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Weekly News Volume 25 | No. 32 | August 13 - 19, 2011

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Turks and Caicos


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Dump clean-up delayed

CHOKING smog from Provo’s deplorable dump site looks set to continue until ... PAGE  4

Feeding the nation

TCI’S long neglected agricultural sector is in for a major boost thanks to a forthcoming national training centre to educate a new generation of farmers. PAGE 


Smith jailed for 30 years Ponzi scheme con artist “finding comfort through God”

OLINT con artist David Smith who fleeced investors out of millions in one of the region’s biggest ever scams was sentenced to 30 years in the US on Thursday. PAGE  5

Police officers hospitalised after high-speed chase PAGE 


Tears flow

at Tanka’s memorial service “STAY focused. No excuses.” Those are the words that resound and will live on forever in people’s memories of the late great Wesley ‘Tanka’ Williams. PAGE 


The police Ford Explorer flew over a rocky embankment in what witnesses described as akin to a Hollywood movie stunt. Left: Sergeant Crystal Stubbs was flung 20ft from the vehicle, which caught fire.




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A drop in wind can see noxious fumes linger over hundreds of nearby homes for days on end.

Hundreds of illegal immigrants live off salvaged garbage at the 17-acre site.

Dump clean-up delayed Residents hit out at suffocating smog from ‘cancer-triggering’ fires By Gemma Handy CHOKING smog from Provo’s deplorable dump site looks set to continue until next April after the long-awaited clean-up scheme was delayed by another eight months. That’s despite February’s warning from an international consultant who demanded ongoing fires at the site be halted immediately amid health concerns. Doctors have long maintained that smoke and dust from endless bonfires and indiscriminate shifting of garbage may trigger cancer and respiratory illnesses in people living nearby. The latest postponement due to budget restraints, announced Tuesday, has prompted dismay from fed-up residents. And it’s been criticised by the private firm which will eventually manage the dump, who dubbed it the biggest health and environmental

issue affecting the country. Canadian environmental expert Dr Pierre Auger – of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) – carried out a study into the sprawling 17-acre site earlier this year. He also assessed emissions from powerplants amid complaints from Islanders that they cause headaches and insomnia. Dr Auger previously told the Weekly News that his team would “insist” action be taken at the dump as a “priority”. But infernos have continued regardless on an almost daily basis. Repeated requests by the Weekly News for a copy of Dr Auger’s report have been consistently shunned – the latest in a litany of documents to be shielded from public view by the interim government. Two weeks ago, a spokesman said the Ministry of Health would release the information after it had been reviewed.

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On Monday night residents in Wheeland were again subjected to noxious fumes emanating from the dump. The area is now one of the most densely populated areas of Provo, home to two affordable homes estates housing hundreds of young families. One woman, with a son just a few months old, said: “It is very hard for us having a baby. The smell is terrible and makes it hard to breathe and sleep.” A man living nearby said: “I don’t like using air conditioning very much but on ‘dump nights’ I have to close all of my windows and doors and turn on the AC. It takes ages for the stench to leave the inside of my home, and on really bad nights I have to bring the dogs in. “No one should have to live like this.” And another woman described the smoke as “insufferable”. “It has to be toxic,” she told the Weekly News. “Because it’s not a ‘sexy’ project it’s not getting the attention it deserves. If those making the decisions about this project lived in our area I am sure their decision would be different.” Her sentiments were echoed by Tim Hodge, of Turks & Caicos Environmental Management (TCEM), which agreed a deal last year with the government to take control of the country’s dump sites. The programme’s onset has been hindered by the TCI’s cashflow crisis. “We are disappointed to find out the project has been further delayed,” Mr Hodge said. “I don’t think the people making the financial decisions realise quite how bad the problem is. “Local residents will, quite rightly, will be very angry. People need to let their voices be heard that this is a priority.” Mr Hodge said a portion of the recent $260m rescue package should have been earmarked to meet the estimated $5m annual costs of the scheme. “That money was borrowed to resolve some of the problems facing

Who starts the fires? • Members of the public setting trash alight • People living at the dump site start fires for cooking • People light fires to get rid of flies so they can pick through garbage • Some erupt spontaneously due to naturally occurring gases Why are they not put out? The TCI Fire Service does not have appropriate equipment to deal with dump fires. A spokesman said: “The fire service can’t and will not try to extinguish any dump fires that put our firefighters at risk health wise, nor do we have any equipment or extinguishing agents to put them out.” He added: “It is best to take any issues up with the health department.” What are the dangers? According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, uncontrolled burning of garbage has serious health implications: • Respiratory illnesses and heart attacks have been linked to breathing in tiny particles. Elderly people and children are especially vulnerable. • Cancer may be caused by breathing in polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), found in smoke and soot. • Irritation of eye, nose and throat by inhaling volatile organic compounds (VOCs) produced by open burning. Can also cause headaches, loss of coordination, nausea, and damage to liver, kidney and central nervous system. • Headache, fatigue, nausea and vomiting due to breathing in carbon monoxide. • Cancer, kidney and liver damage, damage to developing foetus, fatigue and skin irritation due to the toxin hexachlorobenzene (HCB). • High blood pressure, cardiovascular problems, kidney damage and brain damage caused by ash residue, which can contain toxic metals such as mercury, lead, chromium, and arsenic. What can I do? When smoke and smog are in present, it is advisable to remain indoors with doors and windows tightly closed.

the country. Some could have been retained to resolve the biggest problem of all. “This is an immediate health risk. The smoke may cause serious respiratory and other issues for anyone living nearby.” Mr Hodge added: “We remain willing to continue to work with TCIG because we think it’s such an important project. “I would encourage them to take all steps possible to roll it out as soon as possible, as it is the primary environmental and health issue affecting the TCI.” Residents have also expressed fears that the pollution could see property values plummet. A government statement on Tuesday said the improvement of solid waste disposal was an “important matter”. “Concerns over poor waste management are recognised and it is clear to all the current situation cannot continue.” But a recent review into the

programme’s viability found that “continued budgetary restraint” currently rendered its full implementation impossible. The statement described the cleanup of both Provo’s and Grand Turk’s dump sites as the “highest priority to maintain public and environmental protection”. Management and reconstruction of the Wheeland site is now scheduled to begin in April 2012, followed by an upgrade to the capital island counterpart. Many of the dump infernos are started by the hundreds of illegal immigrants living there unchecked who light fires both for cooking and to get rid of flies as they rummage through the garbage for salvageable items. Other blazes erupt due to spontaneous combustion caused by naturally occurring gases. People living in the north-west of Provo say the ensuing smog has been so thick at times they can barely see 10 metres in front of them.

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Smith jailed for 30 years Ponzi scheme con artist “finding comfort through God” By Gemma Handy OLINT con artist David Smith who fleeced investors out of millions in one of the region’s biggest ever scams was sentenced to 30 years in the US on Thursday. The TCI Belonger, 42, had been facing life behind bars after pleading guilty in March to 23 fraud and money laundering charges in Florida. His lawyer told the Weekly News his client was finding “comfort through his faith”. Attorney Oliver Smith described the sentence as “high but palatable”. “Given that the guidelines included life he was facing substantially more time. “He’s not elated but he understands it could have been a lot worse. He finds a lot of comfort in his faith.” Smith was said to be “remorseful” for his actions which saw people across the region swindled out of life savings. “He is very remorseful. He said as much in court and that was reflected in his sentence not being in the triple digits.”

David Smith is set to be returned to Grand Turk Prison within days to complete the remainder of his local sentence.

The lawyer would not be drawn on whether his client would appeal, but added: “There are realistic options he can take.” Smith, originally from Jamaica, is said to have ripped off more than 6,000 people – including many in the TCI – in an elaborate $220m Ponzi scheme. But insiders say the true figure of the scam is substantially higher. The Chalk Sound homeowner was originally sentenced to six and a half years in Grand Turk prison last September after striking a deal with prosecutors. Charges were dropped

against his wife Tracey Anne in exchange for his admitting to four of a string of financial crime counts. But weeks later he was handed over to US authorities where he was accused of collecting millions from investors under false pretences and using much of it to fund his own lavish lifestyle. Both the TCI and US sentences are to run concurrently. Smith is set to be returned to Grand Turk Prison within days to finish his sentence here before being transferred back to the US for the remainder of

Thursday’s sentence. Orlando federal court heard three hours of legal arguments and victim testimony, which was emotional at times, before District Judge Mary Scriven passed sentence. Smith admitted to describing Olint as a private investment club, where he would pool investors’ money to engage in foreign currency trading on their collective behalf. But, as typical of a Ponzi scheme, Smith paid returns to investors from their own funds, or money paid by later investors, rather than from any real profit. One statement read out in court from a male victim relayed the “total devastation” Smith’s scheme had had on his life. The man, now living in England, said he had been forced to flee Jamaica because his life was in danger for speaking out against Smith. His credit score was ruined, his debts rose, his car was repossessed and he’s now on welfare. Doctor Christopher Walker spoke on behalf of another victim, his father, an 86-year-old who sat through the proceedings in a wheelchair. He choked up as he explained how his father worked hard for his family so that in his final years, he would have no worries. His father invested his life’s savings — about $1.5m — with Smith’s group. Dr Walker described how distressing it was to see his father cry over the situation and worry about what would happen to his wife.

Smith told the packed courtroom his actions had been “inexcusable”. But he said he was “not a terrible person” as he asked for leniency and a second chance at life. Smith racket was finally brought to an end when TCI Financial Crime Unit (FCU) police raided his Providenciales home and offices in July 2008. Assets from his two TCI based foreign currency exchange companies – FX Traders and Olint TCI – were frozen shortly after. Detective Assistant Superintendent Mark Knighton, head of TCI’s FCU, told the Weekly News: “The investigation was carried out with very limited resources, with a very under-financed budget. “We were assisted greatly by various law enforcement agencies throughout the US.” Mr Knighton said international financial intelligence experts had recently dubbed the Olint case one of the “most interesting” in the world. “I am pleased that it’s come to an end but there are still proceedings ongoing which may involve other jurisdictions, and proceedings have yet to be concluded with David Smith in the TCI. “We are still looking for assets and further court proceedings may occur in 2012,” he revealed. Commenting on Smith’s sentence, Mr Knighton added: “It is unfortunate that his children and wife’s lives have been affected by such a huge sentence.”

Heartwell named new NIB boss By Gemma Handy

A FORMER TCInvest chief has been confirmed as the new boss of the National Insurance Board. Canadian Colin Heartwell’s appointment has prompted some contention from Islanders who thought the prime position should have been given to a native. A government statement on Monday announcing the posting – revealed by the Weekly News last month – said all eligible TC Islanders had been free to apply, but that out of 31 candidates, just two were local. Mr Heartwell replaces Trevor Cooke, from Grand Turk, as chief executive officer of the pensions and social security body. He begins his three-year contract at the end of the month. He brings with him two decades of business management experience in various areas of economic development.

Mr Heartwell was the inaugural head of investment promotion body TCInvest – during which he attracted “significant foreign direct investment to the country”, the government said. He has also been a director general of Western Economic Diversification Canada, overseeing an investment portfolio of more than $350m, and CEO of the Montserrat Development Corporation as it developed its $450m new town project. “Mr Heartwell has underlined his commitment to share his expertise, support and enable the development of local talent,” the statement continued. “The Governor has stipulated that the training and development of NIB staff should be a top priority for Mr Heartwell over the next three years.” Governor Gordon Wetherell said he welcomed the chance to recruit someone of Mr Heartwell’s calibre to lead NIB’s management team. “This is a role that comes with

very significant responsibilities to ensure the prudent and efficient management and growth of the TCI’s National Insurance Board’s fund,” he continued. “It is in the interests of all TCI Islanders that the CEO of the NIB should be someone with a particularly strong investment background and broad experience of leadership in senior executive positions.” Ervine Quelch, NIB’s chairman, previously worked with Mr Heartwell when Mr Quelch chaired TCInvest’s board of directors. “I enjoyed that working relationship and have the greatest of respect for his work ethic. I look forward to welcoming and working with Mr Heartwell again,” he added. Mr Cooke – who had held NIB’s top post for a total of 13 years during two separate stints – previously told the Weekly News he was departing “with mixed feelings”. NIB has been forced to fend off a

wealth of criticisms about the board’s operations, most notably in the wake of the collapse of TCI Bank. Last year we reported how NIB, which provides pensions to more than 1,000 Islanders, had ignored its own investment policy by pumping millions into the ill-fated institution. The country’s only indigenous bank held $17.5m in NIB fixed deposits when it fell in April 2010. Mr Cooke described the financial setback as “one of those business opportunities that did not pan out properly”. He added that NIB was now in a good position to move forward and that the new CEO would find a solid foundation and an excellent team on which to build. Last month PDM chiefs denounced the placement of a nonIslander to head NIB. They dubbed it “inappropriate” and outside the Governor’s remit to appoint a nonnative with the impending return to

Colin Heartwell will replace Trevor Cooke (above) as NIB’s new boss.

local rule. “In the history of the board this would be a first,” a party statement said. “We welcome persons to our country, however, not at the expense of directing, without interference, our own affairs or our dignity…. this action is outrageous and contemptible.”



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

Driving penalties – have your say

PENALTIES for motoring offences soared this month – some by as much as 500 per cent. Anyone caught speeding by as little as 10mph will now have to cough up $350 – in place of the former $150. Failing to wear a seatbelt now carries a $250 fine, increased from $60. The penalty for windows tinted more than the legal limit has sky-rocketed from $60 per window to $250. People who fall foul of parking laws – such as outside Providenciales airport – will have to pay $250, in place of the former $50. And litter bugs who throw garbage out of windows while driving will be stung with a $350 fine, instead of $80. We asked the public for their views. Is it a good way to procure vital revenue and curtail driving offences, accidents and injuries? Or an attempt to extract more money from already cashstrapped Islanders?

Don’t do the crime

“If the ‘cash strapped public’ thinks the fines are too steep then I have advice for them. “Don’t do the crime if you can’t pay the fine.”

Lunatic taxi drivers

“The taxi drivers are insane and will not stop endangering everyone’s lives. We know that they must already be beyond the law as they keep speeding and crashing without any punishment. “And the jitney drivers have absolutely nothing to lose so they just walk away from even minor accidents and come back in a different illegal vehicle. “Who does this leave? People who will make the mistake of driving slightly over the speed limit.”

Sauce for the goose

“Fine, fine, just fine! But who is actually going to enforce these changes? Certainly not our ‘boys in blue’! They do not obey the traffic laws themselves! “Next time you notice the rare patrol car out on the road, I wager that you will not see seat belts being worn! “The cops park wherever they feel like to go for coffee, shopping, etc! The Commissioner should know that the best way to lead is by example and the RTCIPF has no idea what that concept is about! “If the new Commish really wanted to get the traffic laws enforced, he should hire ‘Brown Hornets’ as NYC did a number of years ago to enforce traffic laws only. “It would be a good place to put our excess civil servants! The revenue would far exceed the expense and the regular cops could go and

fight ‘real’ crime (he said, hopefully).”

Legislate common sense

“I think the new fines are a terrific idea if anybody actually collects them. Only those who break the law will be penalised. “Those who can afford the new fines will, no doubt, continue to jeopardise everyone else but the rest of us will probably slow down, buckle up and park where we are allowed to. “It’s a shame we must legislate common sense but it’s obvious from the driving situation here that we must. “As for ‘extorting money from the cashstrapped public’ - if they follow the law, they don’t pay. How could anyone construe this as extortion?”

Drink driving clampdown

“When are they going to bring in drink driving laws? If they brought in a fine of $100 for drink driving and enforced it, the national debt would be paid off in months! “All of the minor accidents we see every day are caused by poor driving and they should be clamping down on it. “However most of the crashes that result in serious injuries and/or fatalities seem to happen late at night on the weekend when alcohol has, without doubt, been a major contributor. “They can increase the fines all they want; most people do not pay them anyway and will they be enforced? “A few months ago there was a press release about how the police were going to

clamp down on noise pollution in the form of late night parties etc. “In the neighbourhood where I live on Pratt’s Road, down near Sea Flowers and Villa Azul, every Saturday night we are kept awake ‘til 4am due to someone on the ridge playing the loudest music imaginable and I know I am not the only person who has called 911 to ask the police to do something about it and nothing has been done. “Last week I heard poor tourists screaming at them to turn the music down since they and their kids could not sleep. This anti-social behaviour needs to be stopped.”

One law for all

“The most important thing is to ensure the fines are applied equally to everyone. “It has been too often the case that certain people are never penalised for their black windows or for parking outside the airport. “One law for some and another for others is a sign of corruption and weak administration. “Hopefully this area is also being addressed.”

More resources needed

“These rules are fine but they will be hard and expensive to enforce or will be selectively enforced. “The police should be prepared to put resources and technology against this, and the population/representatives must be willing to underwrite those resources.”

Remove illegal drivers

“It does seem a little excessive. For example if you were doing 21mph over the 40mph limit on Leeward Highway you would be fined $1,050! “Seatbelt fines seem very high as well. Can’t help but think to maintain the staff out on the roads to ticket drivers will cost more money thereby negating the increased fine amounts from producing real revenue but rather offsetting additional staff time. “Unless the traffic chaps are really going to fine every person who parks at the airport illegally, no matter what time of day or evening, then this should certainly not rise to $250 for a parking ticket. “Agree with the littering fine as tourism is our main income for this country. “Honestly unless they get all the illegal drivers with no licences and no insurance off the roads, fining for other violations should be secondary. “The road traffic and police departments really need to get rid of the incorrect signage on the roundabouts and put in ‘Yield to the Right’ signs. “They also need to ensure that all drivers understand that a divided highway (dual carriageway for those from the other side of the pond) is supposed to be used correctly. “The left hand lane is the lane to drive in and the right hand lane is for overtaking or where you need to turn off to the right. “Instead so many people drive under the speed limit on the overtaking lane whilst driving beside someone doing under the speed

limit in the driving lane causing jams and people taking dangerous chances in trying to get by them. “All this results in is bad driving and accidents. “Removing the unlicenced and illegal drivers off the road to make it safer for those who are legal and do know how to drive should be the main priority.”

Laidback society

“I have always laughed at police cars being passed by speeding motorists. It is the laidback society that I enjoyed and escaped the ‘big brother’ attitude of UK. “Will workers sitting in open-backed trucks have to belt up? Will there be any police to monitor the roads then? “They’ll have to stop speeding themselves to set an example. The highway should never have been built on a little island. “It isn’t a safety issue but a money making exercise. There again, heavy fines will never work as people just won’t pay. “A huge new prison or three will have to be built and pretty quickly!”

Investor deterrent

“These fines border on extortion and are a thinly veiled and shameful attempt to burden the people with more taxes. “This is the expected result of a socialist government. Both the former local government and the current interim government are believers in big government financed by big taxes. “In an island economy, taxes are easily avoided so this government is desperately seeking to balance the budget by imposing fines. “The proof of this lies in the offences themselves. Ten miles per hour over the speed limit does not justify a $350 fine unless it was in a school zone. “Parking fines and seat belt fines of $250 are another example of a fine out of line with the offence. Parked cars standing still or a passenger without a belt is no threat to anyone so why the heavy fine? “Perhaps what we see here is the continuing inability of this government to manage the mess the previous government left us with. “We must remember they raised licence fees for autos from $35 to $125. It was their choice of health care leader who threatened us with $5,000 fines for not signing up with NHIP promptly. “We need people to move here and buy and build homes. These kind of scare tactics discourage potential new residents and investors. One more reason for expats to sell out and go home. “We would like to know if this idea came from the financial department, the new police continued 

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Feeding the nation New agriculture chief pledges industry overhaul By Gemma Handy TCI’S long neglected agricultural sector is in for a major boost thanks to a forthcoming national training centre to educate a new generation

of farmers. North Caicos’ listless government farm is to be transformed into a venue to research the best way to grow crops – with the emphasis on organic produce.

Continued chiefs or is a parting shot from our soon to leave Governor. “The decision makers will eventually go home and leave us to stew in the desperate condition we find ourselves in.”

You make the choice

“Good idea. Stop being wimps and put the fines in place. It is people’s own choice then.”

Time for change

“If this how the government plan to bring in revenue by screwing over its poor jobless citizens, then God help us all. “It is really time for a change and I mean a big change. How can a people live in peace under threat?”

