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Weekly News Volume 24 | No. 45 | November 13 - 19, 2010

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Turks and Caicos


the national newspaper of the turks and caicos islands


Non-Jury trials


CONTROVERSIAL legislation to axe the automatic right to a jury trial has been given the seal of approval. inside



Criminals face electronic tagging SUSPECTED criminals released on bail could soon be fitted with UK-style electronic tags to track their movements ... PAGE  4

Provo's own ‘H Racing’ team copped a division victory at the six-day Targa Newfoundland Endurance Rally. PAGE 


NHIB chief

business link raises questions

QUESTIONS have been raised over an alleged conflict of interest between an NHIB chief who is also boss of the software firm ... PAGE  16




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Criminals face electronic tagging Talks underway to introduce GPS tracking devices for people on bail By Gemma Handy SUSPECTED criminals released on bail could soon be fitted with UK-style electronic tags to track their movements and prevent them reoffending. The move is being touted as part of a raft of measures to curb spiralling crime. It follows a recommendation from consultative forum member Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson. And it’s being backed by the Attorney General and police who have long lamented the abundance of offences committed by people given bail by courts. Attorney Ms CartwrightRobinson is calling for a provision in forthcoming legislation that would allow for the hi-tech GPS tracking devices to be used in appropriate circumstances. “There are often allegations of people on bail being involved in further crime,” she told the Weekly News. “If we release people on bail and they reoffend, the police have to start from scratch again. They haven’t got the manpower to tail them. “I recommended we give police the tools to monitor people with an ankle bracelet. “We need this if we want to be serious about crime.” Ms Cartwright-Robinson said recently appointed Attorney General Huw Shepheard had promised to look into it. The attorney vowed she would continue to press for action. “I will be reminding the AG at the next forum meeting.” Mr Shepheard, who took up position as the Islands’ chief legal advisor in September, told the Weekly

News: “Certainly I am prepared to consider it. “The matter came up during a debate in the context of dealing with people accused of gun offences. “But my view is that this has the potential to be used much more widely. “We need to consider that in deciding whether or not to bring forward any legislation needed to implement it.” Mr Shepheard said the measure could prove useful in keeping an eye on offenders’ movements and also to enforce curfews implemented as part of bail conditions. Electronic tagging is a form of surveillance whereby a device is attached to a person allowing their whereabouts to be monitored. The gadgets use GPS technology to report their position back to a control centre. In the UK, they are often operated by private firms to ease pressure on the public purse. Assistant Commissioner of Police Dave Ryder said they could prove highly effective in the TCI. “It is quite feasible with modern day technology. Not only can you detect when a person leaves the premises, you can also GPS track them too. “We would need a monitoring centre but we could quite easily set that up.” Mr Ryder said using the tags would bring a number of benefits. “It would alleviate pressure on detention facilities and reduce the cost of keeping people behind bars while on remand. “Also, where the court may be reluctant to put someone in custody, rather than just release them with no conditions or with conditions

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Electronic tags are widely used in the UK and US to track the wearer’s movements via GPS.

Recently appointed Attorney General Huw Shepheard said the hi-tech devices could help slash crime.

that can’t be managed, they can be electronically monitored instead.” Mr Ryder said for the programme to be successful, very careful decisions would need to be made about who was deemed appropriate to be tagged. “They should not be used for serial or dangerous offenders who obviously need to be behind bars. “There would have to be very carefully thought out protocols as to what would work here. “They could be useful for someone who was at risk of absconding

or interfering with a witness,” he added. Meanwhile much anticipated legislation to beef up penalties for those convicted of firearms offences have been given the green light. All that remains for the Firearms (Amendment) Bill 2010 and the Firearms Related Offences (Detention and Bail) Bill 2010 to be enacted is the Governor’s signature. The get-tough approach will see people caught in illegal possession of guns locked up for at least three years.

The new three-year minimum sentence will also apply to convicted armed robbers in response to the recent spate of hold-ups across Providenciales. The move has been dubbed a “major step forward” by police who hope it will end the culture of people being hauled before court for illegally carrying guns only to be let off with a conditional discharge. Offences involving firearms will now only be tried in the Supreme Court. And authority to dole out bail to those accused of gun-related crime has been removed from magistrates. Applications in such cases will have to be made to the Supreme Court instead. There will also be stiffer penalties and tighter restrictions on carrying other offensive weapons such as knives. Governor Gordon Wetherell has come under increasing pressure to act as crime reaches epic proportions. Staff numbers at the under-resourced Attorney General’s chambers are being increased too to enable police to obtain advice more easily and cases to be dealt with faster. Two new employees are due to arrive next week. Mr Shepheard added: “I am deciding now how best to deploy them. One will have to be in Grand Turk, I am still thinking about whether to put the other in Provo.”

NHIB chief’s business link raises questions By Gemma Handy QUESTIONS have been raised over an alleged conflict of interest between an NHIB chief who is also boss of the software firm used to hold  medical  data,  collect contributions and disburse claims. NHIB CEO Brian Hogan says he declared a “minority interest” in company Mitan from the outset and always excused himself from board meeting discussions about the potential use of the product. Mr Hogan, listed as director, president and CEO of Mitan Technologies since 1999 on the firm’s website, says he exercised “all good governance” one would expect from a well-managed organisation. But the issue has prompted suspicion from some as the TCI’s new multi-million dollar hospitals once again attract controversy. Provo-based insurance expert Martin Regan said he was “alarmed” to discover  not just the connection between Mr Hogan and software firm Mitan but also that NHIP information is not entered onto NHIP’s website using Mitan software but directly onto the Mitan system. The  managing director of  Accordia Insurance  Brokers  told the Weekly News: “Potentially,

NHIB CEO Brian Hogan denies a conflict of interest.

Insurance expert Martin Regan said his questions had been stonewalled.

every piece of information for NHIP to track individuals’ claim details is logged through “It would be used to track insurance claims and also to enable doctors and providers  to be reimbursed for services. “In addition, if the original data for every individual and company registered to the plan was entered directly to it then it could be outside the control of NHIP. “Potentially  the main software programme, as far as NHIP is concerned, is under the control of one person, Brian Hogan, who in

turn is CEO of NHIB.” Mr. Regan said it was “frightening” that so much authority could  apparently  be  invested in the hands of one person. “All I want is reassurance that this is not the case and that the NHIP board have full control over this highly confidential information. “However, as with everything to do with NHIP, whatever questions are asked, these questions are met with total silence. I would suggest it is not the best example of accountability continued 


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Trials Without Jury Bill gets green light By Gemma Handy CONTROVERSIAL legislation to axe the automatic right to a jury trial has been given the official seal of approval. The long-debated step has continued to stir up a hornet’s nest since first touted in the aftermath of last year’s probe into government corruption. Consultative forum members remained fiercely divided on the issue at Tuesday’s meeting with six voting for and six against the proposal. It was carried after ex officio members, public service chief Mark Capes, Attorney General Huw Shepheard and permanent secretary for finance Delton Jones, lent their support to the Bill. All that remains for the Trials Without Jury Bill 2010 to be enacted is the Governor’s signature. It has already been backed by the advisory council. The fact that wheels for its ratification were set in motion before the constitutional reform process is complete has invoked the wrath of many Islanders. The move was originally suggested in February 2009 when lawyers for former Premier Michael Misick argued that the ex leader would not get a fair trial. Prosecutor Helen Garlick also

deemed it extremely difficult to empanel an impartial jury given the volume of publicity generated by the Commission of Inquiry. Removing the automatic right to a jury will not be limited to proceedings emanating from the Commission but to any case where a fair trial is regarded impossible. Those in favour say it is vital to ensure justice, given the country’s tiny pool of potential jurors and that it will only be used in exceptional circumstances. They also say the majority of cases are already heard by a lone magistrate. But it has sparked outrage among some who feel that being tried in front of one’s peers is a fundamental civil liberty and a democratic right. Forum member and attorney Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson declared jury trials a “hallmark of democracy”. She said removing them was an unnecessary step as judges already had the power to direct jurors. “I have not been provided with any statistics to show that jury trial has failed,” she told the meeting. “I believe that there are men and women in these Islands that can deal with complex issues, that are not bothered by lengths of trials in carrying out this vital role and who can understand right from wrong.” She added that she would rather

NHIB chief’s business ... continued

and transparency.” In a recent letter penned to the TCI Journal about the issue, Mr Regan wrote: “Now you have to be in the Land of Deaf Dumb & Blind (or TCI) to realise this is not a great position to be in. “Potentially, as things stand in TCI, one person controls the software that, in turn, controls all the NHIP information and data. “Those with long memories will recall that the initial registration forms contained a waiver permitting the use of personal information, not to mention access to bank records: do you really know what has happened to your information?” Mitan’s website states it can provide “real time autoadjudication” of medical claims. It uses the internet to communicate information between health care providers and insurance companies. This means claims

can be settled faster. Mr Hogan told the Weekly News: “In the very first inaugural board meeting I disclosed my minority interest to the board. “I also excused myself from any board meeting discussions about the possibility of using the product. “There was all the good governance you would expect from a well managed organisation.” He said every system within NHIB met or exceeded HIPAA guidelines – the US standards used to protect people’s medical records and other personal health information. Nr Hogan added: “HIPAA specifies all standards that have to be maintained to ensure patient confidentiality and security of documents. “The board of directors is mandated to meet or exceed those standards.”

Consultative forum chairman Lillian Misick said party politics were so embedded in TCI life they could sway a jury’s decision.

see a person’s fate placed in the hands of their peers rather than “the single pair of hands of a judge who can be just as subjective or be tampered with as 12 single men on a jury”. The attorney also quoted a statement from the Bar Association which denounced the measure, describing it as “disappointing” and one taken “without any consultation”. “The right to be judged by one’s own peers is recognised in many countries as part of the international human rights.” The statement said jury trials had been a constitutional right since 1976 with a provision for them under

the law since around the turn of the 20th century. “Whilst it may be true that some jurisdictions do not have the right to a jury in criminal trials, it is also correct that many of those jurisdictions do not have a heritage of trial by jury, as exists here.” However forum chairman Lillian Misick said the civil right at issue was not the right to a jury trial but the right to a fair trial. “I believe that justice must be balanced by fairness. And in this context, we should never be so overly concerned about weighing the scales of justice in favour of the defendant that we ignore the categorical imperative of ensuring that justice is done for the victim or aggrieved party. “Moreover, in weighing the interests of the parties involved in each case, let us be mindful of the prevailing fact that we the people also have an interest in fair trials - as crimes committed against the individual are, by definition, crimes against the people.” She said party politics were so firmly embedded in TCI life that it could sway a jury’s decision. “We are not in the United States where, in order to get an impartial jury, a party can request a change of venue.” The chairman continued: “This is why I respectfully submit that we should preserve the right to

trial by jury only in those cases where political passions are not so implicated as to guarantee an unfair trial. “In cases where those passions are likely to rear their prejudicial heads, trial by judge should obtain.” Mrs Misick added that the Bill was not perfect, as with any legislation. “The only difference is that this Bill has incited far more political passion amongst our people.” Britain’s Overseas Territories Minister Henry Bellingham – a lawyer by profession – previously said the change would simply offer flexibility and that each case would be assessed individually. Mark Capes, head of the public service, said there would be recourse for appeal through the Court of Appeal where cases would be heard by a team of three judges. The automatic right to trial by jury was axed in England in 2003 after four years of debate. It provoked a storm of reaction from lawyers and civil rights groups who claimed it was an erosion of the justice system. Others argued that the right to trial by jury was not fundamental as minor crimes in the UK were heard by magistrates, setting a precedent against jury trials. England’s first crown court criminal trial to be held without a jury in more than 350 years took place this year.

Fired Malcolm in legal talks By Gemma Handy OUSTED immigration boss Alonzo Malcolm has confirmed he is seeking legal advice after being controversially booted from office. The former Director of Immigration was suspended indefinitely following an undisclosed “disciplinary matter”, according to a government statement released on Monday. Mr Malcolm’s suspension comes days after travel letters used by foreign workers awaiting work permits were axed amid claims of “fraud, forgery and abuse”. Border Control Ministry bosses asserted “serious concerns” of misuse which threatened the “good order and security of the Islands”. Monday’s statement said Mr Malcolm had been told by the Public Service Commission (PSC)  to

“take leave for an indefinite period, following their consideration of a disciplinary matter, to which he now has an opportunity to respond”. Within hours of the news, protestors gathered outside the department’s headquarters in downtown Providenciales to condemn the decision. Among them was Provo resident Euwonka Selver who told the Weekly News: “I am very upset about what happened. “I do not believe the Public Service Commission authorised it. They didn’t appear to know anything about it. “The Governor does not have the power to remove Mr Malcolm from office. One of Kate Sullivan’s recommendations was that he be given the power to remove permanent secretaries and heads of department. “He is doing things he is not yet

authorised to do.” In September British MP Andrew Rosindell triggered polemic when he recommended the immigration department be shut down. The chairman of the TCI All Party Parliamentary Group, who visited the TCI in August, said the entire public sector should be rebuilt from scratch amid “endemic corruption and malpractice”. “The Immigration Department in particular should be the first to be closed down and reopened under new management as an urgent priority,” he wrote in a report to UK Ministers. An acting director is due to be appointed. In the meantime, the public should contact under secretary Sharon Taylor regarding immigration issues. Mr Malcolm told the Weekly News he was discussing the matter with his lawyers.



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

Travel traumas TRAVEL letters to allow foreign workers to legally reenter the country after a trip overseas pending receipt of their work permit have been axed. The Government has suspended them indefinitely due to allegations of fraud and systemic abuse. In the meantime, the Ministry is looking at a more secure document to enable people with an “urgent and unavoidable” need to travel to do so. We asked you for your thoughts.

Draconian measure “It is absolutely ridiculous that the UK-led

Government put something into place without notice.  “What about all those folks who have been waiting patiently for months and months to get their work permits and are now unable to obtain a travel letter especially leading up to Christmas which is one of the busiest times of the year for travel. “Surely the Government can estimate how far behind they are in issuing work permits and then take that end date and give fair and wide notice to the public that as of that date no more travel letters will be issued.  “They will need to state what takes its place ie stamped legal receipt from the submission of a bona fide work permit application or renewal that met with Labour’s clearance policy first to filter out those applicants not abiding by the requirements or another suitable system.  “There is no doubt that the system was, is and must not be further abused but draconian measures such as this are not well thought out and generally harm the legal work permit applicants.  “As much as it would be wonderful to have every TCI/Belonger in the country working it simply will not help to turn away or hinder legitimate work permit holders as we still need their skills as there are not enough TCI/Belongers to provide the work force necessary to run TCI.”  

Dodgy documents

“As I understand it, there has never been a legal requirement to get a travel letter while waiting for your work permit so suspending them shouldn’t make a difference, except to those persons who were creating counterfeit travel documents and selling them for their own gain.   “And that is the real reason, I suspect, that travel letters have been suspended. “It has been obvious for 15 years that our immigration/work permit system is susceptible to corruption and has been corrupted.   “We need a fair, open system that works. And it needs to work in a timely fashion. “In order for that to happen we need educated, detail oriented, honest people in the civil service and elected government who can put policies in place and execute them. I’m not holding my breath.”

Inefficient operations “It is not for us to second guess why this has

happened or question the actions of authorities. There must be a very valid reason with evidence backing up their decisions and one assumes this will be revealed in future. 

“I know as an expat that going in and out of the country can be a trial; particularly if one is in between work permits. “I don’t want to purchase a temporary residence permit when I have to pay for a work permit that’s somewhere in the system (yes I know that’s illegal but we are made to pay). “I use island as a base and travel off island for pleasure, visiting friends and family around the world. “I own properties here but that gives me no more rights. “Inefficiency causes difficulty. I think the expats do all they believe they need to do to ensure they abide by the rules and then the tardiness and variations in rules, depending on who you speak to, lets them down. “Local third parties offer themselves, for a fee, to oversee applications for work permits. It doesn’t seem to speed up the process which in past has taken up to six months. “Arriving back at the airport can be challenging and upsetting for ordinary, honest people. “Travel letters would be minimal if the system of work permit applications was more efficient. “I believe that expats’ expertise is required here to help this country move forward.  Three year work permits like other countries, would lessen the workload for Labour and Immigration. “If the local population doesn’t want expat involvement, let them say so. We will all leave them to it. “We just need to know the parameters so we can understand the requirements and then make plans either way. “Being in limbo is the hardest part.”

