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Weekly News Volume 25 | No. 30 | July 30 - August 5, 2011

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Turks and Caicos



the national newspaper of the turks and caicos islands

New lease of life for police

900 acres of Crown land recouped

‘Many tens of millions of dollars’ clawed back so far, say civil recovery lawyers



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Commissioner Colin Farquhar speaks exclusively to the Weekly News – and vows ‘things have changed’

Drive-by shooting convicts sentenced 9 to 14 years PAGE 

HARRY McKenzie Jnr, Damoy Brown and Lavar Walkin are all set to spend the next 14 years of their lives in prison.

Power probe Gov’t launches review into electricity providers

The company’s expensive new offices in Leeward Highway have sparked controversy.

SKY-HIGH electricity costs – which have TCI customers forking out some of the highest rates in the region – are finally to come under scrutiny. PAGE 




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900 acres of Crown land recouped ‘Many tens of millions of dollars’ clawed back so far, say civil recovery lawyers By Gemma Handy ALMOST 900 acres of TCI land have been returned to the Crown amid civil recovery investigations. Land recouped to date has been valued at a seven-figure sum and is slated as a vital step towards stabilising the country’s future. Lawyers say they have made 29 separate recoveries of land and cash since being enlisted in December 2009 to help return pilfered millions to the treasury. And they expect the “many tens of millions of dollars” clawed back so far to become “several hundred millions” by the end of the process. The majority of the salvaged land is on eco haven Joe Grant Cay. The tiny island was recently handed back to the Government after judges ruled there was a “strong probability” developer Cem Kinay bribed former Premier Michael Misick for a heavy discount. A further $1.25m was recovered in underpaid stamp duty for the Emerald Cay estate in Chalk Sound. The two high profile cases are among many smaller scale ones as the civil recovery team’s work gathers momentum. They includes 17 additional parcels of land across the Islands, ranging in size from under a half-acre to 10 acres. London-based attorneys Laurence Harris and James Maton are heading the work by international law firm Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge (EAPD). Mr Harris said he expected the programme to be “very busy” over

the next 12 to 18 months. “Trials will likely have taken place on all the major cases within this timeframe, and we would hope to have completed work on many of the smaller claims. “Appeals, where they take place, inevitably lengthen the process, but we are doing everything we can to move cases along as quickly as we can.” Mr Harris continued: “By the time the programme comes to an end, we now expect to have recovered several hundred million dollars of land for the Government. “This land bank will, I hope, help to provide a more secure long-term future for the Islands.” He added: “As the civil recovery

Attorney Laurence Harris said the team would be “very busy” over the next year.

programme gathers pace, we are starting to see settlements in some claims. “We strongly encourage settlements where possible. It saves time and money for both the Government and the potential defendant.” Attorney General Huw Shepheard,

whose office is working alongside EAPD, described the team’s progress as “encouraging”. “The programme was one of the key recommendations of the report of the Commission of Inquiry, and its successful implementation is an important milestone for the Government,” he said. “The importance of the recoveries to the long term future of the Islands cannot be overstated.” Major investigations continue into dealings related to Salt Cay, Dellis Cay and the Third Turtle Club which all came under the spotlight during the 2009 corruption probe. We revealed in May that investigations into the massive ‘secret’ land deal in Middle Caicos had also intensified with dozens of people being questioned across the island. In addition, there are two Crown land flip investigations underway involving former Director of Planning, Clyde Robinson, and exwife Susannah, and Middle Caicosborn pilot Richardson Arthur.

Both of the latter cases are currently embroiled in interlocutory proceedings on points of law. Monday’s announcement of the recovery of tens of millions of dollars in land and cash is a significant advancement on March’s figures of $3m recouped. However the issue is not without some controversy. PDM leader Doug Parnell is calling for a “clear distinction” to be made between civil recovery related to corruption investigations and those concerning normal Crown land transactions. “Unpaid conditional purchase leases, for example, should not be lumped in the same basket,” he told the Weekly News. “It would distort the true figure EAPD are entitled to be paid. Sorting out expired CPLs is just a normal procedure; they should not get commission on it.” Mr Parnell added that he had expressed his concerns to the Governor and Attorney General and was awaiting a response.

Fresh faces at Integrity Commission By Gemma Handy TWO new faces are at the helm of the organisation tasked with ensuring virtue and righteousness in public life. The Integrity Commission was finally established last year – after three years of delays – in the wake of the scandal-plagued probe into government corruption. Eminent Nigerian QC Eugene Otuonye was recently named its new director after quitting his positions as advisory council member and chairman of the Public Service Commission. And this week it was announced

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that long-serving British policeman Simon Baker had taken up the post of investigative officer. Integrity Commission chairman, Sir David Simmons, said both appointments followed “strong competition” and a “rigorous assessment and selection process”. Mr Otuonye brings with him 26 years of legal experience, including stints as Deputy Attorney General to the TCI and Attorney General to Montserrat. He graduated from his law degree at the University of Nigeria in 1983 before going on to professional training at Nigeria Law School and later at the University of the West Indies’ Norman Manley Law School. Mr Baker spent 33 years in the British police force, the last five of which were spent with the Metropolitan Police fighting fraud and terrorism. In the last two years he worked with the UK’s Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA). Sir Simmons sent “sincere thanks” to outgoing director Keith Sargent and praised his “tireless” work laying the foundations of the body. The country’s first Integrity Commission Ordinance, which sought to expose and eradicate corruption among public workers, led to a series of lengthy debates in the House of Assembly when introduced in April 2008. PNP ministers argued that jail sentences for corrupt politicians were too harsh and that all party donations did not need to be announced, while PDM politicians said it was far too lenient. Amendments were made to the

Eminent Nigerian QC Eugene Otuonye brings almost three decades of legal experience to the post.

Integrity Commission chairman, Sir David Simmons, welcomed the new appointees.

ordinance in favour of the PNP and it was finally passed on May 15 2008. But clauses in the ordinance meant that an Integrity Commission was not set up immediately. The Commission of Inquiry in 2009 highlighted the dire need for accountability of public workers with Sir Robin Auld calling for its “speedy implementation”. On May 1 2010, retired Chief Justice of Barbados, Sir Simmons, was appointed as the organisation’s first chairman. The Commission’s mandate is to receive and investigate claims of corruption in public life, carry out its own probes into malfeasance if deemed necessary, and scrutinise the operations of public bodies, among others. The aim was to boost public

confidence in the integrity of institutions and the civil service. The announcement of the new appointments comes amid a flurry of change in the interim administration. Governor Gordon Wetherell will bid farewell to the Islands shortly, to be replaced by Damian ‘Ric’ Todd. Civil service chief Mark Capes is also to quit his post next month to take up Governorship of St Helena, Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha in the South Atlantic. Reverend Scott Brennen’s exit from the consultative forum saw the appointment of architect Bradley Coalbrooke, originally from Grand Turk. And former Chief Secretary Cynthia Astwood, appointed to the consultative forum last year, will replace Mr Otuonye as chair of the Public Service Commission.

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Power probe Gov’t launches review into electricity providers By Gemma Handy SKY-HIGH electricity costs – which have TCI customers forking out some of the highest rates in the region – are finally to come under scrutiny. The Government has enlisted the help of independent consultants to look at the way electricity services in the country are regulated. Experts from European firm Oxera are to visit the Islands next week to meet with public officials, power providers and consumer groups in Provo and Grand Turk. Islanders who have long lamented the monopoly by electricity giant Fortis TCI (formerly PPC) will be invited to voice their concerns. The move follows widespread concern among the public about ever-increasing power bills.

A Government statement issued on Thursday said: “There have been a number of views expressed by consumers, electricity providers and other stakeholders concerning the cost, organisation and continuity of the power supply in TCI. “The Government has therefore concluded that this is a good time to consider the scope for improving the effectiveness of the regulatory framework.” Internationally recognised economic consultancy Oxera is described as an expert authority in power and resource regulation. The 30-year-old firm has undertaken similar reviews in other island communities across the globe. Next week’s visit by a duo of its specialists heralds the onset of a twomonth long assessment.

Fortis TCI chief Eddinton Powell said the company supported the review.

“There will be further opportunities for more detailed submissions and discussions with the specialists later in August, when comments from the public, consumers and other interested parties on all islands will be sought,” the Government statement added.

District Commissioners will help gather views from people on the family islands. Further details will be provided next month. Both Fortis TCI and TCU, which supplies power to Grand Turk, have confirmed their intention to participate. Fortis TCI chief Eddinton Powell said the company supported the review. “The end result should be a regulatory framework that continues to underpin the development and availability of electricity in the Turks and Caicos Islands, that will protect all stakeholders and recognises local market realities,” he added. Fortis TCI – which changed its name from PPC earlier this month – took over the supply of most of the country’s electricity in a controversial $90m deal in 2006. Canadian parent firm Fortis Inc. has since announced a string of record profits, crediting its performance to savvy operations in the TCI and Belize. In September last year, Fortis

Inc. reported revenues of a colossal $756m for the third quarter of 2010. According to a news release issued at the time, soaring temperatures in the TCI and Belize had increased the use of air-conditioning, elevating electricity sales. Fortis TCI’s loathed ‘fuel factor’ has long been a bone of contention among local customers. In September 2008, the fuel factor soared as high as 32 cents per kilowatt in line with record high oil prices that summer. Crippling power bills, many of which increased three-fold, caused misery for cash-strapped Islanders and threatened to put many small companies out of business. The outrage sparked the establishment of a pioneering action group to fight for a change in the law. The Consumer Rights Action Group lobbied the Government in a bid to slash the monthly payment demands, placing petitions in bars, restaurants and shops across Providenciales and garnering thousands of signatures.

Civil servants blast ‘uncaring’ gov’t By Gemma Handy ‘UNDERPAID and demotivated’ civil servants have launched a redhot riposte against the “tunnelvisioned” and “uncaring” interim administration they say will bring the public service to its knees. Biting back at ongoing criticism of the ostensibly bloated sector, fed-up workers claim they are being barred from seeing official reports written on various ministries, despite repeated requests. And they say their views from the very helm of operations are being sidelined in favour of the opinions of strangers and foreign ‘experts’. A candid statement issued on Wednesday by the Civil Service Association (CSA) condemns impending job losses – amid the buzzword of ‘right-sizing’ – with no apparent regard for the wellbeing of workers who have devoted years of their lives to the sector. They say the Government’s handling of matters is breeding “distrust and suspicion”. And claim highly qualified natives are being deterred from joining the service by cripplingly low wages and little opportunity for progression, while a “strong foothold” of British expat employees is established instead. “The financial tunnel vision and

the lack of social conscience of this administration has lead us to this point whereby civil servants are being sent home without proper remuneration, without the appropriate training to take up available private sector jobs, without proper representation and safeguards to ensure that they are given priority for private sector jobs for which they are qualified to perform, without regard for the effectiveness and efficiency of the government departments that are left understaffed with underpaid, demotivated and demoralised employees with no job security or long term employment benefits,” the statement storms. The Government has long maintained public sector costs swallow up more than half of monthly expenditure. Figures released in November 2009 stated that salaries and allowances alone racked up a $90m bill each year. Sector reform was among the recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry and has been cited as a milestone attached to the return of elected government. But efforts to cut costs have sparked uproar among workers left reeling from 10 per cent salary cuts on often already pitiful wages, exacerbated further by benefit reductions. Many took part in a ‘sick-out’

Exiting civil service chief Mark Capes has been at the forefront of several unpopular moves amid sector reform.

protest in March which brought some departments to a standstill and saw a number of international flights cancelled. Staff say reform should seek to improve efficiency and professionalism and that current “misguided” methods are counterproductive. “The deliberate non-engagement of stakeholders … indicates that those responsible for the process are unfamiliar with the fact that the key to successful implementation of any new programme is the effective communication of the plans and the participation of the stakeholders.

“The administration has failed to develop and or communicate its … plan and strategy and has failed to effectively communicate findings of reviews and recommendations for restructuring of and redundancies within the civil service.” They said promised meetings with the reform advisor and chief executive officer had never materialised. And that their recommendations to set up a civil service reform committee on which a CSA representative would sit, had been totally ignored. “The interim administration was

prepared only to accept review reports and recommendations of a sole reform advisor, virtually a stranger to the civil service, this country and the issues of its people.” They continued: “To date, reviews have been conducted on three ministries and two departments outside of those ministries and the relevant reports and recommendations have been generated and are on the brink of implementation. “Yet not a single report has been shared with the CSA for its input, despite many requests and reminders. “This failure to collaborate breeds the distrust and suspicion which would negatively impact relations between all involved.” The statement goes on to highlight eight primary areas of concern, including redundancies without proper compensation, appropriate retraining or regard for the effect on affected departments’ efficiency. It also decries the privatisation of various government functions and the lack of job opportunities for returning native students. It added that reforms should have begun with a strategy paper communicated to all stakeholders including the general public, followed by a review of the sector as a whole.



July 30 - August 5, 2011

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

Belongers only need apply? DO YOU think Belongers are being given a fair shot in the local job market? A letter in the Weekly News last Friday criticised the often hefty requirements for jobs advertised. The author implied some companies beef up the position’s requirements to suit a particular expat’s qualifications and bar Belongers from eligibility. We asked you for your views.

Too scared to push

“No, the Belongers are not being treated fairly. Think about it, have you ever worked in an establishment and did not pick up the trade of the job? Only if you didn’t want to or the opportunity was not afforded to you. “Often times these same so-called qualified expats don’t know jack about the job or know just what you know and nothing more. “But we are still focusing in the wrong area. The immigration system is a good one, it’s just that us (our own people) are too deng scared to really push for us. “Hey at this point the only persons who need or should be granted work permits now are those in the medical and teaching profession. “I strongly believe that we are capable of filling 90 per cent of the positions in the work field. “Then again our problem also lies with us. When we do get the jobs we act like it’s our company, want do what we feel when we feel. “Well these companies invest a lot of money; we have to remember it’s a business.”

Beef up board

“No it is not fair and neither is employing expats without work permits, but until the Labour Board starts doing its job properly nothing will change.”

Cap work permits

“I have been on the island for over 20 years and this has been going on for as long as I can remember. “I think when a person’s work permit is up for renewal they should start from scratch and advertise the position’s true requirements, then interview the applicants and choose the most suited, be it Belonger or expat. “Maybe immigration should give work permits for more than one year, say three years, and then they have to start all over again. “Charge for three years - or whatever the first time and then you won’t have to go through the hassle of renewing every year. “But I still say they should interview all the Belonger applicants first before even applying for a new work permit for an expat. “More and more Belongers are coming home from school with degrees and can replace some of these expat workers. “Also, the wages should be the same whether it be expat or Belonger and based on their qualifications. “It should also be made easier to fire

someone if they are stealing or otherwise conducting illegal activity at the workplace.”

Discriminatory and offensive

“I think it’s pretty much a given that ads are beefed up in some cases. In others, what may seem unreasonable is in fact necessary to certain positions - qualified experience in a similar venue is one of those. “If you are running a five-star resort you need five-star personnel in key ‘people’ and administrative posts, from day one. “However, it would make sense to constantly advertise for Belongers willing to train for those key positions. Expats in those posts have worked for years in their industry. They didn’t start at the top. “Because there are so few Belongers in the employment pool (look at the number of voters, and they are folks aged 18 to 100), we have to bring in non-Belongers, or simply sink. “I would love to see the day when that ‘Belongers only need apply’ was banished. There simply are not enough qualified Belongers, or Belongers willing to start at the bottom and train up, to fill all the jobs. “And as a non-Belonger, but a 30year permanent resident, I find the phrase discriminatory and offensive. “We have a long way to go to get the balance right, but the current practices have to be modified in order to find that balance. “An argument you will hear on the street is that once you have hired a Belonger, you have them forever, or face a Labour Tribunal no matter why you may wish to let that employee go. That is very intimidating. “And please don’t get me wrong - we need the Labour Tribunal. Past practices dictate that we must have a tribunal, but if it were not so difficult to hire people, we might have less need for these hearings. “Employers would be able to hire the most suitable candidate, regardless of who they are.”

Better off with Belongers

“The lack of employment for Belongers has been a problem for many years. This situation grew out of developers wanting to bring in managers and employees of their own choosing and from their native country. “We are all aware of a big local resort

whose staff is comprised of foreign workers of all skill levels. “The problem never was as important as it is currently because with a lot of building going on most local families had income. Now since governments of the past and certainly of the present failed to apply pressure on the business owners, Belongers of all education levels find themselves unemployed. “The problems are exaggerated as a result of the last administration which allowed Asian and other foreign workers to come in by the droves to fill jobs of all types. “Meanwhile they overloaded the government with Belongers with no assigned work, or training. Now we have an unaffordable, untrained civil service with poor work habits. “The advertisements are a joke. Most of these jobs are already filled and they are being advertised because a dumb law requires the employer to pretend he will consider Belongers. “The fact is business people are well advised to employ and train Belongers. Once they realise Belongers are loyal, skillful when trained and do not need to go through the burdensome work permit and housing requirements they will find themselves better off with Belongers.”

Retraining programme

“There is no doubt that businesses ‘beef up’ requirements for jobs to employ expats (eg, must have PhD in etymology and speak Dutch for a maitre d’s position). “However, especially in the past, it has been very difficult to find TCI citizens who were either qualified or wanted the jobs. “Now that the job market has become much smaller, TCIs who would not have considered a ‘menial’ task are interested. “The problem is that the expat employee has been in the job for a few years, has been found to be hardworking and trustworthy and the employer wants to keep him. “It is very difficult for the employer to switch to someone he does not know and must spend time training, midstream, just because they are TCI. “To help ease this pain on both sides of the fence, perhaps the government should offer a retraining programme to employers who presently employ expats. “We (the people) pay up to 50 per cent of the TCI citizen’s wages for the first year to allow for training costs of the employer. This would also work well for the ‘excess’ government employees. “Restrict the number of work permits issued to hotels and other hospitality businesses and subsidise the employer’s costs to train these people in the Turks & Caicos main industry, which is not supposed to be government services.”

Ads are a ruse

“One of the great gifts to the TCI is its migrant population and one can look through many sectors with a positive reaction to see the many lawyers, accountants, builders etc that were trained by migrant persons. “In many other cases migrant workers who have come to these Islands have helped the TCI, made it better and enriched the culture. “It is always important to distinguish the good and not lump all persons who come here

into the ‘bad’. Because not all persons who have come to live here, be amongst the TCI people and become a genuine part of the TCI society should be lumped with those who have come here to rape, pillage and destroy. “For many years Turks & Caicos Islanders have found these advertisements in the media as lies, misleading and designed to create a ruse. Work permits should be revoked when the truth is found out. “The job market is also sold out and saturated by shortsighted politics wherein immigration Ministers would routinely overrule the Immigration Board when it denied a work permit. “These denials would usually be on the grounds that a Belonger and many Belongers were available and could do the job. Yet the Minister whom that young native would have voted for, must have cursed people out on the other side for is ‘sold out’ by his minister. “The result has been that the TCI native is marginalised and set aside in his own country. “It would mean so much to a TC Islander, studying hospitality management to know that when he finished he could return home to work in his country. “One must admit that there is a shortage of skills in the TCI, that there was a need to set up vocation training especially at a time when the former Government was paying butlers $42,000 annually and school principals $37,500 annually. “Employers were free to create ads designed to deprive the Belonger of a job because former Ministers sold the native out. Now that there is an interim government and no Minister to bribe, a law should be passed banning these ads that are used to seductively marginalise TCI natives. “The TCI is now a country like the USA with open arms, welcoming people, culture and society and all are welcome. With this in mind room should be created for natives and where the need arises migrant workers. “If all persons are working, earning a good wage, there would no dissension and unease over these issues. “Belongers only need apply is a fraud and when one sees that one should be aware that it is designed to give a job to some one who has already been selected for the job.”