Are they enforceable?

“There’s a small measure of humour in the list of new traffic fines. Won’t it be interesting to see if any of the new traffic fines can or will be imposed? “Are there eagle-eyed police who have seatbelt and window tint meters to spot offending vehicles? “And what happens when the $250 or $350 speeding fine isn’t paid – because the driver’s just left his/her paycheque at the IGA counter to cover the exorbitant cost of two bags of groceries? “Ultimately, only tourists will be able to afford the cost of inhabiting Provo for more than a week! Unless they exceed the speed limit in their rental cars!”

Too many deaths

“As a Turks and Caicos Islander who has always advocated obeisance of the country’s laws, what I have to say is: “1. Don’t speed. After all it might be your child who ends up the victim. We have seen too many deaths from high speeding, especially in our communities, where many times there is no justice accorded on behalf of the victims and their families. “2. Wearing a seatbelt only increases your chances of survival if you happen to have an accident. “3. What do the people behind these tinted windows have to hide? “4. As for the parking laws, maybe the Planning Department should do their job and ensure that sufficient parking areas are made available prior to awarding building permits and they should ensure that there are enough parking spaces at government bases and facilities prior to enforcement of this measure. “5. Garbage is everyone’s business therefore I welcome any measures to curb this disregard for the environment that is currently taking over our beautiful, pristine country. “6. I hope that this issue is not only about raising revenue but a real effort to deal with these very important issues that face our country.”

Aspiring farmers will be given plots of land on the vast 160-acre site for a peppercorn rent. They will then receive training from farm staff on the best techniques on everything from irrigation to fertiliser. It’s just part of plans unveiled by new agriculture director Nicholas Turner who hopes the Islands will eventually yield enough fruit, veg, dairy products and meat, to feed the entire nation. “The government farm will become a national research, development and training centre,” he told the Weekly News. “We will be looking at what we can grow, what the conditions need to be, and which varieties, techniques and fertilisers work best. We will sell everything we grow but the farm will no longer be just a production unit.” Mr Turner is hopeful his request for $250,000 from the government to overhaul the country’s barely functioning agriculture industry will be successful. Plans ahead also include the distribution of 5,000 acres of Crown land to native farmers for private enterprise, as revealed by the Weekly News last year. Mr Turner – who has a wealth of experience in farming across the world, particularly the tropics – says the fertile land in North and Middle Caicos can propagate practically every crop from citrus fruit to root veg, nuts to soya beans. What makes the land in the ‘garden’ island so ideal is the abundant source of underground water. “It’s so beautiful you can drink

it, it’s as sweet as a nut,” Mr Turner said. Also on the agenda is the potential to branch out into on-land fish farming – particularly the lucrative shrimp industry – along with greater emphasis on agriculture in the national schools curriculum. Mr Turner took up the position on March 1 in the wake of the departure of former director Donald Elvey. He has lived in the TCI since 1979 when he worked as the government’s agriculture officer in North Caicos. He later grew hydroponic vegetables in Grand Turk before starting a landscaping business in Provo. After spending a portion of his childhood in largely agrarian Kenya, he pursued agricultural studies at bachelor’s and master’s degree level. Mr Turner said the government had been very supportive of his plans. He has already attended two regional conferences dealing with pest control and food security amid global climate change. On Monday night, dozens of Islanders attended a Providenciales Chamber of Commerce meeting to hear some of his ideas. “Over the last 50 years, the region has gone from being almost selfsufficient to having over 90 per cent importations,” Mr Turner said. That’s largely due to climate change, the upsurge of big food farmers in the US, and rising upward mobility which has seen many people in the Caribbean shun farming. “In Bermuda there are about 26 farmers, working around 10 acres of land each and collectively producing

Agriculture director Nicholas Turner said fertile North and Middle Caicos could yield enough produce to feed the whole country.

$6m a year worth of veg,” Mr Turner said. “We can do this too, we could feed the whole country.” Currently 90 per cent of food consumed in the TCI is transported in from the US, Haiti and Dominican Republic with an eight-figure annual import bill. More than one quarter of those comestibles are fruit and vegetables. There is just a handful of farmers in operation in the TCI right now but many more people have declared an interest if appropriate resources are available. Mr Turner said he was working closely with chief financial officer Caroline Gardner to get adequate credit and finances in place. He added: “I would like to encourage people to contact me if they are interested in farming, even backyard farming. “Or come along to the government farm now to talk about how they can get patches of Crown land for agriculture.”

Prison officer awarded for 28 years service DEDICATION to duty by a longserving prison officer was officially recognised with a special ceremony attended by the Governor. Retiring senior prison officer Eric Forbes was commemorated for an incredible 28 years service to Grand Turk Prison and the country as a whole. He was presented with a shield by Governor Gordon Wetherell at the prison at a recent event attended by Home Affairs permanent secretary Denise Saunders along with the institution’s senior management and officers. Mr Forbes is now on pre retirement leave until December. He worked for the TCI police force prior to joining the prison service in 1983. The Governor also took the opportunity to tour the prison with its superintendent Ian Sargent to see how funding from the UK Overseas Territories Project Fund was spent earlier this year. The $80,000 cash injection

Retiring prison officer Eric Forbes receives his award from Governor Gordon Wetherell.

financed the completion of new accommodation, security enhancements including CCTV, and cell phone jamming equipment. It also assisted with the new staff training facility and the expansion of the prison farm

and its facilities. Governor Wetherell addressed prison staff too and emphasised the importance he attached to the opportunity to recognise them and his pleasure at presenting a service shield to Mr Forbes.



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Action to halt dengue fever spread

HEALTH chiefs have stepped up measures to fight the spread of dengue fever in the TCI. That includes increased spraying of mosquito breeding areas to kill the pests and daily surveillance of the three people affected so far. Two adult females have been confirmed as contracting the virus while a third is suspected. All three are imported cases from dengue endemic locations; two from the Bahamas and one from St Lucia. They were suffering key symptoms of fever and pain behind the eyes (retro-orbital pain). Two were treated and later released, with a warning to remain indoors and protect themselves from further mosquito bites. The third woman remains in hospital. She is receiving IV fluid hydration and is said to be responding well to treatment. Dengue fever is a flu-like illness, transmitted when an infected person is bitten and then someone else is bitten by the same mosquito. Hundreds of people in the Bahamas have flooded hospitals over the last few weeks showing symptoms of the illness. Dozens have been admitted to hospital with the majority treated and later discharged. The TCI Ministry of Health is urging Islanders to remain vigilant to the signs. Most dengue infections result in relatively mild illness, but some can develop into potentially fatal dengue hemorrhagic fever. This causes bleeding that may appear as tiny spots of blood on the skin (petechiae) and larger patches of blood under the skin (ecchymoses).

What can I do?

The virus that causes dengue fever is carried by aedes egypti mosquitoes and is transmitted to humans through their bite.

The patient becomes irritable, restless and sweaty. These symptoms may be followed by shock-like symptoms that can lead to death. Not all mosquitoes in the TCI transmit the virus; it is spread only by the bite of an infected ‘aedes mosquito’. The virus usually starts suddenly with a high fever, rash, severe headache, pain behind the eyes, and muscle and joint pain. The severity of the joint pain has given dengue the name ‘breakbone fever’. Nausea, vomiting and loss of appetite are common. A rash usually appears three to four days after the start of the fever. The illness can last up to 10 days, but complete recovery can take as long as a month. Older children and adults are usually sicker than young children. There is no specific treatment for

dengue. Persons with dengue fever should rest and drink plenty of fluids. They should be kept away from mosquitoes for the protection of others. Dengue hemorrhagic fever is treated by replacing lost fluids. Some patients may need transfusions to control bleeding. Health chiefs are actively tracking all suspected and confirmed dengue cases and surveying mosquito breeding sites around homes of the people affected. Fogging is also being carried out to stamp out further breeding. There are currently no restrictions on travel to and from the Bahamas or any other dengue endemic countries. Call the Environmental Health department via the government switchboard on 946 2801 extension 50311/2 for more information.

Resort boss joins advisory council By Gemma Handy HOTEL boss Clayton Thomas became the newest member of the advisory council this week, taking part in his first meeting on Thursday. The 50-year-old general manager of Le Vele in Grace Bay described the position as a “privilege”. “I will do my best for my beloved country, Turks and Caicos,” he told the Weekly News. Governor Gordon Wetherell announced Mr Thomas’ appointment to the interim body on Monday. “With his experience in the key hospitality sector and his wide range of skills and interests, I am sure he will make a valuable contribution to the council’s deliberations,” the Governor said. Mr Thomas brings more than a decade of experience working in hotels and resorts in the TCI and UK. Prior to joining Le Vele in November 2008, he enjoyed a two-year stint as assistant general manager of the Sporting Club

at Ambergris Cay, currently in receivership. From summer 2004 to 2006 he managed Parrot Cay, a promotion which came less than six months after joining the luxury resort as its IT manager. Before that he spent two years working in two of London’s swankiest hotels. Mr Thomas studied hospitality and tourism management in Freeport, Bahamas, before completing a bachelor’s degree in business administration in Florida. He furthered his education with a spell at Cornell University School of Hotel Administration. Mr Thomas’ expertise was called upon as a member of the country’s Tourism Working Group in 2009, tasked with scrutinising the way the destination was marketed. He is also a certified firefighter and a member of Bethany Baptist Church. Married with six children, Mr Thomas describes himself as a

“visionary” who embraces new challenges and has a love of the outdoors. His appointment comes amid a flurry of change in the interim administration. Mr Thomas replaces QC Eugene Otuonye who last month quit both the council and his chairmanship of the Public Services Commission in order to head the Integrity Commission. Governor Wetherell will bid farewell to the Islands shortly, to be replaced by Damian ‘Ric’ Todd. Civil service chief Mark Capes also quits his post this month to take up Governorship of St Helena, Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha in the South Atlantic. Reverend Scott Brennen’s recent exit from the consultative forum saw the appointment of architect Bradley Coalbrooke, originally from Grand Turk. Former Chief Secretary Cynthia Astwood replaced Mr Otuonye as chair of the Public Service Commission.

The Ministry of Health has issued the following guidelines: • Know the signs and symptoms of dengue fever (high fever, rash, severe headache, pain behind the eyes, and muscle and joint pain) • Seek immediate medical attention if you experience any signs of dengue fever • Avoid mosquito bites when traveling to areas where dengue occurs • Eliminate mosquito breeding sites (get rid of stagnant water as it quickly becomes a breeding ground for mosquitoes; check gutters, cover drums/barrels; change water for potted plants every 2-3 days) • Use mosquito repellents on skin and clothing • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants tucked into socks when outdoors during times that mosquitoes are biting • Avoid heavily populated residential areas • Stay in air-conditioned or screened areas when indoors • Use bed nets if sleeping areas are not screened or air-conditioned • Report your travel history to your doctor if you have symptoms of dengue • Ensure your windows and doors are closed tightly and be sure to fix screens on windows and doors to prevent indoor mosquito invasions and • Call Environmental Health Department to treat large bodies of stagnant water on or around your property. Public meetings Town hall meetings will take place as follows to discuss ways to prevent the spread of dengue fever: Monday August 15, Middle Caicos Community Centre, 6.30pm Tuesday August 16, South Caicos (venue to be decided), 6pm Wednesday August 17, Providenciales (venue to be decided), 6pm

CXC website improvement CXC STUDENTS can now access their academic records online thanks to a new provision on the Caribbean Examinations Council’s website. Candidates can now pay for transcript requests online at www. when they complete the relevant form, one of the most utilised services on site. To access the service, they enter their information at the time of the examination, including personal data, examination details and the forwarding recipients for the transcript. Candidates may then choose the processing and delivery times to suit their request. To complete the transaction, they choose the payment method using a Visa or Master card credit card. In the past, candidates printed and completed the transcript request form in hard copy and mailed or faxed it to CXC along with a bank draft. This process took between three days and two weeks to reach

CXC and delayed the processing of the transcript request. Dr Didacus Jules, CXC registrar, said: “With the use of e-commerce, CXC has been able to make the processing of transcript requests more efficient and therefore provides a vastly improved service to its clients. “Transcript request is one of the most important value-added services CXC offers to candidates and it is vital that we make the process as smooth and efficient as possible.” Dr Jules added that as CXC is transformed into an IT-intelligent organisation, its clients can expect enhanced services through the leveraging of web-based technology. The next phase of the e-commerce roll-out will include offering online payments for replacement certificates, website advertising, queries and reviews. CXC relaunched its new and improved website in May last year.

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WITH Samantha Dash-RIGBY

Man claims items engraved Police officers hospitalised with owner’s name after high-speed chase MAGISTRATE Clifton Warner this week imposed a fine of $1,500 on a young man for handling stolen goods. Evan Williams Jnr was charged with burglary and handling stolen goods which were later discovered to have been stolen from a Chalk Sound home. He pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods on November 5 2010 but denied the burglary allegation. The court heard that it was around 5pm when police officers visited Williams in Five Cays and he gave them permission to search his residence. During the search, police found an LG television, and packed in a black duffle bag were a number of power tools, all valued $1,005. The defendant explained to police that the tools belonged to him but the television belonged to a Haitian lady who lived in the area. However, upon closer examination of the items, the police noticed the name ‘Bill Mitchmann’ engraved on all of them. They also found a business card in the bag bearing Mitchmann’s name and contact details. At that point, Williams refused to say anything else and he was arrested and later charged.

The police later contacted Mitchmann who informed them that he was off island and advised them to contact the caretaker who had already reported that the premises had been burgled. The culprit/s entered through a glass door, ransacked the place and stole the items found in Williams’ home. At the police station, the accused changed his story. He gave a statement claiming that he bought the items from two other men. In his defence, Williams told Magistrate Warner that he was a man of good character and never had any problems before. He said that he knew the man who brought the items to him but he did not know that he was previously in trouble with the law for stealing. He paid the man $100 for the television but refused the tools because he had his own. However, the man decided to leave the tools in case he (Williams) changed his mind and promised to return for them later. Ten minutes later, the police arrived at Williams’ home. Williams was ordered to pay $1,500 in two months or spend six months in jail.

A ‘HIGH speed chase’ through Five Cays on Tuesday night left three police officers and a male prisoner in hospital nursing injuries and one man behind bars. The “nasty accident” involved a white police Ford Explorer and a white privately owned Toyota car. Police sergeant Crystal Stubbs, along with officers Vaurice Jervis and Macquincy Carter, were injured and a TCI man taken into police custody following the crash. Eyewitnesses likened the event to a Hollywood-style movie stunt. “The police vehicle was chasing the car and the car turned the corner,” an eyewitness recounted. “The police lost control and the next thing I see was the police car flying through the air, over the hill and land in the people yard.” The police vehicle turned turtle several times, flinging Stubbs some 20 feet away, before landing and bursting into flames. “She landed on a nearby porch,” a Fire Service spokesman said. Luckily, Sgt Stubbs, who was unable to move, was not trapped in the burning vehicle. When the Weekly News arrived on the scene, Sgt Stubbs was covered in blood and curled into a fetal position

The police Ford Explorer flew over a rocky embankment in what witnesses described as akin to a Hollywood movie stunt.

on the porch groaning in pain. Officer Jervis was clearly in shock and bleeding from wounds he sustained from the accident. Bystanders were baffled as to how the police vehicle managed to clear the high rocky hill and end up in a nearby yard among the bush. The Fire Service deployed both its trucks to the scene and firefighters immediately began dousing the

flames. Ambulances arrived and the injured officers transported to the Cheshire Hall Medical Center where their injuries were described as nonlife threatening. The driver and passenger in the Toyota car received minor injuries. Both vehicles received extensive damage and police investigations are ongoing.

Tears flow at Tanka’s memorial service by samantha dash-rigby “STAY focused. No excuses.” Those are the words that resound and will live on forever in people’s memories of the late great Wesley ‘Tanka’ Williams. Some called him ‘Coach’, others an icon, leader, role model, father, big brother, mentor, teacher or colleague while others considered him a friend and confidante whose shoes cannot easily be filled. And they all gathered at the Gustarvus Lightbourne Sports Complex on Wednesday night to pay tribute and officially say goodbye to Tanka. Tears flowed unabashedly throughout the night as people who knew him reminisced on the times they spent with him. “Tanka was a good man. He was like a father to most of us,” Michak

Hedgewald, a student of British West Indies Collegiate, tearfully said. “He never asked us for anything other than to be successful.” “He was a mentor. To say he was a teacher, would be an understatement,” another student said. “Tanka had big ideas,” Judith Robinson, of the TCI Sports Commission, said. He was a no-nonsense person. Firm but gentle. He did not believe in defeat and often encouraged his students to be successful in whatever they did. He strived to make others happy while neglecting himself. Tanka was all about training the young people trying to bring them off the streets. Not only was he committed to sports and culture but also to providing a second chance through athletic

Wesley ‘Tanka’ Williams was a basketball bible and a stalwart.

Students from British West Indies Collegiate say a tearful goodbye to “Coach Tanka”

scholarships to unfortunate youths. Sometimes he had to approach the corporate community for donations to make this a reality but he was always humble and respectful. Tanka was never disrespectful when asking for donations towards one of his projects, PDM leader Doug Parnell said. Even if no donation was given, he left with a smile on his face. “The loss of Tanka leaves a vacuum in sports and culture

community that cannot be easily filled,” Parnell said. Tanka’s cousin and former PNP Minister of Health, Lillian Boyce, said: “Tanka has worked very hard and made a big difference in the lives of our children.” As a fellow parent, PNP leader Clayton Greene declared a debt of gratitude to Tanka who encouraged his children never to be satisfied with mediocrity. “He challenged them to challenge

themselves,” Greene stated. “Lord God, thank you for blessing us with the presence of this man. Amen,” Hedgewald prayed. Tanka, 50, died in Princess Margaret Hospital in Nassau following illness, on July 31. He will be laid to rest on Saturday at 10am at 8 Mile Rock in Grand Bahama. The funeral can be viewed via live stream at British West Indies Collegiate.



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We welcome letters from all members of the public on a variety of topics.

