr. Work 5-6 days a week. Qualified belonger candidates should send their application. Email: shagroup@ hotmail.com Dead line January 21st for renewal and new work permit

DEVON P. FULFORD

E&V CONSTRUCTION

Breezy Brae, Grand Turk Is seeking to employ a

Waterloo Road, GRAND TURK Is seeking to employ a

LABOURER BABYSITTER

Duties: To clean maintain Premises after work each Day, to assist the mason and Carpenter as needed. SALARY: $6.50 per hour.

CONTACT: 242-1358

Belongers are encouraged To send a copy of their Resume to the Labour Board. This is a first time work permit application.

Duties: Taking care of a Small child which includes: Preparing meals, Feeding, bathing and Cleaning. Must be willing to work 6 days a week. Salary: $6.50 per hour.

CONTACT: 345-0450

20081

Belongers are encouraged to Send a copy of their resume To the Labour Board. This a First time work permit application.

20083

20038

B&B LOVELY STORE North Back Salina, Grand Turk Is seeking to employ a

DOMESTIC WORKER

Duties: Cleaning mopping Dusting, sweeping and Polishing and other household Chores. Salary: $6.50 per hour.

CONTACT: 342-5645

Belongers are encouraged to Send a copy of their resume To the Labour Board. This Position is held by a work Permit holder. 20078

VALUE FOR YOUR MONEY!!

THE LARGEST READERSHIP IN THE TURKS & CAICOS TURKS & CAICOS AGGRESSOR II

TURKS & CAICOS AGGRESSOR II PROVIDENCIALES

PROVIDENCIALES

SCUBA DIVE INSTRUCTOR

SCUBA DIVE INSTRUCTOR On bboard Aggressor II is required to perform the following: • Must have PADI Dive Instructor qualification with various specialty courses • Master of Yachts 200 tons • To lead a variety of dives from refs, walls, wrecks etc. • To safely teach various specialties to guest onboard when required • Operate skiff and vessel to and from dive sites, safely dropping off and returning divers • Film and produce weekly charter video for guest • Underwater photography is a weekly requirement • Follow captain’s instruction with regard to daily boat maintenance/ administration/ paper work/ safety drills. Hurricane safety regulation • Interior and deck crew responsibilities are expected to be executed in a professional manner as instructed by the Captain • Galley and service duty for guests • Living and working on board the vessel up to eight weeks before vacation is allowed • Working seven days a week and maintaining a professional attitude Weekly salary $700.00

On bboard Aggressor II is required to perform the following: • Must have PADI Dive Instructor qualification with various specialty courses • Master of Yachts 200 tons • To lead a variety of dives from refs, walls, wrecks etc. • To safely teach various specialties to guest onboard when required • Operate skiff and vessel to and from dive sites, safely dropping off and returning divers • Film and produce weekly charter video for guest • Underwater photography is a weekly requirement • Follow captain’s instruction with regard to daily boat maintenance/ administration/ paper work/ safety drills. Hurricane safety regulation • Interior and deck crew responsibilities are expected to be executed in a professional manner as instructed by the Captain • Galley and service duty for guests • Living and working on board the vessel up to eight weeks before vacation is allowed • Working seven days a week and maintaining a professional attitude Weekly salary $600.00

Contact: 649-231-4030 this position is for work permit renewal interested Belongers can submit their resume to the Labor Department

Contact: 649-231-4030 this position is for work permit renewal interested Belongers can submit their resume to the Labour Department

20017

20016


TCI PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS SERVICES

#34 Millennium Highway, Blue Hills, Providenciales Is seeking to employ a

CASHIER

Receive payment by cash and credit cards, Issue receipts, and change due to customers. Count money in cash drawers. Salary: $8.50 hourly

CONTACT: 231-2397 Belongers are encouraged to apply to the Labour Board

20048

CARPENTER - $10 HOURLY

Follow blueprints and building plans to meet the needs of clients. Install structures and fixtures, such as windows and molding. Measure, cut, or shape wood, plastic, and other materials

MASON - $10 HOURLY

Repairs, maintains and alters

DOMESTIC WORKER

NANNY

Duties: Cleaning mopping Dusting, sweeping and Polishing and other household Chores. Salary: $6.50 per hour.

CONTACT: 231-7369

Belongers are encouraged to Send a copy of their resume To the Labour Board. This a First time work permit application.

20077

(Yard maintenance plus help with watery delivery)$7 hourly, 346-9099 #69 Blue Hills, Provo, TCI Position held by work permit holder

buildings, retaining walls and other brick or stone edifices. Mixes mortar; lays bricks and stones and/or concrete sidewalks; makes and repairs steps and plasters

PAINTER - $10 HOURLY

(Clean work site, mix concrete, carry tools $7 hourly, 241-7878 #5 South Dock Rd,Provo, TCI Vacant Position

BLUE HILLS GLASS

MILLENNIUM HIGHWAY, BLUE HILLS Is seeking to employ a

Ensuring a safe environment, preparing and giving meals, bathing and dressing children, administering medicine, doing housework, and disciplining children when necessary. Salary: $6.50 hourly

CONTACT: 344-9330

Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board. This position is currently held by a work permit holder 20099

SAMMY’S CUTS

THE MAMA VARIETY SHOP

#34 MILLENNIUM HIGHWAY, BLUE HILLS Is seeking to employ a

MAINTENANCE WORKER

• fix and maintain mechanical equipment, buildings, and machines. Tasks include plumbing work, painting, flooring repair and upkeep, electrical repairs and heating and air conditioning system. • Must be willing to work 5 days a week. Salary: $8 hourly

CONTACT: 333-1111

Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board 20043

VIVIAN GLINTON Breezy Brae, Grand Turk Is seeking to employ a

James Street, Grand Turk. Is seeking to employ a

BARBER

Duties: Welcome clients as they arrive in the shop and engage them in conversation to determine their needs. Cut, Trim hair and beards or Giving shaves. Assume responsibility for The maintenance of Instruments and work Station. SALARY: $8.00 per hour

CONTACT: 243-2928 Belongers are encouraged to Send a copy of their resume To the Labour Board. This position is held by a Work permit holder.

DOMESTIC WORKER

Duties: Cleaning mopping Dusting, sweeping and Polishing and other household Chores. Salary: $6.50 per hour.

CONTACT: 341-2434

20082

Cleaning and preparing a job site.

BOOK KEEPER - 12.70 P/H

Issue financial statements

FACES AND FINGERS-$7.00 p/h #12 courtyard plaza, Providenciales 941-4411

COSMETOLOGIST

delivering food.

EBEN-EZEN

ULGAR SHIRLINE ROBINSON

#4 leeward highway, Providenciales Tel 314-6493

DOMESTIC WORKER - $6.25 P/H Providing regular housekeeping.

COYABA RESTAURANT 14 Caribbean paradise inn, Grace Bay Tel: 946-5186

WAITER - 7.00 P/H

Taking costumer orders and

LABOURER - $6.25P/H

clean outside the property.

CAICOS TRANSPORTATION & SHIPPING

#284 Cooper jack bay, tel 243-6532

MECHANIC - 400.00 P/W repairing outboard motors

These position is currently held by work permit holder Belonger are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the labour board.

20088

20018

- Starting Salary $9.00 per hour

• Applicant should have a Bachelor Degree in Business • More than 5-years experience as Inventory Supervisor • Experience in Quick Books with knowledge of inventory, purchase order and receiving

DUTIES • Purchase and receive materials for each job in the system

• Co-ordinate inventory distribution to different job sites • Maintain inventory in the stock room and replenish • Receive and cost transfer between the jobs in the inventory • Record the inventory distribution by job and enter in the system • Generate cost report by job • Reconcile the inventory physical count Position is for a work permit holder.

Qualified Belongers may also apply with Labour Department.

Y-A-3B CONSULTANCY Acting on behalf of

VERSACE BAR & LOUNGE WINSOR PLAZA, LEEWARD HIGHWAY Is seeking

3 BARMAIDS - $6.50 HOURLY

Taking food orders, serving customers. Taking beverage orders from customers or wait staff and serving drinks as requested, paying extreme attention to detail.

Millennium Highway, Blue Hills

2 CARPENTERS - $8 HOURLY

Measure, cut, or shape wood, plastic, and other materials.

TILE LAYER - $8 HOURLY

Lay tiles. Contact: 332-1114

#2 Rigby Apartments, South Dock Road

CONTACT: 245-3231

Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board position currently held by work permit holder

20019

RENEWAL, BELONGER WILL BE GIVEN FIRST PREFERENCE.

Quick Fix Construction Home Improvement

DNA Entertainment

DJ - $7.50 HOURLY

Supervise the cleaning staff from both locations to make sure they sweep the stores every day and maintain clean standard, mop the floor, clean the bathrooms and replace tissue, clean the doors and windows, clean the ceiling and walls, empty waste baskets. Salary starts at $9.00 per hour.