Systemic incompetence is another case of departmental

“This incompetence, in the lack of ability to properly control immigration and we are all being made to pay for it!   “You will note that it is generally TC Islanders who are the ‘employers’ importing the illegal workers! “If the immigration department could process work permits within a reasonable amount of time (ie one or two weeks) travel letters would not be necessary! “Legal workers should be issued a bar coded plastic card with a decent photograph that should be carried with them at all times.  “Renewal should take no time at all if their status is good.  The days of ‘lost’ work permits and applications should be long behind us and, looking at the huge overstaffing of the civil service, things should move a whole lot faster generally!”

Replacement required “If  not a travel letter then something or some

quick process needs to be in place which allows people to travel while work-permits are being processed. “When a work permit renewal is applied for, for example, usually two months before it expires, the original work-permit has to be submitted; on average, the work permit will not be returned until at least six weeks have passed (usually longer). “All sorts of situations can arise during that time which call for travel: medical emergencies, sickness or death of family members. “Those nationalities who need visas to enter country such as Haitians, and whose work permit renewal is being processed, they are basically stuck here because to leave would mean that they could not easily return. “These are the situations for which a travel letter or similar is definitely needed.”

Disciplinary action

“As is often the case, a law or policy which has good intentions gets abused. It has been said in the media   that fraud, forgery and abuse were part of the picture. “It is possible that Alonzo Malcolm was working to ferret out the abuse or possibly covering up some of it. “He was put down because of an argument with Capes. That is why the press statement read ‘disciplinary’ action. “Who was at fault ? No one but Capes and Malcolm knows. Of course foreign workers will protest they will be the ones under pressure. “Immigration and government insiders say the travel letters were used, abused and/or forged to bring in Chinese workers.”

Crack down needed

“I think we need to know more about the reason this action was taken. Generally speaking, travel letters served a valuable function in allowing employers to bring in essential employees before the work permit process could be completed. “If, as represented by the Ministry of Border Control and Labour, the permits are now being processed more expeditiously, this may not be as much of a concern. However, reducing the delay from four to five months to two to three months isn’t enough. “Certainly travel letters should not be used for bringing in ‘bar girls’ and forgery should be prosecuted as the crime that it is. “Why not crack down on the business owners who are doing this?”

Gross inconvenience

“Obviously they were being sold to these people by unscrupulous officials! Nor were they properly kept track of on the fancy computer system.  “The whole system is so rife with corruption it is sick making. All Caribbean foreigners are exploited by the local immigration and police departments. “Turks Island people are in business  with many of these illegal residents who can pay for their stay. “It is a gross inconvenience to those who have need to travel. It will make more difficult the lives of many whose days are hard like hell anyway. “Let the use of these letters be tightly monitored; how many of them can there be? Oh yeah, probably a lot since the issuance of work

permits has been at molasses speed.”

Greed and nepotism

“Well first off, paperwork changes so many hands you may wonder how this is possible but greed is the mother of all misfortune. Yes the privileges under every description of the Immigration Act  have been sold out, everyone  knows this. That does not mean everyone is guilty. “However if you sat by and allowed it to go on without  reporting it, you  were just as bad. Yes you want to hold on to your job but you could have reported it discretely.  “Why  is that we give out Turks & Caicos passports to persons who really have no blood connection to the Turks & Caicos? Why not stamp their passport every three years and have a stipulation that if they commit any crime in this country it would be immediately revoked? “When they are given TCI passports, these people end up having the same rights as the natural born T&C Islanders, now  this I don’t agree with. “It is unheard of in many other countries that a foriegn person is granted Crown land, wooooow. Try that in another  country and please tell me how that goes.  “Well persons should only be travelling if they have a valid work permit anyway. Why the renewal process does take so long escapes me.  “Anyway it was just too much slackness and then the persons who have to sign these papers seemed to be either overworked or were dragging thier feet. Either way it took tooooooo long.  “As for abuse of the system there will always be someone who will do that but the key is dealing with them when it happens. “How is it that you can work for  the Government, commit criminal acts  (selling work permits etc) and the only course of action is a transfer? Come on man you should not be allowed to work in any department once it is proven that you have breached any Government agency policies.  “On another note what was the protest all about? Please people stop fooling yourselves. Yes we have to stand up for our rights but remember if the directors of these departments allowed these things to go on under them, then what do you expect persons to think? “Any bridge will fall if the footing is weak. Why you all are afraid to fire corrupt persons working under you’ll? “That is what makes it appear that you are a part of the problems. Please stop cutting corners for your aunty, sister, brother, child if you know what I mean. “Nothing is wrong with the system, just the persons executing the duties of it.  “Now if Mr Alonzo Malcolm is not guilty of anything then he should get what is due him. The Brits are going to do what they want, when they want and how they want. “If they would hurry up and get on with charging those Ministers who have been guilty then the process of getting this country back on track will possibly resume. “If I am guilty of three crimes and for now you can prove in a court of law that I am guilty, then prosecute me, charge me and get on with the rest of it.”

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NIB tells pensioners ‘don’t panic’ By Gemma Handy MORE than 1,000 pensioners are being reassured their monthly payments will be forthcoming despite the loss of millions in NIB money from the collapse of TCI Bank. National Insurance Board CEO Trevor Cooke urged the country’s 1,025 pension recipients not to worry. He said the liquidation of the bank – which held $17.5m in NIB deposits plus $2m in equity – would not topple the scheme. Mr Cooke told the Weekly News: “Unfortunately we can write off the $2m in equity straight away, the $17.5m remains to be seen. “It does mean we don’t have the $17.5m to invest and work for us. It will have some effect but it will not cause the fund to collapse in any way.

“I don’t think people need to worry.” Mr Cooke said he was “quite hopeful” of recovering a substantial part of the cash. “Whether we get 75c, 50c or 20c on the dollar we don’t know yet. “I want the best for the system and the contributors to the system. “We can’t say with any degree of certainty what the amount will be, these things take a while.” Mr Cooke denied rumours that the NIB’s deposits had been withdrawn from the doomed institution before it was placed in temporary liquidation in April. “There’s no truth to that at all,” he said. And he refused to comment on whether Canadian businessman David Kosoy’s buyout offer should have been

accepted. Mr Kosoy, who along with partner Phil Biden, made a series of offers for TCIB in recent months, said last week the bank would have reopened by now had his bid been taken up. Instead it went into full liquidation on October 29. Clashes between Kosoy and lawyers for NIB, which had a leading role in the negotiations as one of the bank’s major shareholders and creditors, were well documented. A statement released by NIB bosses on Wednesday said the organisation had been at the forefront of efforts to avoid full liquidation. At the time provisional liquidators were appointed, they were embroiled in talks in Miami with potential investors, they said. NIB had backed a rescue

bid by ECIC, a group of Eastern Caribbean banks who were existing shareholders and creditors of TCIB. But the plan failed when ECIC failed to stump up the requisite millions to restructure the bank. “This restructuring involved the E.C. banks investing some $22m into the bank and the immediate payment of deposits up to $50,000. “The NIB agreed to postpone payment of its substantial deposits at the bank to allow this to occur in the hope that a rescue was possible,” the statement continued. “Regrettably, the E.C. banks did not live up to their bargain and kept seeking extension of time to do so. “The NIB, other creditors and the court bent over backwards to accommodate the E.C. banks and their investors.”

They said it became apparent that there was “no realistic prospect” of a rescue. And that supporting full liquidation was the only option as TCIB’s assets continued to deteriorate and liquidators’ costs soar. In April we reported how NIB had ignored its own investment policy by pumping millions into ill-fated TCI Bank.  Several years earlier the board had drawn up a policy which apparently advised that only five per cent of funds should be invested into a single institution and only 10 per cent invested within the TCI. But bosses said if they had not deposited a large percentage of NIB funds in local institutions they would have lost much more due to turmoil in the market overseas. Deloitte Bahamas

liquidators, Anthony Kikivarakis and Mark Munnings, said efforts would now focus on increasing TCIB’s liquidity in order to return as much of depositors’ money as possible. “To do this we must focus on collecting loan payments, foreclosing on delinquent loans and selling the assets of the company,” they said in a statement on Monday. All customers with loans are urged to continue making payments. Anyone with difficulty doing so is asked to contact an agent as soon as possible. “We will issue notices to creditors as regards to the next steps required to submit a claim in the liquidation process.” The liquidators can be contacted at info@ or by calling 941 7500.

Home help info needed now RESIDENTS in need of home help must immediately supply the government with details of their financial information – or risk having assistance withdrawn. A huge overhaul of programmes provided by the Department of Social Development is currently taking place. The aim of the review is to evaluate each system and develop robust policies and procedures to ensure accountability, transparency and fairness. A select committee of representatives from the Ministry of Home Affairs and Public Safety, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of

Health and Human Services, the Department of Social Development, the Budget Office and the Department of Economic Planning and Statistics have been chosen to undertake the review. They will be specifically looking at home help care, social enhancement aid and the foster care programmes. During the first meeting of the review team held on Wednesday, September 8, they assessed the Home Help Care programme and amended the criteria in keeping with its objectives. Now the committee is about to begin the process of evaluating everyone currently on the programme to ensure

that they meet the criteria. In addition they will soon be assessing new applications. As a result the team is appealing to anyone who is currently receiving home help care assistance to provide their social worker with their household financial information. This will enable them to assess the resident or their dependant’s eligibility to receive assistance. Failure to provide the social worker with household financial information by 4pm on Friday, November 19, will result in temporary withdrawal from the Home Help Care programme until the relevant information is obtained.

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Taking the guilt out of garbage TCI’s first commercial recycling plant opens for business By Gemma Handy PERTURBED by the piles of plastic bottles you throw away each week? Perhaps you’re alarmed by the accumulation of aluminium cans clogging up your trash bin? Or the endless collection of cardboard packaging left languishing in landfill? Now’s your chance to do something about it. With the TCI’s very first commercial recycling plant open for business, bosses are promising to take the guilt out of garbage. And in a country that prides and markets itself on its natural environment, few would argue it’s long overdue. More than 100 tonnes of waste are estimated to reach Providenciales’ dump site each day. TCI Waste Disposal chiefs believe they have already cut that by 10 per cent since launching recycling operations on October 25. The passion of co-directors Samer and Ramez Hakoura is obvious. Not only have they ploughed more than $1m into setting up the Millennium Highway enterprise, they are now on a mission to help promote the Islands as an ecofriendly destination and educate the country’s children about green issues into the bargain. The company already boasts more

Co-directors Samer (left) and Ramez Hakoura, and office manager Mily Castan with some of the oodles of cardboard to be recycled.

than 400 clients from householders to hotels, all keen to slash their carbon footprint. Pick-ups are twice-weekly – one for recyclables, the other for all remaining rubbish – with customers asked to place their glass, cardboard, aluminium and plastic in a separate bin. Once people have become accustomed to sorting their trash, bosses plan to branch out into collecting paper and garden waste too. Ramez told the Weekly News: “We have had an excellent response from clients. Only a very small minority have complained about having to sort their waste. “The bottom line is, we live on an island with limited land mass and made of limestone which makes it easy for dangerous substances to leach into the ocean.

Driving licences RESIDENTS driving vehicles without proper licences should purchase one immediately – or face prosecution. That’s the word from TCI Government’s Ministry of Home Affairs and Public Safety this week. According to a press release from the Department of Road Safety and Transportation, all outstanding driving and vehicle licenses are immediately payable to the Treasury. If the licence is not paid for, residents may not be able to receive services at other government departments. In addition anyone that continues to use their vehicle or trailer without a licence will

be deemed guilty of an offence under the Road Traffic and the Motor Vehicle (Driving Licenses) Ordinances. They will then be subject to prosecution through the Attorney General’s Chambers. The press release reads: “You are therefore advised to immediately settle all outstanding liabilities with respect to driving and vehicle licenses to avoid any unnecessary inconvenience in your day-to-day business dealings. “The full cooperation of all concerned is required.” A licence is not valid if it is used by the wrong person, has expired, or if the vehicle is in a different class to the one specified.

“The less land we use for waste now the better, both for the island and the people who live here.” Samer said international holidaymakers had long been inquiring about individual hotels’ recycling initiatives and were often dismayed to discover the truth. “We are supposed to be ‘beautiful by nature’ but we have this stinking dump. “The world has limited resources and we all have to play our part in preserving them. “Recycling enables us to preserve materials rather than them ending up in landfill and also has a positive effect on energy and emissions.” Samer said recycling an aluminium can uses just five per cent of the energy needed to make a new one. “The TCI is part of the global ecosystem. The more we can divert materials away from that horrible dump and get them made into something useful, the better. “Especially in light of the fact that ours is a tourist-driven economy and tourists today care deeply about the environment,” he added. The three-year-old company has already attracted hotels including Grace Bay Club, Gansevoort, Miramar, Comfort Suites and Northwest Point, plus both IGA supermarket outlets, to sign up. Talks are underway with other resorts and businesses too. Bosses plan to place a banner in Providenciales Airport announcing that the TCI now recycles and are encouraging vacationers to find out which resorts support green schemes. In addition, they are visiting local schools in a bid to educate the next generation and inviting youngsters to the Wheeland plant to see what happens to the garbage they recycle. Call TCI Waste Disposal on 941 2411 for more information.

John Hartley is a retired CEO. He was educated in economics and econometrics at Manchester University and Harvard Business School. He is an occasional contributor at invitational economics seminars at Brazenose College, Oxford.

Economics Column

Time to scrutinise challenges on public purse A VERY short overview of our public finance challenges may be helpful because of widespread concern about the leaked proposal for an EU-sponsored study designed to assist in the refinement and implementation of a new revenue strategy for the TCI. A good starting point is to consider what size the public sector should be, normally measured as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product. This varies widely in modern democracies. A quick internet search shows government size varying from 60 per cent to 25 per cent of GDP. Acceptable government size is linked to social standards of altruism and homogeneity. It is a matter for the electorate to decide. That decision is particularly difficult for a micro economy in which quite a large majority of the population at any one time are overseas property owners, guest workers and tourists. Asking them to pay for an opulent public sector they get little benefit from is not a sustainable strategy. Professor Roe considered a number of comparisons and finds that a “tax effort” for the TCI of around 25 per cent to 30 per cent of GDP seems reasonable. One difficulty for the TCI in considering the size of the public sector is that quite large pieces of taxation, expenditure and transfers between citizens have been hived off to boards and authorities such as the NHIP, the NIB, and the Airport Authority. Similarly taxes on labour have been muddled up with immigration policy, making decisions about taxes on labour more difficult than is usually the case.  The telecommunications tax has been hypothecated (earmarked) to secure and service debt, so it is not available to the consolidated fund in support of the public sector. That also applies to the chunk of the consolidated fund pledged to service the hospital debt. Accepting 30 per cent of GDP as a reasonable tax effort for the TCI, we can guess that the public sector here, including debt service, should have a total size of around $150m a year. This is based on a guess that GDP is now around $500m a year from a legal population of around 20,000, and an illegal population of above 5,000. Stretching the effort to 35 per cent would increase the size of the public sector to $175m a year, which was roughly its size in 2009. That is $7,000 a year per person, or $28,000 a year for a family of four. Obviously something has to give, because with the civil service payroll running at over $70m a year, and the fixed costs associated with law and order, health costs and education, it is clear to everybody that the public sector is far too large for our shrunken economy. Very tough and distressing decisions are going to have to be taken, and a lot of thought must be given to the consequences for Grand Turk where so much of the public sector is concentrated. Since HMG is clearly unwilling to take the radical steps needed to stop the economy shrinking further, the pressure on the size of the public sector is likely to increase, and the situation will become even grimmer the longer London hesitates to act. Next week we will look at the other side of the equation: taxation.