The triumvirate leaves us devastated Dear Editor, The reign of terror by the triumvirate is coming to a screeching halt! I knew for sure that they would have to leave us eventually, but not in such quick succession to each other. In spite of what may have happened to shift our eyes from the prize, it could never be said that the building blocks were not being put in place to ensure that we became a nation that was self sufficient! No nation can be by itself independently sufficient, but it surely could hold its own in this global village of interdependence! What these persons have been doing was trying to put in the wedge of division among us and keep us from keeping our eyes on the prize! We have to be ever mindful of the devil with the silver tongue whose objective is to divide and conquer! But as some would often say, ‘the devil is a liar’! What must now be mystifying to all and sundry is that the very things that this interim administration has been accusing our local politicians about, they have been doing in spades! Who uses more armed security now than Gordon and Mark? Who lives, wines and dines at the finest establishments that this country offers more than them? This is the classic case of it is bad for Turks and Caicos Islanders, but should be readily available to the triumvirate and their cohorts. More and more each day, the people of this country are waking up and smelling the real coffee and not the imitation! Nobody is falling for the banana in the tail pipe trick anymore. In the few days that you have remaining among us, please do something that you can say was really worthy of your hire! Up to now, there has not been a positive impact on our country since you have taken over. Our economy that showed signs of life and was in need of a little revival, is now laid off and waiting for the undertaker to come and take over the body! They are looking for us to crumble under the stress and strain that they are putting us through. The petty squabbling among us is no more than that which symbolises the dog watching his reflection in the water, lets go of the bone and tries to get the shadow! These guys are taking us too much for granted because we have in recent times allowed them to take our kindness for weakness! We have to

get up off our backsides and show them a thing or two. They know full well that the policies that they are enacting are counterproductive because they have been told so. But most of them come here with the attitude that they know it all and don’t know jack! From the display of their actions, they think that they can turn the ship around without the full aid and support of the crew. No matter how qualified the captain might be, if the lowly deck hand cannot throw or catch the rope, the ship will break itself against the dock! So you can imagine what will happen if the engineer is seeing this type of engine for the first time and is being asked to go to sea! Most of these persons are operating the way that they are because they have not been effective challenged! Some of us took the view, that since they came in with all of the so called expertise, they were being allowed to get on with the work. However, we can see from the greater part of their work, that they are only bluffing their way through at our expense! We have to remember that when they have created their mess, it is us who would be left behind with the bill for the clean-up. Now what they have really been engaged in is a total propaganda exercise to poison the minds of the people against ourselves. For the first few months, they were succeeding. But the people are seeing things for what they really are! The Emperor is naked because he has no clothes on and what he was feeding us was smoke and mirrors, pure and simple. As Glenn Clarke likes to say, ‘we done peep that hole card’! Now more than ever you have to put up or shut up! The honeymoon that you enjoyed is over! The people have come to realise that you mean them no good. The time for you continually fooling us is over. You have raised our debt to GDP ratio to nearly 95 per cent; when you took over it was just above 24 per cent! You shrink the economy and all that you are doing is piling taxes on us daily! Instead of trying to create jobs, all of your efforts have been geared to reducing jobs. On the transparency issue, you


record has been just as appalling! I will point to two glaring examples! The first one deals with the Shore Club. Don’t get me wrong; I for one have been trying my best all along when I was Minister of Finance to get the project started and even after, was advocating that the interim administration gets off the dime and let it proceed. So this is coming from a different angle. Here you have three Belongers at that time involved in the project, two were born Belongers, while the other was granted that right. A legal settlement was made to the benefit of Stan Hartling, the person granted Belongership, while Richardson Arthur and Clyde Robinson (and his wife) are still being vigorously pursued in the courts! They are being hounded for the deal that they cut with respect to the

land on which the project is being built, but the project is allowed to go on nonetheless! Then, to add insult to injury, they say that what was agreed to in the interest of the people of this country cannot be shared with the people of this country! What a load of hog wash! Prize and Stevie Wonder can see through that one. The second one deals with the office of the Human Rights Commissioner! We are paying over $2,000 in monthly rent for the space, but the sign on the door says something else completely! The office is located in Clive Stanbrook’s complex. What’s more, is that the Governor has promoted the office holder to be one of his right hand person. So go figure! So the triumvirate is leaving us in more mess than what they met. Gordon is going into retirement,

probably in his birth place of Ethiopia, while Mark is going to St Helena! At first, I thought that he would have been sent to the Falkland Islands to count sheep as his punishment for the atrocity reeked on us, particularly the civil service. But then I thought some more and saw the historical parallel! After Napoleon lost the Battle of Waterloo to Wellington, the English banished him to St Helena where he eventually died, so perhaps that is a more fitting place for Mark. Fare the well! Caroline is on her way out as well, but I do not know on what steed she will ride! This should give the new Governor a better platform and a new team to get better done for Turks and Caicos Islanders! Remember among other things, he was a spy and comes with good financial credentials! Royal S. Robinson MBE


Detour not deterrence WE HAVE traffic laws so drivers yield the right of way. Hopefully someone knowledgeable sets these standards including the speed limits. One wonders if these were the same experts who invented the decorated roundabouts where most accidents occur. I assume we could not afford traffic lights with the cost of our Canadian electricity propping up the Canadian economy at the expense of we poor souls in the TCI. Two of my adult children live in Canada where power is reasonably priced because the folks from Fortis in Canada have their monopolies constantly scrutinised by a local authority. Did you know that locally we have a CPA who was internal auditor for the massive Dade (Miami) economy? Why fly in paid consultants from Brussels/ London to hang out and justify the looming carbon tax? The carbon tax will detour more of the people’s money to government solving nothing. The basis of traffic fines is deterrence. Johnny is frightened into driving the speed limit

By David Tapfer because speeding tickets are expensive. Nevertheless traffic courts are crowded. You can spend the rest of your life in jail for heinous crimes but this seems to deter no one as the jails are full. When they rarely catch one of these nasties they are at least taken out of circulation for a while. Why then not impound the licence and vehicle of someone driving 71mph on Leeward Highway? Our government loves collecting the new $1,400 fine. Someone has to pay our leaders’ fat salary and electric bill. Then there is this nonsense called the seat belt fine - $250 for not buckling up! What danger do unbuckled drivers pose to others? Absolutely none!

One statistic you will never see published is the intestinal damage seat belts cause during accidents. The injuries are real but the ‘do gooder’ experts will not admit they exist. The massive power bills we suffer is a deterrence. It deters our use of electrical power lowering our standard of living. It deters development and expansion of our economy. Expansion would provide more revenue and sell more power. High electricity rates detour people’s money out of the country into Canadian corporate coffers. It has been proven that government must be ever vigilant monitoring monopolies. Why not set up a regulatory body in TCI instead of paying another foreign corporation to do a once over audit? The new massive traffic fines are not meant to deter accidents. They are a farce meant to detour offenders’ big money to government coffers, nothing else. We could give up driving but they now fine you for parking your dormant vehicle at home. This is not London or Toronto, this is the TCI!

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Tci to host groundbreaking infection control conference TURKS and Caicos Islands is preparing to host its biggest ever medical conference. Delegates from around the globe will flock to Provo later this year for ‘Infection Control In Paradise’. The two-day event, organised by InterHealth Canada (TCI), takes place on November 18 and 19 at Brayton Hall. The conference is being sponsored by a host of organisations including Lime, Masters, American Hospital Supply, Steris and Aesculap. Infection control is one of medicine’s current hot topics, especially in the Caribbean where diseases such as cholera and dengue fever are widespread. Conference organisers have attracted some of the world’s leading

authorities on the subject, including keynote speakers Professor John Oxford from the Royal London Hospital, and former Global Health Leadership award winner, Dr Terese Maitland. “This is a wonderful opportunity for the TCI and its medical professionals,” explained InterHealth Canada medical device reprocessing manager, Susan Borden. “Infection control is a huge topic right now and InterHealth Canada is very pleased and proud to be hosting such an important conference here in Provo. “Delegates will be attending from all over the region which of course will be a big boost for tourism. But obviously we are hoping to attract as many as possible from the TCI.


“The conference will be of huge benefit to all healthcare professionals, whether they work in the public or private sectors, for InterHealth Canada or those who are currently on career breaks. “We have been able to secure some outstanding speakers and in Professor John Oxford, we have a man who is at the forefront of the battle against infection and disease.” During both days of the conference there will be a range of exhibits and workshops with the opportunity for delegates to share both their practices and experiences from around the world. There will also be a full programme of evening entertainment, which will take place at Beaches. InterHealth Canada’s infection

Professor John Oxford, who will speak at the event, is said to be at the forefront of the battle against infection and disease.

control manager, Alison Pyper, explained: “In terms of infection control events, the programme for this one ranks alongside the very best I’ve attended internationally over many years. “The TCI is the perfect venue and it really underlines both InterHealth Canada’s and the country’s determination to be at the very forefront of fighting disease here in the Caribbean. “I would urge all healthcare professionals in the Islands to consider attending because it really does promise to be an outstanding two days.” Anyone wishing to register or wanting more information should contact Susan Borden on 9412800 or 2469337 or visit www.


NIB post controversy

Dear Editor, As quoted from the government regarding the new NIB CEO: “All eligible TCI Islanders were able to apply for this post. Thirty-one candidates applied. Only two had addresses in the TCI, and two were from unknown locations (their CVs did not detail their addresses).” I read this excerpt with great wonder. We dropped the ball because we failed other TC Islanders. How did we fail each other? Because, being in place of leadership, we did not put in place ‘succession’ plans. Was there not a TC Islander who ran NIB for the past 14 years? Was there not a TCI deputy? Was there not a plan for succession under the TC Islander watch? Of the two, plus two TC Islanders, who applied for the position, was there not one that was near qualified, that would had given rise to inquiry as to why a three-year assignment of a non-TCI? If there were four TCIs who applied, and I assume that none of them were called for an interview because if they were then it must be assumed that they were nowhere near qualified or that it would have taken more than three years to train a local as inferred, and reasoned by the award of a three-year contract and permit. So I ask, what are TC Islanders doing for their country persons? Why and when, after being in positions of leadership or management, are there no plans for succession? Everyone else comes here and uses these areas as training grounds, why not TCIs? Turks and Caicos Islanders, you all must prepare yourselves for opportunities when they knock, rather than having an opportunity and not embracing it because you are not prepared (qualifications/schools). As a responsible group, we must provide this such training for each other. Get a facility (at no cost to the user) and I will provide the training at no cost to the beneficiaries. This is an area that we must address now! Edward E. Smith, PhD

Crowds gathered as the drama unfolded in Millennium Highway on Tuesday morning.

Millennium Highway apartment block blaze FAST-acting firefighters averted disaster early on Tuesday morning when a Providenciales apartment block caught fire. Responders raced to the scene in Millennium Highway after receiving an emergency call around 3am. The were able to get the flames affecting a ground floor property

under control, preventing the other five units from catching fire. The brave team entered the building with breathing apparatus and hoses and were able to douse the inferno. A Fire Service spokesman said: “After we put the fire out and

searched for any casualties, we went back in and ventilated the building so the fire investigation team and police could inspect the area. “The fire was out and being investigated by 4am.” All of the buildings’ residents were safely evacuated. No one was injured.



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Bank staff put smiles on faces of Grand Turk’s elderly FIRST Caribbean staff got the chance to socialise with some of TCI’s senior citizens when they volunteered at Grand Turk’s Wellness and Special Needs Centre. The capital island facility, home to around 10 elderly residents and some with special needs, was a hive of activity during a recent volunteer event. Residents were delighted when employees from the bank’s Grand Turk branch joined them for morning devotions and a chat. The bank also presented the senior citizens with two gift baskets filled with toiletries and other necessities. The day marked the bank’s third Adopt-A-Cause initiative of the year, with one being organised every three months in a different island.

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Adopt-A-Cause, which focuses on volunteerism throughout the bank’s service territories, seeks to get staff members involved in various handson projects instead of simply giving financial donations. Country manager Sherma Hercules said: “Our aim for the 2011 Adopt-A-Cause project was to focus on other islands and not only Providenciales. “Thus far, we have completed projects on Providenciales, North Caicos and now Grand Turk. “Grand Turk is special to us because this was the first branch location for the bank in the Turks and Caicos Islands. “We are extremely honoured to give back to some of the citizens who would have welcomed us with open arms in 1966.”

Ballet classes for TCI youngsters ASPIRING dancers will have the chance to receive tuition from a top professional visiting Providenciales next week. Elizabeth Mackin Karas, artistic director with Pittsburgbased Wexford Dance Academy, will put youngsters through their paces during a series of special classes. Ballet sessions for a variety of levels will be held from Monday to Friday in conjunction with the Friends of the Arts Foundation (TCFAF). Elizabeth, a frequent visitor to the Islands, is offering group and

private ballet for ages four and above, along with dance history to intermediate and advanced students. Her husband Steve Karas will host classes on conditioning, nutrition and injury prevention. All sessions will take place at Stargazer Villa’s dance studio at 29 International Drive. They are free of charge, although donations to TCFAF are appreciated. Class sizes will be limited to the first 12 students. Call Barbara Pankhurst on 231 2288 or email for more information.

Fortis TCI tries to reduce carbon footprint STEPS to reduce diesel consumption moved forward a gear with the arrival of new electricity generating equipment. Fortis TCI bosses were delighted to welcome in their second Wartsila 20V32 engine after receiving the green light for commercial operation in the TCI. Ernie Jackson, on behalf of the firm, said: “Fortis TCI has chosen to make this investment in order to reduce diesel consumption on our generating system as these engines consume less fuel per unit of electricity than the existing fleet.

“Residents can continue to expect the most efficient and the least costly electricity as we continue to build on our ongoing strategic capital investment programme.” The engines can produce up to 8.7 MWs of electrical power each and represent more than 50 per cent of Fortis TCI’s peak load. “Both engines are state of the art and signify not only a major step towards reducing diesel consumption, but will also reduce exhaust emissions and would have a lower environmental footprint,” Mr Jackson added.

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Friday, August 12 to Thursday, August 18

Island institution is back in business By Gemma Handy FROM the mouth-watering crisp corn tacos to warm tortilla burritos, sumptuous salads and world-famous pizzas topped with just the right amount of cheese, Hey Jose is truly an island institution. And since reopening to business three months ago, customers have flocked to its new Grace Bay location where the top-notch fare is every bit as delicious as its thriving former entity and service always comes with a smile. Fans of the Mexican-style eatery – in operation for more than 20 years and now back after a five-year absence – have been delighted to discover the menu features all the old favourites. Staff are busy cooking up a storm six nights a week in the prime Neptune Court spot. Whether grabbing a takeaway or kicking back over a chimichanga and a frozen cocktail in the charming outdoor dining area, food is whipped up from scratch and served within minutes. And with most dishes busting a gut at less than $10 each, it won’t break the bank either. Two names almost as well known as the restaurant’s own are the acclaimed chefs running the show. Long-standing resident Jeff Rollings was Hey Jose’s creator back in the 1980s. Tito Lewis was the face behind Tiki Hut’s culinary masterpieces for 14 years. The aim of the joint venture was to bring back the delectable comestibles that made Hey Jose such a hit, in a casual setting at affordable prices. And with the name so well established, there was never any question over what to call it. “The number one question from customers,” Tito laughs, “is who is Jose?” In fact, Jose doesn’t exist. When Jeff, a hairdresser as well as a chef, first moved to the Islands in 1984 to open a barber shop he was accidentally given a restaurant licence instead. He decided to combine the two concepts and Clip ‘n’ Sip was born. “You could get a trim and a taco at the same time,” Jeff says with a grin. Clip ‘n’ Sip was later replaced by his Turtle Cove diner, Jose McGillicutty. Back in the 80s, before the days of cell phones, people would

Friday, August 12  Start the weekend on a high with a happy hour sunset cruise aboard the glorious Atabeyra. Leaves from the Big Blue dock in Leeward at 6pm, returning at 8pm. The cost is $25 for adults and $20 for kids. Reserve a space by calling 231 0624, visiting or via the ‘Sail Atabeyra’ page on Facebook.  Get into the weekend mood with the intense and electrifying Tae-Bo class at Graceway Sports Centre from 6pm to 7pm. Free for gym members, $12 for non-members. For more information call 4426349 or email  Craig Archibold gets the party started at the Regent Palms from 7pm on Friday nights with the sound of classic Caribbean and Motown tunes. Call 946-8666 for details.

call in their orders using marine radios. Sea rules mandate that the name must be repeated three times. ‘Jose McGillicutty’ soon proved a bit of a tongue twister with most people shortening the greeting to ‘Hey Jose’. That stuck and became the name of Jeff’s Central Square venue when it opened in 1992. It was that establishment which introduced pizza to Provo for the very first time. Today, not only has the recipe – complete with its secret sauce ingredients – not changed, neither has the price. Hungry Islanders can still pick up Jeff’s specialty pizza for around $20, while the cost of two of his delicious tacos is still a snip at $5. The secret, he says, is in the sauce. It’s also in the dough which is made daily and topped with the freshest of ingredients. “Our pizza was so popular back in the day that people would pick it up to take to Grand Turk,” Jeff says. And it looks like it still is. Just this week, five pizzas were placed on a ferry to North Caicos. “It’s exactly the same as before, people have been thrilled to recognise the look of it and the taste – even after five years.” Meat lovers and vegetarians are amply catered to, from mushroom

tacos and a variety of salads served in an edible bowl, to quesadillas, taquitos and the “best wings on island”. And what better to soak it up than a cool beer or a bucket of margarita complete with a baster full of tequila? Guests can relax in the insouciant surrounds of the Caribbean style garden with coloured lighting to complement the ambience. The reasonable prices make it an ideal place for children’s parties too. The al fresco dining area is set to be extended into the restaurant’s forecourt and owners are also looking forward to introducing an outdoor bar and a Grace Bay-wide delivery service. “We wanted to provide a nice place for people to come and have a good time without spending too much money,” Jeff says. “It’s the same food as before but in slightly different surroundings. It’s more fun and has been ‘healthied up’ a little.” Hey Jose is open in Neptune Court, Grace Bay, for dining and take away service from 11am to 11pm Mondays to Saturdays. Call 441 JOSE (5673) for more information or to place an order.

 Kids can enjoy a Friday night camp out each week at Grace Bay Club from 5pm to 9pm. For $45 per child, youngsters can tuck into dinner under the stars and s’mores, take part in activities and watch a movie. Email morgan@gracebayclub. com or call 231-KIDS (5437) to reserve a space.

Saturday, August 13  Revel in the sound of smooth jazz by talented performer Perry Delancey on Saturday nights from 7pm at the Regent Palms. Call 946-8666 for details.  Mums and Tots Dance Party classes are held every Saturday at The Athletic Club in Saltmills Plaza for mothers and their little ones. Mothers, bring your little ones to dance, jump, twist and shake! Children have fun learning movement basics to fun music and mums get a light exercise while spending quality time. Mums and Tots classes begin at 10am and cost just $10. Dads are welcome! Call Shara Bowen on 244-1103 for more details.

Sunday, August 14  Feeling lucky? Win cash at the Rotary Club’s weekly bingo night every Sunday from 7pm at Club Pillows opposite the Veranda resort in Grace Bay.

Monday, August 15  Start your week with a fun and calorie-burning Tae-Bo class at

Graceway Sports Centre from 6pm to 7 pm. Free for gym members, $12 for non-members. For more information call 4426349 or email

 Girls and boys aged 11 to 19 years old are invited to take part in a fun singing group. The TCI Youth Chorale rehearses every Monday at 6pm at the Edward C Gartland Youth Centre, downtown, Providenciales. For more information call 3317176.

Tuesday, August 16  Come and hear the Island Boys duo play at Opus restaurant in Ocean Club East this Tuesday from 7.30pm to 10pm.

Wednesday, August 17  Correy Forbes and DJ Cliff will be providing entertainment at Mango Reef Restaurant at the Alexandra Resort this evening. Come along between 6.30pm and 9pm for some great island tunes.  Enjoy the easy listening sounds of live duo NaDa at the Regent Palms on Wednesdays from 7pm. Call 946-8666 for details.  Are you in need of inner peace? Interested in a healthy lifestyle and a toned and flexible body? Then you need David Bowen’s yoga classes at The Athletic Club in the Saltmills Plaza. Come along on Monday, Wednesday or Friday at 7am, Tuesday and Thursday at 6.30pm or Saturday at 9am. Call 941-8686 for more details.

Thursday, August 18  Celebrate good health with wellness coach Benneth Williams every Thursday evening. Come along to Williams Block, suite number six, on Lower Bight Road, Providenciales, from 7pm. There you will get a free wellness consultation and an hour of fun. For more details call Benneth at 246-0300 or email hls_com@

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fitness Tip 

Good reasons to workout in the morning HI THERE! Today I want to bring up a few reasons for working out first thing in the morning in case you’re not already doing it. I know, I know, you just cant’ wake up in the morning; I keep hearing it again and again! Well, how about if it was something you enjoyed? Would you wake up in the morning for it? Sure you would! It might not be easy and requires some changes in your daily routine, like going to bed a bit earlier, for example, but once your body adjusts to the new behaviour it will become as normal as everything else in your life. You just need to give it time. Here are some benefits to making that change:

1. It begins the day on a positive, healthy note that can set the tone for the rest of the day. 2. You get it out of the way and you

Garlic bread

GET a healthy garlic boost with this classic side dish. Superb served with veggies, salad or pasta. Ingredients: • 4 cloves garlic, crushed • 2 tbsps butter • 2 tbsps extra-virgin olive oil • 1 loaf crusty bread, split • 3 tbsps grated cheese, Parmigiano or Romano • Chopped fresh parsley


• Combine garlic, butter and oil in a small saucepan. Heat over moderate-low heat for three minutes. • Toast split bread under broiler. Remove bread when it is toasted golden brown in colour. Brush bread liberally with garlic oil. Sprinkle with cheese and parsley. • Return to broiler and brown 30 seconds. Cut into chunks and serve.


can check it off your daily ‘to do’ list! 3. Enhances focus and stimulates brain activity. You will think more clearly post exercise so try to plan all your challenging tasks in the first part of the day after your workout. 4. Increases the chances you will choose a healthier breakfast. When you know how much you work out to burn a few calories, you will be more aware of what you eat in order not to lose all of your hard work. 5. Increases your metabolic rate and for the next few hours your body will keep burning calories. This is linked to the intensity of the exercise as well. 6. Provides an immediate boost

in mood! How many times have you seen an angry person coming out of a gym? Not many I can assure you. You see smiling faces! 7. It gives you the opportunity to take action in taking care of your health. 8. You will start the day with a sense of accomplishment and empowerment and you will feel like you can handle all the tasks of the day. 9. You are more likely to commit to a regular exercising routine, due to the few challenges and events the early part of the day has to offer. 10. And my favourite is that there is something about mornings. There is so much energy out there in the air and you have a moment for yourself to appreciate life and what you have got, feeling so peaceful at the same time. Take as much as you can from that energy before everybody gets up and starts absorbing it! I cannot stress enough how good

that feels, especially if you are outdoors. 11. And one more thing. You will feel so much better about yourself because you are able to do what many other people don’t – you have the strength to overcome your weakness

while many others wish they had that strength. While they are sleeping you are working on improving your life and that will pay off! Think about it, it’s worth it! All of the above in exchange for one hour of your day!

health Tip 

Get cooking with garlic THIS week let’s talk about something that is frequently used in cooking. Garlic provides an excellent source of vitamins C and B6, plus minerals such as manganese, selenium, calcium, copper, phosphorus, iron and potassium. Garlic offers many therapeutic effects. Studies show it provides protection against atherosclerosis and heart disease. It also decreases total serum cholesterol levels while increasing serum HDL-cholesterol levels, or ‘good’ cholesterol, which is a protective factor against heart disease. Garlic is effective in lowering blood pressure too. Throughout history, garlic has been used as an infection fighter. The allicin it contains has been proven to be effective against colds, flu, stomach viruses and candida yeast. It is also effective against powerful pathogenic microbes,

By Phillip Simmons



including tuberculosis and botulism. Garlic is thought to offer protection against some cancers, including stomach and colon cancers.