Long bay, providenciales 346-5411

This position is currently held by a work permit holder Belongers are encouraged to submit a copy of their resume to the Labor Department

CONTACT: 231-3892

INVENTORY SUPERVISOR

STEWARD

20074

1075A Leeward Highway Tel: 941-4575

Cut, trim and shape hair.

(Yard maintenance) $7 hourly, 344-1778 #41 New Sub-division, Five Cays Position held by work permit holder

LABOURER

J & W CONSTRUCTION LTD

Grace Bay & Central Square Providenciales 332-4100/946-4100

ACTING ON BEHALF OF OUR CLIENT

MONIQUE J. MISSICK

(Auto diagnostic and services) $10hourly, 344-1778 Market Place, Unit 2, Provo Vacant Position

Unit#9 Storage Office Building, Long Bay Road, Providenciales. Telephone: 231-4519

KUBERA LTD

WARD’S CONSULTANCY WOOD CONTRACTUAL SERVICES

(Assist Professional with glass

Perform music in lounge.

Belongers are encouraged to Send a copy of their resume To the Labour Board. This is a first time work Permit application.

20079

LABOURER

LABOURER

Cleaning outside the property with sweeper, pick up yard waste and collect leaves, dispose of trash, clean windows, door frames. Cares for garden on a daily basis Salary: $6.25 per hour

AUTO MECHANIC

LABOURER

Apply paints, stains, and coatings to interior and exterior walls, new buildings, homes, offices and other structural surfaces.

ALL ABOUT YOU

Alice & Alice Shopping Center Airport Road, Providenciales Is seeking to employ a

LUX RENT A CAR

DOSSOU CONSTRUCTION

Contact: 649-232-1292. Email: tmconst@gmail.com

TRANCILIA CHARLES

Breezy Brae, Grand Turk Is seeking to employ a

LABOURER

Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board 20042

YGERNE WILSON

door, window installation) $7hourly, 242-7012 Blue Hills Building #2, Chicken Shack area Position held by work permit holder

20102

BARMAID

Taking food orders, serving customers. Taking beverage orders from customers or wait staff and serving drinks, paying extreme attention to detail. Salary: $6.50 hourly

MONIQUE LOUIS

MUSIC INSTALLATION $7 HOURLY

Installing Music. Contact: 332-6090

20040

T&M CONSTRUCTION

SW CAFE

Ports of Call Plaza, 11 Sandcastle Road, Grace Bay

LABOURER - $9.34 P/H

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ANNE ROSE TIREMAR

# 38 Wilson street, Blue Hills 241-6273

CLEANER

To clean all areas within the yard, clean the gutters, trim down the trees in the yard, Sweeping and removing debris from outside, water the plants and assist with other cleaner work around the property. Salary starts at $6.25 per hour.

BELONGERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO SEND A COPY OF THEIR RESUME TO THE LABOUR BOARD 20074

RENEWAL, BELONGER WILL BE GIVEN FIRST PREFERENCE.

FREDERIC PIERRE

CAICOS DREAM TOURS

#234 Norway, Five Cays Providenciales 346-4276

NANNY

Care for my children, supervise while am at work, maintain the house clean, wash dishes, clean dining & living room, wash and iron. Salary starts at $6.25 per hour. FIRST TIME, BELONGER WILL BE GIVEN FIRST PREFERENCE.

20101

20013

ALEXANDRA RESORT Grace Bay, Providenciales 231-7278

LABOUR

Put fishing equipment into the water and anchor or tow equipment, according to the fishing method used. Position animal trapping or capture equipment. Sort, pack, and store catch in holds with salt and ice. Remove catches from fishing equipment Salary starts at $6.25 per hour. RENEWAL, BELONGER WILL BE GIVEN FIRST PREFERENCE.

20105

January 11-17, 2020


SMYRNE BAPTIST CHURCH BETWEEN DOCK YARD & BEHIND MARAH Down Town Providenciales, 341-5751

CLEANER

Clean inside the church, clean bathrooms, replace tissue, wipe furniture and equipment, clean door frames and windows, take out trash, water plants. Salary starts at $6.25 per hour. RENEWAL, BELONGER WILL BE GIVEN FIRST PREFERENCE. 20104

ALLISON JUNE INGHAM HOSPITAL LANE, GRAND TURK Is seeking to employ a

MAINTENANCE WORKER

Fix and maintain mechanical equipment, buildings, and machines. Tasks include plumbing work, painting, flooring repair and upkeep, electrical repairs and heating and air conditioning system Salary: $8 hourly This position is for work permit renewal Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board

20210

Unit 54, Saltmills Plaza, Provo. Requires qualified and experienced

ELECTRICIANS AND PLUMBERS

Electricians must have a recognized qualification/licence from a governing body in country of origin and at least 10 years experience on large commercial projects is essential. Duties will include electrical installations, repairs and maintenance to residential and commercial projects. Electricians pay starting at $12.00 per hour. Plumbers must have at least 10 years experience on commercial projects and duties will include plumbing installations, repairs and maintenance to residential and commercial projects. Plumbers pay starting at $10.00 per hour.

Please email resume to beenmep@tciway.tc

This ad is for both a first time work permit application and also any local/belonger qualified applicants as several positions are available 20116

CAROLINA PHARMACY

ROSAM’S CONSTRUCTION

#12 Musgrove Hill, Kew Town. Is seeking to employ a

CONSTRUCTION LABOURER

23 Parade Ave, Town Centre Building, Downtown Is seeking to employ a

STORE CLERK

Set up equipment, run lines for power tools, erect scaffolding, lay out tools, set up forms for the pouring of concrete foundations, and even hand tools to workers, remove all debris, pack up tools, put away any unused materials, and take down bracing and scaffolding Salary: $7 hourly

• Assist customers, stock and re-stock store-room and shelves. Cash-out prescription, and over the counter items. • Store-room inventory and expired good inventory. Salary: $7 hourly

CONTACT: 649-342-2511

Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board This position is currently held by a work permit holder

CONTACT: 241-1556

BEEN MEP CO. LTD.

Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board. This position is currently held by a work permit holder

20106

ADVERTISE

CONTACT: 649-941-3338

20108

IN THIS SPACE!

$33

PER WEEK

CALL 946-4664

SOUTH BACK SALINA, Grand Turk Is seeking to employ a

LABOURER

Duties: To clean and Maintain premises by raking And cleaning yard disposing of Refuse, cleaning windows and doors. SALARY: $6.50 per hour.

CONTACT: 242-0889

Belongers are encouraged To send a copy of their Resume to the Labour Board. This is a renewal of work permit application. 20211

CARIBBEAN BUILDERS

Electricians and Plumbers

DOMESTIC WORKER

Electricians must have a recognized qualification/licence from a governing body in country of origin and at least 10 years experience on large commercial projects is essential. Duties will include electrical installations, repairs and maintenance to residential and commercial projects. Electricians pay starting at $12.00 per hour. Plumbers must have at least 10 years experience on commercial projects and duties will include plumbing installations, repairs and maintenance to residential and commercial projects. Plumbers pay starting at $10.00 per hour.

ONLY

MALCOLM SMITH

BEEN MEP CO. LTD.

Unit 54, Saltmills Plaza, Provo. Requires qualified and experienced

Please email resume to beenmep@tciway.tc This ad is for both a first time work permit application and also any local/belonger qualified applicants as several positions are available

20115

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:

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#12 DOCTORS ROAD, CHALK SOUND Is seeking to employ a

• Sweeping, mopping, clean bathrooms, toilets, kitchen, living room, and other work. • Must be willing to work 5 days a week. Salary: $6.50 hourly

CONTACT: 244-0065

Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board. This position is currently held by a work permit holder 20107

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.

GARDENER

RESPONSIBILITIES:

GARDENER

• 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

• 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

COMMON AREA ATTENDANT

COMMON AREA ATTENDANT

RESPONSIBILITIES:

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

• 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:

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

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

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

Joanna Ivasiuk The Somerset Resort on Grace Bay jivasiuk@thesomerset.com

Joanna Ivasiuk The Somerset Resort on Grace Bay jivasiuk@thesomerset.com

Submissions for this job position should be received no later than February 2nd, 2020

20112

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

Submissions for this job position should be received no later than February 2nd, 2020

20113

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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.

GARDENER

LABOURER

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:

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

COMMON AREA ATTENDANT RESPONSIBILITIES:

REQUIREMENTS:

• 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

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 Salary for this position will commensurate with qualifications and experience

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

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

Joanna Ivasiuk The Somerset Resort on Grace Bay Jivasiuk@thesomerset.com

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

Submissions for this job position should be received no later than February 2nd, 2020

20115

Joanna Ivasiuk The Somerset Resort on Grace Bay jivasiuk@thesomerset.com

20115

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.

MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN

RESPONSIBILITIES:

GARDENER

• 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:

• • • •

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

COMMON AREA ATTENDANT

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

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

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

20115

Joanna Ivasiuk The Somerset Resort on Grace Bay Jivasiuk@thesomerset.com

Submissions for this job position should be received no later than February 2nd, 2020

Submissions for this job position should be received no later than February 2, 2020

Submissions for this job position should be received no later than February 2nd, 2020

20115

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S&G CONTRACTING CO. #21 Grace Bay Road, Leeward, Providenciales Is seeking to employ a

CARPENTER

Turks and Caicos Airports Authority is accepting applications for the following position:

• Follow blueprints and building plans. Install structures and fixtures, such as windows and molding. Measure, cut, or shape wood, plastic, and other materials. • Must be willing to work 5 days a week. Salary: $8 hourly

AIRPORT CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board 19946

JOB VACANCY GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES:

Airport Authority Chief Executive Officer;

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

• The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) directs the marketing, airport development, planning and engineering, community and public relations, administrative, financial matters, procurement, budgeting and legal staff in fulfilling the mission of the Airport Authority. Provides 24-hour management and control of Authority facilities and operations to ensure the safe, efficient, secure and continuous operational use of runways, taxiways, terminal buildings and ramp. • In addition to being the TCIAA primary representative to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA/Regulators), the Chief Executive Officer acts as the lead point of contact with the Government, Board, and Local officials. Such collaboration is particularly critical in recognizing the airport’s impact on future economic development initiatives and long-term modernization and expansion of its facilities and services. • The Chief Executive Officer oversees a workforce of over 350 employees engaged in the operational, security, fire services, air traffic control, administration, budgetary, maintenance, commercial and design and construction activities on-site at the Airports. The workforce may consist of both public and private sector employees. • The Chief Executive Officer facilitates monthly board meetings with the Airports Authority Board of Directors and guides staff in preparing and presenting agenda items for approval. Administrative duties include overseeing relations with airlines, concessionaires and airport tenants. Facilitating the preparation of contracts, and reviews and offers guidance in the preparation of the annual budget.

ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

• Supervising the Airports Authority executive staff, including the Airport Manager, Terminal and Marketing Manager, Fire Services Manager, Security Manager, Safety Management Manager, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operations Officer, Human Resources, Training and Development Manager, Air Traffic Services Manager, Engineer and Maintenance Manager and other employed staff and consultants engaged in the operation and support of the Airports Authority; • Working directly with the airline industry to ensure maximum options for the flying public, Representing the Authority with the public, airlines, and other members of the community and government agencies; • Leading the development of the Airport’s economic planning activities in support and in collaboration with regional business leaders and elected officials to ensure maximum coordinated planning and implementation; • Maintaining membership with relevant International Associations; representing the organization and

attending conferences, workshops, and meetings to keep abreast of current information and developments in the field of aviation and airport development; • Obtaining and providing timely financial and operational updates to the TCIAA Board; • Directing the oversight of FBOs and all areas of its operations and areas of responsibility which include, but is not limited to, fuel farm operations, aircraft fueling, security, handling of aircraft; • Working in conjunction with the ASSI, TCICAA and law enforcement to assure the safety and security of the passengers, all airport employees and visitors of the Airport.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS:

• Demonstrate leadership and management ability to lead, motivate and develop a diverse team of staff. Experienced in management of public facilities and employees. • Familiarity with ICAO, OTAR, IATA, and Turks and Caicos Islands transportation and aviation rules and regulations, including Public Procurement Ordinance, Employment Ordinance, procedures, and agreements. • Highly ethical, resourceful, and demonstrate good judgement and personal leadership; Comprehensive knowledge of public finance market practices for funding major capital projects; • An experienced multitasker with the ability to plan and direct all aspects of large-scale projects through planning, financing, and construction phases with demonstrated success completing projects on schedule and within budget. • A skilled communicator who has the ability to present complex written and oral reports clearly and concisely with the ability to establish and maintain effective interpersonal relationships with various stakeholders.

QUALIFICATIONS/ SKILLS/ EXPERIENCE:

• Graduates from an accredited college or university with a Master’s degree in Business Administration, aviation, engineering, or a closely related field/ discipline. Preference will be given to Master’s Degree holders, but Bachelor’s Degree holders who demonstrate significant and relevant experience will also be considered. • Ten-years of post‐graduation experience in the management and leadership of a large, complex organization or Operations Department (preferably a minimum of five years in an organization with airport or transportation components). • Preference will be given to those applicants who hold the Accredited Airport Executive qualification (AAE) or Accredited Airport Certified Manager (CM) qualification and applicants with multi-disciplined aviation experience. • Salary: $140,000 - $190,000 per annum with additional benefits.

Interested persons must submit cover letter, resumes and references no later than close of business on January 15th 2020 to The Chairman of the Board Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority, Care of HR Manager, Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority, Providenciales International Airport, Turks and Caicos Islands hrrecruitment@tciairports.com

CONTACT: 331-8705

UYLSSE JEAN DELUIS #14B BLUE HILLS Is seeking to employ a

LABOURER

• Cleaning outside the property with sweeper, pick up yard waste and collect leaves, dispose of trash, clean windows, door frames. Cares for garden. • To work 5 days a week. Salary: $6.50 hourly

CONTACT: 347-3520

Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board This position is currently held by a work permit holder

19939

SALON DAY SPA MIA

#8 Rigby Hill, Five Cays. Is seeking a

HAIR DRESSER - $7 HOURLY

Shampooing, cutting, and styling hair, provide hair treatments, including deep conditioning, permanents, hair coloring, and weaving.

NAIL TECHNICIAN - $7 HOURLY

Basic manicures, artificial nails, gel nails, hand massages, nail fills, nail repair, and nail polishing. Pedicures and the application of acrylic toenails.

CONTACT: 247-8600 Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board 19981

TECH LOGIC ICT SOLUTIONS #12 PLATINUM STREET, WHEELAND, PROVIDENCIALES. IS SEEKING AN

Electronic Technician

• Minimum 10 years working in IT specifically with IP networks, servers and desktop. • Strong Microsoft client and server OS skills including Active directory, DNS & DHCP. • Experience in Hotel Property management and Electronic systems. Salary: $3,500 per month

CONTACT: 649-331-7020

Belongers are encouraged to apply to the Labour Board This position is currently held by a work permit holder 19949

TECH LOGIC ICT SOLUTIONS #12 PLATINUM STREET, WHEELAND, PROVIDENCIALES. IS SEEKING A

Service Technician

• Minimum 10 years working in IT specifically with IP networks, servers and desktop. • Strong Microsoft client and server OS skills including Active directory, DNS & DHCP. • Experience in Hotel Property management and Electronic systems. • Installation of conduct and cabling for various projects. Salary: $3,500 per month

CONTACT: 649-331-7020

Belongers are encouraged to apply to the Labour Board

19950


ADELYN JOHNSON Back Salina, Grand Turk Is seeking a

LIVE IN MAID

• General chores such as cleaning, laundry, preparing meals, personal care, assist with bathing etc., any other chores if and when necessary. • Must be willing to work 5-6 days a week. Salary: $6.25 hourly

CONTACT: 242-1790

Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board. This position is currently held by a work permit holder 19965

ANGELA HIGGS West Road, Grand Turk Is seeking to employ a

LABOURER

• Manual Labour, minor maintenance and repairs. • Must be willing to work 5-6 days per week. Salary: $6.50 hourly

• Follow blueprints and building plans. Install structures and fixtures, such as windows and molding. Measure, cut, or shape wood, plastic, and other materials • Must be willing to work 5 days a week. Salary: $8 hourly CONTACT: 941-5626

Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board 19935

G.M. MECHANIC SHOP

#9 Kitch Building, Old Airport Road, Providenciales Is seeking a

MECHANIC

• Keeps equipment available for use by inspecting and testing vehicles; completing preventive maintenance such as, engine tune-ups, oil changes, tire rotation and changes, wheel balancing, replacing filters. • 5 days a week. Salary: $300 weekly

CONTACT: 3464698 OR 242-2824

Belongers are encouraged to apply to the Labour Board This position is currently held by a work permit holder 19959

is currently looking to employ a

LABOURER • Who will be responsible for the daily maintenance of the building and its surroundings. • Must be able to drive a range of vehicles including buses, must be courteous at all time. • Must have excellent customs service skills. • Salary $10.00 hour • All applicants must possess a valid

CONTACT: 347-5954

DAIN CONSTRUCTION

driver’s license • Willing to work with little or no supervision • Must be willing to work weekends and holidays • Must be able to drive a manual vehicle. • Belongers or PRC holders preferred This position is currently held by a work permit holder.