November 13 - 19, 2010


& CrimeCourt


WITH Samantha Dash

Man freed of gun charges, co-accused jailed TWO MEN faced the same gun charges in Providenciales Magistrates Court, but after trial one man was found guilty and sent to jail and the other was set free. Harold Arthur, aged 50, was sentenced to 10 months for possession of a Tec 22 automatic short-arm unlicensed firearm and six months for possession of eight rounds of .22 ammunition. His co-accused Michael Williams, 42, had all the charges against him dismissed and was released with sound advice from Magistrate Clifton Warner. “You should be more careful,” Magistrate Warner told Williams. “When the police ask you questions you should answer. “Because you did not want to be considered a snitch you spent four months in prison,” the magistrate said. The Crown’s case was that on June 25 at 6.25pm police acted upon information received and nabbed the two men in Five Cays with a black bag containing the weapon. The court heard that when police officers stopped the jeep, Williams was driving and Arthur was in the front passenger seat. The vehicle was heavily tinted so the policemen approached the jeep, identified themselves and ordered the occupants to come out with their hands in the air. The passenger, Arthur, came out with a black bag in his hand and then threw it into the rear of the vehicle. One of the police officers reached into the back seat and retrieved the black bag from the floor of the rear passenger side. Police ranks searched the bag and found the loaded gun but

both Williams and Arthur denied knowledge of the bag and its contents. In court, Arthur consistently denied the bag and testified that a person by the name of JR (Michael) Williams left the bag in the vehicle. “I was just begging a ride,” Arthur said. However, Williams, along with his girlfriend Harley Tucker, both appeared in court as Arthur’s witnesses and testified that they did not put the gun in the jeep. A total of three persons were called as witnesses on behalf of Arthur and, after not getting them to say what he wanted them to say, the accused became angry and tried to interrogate his own witnesses. Eventually, he gave up and rested his case. Next in the witness stand, Williams gave the court a detailed rendition of his side of the story. He was in Five Cays when Arthur, who was standing beside the road, asked him for a ride. Arthur had a black bag over his shoulder. He did not ask about the contents of the bag because he did not think it was his business. Arthur asked Williams to take him to a bar in Five Cays to collect some money and he did. At the bar, Arthur got out of the vehicle with the bag and walked behind the building. After waiting for about 20 minutes, Arthur returned and said, ‘Let’s go’. It was then that Williams noticed one of the jeep’s tyres deflating and pulled into Higgs’ tyre shop for air. At the shop, Arthur jumped out of the jeep with the bag in his hand

but almost immediately threw it back into the jeep and raised his hands in the air. Then, Williams saw the police officers. After he exited the vehicle, they asked if he had anything illegal in the jeep and he answered no. They asked him about the bag and he said that it did not belong to him but he did not give the police more information because he would be called a snitch on the streets. He explained during crossexamination that he did not want to have to be constantly looking over his shoulders in case one of Arthur’s friends or family members tried to hurt him. He insisted that he did not tell the police that it belonged to Arthur since he considered Arthur his friend and was giving him the opportunity to own up to the bag and its contents. Both men spent four months remanded in custody awaiting trial. Arthur remained adamant in court that the gun did not belong to him and that no fingerprints had been found on it. “It was impossible for me to be the owner of that bag because I never brought it into your jeep,” he told Williams. “It was in your possession so it was your responsibility,” he added. Williams reminded his co-accused that he kept the bag with him at all times and that the police saw when he threw it back into the jeep. “What I did was what people do everyday. I gave him a ride,” Williams told the magistrate. “I’m gonna leave it in your hands,” he ended. Magistrate Warner found Arthur guilty and ordered that his sentences run concurrently.

Operation Alpha 2 helps to reduce crime significantly

Assistant Commissioner  of Police, Dave Ryder has reported that the crime rate in the TCI has been reduced significantly, but most importantly, for violent incidents.  He released a statement on Thursday confirming that since November 2 crimes appeared to have fallen to an average of less than three per day. This promising statistic was said

to have been realised because of the approach taken by Operation Alpha 2, which was geared to tackle and reduce crime. “Thankfully, no robberies have been reported since we last made a release, the last such crime being reported on 27 October,” Ryder stated. It was also noted that the public appear to be cooperating with the police by coming forward to give

information upon which the police are actively working.  “This is a very positive development and one which will make the difference that matters,” ASP Ryder said.  He appealed to the public to continue to support the RT&CIPF and work with them to take the drugs and guns off the street, thereby making the TCI a safer place.

Harold Arthur and Michael Williams

TC islander nabbed with large quantity cocaine and undersized lobster A MAN whose name police officials have refused to release is in police custody after a large quantity of cocaine and undersized lobster tails were allegedly found in his home. Detective Sergeant Calvin Chase said that early in the morning of November 11, police officers operating under Operation Alpha 2 executed a search warrant

for suspected illegal drugs on the home of the Turks and Caicos islander. During that search, seven kilos of suspected cocaine and a large quantity of undersized lobster were found. As a result, the man was arrested and is presently in custody and assisting the police with their investigations.

Correction The Weekly News would like to apologise for an advertisement published in our last edition dated November 6 - 12, 2010 on page 42, captioned "REGISTERED LAND ORDINANCE 1967 LOST LAND CERTIFICATE" with the wrong signatures inserted. Due to an oversight the advertisement was mistakenly published with the signatures of N. Been and G. Smith affixed to "REGISTRAR OF LANDS" and "WITNESSED" respectively. The signatures of N. Been and G. Smith as published on the above date were not applied correctly since at no time has N. Been acted or been appointed as Registrar of Lands. The Weekly News would like to apologise to Naomi Been and Grisilda Smith for the improper use of their signatures and for any inconvenience caused.



November 13 - 19, 2010

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

Our miracle

Dear Editor, We the family of Claudette Rigby rejoice in her restoration; through God all things are possible. We glorify God and give him thanks for the great work he has done in restoring Claudette to us; we know that she survived the attack for a reason. God is still in the miracle working business, those of you who doubt God, just take one look at her. At our lowest, God gave us strength, comfort and assurance, he said in his word, I will not leave you nor forsake you. It is close to 11 months since she was attacked and left for dead with one of her best friends. We miss him dearly and his memory will always be cherished by Claudette and us. You see approximately 11 years ago Claudette was very, very sick, we thought she would die. Among the male friends she had he was the only one who would come and visit her, take her for rides. He would say ‘come go with me to catch some fresh air’, he would bring her food and encourage her to eat and live, he was a dear friend to

her - the friendship began way, way back. Our deepest sympathy to his family. We write to thank you, the people of the Turks and Caicos and the expat community, for your support. Those of you who formed search parties, those of you who comforted and prayed for her when she was found, the pastors, family and friends who gathered at my sister’s house for prayers for her recovery after she was flown to North Broward, pastors and members of various churches throughout the Turks and Caicos for your continued prayers, those of you who called with words of comfort, immediate family members who were instrumental in seeing that she was airlifted to Florida without delay. Also doctors, nurses at the Myrtle Rigby health Complex, Trinity Air Ambulance, doctors and nurses at North Broward Hospital especially staff at the intensive care unit, doctors and nurses at the Shepherd Centre, Piedmont Hospital, Shepherd Rehab Centre in Atlanta, Georgia and South Health Rehab Centre in Sunrise, Florida, please accept our thanks. God places people in our lives

for reasons sometimes we never understand. Special thanks to our boss Hugh O’Neill who is like a father to Claudette – he did not give up on us and kept our chairs in the office vacant, and to our dear friends Mark and Dale who were always there. Special thanks to Brian Hogan and his staff at the National Health Insurance office for ensuring that Claudette received the additional rehab care she needed. Those of you who contributed financially, we thank you, God will reward you. To the police investigating team, God did not bring Claudette through to leave her. The culprit or culprits must be brought to justice. Claudette cannot assist you, just keep the fire burning, somebody will say “I/we did it” that is my faith. To our family for your support, love and strength, God has taken us through and he will continue to look after us – no weapon formed against us shall prosper. Again a special thanks to all, Family of Claudette Rigby

Implementing good governance – part one

Dear Editor, Firstly, the new increase in criminal activities is due to the inability of the police force to investigate incidents and compile sources of information for reference purposes. The organisation should be comprised of men who are dedicated to serve the country in the spirit of the detection and prevention of crime so that citizens and visitors can rely on the fact that the area is safe and protected from all criminal elements. The members of the organisation should remember that they have taken an oath before her Majesty the Queen to protest her subjects, heirs and successors. It must be understood that the Governor is the representative of the Queen for her subjects in this area and it must be seen that duties are executed without ill-will or favour. The Governor should be aware of the problems within the organisation and it can be assured that they will be addressed after those issues which had been given priorities.

S e c o n d l y, the interim Government has declared that the system must be cleared of the large quantity of work permit holders who have been brought to the country by unscrupulous agencies, and it is obvious that this has catered to the unemployment rate and the idle assemblies which are instruments for the increase in criminal activities. Greater attention should be given in this area so that there could be larger deductions in the unemployment rate and the people will develop a confidence in the system. Although there were many attempts to destroy the activities of the illegal jitneys, it seems as if there is an increase in numbers immediately after the execution of a raid which is an indication that there is no respect for law and order in this country. It is common knowledge that the system had been given great support by some members of the police


force and was once used by those bus drivers who are now holders of public service licences. Hence it is important for the authorities to organise a system so if an illegal jitney driver presents a work permit during the process of a raid, that document should be cancelled immediately and he should be taken to the detention centre to be deported. The authorities have been given the power to remove the vehicles from the highway under the Highway Act 1980 section 137 which has been defined under the Public Order Act 1986. Reference is now being made to aggravated assault – assaulting and obstructing a constable in the execution of his duty which is contrary to the Police Act 1964 section 51. It must be understood that section 51 contains the offences of assaulting, resisting and wilfully obstructing which is linked to the modern powers given to constables which can be found in the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984. Sherman Rigby, Blue Hills

Haiku Dear Editor, A haiku is a form of poetry originating in Japan. The poem is written in three lines, with the first line containing five syllables, the second containing seven syllables and the third containing five syllables. So, in all a haiku is made up of 17 syllables. I like sharing my poetry because, though the meaning of a piece may be personal, somebody can always derive something from what you have written, it may not necessarily be the same understanding that you intended, but it's always good to know that what you write has the power to influence the thoughts of different people or make them see things differently.

The stranger in the mirror I looked into the mirror And saw a face I didn’t know Strong, witty and a fighter This basically speaks about how, when we look at our outward appearances, the image we see contrasts what we feel about ourselves. The strong and confident people that we see being portrayed are only a mask to conceal what goes on beneath the surface, whether or not it is low self-esteem or a fear of being considered weak. Kin-z Francis

Include the poor man Dear Editor, I bless God for the contributions that David Tapfer and John Hartley make to your valuable newspaper. Anyone ignoring such good advice isn’t looking for much good. I underline these words in the recent commentary written by Mr Tapfer in the September 18-24 Weekly News entitled ‘Power to the People’. ‘When the public interest is at stake monopolies need to submit to regulation. Where is the Public Service Commission? Is anyone talking about it?’ Great question, and nothing cynical about his comments or questions. I can answer these questions with: ‘Yes, some very powerful people are talking about it, in and out of government and investors in and out of our country, but sadly they don’t have the poor man in their thoughts. ‘However by including the poor man in the overall plan there will be great success without further delay.’ Eddinton Powell, president and chief executive officer of PPC and AEP, has assured the public that the present electricity commissioner is on top of his responsibilities. What an insult to those honourable men who had written and passed the laws and regulations in the Turks and Caicos Islands Electricity Ordinance. That will be a blessed day when the present electricity commissioner would be on top of his responsibilities

as the Electricity Ordinance requires him to be. It will be a glorious day in the entire Turk and Caicos Islands for electricity users etc even when the present Governor is on top of his responsibilities as the law of the land dictates. I thank God for allowing Eddinton Powell to respond to David Tapfer’s article (Power to the People). God has allowed this beautiful country to go into captivity for our good. Should our captives do us more harm than our very own, Sodom and Gomorrah would be better off than them. Take courage in recovering all the assets of the people that were corruptly sold - fall not short in recovering one. Did the Michael Misick Government have the authority to let PPC be sold according to law? I end with these words of wisdom and assurance. Be not deceived, God is not mocked, for whatever a man soweth, that he also reap. (Galatians 6:7) Enjoy the peace of Jesus, Jonathan N Gardiner

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.

November 13 - 19, 2010






A job well done Dear Editor, May  I take this opportunity to congratulate and  thank you for the wonderful coverage of the Ryder Cup at Provo Golf Club. After reading about the event in the Weekly News, my wife and I went to watch the action and had an awesome time watching, meeting and chatting to players from both teams. Having seen some of the golf but not all of it, I of course was

left wondering as to the result and individual scores. Well, thanks to your comprehensive report in last week’s edition, I was able to read about the match, look at pictures and check all the scores.  A fantastic service from the Weekly News and I congratulate you and your reporter, Paul Baker, for a job well done. Mike Pearce Leeward

Work together to preserve tourism Dear Editor, During the past two weeks the country has witnessed two important stakeholders in the tourism industry, berating each other on who is responsible and should get the credit for the upcoming inaugural flight of Continental Airlines to our shores. The public spat between CEO of Turks & Caicos Islands Airport Authority, Mr John Smith, and acting Director of Tourism, Mr Ralph Higgs, is more about satisfying their own egos rather than seeking what is best for our struggling tourism driven economy of which they are stewards. As the 2010/2011 tourism season approaches, there are many other issues both these gentlemen can find to update our local and international partners on particularly in these changing and tough economic times. It is clearly evident that they both have missed the mark on taking a professional approach to working together. Every citizen of this country in some direct or indirect way has a role to play in the development and promotion of these beautiful islands. There is no one single individual that is responsible for the tourism growth our country has seen in the past 12 years. It because of the work of past Ministers of Tourism such as Michael Misick, Oswald Skippings and Wayne Garland who put in hard work and dedication by placing our country on the tourism map which we now enjoy. They obviously did not work alone, the work of past Directors of

Tourism such as Cliff Hamilton, John Skippings, C a e s a r C a m p b e l l and Lindsey Musgrove cannot be forgotten. These persons, collectively, were instrumental in broadening our destination to new markets and bringing on board a number of new airlines. What does this current scenario about who should get credit tells us about our country and our government? Firstly, about our country, it tells the world that our destination is vibrant and offers world class accommodations and amenities with the most beautiful turquoise waters bar none in this region. Secondly, it says about government that there are persons who still believe there is an ‘I’ in the word ‘team’. Further it shows all of us how unaware that those who hold senior positions in government have failed to realise that government with all its different parts, work together to serve the people. There is a collective goal the government has which is to serve and protect these islands and in every aspect of its national growth. Obviously, both the CEO of TCIAA and the acting Director of Tourism have failed to realise that they need to work together to preserve and protect our main industry: tourism. Galmo Williams

American election results Dear Editor, Americans went to the polls and replaced 59 liberal Democrats with conservative Republicans. This was not a referendum on Obama as a person who is universally admired for his political skills, it was however a referendum on his agenda - spend and tax. A health programme which invades people’s choices and is unaffordable. Also excessive borrowing. It was a referendum on the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, whose public comments were viewed as polarising.