Protect your mattress

Garlic has been used to fight infections for centuries.

SAVE money by taking good care of your mattress. Always use a mattress pad and don’t forget to flip your mattress once in a while (at least once a month); or at least rotate it. Mattresses are expensive these days, so this small tip may save you tons on money.

August 13 - 19, 2011

Lifestyle... GARDENING 


How does your garden grow

Geiger tree Q:

THE ORANGE geiger trees in my front yard appear to be infested. Last year they had lush foliage and a cluster of healthy blooms that produced viable seeds. Now most of the new leaves turn brown and shrivel and the wood at the end of the branches looks stressed. What can I do?

– an evergreen native NATURE SPLENDOR

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Normally geigers (cordia sebestena) are pretty tough trees, but they don’t like damp or wet conditions. Cordia tree is subject to extensive, but nonfatal, damage by the geiger beetle, which seems to have an affinity to this one species. The beetles can defoliate the tree, eliminate flowering, and make the tree temporarily unattractive. The geiger tortoise beetle that infests the tree chews the leaves, but it can be somehow controlled by Sevin or a product with carbaryl ingredient, but chemical control is rarely warranted and the tree needs constant spraying. But leaves that dry and branches that die back are more serious. Check for evidence of borers – a hole with sap oozing out. If you see them, clean off the area with a cloth, poke into the hole with a wire and try to impale the borer. Then, wearing gloves, apply Dursban full strength with a paint brush. Apply one foot above and one foot below all around the trunk. Geiger trees are seen in many landscapes in the Turks and Caicos Islands. They are native from the Bahamas to the tip of northern South America. Cordias are evergreen trees that flower throughout much of the year, but at their best in June and July. Cordia has a broad, dense, wide crown that typically reaches 20 to 33 feet in height. The bark is pale gray and furrowed or flaky. The boles of the trees are often crooked and shaped by the wind. The brilliant orange-scarlet flowers are borne on terminal geranium-like clusters. Flowers are light to dark orange with short yellow-orange stamens in the throat. The coarse leaves are irritating to some people. This is a highly desirable tree for seaside planting. It grows in the limestone rocks of the Islands. Its strong tolerance of alkaline soils makes it an excellent choice for a wide variety of situations. This

Tortoise beetles can attack your geiger tree.

plant is attractive to bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other bird species. Propagate cordia by seed, cuttings and air-layering. Seedlings take three years to reach blooming size. Young trees are easily transplanted. They have an upright, slightly pyramidal form and will need about five years to develop a dense canopy. Older trees have a dense round

crown. To encourage a young tree to have a bushier appearance, pinch back the terminal ends in January. Fertilise the tree once or twice a year. Don’t let a fear of bugs or a fondness for soft leaves scare you away for this tree. Cordias are great landscape trees and will fit in a small yard or even patio as a potted plant. It’s a nice bright accent to your garden!





Tamika graduated from Florida International University in Miami with a Masters degree in Dietetics & Nutrition. She is a registered dietitian with the American Dietetic Association (ADA) and licensed to practice medical nutrition therapy in the state of Florida. Email Tamika via or tamikahandfield@yahoo. com with your healthy eating questions.

Keeping food safe in an emergency – Part 1 SUMMER time in the Turks & Caicos is a time of fun and leisure—kids are out of school, families take vacations, long days spent at the beach and unfortunately threats of hurricanes because summer is smack in the middle of the hurricane season. One of the things that happens during a hurricane is power outages which put us at risk of becoming sick because of foodborne illnesses. We can avoid spoilage and foodborne illness in our homes by making sure foods stay properly refrigerated during a power outage. Below are some tips to help keep you and your family’s food safe before a hurricane arrives: 1. Buy appliance thermometers for your refrigerator and your freezer. Always check that the freezer temperature is at or below 0°F and the refrigerator is at or below 40°F. If power is lost, your thermometer will help you determine if your food is still good. 2. Freeze containers of water for ice to help keep food cold in the freezer or refrigerator in case the power goes out. This will also provide drinking water if the water supply is contaminated or becomes unavailable. 3. Freeze refrigerated items such as leftovers, milk and fresh meat and poultry that you may not need immediately. This helps keep them at a safe temperature longer. 4. Consider purchasing a few small coolers to use in the event power is out for more than four hours. Coolers are smaller and food will stay colder longer. 5. Our Islands are prone to flooding so it’s important to store food on high shelves so that the food is not contaminated by flood water. 6. Reduce your risk of contracting a foodborne illness by stocking up on foods that do not require refrigeration. Like my page, ACCU Medical Nutrition—Nutrition in Demand, on Facebook and receive up to date nutritional information.

ACCU Medical Nutrition is based in Graceway IGA Plaza, Providenciales. Call 946 8308, 242 3978 or 442 3978.

Take the heat out of cleaning

CLEAN your microwave by placing a couple of slices of lemon in a small bowl of water, and switch the power on for a couple of minutes. The condensation will loosen dirt inside the microwave, making it easier to wipe clean, and leave a fresh smell.


Regional News


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Bahamian governments ‘fear Haitians who can now vote’ A STRONG “voters’ block” made up of naturalised citizens is one reason successive governments have not taken a strong stance against the illegal immigration dilemma, said Opposition Leader Perry Christie earlier this week. The Progressive Liberal Party chief said when his party assumed office in 2002, it found an immigration policy in place that mandated that any immigrant who came to the Bahamas before 1985 would be afforded status but after 1985 government would be able to use its discretion on whether or not to regularise them. He said the PLP left this policy in place despite calls from the Haitian government to adjust this policy. However, this policy has influenced subsequent immigration policy, he said. “We have to recognise the pitfall of this in the execution of the policy. Once governments become frightened of the numbers of Haitians who have become Bahamians and who can vote. Therefore they have become an important voting block, so somewhere along the line the

purity of the commitment to protect the Bahamas and its territorial waters is sort of merged to the fear of doing things that might cause you to lose an election. “. . .We allowed ourselves to be influenced too much by their presence as opposed to using our own commitment to convince and satisfy them that they are Bahamians, accepted as Bahamians, and that the programmes that we are offering them to close down illegal immigrants coming into our country are programmes as much in their favour as in any other Bahamian’s favour. “A will has to be developed,” he said. “With developing it, there has to be an understanding on our part that the Haitian-Bahamian is in fact a Bahamian. “And we must not be insecure in speaking to them as Bahamians and getting them to be a part of what we’re doing because we’re protecting the country for them. “We are all in the same boat.” Mr Christie added that Bahamians have to realise that the country has been a melting pot of different nationalities for decades who

must all be included in a national discussion on immigration policies. He added that government must expend the same financial resources to the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, to allow it to properly man the country’s borders, which was spent on the ongoing public infrastructure programmes. “We have to do better, we have to do more and most certainly if God gives me the opportunity to form the next government of the Bahamas that is the kind of resolve that we will bring to governance and the kind of, I think, stiff application of policies that will take place,” he added. Mr Christie also took shots at Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham and National Security Minister Tommy Turnquest who, he said, disparaged him in the lead up to the 2002 election for not having a handle on the crime problem at the time. “Now they rue the day they said that,” said Mr Christie, noting the 87 murders recorded for the year and record breaking murder statistics which have happened under the Free National Movement’s watch. (

Dengue fever cases could be higher than reported in the Bahamas –Deputy Chief Medical Officer DR. DELON Brennen, deputy chief medical officer at the Ministry of Health in the Bahamas, told The Nassau Guardian earlier this week that the number of people in The Bahamas with dengue fever could be higher than reported because some people do not seek medical attention for the disease. There have been around 1,000 clinically diagnosed and laboratory confirmed cases of dengue fever in recent months, according to data from the Ministry of Health. Brennen said because dengue fever is easy to take care of with over-the-counter medication and bed rest, people often do not visit clinics. “Naturally the numbers will be a little bit higher because the illness is such that a lot of people can be cared for from home,” he said. Minister of Health Dr. Hubert Minnis told The Guardian yesterday that private clinics and doctors report each case of dengue fever they treat to the Ministry of Health. “They report everything to the ministry,” he said. Officials have said previously that the strain of dengue fever affecting persons locally is not the fatal form of the illness. Brennen said the ministry is in the process of gathering the number of

Dengue fever is transmitted through the bite of the Aedes Aegypti mosquito.

new cases of dengue fever reported during the weekend in order to issue an update. Last month the Ministry of Health announced that it would begin to issue frequent updates to the public about the spread of the virus. Brennen said The Bahamas’ hot and rainy weather has been perfect for the proliferation of mosquitos. Dengue fever is transmitted through the bite of the Aedes Aegypti mosquito. He said the number of dengue fever cases could begin to drop as the weather changes. The Department of Environmental Health Services announced last

month that fogging had commenced throughout New Providence and some of the Family Islands in order to reduce the mosquito population. The Ministry of Health suggested in a statement release last month, that individuals should take steps to reduce mosquito breeding grounds around their homes by removing all standing water in discarded cans, bottles, and tires and draining water from the base of planters. Brennen said removing mosquito breeding grounds is the only real way of effectively preventing the spread of dengue fever. “We will see it [dengue fever] for a while,” he said. “Even with the fogging people need to reduce [mosquito] breeding sites.” US WARNING Meanwhile the USA renewed its warning to visitors about the disease this week. “U.S. citizens should be aware of the recent dengue fever outbreak in The Bahamas,” said an official e-mail from the embassy received by The Nassau Guardian. “In the past few weeks, over 200 cases have been reported and almost 1,000 cases have been reported of individuals suffering from symptoms that match dengue.” (www.

Initial reports indicate that a pilot’s error was responsible for Caribbean Airline’s crash in Guyana.

Pilot error blamed in Caribbean airlines’ Guyana crash PRELIMINARY findings by investigators into the July 30th Caribbean Airlines crash landing in Guyana points to a pilot error rather than mechanical or other system malfunctions, this is according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. The findings were based on eyewitness accounts and data retrieved from the plane’s datarecorders Excessive speed and other suspected lapses in landing procedures at the were cited by investigators as the primary reasons that the airliner rolled off the runway at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport. There was no loss of life in the incident, but the images of the Boeing 737’s broken fuselage were seen in media reports around the world. It was ascertained that movable panels on the front and rear edges of the wings of the jet were apparently not extended as required before touchdown. A source indicated that

information from the flight recorders, as well as marks on the runway, confirmed that the jet touched down close to halfway along the length of the runway. Just after 1:30 a.m, Flight 523 overshot the runway and hurtled through the airport’s perimeter fence before breaking in two. There were 162 passengers and crew were on board. The WSJ report said that, according to the Director General of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority Zulfikar Mohamed, the cockpit crew reported no problems to air-traffic controllers on approach. Officials for Boeing Co. and the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, which has a big role in the investigation, declined to comment for the Wall Street Journal piece. It is being reported that Guyana is formally in charge of the investigation, but much of the technical work relies on help from Boeing and the U.S. safety board. (

Bahamian government officials tightlipped on bank scandal investigation GOVERNMENT officials remain tightlipped over why the Bahamas government has failed to co-operate with a longstanding, multi-million dollar bank scandal investigation. Since tracing several hundred million of missing funds to accounts in the Bahamas in 2005, sources claim that local authorities have ignored official requests for assistance - the most recent of which was sent in 2008. Foreign news reports indicate that the whereabouts of hundreds of millions of dollars linked to the collapse of Banco Ambrosiano in the early 1980s is one of the biggest bank scandals in history. The tale of murder, Mafia plots, international money laundering schemes, and clandestine Masonic sects, placed the Bahamas branch of the bank, Banco Ambrosiano Overseas Limited, at the very centre of the scandal.

According to the press in Italy and the UK, Italian prosecutors are looking for funds allegedly squirreled away by former bank chairman Roberto Calvi, known as “God’s banker” because the Vatican Bank was the largest shareholder. In years leading up to the collapse, Calvi set up companies in the Bahamas and South America to which he funnelled hundreds of millions in bank funds. It is claimed that $800 million in total went missing. Following the bank’s collapse, Calvi was found dead in London in 1982, hanging by the neck from Blackfriar’s Bridge. There have been several trials and investigations into the circumstances surrounding his death. Italian courts have ruled it a murder, rumoured to be a retribution hit for the loss of Mafia money during the collapse.

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Regional News


The Bahamas repatriate 115 Haitians THE BAHAMAS Department of Immigration repatriated 115 Haitian migrants to Port-au-Prince, Haiti Tuesday afternoon, including 86 people who came aboard a sloop eight days ago, according to a press release issued by the department earlier this week. The other 29 migrants were being housed at the Carmichael Road Detention Centre after being discovered without status by immigration officials. On Tuesday 76 men, 31 women and eight children, including a one-monthold baby who came on the sloop with his mother last week, were flown to Haiti aboard a Bahamasair jet. Director of Immigration Jack Thompson told The Nassau Guardian that the baby was given the OK to be flown back home with his mother. The mother and baby were treated by emergency medical services personnel on the scene of the sloop landing for possible dehydration when they arrived in The Bahamas. Thompson said the Department of Immigration puts a priority on clearing women and children out of the detention centre as soon as they can. He added that the group that was repatriated on Tuesday would have been sent back home sooner had Tropical Storm Emily not passed through Haiti last week. The department’s release also revealed that the repatriation was the first for the government’s 2011/2012 budget year, in which it was allotted $1 million for repatriation exercises. Thompson said a repatriation exercise in which a Bahamasair jet is used could cost the department as much as $26,000 per flight. He added that other international repatriations can sometimes cost the department

more than $6,000 per person. The department exhausted all of its repatriation funds during the last fiscal year, according to Thompson. In the first 49 days of 2011 the immigration department repatriated almost five hundred Haitian nationals after conducting several apprehension exercises and road blocks. In June the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) urged countries with high Haitian refugee populations like The Bahamas to halt repatriations until the situation in Haiti improves. A UNHCR release insisted that “precarious conditions continue to persist” in Haiti since a 7.0 magnitude earthquake devastated its capital city in 2010. “UNHCR and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) are renewing their appeal to governments to suspend, on humanitarian grounds, all involuntary returns to Haiti,” the release said. “Despite the recent elections and ongoing reconstruction efforts, Haiti, weakened by the earthquake, cannot yet ensure adequate protection or care, especially for some vulnerable groups in case of return, such as unaccompanied minors, disabled persons, people with health problems, victims of trafficking or of sexual abuse.” However, Minister of Foreign Affairs Brent Symonette said in June that The Bahamas has always recognised those situations in Haiti that might force the government to suspend the repatriations of illegal Haitian migrants, and that it would “monitor the situation in Haiti and until such time that it is necessary to cease and/or restart” repatriations. (

Two earthquakes recorded near Caribbean island nations MINOR shaking was felt in the Barbados capital, Bridgetown on Monday after an undersea earthquakes struck to the northeast of the small Caribbean island nation. It was the second earthquake to hit the region in as many days. The quake occurred at 10:43 AM local time and was centred 99 km (61 miles) NNE of Bridgetown, 191 km (118 miles) E of Castries, St. Lucia and 213 km (132 miles) ESE of FortDe-France, Martinique. It was recorded at a shallow depth of 6.5 km (4.0 miles), according to the United State Geological Survey (USGS). A slightly stronger quake, measuring 5 magnitude on the Richter Scale, occurred at 4:01 AM on Sunday and was centred

72 km (44 miles) ESE of Castries, St. Lucia, 113km northwest of Bridgetown, Bermuda, and 116 km (72 miles) SE of Fort-DeFrance, Martinique. Earthquakes are a regular occurrence in the region but most do not exceed magnitude 3-4. However, several Caribbean countries were jolted on 29 November 2007 when a powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake centred 25 miles south of Dominica. The strong quake was felt in Martinique, Dominica, St Lucia, Grenada, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua and Barbuda, St Kitts and Nevis, Guadeloupe and Anguilla. There were also reports of tremors as far south as Guyana and as far north as Puerto Rico. (


Canadian copters deploy to Jamaica for hurricane relief CANADA will deploy three Griffon helicopters and 65 Canadian Forces personnel to Jamaica to assist with medevacs and search and rescue efforts during hurricane season, Defence Minister Peter MacKay announced Wednesday. The assistance comes at the request of the Jamaican government as the Jamaica Defence Force lacks helicopters suitable for such operations. Part of the Military Training and Co-operation Programme, the initiative dubbed Operational Jaguar will also involve training exercises in search and rescue. “Our government is committed to ensuring that our Canadian Forces are ready to assist our allies on the world stage, if and when the call comes,” MacKay said in a news release. “I could not be more pleased that our men and women in uniform will be working alongside members of the Jamaica Defence Force during that country’s coming hurricane season.” The announcement comes months after news emerged that Canada had signed agreements with Jamaica and Germany to use their military bases as permanent Canadian hubs. Part of the Operation Support Hubs Network, the idea was to establish storage facilities on existing bases in areas to which Canadian troops may be deployed so that personnel wouldn’t

Canada will deploy three Griffon helicopters and 65 Canadian Forces personnel to Jamaica to assist with medevacs and search and rescue efforts during hurricane season, Defence Minister Peter MacKay announced Wednesday. (Photograph by: DAX MELMER, The Windsor Star)

have to haul around large amounts of gear every time. Canada is said to be trying to establish a presence in up to seven countries including Senegal, South Korea, Kenya and Singapore. Last month MacKay also announced that a deal had been struck with Kuwait which now replaces Dubai as the main logistics hub for troops involved in the war in Afghanistan. Canada had been seeking alternative arrangements after troops were booted from Dubai at the height of a dispute with the United Arab

Emirates over commercial airline landing rights. Canada and Jamaica have a long-standing military relationship and MacKay has said the Jamaican logistics hub proved instrumental during last year’s post-earthquake humanitarian mission in Haiti. Canada also assisted with the construction and development of the Jamaican Military Aviation School which opened in 2006 and previously worked with the Caribbean nation on counterterrorism and naval boarding party training. (

Jamaica seeks help to stem small arms flow into the island THE JAMAICAN government has sought the help of an international expert to develop a national policy to stem the flow of small arms into the island — the prevalence of which has been blamed for the country’s year-to-year high murder rate. The consultant, a woman whose identity has not been disclosed, began her six-month contract on June 9 and will also look at legislation on explosives and all firearms. National Security Minister Dwight Nelson made the disclosure on Tuesday during a joint press conference with United States Army General Douglas Fraser at his ministry in New Kingston. “We have engaged the services of an international consultant with wide and vast experience in the area of small arms policy, who will develop new approaches to the control of small arms whether legally or illegally,” Nelson said. “[They will also] look at amending our laws, address anything relating

to armament, explosives, etc.” Meantime, Woodrow Smith, technical advisor in the ministry with responsibility for implementing the gun control programme, declined to disclose the consultant’s fees, only divulging that she “came well recommended”. “This individual has worked with a number of international bodies. She is from an entity, the Small Arms Survey, a graduate institute based in Geneva, Switzerland... and has also worked with the UN disarmament unit,” he said. “The objective is to ensure a level of control within the society so that we can eliminate, as far as possible, crime and violence related to gun use; and at the same time, those control measures will also include the question of [dealing with] importation, exportation, transshipment,” he explained. Smith also listed as part of the consultant’s responsibilities, the assessment of security operations

at the island’s ports in keeping with international standards, stock management within law enforcement agencies, and a review of the Firearms and Gunpowder Acts. In 2008, the United Nations Children Fund and the UNFPA called for stepped-up efforts to stem the trafficking of illegal guns to Jamaica, noting that “gun control combined with long-term social interventions are critical to curb the armed violence” that has permeated the country. Yearly crime statistics show that illegal guns have been featured in the majority of homicide cases. The Government has for years been pleading with the United States to address the high number of weapons flowing illegally into the island from that country. According to the most recent Small Arms Survey, most firearms seized in Jamaica are traced back to three counties in Florida, “all of which have large Jamaican populations”.