Please email all application to syrmondg@bayviewmotors.com Bayview Motors Ltd, P.O Box 619, Leeward Highway, Providenciales

GILLEY’S CAFÉ

WAITRESS

• Make sure your station is clean and orderly at all times • Must be willing to work 6 days per week or if and when needed • Any other duties assigned by management Salary $6.50 per hour

Contact: 649-946-4472 or email gilleyscafe@tciway.tc This position is for work permit renewal Belongers are encouraged to submit a copy of their resume to the Labor Department

GUSTAVUS FRANCIS

#49 HORIZON CLOSE,BLUE MOUNTAIN, PROVIDENCIALES

LABOURER

Duties: clean around the yard and minor repairs around the house Must be willing to work 6 days per week salary $6.50 per hour

CONTACT: 649-241-6040 OR EMAIL: POOHBEAR_2314@ HOTMAIL.COM This position is for work permit renewal qualified Belongers are asked to submit a copy of their resume to The Labour Department

19977

CONTACT: 244-8389

Belongers are encouraged to apply to the Labour Board. This position is currently held by a work permit holder 19934

SALES EXECUTIVES

• Lead a dynamic sales team to further grow and develop a highly demanding lending portfolio • Lead marketing initiatives in the existing and new markets • Create and execute effective sales strategies that will grow the business to meet/exceeding business targets • Work with/through the collections team to risks is minimized and/or alleviated

• Carry-out operational mandates as required • Provide relevant management reports and returns to the Senior Manager/Director as required • Provide overall provisions of support to Senior Management

COLELECTIONS EXPERTS

• Lead a demanding portfolio, highly organized and aggressive in acting swiftly on matters to ensure payment resolution.

All candidates must possess minimum 5 years supervisory and/or management experience in the field of Sales, Marketing, Risk Management & Account Resolution. Excellent written, Microsoft Office Suits capabilities. Persons interested in an interview should send their CVs to Senior Manager, Global Capital Ltd, @carmen70s@hotmail.com no later than January 10th, 2020.

INGRID SIMONS

MASON

Repairs, maintains and alters buildings, retaining walls and other brick or stone edifices. Mixes mortar; lays bricks and stones and/or concrete sidewalks; makes and repairs steps and plasters Salary: $7 hourly

CONTACT: 331-0686

Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board. This position is currently held by a work permit holder 19961

MAID TO CLEAN

BUTLER

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES: • Welcome and acknowledge all guests

CASHIER

• Greets customers, receive payment, Issue receipts, and change due to customers. Count money in cash drawers to ensure that amounts are correct. • To work 5 days a week. Salary: $7 per hour

TOM LIGHTBOURNE DR., BLUE HILLS Is seeking to employ a

Blue Hills, Providenciales, Cell: 2316858, Email shagroup@gmail.com

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

#45 Industrial Drive, Unit #2 & #4, Providenciales

SEEKING EXPERIENCED AND QUALIFIED CANDIDATES FOR THE FOLLOWING POSITIONS:

AIRPORT TERMINAL. Is seeking to hire:-

DUTIES INCLUDES: • Taking orders and serving Customers in a friendly manner • Ensure orders are taken correctly and customers are happy • Check on customers to make sure everything is okay while dining

CC THIS & THAT TIRE VARIETY STORE LTD.

BAYVIEW MOTORS

Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board. This position is currently held by a work permit holder 19963

#18 Palm Plaza, Airport Road, Unit #8, Providenciales Is seeking to employ a

CARPENTER

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according to company standards; anticipate and address guests’ service needs; assist individuals with disabilities; thank guests with genuine appreciation • Supply guests with directions and information regarding property and local areas of interest. • Identify and anticipate Guests’ needs and ensure personalized service is provided • Provide Food and Beverage Services as required • Assist with any plans or arrangements the guest intends to make during their stay Salary: $9 hourly

Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board

19922

Is seeking to fulfill the following position of a

FRONT OFFICE MANAGER The Front Office Manager will have overall responsibility for supervising Guest Service Agents, Night Auditors, and Bell staff to ensure guests satisfaction. The successful candidate will be required to provide a courteous, professional, efficient and flexible service at all times, following East Bay Resort Standards of Performance; 1. To have a full working knowledge and capability to supervise, correct and demonstrate all duties and tasks in the assigned Place of Work to the standard set. 2. To meet and greet guests at South Caicos Airport on arrival, and accompany guests to the resort. 3. To be fully conversant with all services and facilities offered by the hotel. 4. To perform opening and closing procedures established for the Place of Work as assigned. 5. To have a thorough understanding and knowledge of all Rooms related service and product and the ability to up sell alternatives. 6. To ensure that the Place of Work and surrounding area is kept clean and organized at all times. To monitor operating supplies and reduce spoilage and wastage. 7. To handle guest enquiries in a courteous and efficient manner and report guest complaints or problems to supervisors if no immediate solution can be found and assure follow up with guests. This positon require a minimum of 5 years’ experience and a certificate or degree in the respected field is a plus. All Applicants must be prepared to live full time in South Caicos, beginning salary commensurate with experience.

Interested applicants should submit their resume with qualifications and experience to: info@saunders.tc and the TCI Employment Services and Labour Department. This positions is currently vacant.

19968

January 11-17, 2020


50 CLASSIFIEDS SHERMAN MISSICK Over Back, Grand Turk Is seeking to employ a

LABOURER

• Minor maintenance, manual Labour and repairs. • Must be willing to work 5-6 days a week Salary: $6.50 hourly

CONTACT: 247-7701

Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board. This position is currently held by a work permit holder 19962

THE MISSION OF THE CHURCH OF GOD #192 UNCLE JOHNS WAY, FIVE CAYS Is seeking to employ a

PASTOR

• Provide spiritual leadership to members of a church. Preparing weekly sermons, preaching and conducting worship services. Interpret biblical scripture for the congregation. • To work 6 days a week. Salary: $325 weekly

CONTACT: 243-5844

Belongers are encouraged to apply to the Labour Board. This position is currently held by a work permit holder

19333

SAFAITE L. PIERRE Hillgrove St., South Caicos Is seeking to employ a

DIVER

• Diving and catching fish. • Must be willing to work 6 days a week. Salary: $7 hourly

RACQUEL LEVY Back Salina, Grand Turk Is seeking to employ a

CARETAKER • Caring for two elderly

persons, general house cleaning, laundry, preparing meals, bathing etc., any other chores if and when necessary. • Must be willing to work 5-6 days a week. Salary: $6.25 hourly

CONTACT: 341-908

Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board

19957

CONTACT: 341-0355

Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board 19964

THE GRANDVIEW ON GRACE BAY The Proprietors Strata Plan#38 #2 Grand Court, Box 845, Providenciales: for position held by work permit holder.

1 MAINTENANCE & LANDSCAPE SUPERVISOR/MANAGER RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDES: • Install/maintain irrigation system • All aspects of plant installation and care. • Building Maintenance/ grounds keeping • Pool maintenance

NEEDED SKILLS: • Experience in Ms. Excel/ Google Docs. • 5+ years Pool/Spa maintenance. • Good working knowledge of Chroma Glass Septic system. • 5+ years working with pesticides.

LIVE IN CARETAKER

Help 2 elderly people get dressed, eat, bathe and complete light housekeeping duties, such as dishes or folding laundry. Plan, prepare and monitor meals. Run errands, remind patients of medications. Salary: $1200 monthly

Duties includes: cleaning, washing, making beds etc. Need to be able to work 6 days per week. Salary $6.50 per hour

CONTACT: 231-6060

19980

This is for a first-time work permit holder but Turks & Caicos Islanders are encouraged to submit a copy of their resume to the Labor Department or info@tropicalpalmsvillatci.com Deadline for applicants is January 15th, 2020

Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board 19967

R&C SNACK BAR

NANCIE CAMPBELL-JOSEPH

MBA CONSTRUCTION

2 BARMAIDS - $6.50 HOURLY • Taking food orders, serving customers.

BABYSITTER

– $8.00 PER HOUR

GARDENER - $6.50 HOURLY

Soil cultivation, digging, forking, mulching, watering, raking, weeding, edging, pruning, seed sowing, bed preparation and planting

CONTACT: 241-6307

Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board position is currently held by a work permit holder

19940

• Discharge and Backload all vessels • Mooring and Unmooring of all vessels • Carry out all other duties as directed by the Supervisor. Salary: $12.63 hourly

Belongers are encouraged to apply to the Labour Board This position is currently held by a work permit holder

Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board. This position is currently held by a work permit holder 19929

Washing the vehicles and keeping the property clean at all times Salary: $6.25 per week Must be willing to work 6 days per week

CONTACT: 241-8434

Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board This position is currently held by a work permit holder.