In the TCI Misick years we heard polarising comments. We heard Misick, Hanchell, Boyce and Williams polarising the people. Floyd Hall’s unaffordable health programme is now taxing workers and bankrupting the TCI. Speaker of the House Clayton Greene did everything in his power to further this agenda. Huge loans, new taxes, over spending and the selling of the people’s assets to provide Cadillacs, Range Rovers, jet planes and fun fests turned a surplus and growing economy of the conservative PDM

years into the liberal mess we have today. The high roller borrowed economy is now being paid for with unemployment, salary cuts and bankruptcy. The bank went down as did many in the USA. The almost bankrupt UK has elected a Conservative Government, however they needed the minority third party to do it. As we now know the British take a lot more time to get it right. David Tapfer


The truth will set you free AS A commentator in tiny TCI I find myself in a unique position. While not a West Indian by birthright I do identify with the pride and sense of nationalism the heirs of this country exhibit. While travelling the Bahamas and eastern Caribbean I learned about this deserved pride. Later, as a resident of Florida, I met a beautiful woman who was born in Middle Caicos. She was my sweetheart for almost two years. Finally the decision was made to get her under contract, a marriage contract! Now that successful relationship is almost a quarter of a century old. When we met she was a proper TCI immigrant to America and in retirement I have become a TCI Belonger. My career included large and small growing firms. Twenty years of it spent designing, building and marketing equipment for the electrical power industry. As a business owner in the USA I faced the costs of being in business there. Mandatory business related taxes and regulations piled on top of one another. We understand today why industry has fled the

By David Tapfer USA. The truth is, having a business in the West Indies does have advantages. Cost advantages which I could spell out in detail however space is at a premium. Let me say this much. After overcoming all the taxes and regulation faced by business in the USA, business itself must pay an additional 35 per cent tax on any profits they are able to generate. Not so in the TCI. This brings me to the point. Any entrepreneur in any country needs capital. Investors provide that capital with profit in mind. Developers

build resorts and businesses start up in the TCI for certain reasons - to make money while escaping regulation and taxation. Citizenship is not a factor for a foreigner starting a business here. The right of ownership and residency are important. Those born here are the heirs of generations gone before them and they do have inalienable rights. One of those rights ought to be how to assign those rights to immigrants. This truth is self evident! The repair job now being slowly hammered into being by the interim Government must not assault those basic rights. It was after all a failure of the role of the mother country in concert with certain individuals and a party with distorted principles which brought us to today’s quagmire. Corrective action by Britain or our electorate could have, should have, prevented the mess we see around us. The mess and quagmire resulting from a government we and they failed to halt does not give Britain the right to revoke, modify or dilute the basic rights of the people. Facing these truths will set us all free.



November 13 - 19, 2010


Foodies tour Provo’s top eateries Christmas fire FOOD lovers enjoyed an evening packed with gourmet delights during a tour of Providenciales’ top restaurants this Saturday. Dubbed an “extraordinary celebration of culinary talents”, the fourth annual TCI Gourmet Safari welcomed guests from across the globe. And despite the dreary weather they did not leave disappointed as their tastebuds were treated to the highest quality food and wine at five top spots. Nikheel Advani and Anthony Garland, co-chairmen of the TCI Gourmet Safari, said they were proud to showcase the talents of celebrated executive chefs and their awardwinning culinary teams. “This unique event provides guests with the opportunity to experience all that Turks and Caicos cuisine has to offer, from some of the best resorts and most talented chefs in the world. “Gourmet Safari proudly celebrates both the local and worldwide talents of the Turks and Caicos region and continues to establish Turks and Caicos as a leading gourmet destination within the Caribbean.” Guests began their culinary adventure just after 5pm at Grace Bay Club where they enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, a host of wines and a local

rum cocktail. Some of the delights included goat cheese fondue, tartar of mahi mahi, red pepper gazpacho and chilli aioli. They were then taken to the next hot spot Coyaba where they enjoyed a first course of foie gras and lobster spring roll, papaya and mango cilantro taco and conch hushpuppies with coconut lime soup, along with an accompanying wine. The second course of chickpea and corn fritter, minted kafta on sweet potato chips, with mint yogurt and dates puree was eaten at Lemon Café. Just after 8pm guests were then taken to O’Soleil restaurant for their main course which featured lavender balsamic lamb, potato trio and baby vegetable bundle, lavender foam and lamb jus. Dessert and cigars were served at Bagatelle in the exclusive Gansevoort resort on Grace Bay. As well as a toasted banana walnut cake and gorgonzola mousse with pineapple scotch bonnet chutney guests sampled 15-year-old Bambarra Trouvadore rum and 2008 late harvest Florus. Chefs from each restaurant drew inspiration for their dishes from the traditional ingredients and innovative techniques of the Turks and Caicos region.

And this year’s culinary offerings were expertly paired with the finest selections of wines from Castello Banfi. Caesar Campbell, CEO of the Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association (TCHTA), said the event allowed the island’s “culinary masters” to flaunt their astonishing talents to the world. “This event offers the experience of urban sophistication, from a modern take on Moroccan cuisine with Mediterranean influences to superb global cuisines. “No matter what you crave, Gourmet Safari is sure to please the palates of all our guests as they explore the diverse culinary selections being displayed.” Governor Gordon Wetherell added: “This event showcases the very best cuisine from the TCI, and highlights the indigenous culinary talent and skills we are fortunate to have. “The addition, to this year’s event, of a mentoring programme should encourage aspiring local chefs to seek a long term career in the hospitality industry which is a significant contributor to the economy of these islands. “The interim government is always supportive of new initiatives which aim to bolster the tourism and hospitality industry for the islands.”

TINY DANCERS: The smallest members of the cast are expected to steal the show in their adorable outfits

Polichinelles prepare for Nutcracker TCI’s twinkle-toed tots got a sneak peek at their costumes for the upcoming Christmas ballet this week. The youngest members of the Nutcracker cast will be playing Polichinelles in The Nutcracker opening on December 2 at Brayton Hall. Costume designer Carole Klinko, mentor Ray, and Linda St Louis all came together at Stargazer Studio on Tuesday to make sure the outfits fit. Coach Barbara Pankhurst, of the Turks and Caicos friends of the Arts Foundation (TCFAF), said: “TCFAF may be bringing in dazzling professional dancers from the USA for their first Nutcracker, but the littlest members of the cast will no doubt steal the show, as they

emerge from under Mother Ginger’s enormous hoop skirt, played by last year’s panto dame of A Little Caribbean Mermaid, Asa Williams.” The Polichinelles range in age from four to seven, and while 20 children are learning the dance just 12 will perform on each of the three nights. They are Gianna Aquino, Savanna Barker, Mae Chaplin, Zoe Diotte-Joly, Dehja Fortunate, Luisa Hegewald, Charlotte Leonard, Mary McGinty, Gabriel Osmond, Maria Parker-Rauw, Abi Parnell, Ali Parnell, Emma Regan, Ella Rydon, Akia Seymour, Ella Toledo, Britney Walkin, Nyah Woody, Megan Zammit, and Paige Zammit. Barbara said: “The Polichinelles have been practicing since August

for their role, but nevertheless it’s been a challenge to have such young dancers learn all the steps! “With rehearsal once a week they are learning to come out on cue, point their toes, chassé 12 times in a circle, skip around their partner six times, and line up in a queue holding on to each other.” With such delightful costumes Barbara is convinced that even if they are off cue or miss a step, they will still steal the show. Tickets are on sale at Saltmills Diner and Unicorn Bookstore for $20 for adults, $5 for children, and $35 for the balcony. Show dates are December 2, 3, 4 at 7pm and on Sunday, December 5, at 2pm.

safety tips

By George Penn, community fire safety officer

Kitchen safety

The stove

The stove is the greatest heat/ fire safety hazard in the kitchen. Here are some safety tips to consider: Ensure the pilot light works on a gas stove. If it doesn’t, turn all dials off and wait for the gas to disperse before carefully relighting. When dealing with flames or electric burners, keep all flammable materials at a safe distance. Never reach across the range. Do not wear loose-fitting clothing while cooking. When handling hot items, use oven mitts (which should be kept close-at-hand). Keep the stove clean, wiping excess food/spatter after each use. Be especially mindful of grease build-up. Always remove pot lids by allowing steam to escape farthest from you. Steam, though invisible, can cause serious burns. When cooking with large quantities of oil, be alert at all times. Be mindful of spillage and never allow water or other liquids near hot oil. If dropped into the oil, they will turn into steam and spray with force. In the event of a kitchen fire, it is important to assess the situation and act accordingly. If safe to do so, turn off the heat source. If the fire is confined to a pot or pan, cover tightly with a lid. Do not attempt to carry away. If the fire is unmanageable, use a fire blanket or a fire extinguisher. Never use water, which can cause a grease fire to spread. Always keep a fire extinguisher accessible. If you do not know how to use a fire extinguisher please contact your department for fire safety for assistance. Do not attempt to fight a fire if you have not been trained how to use a fire extinguisher, you can be doing more harm than good.

Electrical appliances

Electrical fires and electrocution can result from improper appliance usage. Before using, become familiar with appliance manuals and note manufacturer-suggested safety precautions. Never use electrical appliances

PAN FIRE: If the fire is confined to a pot or pan, cover tightly with a lid

near water and ensure all outlets in proximity to water are gfi (ground fault interrupter) wall outlets. Do not overload circuits with extension cords and plug adapters. Inspect electrical cords and appliances for faults. And when in doubt about electricity, always contact an electrician.

Sharp and breakable objects

The kitchen is the main place in the home for utilisation/storage of sharp objects. Knives are of primary concern and are a common cause of kitchen injury. Do not store knives loosely in a drawer where hands are as likely to land upon a blade as a handle. Hand-wash knives. Never put knives in the dishwasher, where points and blades become dangerous unseen obstacles. For the same reason, never throw a knife into soapy dishwater. Keep knives sharp. Sharper knives involve less force when cutting, thereby minimising slips and sudden movements resulting in injuries.

Food safety

To avoid food poisoning and spoilage, the three general rules are: Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold. Keep raw items away from cooked items. Keep everything (hands, utensils, preparation surfaces) clean.

November 13 - 19, 2010




Conch Fest two weeks away ORGANISERS are putting the finishing touches together for the eighth annual Turks and Caicos Conch Festival, set to take place in two weeks. Blue Hills is set to come alive with people, music and a variety of culinary creations during the world renowned beachside fest which celebrates the islands’ most famous delicacy, historical icon, and number one export. It is set to feature a weekend-full of activities surrounding the main event which will take place Saturday afternoon, November 27, on the road and beach outside of Three Queen’s Bar and Restaurant. This year, the culturally-rich festivities extend throughout the weekend with a pre-party at The Somerset resort on Friday evening and a charity run on Sunday morning. Dick Bain, president of the Blue Hills Conch Festival Association, said: “We’re excited about another outstanding festival that showcases our great chefs and celebrates the unique aspects of the Turks and Caicos. “It’s an ideal way for visitors to get a sense of our history, culture and diverse tourism offering.” The Friday night Jazz on the Lawn event will be held on November 26 on the grounds of the luxurious beachfront Somerset Resort on Grace Bay. The event will feature local jazz musicians performing under the stars on the resort’s croquet lawn. While listening to smooth tunes, guests will enjoy a gourmet conchthemed dinner presented by host chef Lauren Callighen. The weekend kicks into high gear with the traditional Conch Festival on Saturday, November 27, at noon in Blue Hills. The marquee event of the weekend is the ‘conch-etition’ which pits the islands’ best chefs against each other in a hotly-contested tasting competition judged by a panel of experts as well as the festival attendees. Categories include ‘Best Conch Salad’, ‘Best Conch Chowder’, ‘Best Specialty Conch’, ‘Best Presentation’ and ‘Best in Show’. More than 25 restaurants are expected to compete for the cash prizes and bragging rights this year. Tasting begins at noon and runs until 5pm. An entry fee of $25 gives festival-goers a chance to sample all the dishes entered and cast a vote for ‘Best in Show’. An added twist this year is that a member of the public will also serve as a judge, through a contest hosted by Turks and Caicos Reservations. Augmenting the always delectable restaurant competitors is the annual

This year’s event also features the Turks and Caicos’ own world-renowned Junkanoo

Mojito-making contest where the islands’ best bartenders put their creative twists on this classic Cuban cocktail. This year’s event also features the Turks and Caicos’ own worldrenowned Junkanoo, with two separate rushes, plus other local performers. Special conch competitions for conch blowing, conch knocking and a conch hunt in the sea will ensure that chefs and bartenders are not the only ones who can win prizes. Plus a cash prize of $10,000 will be drawn at 5.30pm on the day of the festival by the Rotary Club of Providenciales as part of its annual Pot-of-Gold raffle. Tickets are currently on sale from local Rotarians and will be available on the day of the event. The Conch Festival is a familyfriendly event with plenty of games and activities for the kids, including games on the beach and a showcase of local culture. There will be bouncy castles and cartoon characters, and maybe even a cameo appearance by Santa Claus, who comes calling just a month after the Conch Festival. And finally, to burn off the caloric effects of Friday and Saturday, Wrightfully Fit Fitness Centre is hosting its second annual charity run on Sunday morning, November 28. Runners of all levels can enter fun runs of either 5k/3.1 miles at 7am or 10k/6.2miles at 6.30am. Both races begin and end at Wrightfully Fit Fitness Centre near Turtle Cove and wind through the scenic beachfront of Providenciales. Entry fees are $60 for adults and $30 for children under 18. All proceeds will go to benefit the Provo Children’s Home. Sign up in advance at the centre or by calling 941-3311. More information on the Conch Festival can be found at www.

Digicel launches $30,000 community campaign ONE of 12 unfinished community projects will get the boost it needs to finally reach completion, thanks to Digicel’s 2010 Christmas promotion. This year the telecoms company is pledging $30,000 to the local project most in need of assistance. But it’s down to supporters to make sure that their favourite project gets the attention of the judges, by texting their vote to 5050. Digicel CEO E Jay Saunders said: “Digicel prides itself on being a good corporate citizen and realising that this has been a tough year for the country, we decided that rather than giving a big prize to a few of our subscribers, we would share the Christmas goodwill with a whole community. “We encourage everyone to get involved and support the community.”  There are 12 projects, selected by Digicel over the course of the year, that span all of the major islands in the TCI. They are the NJS Francis Ball Park and HJ Robinson reading room in Grand Turk, the roads in Salt Cay,

SEASON FOR GIVING: Digicel CEO E Jay Saunders wants to share Christmas goodwill with a whole community

the salina wall in South Caicos, Horse Stable Beach in North Caicos, Doris Robinson Community Park in Middle Caicos and Kew Town Basketball and Community Park, Long Bay/Juba Sound Community Park, Leeward Palms Community Park, Clementina Walkin Community  Park, Enid Capron school park and The Bight Basketball Court in Providenciales.

Digicel customers are encouraged to log on to Digicel’s Facebook page at to see the vote codes for each project. The project which receives the most text votes on 5050 will walk away with the $30,000 sponsorship from Digicel. Texts cost 50c and there is no limit to the number that can be sent. The winner will be announced on December 23 and work will begin on the chosen project in January 2011. In addition there are prizes up for grabs for the biggest supporter of the initiative. To qualify customers are encouraged to upload pictures and videos on Facebook on ways in which they are raising awareness about their project. Media personnel will be watching and assisting in voting on the loudest fans. There will be three finalists and one person will walk away with the ultimate prize of a year’s worth of products and services from Digicel as well as a mega shopping spree from IGA just in time for Christmas.