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Mel C criticises Rihanna for being too sexual for her young fans SHE MIGHT be a big fan of the Barbadian singer but Melanie Christholme has spoken out about Rihanna’s ‘inappropriate’ overtly sexual behaviour. The former Spice Girl believes that the singer has a responsibility to younger children to protect them, something which she has realised since becoming a mother. Mel,37, took to Twitter and posted: ‘For the record. I am a big fan of Rihanna, I am also a mother.’ She said: ‘People have to take some responsibility because we’ve got to a point where oversexualisation of young children has gone too far,’ the Mirror reported. ‘I think music is a big part of that. Women in music, very successful women, are extremely sexual and they have young fans. It is inappropriate. ‘Rihanna has responsibility and although culture’s always changing, it’s changed too much. It needs to be dealt with. It’s reached saturation point, we owe it to our kids to protect them. ‘Rihanna’s free to do as she pleases, of course, but I think her take on the criticism she’s had is interesting.’ Mel, who found fame as Sporty Spice in the most successful girl group of all time, gave birth to her daughter Scarlet Starr in February 2009. And since then her priorities, and views have changed and she accepts

Rihanna is accused of being too sexual for her young audience.

that Rihanna might not understand her viewpoint given that she doesn’t have children of her own. She told the paper: ‘I love Rihanna, I think she’s a f****** brilliant artist, with great songs, a great record and she looks fantastic... but she’s not a mum. Maybe if she becomes one she’ll feel different. I hope so anyway.’ Mel was no stranger to strutting her stuff in skimpy outfits during her Spice days and was often seen backflipping her way across the stage in cropped tops and tracksuits bottoms. She said: ‘It’s a long time ago since the Spice Girls were first together and we were criticised for

being sexual. Yes, we wore crop tops, I mean look how much has changed.’ And it isn’t just the music industry that has changed since Melanie rose to fame with Geri Halliwel, Melanie Brown, Victoria Beckham and Emma Bunton. The mother of one has made a furrow into acting enjoying successful West End theatre debut in Blood Brothers, which she received a Laurence Olivier nomination for. But like her fellow Spice Girl Geri, Mel C has also been back in the recording studio working on her latest album Sea. Mel’s new single Think About It is out on September 5. (dailymail.

Desperate Housewives to end THE NEXT series of Desperate Housewives will be the last, TV network ABC said. Its creator Marc Cherry told a gathering of TV critics in Los Angeles he wanted the show to go out “in the classiest way possible”. ABC says the eighth series, which will run in the US from 25 September to May 2012, will be “a victory lap”. The international hit show, which tells of the lives and loves of neighbours in Wisteria Lane in the fictional suburban town of Fairview, began in 2004. The Golden Globe and Emmywinning show, which stars actresses including Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Eva Longoria and Marcia Cross, has seen ratings fall in recent years. ‘Bittersweet and lovely’ “The only thing harder than creating a hit show is knowing when to end, especially when you have one of most amazing casts in the history of television,” Cherry told reporters. “I am very aware of people overstaying their welcome. “I wanted to got out while the network still saw us as a viable

show, while we were still a force to be contended with.” He said he and ABC had “made this decision together”. Calling cast members to tell them the news had been “bittersweet and lovely”, he added. “I think you are going to find they

are smart enough to be grateful,” he said. ABC said the final series of the show, which is aired in the UK on Channel 4, would include more love affairs, disintegrating marriages and guilty feelings about a murder. (BBC)

The housewives who created a ruckus on television with their complicated lives

Jay Z tops Forbes riches rapper for the past 12 months with an earning of $37M. (internet photo)

Jay-Z and Diddy top Forbes rap rich list JAY-Z has topped a Forbes magazine hip hop rich list, making $37 million (£22m) in the past 12 months. The rap star claimed his fourth top spot in the last five years. Diddy finished in second place earning $35m (£21m) with Kanye West, who has collaborated with Jay-Z this year on a joint album called Watch The Throne, making $16m (£10m). Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Eminem tied for the sixth spot at $14 million (£9m) with Nicki Minaj debuting at 15. Forbes says top earner Jay-Z made his cash from the end of his

world Blueprint 3 tour and other business interests. The top 20 on the hip hop list earned a combined $271 million (£166m). Thirteen different artists earned $10 million (£6m) or more, taking home money from live shows, recorded music, endorsements and a other businesses. Earnings were calculated between May 2010 to May 2011 and based on data from Pollstar, Nielsen SoundScan, the Recording Industry Association of America and individual record labels. (BBC)

The top 20 Forbes hip hop “Cash Kings” are: Jay-Z - $37 million (£22m) Diddy - $35 million (£21m) Kanye West - $16 million (£10m) Lil Wayne - $15 million (£9.2m) Birdman - $15 million Dr. Dre - $14 million (£8.6m) Snoop Dogg - $14 million Eminem - $14 million Akon - $13 million (£7.9m) Ludacris - $12 million (£7.3m) Wiz Khalifa - $11 million (£6.7m)

Drake - $11 million Pharrell Williams - $10 million (£6.1m) Timbaland - $7 million (£4.3m) Swizz Beatz - $6.5 million (£3.9m) Nicki Minaj - $6.5 million Rick Ross - $6 million (£3.6m) 50 Cent - $6 million Pitbull - $6 million T-Pain - $5 million (£3m) B.o.B - $5 million

Diddy finished in second place earning $35m

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Munroe alleged porn Damon no longer a fan of Obama video fails to sell A FILM allegedly showing a young Marilyn Monroe having sex has failed to sell at an Argentinian auction. Memorabilia collector Mikel Barsa had wanted at least two million Argentine pesos (£293,000) for the six-minute, black-and-white 8-mm film. Mr. Barsa claimed it showed the star, known then as Norma Jeane Baker, around 1946 or 1947 when she was poor and desperate to break into show business. However Marilyn Monroe’s estate has called the film a fraud. Nancy Carlson, from the licensing company Authentic Brands Group which protects Monroe’s image and estate, said the film “doesn’t even resemble” the actress. Experts on Monroe’s life also say it is highly unlikely the smiling young blonde in the film is her. Mr. Barsa said it was not surprising the film did not sell. “The latest statements of Nancy Carlson didn’t do anything good for all this,” he said. “Of course I understand their stance - Marilyn gives and produces

Critics of the film say that the girl in it does not even look like Marilyn Monroe. (internet photo)

many millions per year. They are thinking of protecting her image. There is no other way in which to interpret it,” he added. Mr. Barsa said he was still negotiating with an unidentified buyer from the US whom he said was offering much less than a fair price. But he also said his lawyers were reviewing the matter as the Authentic Brands Group warned they would sue him if the sale went through.

When CNN’s Piers Morgan asked actor Matt Damon if he was happy with the way President Barack Obama has been running the country and if Damon was “a fan” of the president, Damon answered “no.” Damon and the cast of “The Adjustment Bureau” -- Emily Blunt, John Slattery and Anthony Mackie -were Thursday evening’s guests on “Piers Morgan Tonight.” During the course of their conversation, Damon and Morgan covered Hollywood, politics, fatherhood and much more. “He (Obama) misinterpreted his mandate,” said Damon. “He’s doubled down on a lot of things.” “In his State of the Union he didn’t even say the word ‘poverty,’ “ said Damon.” You’ve got millions of people languishing in it.” Damon, who backed the Obama campaign in 2008, said he appreciates that the president is a “deep thinker.” The actor called Obama brilliant, but said he “definitely wanted more.” When questioned about what he’d do about Afghanistan, Damon said, “I don’t think the mission there has been very well articulated. And I think it would help to kind of reframe the way we’re thinking about being there and why we’re there.” Damon also said there has not

Matt Damon feels Obama misinterpreted his mandate.

been a meaningful reform of Wall Street. He said he believes that is “dangerous” and “shameful” and that the financial crisis is “just going to happen again,” because “they don’t make anything. They don’t build anything.” Morgan asked about Damon’s well-known disapproval of Sarah Palin and the fact that he has spoken out against her since she was announced as John McCain’s running mate in 2008. Damon said he still feels it was reckless to have

someone who was “a complete mystery to everybody” be “literally a heartbeat away from the presidency.” Damon also said he disagrees with Palin politically. “She’s not somebody who I would vote for.” Damon said, though, that while he is passionate about politics, he has no political aspirations. “I feel like the work I do now allows me to change things,” he said. Damon said he puts most of his free time into the nonpartisan movement, which is dedicated to getting clean water to people. While he said he is “interested in everyone’s opinion” and “interested in people who don’t agree with me,” when talking politics, that’s not his main interest. “I love my job. I love making movies.” “The Adjustment Bureau” is based on the premise that people have no control over destiny. Forces manipulate their every decision and there is no free will. In the film, the team known as the Adjustment Bureau is charged with keeping people on their predetermined paths. Matt Damon and Emily Blunt’s characters fall in love, even though they are not predestined for one another, and opt to fight the Adjustment Bureau. (CNN)



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Baby gender blood tests ‘accurate’ PARENTS-TO-BE wanting to find out their baby’s gender can be assured that a blood test on the mother gives an accurate result, say scientists. The tests, which look for foetal DNA in the mother’s blood, are sold privately in many countries, including the UK. Yet few studies, until now, have scrutinised how well they perform. US experts examined over 6,000 test results and found it was reliable 98% of the time - providing it was used after the seventh week of pregnancy. Anything earlier than this made the test unreliable, the Journal of the American Medical Association reports. And urine-based tests appeared to be unreliable altogether. A routine ultrasound scan of the baby can only give a gender prediction at about 12 weeks. For couples who need to know the sex of their child for medical reasons - to see if their baby might be affected by a genetic disorder that affects only boys, for example - this wait can seem too long. Dr Stephanie Devaney, who led the work at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, said the blood tests could be useful in clinical settings to aid early detection. Some hospitals, like Great Ormond Street, already use them to help detect male babies that could have haemophilia. But critics of the tests argue that the blood tests could also be

New study ties red meat and processed meat to increased type 2 diabetes risk A diet heavy on red meat and processed foods can significantly increase a person’s chances of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a new study conducted by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health. The team said that their findings, which were published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, indicate that many Americans could benefit

from making dietary changes to avoid these types of foods, as consumption of red meat and processed meat remains at very high levels. Despite these findings, the study also showed that simply substituting a few servings of meat each week with healthier options may be enough to combat the onset of type 2 diabetes. (

The sex of the child can be determined after the seventh week of pregnancy.

used for family balancing - where couples will only continue with the pregnancy if, for example, the baby is a girl because they already have three boys. The review, which looked at 57 studies representing 6,541 pregnancies, found the blood tests gave a genuine result (sensitivity) 95% of the time and that this result was accurate or correct for gender (specificity) 98.6% of the time. For example, if the test was used by 100 couples, only a few of them would be left still not knowing with certainty what the sex of their unborn child was. Professor Richard Fleming, of the Glasgow Centre for Reproductive Medicine, said it was important to have confirmation that the tests are

valid. “If you can test from seven weeks of pregnancy then that means knowing the sex a month before a scan could tell you, which is helpful.” He said it could help doctors check for sex-linked genetic conditions earlier. But he said the technology was likely to be used for social reasons. Dr Gillian Lockwood, medical director of Midland Fertility Services, agreed, saying: “In the UK we would not normally approve of someone who decided to terminate because it was a ‘blue’ pregnancy rather than a ‘pink’ one. “Sex selection for social reasons is illegal in the UK. But there’s the danger that this is part of a slippery slope.” (BBC)

UFO found on ocean floor? AN OCEAN exploration team led by Swedish researcher Peter Lindberg has found what some are suggesting is a crashed flying saucer. Lindberg’s team, which has had success in the past recovering sunken ships and cargo, was using sonar to look for the century-old wreck of a ship that went down carrying several cases of a super-rare champagne. Instead, the team discovered what it claims is a mysterious round object that might (or might not) be extraterrestrial. Lindberg explained to local media that his crew discovered, on the 300-foot-deep ocean floor between Finland and Sweden, “a large circle, about 60 feet in diameter. You see a lot of weird stuff in this job, but during my 18 years as a professional I have never seen anything like this. The shape is completely round.” Adding to the mystery at the bottom of the Gulf of Bothnia, Lindberg said he saw evidence of scars or marks disturbing the environment nearby, suggesting the object somehow moved across the ocean floor to where his team found it. It’s not clear what to make of

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this report, or the video of the sonar scan that shows the object, but Swedish tabloids and Internet UFO buffs have had a field day. Some suggest the object is a flying saucer of extraterrestrial origin (and the seafloor scars were dug up when it crashed), though of all the things that might create a round sonar signature, that seems to be among the more outlandish. It might be a natural feature formation, or possibly a sunken, round manmade object. Lindberg’s claim that the object “is perfectly round” may or may not be accurate; while it looks round from the information so far, the resolution of the sonar image was not high enough to verify that it is indeed round. And while the lines that appear to be leading to (or from) the feature may suggest some sort of movement, it’s also possible they have nothing to do with the object. Lindberg himself did not offer an extraterrestrial origin, though he did speculate it might be a “new Stonehenge.” This is not the first time a sunken object has been presented as the

solution to a mystery. Take, for example, the famous underwater mystery of the “Bimini Road,” a rock formation in the Caribbean near the Bahamas that resembles a road or wall. Many New Agers and conspiracy theorists claimed the rocks are too perfectly shaped to be natural, and either were made by an unknown civilization or are possibly a relic from the lost city of Atlantis. In fact, geologists have identified the blocks as unusually shaped, but perfectly natural, weathered beach rock. It’s also worth noting that UFOs may not be saucer-shaped. The famous “flying saucer” description of the first UFO has since been revealed as a reporting error. Lindberg said his team has neither the interest nor the resources to further investigate the anomaly. Deep ocean research is time-consuming and expensive. If the object were indeed a flying saucer, recovering it could potentially be worth millions or billions of dollars. If it’s a natural formation, on the other hand, it would probably be a waste of time and money. (

In rare cases tattoos can lead to hard-to-treat bacterial infection.

Tattoos linked to hard-totreat bacterial infection A RARE but difficult-to-treat bacterial infection that usually strikes people with impaired immune systems is showing up for the first time in healthy individuals getting tattoos, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today. Two cases of skin infections caused by this bacterium, called Mycobacterium haemophilum, have occurred in individuals receiving tattoos in the Seattle area, the CDC said. These bacteria are in the

same family as those that cause tuberculosis and leprosy. Symptoms of the infection include small bumps at the site of infection, in addition to redness, pain, swelling and discharge, the researchers said. The infection is not responsive to traditional antibiotic treatments, and even with the right drugs, can take months to heal. Because of the rarity of the infections, tattoo aficionados shouldn’t be too worried, the researchers say.

Gigantic birds trod earth during age of dinosaurs

Scientists aren’t sure if the ancient bird flew or was grounded (both body shapes shown here), but either way it was enormous, much larger than “normal size” Mesozoic birds (shown in background) and larger than humans. (CREDIT: John Conway)

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Cameron: Police admit they got riots wrong THE UK’s Prime Minister, David Cameron, said police had admitted to him that they got their riot tactics wrong, as he announced a raft of measures to help homeowners and businesses. The riots were “criminality pure and simple” however there were “far too few police” on the streets, he said, during an emergency recall of Parliament. He announced a crackdown on facemasks and a review of curfews. More than 1,300 arrests have been made since the unrest began on Saturday. The prime minister earlier chaired a meeting of the government’s emergency committee Cobra to discuss the violence with cabinet ministers. Mr Cameron told MPs that it had become clear that there had been problems in the initial police response to the disorder. “There were simply far too few police were deployed on to our streets and the tactics they were using weren’t working,” he told MPs “Police chiefs have been frank with me about why this happened. “Initially the police treated the situation too much as a public order issue - rather than essentially one of crime. “The truth is that the police have been facing a new and unique challenge with different people doing the same thing - basically looting - in different places all at the same time.” Meanwhile, Keith Vaz, chairman of the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee, has told the BBC its members have voted unanimously to hold an inquiry into the causes of the riots. It will also look at the role of social networking, the police response and police resources. Deputy Prime Minister Nick

Clegg said the government’s first obligation was to “show that we can keep our streets safe”. “It’s a basic need that we’ve all got to know that our homes, our shops, our communities can be kept safe at times like this,” Mr Clegg told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. “I think the immediate priority is to see through what the police have been doing successfully in the last few days, which is getting on top of the situation, making sure that the streets are safe again, getting people into court and getting them behind bars where appropriate.” He said longer-term debates were needed in the coming weeks and months but this would start in Parliament later. On Wednesday, Mr Cameron said the “fightback” was under way and said every action would be taken to restore order, with contingency plans for water cannon to be available at 24 hours’ notice. It is the second time in less than a month that MPs have been recalled for an emergency session - the first was for the phone-hacking scandal at the News of the World newspaper. In other developments: More than 90,000 people have signed an online petition calling for anyone convicted of taking part in the riots to lose any benefits they receive Up to 250 officers were sent from Scotland to help police in the Midlands and North of England deal with rioting and disorder The Met says 16,000 officers will be available in London for the next 24 hours and this will be reviewed on Friday Police in London say they have more than 100 arrest warrants to work through “in the coming hours and days” The government launches a

The UK has been hit by mass riots and looting (BBC photo)

website with advice to the public on how to cope with the unrest Saturday’s Premier League match between Tottenham and Everton at White Hart Lane has been postponed Meanwhile, the Met Police have made a total of 888 arrests and charged 371 people in connection with violence, disorder and looting in the capital since Saturday night. More than 330 people have been arrested in the West Midlands and a further 140 people have been arrested so far over the trouble in Manchester and Salford. Courts sat through the night in London, Manchester and Solihull in the West Midlands to deal with people arrested during the four nights of disturbances, with those appearing in court mainly facing disorder and burglary charges. Mr Cameron said anyone convicted of violent disorder would be sent to prison. But Met Deputy Assistant Commissioner Stephen Kavanagh said some officers who had been on the streets had voiced disappointment at the sentences handed out so far. Mr Kavanagh added that there

had since been “constructive conversations” between the home secretary, the Met commissioner and the courts. “We’re very keen to make sure that communities within our cities feel confident in the policing and that we can then get back to some sense of normality,” he told BBC News. London Mayor Boris Johnson praised the police, and insisted the authorities were not “complacent” despite the violence subsiding. “Nobody should be in any doubt that the problem is over or that we are remotely complacent about this,” he told reporters after the Cobra meeting. Met Acting Commissioner Tim Godwin paid tribute to his officers after the meeting. “We faced unprecedented violence and damage and criminality and looting, and they were so brave,” he said. “Any suggestion the officers stood back is wrong.” POLICE CUTS A deputation of Labour MPs from London went to the Home

Office on Wednesday to demand a “moratorium” on plans to reduce numbers in the Metropolitan Police. Labour shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper said: “It is staggering and utterly shameful if it has taken these appalling events for ministers to start waking up to what everyone else has known all along,” she said. “Cutting 16,000 officers - the equivalent of every officer on the streets of London last night - at a time like this is deeply irresponsible.” But Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said it was “simply ridiculous” to link the disorder to government policies or police cuts which had not been implemented yet. He said the government believed the cuts were “entirely manageable - and will allow the police in the future, just as they have today, to deploy large numbers into areas where that is needed”. London’s Conservative mayor Boris Johnson is standing by his call for a rethink on police funding but senior government sources say the Treasury will not reopen negotiations on the spending review. Home Secretary Theresa May has repeated her belief that police budgets can be reduced without damaging their ability to do their jobs. A candle-lit vigil has been held for Haroon Jahan, 21, Shahzad Ali, 30, and Abdul Musavir, 31, who died when they were hit by a car in Birmingham on Tuesday night. Police have been given more time to question a 32-year-old man on suspicion of murder. Mr Cameron said the deaths were “truly dreadful” and offered his condolences to the men’s families. The riots first flared on Saturday after a peaceful protest in Tottenham over the fatal shooting of Mark Duggan, 29, by police. (BBC)

Riot costs could ‘decimate’ police authorities’ funds FUNDS held by English police authorities could be “decimated” by claims made for damage caused by the riots in English towns and cities. Under the Riot (Damages) Act of 1886, insurers and the uninsured could claim costs from police authorities. The Association of Police Authorities (APA) described the Riot Act as an “out of date law”. But the Association of British Insurers (ABI) said the regulations had worked well for 125 years. Huge bill The cost of loss and damage following riots across England has been estimated at well over £100m by the insurance industry.