#17A Robinson Street, New Subdivision, Five Cays Is seeking to employ a

• Ensuring a safe environment, preparing and giving meals, bathing and dressing children, administering medicine, doing housework, and disciplining children when necessary. • Must be willing to work 5 days a week. Salary: $6.50 hourly

CONTACT: 341-2779

Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board 19941

#58 Tompa Ave., Blue Hills, Providenciales Is seeking to employ a

MASON

CONTACT: 343-8536

19960

STEVEDORE

CONTACT: 649-9418975/9418890/9418891

Is seeking to employ a

(construction labourer consists of performing tasks involving physical labour at building sites, laying blocks, heavy construction projects and demotion sites) • Able to work with little or no supervision, be physically fit, dependable and hard working. • Must be self motivated and able to understand, write and speak English fluently. Salary :$8.50 per hour.

HANDYMAN

Fix pipes, paint areas around the house, and clean the yard. Salary: $300.00 per week

CONTACT: 341-6644

DOMESTIC WORKER

All experienced and interested individuals can send inquiries to:

Smith And Son Construction 475 Millennium highway, Blue Hills, Providenciales Turks and Caicos Islands, Tel: (649) 342-5757 Email: nate0310@gmail.com

A1 PREMIUM CLEANING SERVICES #8 Stingray Street, Glass Shack, Providenciales. Is seeking

2 CLEANERS

who duties would include basic housekeeping and child care. Remuneration is $7.50 per hour and work days are Mondays to Fridays from 1pm to 5pm.

• Upholstery cleaning, cleaning mattresses, floors carpets and pressure cleaning. • Must be willing to work 5-6 days a week. Salary: $6.50 hourly

For more information and to arrange an appointment, kindly contact Yaa McCartney, PO Box 54, Palm Grove, Grand Turk and telephone number 946-2067.

Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board This position is currently held by a work permit holder

19952

KELCI TALBOT

CONTACT: 343-4902

19987

KAREN ALTHEA MYERS

Leeside Avenue #83A, Long Bay, Providenciales Is seeking a

#86 Kakeka Street, Grace Bay Hills, Providenciales Is seeking to employ a

LABOURER

DOMESTIC WORKER

Repairs, maintains and alters buildings, retaining walls and other brick or stone edifices. Mixes mortar; lays bricks and stones and/ or concrete sidewalks; makes and repairs steps and plasters Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board This position is currently held by a work permit holder

Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board This position is currently held by a work permit holder

19986

MASSAGE THERAPIST

Port Administration Building, P.O. Box 427, South Dock Is seeking to employ a

CONSTRUCTION LABOURER

• Cleaning outside the property with sweeper, pick up yard waste and collect leaves, dispose of trash, clean windows, door frames. Cares for garden. • To work 6 days a week. Salary: $6.50 hourly

CONTACT: 242-3450

#5 Blue Hills, Providenciales Is seeking a

STANFORD FORBES

JUBA SOUND, LEEWARD HIGHWAY

A JOB VACANCY EXIST FOR A

CLEANER/ DOMESTIC WORKER FOR VILLAS

• Uphold customer service • Maintain Bar

LABOURER

Perform therapeutic massages of soft tissues and joints. Massage and knead muscles and soft tissues of the body to provide treatment for medical conditions, injuries, or wellness maintenance. Salary: $7 hourly

#21 CELESTRIAL CIRCLE, BLUE HILLS Is seeking to employ a

VALMA VIRGIL

OXFORD CLOSE, COOPER JACK BAY, PROVIDENCIALES. Is seeking for a

BARTENDER - $6.50 HOURLY

PURE BLISS MASSAGE

To Work 7hrs/day six(6) days a week. Minimum 10 years’ experience in this field. Annual salary - $21,00-$24,000

North Caicos, Bottle Creek Is seeking a

PROVO STEVEDORING

R&R MOTOR SALES AND RENTALS

Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board. This position is currently held by a work permit holder 19966

TROPICAL PALMS VILLA MANAGEMENT

#100 Walter Cox Street, Providenciales

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CONTACT: 332-3022

19942

To clean and cook and to wash or the family and guess of the home. Salary: $6.50 hourly

CONTACT: 649-232-799

Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board. This position is currently held by a work permit holder 19944

19554

ANTHONY’S MUSIC Ball Park Lane, Downtown, Providenciales Is seeking to employ a

SALES CLERK

To promote the music business and to also keep stock and reorder inventory that has been sold. Salary: $6.50 hourly

CONTACT: 649-341-1021

Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board

19938

K&T DISPOSABLE SERVICES/ KK&T AUTO RENTAL SERVICES #49 Industrial Park by pass Chalk Sound, Providenciales Is seeking

3 LABOURERS – $7 HOURLY

• Cleaning the property with sweeper, pick up yard waste, dispose of trash, clean windows, door frames. • Must be willing to work 6 days a week.

CONTACT: 346-1153

Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board

19951


January 11-17, 2020 CARIBBEAN CONSTRUCTION David’s Auto parts building Industrial park, Providenciales. 331-3017

MASON

Smooth out concrete in segments to ensure the concrete poured in level. Arrange the concrete forms. Rub cement in with sponge-rubber float or burlap. Salary: $8.00 per hour.

Renewal & first time Belonger will be given first preference 19972 MERISIER PIERRE

Airport Road, South Caicos Is seeking to employ a

DOMESTIC WORKER

Sweeping the house, mopping the floor, clean bathrooms, toilets, kitchen, living room, laundering sheets, towels and personal clothing and other house work. Salary: $6.50 hourly

CONTACT: 342-9780

Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board This position is currently held by a work permit holder

19931

ARTHUR PARKER North Side, Blue Hills Is seeking to employ a

DOMESTIC WORKER

• Sweeping the house, mopping the floor, clean bathrooms, toilets, kitchen, living room, laundering sheets, towels and personal clothing and other house work. • Must be willing to work 6 days a week. Salary: $6.50 hourly

CONTACT: 341-4710

Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board 19943

ISLAND FRESH PRODUCE COMPANY LTD.

South Dock Road, Providenciales Is seeking to employ a

FARMER

• Cleaning, tractor driving, general handiwork, tending to livestock, ploughing, planting and harvesting crops. • Must be willing to work 6 days a week. Salary: $6.50 hourly

CONTACT: 431-0645

Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board

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CHURCH OF GOD ABUNDANT LIFE Up the hill, Kew Town Providenciales, 241-0452

DOMESTIC WORKER

Clean inside the church, clean bathrooms, replace tissue, wipe furniture and equipment, clean door frames and windows, take out trash, water plants. Salary starts at $6.25 per hour.

Renewal, Belonger will be given first preference.

19974

ELNA JOSEPH

# 16 Claudette Gibson Apt. Kew Town, airport road Providenciales. 345-4363

BABYSITTER

Care for my children, supervise while am at work, maintain the house clean, wash dishes, clean dining & living room, wash and iron. Salary starts at $6.25 per hour. First time, Belonger will be given first preference.

19970

11 Dilly Way, Long Bay

BABYSITTER

the spread of germs. • Dress children and assist them with their snacks, drinks and meals as needed. • Ensure the maintenance of personal hygiene is kept. • Must be able to work shifts, weekends and holidays. Salary is $6.25 per hour

Email: kirshanacartwright@gmail.com Contact: 649-347-8673

Position currently held by a work permit holder. Interested applicants can apply by email or resumes can also be dropped off to the employment center. No later than end of day Monday 13th, 2020. 19958

ASHWOOD HALL

Conch Bar, Middle Caicos Is seeking to employ a

LABOURER

• Cleaning outside the property with sweeper, pick up yard waste and collect leaves, dispose of trash, clean windows, door frames. Cares for garden. • To work 5 days a week. Salary: $6.50 hourly CONTACT: 231-1620

Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board. This position is currently held by a work permit holder 19945

GRACEWAY SPORTS CENTRE

CONTACT: 946-8877

Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board This position is currently held by a work permit holder

19947

ERIKA BERNABEL WILLIAMS

DOMESTIC WORKER

19936

TYPE OF APPLICATION: Renewal, this position is currently held by a work permit holder 19976

#38 South Dock Road, Five Cays. Is seeking a

DOMESTIC WORKER

• Sweeping the house, mopping the floor, clean bathrooms, toilets, kitchen, living room, laundering sheets, towels and personal clothing and other house work. • To work 6 days a week. Salary: $6.25 hourly

CONTACT: 344-7416

Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board. This position is currently held by a work permit holder 19932

• Sweeping the house, mopping the floor, clean bathrooms, toilets, kitchen, living room, laundering sheets, towels and personal clothing and other house work. • Must be willing to work 5 days a week. Salary: $6.50 hourly

CONTACT: 345-8242

Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board 19928

GISELLE M. WILLIAMS 36A New sub-division Five Cays,348-4999

LABOURER

LIFE CHANGING PLAZA New airport road, Providenciales. 331-9828

CLEANER

His responsibilities are pick up years waste and collect leaves, clean the yard with sweeper, lift garbage bags and cans into garbage truck, pick up yard waste and tree limbs, repair broken furniture and assist with other work when needed. Salary starts at $6.25 per hour.