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The TCFAF Nutcracker Carole Klinko YOU may know her as the efficient Turtle Cove Marina manager, but did you know that she has a very special talent which she generously shares with TCFAF? Carole Klinko has been designing costumes that have draped the actors of all three pantos since 2005 - Cinderella, Pirates and Mermaid, as well as award-winning tutus and dancewear for almost every dance show on Providenciales! In fact, TCFAF has been so grateful for her huge contribution over the years, that they have awarded her scholarships to Tutu Bootcamp to study under master tutu-maker Claudia Folts. It is safe to say that TCFAF’s first Christmas Nutcracker 2010, to debut at Brayton Hall on December 2, is the brain-child of Carole, so that she can finally fulfil her dream of designing her beloved Nutcracker costumes. She would like to see Nutcracker become a yearly tradition in TCI, as it is around the world! Carole saw her first Nutcracker in London at the age of eight. She confesses that, once seen, it becomes every child’s Christmas fantasy. As the costume designer, Carole explains: “I have a very important role to bring the story to life by the costumes. “I want to be able to give everyone a feel of the period (1860s) - bringing

the Victorian era and the magic of the Nutcracker to the children.” With over 65 costumes to design and build, Carole admits: “My favourite costume is going to be the Sugar Plum. “I love building classical tutus, and that will be the only one, but I am really enjoying building the Salt Cay Candy tutus with a national Turks and Caicos flair.” As an 18 year resident of Turks and Caicos, Carole was born in Chelmsford, Essex, in the UK, and grew up in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire. When asked of her background in theatre, she says that most of her experience has been backstage. Her high school in southern England had a huge drama department where she learned to sew costumes and work backstage. Moving to Canada, she worked in costume rentals at Mallabars in Winnipeg, Watts Costumes in Vancouver, in musical theatre at The Rainbow Stage,

and freelanced in the movie industry. When asked: What do you believe to be TCFAF’s most important contribution to the Arts? Carole replied: “I believe that TCFAF is giving the people of TCI a real gift - the opportunity to see performers and performances that one would only see in a large metropolitan city and a chance to express themselves creatively in many ways - dancing, singing, acting, even designing costumes.” You can see Carole’s array of gorgeous Nutcracker costumes each night at the TCFAF Nutcracker at Brayton Hall this December 2, 3, 4 and 5. Tickets are on sale at The Unicorn Bookstore and The Saltmills Diner adults $20 and children $5. Don’t miss the 24 gorgeous little tutus she has made, exclusively on sale at the Arts and Crafts Expo on November 20, under the tent at Turtle Cove from 10am to 4pm.




November 13 - 19, 2010


Dreams to Property tax remember concerns – open letter to Governor

I had a dream of our people coming together, The very blood in our veins flowing with national pride, Yet each day my spirit dies, As we live deceptive lives.

Dear Governor, I’ve lived in the TCI for the past eight years. My time here has offered me a wonderful quality of life and great employment within the real estate market. Along with having significant holdings of my own here, I have also helped many people make their investments in this wonderful place. Those days will soon be over for not only me but the entire country if you implement an annual property tax of any kind other than the current stamp duty. I am extremely concerned by articles in the Weekly News stating that you are considering such a tax. I completely understand that you and your team are looking at all ways to get this country out of the $120m hole it’s in and I fully support anything you can do to reduce that deficit! However, abolishing the current stamp duty system and implementing a property tax system may actually have an adverse effect, possibly causing an overall reduction in annual revenues generated rather than an increase. Please read through the example below. In 2010 if an investor purchases a $1m condo the investor must pay stamp duty equal to six per cent which generates government revenues of $60,000. Under the new proposed annual property tax scenario this same investor would be obligated to pay an estimated one per cent per year or $10,000 per annum. This would leave a six-year tax collection period needed to reach the same revenue generation as the existing stamp duty system. (Foregoing interest earned on monies collected upfront under the current system and the cost of implementation and administration expended under the proposed new system.) Sure, after that six-year benchmark is reached under the proposed system we will match the $60,000 tax revenue generated by the existing stamp duty system and the Government will actually then start to generate a surplus versus the old system. However, we are forgetting one key reality. The average property investment does not stay in the hands

of the same owner for an extended period of time given the current market position of the country which is more slanted towards investing to flip, rather than investing as a lifestyle long-term purchase. A blend of condo market sales over the past 10 years shows that the average property investment will sell just under 1.5 times during that 10year period. Let’s have a look. An investor purchases a $1m dollar condo built in 2010. At the time of sale he will pay stamp duty of $60,000. It is expected that this same condo will be sold on average 1.5 times during the next 10 years, which means we will collect that $60,000 1.5 more times, for an additional revenue stream of $90,000. This leaves the taxes generated under the current stamp duty system of $150,000 versus $100,000 under the new proposed system. Therefore we have actually created a $50,000 deficit by implementing the proposed system. The majority of the substantial revenue generating property holdings on the island are condominiumbased under the current stamp duty system. Grace Bay Beach is lined with complexes dedicated to the buying and selling of condos, all of which generate revenue with each and every sale. So what would the new tax system mean to potential developers who are key to the future of the island? Let’s look at an example. A developer purchases a parcel of land and currently pays a one time stamp duty. Let’s say the land is worth $10m, so the stamp duty at 10 per cent is $1m. Well you say, under the new system we would generate $100k per year for life on that land. Chances are the developer is looking long-term, so let’s say 25 years. That works out to $2.5m in taxes; that’s $1.5m more than we would have gotten before under the old stamp duty tax, so the new system must be better – not so fast. What is the developer going to do with the land? He is going to develop it and most likely into condos and subsequently pay large amounts of import duties on materials to build and create jobs! That $10m piece of land may have

$100m worth of condos on it by the time the development is completed. Under the proposed system these condos will generate $1m per year for life, but under the old system how much are they going to generate? At six per cent per million, $6m up front and let’s not forget the average of being resold 1.5 times every 10 years, this will bring us to $15m just in the first 10 years. The new system, well it will generate $10m during this same time period so we have created a $5m deficit. The math speaks for itself. So, as you can see, the money generated by taxing the land at one per cent per annum under the new proposed system, although increasing revenues long term on the land actually pale in comparison to the revenue generated by the developments that are constructed upon it and their potential to generate massive amounts of tax dollars under the current stamp duty, import duty and finally tourist tax systems. We should actually be looking at ways of making it cheaper for developers to construct these revenue generating machines for us, not burdening them with tax scenarios that actually make the overall investment more expensive. The real revenue does not come from the developer and what he pays in land tax, it comes from many taxes and duties and the individual property purchasers like myself. The island should look after the developers to encourage development and let taxpayers like me look after generating dollars for the country through the current stamp duty system when we buy and sell property. In closing, the mere consideration of this new land tax will catastrophically eliminate foreign investors from coming to this country to invest which in turn will eliminate construction development which in turn will eliminate jobs which in turn will increase crime. We are seeing firsthand what kind of situation results when crime increases! I plead with you to immediately dispel the property tax rumours before it’s too late! Blair MacPherson

Beautiful by nature, yes we are, But from our nature we have strayed afar. What is happening in our country is insane, Evil reigns for material gain.

I had visions of revelations to come, War ships surrounding us with soldiers strong. Me and my mother and my aunt wandering the streets, So hungry and tired with no food to eat. Finally when we got home, There was a blinding darkness all over the room. We couldn’t even see to eat And I’m sad, That they were visions and not dreams I had. I had another vision of vampires and demons trying to steal my soul, Somehow easing the fear to find God through it all. He gave me a way to set my soul free, Because he gave me the skills to defeat the enemy. I had a vision that when I arose from my sleep late one night, Four intruders with guns threatened my life. They broke in my house and kicked in my bedroom door, “Take everything, just don’t hurt me and my baby!” The words poured. I awake with an uneasy feeling, Then again it is hurricane season. Beautiful by nature are we, God I pray don’t let this vision become a reality. Yet I lie awake writing these words that fly, When the reality my dogs are going crazy as helicopter fly. The search is out for desperate men, God what is happening to our land? Help me to understand Why tempers are raging, Lord where is the love? Our Beauty is fading, I send my cries to you exalted above. Satan’s quest to conquer has already begun, The average young brother now owns a gun. But who could blame him, When tempers are flaring, Soon someone’s going have to prove who’s the bigger man, The birth of gang violence as blood is shed in our land. God help me to understand What’s happening in our land? This mess we don’t have to condone, Remember our destiny is ours to shape alone Just know that God still sits on the throne. There can be miracles if we believe, But only through faith and love will we achieve. God gave me these visions to implore you to cease! Stop the violence and pray to him for peace. Pray for strength and love and unity, Let my dreams become a reality in this country. This is our land stop tearing down each other, Only through love will we rise, Only through strength will we stand, Only through unity will we reclaim this land. If you are confused, My visions are things to come I see, My dreams are what I wish would be, Set my dreams free in this country Euwonka Selver

November 13 - 19, 2010




WITH Deandrea Hamilton

Salvation Army holds inaugural church service AFTER two and a half years of social ministry, Captains Matthew and Rebecca Trayler have started spiritfilled church services at Plantation Hills. They take place at 10am on Sunday mornings and the first service was held on October 24. “We are both a church and a social service organisation and both components rely upon one another to reach people and now we are able to meet both the spiritual and physical need.” Captain Trayler explains that a seven member group was on island a few weeks back to help with the launch of the church which he described as “dynamic worship and simple, practical Bible teaching”. The Global Missions Team came in from the Chicago area of the United States, with assistance from Salvation Army Major Oral Morris out of Nassau, Bahamas. “We started with 65 people; way beyond our expectation for a first Sunday; we had a van and so we were able to pick people up for church.” This chain of events falls in line, says Captain Matt, with what the

government of the Turks and Caicos had asked of the Salvation Army years ago. “They wanted us to come in and one thing they asked of the Salvation Army is that the Salvation Army would do what the Salvation Army does. They really wanted to see that social side and so we came in and we took the time to build and grow relationships.” And that strategy has worked marvellously for the Christian organisation which clings to its universal motto to “perform evangelical, social and charitable work and bring the Christian message to the poor, destitute and hungry by meeting both their physical and spiritual needs. “The organisation’s ministry extends to all, regardless of age, gender, colour or creed, without discrimination.” In the Turks and Caicos, the Salvation Army has a feeding programme, a transportation service for the elderly in Middle Caicos, the Thrift Store in South Dock with drop off points at Grace Bay Car Rentals and Mama’s Souvenir Shop in Ports of Call and Capt Matt explained

SPIRIT-FILLED: Capt Matt Trayler says he is more of teacher than a preacher and has seen attendees from the Blue Hills, Wheeland and Bight communities

they are particularly honoured at their more recent outreach to 17 young adults at a government run programme called ‘New Beginnings Academy’, established in Five Cays. “On Wednesday we conduct a devotion and Bible study with the children of the alternative school. “We try to help them out, they seem to like it and they ask a lot of questions about the Bible. “One of our main goals and what

we want to create is a solid group of people who attend the Salvation Army church regularly. “Over time we want to have a vibrant congregation and a central location to meet the needs of the people.” Captain Matt continued: “We believe in those people whom the world has labelled as hopeless; I have seen the Salvation Army believe in people and work in love to see many makeovers.” Wife and Pastor, Captain Rebecca Trayler manages the Thrift Store and conducts Children’s Church for the younger followers. “We don’t want to shove the gospel down people’s throats; we want to love them and in our services, because they are so small, we feel a strong connection and a bond. We always hope to get people engaged with feedback.” Capt Matt says he is more of a teacher than a preacher and has seen attendees from the Blue Hills, Wheeland and Bight communities with mainly Haitians and Canadians turning out at the 90-minute services.

“We have someone working on a bus for pick-ups and we are getting a lot of men. “We are not trying to pull people away from their churches, we just want people to join us and if the time and format is not what people want, then we are willing to change it.” The Salvation Army is bracing for a busy season too as on Thanksgiving (US), local businessman Jesus Antolinez has chosen their organisation as his charity of choice for the annual fundraiser held at Sharkbite in Providenciales. Additionally, The Red Kettles will emerge from November 29 to December 23 at Graceway IGA, Graceway Gourmet and the departure area of Providenciales International Airport. “We are also working to get a Red Kettle set up in Grand Turk at the cruise port.” Captain Trayler encourages volunteers to contact him at 3319711 and says the funds raised will go towards Middle Caicos transportation for seniors and to further establish their feeding programme for a January start up.



November 13 - 19, 2010


Brave Lyle hopes to be flying high By Paul Baker A DIABETIC boy from Provo has been chosen to trial a brand new medicine aimed at fighting the disease. But 10-year-old Lyle Danis needs your help if he’s to undergo the pioneering treatment. Doctors in America have invited the Provo Primary School pupil to become one of only a handful of children to test the drug, Canakinumab. But that means monthly trips to a special clinic in Miami – an expense his parents say they will struggle to afford. In a bid to make those trips to the US, Lyle has today launched a special appeal. But it’s not cash he’s after, instead the sports-mad youngster is hoping people will donate unwanted

Air Miles to help pay for his flights. Mum Brigitte explained: “It’s been a really hard couple of months for Lyle. On September 18 he was diagnosed with type one diabetes, which is the worst type there is. “There is no cure at the moment and so it’s been a very emotional time for him and for us. “But we are now beginning to fight back, and the great news is that Lyle has been offered to trial this new drug in America. “Only children of a certain age and circumstances fit the criteria and so it’s not the sort of thing you say no to. And the treatment has to begin within 100 days of being diagnosed so time is against us. “Type one diabetes is a disease where Lyle’s own body attacks the beta cells in his pancreas, so it can’t produce insulin. “During this trial at the Diabetes Research Institute in Miami they will inject Lyle with this anti-inflammatory drug, and they hope it will help the pancreas to keep producing its own insulin. If successful, it will make a big difference to the lives of young diabetes sufferers.” She added: “The problem for us is that for the first year at least, he will have to go to Miami once a month for treatment. Obviously I or his dad will need to travel with him and so we’re looking at least $1,200 a time. “Like any parents, we will put every spare penny we have towards the costs but we are going to come up short. But we also don’t want to ask people to donate cash either and so what we are looking for is Air Miles. “American Airlines have been really kind and offered Lyle’s first flight free of charge. They have also said that they would be happy to exchange Air Miles for travel too.

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“So if anyone has Air Miles they don’t want then we would be really grateful. Hopefully it will make a big difference to Lyle’s life and to other children who will also benefit from the new drug if, as expected, it proves successful.” With 35,000 Air Miles needed per person for a round trip between Provo and Miami, Lyle knows he’s got his work cut out. But his determination to get to the clinic once a month and fight the disease is inspiring. He said: “It was tough. I was diagnosed on September 18 and it was my 10th birthday on the 22nd. But you have to work hard and face these sorts of challenges and that’s what I’m going to do. “Going to Miami gives me hope and it gives hope to all young diabetes sufferers. If anyone can help me by donating their Air Miles I would be really, really grateful. “I want to try this drug and then come back and talk to other young sufferers about it. I have not yet met

Lyle and mum Brigitte are appealing to big-hearted residents.

anyone else my age that has type one diabetes in Provo, but I’m sure there are and I think it would be good for us all to meet and help each other cope. “Everyone has been so kind, especially American Airlines. Can I

say thank you to her and also anyone else who reads this and feels they can help.” If you would like to donate your unwanted Air Miles to Lyle, you can either contact his mum Brigitte by email at

‘Lest we forget’

– Remembrance Sunday services held in Provo and Grand Turk REMEMBRANCE Sunday services are being held in Grand Turk and Providenciales this weekend to pay tribute to those who fought and fell during the First World War. Hundreds are expected to gather for the events which take a look back at the bravery and resilience of members of the armed forces. British Remembrance Day is always held on November 11 when

the First World War ended. In 1918 the armistice was signed in Compiègne, Northern France, at 5am – and six hours later the fighting stopped. To commemorate that momentous event a two minute silence is held in the UK at 11am, every November 11. The nearest Sunday to the 11th is called Remembrance Sunday, when church services are held in honour of

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those involved in wars and wreaths are laid on the memorials. In Grand Turk the remembrance services will take place at the Cenotaph at St Mary’s ProCathedral, Front Street, in Grand Turk. The public is invited to attend the event from 9.45am and all uniform groups are requested to be in place no later than 9.15am. Conductor Pastor Vernon Malcolm will lead the opening prayer before Acting Governor Mark Capes recites Psalms 46. An Old Testament Lesson will be given by Rev Mark S Christmas and a New Testament Lesson will be given by John Robinson, representative of the Anglican Church and Boy Scouts. The closing prayer will be led by Bishop Austraham Hamilton and a memoriam will be read by Ron Curley, representative of the ExServiceman Legend. Immediately following the service all uniformed groups will attend the Ecumenical Service at Grand Turk Methodist Church. In Providenciales the service will be held at 11.30am at St Monica’s Anglican Church. Dress rehearsal will take place on Friday, November 12, at 4pm.