Some businesses and householders who were uninsured or not covered could use the Act to claim for the costs of loss and damage - as long as they notify the local authority of an intention to claim within 14 days. Insurers might also seek to recoup millions of pounds of losses that they suffer as a result of the disorder. The APA claimed that some insurance policies had exemption clauses for riots, although the ABI said that most policies would pay out following the riots. The debate over the final bill has brought a strong reaction from the APA, which said that the public would see “little sense” in police funds being diverted to pay for repair bills. The APA argued that financially-

stretched authorities should not foot the bill for criminal damage. “It seems to me a nonsense that when policing is facing unprecedented cuts and meeting the costs of ongoing disorder, it must also bear the brunt of paying for criminal damage because of an out of date law,” said Ann Barnes, deputy chair of the association. She called on the government to consider emergency help for police authorities to pay for responding to the “extraordinary widespread criminality”. Police authorities were unable to access affordable insurance to cover the cost of compensating for this damage, the APA said. This had been the case since the

Premises in cities such as Manchester face a rebuilding operation. (BBC photo)

£38m of claims against Bedfordshire Police Authority following the riot in the Yarls Wood detention centre in 2002. PREMIUMS The ABI said the Riot Act rules provided a safety net for the

underinsured and meant that premiums did not rise every year to cover for a relatively rare event. “This compensation scheme has existed on the statute books since 1886 with its operation having stood the test of time for the last 125 years,” the ABI said.

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Germany eurozone: Pressure mounts on Merkel at home GERMAN Chancellor Angela Merkel faces mounting discontent from within her own political bloc over the continuing eurozone debt crisis. A new opinion poll suggests a majority of members of the CDUCSU bloc oppose bailouts for fellow eurozone countries. One of Mrs Merkel’s regional party leaders publicly questioned the government’s economic policies. There are calls for an emergency party conference to be held to address concerns. Conducted by polling group Forsa, the opinion poll surveyed 578 members of Mrs Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU). It was carried out on 4 and 5 August, before the European Central Bank (ECB) agreed to intervene in the bond markets to support Italy and Spain. Fewer than half of those surveyed supported the bailouts of Greece, Ireland and Portugal. PARTY ‘GROUNDSWELL’ Christean Wagner, leader of the conservative bloc in the parliament of Germany’s Hessen region, has demanded clarification of the Merkel government’s policies at an emergency party conference. Speaking to the tabloid Bild, he said there was a “groundswell” of demands from party members

for a conference on the “policies and profile” of the federal government. Similar comments were made in the same newspaper by the head of the CDU youth wing, Phillip Missfelder. Mr Missfelder indicated that he would call for an emergency conference at the next meeting of the party’s national executive, but only if Italy formally asked for help from the eurozone’s bailout fund. “The party has a right to participate in such a momentous decision,” he said. The current 440bn euros (£390bn; $632bn) made available by the European Financial Stability Framework (EFSF) is much less than would be required if Italy - or Spain - were forced to seek help from the facility. At a summit in July, eurozone leaders agreed to give the EFSF new powers to make credit available to countries such as Spain and Italy that are not at immediate risk of insolvency. The reforms will need parliamentary approval in the eurozone states next month. Growing revolt from her own party may mean that Chancellor Merkel will be forced to rely on support from opposition parties to have the reforms passed. Her conservative coalition with the liberal Free Democratic Party currently has a 21seat majority in the German lower house of parliament, the Bundestag. (BBC)

Outrage grows as victim of London ‘Samaritan’ robbery faces surgery A BLEEDING young man who was the subject of a shocking video that has come to embody the blatant lawlessness of the riots sweeping the U.K. and that has even elicited the outrage of Prime Minister David Cameron has been identified as Mohd Asyraf Haziq, a 20-year-old student from Malaysia. Haziq, who is studying at Kaplan International College London on a Malaysian government scholarship, was riding his bicycle with a friend around 7:30 p.m. Monday in the city’s East Barking neighbourhood, on his way to buy food for Iftar, the evening meal Muslims eat to break their fast during the Islamic month of Ramadan. The High Commission of Malaysia in London says Haziq encountered a group of rioters, which attacked him, kicking and punching him in the face before stealing his bike. The now infamous video of Haziq sitting on the side of the road bleeding profusely from the head picks up just after he was attacked. The student can be seen being approached by a group of men who appear, at least initially, to want to help him. As one man in a tracksuit helps Haziq to his feet and begins leading him away from the crowd, another man wearing a baseball cap approaches and begins rummaging through the student’s backpack. Another man on a bicycle arrives and also reaches into Haziq’s bag, evidently searching for valuables. Before long, the man in the tracksuit who originally appeared to help the dazed Haziq, also has a look through the bag.

In this still from a now infamous video taken during the London riots, a bleeding man is approached by what appear to be Good Samaritans, only to have them rob him. Mohd Asyraf Haziq was riding his bicycle to buy food for Iftar, the evening meal Muslims eat to break their fast during the Islamic month of Ramadan. (youtube. com)

The video then shows the man in the baseball cap yank something out of Haziq’s bag — now revealed to be the student’s Sony PSP game console — and quickly take off down the street, casually tossing what appears to be packaging of some kind on the ground. “The whole thing is shocking,” Wan Rosli Wan Othman, a spokesman for the Malaysian High Commission, told the Toronto Star. “He doesn’t remember anything about the punch or strike that did it, but he does remember a few teenagers coming to help him and lifting him to his feet and then robbing him in broad daylight.” Wan Othman said Haziq suffered a broken jaw and is scheduled to undergo surgery Wednesday.

Japan’s prime minister to resign after postquake bills pass JAPANESE Prime Minister Naoto Kan said Wednesday he’ll resign once new bills related to post-earthquake reconstruction pass parliament, to avoid a political vacuum. He’s expected to step down by the end of August. “I will put my words into action once those two bills are approved at the Diet,” promised Kan at a Lower House committee session, before it approved one of those measures: a deficit-financing bond bill to fund the government’s disaster reconstruction plan. Kan has been facing strong pressure even within his own party to step down, with plummeting

popularity in the wake of the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami, followed by one of the worst nuclear crises in history. The prime minister has said he’ll resign on the condition that two bills are passed -- the deficit-financing bond bill and the new energy promotion bill -- which he believes push forward his reconstruction policies. Kan’s Democratic Party of Japan and the biggest opposition party, the Liberal Democrats, agreed to pass the two bills through the upper and lower Houses by the end of August. One of Kan’s cabinet members said the change in the government


Naoto Kan’s popularity plummeted in the wake of the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

would not change the government’s energy policies. “The government is in transition, but everyone is on the same page as far the nuclear policies, (and agree that they) are the most urgent policies to deal with,” Goshi Hosono, the state minister in charge of the nuclear crisis, said in an interview

with a group of foreign journalists Wednesday. Hosono also revealed that Japan will create an independent regulatory body for nuclear safety, stripping that role from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, which currently oversees and promotes the nuclear industry.

“As far as we know, he is in stable condition,” he added, noting that the student’s parents are also en route to England to support their son. “I was initially very worried but I’m glad that he is all right. However, I am not able to talk to him because of his injuries,” Maznah Abu Mansor, Haziq’s mother, told the Malaysian newspaper The Star Wednesday. She said the government agency sponsoring her son’s scholarship should consider bringing home other students. Abdul Hamid, the Barking resident who filmed the brazen robbery from his flat, told The Telegraph he felt “sickened” to see Haziq lying on the road in such a helpless state. “But then for these people to come along when he was in that state and mug him was ridiculous,” he said. “I wanted to go down and help but I was terrified that I would get beaten up as well. There were about 50 or more of them.” Hamid’s video has garnered nearly half a million views since it was posted to YouTube Monday, and has elicited outrage on Internet forums, in the media, and from Britain’s political elite. Prime Minister David Cameron referenced the incident Wednesday in a statement discussing the societal ills plaguing his country. “There are pockets of our society that are not just broken but frankly sick,” Cameron told reporters. “When we see children as young as 12 and 13 looting and laughing, when we see the disgusting sight of an injured young man with people pretending to help him while they are robbing him, it is clear that there are things that are badly wrong with our society.” The Metropolitan Police say they are investigating. (



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Private Villa is looking for one person to clean the grounds and keep the garden in good order. Job requires heavy lifting, trash removal, mowing grass and trimming hedges, cleaning pools, feeding 4 dogs, etc. Must be able to work some weekends, holidays and under minimum supervision. Salary $5.50 per hour. Previous experience required. Knowledge of pest spray treatment and appropriate fertilizers for varied plants over 2.5 acres is required. Belonger preferred.

Send applications to P.O. Box 196, Providenciales



PHONE: (649) 946-4664

August 13 - 19, 2011 FAX: (649) 946-4661




Is looking for a


Cox House, Cherokee Road Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands

Certified Chartered Accountant Job Description:

• Minimum of 10 years professional accounting experience required. • Must be in good standing with International Accounting Institute. • Must possess advanced skills in spreadsheet, word processing and accounting software. • Salary starts at $80,000.00 per annum. Only Turks Islanders need apply.

Please fax applications to: 946-5166.


NEEDED Labourer Sales To work 6 days per week. Salary $5.00 per week.

Email info@ or fax: 649-946-4734

To work 6 days per week. Salary $6.00 per hour.

Contact: 231-6121


Clerk Salary $5.00 per hour.

Contact: (649) 941-5503

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Telecommunication Engineer

JOP OPPORTUNITY Chief of Clinical Services

Applications are invited for the post of Chief of Clinical Services at the Turks & Caicos Islands Hospital, British West Indies: The position becomes vacant at the end of September 2011.

The Post. The post holder will be accountable to the Chief Executive for the provision of services on both sites within nursing, midwifery, imaging, physiotherapy services, dialysis, clinical nutrition and infection control. The primary base will be on Providenciales but some travel to Grand Turk will be required as will occasional overnight stays. The Post Holder The successful candidate will be a professional from within one of the services directed with a professional level nurse possibly having an advantage. The candidate must have: 1. Managed a similar range of services in an acute general or specialist hospital in the recent past, preferably with a Board level responsibility. 2. Worked within a successful commercial, for profit environment, providing healthcare to a client that is either a government or a government agency / body 3. Been budget responsible / accountable within such projects 4. Considerable experience of working with others in program planning and development, preferably at an international level. 5. A business management qualification at degree level would be a distinct advantage. Although the post is at the Turks & Caicos Islands Hospital, the post holder must be prepared, when requested, to provide input (which is within his / her qualification / expertise / experience) into other corporate projects elsewhere in the world. Salary $70,000 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. Closing date is August 26th, 2011

Send resumes to:

CORE FUNCTION – Under the general direction of the Director of Technology – provide support to the Telecommunications Commission in technical regulation of the telecommunications sector.

Position Overview

A person that is well-rounded in, radio and communications systems. Have experience developing, implementing and maintaining a variety of communications networks, to National and International standards. The candidate must be familiar with the TCI Telecommunications Ordinances, ITU-R, and other regional and international telecommunications body’s recommendations. Excellent oral and writing skills are essential, and the individual must be able to work in teams and train others.

Essential Job Functions

• Provide Support to the Director of Technology • Ensure that all communicating entities are radiating on their prescribed frequencies in accordance with the TCI Telecommunication Commission Regulations. • Responsible for testing and verification, approval of installers, Marking, and Registering of apparatus, equipment and systems • Perform Quality of Service measurement on the Telco’s and other Radio Systems. • Supervise and train subordinates.


• B. Sc in Engineering, Telecommunications, or Networking degree. • Candidate shall be a mature, qualified engineer with a minimum of 3 years telecommunications and radio communication experience. • Highly competent, self motivated, self-managed. • Able to carry out the responsibilities in the administration & management of a statutory body. • Proficient in the use of spectrum analyzers, frequency counters, network analyzers, Power Meters and other testing equipment. • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office software, including Access Database • Knowledge of the information communication technology industry would be an asset. • Applicants must not have a direct or indirect involvement in any local communications company.

Provisional Terms of Employment

• Period of Service: A minimum of two years with a six month probationary period. • Salary: Base on qualification and experience. • Hours: Shall be 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday with one hour for lunch. Please summit resume by August 19th, 2011 to TCI Telecommunications Board, Business Solutions Building, Leeward Highway, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands. Telephone: 946-1900, Fax: 946-1119 and Email: 5451

August 13 - 19, 2011 PHONE: (649) 946-4664


31 FAX: (649) 946-4661


DENISE SMITH Is looking for two (2)

To work 5 days per week salary $180.00 per week.

Contact 343-7747

Real estate opportunity Two-bedroom, one bath home in the centre of phase one of Priton Developments in Wheeland.

Beautifully maintained, substantially improved, fully furnished. Situated on 0.25 acre lot, it’s close to Blue Hills and has interior open plan living/kitchen/dining room, and central air throughout. Offers over $155,000. Motivated seller.




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SALE OF LAND BY PUBLIC AUCTION 10+ acres of beach-front property North West Point, Providenciales FirstCaribbean International Bank (Bahamas) Ltd, as the holder of a registered first charge, hereby gives notice that it intends to cause the following property to be sold by public auction pursuant to the Registered Land Ordinance of the Turks & Caicos Islands.


Parcel 60000 / 77, North West & North Central section, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands Description: Vacant land of approximately 10.36 acres with approximately 410 feet of beach frontage

HAIRWAY TO HEAVEN Is looking for a

To work 5 ½ days per week. Salary $6.00 per hour. From 8:30am-6:30pm.

Sales Executive


• At least 3 years as a sales executive with references - mandatory • At least 10 years of sales experience - mandatory • Clean record (police clearance

To work 5 days per week. Salary $5.00 per hour.



Sales Clerk Contact:


Salary $5.50 per hour willing to work cleaning boats must have own transportation to Chalk Sound. 5440

or email

Is seeking to hire a

Contact: 247-0681

CVS send to fax






Royal West Indies Resort ROYAL WEST INDIES RESORT, is looking for motivated proactive individuals to joins its ‘Resort Team’ and contribute to this growing Condominium Resort. Candidates MUST want to actively participate in creating an excellent and professional guest experience.


• Must speak English • Must be customer friendly • Greet and escort guests to room • Daily replenishment of room items and restocking of closets • Daily cleaning of buildings • Must be able to work on weekends and public holidays Wages $5.50/hr All resumes and applications must be forwarded to:


NWP 6000 Ltd, a Turks & Caicos company The auction will be held at 12:00 noon on Friday 12 August 2011 at the offices of Savory & Co., Lawyers, 2nd level, Town Centre Mall, Town Centre, Providenciales. For further particulars, please send an email with reference code 2738 in the subject heading to The sale of the property is subject to (1) bids reaching the reserve set by the Bank in its discretion, and (2) the successful bidder (a) making a cash deposit of 10% of the sale price at the time the bid is accepted, and (b) agreeing to the other the terms and conditions of sale set by the Bank 2738

Royal West Indies Resort P.O. Box 482, Providenciales Turks & Caicos Islands You may also fax to: (649)946-5008


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PHONE: (649) 946-4664

August 13 - 19, 2011


Labourer Is looking for a general

able to work from 9am – 3pm

To work Monday thru Friday 7am4pm. Salary $5.00 per hour.

contact 231-3788

Contact: 241-5584

Is looking for a

Female Driver With own transportation must be

Notice of Marriage




Please take note: I, Nicole Marie Therese Stava, will be getting married to Mr. Daniel Peterka on September 10, 2011 in Czech Republic Please submit all concerns or queries Regarding this marriage to the Registrar General Office in Grand Turk

FAX: (649) 946-4661

WARD CONSULTANCY Acting on behalf of our clients: Wymara, Brid M. Benjamin


– salary $6.00 per hour shift hours


Include providing secretarial, clerical and administrative support in order to ensure that municipal services are provided in an effective and efficient manner

Domestic Worker

– salary $5.00 per hour to work 8am-5pm


May include domestic chores, including cleaning, cooking and child rearing, etc.

Contact: (649) 332-5533

Turks and Caicos

Weekly News the national newspaper of the turks and caicos islands


POSITIONS AVAILABLE The Turks and Caicos Islands’ oldest and leading publishing house is in need of additional staff to fill the following posts:

WRITERS / PHOTO JOURNALISTS Candidates must have at least five (5) years experience working full-time for daily newspapers and/or news/features magazines, reporting on hard news, features and parliamentary/court proceedings. Salary paid weekly will commensurate with experience. Position available March 1, 2010

FOR MAGAZINES AND OTHER PERIODICALS GRAPHICS PRODUCTION DESIGNER/PAGINATOR This position requires someone with at least five (5) years experience working with Macintosh or PC computers. Must be skilled in the make-up of advertising and pagination. Proficiency using InDesign, Illustrator and PhotoShop software for print is essential. Some technical, networking and web design knowledge an asset. Salary paid weekly will commensurate with experience. Position available March 1, 2010

REPORTER TRAINEE Preferably a High School graduate or someone with an extremely good command of the English language for court and community reporting. Ability to drive and use a camera a desirable asset. Salary paid weekly will commensurate with experience. Position available March 1, 2010

ADVERTISING SPACE SALES PERSON Candidates must have had actual hands-on experience selling advertising space for newspapers and magazines. Ability to assist clients with the writing of copy for ads and gathering of collateral an asset. Salary is commission based. Position available June 30, 2011 Forward applications to: The Publisher Duncanson Publications Ltd. P.O. Box 52, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands Email: NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE Preference will be given to Belongers and Legal Residents Closing date for applications is November 14, 2008



PHONE: (649) 946-4664

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Professional A Qualified Quantity Surveyor is required to run and manage Concept+ in the Turks & Caicos Islands. The applicant will be responsible for managing the company and securing all future work and maintaining revenue streams for the company. As one of a small dynamic team of two you will also be responsible for undertaking a broad range of services to our clients where we are committed to providing the highest quality service. You should be a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and have extensive experience and knowledge of estimating, general building works measurement, tender and contract documentation, construction cost control and contract administration and forms of contract. You should feel comfortable in the management of a small consultancy practice, including cash flow management and use of QuickBooks. Duties will include: • Pre and Post contract Quantity Surveying, Property Appraisals, Project Management, Company Management. Requirements: • Elected member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors • BSc in Quantity Surveyors or RICS-recognized qualifications • Minimum ten plus years post qualification work experience • Good measurement and taking off experience • Computer literate with experience in Microsoft Excel, AutoCAD, Proprietary Take off Software and Quickbooks

Send letter of application and CV to Concept Plus Limited, PO Box 820, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands or the Labour Office, Providenciales. or fax: +649 941 8202.

Jeweler • At least 10 years of experience mandatory • Impeccable references and highly recommendations - mandatory • Knowledge of all aspects of jewelry


CVS send to fax 946-1988

To work part-time. Salary $5.00 per hour.