Clean the store every morning, upheld safe and clean working environment, clean customers bathroom, replace tissue, remove trash from the store and bathroom, assisting owner when needed. Salary starts at $6.25 per hour.

Renewal, Belonger will be given first preference.

Renewal, Belonger will be given first preference.

J&G MAINTENANCE SERVICES

VHT RADIO STATION

19971

#35 Lignum Vitae Drive, Long Bay Beach, Long Bay Is seeking to employ a

CLEANER

• Cleaning guest house, laundry and etc. • Must be willing to work 6 days a week. Salary: $6.25 hourly

CONTACT: 3423163 OR 245-2992

Belongers are encouraged to send a copy of their resume to the Labour Board 19930

19973

Metellus Plaza, Bay road Providenciales, 442-2222

DOMESTIC WORKER

Clean the radio station throughout the day, clean customer bathroom, replace tissue, wipe furniture and equipment, clean door frames and windows, take out trash, water plants. Salary starts at $6.25 per hour.

Renewal, Belonger will be given first preference.

SPENCE SECURITY & INVESTIGATION SERVICES, LTD

FRUIT CAPTAIN

• Oversee day to day activities in the restaurant. • Quality checks on customers. • Order food and beverages for the restaurant. • To work 6 days a week. Salary: $500 weekly

FULL TIME SQUASH INSTRUCTOR

Belongers are encouraged to apply to the Labour Board work permit renewal

His responsibilities are pick up years waste and collect leaves, clean the yard with sweeper, lift garbage bags and cans into garbage truck, pick up yard waste and tree limbs, repair broken furniture and assist with other work when needed. SALARY: 6.25 per hour

51 Bay Road, Blue Hills Is seeking to employ a

#56 WALTER COX DRIVE, KEW TOWN Is seeking to employ a

Contact: 649-442-6348 Email: info@gracewaysports.com

LABOURER

DA CONCH SHACK

Luker Lane (Behind IGA Supermarket), Providenciales Is seeking a

• Must be internationally certified and have extensive experience in running and developing junior and adult programs. • Will give daily group and private squash lessons and manage the squash department. Remuneration is commensurate with certifications and experience

Bay Road, Blue Hills Providenciales, 333-8436

JOVAR CONSTRUCTION

KIRSHANA CARTWRIGHT

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: • Keep the play area safe and free from hazards while monitoring children consistently throughout the day. • Sanitize play equipment, games and toys on a regular basis to keep them safe and attractive while minimizing

FINBAR GRANT

The leading and trusted security company in TCI is in need of personnel to fill the following position for our expansion.

SECURITY SUPERVISOR QUALIFICATIONS:

• Minimum of 5 direct years security supervisor experience • Must process a college degree • Computer skilled in word, excel, access, outlook and PowerPoint • Must have basic security certification certificates in personal safety and other proven security course training certificate • Possess excellent verbal and written communication skills (English) • Can follow instructions and write comprehensive reports • Possess valid driver’s license Must be an excellent team-player Salary starts from $2,000.00 to $2,500.00 Per Month

SECURITY OFFICER QUALIFICATIONS:

• Should have minimum of 3 years military/police experience or 4 years security officer experience • Mush process a security training certificate • Must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills (English)

• Can follow instructions and write comprehensive reports • Must have clean criminal record • A valid TCI Driver’s License is an asset Salary starts @ $7.00 per hour

ACCOUNT ASSISTANT QUALIFICATIONS:

• Minimum of 10 years related experience • Must process a degree in business administration and a degree in accountant • Minimum of 10 years in accounts programs such as QuickBooks • Possess excellent verbal and written communication skills (English) • Possess valid driver’s license • Must be an excellent team-player Salary starts from $3,000.00 to 3,500.00 per Month REQUIREMENTS: • Comprehensive resume’ w/ 2 ID photo • Employment certificates from previous employers Training certificates; Police record & fingerprints

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Olympic athletes will be sleeping on cardboard beds at the Tokyo 2020 Games THE athletes competing in the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo will be sleeping on cardboard. The Olympic Village, which accommodates all of the athletes competing in the games and is off-limits to nonathletes, will have 18,000 beds with frames made completely of cardboard, according to NBC News. Following the games, the cardboard will be recycled into paper products, The Associated Press said, and the mattresses, which are not made of cardboard, will be recycled into plastic products. These beds align

PUBLIC NOTICE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDER STATUS APPLICATION Your application for grant of Turks and Caicos Islander Status under Section 3 (6) of the Turks and Caicos Islands lmmrgrauon (Amendment) Ordinance 2015 was approved by the Minister of Border Control and Employment on 30th October 2019 with the following decision being made:

with the Tokyo 2020 Games’ sustainability concept of, “Be better, together - For the planet and the people.” The Tokyo 2020 Games set five main sustainability themes to follow while preparing, organizing and operating the games that include climate change and resource management, according to its website. Tokyo 2020, along with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the Government of Japan and other delivery partners are aiming for zero waste. The cardboard bed frames are stronger than you’d think. Takashi Kitajima, the

general manager of the Athletes Village, told The Associated Press through an interpreter that the beds can stand up to 200 kilograms, which is around 440 pounds. “They are stronger than wooden beds,” Kitajima added. Not only should the beds be suitable for the heaviest athletes, but also the tallest. NBC News reports that the beds are almost 6 feet, 11 inches long. The Olympic Village is expected to be completed in June and the Olympics open on July 24. The Paralympics will open on Aug. 25. (CNBC. com)

“It approved the commencemen of the procedures as set out in the Immigration (Amendment) Ordinance 2015 fo the grant of Turks and Caicos Islander Status to Mr. Movil Nethitho”

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.

LABOURER

The beds to be used by the athletes at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, made partially from recyclable cardboard, are displayed during a press preview in Tokyo, Japan January 9, 2020.

PUBLIC NOTICE

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:

TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDER STATUS APPLICATION

• 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 Salary for this position will commensurate with qualifications and experience

Your application for grant of Turks and Caicos Islander Status under Section 3 (6) of the Turks and Caicos Islands lmmrgrauon (Amendment) Ordinance 2015 was approved by the Minister of Border Control and Employment on 30th October 2019 with the following decision being made:

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 February 2, 2020 20115

“It approved the commencemen of the procedures as set out in the Immigration (Amendment) Ordinance 2015 fo the grant of Turks and Caicos Islander Status to Mrs. Marleny Fernandez Gonzales Hawkins”


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Mo Farah would have been ‘first one out’ had he known Alberto Salazar faced ban MO FARAH says he would have been “the first one out” had he known his former coach Alberto Salazar faced a ban from athletics for doping violations. Salazar, 61, received a four-year ban following a US Anti-Doping Agency (Usada) investigation in November. Farah told BBC Sport he does not feel his own legacy will be tainted. “Had I had known the news, what Salazar did, it’s taken four years, had I known that sooner I would have been the first one out,” Farah, 36, said. “That’s the bit that’s kind of annoying, I wish I’d known quicker. “I haven’t been part of Salazar for the last two years and I believe me and my coach Gary Lough are going to go out there and do the best that we can.” Farah left the Nike Oregon Project headed up by Salazar in 2017, the same year in which the coach was charged by Usada. Usada spent four years investigating Salazar in all before handing out its ban in 2019, when Dr Jeffrey Brown, a Nike-paid endocrinologist who treated many of Salazar’s athletes, was also been banned for four years. Briton Farah, a four-time Olympic champion, has never failed a drugs test and has always strongly denied breaking any rules. Both Salazar and Brown have lodged appeals with the Court of

Salazar (centre) alongside Farah (right) and American training partner Galen Rupp at the London 2012 Olympics

Arbitration for Sport. Farah confirmed in November that he will return to track competition in 2020 to defend his Olympic 10,000m title at the Tokyo Games.

The six-time world champion had switched his focus to road races since 2017 but says the decision to compete on the track again “wasn’t difficult at all”. He added: “Two years went by

NOTICE OF APPLICATION CONVERSION OF PROVISIONAL TO ABSOLUTE TITLE Section 29 of the Registered Land Ordinance 1967

TAKE NOTICE that pursuant to Section 29 of the Registered Land Ordinance an application has been made by MARVA MAXCINE WILLIAMS, the personal representative of estate LOUIS HARTWELL FRANCIS for the conversion of provisional title into absolute title for land more specifically described below.