November 13 - 19, 2010




Retro music extravaganza this Saturday

this week

– Dancing, singing and home grown fun for charity GIANT wigs, bell bottom trousers, platform shoes and gold medallions are all set to make an appearance during a flamboyant evening of fun at Beaches resort this Saturday. Provo Children’s Home’s fundraising crew have organised a 70s and 80s night to boost funds for the charity as well as giving staff and supporters a chance to let their hair down. There will be plenty of music, food and drink, and guests will be invited to take part in a lip synching contest featuring dance routines, props and costumes. Tanis Wake-Forbes, chair of the home’s build group, said: “We hope that everyone will come out and support the event Saturday night at which 100 per cent of the funds raised will go to the Provo Children’s Home. “It is vital we continue raising

Curry night delight

CURRY lovers can enjoy a range of Indian delights during a special fundraising dinner at Bay Bistro next week. Staff at Provo Primary School have organised a three course curry dinner at the popular Grace Bay hotspot on Friday, November 19. The delightful menu has been designed by executive chef Clive Whent and features an assortment of taste bud tinglers. Appetisers include conch and onion bhajis, canapés and chicken chat. The main dinner consists of an Indian curry buffet with daal soup, beef vindaloo, chicken tikka, shrimp korma, pea and potato curry and sides of rice, chutney, poppadoms, naan bread and raita. Dessert will be a flourless chocolate torte and ice cream. Attendees can also expect to see a raffle with great prizes and a very creative silent auction. Tickets cost $55 per person and the evening will begin at 6.30pm. For more details call or the school on 941-5638 or email

Saturday, November 13 to Thursday, November 18 Saturday, November 13  Shape those muscle groups you never knew you had during an early morning resistance training session at IGA Sports Centre. The session begins at 8.30am and costs $12 for one or $100 for 11.

RETRO REVELS: Guests are invited to come in 70s or 80s costumes which can be custom or homemade

funds to keep the home operating and to also pay back the construction loan.  “Since its doors opened at the beginning of the year many children in need have passed through the facility and have been given the care and support they needed.  “We are very proud of our home and caregivers and even more so of the great kids we get the privilege of helping.” The evening is set to begin at 8pm at Beaches’ Treasure Beach and tickets include all food, drinks, music, dancing and entertainment for $75. Guests are invited to come in 70s or 80s costumes which can be vintage, custom or homemade. Those wishing to enter the lip synching contest must choose their favourite retro tune and work up a dance routine with friends, family or enter a corporate challenge with work colleagues. Each team of up to 10 people will be on stage for three minutes where they will be judged based on

overall performance, dance routine, costumes, props and crowd appeal. “The 70s, 80s music extravaganza will be a night of fun, music, dancing and home grown entertainment and a thank you to all who support PCH,” Tanis said. To purchase tickets visit or call Roxann at the Edward C Gartland Youth Centre on 231-1454, visit or call Angela at Top of the Cove deli on 231-0670, visit or call Tracey at Adventurescape on 244-2694 or visit or call Tanis at Finishing Touch on 231-5012. For details on how to enter the contest visit To commemorate the new children’s home which opened in 2010 the fundraising crew have got together with Jai’s jewellers to create a special limited edition white gold PCH pendant and 18” chain for supporters. The pendant costs $275 and all profits will go to Provo Children’s Home. To view the pendant visit Jai’s or email Tanis at

Free diabetes checks at hospital PROVO residents are being offered a free blood sugar screening service this weekend. Tests will be carried out at the Cheshire Hall Medical Centre on Saturday November 13 between 10am and 3pm. The event has been arranged as part of the island’s week of activities leading up to World Diabetes Awareness Day on November 14. Interhealth Canada TCI spokesman, Kathleen Bree, explained: “In support of World Diabetic Awareness Day and Week,

which runs from November 15 to 19, InterHealth Canada will be offering this service in the reception area of Cheshire Hall Medical Centre between 10am and 3pm on Saturday. “Blood pressures will also be carried out and follow up appointments with a physician will be arranged where necessary and appropriate.” She added: “It’s free of charge and I urge anyone who hasn’t been checked lately, to call in and see one of our clinical staff on Saturday.”

 Mums and Tots Dance Party classes are held every Saturday at The Athletic Club in Saltmills Plaza for mothers and their little ones. Mothers, bring your little ones to dance, jump, twist and shake! Children have fun learning movement basics to fun music and mums get a light exercise while spending quality time. Mums and Tots classes begin at 10am and cost just $10. Dads are welcome! Call Shara Bowen on 244-1103 for more details.

 Come along to a retro music extravaganza this Saturday at 8pm at Beaches Resort and Spa. Tickets cost $75 and include all food, drinks, music, dancing and entertainment. All proceeds from the fun 70s and 80s event will go to support Provo Children’s Home. To purchase tickets visit or call Roxann at the Edward C Gartland Youth Centre on 231-1454, visit or call Angela at Top of the Cove deli on 231-0670, visit or call Tracey at Adventurescape on 244-2694 or visit or call Tanis at Finishing Touch on 231-5012.

Monday, November 15  Girls and boys aged 11 to 19 years old are invited to take part in a fun singing group. The TCI Youth Chorale rehearses every Monday at 6pm at the Edward C Gartland Youth Centre, downtown, Providenciales. For more information call 3317176.  Get rid of the Monday blues with an intense non-traditional aerobic routine with Anca Vasile. The exciting class takes place 7pm at IGA Sports Centre and

includes fun and interesting choreography. Classes cost $12 for one or $100 for 11.

Tuesday, November 16  Step it up this Tuesday evening with a fun fitness class at IGA Sports Centre. From 6.30pm you will be taken through a number of step combinations mixed with conditioning exercises like squats, push ups and triceps dips. Classes cost $12 for one or $100 for 11.

Wednesday, November 17  The Turks and Caicos National Museum in Grand Turk will be open from 1pm to 5pm every Wednesday throughout November and December. Museum manager Jackie Garbarino said: “We want the museum to be accessible to the divers and local tourists and residents. “If we have a good response then we will consider extending beyond December.” Normal hours are 9am to 1pm Monday through Saturday and on days the cruise ships are in, the museum will be open from 9am until one hour before departure, about 4pm. To check the cruise ship schedule visit Scheduling.aspx  Are you in need of inner peace? Interested in a healthy lifestyle and a toned and flexible body?  The you need David Bowen’s yoga classes at The Athletic Club in the Saltmills Plaza. Come along on Monday, Wednesday or Friday at 7am, Tuesday and Thursday at 6.30pm or Saturday at 9am. Call 941-8686 for more details.

Thursday, November 18  Burn off your week’s excesses during with an energetic kickboxing class at IGA Sports Centre. The class begins at 7pm and will include 45 minutes of kickboxing drills followed by 15 minutes of conditioning exercises. Classes cost $12 for one or $100 for 11.  Celebrate good health with wellness coach Benneth Williams every Thursday evening. Come along to Williams Block, suite number six, on Lower Bight Road, Providenciales, from 7pm. There you will get a free wellness consultation and an hour of fun. For more details call Benneth at 246-0300 or email hls_com@



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One Electrician

Minimum seven years experience in the installation, maintenance and repair of electrical equipment, including electronic circuit boards. Individual should also posses basic plumbing knowledge and be capable of setting up and implementing a maintenance schedule. Certification required. Salary: $2,000 per month

Three Labourers

Physical, able-bodied individuals capable of lifting heavy loads Wages: starting from $6.00 per hour

One Domestic Worker For general cleaning & other domestic duties Wages: starting from $5.50 per hour

Island Pride Supermarket

One Labourer

Physical, able-bodied individuals capable of lifting heavy loads Wages from $ 6.00 per hour

To find out more about the products Call: 347-5770 or 247-2123

The Meridian Club on Pine Cay The Meridian Club, one of the Turks and Caicos Islands' original and most unique resort experiences is now seeking a

financial controller With IT experience to over see all aspects of accounting and finance for the Club.

Responsibilities: • Day to day administration of all functions associated with finance and accounting. • Managing working capital requirements. • Supervision of staff. • Financial analysis • Implementation and monitoring of internal controls • Cost management and control, including developing and implementing inventory systems, time management, theft analysis and financial security measures. • Coordination of new IT systems and related programs • IT Development-supervision and training of Club office and supervisory employees in IT and related programs. • Miscellaneous bookkeeping and payroll functions. • Troubleshooting overpayments to vendors, collection of unpaid bills, processing customs clearance of shipments, tracking orders and assistance with budget preparation Requirements: • Completion of a recognized accounting designation or work experience equivalent with a particular interest in setting up systems of internal control • Self motivated and hands on individual.

• Computer skills proficiency. • Strong interpersonal skills. Able to work well with individuals with diverse personalities. • Positive attitude. • Excellent communication and timemanagement skills • Minimum 5 years in management level accounting position • Minimum of 5 years experience developing and implementing IT systems Note: The position is based on Pine Cay but the successful candidate will be able to commute from Provo or North Caicos. Permanent housing is not provided. However, overnight stays will be required several times per month. Holiday and Weekend availability also required. • Annual Salary: Based on qualifications and experience. From US$45,000 • Position available: Nov 2010 • Applicants should submit resumes that must include educational background, work history plus 3 references with telephone numbers and description of how you know that person. A telephone contact for applicant must also be on cover letter or resume. • Qualified candidates will be called within 2 weeks of receipt of application

Please send letter of interest and resume along with a copy of passport to Beverly Plachta via email: manager@ or fax: 649-941-7010.

Coral Quarry

One Customer Representative

Work along with the General Manager to plan, organize and direct the activities of the daily operation of the office to ensure an exceptional level of customer service and client satisfaction. Core responsibilities • Responsible for the implementation and coordination of the functions of the dispatch office. • Input orders into designated order processing system • Compile data for daily reporting • Assist accountant in the preparation of reports and proposals for clients • Prepare proposal documents for contract customers • Answer customers queries related to concrete ordering. Candidate: • Must have comprehensive knowledge of Microsoft Office programs and Quick Books • Be efficient at time management • Possess a pleasant personality and excellent communication skills. • Must be able to instruct transport personnel to proper delivery location • Must be prepared to work in a dusty environment. • Be reliable, hard working and enthusiastic. • Perform additional responsibilities though not detailed. Salary: commensurate with experience starting from $1,600 per month

Requirements for all Applicants: • Hardworking team player with excellent people skills. • Willingness to work, weekends and holidays as required. • In addition to the performance of the essential functions employees may able required to perform supportive functions, with the percentage of time performing each function to be solely determined by the supervisor. Only Belongers apply for these positions. Application forms available from Butterfield Gold Human Resource Department. Only applicants selected for interview will be notified. Submit applications to by November 25, 2010 to:

Butterfield Gold Ltd., Human Resource Department Town Center Mall Providenciales Tel: 649-946-4211


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Labourer To work 5 days. Salary $5.50 per hour. Contact 244-8593


PJ’S BARBER SHOP Is looking for a

Nail Technician Must have at least 5 years experience in all types of nail care services. Salary commensurate with experience.

Contact 241-2866 Deadline for application is November 28th, 2010


Salary $5.00 per hour Contact 231-2708

Experience required

WINDSONG RESORT Is looking for a

Mechanic • Must be able to work with little or no supervision • Must have experience using computerized diagnostic equipment Salary $16.00 per hour.

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To work 6 days per week • Must have at least 3 years experience • Must speak English • Must have good customer service skills Salary $8.00 per hour

Parts Person


To work six days a week. Must have at least 5 years experience in food preparation and handling. Also the preparation of various cuisines. Salary commensurate with experience.

Contact 941-7700 Deadline for applications is November 28th, 2010


work, breaking cement bags, loading trucks and stevedoring of cement and gravel. Applicant will also be required to assist mechanics as needed. Applicant must prepare to work long hours. Evenings and weekends as required. Please apply with references, clean police and driving record. Required: Concrete Truck Technician. Applicants must have experience with mobile concrete truck operations, be able to work in remote areas with service assistance. Applicant must be able to work as needed including holidays and weekends. Mechanical knowledge is a plus as applicant will be repair to maintain concrete truck.

C & J EMPLOYMENT CONSULTANCY SERVICES Is looking for the following persons on behalf of our clients: Spence Security, The Alexandra Resorts, and Sweet T’s Restaurant

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November 13 - 19, 2010

fitness Tip 

Step up with a pedometer INVESTING in a pedometer is cheaper than gym membership – and may prove just as effective. This small handy device keeps track of how many steps you take daily. Wear it every day, around home, work and while exercising.

Black bean quesadillas TRY your hand at this seasonal British favourite, traditionally eaten on Guy Fawkes night each November.

You’ll burn roughly 100 to 125 calories by taking 2,500 steps (about one mile). If you’re trying to lose weight, aim to burn an 300 extra calories and to eat roughly 200 calories less in a day. This 500-calorie deficit is equivalent to one pound of body fat per week and a healthy boost to your self-esteem.  Wearing a pedometer is one of the easiest things you can do. Tracking steps walked throughout the day can be insightful and help you make healthier choices. When aiming for a step total goal for each day, pedometers can help keep track of steps walked and how many more are needed to reach the goal. It is like a simple, personal trainer, pushing you to reach your fitness or weight loss goal. Make a concerted effort to walk 10,000 steps a day. Kickstart your morning with a brisk walk around the neighbourhood.

It will make your day more positive and you’ll feel less pressure to meet your step total for that day. Do the same at night to reach your daily goal or go above and beyond. When you think you’re done walking for the day, take just a few more minutes and do some more. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is and how good you will feel. Pedometers are great for enabling us to see how active we really are. If you see that the number of steps you are taking at work is low, try walking during breaks or lunchtime. Take the longest route to check the mail, use the restroom or visit another office. Volunteer to run errands. Walk around the building when the weather is clear. At home, you will see how many steps are involved doing household chores, like vacuuming, washing clothes or even washing dishes. All of those trips back and forth to the

Walking just two miles a day can reduce your risk of heart attack by 30 per cent.

washer and dryer add up. Wearing a pedometer helps you make ‘greener’ choices too. Making the effort to walk more during the day will result in more people walking

to work, walking to do errands or walking to the store. Experts say walking just two miles a day can reduce your risk of heart attack by 30 per cent.

health Tip  THESE satisfying quesadillas take just 15 minutes to make and pack a protein punch with either black beans or pinto beans. Serve with a little sour cream and a mixed green salad. Ingredients:

• 1 can black beans, rinsed • Half cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese • Half cup prepared fresh salsa, divided • 4 wholewheat tortillas • 2 tsps canola oil, divided • 1 ripe avocado, diced Method:

• Combine beans, cheese and quarter cup salsa in a medium bowl. Place tortillas on a work surface. Spread half cup filling on half of each tortilla. Fold tortillas in half, pressing gently to flatten. • Heat one teaspoon oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add two quesadillas and cook, turning once, until golden on both sides, two to four minutes total. • Transfer to a cutting board and tent with foil to keep warm. Repeat with the remaining one teaspoon oil and quesadillas. • Serve the quesadillas with avocado and the remaining salsa.

Kill pain with food not pills PAIN is such a common condition that we often don’t stop to think before popping pills. However they are not free of side effects. A better option is to choose food that alleviate pain naturally. There are many fruits, vegetables, spices and other items that can help combat moderate pain. Antioxidant-rich veggies such as broccoli, asparagus, tomatoes, cabbage and cauliflower, and fruits like oranges, peaches, grapefruit and watermelon help to control painful conditions like arthritis. This is due to the presence of glutathione, a powerful antioxidant. Capsicum and chilli peppers have a substance called capsaicin which produces heat. This encourages the nerve cells to use up the substance P, which is used by them to transmit pain signals. As a result, the perception of pain is blocked. Chilli peppers and capsicum can be cooked or consumed raw in salads and sandwiches. They help to relieve minor aches and pains, especially arthritic pain, muscle and joint pains and simple backache. Moreover, they improve the flexibility of the joints.