Affiliated with world renowned jewelers EFFY Jewelers with stores throughout the Caribbean and the World is now accepting applications/resumes for


• A minimum of two 2 years jewelry sales experience or equivalent together with a proven track record of employment in a related field of business as well as a positive attitude and aptitude toward work in a customer service oriented business. Suitable candidates that do not possess the relevant required work experience but display a clear willingness to learn quickly on the job and/or benefit from the Company’s in house training initiatives may be likewise considered in exceptional circumstances • Exceptional communication and customer service skills • Trustworthy and dependable • Must be willing to work flexible hours including weekends and holidays and irregular cruise ship schedule • Clean criminal record • Unblemished employment history All candidates must be fluent in English and only Turks and Caicos Islands citizens need apply. Applications/resumes should be forwarded by e-mail to: or hand delivered to the Company’s Resident Manager at the Grand Turk Cruise Center


Contact: 231-0450


Screaming Reels in Grand Turk

Is looking for a

Domestic Worker With good cooking and cleaning skills to work for my business. 4 days per week. $200.00 per week.

Contact: 649-231-2087


Is looking for a

DOMESTIC WORKER To work 6 days per week salary $5.50 per hour.


Director of Chartered Quantity Surveying Practice



August 13 - 19, 2011

Contact: 346-7354

TOOTSIE BAR Is now recruiting for the following position, suitably qualified Belongers who possess the requirements listed is encouraged to apply.

Bar Maid

The candidate will report directly to the Owner, and experience in the following areas would be a required• Should have a minimum of 3 -5 years experience in customer service • Ability to communicate in English, Spanish and French • Ability to work on shifts, weekends and

holidays • Previous work experience in the area required • Friendly, energetic, outgoing and personable • Must enjoy meeting, greeting and serving others • Ability to prepare drinks and serve

Management, Tootsie Bar Long Bay Road, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, British West Indies Or The Commissioner of Labour Sam’s Building, Downtown, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands, British West Indies Closing date: 26th August, 2011

VACANCIES Sanitation Worker Duties include cleaning portable toilets, septic tanks, grease traps. Must be willing to get inside septic tanks for manual cleaning and have knowledge of sewerage treatment plants. Belonger preferred. Salary dependent on experience.

One livestock farmer With minimum 5 years experience in animal husbandry of small and large animals. Ability to speak Spanish a benefit. Belonger preferred. $150 per week inc. accommodation.

Deadline: 14 September 2011. All enquiries to



Is looking for a

Contact: 941-8010


To work 6 days per week salary $5.50 per hour Belonger only need apply



Kitchen Helper

FAX: (649) 946-4661


Responsibilities: • Operate a variety of vehicle detailing technologies including professional upholstery equipment and speed buffers • Ability to work Sunday’s and holidays


Qualifications: • Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized University • Minimum of 3 to 5 years experience in the automotive industry related to the above


Hereby acting on behalf of Spence Security & Investigation


description of responsibilities • Excellent command of QuickBooks Accounting Software • Excellent command of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook • For insurance reasons applicants must be 25 years of age or older with an accident free record • All candidates must submit a police record with their application

Is looking to employ an experienced



• Must have 15+ years experience • Must have experience in teaching • Must present all training certificates

Officer Salary $6-$7 per hour


contact: 941-8382 5456


Handyman DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS & FINANCE The Director of Operations and Finance will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of business operations including commercial, technical and aspects of accounting, and finance. This individual will define operational processes that will drive subscriber growth and retention and deliver world class service. This position reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer.

Specific Job Responsibilities • • • • • • • •

Implement and monitor strategic objectives Actively seek out opportunities to improve operational efficiency Establish and maintain financial controls across the company Prepare and control operating budgets and forecasts Prepare financial reports Financial management of sales channel and retail locations Manage carrier relationships Ensure billing and collection metrics are achieved


CONTACT: 946-5759

On behalf of its client West Bay Club Is seeking to employ a


Worker To work 5 days per week. Salary $5.00 per hour.


Islandcom, the exciting new mobile phone operator in the Turks and Caicos Islands, is looking for high quality, motivated candidates for the following positions.

To work 5 days per week. Salary $5.00 per hour.

Contact: 241-3217


Is looking for a



Contact: 946-8550

Interhealth Canada TCI

VACANCY Education Manager

Applications are invited for the post of Education Manager at the Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital. The position becomes vacant at the end of September 2011.

• • • • •

The Post The post holder will report to the CEO and be responsible for the management, planning, and delivery of high quality in house education services and provide an overview of external education programmes for all medical and clinical staff covering online training, conferences, seminars and workshops. The post holder will also be responsible for management training to support the HR strategy and individual/team requirements.

Compensation commensurate with qualifications and experience Deadline for submission of applications is August 26th, 2011

The Post Holder The successful candidate will be a professional medical educator with at least 10 years experience of nursing and nurse training and at least 3 years as the manager of a hospital Education Department. Experience working as an Education Manager within a successful commercial, for profit environment, providing healthcare to a client that is either a government or a government agency/body would be an advantage.

Required Qualifications & Skills

MBA or equivalent experience Professional Accountancy Designation 10 years of finance and accounting experience Proven management skills with minimum five years of relevant experience Detailed understanding of marketing, sales, engineering, IT and finance departments • Superb leadership and interpersonal skills • Proven leadership skills

Please submit all application to: Islandcom Telecommunications Ltd. Graceway House, Unit A-108 Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands, BWI Fax: (649) 941-8199. Email:


PHONE: (649) 946-4664

August 13 - 19, 2011

Salary circa U$45,000 per annum dependant on qualifications and experience. Closing date is Friday 19th August. Applications with an up to date CV to include contact details are to be sent to





WANTED Ceramex is looking for a Labourer to work lifting boxes and years of experience maneuvering forklift 6 days per week. Salary $6.00.

Salon Helper To work 6 days per week salary $7.00 per hour.

Contact 941-8453 Ace Plumbing

Contact: George Hinson

@ 246-0822


Labourer 5428

To work 40 hours per week at $ 6:00 per hour

Is looking for a


Labourer Laborer NEEDED

To work 6 days per week. Salary $5.00 per hour. Contact: 231-4371

To work 5 days per week salary $5.00 per hour

To work 6 days per week salary $5.00 per hour.

Contact 241-9194

contact: 244-3204



Is looking for a

Jose Joyeria

Is looking to fill the following positions:

2 Labourers 2 Sales Clerks


Requires two (2)

Pump Attendants

To work 6 days per week salary $5.50 per hour

Must be able to work Sundays & public holidays. Salary $5.00 per hour. Belongers only need apply

Contact: 231-5164


Contact: Mrs. Marice Simmons 342-1583

WALLEYE CORP LTD. Is looking to fill the following positions:

Interhealth Canada TCI


Medical Device Reprocessing Aide

Applications are invited for the part time post of Medical device Reprocessing (MDR) Aide Location: Cockburn Town Medical Facility Grand Turk Hours: Monday through Friday, 11am to 3pm Reports to: MDR Manager Provo

Job responsibilities: • • • •

Ensure proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE) Observe best practice in hand hygiene Pick up of all clinical soiled instruments Decontamination and preparation of all soiled surgical and clinical instruments for air transfer from GT to Provo • Maintain clean and orderly work environment (theatre soiled utility room) • Maintain applicable consumable inventory for work area • Receiving sterile items from Provo • Unpack and deliver sterile items to clinical areas • Put away surgical sterile items • Manual clean and disinfect red and grey bins • Maintain record keeping (paper and computer entry) • Liaison with Nurse Managers (GT) and MDR Manager Provo Salary will be U$12,000 per annum

Closing date is Wednesday 31st August. Applications with an up to date CV to include contact details are to be sent to



Contact 245-8046

FAX: (649) 946-4661



PHONE: (649) 946-4664


Kitchen supervisor Requirements:

At least three years lead kitchen experience and be able to accomplish the following: • Menu Planning • Expediting • Ordering • Scheduling • Staffing • Inventory & Portion Control Starting salary 25K per year


• Must be able to work all shifts • Must have experience + resume required

Contact: 441-3466


August 13 - 19, 2011



PHONE: (649) 946-4664

August 13 - 19, 2011





Qualifications Required:

• Knowledgeable and experienced in the maintenance of diesel generators, RO

• Applicants must be comfortable working in close proximity to dogs and cats • Must have at least five (5) years hands-on canine development experience is required • Must have the ability to also clean up after a large number of animals is also required • Applicants must have their own insured vehicle • Job also requires heavy lifting • Must be available 7 days per week and manage long hours

Contact Tiersa Smith


TCI Middle School


This position is immediately available. Salary for the position is dependent on qualifications and experience. All applicants will be reviewed; however only qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Queen Angel Condo Resort Turtle Cove, Providenciales

General Manager Duties:

• Resort Management • General Maintenance • Requirements: • MBA Degree from a recognized university • 5 years experience in top managerial position in resort management • General knowledge of Waste Water Management • Minimum of 2 languages (fluent) • Great interpersonal skills • Salary based on experience • Belongers only need apply Contact Janusz Bukala at 242-4479 for appointments and interview or send CV to:


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Applicants should apply in writing, preferably by email by August 20th 2011 to:

West Harbour Development Co. Ltd. - Manager P.O. Box 766, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands Email: Phone: 649-941-3574 Fax: 649-946-8597


PO Box 1139, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, British West Indies Tel 649 331 1519. Email:

Plants, water tanks and other related equipment; • Solid electrical and mechanical background.

Closing date August 20th, 2011

Salary $5.50 per hour Contact: 431-1119

Deadline –August 15th Only Belonger Applications will be accepted.

Utility Operations Assistant • Assist manager with maintenance of utility equipment; • Job requires that the employee reside on West Caicos; • Employee to be available weekends & holidays.


Salary $5.00 per hour


Job Responsibilities:

Is looking for a


To supervise a construction site. Must be able to work 6 days per week. Salary $9.00.

contact: 244-8375


Salary $5.00 per hour

is looking for a

FAX: (649) 946-4661

TCI Middle School requires for September 2011, a teacher for this newly developed school.

Full time/ Part time teacher – Form Tutor for Yr. 8 or 9, with responsibility for teaching specialist subjects to Yr. 7, 8 & 9. Please state areas of specialism. An exciting opportunity to be part of developing a new school on the island, leading it towards International Baccalaureate status in the future. Applicants will need to

- be dynamic, enthusiastic and creative teachers. - have an excellent working knowledge of the National Curriculum for England and Wales Guidelines - Have Qualified Teacher Status with at least 2 years teaching experience - Be flexible and adaptable in their approach to learning - have expertise in one or more of the subject areas. We can offer

- a small team atmosphere working together to further develop a new school - the opportunity to extend your experience in a very different learning environment - a maximum class size of 12 students The initial teaching contract will be for a period of two years. Salary will be negotiable according to experience. Closing date – 19th August 2011

Please Email CV or letter of application with a recent photograph and contact phone number together with the names and phone numbers of referees to: Mark Dunbavand at the above address.

August 13 - 19, 2011


PHONE: (649) 946-4664



Quincy & Carlton Thomas

Is looking to fill the following positions:


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


– to work 5 days per week salary $5.00 per hour.

Contact: 341-7731



Scotiabank (Turks & Caicos) Ltd. of Cherokee Road, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands hereby gives notice of its intention to sell by Public Auction the following properties pursuant to its power of sale as registered Chargee under the Registered Land Ordinance of the Turks and Caicos Islands:

To work 5 days per week salary $350.00 per week. Contact: 243-2437

Is looking for a

Contact: 246-4219


CONTACT 241-2212



To work 6 days per week salary $250.00 per week.





FAX: (649) 946-4661

is looking for a Skilled





Labourer Contact 346-9809


To work 5 days per week. Salary $5.50 per hour.


Two gardeners with the following skills:

• Landscaping installation • Garden irrigation • Garden maintenance • Salary commences`at $7.00 per hour Qualify person please submit application to:

The Director P.O. Box 417, Providenciales, TCI

1. Parcel 60003/5, North West and North Central, Providenciales. Comprising of a one storey residential development, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, living room, kitchen and dining room. Registered Proprietor: Barbara Lynn Harris 2. Parcel 60602/123, Norway Five Cays, Providenciales. Comprising of a two storey residential development, providing two, one bedroom apartments on the ground floor and one, two bedroom apartment on the upper floor, ground floor deck and upper floor balcony. . Registered Proprietor: Shirlen Grovernor Hamilton. 3. Parcel 6113/147, Long Bay Hills, Providenciales comprising 0.51 acres of an undeveloped inland lot, well elevated and limited ocean views of the southern shores of Providenciales. Registered Proprietor: Darnell Laverne Penn. 4. Parcel 60503/152, Blue Hills and Stamers Run, Providenciales. Comprising of a single residential development providing bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, living and dining area. Registered Proprietor: Kirkley George Rigby 5. Parcel 10203/19, North West Suburbs, Grand Turk. Comprising of a detached one storey residential development providing bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, living and dining area. Registered Proprietor: Godfrey Dinsdale Williams. 2. Parcel 60703/164 Cheshire Hall & Richmond Hill Providenciales, comprising of a three storey detached main house incorporating four bedrooms, four and a half bathrooms, living area, dining area, office, kitchen, laundry, recreation room, 2nd living area, master bedroom lounge, garage, pool and terrace areas. In addition guest house contains a one bedroom guest room and maid quarter. Registered Proprietor: Thomas Chalmers Atkinson Misick and Joyanna Roselee Misick 3. Parcel 60609/23 Norway & Five Cays, Providenciales, comprising of a two storey residential development, three bedroom, two bathrooms, living room, kitchen and dining room, and terrace areas. Registered Proprietor: Patseylee Corina Gray 4. Parcel 60002/209 North West & North Central Providenciales, comprising of a one storey residential development, two bedrooms, one bathroom, living room, kitchen and dining room. Registered Proprietor: Tamara Erica Williams 5. Parcel 60804/49 The Bight & Thomas Stubbs Providenciales, comprising of a two storey residential development, three bedrooms, three bathrooms, living room, kitchen, dining room and laundry room. Registered Proprietor: John Alexander Williams

6. Parcel 60900/195 Leeward Going Through Providenciales, comprising of a single storey residential development, two bedroom, one bathroom, living room and kitchen. Registered Proprietor: Dexter Alexander Ingham 7. Parcel 60610/184 Norway and Five Cays Providenciales, comprising of a single storey residential development, two bed rooms, open plan living room, dining room and kitchen. Alongside, there is a new two storey structure which provides a small one bedroom unit on each level. Registered Proprietor: Earl Nathan Tucker 8. Parcel 60003/114 North West & North Central Providenciales, comprising of a single storey residential development, three bedroom, two bathroom, kitchen, great room, laundry room and covered porch. Registered Proprietor: Stephanie Bernadette Forbes & Oneil Edward Riley 9. Parcel 60002/253 North West & North Central Providenciales, comprising of a single storey residential development, three bedroom, two bathroom, kitchen, great room, laundry room and covered porch. Registered Proprietor: Christopher Ricardo Reid & Cathyann Donita Harris Reid. 10. Parcel 60900/156 Leeward Going Through Providenciales, comprising of a two storey residential development, consisting of two one bedroom apartments on the lower level, each unit contains a kitchen, living/dining area and bathroom. Upper level unit comprises of three bedrooms, two bathroom, kitchen and living/dining area. Registered Proprietor: Evans Bobby Lavard 11. Parcel 60715/308, Cheshire Hall & Richmond Hill, Providenciales. Comprising a detached residential building providing two bedrooms, living and dining areas, a kitchen, two bathrooms. Registered Proprietor: Hugh Marvin Hendfield. 12. Parcel 60604/112, Norway & Five Cays, Providenciales. Comprising of a single storey detached building with a partial lower floor which provides 2 two bedroom apartments to the main floor and a single studio to the partial lower floor. A second detached single storey two bedroom residence. Registered Proprietors: Frank Carlos Duverge and Mernela Lexis Duverge. 13. Parcel 60807/90, The Bight & Thomas Stubbs, Providenciales comprising of a guest residence providing two bedrooms, one bathroom, open plan living, dining and kitchen area including an external covered porch. Second building provides a main house with garage efficiency and a separate one bedroom efficiency unit. Registered Proprietors: John Emanuel Williams and Carlene Andra Nadine Williams

The auction will be held at the offices of Scotiabank (Turks and Caicos) Limited, Grace Bay Branch, Providenciales at 10 o’clock in the morning on Friday the 26th day of August 2011 A reserve price will be fixed on all parcels. A deposit of 10% is due immediately upon all accepted bids. Terms and Conditions of Sale by Auction are available by request from Scotiabank Collections Manager (649) 946-4750.



PHONE: (649) 946-4664

August 13 - 19, 2011 FAX: (649) 946-4661



Acting on behalf of our clients: Veranda, Tuscany Management Co. Ltd., Shadow’s Café


To make reservations, organizes seating, greets customers, seat customers, and must withstand the pressure and willing to stand for hours at a time Salary $7.50 per hour shift hours

To maintain security and safety of people and property in assigned areas, by patrolling 5453

CALL: DO IT CENTER – 946-4131 OR DAVE SMITH – 241-5062

Security Officer

Bar Maid

Basic food and drinks service skills, such as taking orders, mixing drinks and checking on customers after they receive their food and drinks Salary $5.00 per hour shift hours

Contact: 649-332-5533

ALTHEA HALL Is looking for a

Domestic Worker To work 3 days per week. Salary $130.00 per week.


Utility Operations Assistant Job Responsibilities:

• Assist manager with maintenance of utility equipment; • Job requires that the employee reside on West Caicos; • Employee to be available weekends & holidays. Qualifications Required: • Knowledgeable and experienced in the maintenance of diesel generators, RO Plants, water tanks and other related equipment; • Solid electrical and mechanical background. This position is immediately available. Salary for the position is dependent on qualifications and experience. All applicants will be reviewed; however only qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview. Applicants should apply in writing, preferably by email by August 20th 2011 to:

West Harbour Development Co. Ltd. - Manager P.O. Box 766, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands Email: Phone: 649-941-3574 Fax: 649-946-8597



areas on foot and enforcing hotel rules and regulations Salary $7.00 per hour shift hours

August 13 - 19, 2011


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Domestic Worker Contact: 241-8836


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Sports International


August 13 - 19, 2011

Italy take bragging rights in clash of champions

Bastian Schweinsteiger scores the first goal during Germany’s 3-2 defeat of Brazil.

ITALY beat Spain 2-1 in a meeting of the last two world champions in a friendly on Wednesday night. The hosts took the lead in the 11th when Riccardo Montolivo lifted a shot over charging goalkeeper Iker Casillas. Spain and Chelsea suffered a huge setback three minutes later when striker Fernando Torres came off with a slight concussion. But Torres’ replacement, Fernando Llorente, won a penalty after being fouled by Gioergio Chiellini before half-

time and Xabi Alonso levelled from the spot. Spain looked the more likely to add to the scoreline until Alberto Aquilani, against the run of play, produced Italy’s winner in the 84th. The Liverpool midfielder’s shot from the edge of the area was deflected in by defender Raul Albiol. “We’re on the right road,” Italy coach Cesare Prandelli said. “This is a young team and when we perform like this against great teams our self-confidence improves.” (AGENCIES)

Germany record first win over Brazil in 18 years GERMANY recorded their first win over Brazil in 18 years in stunning fashion by defeating the five-time world champions 3-2 in Stuttgart. Following a goalless first half, the match burst into life during the second period when Germany took the lead through a 61st minute Bastian Schweinsteiger penalty, dubiously awarded after Brazilian defender Lucio clipped midfielder Toni Kroos in the box. Germany soon added a second through 19-year-old prodigy Mario Goetze. The Borussia Dortmund midfielder added to his growing

reputation -- German legend Franz Beckenbauer recently described him as the new Lionel Messi -- by scoring an individual effort seven minutes later. Robinho pulled one back from the penalty spot before Schweinsteiger set up Schuerrle for Germany’s third. Real Madrid target Neymar hit a late consolation but Germany’s young starlets held out for a famous win. Elsewhere Chile held France to a 1-1 draw in Montpellier. Marseille striker Loic Remy gave Les Bleus the lead before Nicolas Cordova snatched a late draw. The result extended France’s unbeaten run

under coach Laurent Blanc to ten matches. In Switzerland Ivory Coast overcame a late Israeli fight back to win 4-3, Chelsea’s Didier Drogba scoring the fourth goal. In the night’s only competitive fixture Northern Ireland beat the Faroe Islands 4-0 to boost their hopes of qualifying for Euro 2012. Fulham defender Aaron Hughes scored his first international goal before Steve Davis added a second and Paddy McCourt netted twice, lifting Northern Ireland to third in Group C a point behind Slovenia with a game in hand. (CNN)

Defending champion Murray humbled by Anderson in Montreal ANDY Murray won just four games as his defence of the Canadian Masters title was derailed in the second round by Kevin Anderson. The British world number four, who was handed a bye in the opening round, was brushed aside 6-3 6-1 by his South African opponent in Montreal. It was Murray’s first game since his semifinal defeat at Wimbledon to Rafael Nadal back in July and marked a disappointing start to his U.S. Open build up. The number four seed had his serve broken three times and slumped to defeat in just over an hour. “I just felt very slow, the game seemed to be going so fast,” he told a press conference. “It’s happened to me already once this year. I’ve trained really hard to get ready for the tournament. I’ve always played very well here. “Today I couldn’t get anything going. I started both sets really, really badly which doesn’t help against someone that serves like Kevin. I was down a break early. I didn’t get anything going at all.