Not always discriminatory

“This is a very difficult issue. While qualified Belongers should receive preference, a business owner should be accorded broad latitude in determining who is and is not qualified to fill key positions if the business is to be successful. “Successful businesses contribute to government revenue through taxes and license fees and provide many other jobs for Belongers. Clearly, such latitude doesn’t mean continued 

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it’s OK to require obscure qualifications that are only possessed by a certain pre-identified expat, but there should be freedom to set high standards if that is essential to successful operation of the business. “The country, rightly or wrongly, has tied its economic wagon almost entirely to high end tourism. High end tourists are demanding and expect a level of service from senior employees that requires education, training and experience that many Belongers frankly do not have yet. “If a business cannot provide this level of service it will not be profitable and the country at large will ultimately suffer as a result. “The fact is that there is absolutely no reason why a reasonably intelligent employer would not hire a qualified Belonger in preference to an expat given the high cost of work permits and repatriation fees, not to mention the arduous and unpredictable process involved in renewing permits. “If they don’t, it probably means either that the Belonger isn’t truly qualified or that there is some other good reason to believe that he or she will not be a good employee (a history of jumping from job to job for example – something employers the world over view as a major question mark). “It is a big mistake to assume, as many Belongers do, that the reluctance of an employer to hire a Belonger for a skilled position is always discriminatory. “If the TCI is to succeed in becoming a first world country, a status it has only recently aspired to, there are no shortcuts.”

Numerous qualified natives

“I don’t think Belongers are treated fairly in the job market and it’s true that a lot of businesses fancy up titles to hire from outside. I don’t know why this is common practice but I do know that it has to stop. “We have numerous qualified young minds returning from school who are not finding placement in the job market and have had to resort to minimum wage jobs, if they are lucky to find any employment at all. “Additionally with the closure of the financial institutions and other businesses, redundancies and pay cuts, there are additional highly qualified experienced persons now seeking employment as well. “It grieves my heart to see such suffering within one’s homeland, when others are brought in from thousands of miles away with similar or even fewer qualifications in many cases.”

Positive discrimination

“As in most things there are ways round the rules and if they aren’t enforced it becomes a much bigger problem. If we all abided by the law and advertised correctly and interviewed everyone who applied for the job with proper qualifications that would be a first step. “However if for a renewal permit it would go a long way if work permits were given for three full years (unskilled) and five years (skilled) and then the expat on the permit would have to leave the country for 12 months minimum so they would not gain status in TCI. “This, if absolutely enforced, would ensure that employers started training Belongers in those positions and where no qualified Belonger exists they would have to seek a work permit for a new person. “It may make it more difficult for businesses here as they would have to switch out employees however it would also encourage many businesses including TI businesses to start hiring from within. “It is much like positive discrimination and although it has drawbacks it provides the fairest way forward. “The Labour Department should also be keeping better statistics and understand what is required for the country’s labour force. “This then would indicate what education is required and Belongers would be able to select the best education choices resulting in employment while undergoing training and resulting in a full time job when qualified.”

Birds of a feather

“My main concern is whether or not the departments of Labour and Immigration check these application(s) after the advertisement requirements have been made to ascertain if Turks and Caicos Islanders were interviewed for the specified position, the qualifications of those who were interviewed, and in addition, the qualification and job experience of the non-Turks and Caicos Islander for whom the work permit is being applied. “Without these checks and balances, I believe the Turks and Caicos Islander will always be at a disadvantage in the job market especially since the majority of times the interviewer is an expatriate themselves. “As the saying goes, birds of a feather always flock together.”

Dengue fever outbreak yet to hit TCI AN OUTBREAK of dengue fever in the Bahamas is yet to hit the TCI, health officials say. Thirty-four cases of the illness have so far been detected in the neighbouring nation with a further 80 blood samples sent to Trinidad for testing. Dr Collin Bullard, of Princess Margaret Hospital in Nassau, said the number of people showing signs of the disease there continued to rise. Meanwhile the TCI’s Ministry of Health and Human Services has said that, to date, there are no known cases in the Islands. There are currently no restrictions on travel to and from the Bahamas, while surveillance has been stepped up at all local health facilities. The department has also increased mosquito spraying and the dispersal of educational messages. Dengue is a flu-like illness spread by the bite of an infected mosquito whilst dengue hemorrhagic fever is a severe, often fatal, complication of dengue fever that is spread by the bite of an ‘aedes’ mosquito.

The disease is transmitted when an infected person is bitten and then someone else is bitten by the same mosquito. Symptoms include a high fever, rash, severe headache, pain behind the eyes and muscle and joint pain. Nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite are common. A rash usually appears three to four days after the start of the fever. Illness can last up to 10 days, but recovery can take as long as a month. Older children and adults experience more severe symptoms than young children. Most infections result in mild illness, but can progress to dengue hemorrhagic fever. There is no specific treatment for dengue but infected people should rest, drink plenty of fluids and keep 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. Islanders are urged to help keep

the TCI dengue free” by remaining vigilant to the signs and symptoms and seeking medical attention if any are experienced. Avoid mosquitoes when travelling to areas with dengue and report your travel history to your doctor if you have any symptoms. Eliminate mosquito-breeding sites such as stagnant water. Clogged gutters can be prime targets as they often go unnoticed, so ensure you check your gutters. Avoid leaving drums/barrels of water uncovered. Use mosquito repellents on skin and clothing. Wear clothing that covers your body when outdoors during the time mosquitoes are biting. Avoid heavily populated residential areas and stay in airconditioned or screened areas when indoors, using bed nets if sleeping areas are not screened or airconditioned. Tightly close windows and doors and be sure to screen windows and doors to prevent indoor mosquito invasions.

Kazz to design swimwear for Miss Earth Canada HOMEGROWN fashion designer Kazz Forbes has been chosen to design the official swimwear for this year’s Miss Earth Canada contest. Since the debut of his collection ‘Le Caicos Chic: A Romance with Decadence’ at the Caribbean International Fashion Week (CIFW) in New York, Mr Forbes has been setting the stage for the growth and development of his brand, Saint George Fashion House (SGFH). This is not the first time Kazz entered the pageant world. He photographed Jessica Trisko, Miss Earth Canada 2007, and recently photographed and styled Miss Tanzania Flaviana Matata for Nu Woman Summer 2011 magazine and crowned the new Miss TC Universe Easher Parker in SGFH attire. Ronaldo Soriano Trono, national director for the Miss Earth Canada Organisation, said: “ “I first met Kazz in 2007, when he was an aspiring photographer and model working in Montreal. “That same year, our Miss Earth Canada 2007 winner, Jessica Trisko, won the title of Miss Earth 2007 in the international competition and we asked Mr Forbes to photograph her for our yearly Miss Earth Canada magazine. “He did, and we were impressed with the results.”

Designer Kazz Forbes

Since that time, Mr Trono said he has remained in touch with Forbes. “I have been following his career with interest. When I found out about his first fashion show in Manhattan, New York, under his new company, Saint George Fashion House, I immediately thought of asking him if he would like to collaborate with the Miss Earth Canada Organisation and be our official designer for the swimwear. “So I did and he agreed. I was ecstatic, excited and proud to collaborate with the intelligent Mr Kazz Forbes.” Forbes said that he was humbled and honoured for being asked so early in his career to create a line for such a renowned organisation.

He said: “The line is in keeping with the trademark aesthetic theme of SGFH, but giving the Miss Earth Canada contestants that pizzazz to show off their physique during the swimsuit competition.” The Miss Turks & Caicos Universe Pageant Organisation honoured Kazz for his achievement and accomplishments so far in fashion design and photography. On July 9 Forbes showcased a capsule collection at the Digicel TCI 5th anniversary fashion show in Providenciales (his first catwalk presentation in the Turks & Caicos Islands). “I am living my dream right now. The opportunities to present my work and showcase to the world have been tremendous and unexpected so early in my career. “I am indeed ecstatic by the support and encouragement many have given me. As a young fashion designer I will continue to push ahead for the continued success of the SGFH line and the advancement of fashion in the Turks & Caicos Islands”, Forbes added. The Miss Earth Canada 2011 contest will be held on August 19 at the Holiday Inn in midtown Montreal. Visit and www.SaintGeorgeFashionHouse. com to view Forbes’ work.



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New lease of life for police

Commissioner Colin Farquhar speaks exclusively to the Weekly News – and vows ‘things have changed’


By Gemma Handy

PIRALLING violent crime and claims of corruption within the police force’s inner realms were among a litany of complaints fired at the beleaguered service. Add sparse resources and limited manpower, and few would have denied an overhaul was needed. The appointment of two Canadian cops to take over the reins, however, was not without some contention. So, four months into the positions, how are things faring now? The Weekly News caught up with Commissioner Colin Farquhar to find out.

WITH four officers charged with criminal offences in recent weeks, one thing is for sure – the new chiefs are already cracking the whip on police who themselves fall foul of the law. Offences range from paedophilia and rape, to violence, theft and handling stolen goods with two personnel due in court in the next week. The prosecutions come as a result of the establishment of a new ‘professional integrity’ unit, one of a string of recently introduced bodies aimed at polishing up the service. Headed by Inspector Roy Russell, the unit deals with everything from tardiness to serious malfeasance. “The idea is not that we were having real issues with discipline but just to make sure complaints are dealt with in a timely manner,” the Commissioner said. “One case, for example, had dragged on for a year for absolutely no reason. It puts the whole organisation into disrepute and starts rumours about corruption or a cover up. “A lot of it is just laziness. The new unit is about making people accountable and setting deadlines which, if they’re not met, mean repercussions.” Among the 90 ‘cold’ files to plow through, misdemeanours cover a wide spectrum. “We are reviewing all the files; the message needs to be conveyed that we are dealing with discipline. “One complaint I saw in the media was that nothing has changed. Well, things have changed – no officers were charged last year, this

year there are four already. We will be holding ourselves accountable.” Mr Farquhar described the last four months as “incredibly busy”, beset by ongoing mechanical problems with police cars and the force’s lone aircraft. Grounded for several months, the plane is now back in the air, a vital tool for fighting drugs and weapon traffickers. Narcotics smuggling remains a huge problem throughout the region and one, the Commissioner admits, police struggle to tackle. “It’s a big issue – we haven’t really got a good grasp on quite how big it is. We know there are a lot of drug boats coming through. “Any of the Caribbean countries are transshipment points for drugs bound for the US. Dealing with one country only pushes the problem somewhere else so it’s very important all the Caribbean countries work together.” With just two years to turn the force around, a major challenge for the Commissioner is setting the groundwork for local police to reassume charge in 2013. A recently formed senior executive committee has been tasked with resource planning for the next decade. “It’s really important to move people around various departments to use their talents in different areas and share information. “We need to succession plan too. I always think, if I get hit by a bus tomorrow, someone has to have a good idea of what’s going on.” With 200 male officers and 44 females, the workforce remains

below capacity. The Commissioner is very keen to recruit more women, a shortage being a common problem in police services across the world. On August 18, 19 new cadets will graduate from the training school to go directly onto beat and patrol. That will free up some existing senior beat officers who will be redeployed into criminal investigations, an area long under-staffed. “More focus needs to be placed on major crime. My biggest concern is violence against people, domestic violence and sexual offences.” The latter has traditionally been one swept under the carpet in the TCI. In March, a Weekly News special report relating the horrific story of a rape victim denied justice sparked a flurry of outrage from the public. A fledgling domestic violence and sexual offences department was set up earlier this year to tackle the problem. “We really don’t know how big the issue is here until we have developed trust and credibility with people,” the Commissioner said. “We need women to starting feeling comfortable enough to come forward, knowing they will be protected.” The initiative has seen specific officers across the Islands assigned as contacts for victims to go to. In November last year, a quartet of British police spent a month in the country to help crack eight unsolved murders since 2003. Despite repeated requests from media, no update has ever been given on their success. Undeterred, Commissioner Farquhar has set up a new ‘cold case’ unit in the hope of bringing some of the horrific crimes to justice. Deputy Commissioner Brad Sullivan is now working closely with CID reviewing the cases which include the brutal murder of Dorsette Gardiner in December 2009, an incident which left his companion Claudette Rigby fighting for life and shocked the community. “People think cold case files just sit on shelves but there’s always some investigating which can be done; forensic science gets better all the time,” Mr Farquhar said. With the Government’s cash flow struggles well documented, funding remains a major challenge for the force. Its annual $15m budget was the

Mr Farquhar described the last four months as “incredibly busy”

only one not cut this year. Still it’s barely enough to cover the vast work which needs to be done. “With better equipment and infrastructure we could do a lot more,” the Commissioner said. Spread out over eight inhabited islands with no national coastguard or military, police also have to protect marine and air borders. “If the budget was increased to $20m we could replace some of the aging boats which will eventually be a big expense.” Out of the organisation’s 53 cars, more than a dozen were condemned when the new police chiefs arrived. Some have since been repaired but more are badly needed. The Commissioner recently put in a request for 19 more. “I’m not hopeful we will get 19,” he said. “But at least the Government now knows where we’re at.” He also hopes to get the administration to agree to stump up new cameras and scenes of crime equipment, plus a badly needed teleconferencing system between Provo and Grand Turk. “Funding is a big issue; we really need to put a good business case forward. It’s no good just saying we need this or that, we have to look at where we can save costs too.” Among the list of items suffering, is salaries. “I know they won’t increase them so we need to focus on improving conditions for our officers; barracks and kitchens etc really need renovations.

“We also need to make sure we have a good shift schedule in place. Officers are supposed to work 160 hours a month but some, such as the marine police, are doing a lot more.” Mr Farquhar admits to some initial “apprehension” from officers towards the new Canadian chiefs. “The biggest challenge has been getting to know the officers; who’s who, who has aspirations to become an assistant commissioner, who’s looking for a change, etc. “But it’s been really fun and really interesting getting to know people. “Police work is not rocket science, it’s about dealing with complaints, taking statements, collecting evidence and putting a case forward. It’s the same in all countries. “Hopefully I have the right management style to build trust and credibility so people know we are doing the right things and for the right reasons.” The Commissioner, who helped bring stability to turbulent Haiti while working for the United Nations, described his latest appointment as a “big change”. “There’s a lot of things that need to take place. I am trying to give myself certain benchmarks; I don’t think I will get it all done in two years but there will be opportunity for the next person to take it to the next level.” He added: “We’ve made a lot of changes in a short time already. But we have to let things evolve slowly; it’s not like switching on a lightbulb, some things we have to do over time.”

July 30 - August 5, 2011


& CrimeCourt


WITH Samantha Dash-RIGBY

‘Pie’ trial stopped THE TRIAL against a Five Cays man accused of assaulting his wife came to an abrupt end in the Supreme Court on Tuesday. Desmond Arthur, a.k.a. ‘Pie’ or ‘Don’, faced a jury panel of five women and two men before Justice Richard Williams. However, the trial was stopped on the first day of testimonies after the victim Eva Sanno blurted out a piece of potentially prejudicial information in full hearing of the jury. The woman testified that she shared a home with Arthur for 10 years, five of them as his wife. She claimed she was constantly abused by her husband and prayed for a long time for a separation from him. Her prayers were answered after a particularly painful event and she decided to move out of their home on January 1 2010. On March 23 2010, the defendant lay in wait for her outside her new residence at 5am as she was heading out to work. Sanno said that as she opened her door, she smelt smoke but decided to go outside anyway. As she stepped out the door, someone grabbed her clothing from behind and demanded that she return into the dwelling all the while calling her derogatory names. At once, she recognised that it was her husband wearing only a pair of pants. He commanded her to reopen the door and then, grabbing her neck, pushed her in through the doorway. He made a bee line for the closet and emptied all of her clothing onto the floor as though he was looking for something. He then demanded that she hand over her passport but she said that it was not in the house. She stood by helplessly and watched him search the place since she was afraid of him, the woman told the jury. He then turned his attention to her vanity bureau where he saw her

daughter’s passport. He picked it up and put it in his pocket. He then took her out to the car and took her to another location in Five Cays. The woman recounted how she sensed that he wanted to hit her and she broke down in tears in the witness box. She then promised to hand over their marriage certificate to him and pleaded with him to take her back to her home, which he did. She handed him the certificate as promised and he left. Sometime during the entire episode, Sanno claimed that Arthur slapped her

her right hand was very swollen at the base of the thumb. For the defendant, Ashwood Forbes cross-examined Sanno and the woman claimed that after the separation, her husband sometimes would show up at her work place and kidnap her. He would then take her to a location and rape her. At Forbes’ insistence that she was lying to court and that she often returned to the marital home to have relations with her husband, Sanno blurted out something the jury was not supposed to hear. Attorney Forbes thought that given the circumstances and the direction

the evidence was taking, it would be highly unsafe to continue the trial. He submitted that the jury should be discharged and the matter relisted for trial. The prosecution agreed and Justice Williams agreed but then Arthur said “No”. He would not be fazed by what Sanno said and wanted the trial to continue. Justice Williams had the final say and informed the defendant that he was duty bound to discontinue the trial. The jury was discharged and the matter was re-listed for trial again on December 12.

NIB gets tough with defaulters FOURTEEN people comprised the latest batch of NIB defaulters to be hauled before magistrates in Providenciales and North Caicos in the past two weeks for failure to pay contributions. Charges were withdrawn against five of the defendants after they paid their outstanding balances in full. These were Elizabeth Tamar Gardiner $1,651.56, Roberta Outten $369.92, Vivienne Lightbourne $3,722.40, Branford Gardiner $1,296.08 and Annie Orlean Gardiner $2,636.80. It was said that Tamar Gardiner owed contributions and additional charges as a self-employed person during the period January 2009 to May 2001. Roberta Outten owed for the period September 2010 to May 2011, Lightbourne owed for July 2007 to May 2011, Branford Gardiner for the period May 2010 to June 2011 and Orlean Gardiner for the period May 2009 to October 2010. Goaley Elizabeth Forbes admitted to the court that she was guilty as charged for being in arrears for the period January 2009 to May 2011.