Onions and applies contain flavanoids that reduce pain, while oranges contain cryptoxanthin, a natural pain reliever. Grapes possess resveratrol, which inhibits the pain-causing COX 2 enzyme that causes inflammation and pain. Resveratrol is also found in berries like blueberries, cranberries, mulberries and bilberries. Fruits rich in beta-cryptoxanthin, eg oranges, nectarines, apricots, tangerines, peaches, papaya, plums and watermelon also help prevent and combat some painful conditions. Spices that alleviate pain, especially when used locally, include asafetida, liquorice and nutmeg. The antiseptic properties of cloves help to control headaches and muscular cramps. Liquorice is especially helpful in muscular pains, while nutmeg alleviates neuralgia, sciatica and rheumatic pains. Mustard seeds act as a rubefacient and pain reliever. Poppy seeds on the stalk have a sedative effect which helps to lower pain. The Indian traditional system of medicine, Ayurveda, recommends turmeric in warm milk to alleviate any pain and

Consider your diet before popping the painkillers.

body ache. Ginger too has been used in traditional medicine to reduce inflammation. Its anti-inflammatory properties are due to zingibain, an analgesic substance that reduces muscle pain, menstrual cramps and stomach ache. It reduces prostaglandins, compounds associated with pain.

Tryptophan is a substance that helps to alleviate sensitivity to pain and is found in nuts, seeds, soy products, dairy products, wholegrains, lentils, beans and rice. Peanuts, walnuts and almonds contain an essential plant nutrient called boron, which relieves bone pain. They also contain omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, which act as a relaxant and relieve pain. Soy products like soya milk, soyabean and tofu contain proteins which repair tissues by building new ones and repair muscles and ligaments by regenerating tissues. This helps to alleviate pain. Like soy, green tea contains flavanoids with pain relieving properties. Finally, sugar in limited quantities boosts the natural pain relief system. A healthy alternative to painkillers is a diet consisting of foods like antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables, spices and other items. Cabbages, oranges, nuts, ginger, green tea and sugar are some items that may be consumed first to try to alleviate pain naturally before resorting to conventional drugs.

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Lifestyle... How does your garden grow With our green-fingered guru Denis Belanger



The joy of gardenias GARDENIAS are all cultivars of ‘gardenia angusta’ (formerly known as gardenia jasminoides). Gardenia originated in China where the Chinese cultivated the plant for more than 1,000 years. They are acclaimed for their creamywhite blossoms and unique fragrance of vanilla, jasmine and nutmeg, a fragrance that becomes spicier as the gardenia blooms age. Gardenias are evergreen shrubs that grow in height from two to 15 feet (depending on the cultivar), forming mounds of glossy, darkgreen foliage. Leaves are oval shaped and flowers vary in colour from pale yellow with purple mottling to creamy white. Probably the most distinguishing characteristic of the gardenia is its sweet scent. All gardenia blossoms possess a wax-like appearance and can be either single or double, depending on the cultivar. Most gardenias flower from late March to mid-June. Faded blossoms are followed by the appearance of a large, yellowishred, bitter-tasting berry. Gardenias are used as hedges, borders or groundcover. Gardenias also may be used as free-standing specimens or in mass plantings. Gardenias grow in a variety of soil conditions but they do best in well-drained soil that is improved with organic matter. Where practical, consider amending a planting bed with compost, peat moss or manures to improve the nutrient and moistureholding capacity. Soil pH is an important consideration for gardenias. Soil pH determines the availability of mineral elements and should be between 5.0 and 6.5 for gardenias. Where it is above 7.0 (usually due to naturally occurring limestone, marl or sea shells), a constant effort will be required to avoid micronutrient deficiencies, most notably iron. Since no practical way is available to permanently lower the pH of such soils, if you wish to grow gardenia despite soil limitations, consider growing one or more in containers; gardenias are well adapted to container culture. Gardenias are semi-tropical plants that perform well in a humid climate. They are not salt tolerant so planting along coastal areas is not advised. To achieve maximum flowering, plant gardenias in full sun or light shade in an open flower bed away from house foundations, pools and walkways.


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Gardenia are celebrated for their sweet scent.

Because gardenias are ‘acid-loving’ plants, they should not be planted near concrete where soil alkalinity almost always guarantees a gardenia will have nutritional problems. Proper fertilisation is important for gardenia growth and flower production. Most established gardenias grow well with two or three applications per year. One application is normally

scheduled around February and another in October. A third fertiliser application may be made during the summer. A granular fertiliser formulated for landscape plants or an acid-forming product is suitable. Frequently plants will become yellow (chlorotic) due to a deficiency of one or more micronutrients but typically iron is the limiting element. Foliar applications of iron are effective. Follow the directions on the product label. Yellowing of leaves may also be due to a number of other causes such as insufficient light, over watering or poor drainage but some yellowing on older leaves is normal and may occur during the fall and winter months before new growth appears. Because gardenias are primarily grown for their fragrant blossom and handsome foliage, plant them in a location with good air circulation and near patios or windows where the fragrance can be enjoyed and the flower and foliage observed.

Money Tip

Examine the roots of overspending TO BUILD wealth and reach financial independence, you simply need to spend less than you earn. It is an easy concept to understand but why is it so difficult? First, you need to examine the roots of overspending. When you know what factors drive your spending, you can fight back and save money so that you can spend less than you earn, says Jeremy Vohwinkle, of guide. Easy access to credit For most people, this is the biggest reason for overspending. Just take a look in your mailbox and you’ll quickly see why. People are flooded with credit card, mortgage, auto loan and refinancing offers on a daily basis. Often, simply filling out the short form or jumping on their website will be all it takes to obtain a new line of credit. It can almost feel like free money. They send you a card with a $2,000 limit, so it is easy to think that you now have access to more money. While you do have access to this additional credit, the real problems start when you’re charging things that you don’t have the cash to pay for. It is all too easy to think about the small monthly payments instead of the total purchase price. Easy access to cash When you had to rely on keeping enough cash on hand or carefully balance your cheque book each day, the act of spending money meant you had to do a little planning and some simple maths. Now, all you have to do is swipe your debit card like you would a credit card and the funds are electronically whisked out of your account. When you aren’t physically handing someone money or a check for a purchase, it can almost feel as if you aren’t spending money at all. 

Born free

IF YOU eat meat and don’t fancy going veggie just yet, buy ‘free-range’ raised animals wherever possible. There are estimated to be almost half a million livestock-raising operations, such as pig, cattle and poultry farms, that confine and concentrate animal populations in the US alone. In addition to ethical reasons, free range meat tastes better and has less adverse impact on the environment. Animal agriculture produces vast amounts of air and water pollution and causes 80 per cent of the world’s annual deforestation.


Misusing credit cards Credit cards can be a great tool when used properly. In the early days, these cards typically required that you paid the balance in full each month. This came in handy as you could make purchases without using your own cash and then repay it all at the end of the month. Effectively, this is an interest free short-term loan. When used as intended, it can be a powerful financial tool. The problem is when you begin to let the balance carry over from month to month. If you make a

$200 purchase on your credit card and find out that at the end of the month you can’t afford to repay the full amount, you’ve started down a slippery slope. It may start with good intentions while you promise yourself that you’ll have enough next month but, more often than not, that doesn’t happen. This is when the high interest rates on the cards really begin to hurt you. The card company makes the minimum payment due a very small amount, which means that you can afford to make the payment, but if you continue to just pay the minimum, you’ll end up spending the next 20 years paying off that original purchase and spend more on interest than the cost of the original item. That is no way to build wealth. Giving in to temptation Have you ever had a friend or coworker come up to you and suggest a fun activity? Everyone loves going out and having a good time but you have to make sure that it is in your best financial interest. We all need to enjoy life but it is important to know when to decline. It can be easy to simply go out to eat or to the movies and just pay for the evening with your credit card, which if you don’t pay off in full each month means you’ll be paying for that evening for a long time. Don’t squander your financial future for a few guilty pleasures today if it isn’t in your budget. If you know that you can’t afford an activity, don’t cave in. Instead, invite your friends over for a dinner party, game night or some other activity where you can still enjoy time together but without breaking your budget. Spending to feel good Let’s face it, buying yourself something feels good. Whether it is a new pair of shoes, the hottest new video game or even a good book, we all enjoy getting something new. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this, as long as you don’t go overboard. This is where it can pay to set aside a little ‘fun money’ in your budget. Take a few dollars out of each pay cheque and tuck it away for times like these. You’ll feel good about your purchase whether you make it with cash or by credit card but you’ll feel even better when you don’t have to spend the next two years trying to pay it off with 20 per cent interest.



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Hospital inspectors make first visit By Gemma Handy HOSPITAL bosses have welcomed in inspectors for the first in a series of visits as part of their bid for industry accreditation. Interhealth Canada is contractually obliged to get the official seal of approval from independent organisation Accreditation Canada by 2012. Surveyors spent two weeks in the Islands meeting with chiefs and perusing the new facilities in Providenciales and Grand Turk, which opened to the public in April, before jetting out of the TCI last Thursday. The informal trip marks the first stage in a series of forthcoming assessments to

ensure the hospitals comply with international health care standards. Interhealth CEO George Commander previously said accreditation would cement the institutions’ status as akin to any found in North America. He said the feat would be hard work but he was convinced the goal was attainable. The company, which has built six previous hospitals in the UK and Middle East, has never failed to meet the target when required before. The multi-million dollar hospitals were once dubbed the most important pieces of TCI infrastructure in modern times.

Part of the reason for their development was to end the crippling cost of sending Islanders overseas for medical treatment. In 2006, the bill for international referrals topped $12m. Despite being beset by controversy over their cost, the introduction of a social health care system and numerous construction delays, the glistening new buildings finally opened for business on April 10. Governor Gordon Wetherell was given a tour of the cutting edge equipment and facilities at a ceremonial unveiling on April 27. He said the hospitals represented a “significant change” in the provision of health care in the Islands.

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Tomas – a load of hot air HURRICANE Tomas passed over the Turks and Caicos Islands without incident in the early hours of Saturday morning, leaving the islands “unscathed”. The slow moving category one storm, which left a trail of destruction across the Caribbean the week prior, was forecast to strike TCI’s tourist capital Providenciales at 2am. However it changed direction at the eleventh hour and passed south east of the island, making its way through sparsely populated North Caicos instead. The government’s disaster management team made an aerial assessment of the islands following

the storm using helicopter support provided by HMS Manchester. Heavy rain and wind took its toll, but the team reported that there had been no significant damage from the storm. Speaking on Saturday Governor Gordon Wetherell said: “Last night will have been an uncomfortable and worrying night for many of you. “Some of you will also have suffered from the effects of localised flooding, but the fact that the storm has caused no serious damage and more importantly that there are no reports of major injuries or loss of life is very good news for which we can be thankful.”

At least 14 people were believed to have died when Tomas struck St Lucia, triggering landslides and bringing down bridges. And last Thursday evening the storm struck the ill-fated nation of Haiti – where 1.3 million people are still living in tents since January’s devastating earthquake. Twenty people were reported dead from the hurricane and flooding is expected to increase cases of the deadly cholera infection which has already killed 583 people. Karen Whitt, president of the Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association, said that she was thankful that the storm passed uneventfully.

“We are truly fortunate that we escaped this hurricane in light of all of our resorts operating fully, and we are happy to report that all of our guests are safe and sound.” Following the storm resorts and tourist attractions opened up immediately and local and international airlines resumed their regular flight schedules. Mr Wetherell said: “I should like to pay special tribute to all those in the disaster management team, the police, the Red Cross, shelter managers, and to the many other volunteers who contributed their time and effort to ensuring we were

well prepared for the storm. “My sincere thanks also go to the commanding officers, the crews of HMS Manchester and Wave Ruler who I know endured a very uncomfortable night at sea to reach Providenciales at first light to render any assistance that we might need. “Above all I should like to thank you – the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands – for the way in which you responded to the advice and information which was provided and took all the appropriate measures to keep yourselves and your families safe and to secure your homes and businesses.”


Rotarians lend a hand to the clean-up. Photo by Karl Isaac.

Grace Bay park gets cleaned up

Mysterious death in Middle Caicos

A FATHER of two died suddenly on Tuesday evening at his Middle Caicos home. Word of Godfrey Forbes’ death, from an unknown cause, spread rapidly as Islanders flocked to lend support to Forbes’ wife, Mary. Forbes’ father was heard to remark that his son’s face had been swollen. Also reported is that medication prescribed for Forbes had not been available locally requiring a trip to Provo to purchase it. Forbes is said to have suffered from hypertension. Mary Forbes reported that

earlier in the evening her husband, 38, had been in good spirits. Forbes’ remains were transported to Middle Caicos Clinic and moved on Wednesday morning to the morgue in Providenciales. Forbes also leaves a young son who attends Doris Robinson Primary School in Conch Bar. A daughter and grandchild by a previous relationship are said to reside in the USA. Forbes, nephew of Middle Caicos district commissioner Dottis Arthur, was a government employee and part-time musician.

ROTARIANS joined forces recently to spruce up a Providenciales park. Members of the Interact Club of Providenciales, together with its sponsoring club Rotary Club of Providenciales, put some elbow grease into beautifying the Rotary Public Park in Grace Bay on October 30. Guerta Toussaint, Director of International Services, said she had great fun getting her hands dirty with her fellow Rotary family members. The park was a donation by the Rotary Club to beautify Grace Bay beach. It has three picnic tables and a swing to keep kids entertained. The island’s Interact Club was revived in March 2010 and is open to youngsters aged 12 to 18. Meetings are held at the Edward C Gartland Youth Centre at 3.45pm every first and third Tuesday of the month. Anyone wishing to join the club should call Karl Isaac on 232 7509.

Congratulations Dr Jameika!

THE PROUD parents, mother  Youthlyn Forbes, mother  Evette McIntosh, stepmother Deborah Harvey, father Royalton L S Harvey, and the entire family circle wish to congratulate Dr Jameika Javon Harvey on his outstanding Doctoral Academic achievement at Meharry University, Nashville, Tennessee. The Ministry of Education made a countrywide announcement via radio and television on November 1 that student Dr Jameika Javon Harvey secured a second place finish out of 51 doctoral students in dentistry. Dr Jameika will be inducted into the OKU Academic Honour Society of ‘Who is Who’ achieving a GPA of 3.61. Jameika is now preparing for his state board exam which will be taken in December. Graduation exercise takes place May 16 to 21, 2011. The proud family awaits your return in June of 2011.

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Doctors set up cholera centres in Haiti’s capital PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Doctors and aid groups are rushing to set up cholera treatment centres across Haiti’s capital as officials warn that the disease’s encroachment into the overcrowded city will bring a surge in cases. Hundreds of people were already suspected of having cholera, suffering the disease’s symptoms of fever and diarrhea while lying in hospital beds or inside shacks lining the putrid waste canals of Cite Soleil, Martissant and other slums. “We expect transmission to be extensive and we have to be prepared for it, there’s no question,” Dr. Jon K. Andrus, deputy director of the Pan-American Health Organisation, told reporters Tuesday. “We have to prepare for a large upsurge in numbers of cases and be prepared with supplies and human resources and everything that goes into a rapid response.” Following Monday’s confirmation that a three-year-old boy from a tent camp near Cite Soleil had contracted cholera before Oct. 31 without leaving the capital, the organisation said the epidemic’s spread from river towns in the countryside to the nation’s primary urban center was a dangerous development. Two more capital-originated cases were confirmed Tuesday at the same hospital where the boy was treated. Physicians with the aid group Doctors Without Borders reported seeing more than 200 city residents with severe symptoms at their facilities alone over the last three days. More than 70 other cholera cases had been confirmed among people living in Port-au-Prince, but those became infected while outside the capital.

A woman suffering from cholera symptoms is checked by a Cuban doctor at the hospital in Archaie, Haiti, Tuesday Nov. 9, 2010.