Andy Murray tasted defeat in his first outing since losing to Rafael Nadal in the semifinals at Wimbledon in June.

“It’s normal to be a little bit sort of nervous and not play your best when you haven’t played for four or five weeks. “But I hoped to be playing better than that, especially with the amount I’ve been practicing. I have to try and turn it round for next week.” Elsewhere, ninth seed Gilles Simon, from France, was beaten 7-5 6-2 by German qualifier Philipp Petzschner.

Simon’s compatriot Richard Gasquet fared better against his German opponent, Florian Mayer, winning 6-3 6-2 while veteran American Michael Russell beat Spaniard Albert Montanes 7-5 6-2. Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky knocked out Philipp Kohlschreiber, of Germany, 6-2 7-4 and Janko Tipsarevic, from Serbia beat Colombia’s Alejandro Falla 7-5 6-1. (CNN)

Cesc Fabregas might be on his way to Barcelona.

Arsenal’s Cesc Fabregas on verge of Barcelona move ARSENAL captain Cesc Fabregas is close to signing for European champions Barcelona for a fee believed to be about £35m. The transfer, one of the most protracted in Premier League history, is yet to be completed but Arsenal expect it to be done by the weekend. According to a senior source at the club, all the funds generated by the sale will be reinvested in new players. The Gunners have been linked with Scott Dann, Phil Jagielka and Gary Cahill. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger looks intent on strengthening his defence and reports have suggested centre-backs Dann of Birmingham, Everton’s Jagielka and Cahill of Bolton could be targets. Fabregas, 24, would be unable to feature for Barcelona in the Champions League if he plays a part in Arsenal’s match with Udinese on Tuesday, motivating both clubs to complete a deal before that game. The BBC understands a fee of £30m, plus over £5m of additional performance-related payments, is close to being reached for Fabregas. It is believed that, if he is sold, the Spaniard will be due £4m in compensation - £1m for each year

of his contract he did not complete - but may be prepared to forego that payment in order to facilitate a deal. Negotiations have been conducted by Barcelona’s Vice-President Josep Maria Bartomeu and is believed to be a final take-it-or-leave-it offer, leaving Arsenal having to sell one of the major assets or keep a player who has his heart set on a move. The transfer fee is significantly less than the £40m that Arsenal had been holding out for and suggests that the Gunners felt they had no choice but to sell a player who wanted to leave. Fabregas, who has 58 caps for Spain, joined Arsenal from the Catalan giants in 2003 and, since making his name in north London, has been persistently linked with a return to his boyhood club. Wenger will now turn his attention to keeping Samir Nasri at the club, who has refused to sign a new deal at the Emirates amid speculation of interest from Manchester City. If the Fabregas deal goes through as expected, he will become Barcelona’s second major signing of the summer following their £23m purchase of Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez. (BBC)

August 13 - 19, 2011

Sports International


New US coach settles for draw against Mexico THE US football team under new head coach Juergen Klinsmann came from behind to register a draw against Mexico on Wednesday night. The Mexicans opened the scoring in the first half and kept their opponents at bay during that period, but the start of the second saw a renewed effort by the Americans and by the 73rd minute of the game

Robbie Rogers equalled the scores which eventually led to a draw. International media reported that Klinsmann stripped the names off the back of the players’ jerseys and assigned numbers 1-11 for the starters and 12-18 for the reserves. The German took over from Bob Bradley who was fired as coach late last month.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain impressed a number of leading clubs with his performances for Southampton.

Arsenal sign young winger Oxlade-Chamberlain ENGLISH Premier League Arsenal signed teenage winger Alex OxladeChamberlain Monday as they bid to strengthen their squad ahead of the new campaign which starts at the weekend. Arsenal have been relatively quiet in the transfer window but it has taken a reported £15 million ($24.5 million) to land the signature of a 17-year-old rated one of the most promising prospects in English football. “We are delighted that Alex has decided to join us,” Wenger told Arsenal’s official website. “He is an exciting young player who will provide us with creativity and offensive quality. “He can play as an attacking center midfielder, or wide left and right, “ added the Frenchman. According to Southampton’s web site, the deal easily breaks their previous club transfer record for a player who was contracted to them until 2013. Oxlade-Chamberlain, the son of former England international winger Mark Chamberlain, made 34 appearances for Southampton last season, scoring nine goals and helping them to promotion from the third flight of English football. His form attracted the apparent interest of a number of top clubs, including Liverpool and Manchester United, but he opted for the Emirates Stadium. “Arsenal have a great manager in Arsene Wenger, top-quality players

and an attractive style of play,” said Oxlade-Chamberlain. “These were all important factors in me choosing to sign for Arsenal.” His move mirrors that of England international Theo Walcott, who also joined Arsenal from Southampton as a teenager and has gone on to become a first team regular. But one player set to leave Arsenal is Danish international striker Nicklas Bendtner, who has been troubled by injury for the past year. Bendtner told gathered reporters his intentions as he trained with the Denmark squad ahead of Wednesday’s friendly international against Scotland at Hampden Park. “I have done my part as well as I can and it’s up to Arsenal now to sort it out, I can’t do anything more. “I would like to play at a place where you are happy and play every week, that is the most important thing for any football player and hopefully that will happen soon.” Bendtner has been linked with a move to fellow EPL side Stoke City. But Wenger is expected to move to add to his defensive cover by the end of the dealing period, with Bolton’s Gary Cahill, Phil Jagielka of Everton and Blackburn’s Christopher Samba all linked with the north London giants. Meanwhile, England international goalkeeper Joe Hart has signed a new five-year contract at Manchester City, tying him contractually at Eastlands until 2016.


England leads the way in ICC award nominations EIGHT of England’s Ashes-winning team have been nominated for the International Cricket Council’s Cricketer of the Year award. Andrew Strauss, Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, Chris Tremlett and James Anderson are all among the 17-man list. India’s Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan are also nominated, as is Australian allrounder Shane Watson. The award-winners will be named at a ceremony in London on 12 September. In addition to the main award, prizes will also be given to the Test player of the year and One-Day player of the year. Strauss is a surprising omission from the Test Player of the Year nominees, while Kevin Pieterson has only been named in the One-Day category. Trott and Swann are England’s only nominees in the One-Day award while Trott is also in a select fiveman group eligible for the People’s Choice Award - which will be chosen by fans from around the world. Indian bowlers Ishant Sharma and Harbhajan Singh have been nominated in the Test category, while Mahendra Singh Dhoni,

Misbah-ul-Haq (Pak), Kumar Sangakkara (SL), Andrew Strauss (Eng), Graeme Swann (Eng), Sachin Tendulkar (Ind), Chris Tremlett (Eng), Jonathan Trott (Eng), AB de Villiers (SA), Shane Watson (Aus) Test Player of the Year:

Jonathan Trott has been nominated in all the categories.

India’s World Cup-winning captain, has been shortlisted for the One-Day award. The lists were selected by a fiveman ICC Panel chaired by former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd, with performances considered in the period between August 11, 2010 to August 3, 2011. (BBC) Cricketer of the Year (Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy): Hashim Amla (SA), James Anderson (Eng) , Ian Bell (Eng), Stuart Broad (Eng), Alastair Cook (Eng), Rahul Dravid (Ind), Jacques Kallis (SA), Zaheer Khan (Ind),

Hashim Amla (SA), James Anderson (Eng), Ian Bell (Eng), Stuart Broad (Eng), Alastair Cook (Eng), Rahul Dravid (Ind), Jacques Kallis (SA), Zaheer Khan (Ind), Misbah-ul-Haq (Pak), Kevin Pietersen (Eng), Ishant Sharma (Ind), Harbhajan Singh (Ind), Dale Steyn (SA), Graeme Swann (Eng), Sachin Tendulkar (Ind), Chris Tremlett (Eng), Jonathan Trott (Eng), AB de Villiers (SA), Shane Watson (Aus)

ODI Player of the Year:

Hashim Amla (SA), Michael Clarke (Aus), MS Dhoni (Ind), Gautam Gambhir (Ind), Mohammed Hafeez (Pak), Mahela Jayawardene (SL), Zaheer Khan (Ind), Virat Kohli (Ind), Lasith Malinga (SL), Munaf Patel (Ind), Saeed Ajmal (Pak), Shakib Al Hasan (Bang), Kumar Sangakkara (SL), Virender Sehwag (Ind), Yuvraj Singh (Ind), Tim Southee (NZ), Dale Steyn (SA), Graeme Swann (Eng), Jonathan Trott (Eng), AB de Villiers (SA), Shane Watson (Aus)

Red Bull will not change philosophy despite winless run RED BULL will not change their approach to the remainder of the season despite failing to win the last three races. Sebastian Vettel, who has an 83-point championship lead, and team-mate Mark Webber both called for a re-think. But Red Bull team boss Christian Horner told BBC Sport: “We work as a team and the drivers don’t need to tell the team we need to respond. “Ferrari and McLaren are going through a competitive phase but we’re still right there. We’re pushing flat out.” Vettel stormed to victory in six out of the first eight races but his progress has been slowed as Ferrari and McLaren have improved their pace in the races to close the gap on Red Bull. Fernando Alonso won in Britain for Ferrari, with McLaren drivers Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button taking a victory apiece in Germany and Hungary. While it appears that Red Bull’s period of dominance is over, Horner does not accept that the tide has turned against the champion team. “We don’t look at it like that,” said Horner. “We need to keep doing the best job we can and keep getting

Sebastian Vettel has had a quiet last few weeks.

developments to the car. “If you look at all the races this year, I don’t think there’s any race that we’ve run away and hugely dominated. “If you think back to Melbourne, Hamilton was closely behind Seb and in Barcelona, even in Valencia Alonso was very tight with us. “Operationally we’ve been very, very sharp and we’ve extracted the best from the car on a grand prix weekend and that’s where the team

has been very strong this year. “These tyres are very complicated but the one thing that has been consistent is Red Bull running at the front.” Going into Formula 1’s summer break, Red Bull are 103 points clear of McLaren in the team standings. But Horner ruled out taking a more cautious approach in the final eight races to ensure the team brings both titles back to their Milton Keynes factory for the second season running. “Nothing changes in our philosophy,” said Horner. “We’ll keep pushing, keep attacking every single grand prix because you cannot back off. “As soon as you start looking to consolidate that is when you make mistakes. “Our target is to win every single grand prix between now and the end of the year. In reality that’s going to be impossible but in the races that we can’t win then we want to be second, and if we can’t be second then we want to be on the podium. “So long as we come away from each weekend optimising what we’ve got, hopefully over the course of the season that should be enough.”(BBC)


Sports National


August 13 - 19, 2011

Vita Malt/Quality Supermarket T20 cricket competition:

Bruno hits century in Police’s big win

GARVIN Bruno scored the season’s first century when he slammed the ball in all directions against the KB Home Centre bowling attack which led his team, Police, to the highest total to date in the Vita Malt/ Quality Supermarket T20 cricket competition. The national player Bruno, who made his mark at the last international tournament with the bat, carved out a sparkling 114 runs. He scored 86 of his runs in boundaries after smashing 17 fours and three sixes. Support came from Karim Jack who scored 45 (7X4s) as Police

stamped their authority on the competition with a colossal 225-7 from 20 overs. Chris Davies brought some sanity to the KB Home Centre bowling attack with 2-17 from two overs, but when the rugby players went to the middle it was a struggle to survive as the lot fell for 82. Gareth Butler did the bulk of the scoring after accumulating 36 runs (5X4s). Ira Baptiste bagged the best figure to date in the competition after he picked up 4-9 from three overs. Damian Young assisted with 3-25 from four overs.

Garvin Bruno scored the first century in the Vita Malt/Quality Supermarket T20 cricket competition.

Bodhinayake leads Jaguars to victory over Quality Kings THE JAGUARS recorded a 44run victory over the Quality Kings XI to show their might in the Vita Malt/Quality Supermarket sponsored T20 cricket competition. Batting first after winning the toss at the Downtown Ball Park last Saturday the Jaguars dominated the bowling to pace themselves to 1938 off their allotted overs. Nuwan

Bodhinayake did the damage with a blistering 70. He clobbered 13 fours and two sixes in his time at the crease. Former skipper Sean Khan supported with 39 (3X4s), while Marcel Morris added 19. Ancel Williams led the Kings’ bowling attack with 4-31 from four overs. He then top scored with 42 runs (4X4s and 3X6s) in his side’s

chase which eventually ended at 149-9 from their 20 overs. Naga Kuthalingam added 24 runs (3X4s), but there was little or no assistance from the other batsmen. Morris and Jawellyn Sealey nabbed three wickets each to lead the attack. The former finished with 3-24 from three overs, while Sealey took 3-30 from his four overs.

Some of the young cricketers who competed in the match.

Youth Development Cricket League 2011:

Warriors record latest victory THE Warriors cricket team skippered by Tremaine Missick of the Eliza Simons Primary School won the fifth game in the Youth Development Cricket League series played at the Parade Ground, in Grand Turk recently. The Strikers, captained by Yvinel Jean of the H.J. Robinson High School, won the toss and asked the Warriors to bat. The eventual winners then posted 77-5 from nine overs. Wadley Kean from the H.J Robinson High School led the attack with 30 runs while Missick supported with 11. Jean led his team well after nabbing three wickets in four overs.

The Strikers replied with 65-5 off of 11 overs; Ronaldo Sejour of the Eliza Simons Primary School led the way with 17 runs (3X4s). As his counterpart, Jean also took three wickets in his four overs. Youth Cricket Coach Winston Quelch said that: “Both youth captains Tremaine and Yvinel each with three wickets a piece for their teams continue to show tremendous improvement in their bowling, batting and fielding skills and are certainly on pace, along with other youth cricketers, to represent the Turks and Caicos Islands in international youth cricket in the very near future.

Josh for Sports

The final 100 Metres Dash to the 2012 London Olympics THIS is definitely my final race in which I am beseeching that the various sporting associations/ federations in the TCI step up to the plate and face the pitcher who is holding the 2012 Olympic Flag and counting down the final days to the biggest sporting event which will be held in London, England. I am crying out aloud that it’s a crying shame that we, as a country, will not be participating in the 2012 Games. For far too long now, we have been sitting on the side and yapping, showing off our egotistical pride and doing nothing to successfully effect our participation in the Olympic Games. For us now, there is no tomorrow. TIME TO WAKE UP It’s time for us to wake up and smell the coffee.

Central American and Caribbean Championships and the World Championships (juniors and seniors). In other sports such as football, we have participated in the World Cup Qualifiers, men and women as well as other age group divisions.

By Joshua Gardiner

34 YEARS OF INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIONS It is totally unacceptable that we as a nation need to have our athletes represent other countries. For 34 years we have competed in events ranked only second to the Olympics. We have been consistently participating in the Commonwealth Games, the Pan-Am Games, the

QUESTION So why is it that we cannot become a chartered member of the IOC to enable ourselves to compete at the Olympic level? We are limited by our own efforts or a lack of effort to organise ourselves into an Olympic Association. GOLF Our country has been participating in international golf for quite sometime now so there is no doubt that we are well organised when it comes to the question of organisation.

RUGBY There is absolutely no question about our stability in rugby in the region. For we have participated in a number of international rugby tournaments throughout the year. Actually the rugby body is properly organised and could be considered the most selfsufficient national sporting body. RIFLE-SHOOTING We need to re-activate the RifleShooting Association so that we can participate in the Olympics. WEIGHT-LIFTING Weight-lifting is an active sport in the TCI, but must re-activate itself before we can compete at the highest level. SAILING The Sailing Association’s objectives throughout their instructional programme were to facilitate the

eventual participation of our new and not so new sailors in the Olympics. The time is right to test the water. TAEKWONDO It will take about zero time for us to become affiliate to the World Taekwondo Federation. Actually we have an advanced degree black belt master (in the sport’s technical terms) in Patrick Musgrove Jr. who is known by all the presidents of the International and World Taekwondo Associations. Hopefully by the time this column comes out the TCI will have international affiliation with the WTF. FINAL ARGUMENT Thus we have the potential to be competitive in five different sports. So, what’s to stop us from receiving provisional membership in the IOC now?

August 13 - 19, 2011



From (l-r) Mrs. Paula Virgil-Stubbs 1st Vice President, Mr. Godfrey Been President and Miss Santana Rigby General Secretary of the Turks and Caicos Islands National Softball Federation wearing t-shirts in honour of Wesley “Tanka” Williams. (Photo from federation’s facebook page)

Scott Hastings will be a special guest of the TCIRFU for the next week.

TCI welcomes Scott Hastings – Former International star will be guest speaker at 2011 President’s Dinner FORMER international rugby star Scott Hastings’s visit to the TCI should be an invaluable experience for the local players, information from the local body revealed. The Turks and Caicos Islands Rugby Football Union (TCIRFU) will host the former Scottish International for the next week or so. Hastings will be a guest speaker at one of the most important rugby fundraisers—the President’s Dinner. The 2011 event will be held this Saturday at the Provo Golf Club. Public Relations Officer of the TCIRFU Gareth Butler said: “Scott is the latest in the growing line of great international rugby players who have ventured to the TCI to assist the TCIRFU to develop rugby in the islands. Having Scott in the TCI is going to be a wonderful experience for all the players here as they get to talk with and exchange ideas with one of the greats of the modern game. Scott will be running training sessions for the senior and junior squads as well as speaking at the President’s Dinner. In between times he will be relaxing with his family and enjoying the hospitality

that the TCI has to offer. Hastings also represented the British Lions alongside his brother the legendary, Gavin Hastings, on tours to Australia and New Zealand in the 1990’s. Scott played primarily in the centers and is also an expert in the game of Rugby Sevens. Butler pointed out that this would be particularly useful as the TCIFRU looks to prepare its National Sevens team to travel to Barbados in November to take part in the Caribbean wide NACRA Sevens tournament for 2011. “This is an important next step for the development of the game here in the TCI as Sevens is the emerging style of rugby that is being pushed within the Caribbean. Scott and his family will be here for a week so all players and interested bodies are encouraged to attend the training sessions which will be held at the Meridian Field on Aug 18th (Thursday evening) at 6pm for the seniors, and Aug 20th (Saturday morning) 10am for junior players. For more information Butler can be contacted at”

Tanka’s female team, the Predators. (Photo from federation’s facebook page)

TCI Softball Federation holds minute of silence for ‘Tanka’ THE TURKS and Caicos Islands National Softball Federation held one minute of silence last weekend for one of the sports’ most passionate participant, Wesley Tanka Williams. Tanka, who coached his own team and was also an established pitcher, recently passed away. Information from the federation indicated that “Tanka will surely be missed”. The federation would also like to express their deepest “sympathy to the family and friends of our dear friend and colleague, the late Wesley Tanka Williams.” The federation’s president Godfrey Been had told the Weekly News that Tanka was “a real sportsman and he had a unique style of coaching.” His input in softball, Been pointed out, helped to develop the sport on the islands. The softball head said that Tanka coached in a “no nonsense method” and fought for his victories. Measures are already in place to have a July 4th tournament each year to honour the sporting hero. Tanka was also instrumental in the promotion and development of other sports in the TCI.

Turks and Caicos Islands golf team returns from CAGC THE Turks and Caicos Islands finished with 38 points at the 55th annual Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships last week at the Millennium Lakes Golf Club in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. The event was won by Trinidad and Tobago with Puerto Rico finishing a close second. TCI competed in four of the five divisions since there was no female team. (Picture compliments of the CAGC)



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Turks and Caicos Weekly News - Issue 31  
Turks and Caicos Weekly News - Issue 31  

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