DESCRIPTION OF LAND

All that parcel of land part of CENTRAL on the land of GRAND TURK in the Turks & Caicos Islands recorded on the Land Register with Block/ parcel No. 10303/63 containing .07 acres FURTHER take notice that I Brandie Anderson-Stewart on being satisfied that the applicant has acquired an absolute title may allow the conversion of the title classification to absolute. Written objections and/or responses to the application for the conversion of title should be submitted no later than thirty (30) days from the date of this Notice to:

and then you watch a championship and see people you competed against week in week out. I felt like I was there as I was getting involved watching the races and from that

point I was like ‘I want to get back on the track’. “I want to go out there, see what I can do for my country and win medals.” (BBC)

REGISTERED LAND ORDINANCE, CAP 9.01

NOTICE LOST LAND CERTIFICATE TITLE NUMBER 10303/63

SECTION CENTRAL

ISLAND GRAND TURK

Whereas, MARVA MAXCINE WILLIAMS of 2000 Broadleaf Lane, Power Springs, Georgia 30127-7032 USA as personal representative of LOUIS HARTWELL FRANCIS (deceased) has declared that the Land Certificate for the above mentioned title number(s) issued in the name of LOUIS HARTWELL FRANCIS was inadvertently mislaid and cannot be found. Take notice that I, Brandie Anderson- Stewart, 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. Dated this 6th day of December 2019.

BRANDIE N. ANDERSON REGISTRAR OF LANDS SUITES 3 & 4 WINDMILLS PLAZA, GRAND TURK, TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS EMAIL: bnanderson@gov.tc Dated this 5th day of December, 2019

Signed ....................................................................................... REGISTRAR OF LANDS WITNESSED: ............................................................................

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Ashleigh Barty did not create a break point during her match against Jennifer Brady.

Barty beaten in Brisbane, Serena Williams through in Auckland WORLD number one Ashleigh Barty lost her first match of the year as she was beaten by qualifier Jennifer Brady at the Brisbane International. Australia’s Barty, who had a first-round bye, lost 6-4 7-6 (7-4) to Brady in the second round. Barty did not create a break point during the match and won just one point on the American’s first serve. Brady, who beat Maria Sharapova in the first round in Brisbane, will play fifth seed Petra Kvitova next. Czech Kvitova, who reached the Australian Open final in 2019, breezed past Russia’s Liudmila Samsonova 6-3 6-2 in 61 minutes. Barty was knocked out in the first

round in her previous appearance at Brisbane in 2018. The 23-year-old said she did not feel any extra pressure because of her top ranking. “It doesn’t change the way that I practise. It doesn’t change me as a person,” Barty said. “I think that you guys [journalists] enjoy the fact that you get something to write about and you have something to talk about. “So hopefully I make it interesting for you, but I don’t look at it beyond that.” Serena Williams fought back from a set down to beat fellow American Christina McHale and reach the

quarter-finals of the Auckland Classic. Williams, who reached the doubles semi-finals with Caroline Wozniacki on Wednesday, eventually came through 3-6 6-2 6-3. “I really need to play matches like that to get to my goals,” the 23-time Grand Slam singles champion said. “Tournament time is super important. After losing that first set I’m just glad to be still in the event.” Williams has also put a dress she wore earlier in the week up for auction to raise money for the bushfire relief fund in Australia. She will face Laura Siegemund next after the German beat 15-yearold Coco Gauff 5-7 6-2 6-3.

Jos Buttler (left) was caught on stump mic making a comment to South Africa’s Vernon Philander.

South Africa v England: Jos Buttler fined for swearing at Vernon Philander ENGLAND wicketkeeper Jos Buttler has been fined 15% of his match fee by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for swearing during the second Test against South Africa. Buttler was heard on the stump mic using an obscenity towards allrounder Vernon Philander on the final day of the second Test at Newlands. The 29-year-old has also been

given one demerit point. England claimed a thrilling 189run win at Newlands to level the series at 1-1. The third Test of the four-match series begins on Thursday, 16 January in Port Elizabeth. Players can be suspended if they accumulate four demerit points in a two-year period. (BBC)

Luka Doncic can lead the Mavericks to a title right now says Scottie Pippen DALLAS Mavericks star Luka Doncic can lead his team to a championship this season according to Scottie Pippen in a must-hear conservation from The Jump. Dallas Mavericks second-year guard Luka Doncic has taken an incredible leap. He is nearly averaging 30 points per game and has become a nightly triple-double threat. The transformation has Luka in the MVP conversation and leading the league in All-Star voting. The 20-year-old is also pushing the Mavs into the playoff conversation. They are currently sixth in the Western Conference, but just two games out of second. The Mavericks appear to be a lock to make the postseason and have the

ability to make a deep run. Doncic mentioned he believed the Dallas Mavericks could win the NBA championship in the near future. Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen took it one step further, though. He believes Dallas can win it all this season with Luka leading the charge. Pippen is no stranger as he has six championship rings. The Mavs have proven they can beat anyone. They secured wins over the Lakers, Bucks, Nuggets, and Rockets already this season. Defeating the best teams in a playoff series is another story, but Luka Doncic has the Mavericks producing a historically great offense. Defending that in the postseason will

Luka Doncic is a superstar in his second season in the NBA.

not be easy. Dallas Mavericks supporters should be excited about the rest of

the year. Luka Doncic appears to have the team in prime contention for a title with him in the hunt to win

the MVP. Fans should stay tuned for what is going to be a fun and wild ride. (ThesmokingCuban)


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Australian fires: Lewis Hamilton pledges over £250,000 to aid fight against disaster LEWIS Hamilton says he will donate more than £250,000 to support the fire service and animal welfare charities affected by fires in Australia. The Formula 1 world champion pledged A$500,000 and says he “can’t help but grieve for the defenceless animals thought to have died” in the fires. The bushfires have burnt more than 6.3 million hectares across the country and 27 people have died. Australian state braces for ‘dynamic’ fire threat Victoria again declares a state of disaster as a massive fire zone is threatened by volatile weather. Hamilton urged Australia to “keep fighting” in a message on Instagram. Alongside a video of a koala bear being rescued, the 35-year-old Mercedes driver wrote: “It saddens me deeply to know that over 1 billion animals in Australia died a painful death, no way out, not their fault. “My love of animals is no secret and I can’t help but grieve for the defenceless animals thought to have died so far, pushing certain species closer to extinction. “I’m lucky enough to visit Australia often and I know first-hand how beautiful the country is. Keep fighting Australia. I’ve spent some time speaking to people in Australia who are working at the heart of this and I’m filled with admiration for everything they are doing. “I implore you to join me in thinking about the impact we are

Hamilton (right) has praised those working at the heart of the bushfires in Australia.

having on our planet. Let’s work together to make small changes, and encourage our family and friends to do the same, so we can help shift the direction we’re going in.” Hamilton says the A$500,000, which is roughly £262,000, will go

to WIRES Wildlife Rescue, WWF Australia and the Rural Fire Service. The state of New South Wales has seen more than 1,300 houses destroyed and around five million hectares impacted by the fires. On Thursday, the state of Victoria

declared a state of disaster. Despite a national bushfire crisis raging since September, the south-eastern state is only now entering what is considered to be its worst fire months. Renault’s Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo has used social media to

urge people to donate and said his country was “suffering”. Australian tennis players Nick Kyrgios and Ashleigh Barty are among many other sports stars, including Australia’s cricketers, who have also pledged money. (BBC)

Tottenham striker Kane will undergo surgery on hamstring and is out until April TOTTENHAM striker Harry Kane has been ruled out until April after the club said he needs surgery on a hamstring injury. Kane, 26, suffered the injury during Tottenham’s defeat at Southampton on New Year’s Day. No timescale was originally given on the England captain’s return but Spurs now say specialists have advised surgery is required. He will return to training in April, two months before Euro 2020 begins. “Following ongoing assessment by our medical staff over the past week, we can confirm that Harry Kane will undergo surgery to repair a ruptured tendon in his left hamstring,” a Spurs statement said. Kane has scored 27 goals in 31

Kane, 26, suffered the injury during Tottenham’s defeat at Southampton on New Year’s Day.

appearances for club and country this season. After the Southampton defeat, Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho said: “Everybody knows who he is, what he is, what he means for the team, the fans, the club. “His quality, the routines that the team has playing with him, every minute of every game he doesn’t play we miss, so every match that he doesn’t play we’re going to miss him.” Spurs are sixth in the Premier League, six points behind fourthplaced Chelsea. As well as league games, Kane will miss his side’s Champions League last-16 tie with Germany’s RB Leipzig. (BBC)


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SPORTS YEAR IN REVIEW Sports made a number of positive steps in 2019 after a below par 2018 due to the destructive hurricanes of the previous year. A few teams, including the National Men’s Rugby side and the Senior Men’s Football team, were exceptional. The TCIFA also re-focused their energies on the fundamentals of the game and hired several competent regional coaches, who joined the impressive Women’s Football Director Yunelsis Rodriguez-Baez. Jamaica National U17 and U20 coach, Andrew Edwards was appointed as the new Technical Director of the FA, with

fellow countrymen Omar Edwards (former Head Coach of Jamaica’s Tivoli Gardens Football Club) and Aaron Lawrence (former Head coach of Jamaica’s Sandals South Coast Football Club) at his side. Yanique Haye-Smith was a standout in track and field after breaking several records in her first legitimate year of competition for the TCI, while there were other individual performances that defined the year and showed upward movement in sports. Rohan Shearer won TCI’s first ever medal at CARIFTA in swimming, while Wikenson Fenelon won gold in the Decathlon at

the 2019 Jamaica Champs. A number of athletes also took their educational to the next level, including national sailor Grace Mann, who started Jacksonville University, basketball player Dwaine Simons at the University of Rio Grande in Ohio among others. Director of Sports Jarrett Forbes was also pro-active in his approach to sports and his Department of Sports collaborated with a number of sporting associations to enhance their overall development.