Drive-by shooting convicts sentenced to 14 years HARRY McKenzie Jnr, Damoy Brown and Lavar Walkin are all set to spend the next 14 years of their lives in Grand Turk Prison. This was the decision of Justice Richard Williams when he handed down the sentences on July 22 in Providenciales Supreme Court. The three young men were tried and convicted after a 10-day jury trial last month, which saw lots of drama and heightened security in the courtroom. Brown was defended by George Missick, Walkin was represented by

leaving his palm print on her cheek. Later that same day, as she was out in the yard doing her laundry, Arthur crept up behind her and grabbed her by the hair saying, “Let’s go”. He pulled her by her hair to his car and whilst en route hit her on the hand with a rum bottle he had. She was able to escape from him and ran back to her home. Two doctors testified that they saw Sanno on March 23, 2010. One doctor said that she examined the woman and she complained of tenderness in her upper back. Doctor Umoh Umoh testified that he attended to Sanno and noticed that

Ashwood Forbes and Alvin Garland defended McKenzie. It was said that the three men shot and attempted to kill Haywood McIntosh on Sunday January 17 2010 in Kewtown. Despite the defendants calling witnesses to confirm their respective alibis, the six-member jury panel was not convinced and after almost four hours of deliberations, returned a unanimous guilty verdict for all three defendants. Brown, Walkin and McKenzie had been held on remand since the end of the trial.

She was ordered to pay up $3,797.12 for contributions and additional charges on or before August 31 or a distress warrant will be issued for her. Forbes has until the end of February 2012 to pay the additional charges with payments to commence September 2011. NIB also applied for distress warrants for Dwayne and Denver Pratt for $14,608.44 that was ordered by the court to be paid to the insurance board. However, the defendants paid off the contributions in arrears of $4,743.10 and were allowed until August 31 to clear the arrears of additional charges in the amount of $6,971.78. Magistrate Warner stayed the application and adjourned the matter until August 31. A disobedience warrant was issued for Courtney Missick who failed to show up to court after he was summoned. Missick faces charges of failing to pay contributions as a self-employed person in the amount of $1,072.36 for the period November 2009 to May 2011. Meanwhile, Carlton Higgs of Club Sodax, and Felecitia Feliz Miesen, of Rolling Pin Restaurant, appeared before Chief Magistrate Joan Joyner after NIB filed distress warrants against them. NIB claimed Higgs and Miesen owed them $31,958.68 and $29,089.44 respectively. The matters were adjourned until 9am August 22. Attorney Finbar Grant appeared on behalf of Dion Pratt and Sky Juice Ltd, to answer 20 complaints for failing to pay NIB contributions and additional charges in the amount of $26,123.33. The matter will continue on August 12. Jonathan Gardiner was told to return to court on September 23 for failing to pay contributions and additional charges as a self-employed person and as an employer during the

period July 2006 to August 2008 in the amount of $115,216.42. Ashwood Forbes faced the court as a defendant for failing to pay contributions as a self-employed person during the period January 2010 to April 2010 in the amount of $1,740.80. He will return on August 22. Thomas Ewing was called up for failing to pay additional charges as a self-employed person and as an employer in the amount of $ 8,623.76 and $80,769.83 respectively for the period December 2007 to April 2009 as an employer and January 2006

to January 2009 as a self-employed person. The matter was rescheduled to August 12 as the defendant’s attorney was not present and was not informed of the court date. On Thursday July 28, Devon Eustace Williams, of Devcon TCI, appeared in Providenciales Magistrates Court to answer to 26 complaints of failing to pay his contributions and additional charges in the amount of $4866.80. Williams pleaded guilty to all complaints and was told to return to court on September 1.

Funds sought to bury murdered barmaid

AS THE shock of last week’s murder of a 29-year-old Dominican barmaid continues to resonate, friends are battling to raise money to have her body flown home for burial. A special account has been set up at First Caribbean to repatriate Santa Ramirez Suarez who was shot dead on July 20. A friend wrote to the Weekly News, saying: “The family have no means to pay any of the funeral costs so if you are able to donate any funds at all, even if it is $5, it will go to help put her to rest at home in the DR.” The young woman was said to be working in the TCI to support her family back home, in addition to sending money for chemotherapy for her sister suffering from cancer. The account number is 10333821. Meanwhile, police have arrested four people of interest as they continue their investigations.

“Ranks from CID in collaboration with officers from several other units within the police force have seen positive developments in the investigations,” police spokesman Inspector Calvin Chase said. Investigators are continually collecting and processing items of evidence as well as conducting follow up investigations on information received from the public. However, they are still appealing to people with details to come forward. Santa was shot dead at around 9.45pm shortly before the end of her shift at Sailing Paradise Bar & Restaurant in Blue Hills. Anyone with information is asked to call police on 911 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-TIPS (8477). Or they can send an encrypted web tip at or by befriending CrimeStoppers Turks & Caicos on Facebook.



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July 30 - August 5, 2011

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

Shame on Glinton and Forbes We aspire to be more

Dear Editor, Thank you for the space to express my views on Gavin Glinton’s and Billy Forbes’ interview with the media and Gavin’s letter to the press with regard to the Turks & Caicos Islands Football Association (TCIFA). If I had to sum it all up in one word, I would say ‘disgusting’! But deplorable and unappreciative would fit the bill too! I have several nieces and nephews playing football who benefit from the development of football in the Turks & Caicos Islands, the same development that the Glinton boy claims is not happening. But what can we expect if he doesn’t live here and only visits Turks and Caicos when the Football Association invites him on an allexpenses paid vacation every four years or so to play sloppy football with our boys. Shame on you Gavin Glinton! Shame on you! I vomited in my mouth when I see this boy get up on TV and in the newspapers running his juicy mouth about what he doesn’t even know about. And to think that this same man is supposed to have exposure living in the States; well, we would expect him to have a little more intelligence than that.

He should at least do his research before flapping his gums. As for me, I am proud of the Football Association in that they handled themselves in such a professional manner by not getting pulled into the Glinton boy’s foolishness. Too many good things going on for them to be distracted by his media hugging shenanigans. Gavin should have been ashamed to say that the Football Association had him here living on $17 a day. Why did they have to pay him in the first place?? A supposed ‘professional player’ who is supposedly making a good living in the Big US of A, has to be paid to represent the country he so loves? What love he has for TCI. All Gavin Glinton wants to do is just come down to Turks & Caicos on his all-expenses paid vacation every four years or so to party with his friends. But Gavin wouldn’t know any of what is going on because he was only born in that Grand Turk hospital years ago from what I understand and holds the TCI passport. If he cared so much his presence would have been felt in a good way! Not to gripe! Now as for that Billy Forbes, he should have kept himself out of that altogether because upon doing my research I learned that Billy is

A call for repentance Dear Editor, I received a prophetic word from the Lord to begin Faith Seed Ministry. On the birth of this healing ministry, my late mother, Charity Higgs, gave her blessings. Just a few weeks ago a voice spoke to me and said: “I want you to petition the Lord on behalf of the Turks and Caicos Islands by persons who will sow a seed of righteousness unto the Lord; let all come, whether bond men or free men.” I was deterred by Satan who made me to appear like a grasshopper among the giants of ministers. But got a jump start by a spiritual speech by my brother Sam about the little Five Cays boy which empowered me; a faith speech by the little Five Cays boy (Bryant Cox) inspired me; and a special blessing by my spiritual mother, Allen Howell, has impacted

my life. I invite all to come and lay an offering along with your special request on the altar of God. You may visit me for special prayers and spiritual healing at Sam’s Building, downtown Providenciales, daily from 12.40pm to 1.45pm, Saturdays from 8am to 3pm or you may contact me on 246 2696. Come sow a seed today and receive God’s blessings without delay! As it is written: “For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” (Habakkuk 2:3) God promised to do a new thing in TCI! Leonorah Missick


not even a Forbes. Let alone a born Turks & Caicos Islander. As for me, I am appealing to the Turks & Caicos Islands Football Association to please scrutinise people’s documentation before you go pushing trying to assist people for the good of the sport. We can’t have any old Tom, Dick, Harry or Jill carrying TCI passports and calling themselves ‘ambassadors’. This is a travesty! I am also appealing to the parents and guardians who are benefiting from the development and hard work of the Football Association, to please speak up and represent them. Let your voices be heard, and let the world know the good of the TCIFA! I thank you! Lofton Brooks

Dear Editor, The reality is that the constitution that has been published is by and large what those of us who met with the Minister in London expected to receive. That is however not the issue. The issue is that it is not a constitution that has the buy in of the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands because it is not a negotiated document. That is a significant indictment. The document remains a document that is designed to transfer governance from Turks and Caicos Islanders and place it exclusively in the hands of the British Government in the person of their appointed Governor. There is nothing in it that is worthy of celebration because nothing in it speaks to the hopes,

dreams and aspirations of Turks and Caicos Islanders. The reality is that we have come too far and accomplished too much for ourselves - we therefore cannot be satisfied with a constitution that does not recognise our worth as a people. We aspire to be more than a ‘territory’. This constitution does not recognise that. It makes the Government of the people subservient to the dictates of those in a far away land and rapes us of our worth as a people. I will never be satisfied and will therefore do everything that I can to hasten the day when we can negotiate the constitution of our choosing. Clayton Greene PNP leader



THE DIRECT rule Government was installed here because of the early 2009 Commission of Inquiry. To rule you must plan and to plan you must establish priorities. The inquiry hearings were stunning. Reporting maladministration and corruption they stopped short because legally what they revealed had to be rediscovered by SIPT. However there was no priority to fund SIPT; it took a whole year. Not one elected official has been charged. SIPT says ‘we are working on it’; two and a half years after the inquiry and still working on it! Direct rule because of corruption then delay its investigation? It took a year and a half after this Governor arrived to fund the $350m in debt built up without adequate oversight. Funding is loans not capital. Meanwhile our credit rating went haywire and local suppliers went hungry. TCI Bank went down along with the people’s and NIB money while this Governor ruled. Yet no priority to investigate the bank, NIB or FSC failings. All players in the squandering of millions of the people’s dollars. The bank branch in North

By David Tapfer Caicos provided a place to cash cheques and have accounts without wasting $100 and a day visiting Provo. Now hundreds of North/Middle government employees must take time off from their jobs to bank in Provo. Who in this government is putting pressure on Scotiabank or First Caribbean to provide one day a week, maybe Saturday, to conduct banking in North/Middle? Three years after Hurricane Hanna, the dirt causeway, the sole lifeline for Middle Caicos and the promise of the future of TCI, remains in ruins and is dangerously close to impassable. The needs of North/Middle islands have been ignored by this Governor.

Civil service reform has been addressed in fits and misplaced spats, and poor government services and maladministration at all levels continues. Electricity rates have doubled while Fortis rolls in money and the stevedoring monopoly is yet to be questioned. We are pushing for farm produce from Kew but have not given the farmers one piece of equipment. Two farm tractors brought in for road work are usually idle on North/Middle and we continue to plant without equipment. Has anyone in government heard about a tool called a ‘plow’. Robinson Crusoe farmed with a wooden shovel. Hooray, we have spades made of steel! To build a new airport we spend millions raising ticket costs which discourage tourists and Islanders’ travel plans. Our Tourist Board promotes in our Governor’s favourite place – Canada. Canada has only 10 per cent of the US population and is much farther away. Euro countries, the original justification for airport expansion, have economies going down the drain of bad priorities!

Please note that all submissions are subject to editing in keeping with defamation laws and newspaper style. Letters should be accompanied by the author’s full name, location and phone number. Names will be withheld if requested.

July 30 - August 5, 2011




50-year-old Hurricane warning changes message in bottle

CHANGES to the way hurricane and storm warnings are given have been announced. A tropical storm watch will now be issued when tropical storm conditions are possible along the coast within 48 hours; previously a storm watch was issued at 36 hours. A tropical storm warning will now be issued when tropical

storm conditions are expected within 36 hours; previously 24 hours was used. Similar changes will apply to hurricane watches and warnings which will be timed to produce 48 and 36 hour notices respectively, before the onset of hurricane force winds. Alerts to hurricanes will be issued 60 hours before.

Public shelters: PROVIDENCIALES


Enid Capron Primary School, Five Cays

Sandy Point Community Centre

Oseta Jolly Primary School, Blue Hills

Kew Community Centre

– Five Cays, Providenciales

– Blue Hills, Providenciales New Testament Church

– Off Millennium Highway, Providenciales St. Monica’s Anglican Church

– Cheshire Hall, off Leeward Highway, Providenciales

– Central Area, Sandy Point – Central Area, Kew

Adelaide Oemler Primary School

– Central Area, Bottle Creek Lighthouse Church

– Richmond, Bottle Creek SOUTH CAICOS

Healing Waters Ministries Church Off Millennium Highway

Mt. Oliver Baptist Church

Precious Treasures School


– Providenciales

– Near Light Industrial Subdivision, Discovery Bay, Providenciales MIDDLE CAICOS Conch Bar Community Centre

– Central Town Area, Conch Bar Mt. Moriah Baptist Church

– Central Town Area, Conch Bar Bambarra Community Centre

– Downtown (Central), South Caicos

Green Door

– Old Naval Base, Lighthouse Road, Grand Turk Community College

– Old Naval Base, Lighthouse Road, Grand Turk SALT CAY Community Centre (Club House)

– South District, Salt Cay Methodist Church Hall

– North District, Salt Cay

– Central Town Area, Bambarra

Turtle Cove Marina Turks and Caicos Islands Ship Yard Turtle Tail Marina and South Side Marine

North Caicos: The new Sandy Point Marina South Caicos:

A COCA-COLA bottle washed ashore in the TCI has been making international headlines after it was found to contain a message dating back five decades. The bottle was discovered by Clint Buffington, a 27-year-old frequent visitor to the Islands whose hobby is to collect messages in bottles he finds while beach-combing and tracing the sender. His latest discovery was found to hold a message for a woman living 2,000 miles away in New Hampshire, USA. Some time between 1960 and 1980, Paula Pierce’s father had written, in now barely decipherable script, ‘Return it to 419 Ocean Boulevard and resieve [sic] a reward of $150 from Tina, owner of Beachcomber’. Tina is Paula’s mother. Paula thinks her dad wrote it to tease his business-savvy wife. Somehow it made it all the way to the TCI where Buffington found it – and posted it to Paula at her family’s business, the Beachcomber Motel in Hampton Beach. Buffington, who runs the website w w w. m e s s a g e i n a b o t t l e h u n t e r., told CBS News: “A message from the past like this carries special weight. And I’m just really glad to be part of that.” Paula, whose parents passed away several years ago, said she was shocked to discover the note in the mail. “It like jumped up off the page at me. And I was like, that’s my father’s writing. That is my father’s writing!” She added that it had given her “chills”. “I actually started to cry. I feel like they’re sending me a message somehow.” CUT HERE

Marine shelters for boats: Providenciales:

found in TCI

Two small land locks at Conch Ground Bay (small local fishing boats) West Caicos: West Caicos Marina Grand Turk & Salt Cay: North and South Creek

Clint Buffington, from Illinois, is a frequent visitor to the TCI where he has found a number of messages in bottles washed ashore.

The message reads ‘Return it to 419 Ocean Boulevard and resieve [sic] a reward of $150 from Tina, owner of Beachcomber’.



July 30 - August 5, 2011


Maskanoo is an event for all ages, say organisers

Maskanoo ‘bigger and better’ this year By Kin-z Francis Newly ordained Bishop Edwin Lightbourne (centre) is a former chaplain to the House of Assembly.

New bishop in the TCI

PASTOR Edwin J Lightbourne Jr has been ordained to the holy office of bishop. The ordination took place on July 10 at House of Prayer Ministries in Providenciales. Four other ministers, including his wife Rev Prophetess Sandra Ann Lightbourne, Rev Vernon Alco Williams, Rev Evangelist Enid Smith and Rev Philip Edwards, were ordained too. Moderating the service was Pastor Alvin Harvey of the Living Word Centre Ministries. The service was well attended by pastors, the new bishop’s family and friends from across the TCI. Also in attendance was Bishop

Franklyn Capron and wife, minister Lorna Capron, originally from the Islands but now residing in Florida. Bishop Capron is now the Florida Regional Director for International Congress of Churches and Ministers (ICCM). Visiting the country for the very first time was the speaker of the night, Bishop Darrell Croft of the US, who serves as the international world missions director for the ICCM. His preaching moved the congregation and sent shockwaves of emotion through the audience. He described the House of Prayer Ministries as “turning the corner” into a new era of ministry that would spread out all over the TCI and the

Developing human rights in TCI TCI is once again a participant in a UK initiative to show its commitment to improving human rights in its overseas territories. The TCI Human Rights Commission will develop a national human rights action plan over the next few weeks. Winsome Fearon, president of children’s charity CAPAA, has been tasked by the Commonwealth Foundation to collect relevant data on existing and planned commitments of the TCI. The exercise aims to assess the current human rights situation by using information that is already in the public domain, as well as by asking people for their views. It will draw on the strengths of human rights workshops held in January where key stakeholders participated in training sessions. To complete the action plan, discussions will take place with government departments, public

agencies and civil society groups. Information collected will be used to identify where the priorities are and what these will involve in terms of changes to legislation, policy, practice and the resources needed to bring about these changes. This is funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). The action plan will cover a number of topics and will be divided into the following sections: the TCI’s existing and planned commitments to international human rights, effective enforcement of rights, roles and responsibilities of public officials in protecting rights, national human rights institutions, the role of civil society and reporting to UN treaty bodies.

world. The ordination service was followed by a night of celebration at Club Tropicana, which included performances by the Gospel Pioneers, the House of Prayer Ministries Youth Department and a special song for Bishop Lightbourne sung by the Bassett family called ‘God favoured me’ by Hezekiah Walker.

First Caribbean gives schools a cash boost STUDENTS at Enid Capron Primary School and the Community Christian Academy became the latest to benefit from donations from CIBC First Caribbean bank. Cheques were handed to both schools to help pay for this year’s graduation ceremonies. The bank’s country manager, Sherma Hercules, said: “Our level of commitment extends beyond the walls of our bank. “It spreads into the communities we serve. Our commitment ensures a brighter future for everyone. “We know that the students look forward to these ceremonies as they get the opportunity to be awarded for their hard work and dedication. “CIBC First Caribbean enjoys celebrating with them on their special day and we hope that they choose us as their preferred bank when they have the buying power in the future.” Other recipients of 2011 donations by the company included Raymond Gardiner High School, TCHTA’s Lil Chefs, Jadot Golf Tournament, Provo Hockey League and Fools’ Regatta. First Caribbean Bank is the largest, regionally-listed bank in the English and Dutch-speaking Caribbean, serving over 500,000 accounts in 17 markets.

CULTURE chiefs have unveiled plans for this year’s colourful Maskanoo celebrations. The event scheduled for December 26, according to Director of Culture David Bowen and organisers is going to be “bigger and better” than last year’s event. The route for the event will remain the same, with only slight alterations to accommodate vendors and the crowd. However the starting time has been changed to 3pm to suit families with children. Scotiabank was announced as Maskanoo’s lead sponsor and more are being sought. Anyone wishing to provide sponsorship can contact the Hotel and Tourism Association (HTA) on 941-5787 in order to make their contributions. Resorts who may find it difficult to provide staff members to take part in the event can still play a role by sponsoring another group of persons. Like last year there will be food, drinks and various crafts on sale by various vendors. There is still space for more vendors so any who wish to be at this year’s event can do so for a reasonable price by also contacting the HTA. Mr Bowen outlined some of the key participants of last year’s event that are sure to make an appearance this year such as We Funk, Barbara Johnson and King Yellow. “There will be a surprise group,” Mr Bowen revealed. “Persons will be surprised. Music is an important component of Maskanoo, and there will be performances that will be enjoyable

to both locals and tourists.” A workshop headed by Mr Bowen will begin in September focusing on the making of costumes and masks for the event. Persons wishing to participate in the workshops can contact Mr Bowen on 941-8434. The emphasis will be on ‘going green’ with materials used from items found and salvaged. Questions were asked pertaining to the clash of beliefs about Maskanoo and Junkanoo. Mr Bowen believes that Maskanoo is a new and original event that will help make the Turks and Caicos culture much more unique. He also believes that despite the fact that the Turks and Caicos Islands is a multi-cultural nation, our “identity must be maintained”. Though the “nature of culture has changed” it’s important that we have something that shows and highlights the past of these Islands. In order to garner more support for the event Mr Bowen will be conducting a series of visits to various schools and instructing art teachers on the preparation of costumes. In the future organisers hope that the original route can be greatly expanded. They wish to see the route stretching from the Sands resort roundabout to the roundabout at Seven Stars. The Cultural and Arts Commission has been selected by organisers to receive funds from this year’s events. Maskanoo 2011 is promised to be an event that all ages and backgrounds can enjoy as the main aim of the organisation is to ‘keep it family’.

Road smash sparks blackouts A ROAD smash in Providenciales sparked three island-wide power cuts on Monday. The accident in Leeward Highway at 12.13pm caused telephone and TV cables to interact with electricity lines. Fortis TCI engineers managed to restore service after just over an hour. But 30 minutes later

another outage, lasting almost two hours, occurred triggered by the same incident. On Monday night, Provo was plunged into darkness for around half an hour due to a third service interruption at around 8pm. Fortis TCI bosses apologised for the inconvenience.

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The walls are decorated with colourful hand painted murals

Josephina Heredia plays video games with a child

Daycare centre for children opens By Kin-z Francis A NEW daycare centre catering especially for busy parents has opened up in Providenciales. The ‘Kids’ Club’, opened by sisters Marie Handfield and Josephina Heredia under the inspiration of gym owner John Wright, focuses on helping young children learn as well as have fun. John Wright expressed that the idea arose when many persons who attended his gym needed someone to watch their children. The Kids’ Club, which is located directly below Wrightfully Fit Gym in Turtle Cove, allows parents to drop their children off whilst they use the gym upstairs. Operating from 7am to 7pm Monday to Friday and from 8pm

to 2pm on Saturday the Kids’ Club caters to all people living on island, not only those who use the gym. Marie, who was born in France and has lived in the TCI since 1984, spoke of her desire to make the children’s experience enjoyable as well as educational, with youngsters exposed to two new languages, French and Spanish. Her sister Josephina, who hand painted the incredible murals on the walls of the day care centre, will be teaching art to the youngsters. Marie explained some of the activities that would take place during the week. “On Wednesdays we have a pizza party, Fridays we have a pool party and Monday is movie day. We watch the new movies that have been

released.” The Kids’ Club will also have an after-school programme in place. Children whose parents have to work can be dropped off and they will receive help with their homework. Two snacks are offered each day and the children only need to bring their own lunch on four days out of the week. The sisters hope to see a minimum of 10 children each day. At a rate of $5 an hour or $25 a day, they believe this is an affordable option. There is also a special price of $150 for the whole week. Those with more than two children will receive $30 off the price for the second child. The first 10 clients also get $30 off the weekly rate for the first week. John Wright reinforced what the

TCI golfers prepare to tee off against regional competitors ROYAL Bank of Canada (RBC) has been named sponsor of the Caribbean’s premier golfing event, the 55th Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships (CAGC 2011). Trinidad and Tobago will host the best of the Caribbean’s amateur golfers – including some from the TCI – when the tournament tees off from August 1 to 6, at the Millennium Lakes Golf Club, Trincity. Sharing plans for the event, president of the Caribbean Golf Association, Asraph Ali, was effusive in praising the main sponsors. “We are quite pleased that RBC, one of the largest financial institutions in the region, has agreed

to assume the role of title sponsor. “They have brought significant resources to the successful management and hosting of the event.” Suresh Sookoo, CEO of Caribbean Banking at RBC, added: “RBC proudly supports golf around the world through high profile relationships with the PGA tour, the PGA of America, Golf Canada and the Stephen Ames Cup for young golfers from Trinidad and Tobago and Canada. “In the Caribbean where golf is a growing sport, RBC considers this sponsorship an important element of our brand and business objectives

and an opportunity to be at the forefront of broadening the appeal of the sport.” This year marks the 12th occasion that Trinidad and Tobago will host the championships. The tournament will showcase the individual skills of the players in the national teams, as they strive to take away trophies in six categories. Challenging the hosts for regional supremacy on the links will be teams from around the region including the Bahamas, Barbados, Cayman Islands, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States, Puerto Rico, the TCI and the US Virgin Islands.

sisters said about the daycare centre catering for all. “If you need someone to watch your children for an hour while you do your shopping, you can drop them off and pick them up later. If you have to run errands, you can drop them off,” he said.

Marie expressed her gratitude to her sister, Mr Wright and her friend Laura Watson who played a key role in ensuring that the establishment was up and running. The sisters hope to see as many children as possible throughout the course of the summer.

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fitness Tip 

Just do it! I BET everybody knows the famous Nike slogan ‘Just do it’. I haven’t the least idea what the philosophy is behind it but the other day while I was getting dressed to go out for a run I saw it and, for real, it gave me an extra push. I felt lazy that day, I didn’t want anything other than to stay in bed for a little longer. I felt no energy running through my veins and I was already thinking how slow that hour would go by. But when I came across Nike’s slogan I thought to myself, this is not the first time I have felt like this, I’ve been through it before and found that inner strength to make it through that session, so I’m gonna do it again today. Of course it might not be one of my best training sessions but for sure it will be one more stone in helping me build the bridge towards my goal. I’m pretty sure you all can relate to that feeling. There are days


when you feel like Superman or Superwoman and the weights are light, you surprise even yourself by how much weight you can lift and on the treadmill, wow, you could run for hours without stopping. Some other days though you just feel heavy, like you are all chained up, and you keep checking the 5lbs dumbbells just to make sure that by mistake you didn’t take the 15lbs ones. But it might just be those sessions that are the difference makers in the long term. Because you know what? Anyone can train hard when he

Consistency is key to reaching your goal

feels like the Energizer Bunny, but the difference in results comes with those dragging workouts. Consistency is what, most of the time, will help you reach your goal. Sometimes, even when you don’t

feel like it, you just have to ‘clock in’ and do some work. By the end of that session you will be very proud of yourself and most of the time you will feel energised and will have some extra

motivation to carry you through the whole process. So prove yourself and others who matter to you that you’re a fighter, and no matter how low or down you feel, get up and ‘Just do it!’

health Tip 

Chilled cantaloupe soup


• 1 cantaloupe - peeled, seeded and cubed • 2 cups orange juice • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice • Quarter tsp ground cinnamon


• Peel, seed and cube the cantaloupe. Place cantaloupe and half cup of orange juice in a blender or food processor; cover and process until smooth. • Transfer to large bowl. Stir in lime juice, cinnamon and remaining orange juice. Cover, and refrigerate for at least one hour. Garnish with mint if desired.

Why cantaloupes are good for you By Phillip Simmons ACCORDING to, cantaloupes are known worldwide to provide many advantages. Commonly known as musk melons, these fruits are the most well known kind of melons in the United States. They are loved because of their appetisingly rich flavour and the aroma which never fails to delight the tastebuds of any food lover. Cantaloupes’ health advantages are numerous. They’re a very good source of vitamin A and are rich in concentrated beta-carotene. They are also said to reduce the growth of cataracts, and are reported to be better than carrots for the eyesight. Cantaloupes may also prevent

Cantaloupes are reported to be better than carrots for the eyesight.

cancer and the development of cells responsible for damaging a person’s oxygen levels. Scientist have proven that cantaloupes are good for you. The health benefits are not just for

anybody who is prone to sickness but also for healthy people who need prevention for future diseases that may arise. Prevention is better than cure. Cantaloupes also contain vitamins

C, B3 and B6, potassium, folate, dietary fibre, and niacin. They lend an efficient support to the body too, by allowing good carbohydrate metabolism and blood sugar stability.

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Lifestyle... How does your garden grow



Choosing your fertiliser ALL fertilisers are labelled with three numbers that represent the primary nutrients that plants need: nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium. They are always listed as a percentage of those nutrients and always in that order. For example, a 4-1-2 fertiliser contains four per cent, by weight, nitrogen, one per cent phosphorous and two per cent potassium. These can occur in different ratios and combinations but they all represent the strength or concentration of the fertiliser. So an 8-2-4 would be twice as concentrated as a 4-1-2. This is important when comparing prices because it would take twice as much of the second fertiliser to equal the same amount of nutrient as the first. Nitrogen is very important in plants for good foliage growth and a dark green colour. Phosphorous is important for rooting and also for blooming and potassium is important for cold hardiness and plays a role in fruiting and blooming. It is possible to use a balanced fertiliser, one where the three numbers are equal or close to one another (15-15-15), throughout the growing cycle. A better plan is to



Bargain beauty

THERE’S no need to spend big bucks on fancy products when you can easily make a wonderful face mask with items you probably have in your kitchen right now. • To revive tired, dull skin, crack open an egg in a bowl, separate the yolk and whisk the egg white. Apply the egg white directly to your face, leave it on for five minutes, then rinse off. The proteins help to heal and restore skin’s moisture. • Looking for an inexpensive way to exfoliate? Try cornmeal. Mixed with warm water, it makes a nice scrub that has the extra benefit of absorbing any extra oil in your pores. Use no more than twice a week. • Sugar mixed with a little olive oil makes another good facial scrub. And while you’re busy cleansing, don’t forget your lips – they look plumper and smoother if you scrub them too.


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A good fertiliser contains various micronutrients needed for healthy plants.

look for a fertiliser brand that has at least two formulas to accommodate different stages in the plants growing cycle and/or different varieties of plants. For vegetables grown mostly for their leaves (salad or other greens), a fertiliser with more nitrogen than anything else (a higher first number) is best. For vegetables that flower first like peppers and tomatoes, a fertiliser with a higher proportion of phosphorus (a higher middle number) works well. Alternatively, some gardeners produce great results by using a high growth (high nitrogen) formula for the beginning of the growth cycle and then switch to a high bloom (high phosphorus) fertiliser when the plants begin to flower. Micronutrients: The three primary micronutrients have been discussed but what about the other micronutrients that plants need to stay healthy? Fortunately the better fertiliser companies have added these micronutrients to their products as well. It is a good idea to look for a brand of fertiliser that includes additives to address necessary micronutrients. The following is a list of micronutrients and their functions: Calcium (Ca) Strongly influences proper soil pH Essential to strong cell wall structure and cell division Can improve soil structure and water retention Magnesium (Mg) Plays an important role in photosynthesis and chlorophyll production A necessary component in many

essential enzyme systems within plants Important in aiding the plants’ use of phosphorous Sulfur (S) Works with nitrogen to produce new protein for plant growth Plays an important role in the utilisation of oxygen Influences the level of activity of soil microorganisms Iron (Fe) Necessary for the formation of the chlorophyll Aids in the activation of a number of biochemical processes within the plant Manganese (Mn) Important to the formation of chlorophyll and the activation of the initial growth process





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.

How much fluid do I need when I am breastfeeding? Many mothers who are breastfeeding usually find they are more thirsty than usual and should try to drink about 13 cups of liquids per day. A good suggestion is to drink a glass of water or other beverage each time you breastfeed. Other liquids such as low-fat milk or 100 per cent fruit juices are good choices since they provide much needed calcium and vitamin C respectively. However, breastfeeding moms need not drink only cow’s milk in order for her to make milk but she must have a good supply of calcium in the diet. I know you are wondering about the extra stuff such as wine, tea or coffee; surprisingly, the American Academy of Pediatrics suggest it is OK for moms to have an occasional glass of red wine or cup of coffee. As for me, I would suggest you err on the side of caution and avoid those beverages if you can.

Do I really need to eat more food (calories) now that I am breastfeeding? The answer is yes; however, the eating for two philosophy that our mothers once advocated is not entirely true. A woman who is breastfeeding should aim to get at least 300 to 500 extra calories per day for the first six months of the baby’s life. These extra calories should not be ‘empty’ calories coming from foods such as cookies and cake because they have very little nutritional value. A growing baby needs vitamins and minerals, among other nutrients, that can be supplied by the mother eating a balanced diet consisting of complex carbohydrates, protein and fats. Eating a diet such as this, not only ensures your breast milk is of premium nutritional value, but it can also help you to shed that unwanted baby weight gain.

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Zinc (Zn) Necessary for the production of chlorophyll Copper (Cu) Important in the synthesis of certain plant growth substances Serves as an activator for several essential enzymes Chlorine (Cl) May help in the regulation of osmotic pressure within the plant cell Both organic and chemical fertilisers are available in dry and liquid forms. Once a decision is made concerning which type to use, the information in this article can be applied to compare and select the most economical brands. Regardless of which brand is selected it is a good idea to have a few favourites and switch fertilisers every few months.

Ice cream tubs

WASH out empty plastic ice cream tubs and use them as lunchboxes or to store food in the fridge. They’re also ideal for storing all sorts of things around the house, shed or garage such as batteries, nails and screws, small toys, make up, pencils, and all those little bits and pieces that normally end up as clutter.


Regional News


Sandals to spend US$500m in regional expansion One luxury suite for every year of resort’s existence, says Stewart OCHO RIOS, St Ann — Sandals Resorts International (SRI) says it will spend US$500 million to expand its brand and in the process revolutionise tourism in Jamaica and the Caribbean. SRI Chief Executive Officer Adam Stewart unveiled some of the planned initiatives which will unfold over the next seven to eight years across the Caribbean, and will include the construction of new resorts. “The Sandals City resort is very much under development,” Stewart said of the previously announced 250-luxury-room resort that is to be built on approximately five acres of land along Oxford Road in Kingston. Plans are also far advanced for the construction of a new off-shore village that is being built at Sandals Grande St Lucian, in the eastern Caribbean island, for which ground was broken last week. Some 150 luxury suites, including the company’s signature over-thewater suites accommodation, are to be constructed. Stewart’s announcement comes as the Sandals Group, which includes Appliance Traders and the Jamaica Observer, is celebrating its 30th anniversary. He said 30 luxury suites would be built to represent every year that the company had been in business. The Sandals CEO noted that the luxurious over-the-water-suites would, among other amenities, feature glass floors, and would be another first for Sandals and tourism in the Caribbean; as that type of accommodation had never been done in the region. “The whole over-the-water-suite concept is a vacation product that has never been done in the Caribbean, it

has never been approved anywhere, and so we have been working with the governments trying to get the relevant environmental approvals,” Stewart told the Observer Saturday night after he unveiled the new initiatives during a celebration at Sandals Grande Riviera in Ocho Rios. Stewart said that throughout Sandals’ 30-year journey, many changes had been implemented to ensure it remained on top, and that accommodations like the over-thewater-suites and other expansion would further cement Sandals’ position as leaders in the industry. “There’s nobody in Mexico or the Caribbean doing anything nearly as extravagant in an all-inclusive environment as Sandals... This is high-demand product, this is product that customers will come from all parts of the globe to come and experience,” Stewart said, noting that it would boost hotel occupancy and create more jobs. Other plans, the CEO said, include the expansion of the Beaches brand with the construction of a 400-room resort at Whitehouse in Westmoreland, 100 private luxury suites at Beaches Negril and a 400room resort at Bloody Bay in Negril. He said designs were also being done for Beaches properties in St Lucia and Antigua. Stewart also spoke about the Dragon Bay development in Portland which he said was very significant, as it would be a high-end development. But he pointed out that it was unlikely to come to fruition before an aerodrome was built in the parish. “We are strongly encouraging the Government to do whatever they need to do to put in an aerodrome to develop that part

Haiti police investigating death of opposition deputy A HAITIAN police spokesman says detectives are investigating the fatal shooting of an opposition deputy after a pistol belonging to one of his body guard’s fired off a round. Frantz Lerebours of the Haitian National Police said Monday that the 9 millimeter accidentally went off and killed Dionald Polyte. The lawmaker was traveling to the Haitian capital in a car with

two of his guards. Polyte of the Unity party was recently elected to his post in a long, drawn-out election marred with violence and fraud. He represented the towns of Pestel and Beaumont in the far-western department of Grand-Anse. President Michel Martelly called for an investigation and sent his condolences to the family. (

of Port Antonio. The Sandals group would really like to see the Government, whoever is in power, keep Portland as a very high-end destination,” Stewart added. Another of the company’s plans include an off-shore island at Sandals Royal Caribbean in Montego Bay, where several over-the-water suites are also to be constructed. Stewart said while the Jamaican Government was yet to give its final approval, he was optimistic that the new innovation would soon become a reality. Meanwhile, chairman and founder of Sandals Resorts, Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart said that for 17 consecutive years his hotel chain had been ranked as the world’s best allinclusive hotels and commended his over 10,000-strong team members for their continued commitment to the company. “What it means is that we have the best staff in the world. I don’t care how good you are, you need good staff to do that,” the senior Stewart told Saturday’s gathering, to thunderous applause from employees and guests. The chairman, reflecting on the many successes of Sandals over the last three decades, said the company had placed a lot of emphasis on staff training, adding that Sandals employees were among the most elite in the industry. He spoke about the large number of people he had encountered while he was on business ventures globally, who had received their training at Sandals properties across the Caribbean. Senior vice-president of sales for North America, Gary Sadler, who was repeatedly praised for his effort by the chairman and the CEO, said Sandals continued to remain on top of its game because it had more quality inclusion than any other hotel in the region. Sadler pointed to Sandals’ continuous global marketing and public relations campaigns which, he said, had helped to promote tourism in Jamaica and the Caribbean. The Sandals brand and its products were highlighted Saturday night with several top-notch video presentations showcasing the different experiences including accommodation, food, entertainment, bars and nightlife, weddings, land and water activities and kids’ programmes, among others. The work of Sandals Foundation and Sandals’ tour company, Island Routes, were also highlighted. (