APRIL Continues from last week Over the Easter holiday weekend in April, Rohan Shearer wrote his name in the history books by becoming the first TCI swimmer to win a medal at the CARIFTA Aquatic Championships, which was held at the Barbados Aquatic Centre in Wildey. Shearer’s silver medal in the 50M backstroke 11-12 year-old division, was not just historic; it validated that swimming as a sport in our islands had risen to new heights. In fact, all eight swimmers registered personal best performances. Also over the holiday weekend, two of the 12 national track and field athletes were able to register national records in the Cayman Islands at the 2019 CARIFTA Games. Zoe Butler, who clocked 2:21.98s in the 800M emerged as the new record holder in that event. She got past the time of Sally Gonzales, who clocked 2:22.01 in 2002. Butler had finished ninth overall, while long distance runner Martijn Healy finished as the new 5000M record holder. The youngster erased over 20 seconds from the 2007 record of Robert Jennings (17.47.94s). At the 2019 event, Healy ran 17:27.83. Meanwhile, later in April, national long jump record holder Ifeanyi Otuonye finished third at the Professional World Challenge Meet, which was held in Brazil. For the then 24-year-old, the 7.79M jump earned him a top 25 placement in the world rankings. It was his best season opener in his career. In sailing, national sailor, Grace Mann committed to the Jacksonville University (a top 20 of US collegiate sailing).

MAY In May, the TCI men’s rugby team marched to 18th position in the Americans after romping to their sixth consecutive international win. The 31-12 victory against the BVI in Tortola carried us ahead of 21 nations in the rankings that month. We were ahead of Barbados, the Bahamas, Guatemala, Guadeloupe, Martinique, St. Lucia, Ecuador, Belize, Bolivia, Cuba, Haiti, St. Kitts and Nevis, Suriname, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, BVI, Curacao, Honduras and El Salvador. After the victory, seasoned player, Gareth Butler decided to end his international rugby career. The then 44-year-old ended as TCI’s all-time leading scorer after tallying 41 points in 12 international games. In athletics, the world’s fastest man over the 100M and 200M distances, Usain Bolt, visited TCI in May and called his experience with the TCI students a ‘joy’. TCI’s own Delano Williams, a former clubmate of Bolt at Racers Track Club stormed to a 10.49s (-1.4 wind) 100M season opener in the same month, when he competed at the Nike Senior Link Up. The time, his best season opener, propelled the Grand Turk born to a podium finish. Also in May, TCI resident Lynn Robinson battled on to another 100-miler, when she competed in the gruelling Ultra

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Historic moment: Rohan Shearer wins the first medal for the TCI at the 2019 CARIFTA Aquatic Championships. (Facebook photo)

Some of the CARIFTA athletes who competed at the 2019 event.


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Grace Mann began studying Marine Science at Jacksonville University last year.

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The TCI Flamingos registered their sixth consecutive international rugby win in May.

Marathon Races: Keys 100 in Florida. Robinson finished 15th female and 46th overall out of the 134 finishers. A number of competitors had dropped out. In football, Alex Bryan scored a hat-trick for the TCI in a lost to US Virgin Islands in the CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship. Although TCI romped to a 4-0 lead, the USVI were able to battle back to eventual win the game 8-6 in Mexico. Jeff Beljour supported with a brace.

JUNE

During his visit, Usain Bolt calls the experience with TCI students a “joy”. (Photo Usain Bolt Facebook page)

Gareth Butler finished his rugby career with an all-time leading score of 41 points.

TCI’s top bodybuilder Denique Scott romped to a second place finish in the Men’s Physique A division, when he competed in early June at the 2019 Toronto Pro Qualifiers in Canada. The 28-year-old just missed getting his pro-card, but his performance was much better than when he competed in 2018, where he finished fourth. Meanwhile led by ace rally driver Stan Hartling, the Turks and Caicos Motoring Club left their mark on the Sol Rally Barbados 2019 event. Hartling, finished first in his class for a modified 3, fastest rear wheel drive, while he also placed second fastest in the two-wheel drive and the fastest in a BMW. For his exploits, the experienced driver received a trophy from BMW motor sports division. Pierre Beswick, who returned to Rally Barbados for his second time, finished third in his class for modified, while another experienced racer Paul Horton finished second in class M2, the highest place non-regional front wheel drive. Ben Hartling, another second year driver at the Barbados meet, finished second in the Sunday Cup after sustaining a broken axle, while debutant driver Sam Hartling represent TCI well. The TCI entourage at the event had approximately 40 persons. At the Turks and Caicos Islands Rugby Football Union’s ninth annual President’s Dinner at the Shore Club, 23-year-old Kadis Simmons won the Best Male Rugby player award. The guest of honours were rugby superstars Rory Best (current Irish National Team Captain) and Eric Rush (former New Zealand All Black and winner of two Commonwealth Games gold medals). BCQS Jolly Ranchers’ Emma Parlee was adjudged the Best Female Player of the Year, while Mel Fredericks was voted as the Most Improved Female Player of the Year. Anderson Alexander won the Most Improved Male Player

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The TC Motoring Club representatives who excelled at the Sol Rally Barbados rally.

Denique Scott just missed his pro-card in early June.

Kadis Simmons celebrates winning Male Rugby Player of the Year.

of the Year, whereas Julie Musgrove and Wesley Chery won the Best New Player of the Year awards. Retired flyhalf, Butler was declared Union Man of the Year. Yanique Haye-Smith broke her 400M hurdles record in June. The 29-year-old who had clocked 55.65s in a winning run at the Grenada Invitational and World Championships Qualifiers in April lessened her time to 55.58s at the Star Athletics Sprint Series, which was held in Montverde, Florida. Also in athletes, British West Indies Collegiate senior Bryana Brown signed to become a member of the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles in the Ohio Valley Conference, NCAAA Division 1. The youngster who was outstanding at last year’s National Track and Field Championship had caught the eyes of Coach Angel, Head coach from Tennessee Tech, who immediately notice her raw talent and tremendous potential.

JULY

The Academy Jaguars won both the PPL Grand final and the Turks Head Cup in early July.

THE Academy Jaguars culminated their dominance of the 2019 Provo Premier League with a win in the Turks Head Cup final in July. The defending champions held off a resurging Beaches team in the second half of the clash at the TCIFA ground in Providenciales to win 4-3. Meanwhile Jeanlis Job fired his way to his second straight Golden Boot honour with 15 goals for Cheshire Hall last season in the PPL. Continuing in football, the BFC won the Caicos United Premier League title in July. BFC defeated Baz 001 by a score of 3-0 in the final of the event. In cycling, Tyrone Bishop was named cycling Champion of Providenciales when the TCCF held its annual Coca Cola Championship of Providenciales. The winner was decided between a battle with Masters and Elite riders and it was Bishop who crossed the line first to have


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Bryana Brown signs her way into the Tennessee Tech University. Standing are members of her family and members of the sporting fraternity.

The winners of the Coca Cola Cycling Championships.

his name etched into the floating Coco Cola classic trophy. Meanwhile, Gabriella Hegedus stormed to a first place in the female division of the 20th John T Memorial Cycling Race later in the month in Anguilla. Hegedus is the lone female representative locally in the sport. In basketball, the Blizzards beat the Long Bay Hawks to win TCIBF U16 Championships.

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Jeanlis Job finished with 15 goals to win the PPL Golden Boot.

BFC stormed to a 3-0 win in the final of the Caicos United Premier League.

The first of the federation’s back-to-back Summer tournament had seven teams, including the RANDIMAC Tigers of the Bahamas, batting over four days. In the championship clash, eventual MVP Shaquille Lightbourne powered his way to a double-double after scoring 15 points to go with 14 rebounds, two assists and two steals to help the Blizzards to a 47-42 point win. The HAB Sonics then claimed their second consecutive title: the 2019 Mallory McComish tournament, which was also

held at the Gus Lightbourne Sports Complex court. The Sonics had defeated a spirited Grand Turk Kings 93-79 in the championship clash. In athletes Ifeanyi Otuonye attempts to qualify for the World Championships earned him two podium finish in Finland and California. He copped a second place in Lapinlahti, Finland with a jump of 7.68M, he then leaped to 7.99M in California, USA, at the Chula Vista Olympic Training Centre meet.


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