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‘Dengue fever’ symptoms rise in the Bahamas THE number of persons showing symptoms of dengue fever continues to rise at Princess Margaret Hospital. Speaking on Monday about the increase of patients with dengue fever symptoms, Dr Collin Bullard, Chief of Service for the Accident and Emergency at Princess Margaret Hospital (PHM), said there has been some “outbreak” but results are needed to confirm what type of viral illness is being experienced. “What we are seeing here at PHM,” he said, “is a lot of patients presenting with symptoms that are consistent with dengue fever - it has been in the hundreds, 70 to 100 people a day presenting with these symptoms.” “There has been a definite increase in the number and it is hard to say where this is going and we have reached the peak of this outbreak, but right now we are seeing a significant number of cases,” said Dr Bullard. According to Dr Bullard dengue fever is a viral illness transmitted by mosquitos, which cannot be spread from person to person. He continued that symptoms include fever, headache, chills, eye pain and general body and muscle aches, similar to that of the flu. Because the accident and emergency department is becoming “overwhelmed” with the number of patients it receives on a daily basis, Dr Bullard said he is encouraging the public to go to their local clinics for treatment. “Accident and emergency is a very busy place as it is and this on top of that has just compounded a problem,” Dr Bullard said. While awaiting blood test results patients are being diagnosed with acute viral illness based on their clinical presentations. Increasing from the two cases of dengue fever confirmed by the Minister of Health in a press conference last week, Dr Bullard said there have been 34 confirmed cases and another 80 blood samples have been sent off to Trinidad for

testing. Treatment for the disease is symptomatic, as there are no vaccines or specific cures for dengue fever, Dr Bullard emphasised the importance of the public taking preventative measures such as eliminating large bodies of water in the communities to decrease the number of mosquitos in the area. “It is very important that individuals take their own measures to protect themselves and their families from getting bit by mosquitos,” said Dr Bullard. According to Dr Bullard most cases of dengue are self limiting, meaning that the disease resolves on its own, on an average of four to five days. Dr Bullard added that there are very few strains of dengue that are deadly and can cause the lifethreatening haemorrhagic dengue fever, of which no cases have been seen thus far in the Bahamas. For the most part, Dr Bullard, said health authorities are most concerned about young children and infants (less than a year old), patients with heart disease and the elderly. Health Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said preventative measures taken by the government are proceeding adequately and there is no cause for increased concern. “I am happy with the Environmental Health, their fogging is progressing well so far and the mosquito population is decreasing -- the public must continue to do their part as well,” said Dr Minnis. Of the 32 blood results received from Trinidad 20 were positive for dengue fever and 12 negative, which is a clear indication that not everyone with viral symptoms have the disease, said Dr Minnis. Dengue fever is not new to the Bahamas, Dr Minnis said. In 1998 more than 350 and in 2004 more than 150 cases were diagnosed. The Minister reiterated that not all cases showing symptoms of dengue fever are necessarily the disease. (

BP wins Trinidad exploration licence OIL giant BP was yesterday awarded two deep-water exploration blocks off the east coast of Trinidad and Tobago, bringing its total global licence wins in the past 12 months to 31. The latest award came ahead of today’s second-quarter results, which are expected to show that

BP has made an underlying profit of about $5.9 billion (£3.6bn). BP has been operating from the Caribbean islands since the 1960s, with 12 per cent of its global oil and gas production coming from Trinidad. The firm accounts for more than half of Trinidad’s natural gas output. (

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Regional News



PLP says FNM decisions Antigua honeymoon murder case in final stages hurt Bahamians THE PROGRESSIVE Liberal?Party (PLP) this week accused Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham of making “quick, but rash and ill-considered decisions that regretfully harm Bahamians each day.” “Hubert Ingraham and the FNM are paralysed on things that matter to Bahamians, especially on the issue that is most important to Bahamians — crime,”?said the PLP in a statement. The statement was a direct response to one issued on Sunday by the FNM, accusing PLP Leader Perry Christie of being a weak and ineffective leader. Up to earlier this week, 79 murders had been recorded in The Bahamas for the year. “Bahamians hold Hubert Ingraham responsible for crime and the fear of crime,” the PLP said. “He decided to gut urban renewal for political reasons, even after it won awards and international recognition. “He decided to end school policing. He decided to end swift justice. He decided to end the witness protection programme. These bad decisions are likely to result in another year with a record murder rate.” The PLP also accused Ingraham and the FNM of taking care of special interests, saying far too many decisions made by the current administration have hurt Bahamians. “The FNM decided to raise taxes during a recession when other countries were reducing taxes to help citizens through hard times; decided not to consult with local residents and businesses before digging up roads; decided to implement a new investment policy that has closed

Bahamian businesses, will continue to close Bahamian businesses and hurts Bahamians and favours outsiders by allowing foreign ownership of restaurants, night clubs and other forms of entertainment; and decided to sell 51 percent of the Bahamas Telecommunications Company to foreigners,” the PLP said. “They are so busy lining the pockets and fattening the wallets of special interests that they continue to fail in their fundamental duty and responsibility to keep the lights on.” The PLP said its hard work for Bahamians during 2002 to 2007 has also been praised by Bahamians, Standard and Poors as well as the International Monetary Fund. “During the years 2002 to 2007, the Perry Christie-led PLP did not impose one new tax on Bahamians; unemployment was at an ‘irreducible minimum’ (as stated by the IMF); people could get two or three jobs if they wanted; Bahamian road builders were building roads (not foreigners); Bahamian businesses were flourishing and the economy was in such good shape that Hubert Ingraham gave Perry Christie credit in his 2007 budget address to Parliament.” The statement added: “The PLP has always and will always put Bahamians first. It is a party of new and innovative ideas for the future. “Even though the FNM will again leave the economy in shambles, as the new government, the PLP will hit the ground running to serve Bahamians with its new generation of candidates to restore safety in our homes and on the streets and to restore economic security.”(

DR judge finds Haitian children born in DR are Dominican

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic - A judge of the Central Electoral Board (JCE) of the Dominican Republic, defended on Sunday, the right of children born to Haitian workers in the country to have their Dominican identification. Judge Eddy Olivares also said the electoral court has no authority to cancel the identification documents of children born to Haitian parents not having the status of Dominican citizens. He recalled that the majority of Haitians born in the Dominican Republic are now adults, their parents came to the country as laborers on the basis of agreements between the governments of both countries.

“The migration policy of a country is the prerogative of competent institutions and in terms of the Dominican Republic, is the General Directorate of Migration and other government agencies that must deal with it,” he said, adding that “the children of Haitians born in the country, especially those whose parents came as an workmen from agreements between the Haitian and Dominican governments have the right to identity documents.” He said that the JCE can not cancel the identity documents of the children of Haitians, unless these documents have been obtained fraudulently. (

THE JURY in the case of a British couple murdered on their honeymoon in Antigua is to start deliberations. Ben and Catherine Mullany were shot in the head on the last day of their honeymoon at a luxury resort on the Caribbean island of Antigua in 2008. Qualified doctor Mrs Mullany, 31, died instantly, while her 31-yearold physiotherapy student husband was flown back to Swansea on a life support machine. He died a week after the shooting. Final stages of trial Kaniel Martin, 23, and Avie Howell, 20, deny shooting the Welsh couple. They also deny murdering 43-yearold local shopkeeper Woneta Anderson. The two-month long trial, which has seen more than 90 witnesses give evidence, is now in its final stages. If a verdict is reached tomorrow it will be three years to the day after Mr and Mrs Mullany were killed. Mr Mullany’s parents Cynlais

Director of Public Prosecutions Antony Armstrong said both defendants had gunshot residue on their clothing. A bandana with Howell’s DNA was found at the scene of shopkeeper Woneta Anderson’s murder, while Mr Mullany’s stolen Nokia mobile phone was later discovered at Martin’s home. Both defendants declined the option to testify at their trial. Ben and Catherine Mullany went to Antigua as a happy couple.

and Marilyn have visited the Caribbean island and have heard evidence in court on what would have been their son’s third wedding anniversary. Last week, they were joined by their daughter-in-law’s mother and father, David and Rachel Bowen. DNA evidence The prosecution has based its case on DNA evidence and ballistics.

Claims of ‘fixed’ evidence However, Howell and Martin’s defence team described the evidence against their clients as being “circumstantial”. On Monday, Martin’s barrister Marcus Foster went so far as to claim British detectives had “fixed” evidence in order to solve the murder of former police officer Mr Mullany and his wife. Mr Foster said: “They came on a mission... when one of their own was taken. Not just a countryman, but an ex-soldier and police officer.” (

St. Lucia takes 2011 Miss Caribbean Culture title BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – FROM a field of 10 contestants, Miss LuciaOneka McKoy captivated the judges and walked away in her fabulous red dress as the new Miss Caribbean Culture Queen at the Nevis Cultural Complex last night (July 25). The show was held in two parts for the first time in its 6th staging; Sunday night saw the Swimsuit Competition in St. Kitts while last night it climaxed in Nevis with the remaining segments -Talent, Evening Wear and Interview. The First Runner-up position was awarded to Miss Anguilla- Shellya Rogers, who also took Best Talent and Best Interview while Miss St. Kitts-Abigail Liburd took Second Runner-up and Best Evening Wear. Miss Barbados-Dannyele Teneel Leslie was named Third Runner-up. It was a surprise and a great achievement for McKoy to win the title as she entered at the last minute, only three days prior to the swimsuit competition held in St. Kitts on Sunday evening. McKoy also dominated part one of the show winning Best One Piece and Two Piece Swimsuit and Best Ambassadorial Wear. According to Randy Jeffers, owner of the pageant, the show was fabulous and many of the contestants indicated that the hospitality they received was unbelievable and the best they have had going in to pageants in the region. He noted that this was the first time he has ever felt so comfortable around the ladies after the night of

Lucia-Oneka McKoy is the new Ms. Caribbean Culture queen.

the competition. He said all of the contestants were all so relaxed even the ones who did not place and they all embraced McKoy. Jeffers said the pageant would take the same format next year. He

added that he was overwhelmed by the sponsors especially Digicel. Participants from the other countries were: Dominica, Nevis, St. Vincent, Jamaica, Guyana and Montserrat. (



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Ceomar soaks up fun at Sumfest Competition winner Ceomar Williams (centre) enjoys the atmosphere at Reggae Sumfest with Digicel staff.

ONE lucky TCI resident was delighted to scoop an all-expenses paid VIP trip to Jamaica to attend the vibrant Reggae Sumfest celebrations. Ceomar Williams was the winner of Digicel’s ‘text to win’ promotion which earned him the chance to jet to the neighbouring nation with a team from Radio Turks & Caicos which broadcast the festivities. Ceomar was the number one ‘texter’ who participated in the SMS game for the entertainment packed weekend in Montego Bay from July 17 to 23. An avid reggae and dancehall fan, Ceomar said it was his first attendance at the popular festival and that he was very grateful to Digicel for the opportunity. He revealed he had put in a major effort to win the trip – even applying for time off from work early as he was so confident he would win. As luck would have it, Ceomar proved to be more than just a onetime winner. While at Sumfest, he participated in the Jamaica Tourist Board’s raffle and won two airline tickets to any Air Jamaica

destination. He claims this to be his “lucky year”. Radio Turks and Caicos director Chris Jarrett, who led the delegation, said: “The joint venture between RTC and Digicel was bigger and better this year as we were able to showcase the best acts over three days and share their thoughts, views and music with Turks & Caicos. “Most artistes expressed genuine love for the TCI, especially Denroy Morgan, father of Morgan Heritage, who thanked the many fans for their continued support for his children and their music. “Recipient of the Lifetime Achievement award Beres Hammond thanked us for coming and representing TCI as this is his home away from home.” Jamaica’s Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett also had a chance to speak with the TCI team and expressed happiness that Reggae Sumfest had reached the Islands. RTC and programme the Entertainment Report has been covering Sumfest with the help of Digicel since 2007.

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Children turned out in their droves for the class at Graceway Sports Center.

TCI youngsters have been learning the dancefloor moves of the King of Pop.

Young dancers learn to emulate Michael Jackson YOUNGSTERS from Grand Turk and Provo have been learning the steps, moves and choreography of Michael Jackson after attending special workshops by the Cultural and Arts Commission this month. The four classes were headed by former MJ backing dancer, Yuko Sumida-Jackson, and assisted by Culture Director and former professional dancer David Bowen, who starred in the legend’s worldfamous Beat It video. Students were taken through the steps and choreography of hits Thriller, Bad and Beat It. The workshops started in Five Cays community centre during the Youth Affairs Summer Camp on July 13. One student in particular, Ahsaam Arthur of the Enid Capron Primary School, stood out and was given the chance to perform and show off his MJ moves to Ms Jackson. Not only was Ahsaam the recipient of a signed photograph of MJ and Yuko but he also received a scholarship to study dance at the Bowen Dance Academy (BDA), run by Shara Goldsmith-Bowen. Although the numbers were small, Grand Turk students took on the second workshop in style. The Dillon Hall was the place to be on July 16 where youngsters were put through their paces. Metaya Adams and Widlyn Aristil, both 11, were the recipients of an autographed photo of Yuko and MJ for being the most outstanding male and female dancers. The last two workshops took place at Graceway Sports Center (GSC) and the Edward Gartland Youth Center. The mixed age groups

at GSC were thrilled to have a chance to learn some of Jackson’s classic moves. Even the GSC director, Chad Davis, got in on the act. By far the most exciting workshop took place at the youth centre. The teens worked hard and performed the moves with style and grace. In a surprise twist the girl group was the most polished and, according to Bowen, they learned and performed the choreography with perfection. Junior TUCA dancers, Wisland Toussaint and Edwardo Villanueva, both received the autographed photos for best dancers. Special recognition

for hard work and determination went to young dancers Watkinson Elisma from Provo Children’s Home and Bianca Radu. They were also the winners of the scholarship offered by BDA. At the end of each workshop, Ms Jackson conducted a question and answer session which enabled the dancers to ask questions about life on tour with MJ and also about her background as a dance student of David Bowen in Japan from age 18 to 24. Yuko also shared some insight to her special diet and a new fitness technique she developed

called ‘awakening’ which is a combination of various styles of fitness and health exercises all blended and designed to keep the body healthy and fit. Yuko also spoke about her newly released autobiography, ‘Jackson in Japan’. In the book she relates her five-year experience as the only female dancer hired to tour with MJ and also on her life as a young dancer in Japan from her early years at 11 years old to her beginning as a student of Bowen and the dance school Studio Ichihara Ban Gai, then going on to becoming his assistant and finally making the move to LA

Yuko Sumida-Jackson is a former backing dancer for Michael Jackson and a student of David Bowen.

Grand Turk students were thrilled to get the chance to learn the steps.

where she quickly gained fame as a dancer working with MJ and other stars such as Prince, Paula Abdul, Janet Jackson, Baby Face, Cher and a host of others. Bowen and Jackson are now working on plans to bring Yuko’s students from Japan to the TCI to do special dance and ‘awakening’ workshops in the near future. There are also plans to take a few local students to Japan as part of a cultural exchange between the TCI and the Asian nation. The Cultural and Arts Commission thanked all sponsors for enabling the workshops to take place.



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Mexican judge finds 14-year-old U.S. citizen guilty of beheadings A 14-YEAR-OLD American citizen has been found guilty in a Mexican court of torturing and beheading at least four people and kidnapping three others. Judge Jose Luis Jaimes sentenced the teenager, known as “El Ponchis” (“The Cloak”) to three years in a correctional facility -- the maximum sentence allowed under Mexican law because of his age. The teen also must pay a 4.5 million-peso fine (about $400,000). Mexican authorities also said the 14-year-old was responsible for at least three kidnappings as an operative for the South Pacific Cartel. The teenager’s age -- and his oncamera description of the slayings -- brought international attention to the case. Analysts said the dramatic example showed how Mexican drug gangs were increasingly recruiting youths. Neither the public nor the media had access to the trial because of the defendant’s age. Only the judge, attorneys, family members and a human rights observer were inside the courtroom. Prosecutors called 43 witnesses to the stand during six days of testimony that ended Monday, prosecutor Jose Manuel Serrano Salmero said. There were no witnesses for the defense, juvenile court spokesman Irvin Vergara said. Family members were present, but

Rescuers arrive at the site where a military transport plane crashed in southern Morocco, with reports of 78 people dead. (CNN photo) The teenager known as “El Ponchis” (“The Cloak”) said he had killed four people by slitting their throats.

Vergara wouldn’t specify who was at the trial held in Miacatlan, near the central Mexican city of Cuernavaca. According to Vergara, the defendant showed good behaviour during the proceedings that normally began at 9 a.m. and lasted until the early evening. “He was calm, relaxed, and serious. There were no interruptions or disturbances during the trial,” he said. Shortly after authorities apprehended him, the slim teenager with curly hair answered reporters’ questions. “How many have you killed?” one reporter asks. “Four,” responds the accused,

who seems calm and collected in a video of the interview. “How did you execute them?” the questioner continues. “I slit their throats,” the teen replies. Authorities recorded the video only hours after they arrested the teenager near Mexico City last December as he was allegedly trying to catch a flight to Tijuana to flee to the United States. A YouTube video that circulated last year purportedly showed the teenager beating a man with a twoby-four while the man was tied at the wrists and hanging from the ceiling, as other young people watched. (CNN)

Plane crash kills 78 in Morocco A PLANE crash in southern Morocco killed 78 people Tuesday, the state news agency reported. The Moroccan C-130 military plane crashed in the southern part of the country, state-run Agence Maghreb Arabe Presse reported. The aircraft, belonging to Morocco’s Royal Armed Forces, crashed into a mountain as it attempted to land at a military airport about eight kilometres (five miles) away, the news agency said. Three people were hurt. The plane was flying from Agadir to Al-dakhla and was carrying 81

people -- 60 military, 12 civilians and nine crew members, Agence Maghreb Arabe Presse reported, citing a military statement. The plane crashed at 9 a.m. (4 a.m. ET), 10 kilometres away from the city of Guelmim, the statement said. Local news agency, citing sources with knowledge of the event, said rescue efforts were ongoing. Ali Anozla, managing editor of Lakome, said local sources told him the cause of the crash was bad weather. (CNN)

Norway police begin releasing names of attack victims Norwegian police have begun releasing the names of those killed in last week’s bombing and massacre, as the country struggles to cope with the tragedy. Police Tuesday named the first four of the 76 victims - three who were killed in the bomb blast in the capital, Oslo, and one in the shooting rampage at an island youth camp. The defense lawyer for the Norwegian suspect, Anders Behring Breivik, says the case suggests his client is insane. Earlier Tuesday, during a news conference in Oslo, defense attorney Geir Lippestad said Breivik, who has confessed to the massacre, is not aware of the death toll nor of the public response to the attacks Friday. Lippestad told reporters it is too early to say if his client would plead insanity. While Breivik has admitted responsibility for the attacks, he has pleaded not guilty to the terrorism charges, claiming he acted to save Europe from what he says is Muslim

colonization. In Washington, U.S. President Barack Obama visited the residence of the Norwegian ambassador to personally offer his condolences for the innocent victims of the twin attacks. Accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, Mr. Obama said he was heartbroken by the tragic loss of life, and reassured the Norwegian people that the United States stands with them. Mr. Obama on Saturday condemned the “senseless” attacks, calling the tragedy a reminder that the world has a stake in stopping such acts of terrorism. Lippestad Tuesday said his client told him he took drugs to be “strong, efficient, awake.” The lawyer added Breivik claims to be part of an antiIslam network that has two groups in Norway and several more abroad. But Norwegian police and researchers have cast doubt on such claims. Earlier, Norway Justice Minister Knut Storberget praised police for their response to the attacks Friday, saying officers did “fantastic” work.

Norwegians rally in Oslo to show support for victims of attacks that killed 76 people.

His comments follow criticism in the media about how long it took police to reach the camp on Utoeya Island, where Breivik is accused of

killing at least 68 people. Police have said it took more than an hour for officers to get to the site. The suspect’s father, retired

diplomat Jens Breivik, told reporters in France that he feels shame and wishes his son had killed himself instead. (VOA)

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Israel, Palestinians clash over UN recognition ISRAELI and Palestinian envoys have squared off at the United Nations Security Council over plans to seek U.N. recognition of a Palestinian state in September. The Palestinian U.N. observer, Riyad Mansour, said Tuesday that seeking recognition would not hurt the peace process and would instead strengthen efforts to achieve a two-state solution. He said his government cannot wait any longer for Israel to negotiate in good faith. Mansour did not say whether the Palestinians will seek U.N. membership as a sovereign state – which requires Security Council approval – or will push for a nonbinding resolution recognising a Palestinian state. Israel’s U.N. ambassador, Ron Prosor, urged Palestinians to return to direct negotiations. He said the split within the Palestinian leadership means even the most basic condition for statehood – a monopoly on the use of force – does not exist. The two diplomats spoke

during the final public discussion at the U.N. Security Council about the Israeli-Palestinian crisis before the General Assembly meets in September. U.S. Deputy United Nations Ambassador Rosemary DiCarlo told the Council that Washington will not support any unilateral bid by the Palestinians for recognition. The U.S. is one of five vetowielding permanent Council members and has made clear it would block any such move. The U.N.’s top Mideast envoy, Robert Serry, warned that the peace process is in “profound and persistent deadlock.” He said the status quo is not sustainable and that the situation on the ground could quickly deteriorate. Mansour told reporters that hundreds of thousands of Palestinians inspired by the Arab Spring could take to the streets to demand the right to selfdetermination, a voice he does not think the international community can ignore. (VOA)

Former Mexican president Fox calls for legalization of some drugs PART of the solution to end drug violence in Mexico should include legalizing drugs like marijuana for personal use, former President Vicente Fox told CNN en Español. “In order to get out of this trap (of drug violence caused by organized crime), I’m specifically proposing the legalization of the drug (marijuana),” Fox said during a visit to Puerto Rico. Fox was there as keynote speaker at a conference for small business owners held in the city of Fajardo. He also said the Mexican government should “retire the army from the task of combating criminal gangs.” Current Mexican President Felipe Calderon has sent as many as 50,000 troops to hot spots around Mexico to fight the drug cartels. The enforcement strategy is considered a pillar in Calderon’s overall antidrug policy. Both Calderon and Fox belong to the conservative PAN (National Action Party). Former President Fox, a former Coca-Cola executive who was the president of Mexico from 2000 to 2006, said the Mexican government should also “demand that the United States do its part.” “The United States has a huge responsibility. It’s not enough that they give us (Mexico) a tip, saying ‘Here’s $500 million. Go do your homework. You can pay us back

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox believes legalizing marijuana would help end drug violence in Mexico.

with blood and with dead bodies,’” Fox said. Mexican drug cartels buy their weapons and launder drug money in the United States, he said. Fox said Mexico has fallen into a trap “between the gigantic U.S. drug market and the (illicit) drug producers in South American countries like Colombia, Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador and others. Fox is not alone in advocating for legalization of some drugs for personal use. Two years ago, three former Latin American presidents proposed radical changes in drug policy for the region.


Tens of thousands of starving Somalis flee to Mogadishu THE UNITED Nations refugee agency reports that tens of thousands of Somalis displaced by drought and famine are fleeing to Mogadishu in a desperate search of food, water, shelter and other assistance. The UNHCR says more than 100,000 people have arrived in the conflictridden capital over the last two months. UNHCR figures show that over the past month alone, nearly 40,000 victims of drought and famine have fled to Mogadishu in search of help. The U.N. refugee agency reports the number of displaced is continuing to grow, with an average of 1,000 people converging on the city every day. Refugee agency spokeswoman Vivian Tan said women and children are bearing the brunt of the emergency. She said this was brought home forcefully to a UNHCR official who just visited one of the larger camps for displaced people outside Mogadishu. She said the official saw alarming scenes of hordes of hungry, desperate people pushing and shoving to get whatever food was available. “There was some aggression around the food distribution there. It was not our food distribution, but food donated by local charities,” said Tan. “People were jostling. There were crowd rushes. There was even some looting. And, basically, our worry is that the weak and the more vulnerable people are getting missed because they cannot push ahead in front of the crowd. So, they are at risk of getting nothing.” In a related event, the U.N. World Food Programme is planning to begin the first of a series of airlifts to Somalia. The planes will each carry between 14 and 30 metric tons of food. WFP spokeswoman Emilia Casella said the first plane leaving for Mogadishu will carry ready-toeat therapeutic food for children who are severely malnourished. In the

Somalis displaced by drought wait outside their makeshift shelters where tens of thousands have arrived in recent months desperately seeking food, water, shelter and other assistance, in Mogadishu, Somalia (VOA picture)

coming days, she said WFP hopes to begin airlifting desperately needed food to the southern Somali town of Gedo, which is on the border with Kenya and Ethiopia. Casella said WFP works with local non-governmental organisations, as well as international and other U.N. agencies to distribute food to the hungry. She said this includes those who are living in areas that may be off limits to U.N. agencies. “We will do whatever we can to get the food where it needs to go. And, this is an ongoing dialogue that we are having with all possible partners to get as far as we can to get in,” said Casella. “The point is so that people do not leave their communities and make a harrowing and life-threatening trek to get to places where they can get food. Obviously, we need to get the food to where they are, rather then them having to risk their lives further to

come out and receive it from us.” The United Nations reports 3.7 million people, half of Somalia’s population, are in need of international assistance. The World Food Programme says it is unable to reach 60 percent of these people with food. This is because the Islamist alShabab militants have barred the agency from delivering aid to large areas in southern parts of this faminestricken country. The group accuses WFP of undermining local farmers and having a political agenda. Fourteen employees of the World Food Programme have been killed in Somalia since 2008. WFP stopped delivering aid in alShabab-controlled areas in the south in January 2010, but continues to provide assistance to hundreds of thousands of needy people in accessible areas in southern, central and northern Somalia. (VOA)

Mubarak is ‘depressed and refusing food’ EGYPT’S ex-President Hosni Mubarak is weak and refusing solid food, according to the country’s official news agency. He is due to stand trial in a week, accused of corruption and ordering the killing of protesters. The head of the hospital where Mr Mubarak is detained in Sharm al-Sheikh said he was depressed, has lost weight, and was not eating enough to keep him alive, MENA agency reports. But critics see Mr Mubarak’s illness as a ploy to avoid going on trial. Opposition supporters are

Mubarak is due to stand trial in a week, accused of corruption and ordering the killing of protesters.

sceptical about the reports. They believe the authorities are just looking for a way to put off the start

of the former leader’s trial, scheduled for next week. The latest of many reports on Mr Mubarak’s health said his doctors would decide in the coming hours how to proceed, as his current food intake was not enough to keep him alive. There does now seem to be growing evidence that he is an increasingly enfeebled old man, says the BBC’s Cairo correspondent, Jon Leyne. Mr Mubarak was overthrown in February in a popular uprising during which more than 840 people died. (BBC)


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An exciting opportunity awaits you in the Turks & Caicos Islands Government Service for the post of Bailiff of the Supreme Court. The successful incumbent will be expected to perform the statutory functions of the Bailiff of the Supreme Court which include serving Court documents, juror summons and foreign processes. This involves locating and identifying the persons to be served. He/She is also expected to execute writs of seizure and sale, by identifying and taking possession of the judgment debtor’s property; arranging for the transportation, storage and sale of seized items; reporting to judgment creditors and preparing all necessary documents relating to such matters. The Bailiff must also maintain proper inventory and accounting records as well as assist the Court Security Officers when required and perform any other duties assigned by the Judges, Registrar, and Deputy Registrars.


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Aleisa Musgrove Strata Operations Manager The Somerset Resort on Grace Bay Submissions for this job position should be received no later than August 20th, 2011


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SALE OF LAND BY PUBLIC AUCTION 0+ 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.

Title: 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 Proprietor: 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

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JOBS AVAILABLE BNC Consulting Group is seeking qualified individuals to fill openings with its resort clients. Selected candidates will begin work in October, November or December 2011 depending upon position requirements. Interviews will be conducted for the following openings:

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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



July 30 - August 5, 2011


PHONE: (649) 946-4664


Masseuse Email to: or 946-5866

Is in need of 2

C & J Employment On behalf of our clients: C&J Variety Store, Sweet T’s Restaurant, C&P Welding, Danny Buoy’s, Casa Blanca Casino, Robert Forbes, Spence Security

3 Laborers – $5.00 per hour

5 Domestic Workers – $5.00 per hour

4 Waitresses – $5.00 per hour

2 Security Officers – $6.00 per hour

Contact: 941-8283


Islandcom Telecommunications

Security Officers To work 6 days per week salary $5.50 per hour.


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



The Customer Support and Billing Manager, manages all facets of Islandcom’s Customer Support Departments, including training, escalated customer questions, complaints, billing inquiries and oversees the processes and transactions in connection with activation of new customer accounts. Develops customer retention programs to meet company goals, manages the billing systems and associated data base including development of new pricing strategies, programs and policies. This manager must have strong marketing skills and the ability to analyze consumer trends and apply that knowledge to future products and offers.

SHAMRACK PLAZ, INDUSTRIAL PARK TEL: 941-8438 FAX: 649-941-7387 EMAIL: We are presently seeking for a

Sales Clerk/


Accounts Receivable The candidate must be:

• Able to speak, read and write English and Spanish fluently • Computer literate • Have 5+ years of experience with Japanese Auto Parts • Team player and have good communication skills Salary $8.00 per hour Belongers Only Need Apply

Is looking for a

Positions available

Contact: 231-6121



FAX: (649) 946-4661



• Must have certificate/ diploma in Massage Therapy • Must be willing to work evenings and weekends • Must be honest, hardworking and reliable • Ability to read, write and communicate in English • Salary $7.00 per hour



• Manages all aspects of the Customer Support Department • Supports the Authorized Dealers and Corporate Customer and Agents • Trains, mentors and assist the Customer Support team to be a world class Call Center and achieve Islandcom’s customer retention goals • Manager the Billing process and monitor for accuracy of bills and oversee billing aspects of new products • Pro-actively review customer plans to ensure maximum value and satisfaction for the customer • Liaise with Central Billing Services on issues resolutions and system enhancements • Complete required training to stay abreast of product, service, and policy changes • Strike a positive and cooperative tone with both customers and coworkers • Looks for additional opportunities to improve customer satisfaction

Required Knowledge and Skills • • • • • • • •

Knowledge of commercial communications billing systems and platforms Knowledge of industry products and services Ability to conceptualize customer opportunities that will result in a positive outcome Ability to train and mentor employees and create a customer experience Knowledge of the technical aspects of the wireless telecommunications industry Manage one’s own time and the time of others Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing Ability to multi-task in a fast paced team environment

Compensation commensurate with qualifications and experience


Store babysitter Domestic 6 days Worker Clerk perTo work week. Salary To work 6 days per week. Salary $250.00 per week.

Contact: 245-1239 Wards Consultancy Acting on behalf of or client: Ioda Stubbs

$5.00 per hour. Contact: 342-2399


To work 3 days per week. Salary $50.00.

Contact: 241-4586


EVAN HARVEY Is looking for a

Responsible for the technical operations of the company, which includes the design, administration, and maintenance of the cellular and office networks. Report directly to CEO.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: • Provide leadership, direction, and management for daily operations to ensure consistency with company’s business plan. • Oversee all cellular network installations. • Ensure all aspects of network business operations are properly executed. • Work with management team to implement weekly and monthly reporting. • Actively seek out opportunities to improve operational efficiency and customer quality. • Monitor network quality to ensure that performance and quality targets are met. • Manage carrier relationships. • Maintenance and upgrading of networks and ancillary equipment. • Design of contingency plans due to system failure and national emergencies. • Assure compliance with all technical regulatory requirements. • Oversee all existing sites and new site acquisitions. • Keep abreast of advances in wireless telecommunications technology. • Maintain and monitor the IT and back office systems.

Required Qualifications & Skills

1 Domestic

Worker Salary $5.00 per her To do household work such as washing and cleaning.

Contact: 332-5533

Truck Driver To work 5 days per week. Salary $5.50 per hour. Contact: 231-6153


• • • • • • •

5-10 years of telecommunications operations experience, particularly in the wireless area. Ability to manage projects and staff. Experience with Nokia switching, IP based networks, Microwave and RF technology. Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing. Strong commitment to world class customer service. Strong decision making, change management and negotiation skills. Highly proficient in desktop applications; including Windows, Excel, Word, PowerPoint To apply for the position, send cover letter and resume to by August 12th, 2011

Islandcom Telecommunications Ltd. P.O. Box 1122, Graceway House A-108 Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands, BWI



PHONE: (649) 946-4664

Who can do all aspects of nail care.

Cosmetologist Must have at least 5 years experience. Must be able to work 6 days per week salary $5.50 per hour

Contact: 245-8191

Been Landscaping Ltd

Barbara Francis Is looking for a


Labourer Salary $6.00 per hour

• for commercial and residential installations • Must have at least 10 years experience in the commercial field. • Salary negotiable depending on level of experience.

Please fax resume to 941 7626

Carpenter Salary $10.00 for commercial and residential projects. Please fax information

to 941 7626



Looking for a hands-on manager with 15+ years management experience in running a very high quality, paint and collision department. Must have hands on experience in all aspects of current paint and collision repairs; estimation (both manually and with electronic estimating programs; must be computer literate; must have experience with computerized garage management systems and parts ordering systems; excellent communication skills (both written and oral); must be able to manage, schedule and direct shop workflow and understand fully the policies and procedures of insurance claim submissions and approvals


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

Government Vacancy CLERICAL OFFICER




Is looking for a general

Contact: 241-5584

Requires a

landscapers and laborers

Domestic Worker

To work 5 days per week salary $6.00 per hour. contact 245-4161

Been Construction

Requires qualified

On behalf of our client Hartman Handfield is looking for a

Domestic Worker To work 5 days per week salary $5.00 per hour.


Massage Therapist

FAX: (649) 946-4661



B & L ENVASAGE SALON Is looking to fill the following positions:

July 30 - August 5, 2011

Contact 946-5759


Government Vacancy COURT INTERPRETER




An exciting opportunity awaits you in the Turks & Caicos Islands Government Service for the post of Clerical Officer within the Judicial Department. The incumbent in this position must be able to support the efficient day to day running of the Judicial Department. He/She will provide a direct link between the public and the Court Office by working on the reception desk, answering telephone calls, dealing with queries from members of the public, processing and recording incoming and outgoing mail and documents as well as ensuring that all enquiries are channelled to the right persons in a timely manner. He/ She is expected to prepare receipt vouchers; assist with typing, input and retrieve data from the computerised record systems, filing, faxing and photocopying. The incumbent is also required to perform any other duties as may be required.



The position requires an individual who has studied as well as spoken the English language for a minimum of six (6) years. Applicant must be eighteen (18) years or older, preferably with a Turks and Caicos Islands High School Graduate Diploma.

The position requires a High School Diploma with at least three (3) CXC/GCE passes or equivalent including a pass in English Language. Applicants must be eighteen (18) years or older, preferably with a Turks and Caicos Islands High School Graduate Diploma; Candidates must possess a high level of self-confidence, tact, discretion and confidentiality. The post holder must also be computer literate.



SALARY: $18,900 - $20,520 per annum ISLAND ALLOWANCE: $2,160 per annum


SALARY: $14,148 - $16,740 PER ANNUM ISLAND ALLOWANCE: $2,160 PER ANNUM For more information on the Job description, please contact the Office of the Public Service Management Telephone 649-946-2801, Facsimile: 649-946-1582, Extension: 10318, E-mail: All resumes must contain contact information as well as be supplemented by two letters of reference and a police certificate. It should be addressed to the Permanent Secretary/ Office of the Public Service Management, Church Folly, Grand Turk. Serving Officers should apply through their Heads of Department. Belongers only need to apply.

For more information on the Job description Please contact the Office of the Public Service Management Telephone 649-946-2801, Facsimile: 649-946-1582 Extension: 10318, E-mail: All resumes must contain contact information as well as be supplemented by two letters of reference and a police certificate. It should be addressed to the Permanent Secretary/ Office of the Public Service Management, Church Folly, Grand Turk. Belongers only need apply. APPLICATION DEADLINE: 5th August 2011



An exciting opportunity awaits you in the Turks & Caicos Islands Government Service for the post of Court Interpreter. The incumbent in this position must possess the ability to translate fluently and simultaneously French/Creole and Spanish into the English Language in a Courtroom setting, as well as being able accurately to translate documents in a timely manner. He/She must have the ability to concentrate and follow verbal instructions as well as assist with clerical and administrative tasks or any other related duties as may be required.



July 30 - August 5, 2011


PHONE: (649) 946-4664

Catherine Williams Is Looking For A



Is looking for a

Is currently seeking

Worker To work 6 days. Salary $5.00 per hour.

Contact 946-5759 5336

Bartender To Work 6 Days Per Week. Salary $5.50 Per Hour.

Contact 241-2212 Or Email: Katherine.625@ Hotmail.Com 5341

Godfrey Been

Labourer To work 6 days per week. Salary negotiable


Is looking for a



Please fax information to 941 7626




contact 245-4161


To work 5 days per week salary $6.00 per hour. 5342

Salary starts at $5.00 per hour.

Must have 5 years sales experience. Salary starts at $5.00 depending on level of experience.

Barbara Francis


Sales Assistant For retail store

Contact: 649-242-0288


Requires a

With 2-5 years experience as a presser knowledge in textiles and chemicals operational knowledge of machines Must ensure that dry cleaning standards and practices are used with client’s linen/ garments Salary: $5.00-$7.00 per hour Application giving full details of qualification and experience addressed to: Office Manager Dry Clean USA Providenciales or fax: 649-946-5627

Requires a

domestic worker

G&J Retail


Acting on behalf of our client Jeannette Penn is looking for a


FAX: (649) 946-4661


Please fax information to 941 7626





Heavy Duty Mechanic Applicant must have at least six years experience with concrete equipment, hydraulic and heavy equipment, be able to provide their own tools, prepared to work late days, evenings, and weekends as the job dictates. Please reply with a clean police record and references to CBMS Ltd.


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Government Vacancy



Is currently looking to employ three (3) experienced certified

AUTOMOTIVE TECHNICAN/ MECHANIC Salary commensurate with experience.

This individual must possess the following:

• Adequate tolls to perform his duties • Must be able to work with little or no supervision • Must be experience using computerized diagnostic equipment • Must possess a valid drivers license • Must be a holder of automotive repair certification ASE or equipment • Salary ranges from $16.00-$30.00 flat rate hours • All applicants must posses a valid driver’s license • Willing to work weekends and holidays • Must be able to drive a manual vehicle • Must be computer literate Please submit all application between 9am-5pm Monday – Friday




An exciting opportunity awaits you in the Turks & Caicos Islands Government Service for the post of Court Stenographer. The incumbent in this position must be able to take accurate records of proceedings in the Supreme Court as well as being expected to type judgments, rulings, notes of evidence or any other required documents from manuscripts, notes, dictations or tape recordings. He/She will also provide secretarial support as may be required as well as perform any other duties assigned by the Senior Deputy Registrar, Registrar, Judge or Chief Justice.


The position requires an Associate Degree or equivalent in court reporting or at least five years’ experience in shorthand including the ability to take 220 words per minute and equivalent typing and computing skills


SALARY: $24,246 – $26,676 per annum ISLAND ALLOWANCE: $2,160 per annum For more information on the Job description Please contact the Office of the Public Service Management Telephone 649-946-2801, Facsimile: 649-946-1582 Extension: 10318, E-mail: All resumes must contain contact information as well as be supplemented by two letters of reference and a police certificate. It should be addressed to the Permanent Secretary/ Office of the Public Service Management, Church Folly, Grand Turk. Belongers only need apply. APPLICATION DEADLINE: 5th August 2011




FAX: (649) 946-4661




To work Friday’s and Saturday’s. Salary $5.00 per hour.

Is looking for a

Applicants must be honest, diligent and willing to work on weekends and public holidays Salary $6.00 per hour


Load and unload construction materials and move materials about in 5399


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• 3-5 Years experience in an upscale restaurant. Applicant must be a High School Graduate, Mathematics is a must, ability to remember, recite and promote pleasant personality. Ability to read and speak English Language, excellent communication skills and to sit and/or stand and work continuously in confined space.


• Applicant must have the following: 5-7 years experience working in a restaurant and or hotel • Ability to read and write the English language and to stand and work continuously


• 5-7 years working in busy kitchen restaurant or hotel • Basic preparation of dressing, salad, pizza ETC. • Ability to speak and write English language and to stand and work continuously.


• 10 plus years experience in Hotel or restaurant • Degree in culinary arts and in cost control management • Ability to speak and write English language • Must be able to cook French cuisine All Qualified applicant are kindly requested to respond to the following address:

Sunny Reef Ltd. PO.Box 811, Providenciales Turks and Caicos Island

Treasures S & S Gift Shop is looking for 2 female

work areas and perform other duties as directed Salary $5.00 per hour Working hours are 7am5pm


Vendor Assistants

4 Gemologists Skills and knowledge in Jewelry Salary $1,500 per month Working hours are from 9am-7pm

to assist Customers in Vendors’ business. 2 days per week. Salary: $6.00 per hour.

Contact: 332-5533





Cleaning, washing etc. Salary $5.00 per hour 8am-5pm

Contact: 231-8423


Contact: 241-7185

Acting on behalf of our clients: Kubera Ltd. / Goldsmith, Shiva TCI Limited, Calvin Williams, Complete Contractor

Domestic Worker

To work 6 days per week. Must be able to work holidays and flexible to work Sunday. Salary $5.00 per hour.

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


Is looking for


Domestic Worker

Contact: 244-3183


Security Personnel




Contact: 243-1358 or 941-4819

Is looking for a

Is looking for a

@@For a private home in Providenciales. @@A hardworking person needed to work six days a week. @@Must like animals. Must speak English. Must be Fit and able. @@Wages $5.00 a hour @@Belongers Apply. If you fit the above qualifications please send your resume to the following address:

PO Box 560, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands.

Huguette Jean Baptiste


PHONE: (649) 946-4664

July 30 - August 5, 2011

Contact 231-1162 5408

Diamond Development Ltd is looking for a Labourer for yard maintenance. 3 and half hours per day Monday to Friday. Salary: $6.00 per hour.

Contact 232-7827 5409



• At least 5 years experience • Must be extremely hard and fast worker • Ability to work hands on, fast and well under pressure & stress of busy kitchen • Must have knowledge of meats, seafood, pasta & local cuisine • Excellent cooking knowledge • Prepare orders, prep, stock, clean • Maintain waste control • Must be willing to work nights, weekends & holidays Pay $7.00 - $9.00 per hour Drop off all resumes with CV’s, letters of references to: Danny Buoy’s Irish Pub, Grace Bay Road, Providenciales Or email:




2 AC Specialist, 2 Carpenters, 3Masons

Must have at least 3 years experience and be able to work with little supervision. Salary start at $5.50 an hour and is based on experience. Deadline for applications is August 10th 2011. Priton Development Ltd. also seeks a

Site Supervisor

• Must have at least 5 years experience.. Must have good knowledge of construction. • Must be able to work on holidays,

must be able and willing to lead a large construction team. • Salary is based on experience

Interested persons should be dependable and send applications via fax at (649) 941-4034 C/o Alliance Realty Ltd.




PHONE: (649) 946-4664



Labourer To work 3 days per week salary $5.00 per hour.

CONTACT: 332-5533

contact: 231-0209









Is looking for a

FAX: (649) 946-4661



Triple S Construction



Shop Manager • Must have a Marketing Degree and Tourism education • Must be fluent in at least 2 languages • Must be personable and outgoing • Must have knowledge of retailed versed in QuickBooks, Excel and Website Design • Must have social networking applications • Must have telephone etiquette • Must be very flexible in scheduling

SITE SUPERVISOR To oversee civil/ structural aspect of construction for a large development 2 – 4 years experience in seismic design/ detailing and the production of structural general arrangement drawings primarily in the building structures field using AutoCAD, computer literate, experience in producing both general arrangement and reinforced concrete details in the building structures is essential. The candidate must be a team player with the ability to work alone and meet deadlines. Ideally the successful candidate should have a diploma in Civil/ Structural Engineering or equivalent. If you are interested in applying for this role, please email your Cv’s to



Contact 941-7544 or submit CV’s on resume to


July 30 - August 5, 2011


An exciting opportunity awaits you in the Turks & Caicos Islands Government Service for the post of Personal Secretary to a Supreme Court Judge, within the Judicial Department (Providenciales). The incumbent in this position must be able to provide the necessary administrative and secretarial support to the Judge to enable him/her to discharge his/her duties effectively and efficiently. The successful candidate will be expected to make appointments for the Judge; handle all telephone calls and inquiries, receive, stamp and distribute all incoming and outgoing faxes and mail. He/ She will have key responsibility to type Judgements and Rulings from the Judge; transcribe notes from drafts/existing documents or dictation; maintain the Court’s computerised Library; as well as prepare bundles for the Court of Appeal sittings. The incumbent will also be required to assist the Senior Deputy Registrar in the management and operation of the Supreme Court Registry and perform any other duties as may be required.


The position requires a Diploma in Business with at least (3) three years’ experience. The applicant must also possess a high level of self-confidence, tact, discretion and confidentiality as well as be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.


SALARY: $21,060 - $22,680 PER ANNUM ISLAND ALLOWANCE: $2,160 PER ANNUM For more information on the Job description, please contact the Office of the Public Service Management Telephone 649-946-2801, Facsimile: 649-946-1582 Extension: 10318, E-mail: All resumes must contain contact information as well as be supplemented by two letters of reference and a police certificate. It should be addressed to the Permanent Secretary/ Office of the Public Service Management, Church Folly, Grand Turk. Serving Officers should apply through their Heads of Department. Belongers only need to apply.




An exciting opportunity awaits you in the Turks & Caicos Islands Government Service for the post of Court Security Officer in the Judicial Department (Providenciales). The incumbent will manage, coordinate and provide essential security and safety for the judges, court staff and court users as well as safeguarding court property and equipment and court documents. He/She will conduct ongoing assessments of security issues and risks and will take steps to address the identified risks. The incumbent will liaise closely with judges, magistrates, court staff, prison officers and police officers on security related issues and concerns. He/She will be responsible for escorting and ensuring the safety of jurors as well as perform any such other tasks as directed by the Judge/Magistrate/ Registrar.


The position requires a High School Diploma with at least three (3) CXC/GCE passes or equivalent, including a pass in English Language. Applicants must be eighteen (18) years or older, preferably with a Turks and Caicos Islands High School Graduate Diploma and a valid drivers license. The candidate must have at least two (2) years working experience and have high levels of self-confidence, tact, discretion and confidentiality. Training in selfdefense and security procedures would also be an asset. He/She must also possess the ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing and exercise good judgment in the application of established policies and procedures.


SALARY - $21,060 – 22, 680 per annum ISLAND ALLOWANCE: $2,160 per annum For more information on the Job description Please contact the Office of the Public Service Management Telephone 649-946-2801, Extension: 10318 Facsimile: 649-946-1582, E-mail: All resumes must contain contact information as well as be supplemented by two letters of reference and a police certificate. It should be addressed to the Permanent Secretary/ Office of the Public Service Management, Church Folly, Grand Turk. Belongers only need apply.




PHONE: (649) 946-4664

Horse Eye Jack’s


Is looking to fill the following positions:

Domestic Workers

Restaurant Captain

• Must be able to work 6 days per week split shifts, holidays and weekends included • Must have at least 5 years experience working in a busy restaurant • Must have knowledge of local and international cuisines and wines a valuable asset • Must be honest, hardworking, friendly, and trustworthy • Salary $7.00 per hour 5367


Contact: 649-941-4955

• Must be able to work flexible hours


To work when needed. Salary $5.00 per hour. Contact: 232-5538

• Must be willing to work weekends and holidays Salary negotiable with experience

Contact: 941-8671 5359

ROBERTS AGENCY Is looking to fill the following positions:

PricwaterhouseCoopers Ltd. requires three

Qualified ACA, ACCA, CPA or ACMA



Salary $150.00 per week.

salary $5.00 per hour

Worker Worker To work 5 days per week To work 6 days per week.

Contact: 946-8289

Contact: 946-4086



NORWANI On behalf of our client Norwani Import is seeking to employ a

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


Is looking for a

Is seeking to employ a

Is seeking to employ the following person:


The Pinnacle on Grace Bay


Contact: 242-0716


R esta u rant

To work Monday thru Friday. Salary $5.00 per hour

is looking to employ a

FAX: (649) 946-4661




July 30 - August 5, 2011

Contact: 946-8289


For Audit Senior roles experience in audit required Salary range: $40,000-$50,000 per annum apply to com or Fax: 649-946-4892 no later than August 16, 2011 Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands


3 Laborers 3 Domestic Workers 2 Cashiers 2 Beauticians 3 Gardeners Salary $5.00 per hour

Contact: 241-2043


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Job Opportunity Senior Litigation Solicitor

Regulation 7 of the Physical Planning (Development Permission Regulations, 1990

A senior litigation solicitor is required for a busy firm based in Providenciales. The successful candidate will be a qualified solicitor with at least ten years post qualified experience in appropriate litigation disciplines – commercial, corporate, construction, insolvency, negligence, compliance, fraud and related matters. Excellent communication skills and ability to manage files and work independently is essential, together with requisite experience in preparation of cases to instruct counsel and direct client relationsExperience in mediation/A.D.R. will be a considerable advantage.

Please send applications in writing to the Managing Partner, Miller Simons O’Sullivan, P.O. Box 260, Butterfield Square, Providenciales, or email to

NOTICE An application, PR 10904, by Sandollar Investment Ltd. for the development of office spaces, convenience store, car wash building and a gas station has been submitted to the Department of Planning for consideration of Development Permission on Block 60716 Parcel 12, Cheshire Hall & Richmond Hills, Providenciales. Anyone wishing to make any representation(s) may do so in writing to the Director of Planning, South Base, Grand Turk, or through the Department of Planning, Downtown, Town Center Mall, Providenciales within twenty eight (28) days of publication of this Notice. Notice date: July 5th, 2011




July 30 - August 5, 2011


Sports International


Tour de France:

Cavendish wins historic green jersey Jeret Peterson died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

U.S. Olympic skier Jeret Peterson takes his own life

FREESTYLE skier Jeret “Speedy” Peterson, who won a silver medal at the 2010 Winter Games, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police in Utah said. The Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake responded to a 911 call from Peterson, 29, on Monday night, said Lt. Justin Hoyal. Peterson told police he was going to take his life and said he was in Lambs Canyon, off Interstate 80 between Salt Lake City and Park City, Hoyal told CNN. Officers found him deceased there at about 9:30 p.m. (11:30 p.m. ET), he said. CNN affiliate KSL-TV in Salt Lake City reported Peterson also left a suicide note in his car. In 2010, Peterson told an CNN iReporter in Vancouver, Canada, the cheers he received when receiving the silver medal in men’s aerials “was one of the coolest feelings in the world.” He had competed in two previous Winter Games. According to a biography on the United States Ski and Snowboard Association website, Peterson picked up the nickname “Speedy” at a summer ski camp in Lake Placid, New York, in the mid-1990s because coaches thought he resembled the cartoon character “Speed Racer” with a big helmet. He won the 1999 U.S. Junior Championship and took

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bronze at two straight World Junior Championships in 2000 and 2001. But Peterson also knew struggles, both in skiing and in his personal life. His signature jump was called the “Hurricane,” which he failed to land in Torino, Italy, during the 2006 Winter Games, dropping him from third to seventh. The next day, Peterson was sent home after a post-party fight, according to the biography. His sister was killed by a drunk driver in 1987, and a close friend committed suicide in 2005 in front of Peterson, shooting himself in the head as Peterson was walking in the door, Sports Illustrated reported in a 2005 article. As a child growing up in Idaho, Peterson was sexually abused by someone he would not name, Sports Illustrated said. In 2002, the magazine wrote, he spoke about the experience at a fundraiser for an organisation aimed at child abuse prevention, telling a young audience, “If you think you deserved it, I promise it wasn’t your fault. I know because I’ve lived that feeling for a long time.” (CNN)

MARK Cavendish won the final stage of the Tour de France in Paris, becoming Britain’s first winner of the green jersey for the race’s best sprinter. Manxman Cavendish, who has now won 20 stages of the race in his career, crossed the line first after a frenetic sprint finish on the Champs-Elysees. “I’ve been trying to get the green jersey for the last few years, it is a special day,” said the 26-year-old. Cadel Evans took the yellow jersey to become Australia’s first Tour winner. The polka-dot jersey for the Tour’s best climber went to Spain’s Samuel Sanchez, while Frenchman Pierre Rolland was confirmed as the best young rider with the white jersey. Welshman Geraint Thomas, who spent the first six days in white, finished 31st overall ensured him the honour of the top British rider in the general classification in his third Tour de France. Cavendish had amassed 15 stage wins over his previous three Tours, but his failure to take green before this year had been been one factor in the organisers’ decision to increase the rewards on offer at the end of each stages. The Isle of Man cyclist finished with 334 points, while Spaniard Jose Joaquin Rojas was second with 272 and Belgian Philippe Gilbert had 236. However, despite the

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Mark Cavendish became Britian’s first green jersey winner.

relatively comfortable final margin of victory Cavendish was not assured of securing the green jersey until he won the final sprint. If Rojas had won the stage then Cavendish would have needed to finish second or third to claim the jersey he so highly coveted. “I’ve been incredibly lucky to have a group of team-mates who have been committed to me winning races and it has paid off,” said the HTC Highroad cyclist. “I can’t stress how lucky I am, I couldn’t do it alone. I’m super emotional, super happy.”

Evans had assumed the lead in the overall standings from Leopard-Trek’s Andy Schleck in Saturday’s time trial and a flat 95km stage into Paris did not offer any opportunities to attack his advantage of one minute 34 seconds. (BBC) OVERALL STANDINGS: 1 Cadel Evans (Aus/BMC) 86hrs 12mins 22secs 2 Andy Schleck (Lux/ Leopard Trek) at 1min 34secs 3 Frank Schleck (Lux/ Leopard Trek) at 2.30 4 Thomas Voeckler (Fra/ Team Europcar) at 3.20 5 Alberto Contador (Spa/ Saxo Bank Sungard) at 3.57

6 Samuel Sanchez (Spa/ Euskaltel-Euskadi) at 4.55 7 Damiano Cunego (Ita/ Lampre) at 6.05 8 Ivan Basso (Ita/Liquigas) at 7.23 9 Thomas Danielson (U.S./ Garmin-Cervelo) at 8.15 10 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra/AG2R) at 10.11 Selected others: 31 Geraint Thomas (GB/ Sky) at 1:00:48 76 David Millar (GB/ Garmin-Cervelo) at 2:14.56 130 Mark Cavendish (GB/ HTC-Highroad) at 3:15.05 137 Ben Swift (GB/Sky) at 3:18.07




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Tour de France winner Evans keen on London 2012 TOUR de France champion Cadel Evans insists he would love to represent Australia at the 2012 Olympics, but only if the course suits his strengths. The London Games start only days after the 2012 Tour de France, but Evans believes the timing is not a problem. “I don’t know if the course is going to be suitable,” he said. “But if I can be the man for the job to represent the country, I’d love to ride. “If it’s more suitable to someone else, it should be for someone else.” Road and time-trial specialist Evans became the first Australian and only third non-European - to win the Tour de France when he finished in Paris on Sunday. ¨The timing falls well for us as Tour riders - there’s also an interesting world championships course in 2012, and a few other things,” he added. “We have to prioritise and choose our goals, but

Uruguayan national soccer team players celebrate with the trophy at the Centenario stadium in Montevideo, after winning the Copa America tournament on July 25, 2011 (AFP Photo / Pablo Porciuncula) Cadel Evans won this year´s Tour de France.

Tour de France 2012 is going to come around really quickly.” The Olympic programme includes two road cycling events. The road race through London and Surrey is roughly 250km, and all competitors start together with the first rider crossing the line taking gold, while for the shorter time trial - roughly 44km - riders start 90 seconds apart, beginning and ending at Hampton Court Palace. Evans, 34, is already a threetime Olympian having competed in mountain bike events at Atlanta in 1996 and Sydney in 2000 before

switching to road. The 2009 road world champion contested both the road time-trail and road race at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing - the same year he finished second in the Tour de France. His next ride will be either in the Netherlands or Belgium in a criterium, though Evans said he had barely had time to reflect on his historic achievement. “I haven’t had time to stop and think about being tired,” he said. “But it’s a slow realisation that I’ve won the Tour de France in 2011.” (BBC)

URUGUAY’S national football squad have claimed a record 15th Copa America title by thrashing Paraguay in the final in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Uruguay opened the scoring 12 minutes into the game. Liverpool forward Luis Suarez received a pinpoint cross in the area and sent the ball past the goalkeeper for his fourth goal of the tournament, 1-0. Three minutes before half-time, Oscar Tabarez’s men doubled their advantage after intercepting the ball at the opponents’ half. Diego Forlan, who had not scored in 12 previous international games,

finally ended that drought with a blistering effort. And at the end of the game, Forlan hit a brace after a quick counter attack, sealing the final score 3-0. The victory marks a historic success for Uruguay, as their rivals Argentina, who they knocked out in the quarters, have won the tournament 14 times. “Today I came here thinking to dedicate this Cup to all the players, coaches and staff that won the first 14 Copas, because without them there would have been no number 15,” Oscar Tabarez, Uruguay coach, said. (

England can achieve great things

American Serena Williams had not played on home soil since the U.S. Open at Flushing Meadows in 2009.

– Anderson

Serena Williams destroys Rodionova on U.S. return SERENA Williams swept aside Anastasia Rodionova in her first match on American soil since the 2009 U.S. Open, as she recorded an emphatic 6-0 6-0 victory at the Bank of West Classic in Stanford, California. Williams, 29, took just 47 minutes to defeat the Russian in only her third tournament back after nearly a year out of the sport following two foot operations and a blood clot in her lung. The 13-time major winner, who has slumped to a career-low ranking of 169 in the world as a result of her prolonged absence, restricted her 29-year-old opponent to just five game points -- none of which Rodionova was able to convert. (CNN)

Uruguay rewrite South American football history

Michael Phelps finally landed a gold medal at the World Swimming Championships in Shanghai.

Phelps ends gold drought in Shanghai OLYMPIC champion Michael Phelps admitted it was good to be back on the winning trail after securing his first gold medal at the World Swimming Championships in Shanghai. Defending champion Phelps, from the United States, came first in the men’s 200 meters butterfly a day after he was pipped to gold in the 200m freestyle by compatriot Ryan Lochte. He won in a time of one minute 53.34 seconds to beat Japan’s Takeshi Matsuda, who had led

with 50m to go, into second while China’s Wu Peng claimed the bronze medal. Phelps, a 14-time Olympic gold medal winner, has had a disappointing year but said he was relieved to pick up his first gold in China and now wanted to embark on a lengthy unbeaten run. “A lot of it is being fitter but also I didn’t want to lose that race again,” he told reporters. “Having a number of defeats this year is extremely frustrating for me and I didn’t like the feeling. (CNN)

PACE bowler James Anderson says England can achieve “great things” as they move nearer to topping the world Test rankings for the first time. England, 1-0 up in the fourTest series with India, will take the number one spot with victory by two Tests or more. “Everyone’s chipping in. If we need someone to step up, generally someone is doing that,” said Anderson. “We’re trying to improve each day, as individuals and as a team. If we can do that, we know we can do great things.” Anderson, 28, took seven wickets in the first Test at Lord’s, including 5-65 in the second innings, to help England record a 196-run win over the tourists. “Lord’s has gone now,” he added. “We enjoyed that last day, enjoyed winning. “Becoming the number one team in the world is an overriding goal, but it’s not something we go into each game thinking about.” Anderson’s call for England to consign the first Test to history was

James Anderson said someone is always stepping up for England.

backed by Stuart Broad, who enjoyed a return to form in the first Test, taking seven wickets and scoring 74 second-innings runs. “We’re delighted with the win but it means nothing unless we play well at Trent Bridge,” he said. “India will come back hard at us and it will be a very exciting Test. The great thing about Trent Bridge is that you always know you’re in at as a bowler with the wicket and that creates interesting cricket.” While England are prepared for India to up their game, the tourists are set to line up on Friday without left-arm seamer Zaheer Khan, who limped out of the attack at Lord’s with a hamstring injury.

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Goal-line technology Bolt battles to victory in Monaco decision in March GOAL-LINE technology in football could be used as early as 2012 if FIFA give the go-ahead at a meeting of their international board in March next year. FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on a trip to Brazil ahead of the qualifying draw for the 2014 World Cup that the tournament could be the first to embrace technology. Football has been urged to follow the lead of other sports such as tennis and cricket to introduce changes to help match officials -- in football’s case to adjudge whether a goal has been scored. Blatter had ruled out the introduction of technology but altered his view after a match at the 2010 World Cup when England’s Frank Lampard had a goal ruled out in a match against Germany despite replays showing the ball bounced well over the goal-line. The English Premier League have indicated their desire to include goal-line technology from the start of the 2012 season as long as the science is ratified at a meeting of the International Football Association Board in March. Trials have been ongoing this year, with FIFA demanding that as well as being accurate, the system must

inform the referee of the outcome within one second of the event. Speaking at a press conference in Rio, Blatter told reporters: “In March next year, we will have a final decision on goal-line technology. “If it’s proved to be accurate and affordable, it’s possible that the international board will adopt this technology during the 2014 World Cup. “If this is the case then other football associations will have the right to use the goal-line technology.” FIFA have been experimenting by introducing two extra officials behind each goal to help with penalty and goal-line decisions, in addition to the standard three. At the same IFAB meeting in March they will decide whether to retain the extra officials as a “general rule.” “It is not yet decided if the assistance of two additional assistant referees will be included a general rule,” Blatter added. “This will be done by an international board meeting in London that will take place immediately after the 2012 European Championships. “Then, in July, we will have an indication how World Cup refereeing will be done in 2014.” (CNN)

WORLD and Olympic champion sprinter Usain Bolt had to battle hard to win the 100 metres race at the Diamond League meeting in Monaco on Friday. The Jamaican, who will defend three titles at the World Athletics Championships in South Korea starting at the end of next month, was far from top form as he edged out compatriot Nesta Carter. However, the 24-year-old still set his season’s best time of 9.88 seconds despite his poor start to the race, while Carter clocked 9.90. It was 0.3s slower than his world record and 0.1s behind the 2011 leading time by fellow Jamaican Asafa Powell, who heads the series’ point standings. “I came into the race but didn’t execute well. I had to work hard and concentrate,” Bolt told reporters after his final 100m warm-up before the August 27-September 4 world event in Daegu. “There are some little things to work on. I have time before the world championships and I will continue to do my best. I’m almost back to 100% on the final 60m and I’ve got to work on the first half. I’ll take it one step

Usain Bolt, right, crossed the finish line first in Monaco while France’s European champion Christophe Lemaitre was fifth.

at a time and hopefully the next race will be better.” American Michael Rodgers was third in 9.96 ahead of a third Jamaican, Michael Frater, who clocked 10.01. In the men’s 400m hurdles, Olympic champion Angelo Taylor defeated fellow American Bershawn Jackson while Britain’s David Greene was third. Kenya claimed middle-distance

victories as David Rudisha and Silas Kiplagat won the 800m and 1,500m respectively, while Britain’s Mohammed Farah edged out U.S. runner Bernard Lagat in the 5,000m. Americans dominated the women’s 200m, with Carmelita Jeter (22.20) heading home world champion Allyson Felix (22.32) and Shalonda Solomon (22.63) while compatriot Bianca Knight was fourth in 22.71. (CNN)

Diouf has not been called into the Senegal national team since April 2009.

Diouf given five-year Senegal ban Blackburn Rovers’ El-Hadji Diouf has been banned from all footballrelated activities in Senegal for five years. The Senegalese Football Federation (FSF) slapped the ban on the forward after remarks he made in the media about corruption in African football. An FSF statement read: “Diouf is banned from performing any football-related activity for a period of five years.” Diouf reacted angrily to the FSF’s claims that he had failed to appear for a disciplinary hearing last week. The committee wanted to ask the Blackburn striker about comments

he had made on Radio France International, claiming that “the whole system of African football is corrupt”. The federation claimed Diouf had been called to a hearing on 20 July, but the Blackburn forward insisted he had heard nothing of it. He subsequently told French magazine Stade he would “go to war” with the FSF if they took further action. It remains possible, according to the FSF, that the decision could be reversed if Diouf were to appear before the disciplinary committee. The news comes as Diouf’s club career hangs in the balance.

Jenson Button made his Formula One debut 11 years ago, at the Australian Grand Prix.

Button set for landmark 200th grand prix JENSON Button is relishing Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix, as the McLaren driver returns to the site of his first-ever victory for the 200th race of his Formula One career. The 31-year-old withdrew from last weekend’s German Grand Prix, won by his teammate Lewis Hamilton, after 35 laps with hydraulics problems, but Button is hoping for better luck at the track where he tasted success as a Honda

driver in 2006. “It’s always fun coming back to Hungary as this is the track at which I won my first grand prix,” the 2009 drivers’ champion told McLaren’s web site. “After a premature end to my race at the Nurburgring, I’ll be hoping for better luck at the Hungaroring. “I can’t believe I’ve already knocked up a double-ton of F1 starts because I don’t feel a day older than

when I made my debut back in 2000!” Button made his first appearance in the elite division of motorsport at the Australian Grand Prix in 2000 with Williams, and has since gone on to represent Benetton, Renault, BAR, Honda, Brawn GP and now McLaren in an 11-year career. The Briton has notched up 10 grand prix triumphs and secured his only world crown to date in 2009, while racing for Brawn. (CNN)


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July 30 - August 5, 2011

Quality Supermarket Kings’ XI fast bowler, Nagarajan Kuthalingam, on his way to his run-up.

Quality Supermarket/ Vitamalt T20 Cricket League:

Gareth Butler played the anchor role to lead KB Home Centre to their first victory in the Provo Cricket League.

Quality Supermarket/Vitamalt Cricket League:

KB Home register first win

IT DID not take the rugby boys long to find their way on the cricket field; and when they did, it was a seven-wicket victory over one of the strongest teams in the Provo Cricket League. The newest cricket team in Providenciales, the KB Home Centre, defeated the Jaguars last Saturday at the Downtown Ball Park in the Quality Supermarket/Vitamalt T20 Cricket League, despite a captain’s knock from the veteran Terrance Thomas. The inaugural victory started

with good bowling as the eventual winners had the Jaguars limping to a mere 56-3 after 10 overs. Blair Mason (1-12 from four overs) bowled wicket-to-wicket with Paul McKenzie (1-15 from four overs) to peg the batsmen back early, but it was Neil Cole who finished as the leading wicket taker with 2-41 from four overs. Craig James nabbed the other wicket to fall. The rugby boys’ controlled bowling was obvious with their massive reduction in extras from

their opening loss, but even that could not stop Thomas from a late surge to push his side to a respectable total of 167-5. Needing 8.4 runs per over, the New Zealander, Gareth Butler led the attack early. He got good support from Mason (42 (4x6s, 1x4)) James (32) and McKenzie (25*). Butler scored 53 unbeaten runs (4X4s, 1X6) to push his side to 168-3 with four balls to spare. John Dolphin was the pick of the Jaguars’ bowlers with 1-20 from his four overs.

Quality Supermarket take early lead LED by an aggressive half century from Earl Henry, Quality Supermarket Kings’ XI tallied the highest total to date in the Quality Supermarket/Vitamalt T20 Cricket League to propel themselves on top of the points table in the six-team competition. Henry stroked 12 fours and a solitary six in his unbeaten knock of 74 as his side rattled up 2003 from their allotted 20 overs against Jam Turk. Support came from Nagarajan Kuthalingam, who opened the innings with a confident 26 runs (4x4s, 1x6) while Pawan Kumar added 24

(4x4s). Joel Palmer nabbed 2-33 for the eventual losers, who had opted to bowl first. When Jam Turk took strike they were undone for a modest 139 in 18.4 overs. Young Kevaugh Brown scored 26 while his older teammate Henry Pennant added 23. Lloyd Charley led the attack with 2-28; while Kuthalingam bowled with some amount of pace to finish with 1-24. Henry, Kumar and skipper Andy Kuthalingam also took one wicket a piece.

Josh for Sports

Fundraising, transparency and accountability in sports ONCE upon a time in the Turks and Caicos Islands some 34-years ago there was a chief minister by the name of Jags McCartney. This was back in 1977, Hon McCartney did not only have a vision for the TCI from the political prospective, but he also had a vision for the upliftment of the social consciousness and national pride of the people of the TCI. McCartney envisioned to accomplish these specific goals and endeavours through culture and music. One of my favourite quotations is that “without vision the people perish.” Destiny would dictate that the paths of Mr. McCartney and yours truly (at that time known by the name of Obed Gardiner Jr.) would cross and combine to effectively create an avenue whereby the social consciousness of the indigenous natives of the TCI would become awaken. A sense of purpose, national identity and pride would also become elements that we as a people would use to search

pay me. What Hon. McCartney did was to extract (pinch) a few dollars here and there to accumulate the $60 necessary to pay me for each week. At the end of eight months when I left the TCI I was making $80 per week and working some 18 hours per night, seven days per week. By Joshua Gardiner

ourselves, the region and the world in a quest to analyse and discover who we, in relation to our neighbouring countries regionally and the rest of the world, are. With a common destiny and desire for answers to be fulfilled, I was appointed as the first national coach and sports director of the TCI. However, there existed one very realistic technicality—a question of money. The government had no money budgeted for sports. Actually there was not even $1 available to

MILLION DOLLAR QUESTION How then was it possible to support an ambitious national sporting programme? The answer to this question was left up to me. There was the question of seeking ways to finance the proposed CARIFTA team to the 1978 Games. Innovation, invention and creativity combined is the mother of necessity. EFFECTIVE, PRACTICAL APPROACH (1) The first thing that I did was to create a national fever, educating the population about the CARIFTA Games. The athletes themselves

became actively involved in the fund-raising which they would benefit from. (2) We set about to create a 100mile run-a-thon relay in which each athlete would participate as runners and were themselves sponsored by friends, families and business entities for every mile that they ran. At the end of the relay, which took some six hours to complete, there was a cook-out on the beach. All proceeds went towards defraying the expenses of the team. (3) Over a period of three months raffle tickets were sold to the public. Prizes ranged from round trip tickets for two (all expenses paid) to the CARIFTA Games, round trip to Miami etc. These tickets were donated by the then prevailing airline. There was also a CARIFTA dance and ball. In the final analysis the fundraising exercise was a smashing success. As a result the team went to the Games in Nassau—adequately

financially covered. We also stopped at the Florida Relays. Additionally the government contributed to the team. For this very last reason, Leslie Musgrove entered the arena to administrate/monitor the funds donated by the government. LOST ACCOUNTABILITY I am president of the TCAAA had no control over these funds or how they were spent. Actually this is unheard of in the annals of national sporting associations. DOOMED TO POLITICAL MANIPULATION From the very outset, the political leaders of the country tried to interfere with my runnings of the TCAAA. They eventually succeeded in usurping that authority in 1978 at the Commonwealth Games in Canada. Up to this day the TCAAA is still manipulated by political connected individuals and this needs to be corrected.

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Williams wants to take athletics in the TCI to a different level

TCI’s most accomplished teenage sprinter, Delano Williams, opened up about his life and hopes in an interview with the Weekly News. The 17-year-old, who won the 200M sprint at this year’s CARIFTA Games, has had an outstanding season with Jamaican high school Munro College. Here he speaks of his past, present and future. One big dream is to push the TCI to become the number one sporting country in the entire world. Questions and Answers:

WN: Was sprinting your first choice as a child?

DW: Well yes, in a way, because I sprinted in primary school when I attended the Eliza Simon Primary School then I [sprinted when I] attended the H.J Robison High School. So sprinting became my passion and what I love best. WN: Who influenced you to start running?

DW: When I was in Eliza Simons my teachers spotted my talent and they brought me up to compete with the rest. Then I started doing well from there on and right through high school. I would say my coach and a father figure to me, Mr. Neil Harrison, who took me to Jamaica to run for my country which is Turks and Caicos, had a huge impact on me. I would like to thank him very much as well as my parents for getting me this far. WN: When do you feel your career really kicked off?

DW: Well my career started when I was awarded a scholarship from the PNP government to Jamaica to better my skills in track and field. So I would like to thank them very much—I do appreciate it. WN: How did your parents feel about you moving to Jamaica?

DW: When I moved to Jamaica my parents had it hard on themselves to let me go, due to what people were telling them about the place, but I am sure that both of them don’t regret sending me to such a place now. WN: Have any athletes influenced you on the track?

DW: Well I look up to Asafa Powell, who is a Jamaican national and a former record holder. WN: What were your early accomplishments on the track

Delano Williams will administer sports if his track career does not go in the direction he sees fit. in Jamaica?

DW: The first time I was on the track in Jamaica was when I won the Western Champs 100m and 200m in both personal best (PB) times. The 200m I ran there is the new Turks and Caicos Islands national senior record which is 20.73s; Usain Bolt had the record at that meet and I broke it. Then I went on to the Boys’ and Girls’ Championships (Champs) where I took four gold medals and a bronze (100m-10.55s, 200m-21.00s), 4x100m-39.92s (Ifeanyi Otuonye was on this team; he started) and the 4x400M. My personal best in both events are 100m-10.51s and 200m-20.73s. Then I went on to the bigger stage which was the CARIFTA Games 2011. At the Games I won the gold for us in the 200m in the boys’ under-20 event. WN: How different is the training in Jamaica and the TCI?

DW: Jamaica is a place where the world’s fastest man [Usain Bolt] comes from. So it has motivated me a lot to train hard and represent my country as best as possible. Jamaica invests a lot of money in sports overall. Turks and Caicos Islands don’t put enough into sports as we all know, but I have to thank the many people out there like Mrs. Rita Gardiner, who has done us well over the past few years. She inspired me to do well and I must commend her for her efforts and I am truly grateful for people like her. Thanks again! WN: What can TCI do differently to better our performance in athletics?

DW: TCI’s development in sports needs to be more efficient and

properly organised to a point where no one can change it. I personally think that we need to motivate our athletes so that they can perform well. Also I would like to ask our younger ones not to give up, since there is also something in store for you. WN: What’s your secret for success?

DW: Like I always say train hard and win easy, that’s my motivation when it comes to performing well. Keep your heads up and strive for greatness. WN: Which event do you prefer and why?

DW: The 200m is my favourite event, but I can also perform well in the 100m. Why? From my point of view I think it excites me a lot because I have speed and endurance to take me straight to the [finish] line. WN: Are you satisfied with your performance this year?

DW: I wanted to set a new personal best in both events which I accomplished, but I didn’t achieve one objective which was to get the Turks and Caicos Islands national 100m record which is 10.46. I accomplished a new national record (200M) and I won a goal medal at the recent CARIFTA Games (also 200M). WN: What was your most memorable moment this season?

DW: My most memorable race was when last year’s CARIFTA Games silver medallist (high jump) Ifeanyi (Otuonye) and I teamed up for Munro College in the boys’ 4x100m at the Boys’ and Girls’ Championships.

Delano Williams has had an outstanding season.

What made this race special was the fact that we were both from the Turks and Caicos Islands. Our team made history because we were the fourth fastest Jamaican high school to sub under-40 seconds. We ran (39.92s). WN: Any plans for next season?

DW: I have already set my goals for next season. I see myself at the World Senior Championships going in as the favourite to win the 200m. WN: Who is Delano Williams off the track?

DW: I would say a calm, humble, easy going person to talk with; one who loves to have fun. WN: Do you like any other

sports? And do you admire any other athletes?

DW: I like soccer [football] and basketball as well as hockey. I admire Steve Nash (basketball) and Lionel Messi (soccer). WN: If track and field does not turn into a career, what would be your hopeful profession?

DW: If track doesn’t work out I would just come home and help out in the Sports Commission and also tried to be the Director of Sports in the Turks and Caicos Islands to influence and encourage our native athletes to pursue their dreams in sports and to make us the number one country in all sporting areas. Pleased don’t think it can’t be done, It will be done!!



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