Damage to Port-au-Prince’s already miserable pre-earthquake sanitation and drinking water systems make the city “ripe for the rapid spread of cholera,” Andrus said. Port-au-Prince is estimated to be home to between 2.5 million and 3 million people, about half of whom have been living in homeless encampments since the Jan. 12 earthquake ravaged the capital. A confirmed case of cholera had never been seen in this Caribbean country before last month, when it suddenly killed several dozen people and spread across the agricultural heartland of the Artibonite Valley. The U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention found that the strain is most similar to those found in South Asia, but no formal investigations have been done to learn how the disease arrived in Haiti. It has killed more than 580 people and hospitalised more than 9,500, with confirmed cases across the entire northern two-thirds of the

country. Dozens of cases are rumored throughout the south. On Tuesday, Haiti’s health ministry said the disease has become a threat to the entire nation of 10 million people. “Now it is our duty as citizens to help solve this problem, which has gone from being an urgent humanitarian matter and gone to the level of national security,” the ministry’s executive director, Dr. Gabriel Timothee, said during a televised news conference. The disease, primarily spread when infected fecal matter contaminates food or water, is treatable, mainly by rehydrating the sick with safe water mixed essentially with salt, sugar and potassium or with intravenous fluids. Antibiotics also are used sometimes. But decades of failing and often regressing infrastructure — wracked by political upheaval, unbalanced foreign trade, a 1990s embargo and natural disasters — have left millions of Haitians without access to clean water, sanitation or medical care.

Cuba to decide economic future at crucial Communist Party meeting HAVANA (AP) — Communist Party leaders say Cuba should balance its budget, repay billions of dollars in debt and stop propping up failing state-run companies, according to a document being circulated ahead of a major summit designed to save this cash-strapped island from financial ruin. The 32-page paper, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press, was handed out to local party activists Monday during a speech by President Raul Castro, in which he announced that Cuba would hold a make-or-break Communist Party Congress next April. The document also recommends ending an unusual dual-currency

system and seeking new ways for individuals to buy and sell private property. None of the proposals are new, but putting them together in one place makes clear that the scope of the congress will be nearly limitless — at least in terms of economic ideas. The gathering, which last took place in 1997, is traditionally used to announce major policy changes. It is supposed to be held every five years, but has been delayed repeatedly as Cuba grappled with a change in leadership and a serious financial crisis. There has been intense speculation that the future of former president Fidel Castro’s role as Communist

Party chief might also be discussed at the congress — or in a Communist Party Conference also announced Monday that will be held at some later point in 2011. But Raul Castro made no mention of his brother in his speech. “The Sixth Party Congress will concentrate on a solution to our economic problems,” Castro said. The document, which is meant to outline areas for discussion — not solutions — gives a merciless assessment of Cuba’s current economic situation, saying the country suffers from “inefficiency,” a “lack of capacity in both production and infrastructure” and an aging population.

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Latin America, Caribbean world’s most unequal region: UN LATIN America and the Caribbean is the most unequal region in the world, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said in a report on Tuesday. In its first report on human development in the region, the UNDP said 10 of the 15 countries with the biggest inequality rates in the world are in the region. The report said the most unequal countries are Bolivia, Haiti and Brazil, where the Gini coefficient is over 0.55. The Gini coefficient is a key index on income disparity between rich and poor. The Gini index of income inequality for Guatemala, Chile, Panama, Honduras, Paraguay and Colombia is 0.55, Guyana and Nicaragua 0.54, the Dominican Republic 0.52, Mexico 0.51 and

Ecuador 0.56. Latin American countries with less inequalities are Costa Rica, Argentina, Venezuela and Uruguay, whose Gini index is lower than 0.49. While inequality in the region was on the rise during 1980-2000, it has witnessed a slight drop in recent years due to a more balanced distribution of education, a reduction in non-labour income inequality, economic growth and an improvement in the government’s social expenses. However, the global economic crisis could halt this reduction in the coming years. To avoid this trend, it is necessary to improve the education quality and to increase social expenses, the report said. (Xinhua/English.

‘E-Government’ could revitalise Bahamas public sector THE HIGHLY anticipated modernisation of the public service sector could eliminate a number of inadequacies that have become synonymous with the culture of the Bahamas, according to officials. Drawing from the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) successes of Singapore - whose prodigal journey from an estimated $966 million GDP at independence in 1965 to an estimated $235.7 billion GDP in 2010 has received international notoriety - Minister of Finance Zhivargo Laing is confident the country is ready to embrace the 21st Century. Mr Laing said: “The advent of the internet has changed the way we communicate and share information. This is true not only for social networking and keeping in touch with family and friends but also for commerce, learning, banking and all facets of everyday life. This undertaking is a fundamental one for us in the Bahamas. It will change the culture of doing business and providing public services in our nation. It will involve a substantial investment on our part but the gains will be significant.” The infrastructure initiative “e-Government” was unveiled to parliamentarians and senior government officials earlier this week, and with it, projections of a public service sector that could be engaged at anytime, from anywhere. Mr Laing said: “e-Government refers to the use of information and communications technology by government agencies to interact

with employees, citizens, businesses and others agencies. The activities of which can be categorised as: publishing - content is published to the internet; interacting - twoway communication is established; and transacting - transactions are conducted online.” The firm partnering with the government on this substantial improvement initiative is IDA International - a subsidiary of IDA Singapore, the government agency dedicated to guiding Singapore’s vision for economic growth through the Information and Communications industry. Mr Laing said: “To advance our e-Government efforts and improve our online service delivery strategy, the government of the Bahamas has engaged the government of Singapore, through its technology arm, IDA International, to recommend a way forward that will employ the best practices, and follow a model that would yield the most for our endeavour. “The government will seek to lay the technical foundation and governance structure in the Singapore Model to drive the Bahamas’ e-Government agenda, and by early in the next financial year, will be launching the government online services portal,, with several services that will cater to citizens and businesses.” During the presentation, IDA executives illustrated possibilities that are now a reality for the tiny island country of Singapore, and explained that these benefits were also within grasp for the Bahamas.

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World News



Ireland’s crisis flares as Obama: Strong US economy investors dump bonds key to global recovery DUBLIN (AP) — Ireland’s financial troubles loomed large Wednesday as investors — betting that the country soon could join Greece in seeking a bailout from the European Union — drove the interest rate on the country’s 10-year borrowing to a new high. The yield, or interest rate, on 10year bonds rose above 8 percent for the first time since the launch of the euro, the European Union’s common currency, 11 years ago. Bond traders increasingly believe that Ireland soon will be forced to tap Europe’s emergency fund for euro-zone nations facing a threat of bankruptcy. The 16 nations of the euro zone created that €750 billion backstop in May as the EU and International Monetary Fund provided an emergency €110 billion loan to Greece. Another bailout would send more shock waves through the currency union, which has struggled to find ways to keep individual governments from overspending and threatening the currency’s value. Flaring financial tensions has driven the euro off recent 6-month highs of $1.428 versus the dollar. The euro was trading Wednesday at $1.3760, down from its opening of $1.3773. The cost of funding Irish debt has risen steadily since September, when the government admitted its bailout of five banks would cost at least €45 billion, equivalent to €10,000 for every man, woman and child in Ireland. That gargantuan bill, in turn, has made the projected 2010 deficit rise to 32 percent of GDP, the highest in post-war Europe. The yield on 10-year Irish notes rose steadily from 7.94 percent and passed 8.4 percent in afternoon trade. As the value of bonds fall, buyers demand ever-higher yields as compensation. Traders accelerated their offloading of Irish bonds after London-based LCH.Clearnet Group announced Wednesday it would require clients who deal in Irish bonds to increase the percentage of cash deposited up

front to 21 percent, compared to a usual deposit of less than 6 percent. The move came on top of decisions this month by the governments of Russia and Chile to stop buying Irish debt. Portugal and Spain are also facing bond-market speculation of a future default, which like Ireland are slashing spending to cope with deficits far above the euro-zone limit of 3 percent of GDP. Only the Irish government is simultaneously trying to fund a massive bank-bailout programme that threatens to swamp its ability to pay its own bills. Portugal successfully auctioned €1.25 billion in new bonds Wednesday but at the price of offering exceptionally high yields. Its new 10-year bonds paid average yields of 6.8 percent, up from 6.24 percent at a similar auction in September, while the yields on its 6-year bonds surged to 6.15 percent, compared to just 4.37 percent two months ago. Analysts said the particularly strong jump in the cost of selling shorter-term debt illustrated how buyers are pricing in the potential for default pressures to grow sooner rather than later. On Tuesday, yields on Portuguese 10-year bonds spiked above 7 percent for the first time in expectation that the bond auction might face even greater difficulties. Prime Minister Brian Cowen insists Ireland has enough cash on hand to fund the government budget through June 2011. But he needs the interest rates being demanded by investors to fall substantially before Ireland needs to borrow again in early 2011. Unless Irish yields decline to precrisis levels, Ireland would have to pay punitive rates of interest to woo new buyers of Irish bonds, further handicapping its ability to rein in government costs. But economists say tapping the European fund — whose rules have yet to be fully agreed among members — could be nearly as expensive, with rates likely to exceed 6 percent.

Guinea vote-counting raises dissent, uncertainty CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Guinea’s presidential candidates are neck-and-neck at the polls, raising uncertainty and dissent in the West African nation. Observers say there were irregularities in Sunday’s vote but that they are not significant enough to change the outcome of the ballot. But the party of candidate Cellou Dalein Diallo said Wednesday it is already preparing

to contest the results. Party Vice President Bah Oury says that they have discovered fictitious voting precincts and evidence of ballot stuffing. The party also claims to have found an instance where poll workers allied with their rival, Alpha Conde, used lemons to wipe off voters’ indelible ink, allowing them to vote a second time. Guinea has not had an election deemed transparent in 52 years.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — President Barack Obama said a strong, job-creating economy in the United States would be the country’s most important contribution to a global recovery as he pleaded with world leaders to work together despite sharp differences. Obama is expected to find himself on the defensive at the G-20 summit in South Korea, which started on Wednesday because of plans by the Federal Reserve to buy $600 billion in long-term government bonds to try to drive down interest rates, spur lending and boost the U.S. economy. Critics say the move will give American goods an unfair advantage. In a letter sent Tuesday to leaders of the Group of 20 major economic powers, Obama defended the steps his administration and Congress have taken to help the economy. “The United States will do its part to restore strong growth, reduce economic imbalances and calm markets,” he wrote. “A strong recovery that creates jobs, income and spending is the most important contribution the United States can make to the global recovery.” Obama outlined the work he had done to repair the nation’s financial system and enact reforms after the worst recession in decades. He implored the G-20 leaders to seize the opportunity to ensure a strong and durable recovery. The summit was scheduled to get under way on Thursday. “When all nations do their part — emerging no less than advanced, surplus no less than deficit — we all benefit from higher growth,” the president said in the letter. Earlier Wednesday in Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation, Obama issued a strikingly

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama visit Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim, Pool).

personal appeal to the Muslim world to join the West in an unrelenting battle to defeat al-Qaida and violent extremism. “Let me begin with a simple statement: Indonesia is part of me,” he said in the language, cheering the audience of more than 6,000 mostly young people at the University of Indonesia. Obama had spent several years in the country as a boy. He acknowledged the fraying that remains in U.S.-Islamic relations despite his best efforts at repair. He urged both sides to look beyond “suspicion and mistrust” to forge common ground against terrorism. Obama praised this nation of

islands for progress in rooting out terrorists and combatting violent extremism, and he resurrected a theme he sounded last year during visits to Turkey and Egypt: “I have made it clear that America is not and never will be at war with Islam. ... Those who want to build must not cede ground to terrorists who seek to destroy.” In his university speech, Obama said he learned to appreciate the “humanity of all” people during the time he spent in Indonesia, with its thousands of islands, hundreds of languages and people from many different regions and ethnic groups.

Massacre witness: Philippine mayor shot 40 people MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A policeman who witnessed an electionrelated massacre of 57 people last year told a court Wednesday a former town mayor — the main suspect in the deaths — gunned down 40 victims as they pleaded for their lives. Senior Police Officer Rainier Ebus testified he saw former Mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr., the scion of the clan that was in control of southern Maguindanao province, shoot about 40 of the 57 victims after stopping their vehicles. Among the dead in the Nov. 23, 2009 massacre — the worst political killings in recent Philippine history — were at least 30 media workers accompanying supporters of Esmael Mangudadatu, a local politician running for governor. His rivals from the Ampatuan clan and militiamen under their command

have been charged with murder. They have pleaded innocent. Ebus, testifying for the prosecution, said he was among police who accompanied Ampatuan and his gunmen to a village where they stopped a convoy of journalists and political supporters of Mangudadatu, who was challenging the Ampatuan clan for governorship. Mangudadatu was not travelling in the convoy since he felt his life was in danger but sent his wife, sisters and other female relatives in the belief that women would not be harmed. Previous witnesses have said that Ampatuan clan members, including patriarch Andal Ampatuan Sr., had plotted the killings over dinner six days before the ambush. Ebus said Ampatuan Jr. ordered about 10 people from the convoy

to get down from their vehicles and form a line. He then opened fire as the others, still in their vehicles, cried and pleaded for their lives. Shortly after, Ebus testified, Ampatuan shot about 30 other people. “They were crying but they were gunned down by Unsay,” Ebus said, referring to Ampatuan by his nickname. Ebus said when the shooting started, he stayed inside one of the vans because he was scared for his life. “(Ampatuan) has a lot of money. He has a lot of guns and ammunition. He can kill,” Ebus added. Also Wednesday, an additional 28 of at least 197 accused in the killing pleaded not guilty to multiple murder charges during their arraignment. About half of those accused remain at large.



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Government Vacancy Job Title: Director of Information Technology SUMMARY OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: An exciting opportunity awaits you in the Turks and Caicos Islands Government Service for the post of Director of Information Technology. The incumbent will be responsible for guiding policy, planning and coordination; advising and supervising staff, overseeing multiple projects and deadlines, and for installing and maintaining computer hardware, software and networks. He/She will direct and coordinate Information Systems and Telecommunications Services to all Ministries and Departments and provide high levels of technical advice and assistance. The successful candidate will also provide training and consultation and map out recommendations about future planning and development of resources to ensure the efficient and effective delivery of Information Technology Services to the Turks and Caicos Islands Government. The incumbent is also required to perform any other duties as may be required. QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE: The position requires a Maters Degree in Management Information Technology, Computer Information Systems, or Computer Science with at least eight (8) years experience, five (5) of which must be at a managerial level working with large scale systems. The applicant would require specialized training and experience in: Systems Analysis, Development and Design, Networking Technologies / Topologies, Server Virtualization, Database Development and Management, Website Development and Applications, Windows and Linux/Unix Server Environments, Project Management and Cabling Topologies. Applicants must be proficient in SIGTAS and Smart Stream (Human Resource Software Program). Candidates should also be familiar with the following programs and programming Languages: Oracle, SQL, SQL Server, MS Exchange Server, Windows Server, Server Virtualization, Java, Java Script, HTML, ASP.Net, PHP, Dreamweaver, and Linux/Unix. Salary Scale: $39,960 - $43,200 Applicant’s resume must include contact number, email address, two letters of reference and a police certificate which should be sent to the Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Susan Malcolm Office of the Public Service Management, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands. Fax (649) 946-1582. Extension: 10318 ONLY SUITABLE CANDIDATES WILL BE ACKNOWLEDGED

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Working Catering Supervisor - Service The successful candidate should • Have excellent customer service skills & supervisory experience. • A good knowledge of MS Office applications such as MS Word & Excel is must. • Have experience of cash handing and generating daily reports. • Have knowledge of food preparation, food hygiene and documentation. • Be able to read, write, and speak English fluently. • Be willing to work shifts and on public holidays. • Be in good health and be able to stand for long hours. • Have minimum 2y years of experience of working as Catering Supervisor is essential; previous hospital experience is advantageous.

Working Catering Supervisor - Kitchen The successful candidate should • Assisting head chef in food preparation and supervising food for patient meals, café and hospitality. • Assist the head chef with inventory, supplies, pricing, menu planning, food hygiene, safety, and sanitation issues in food business • Have excellent customer service skills, supervising personnel, and ensuring quality and cost standards are consistently attained. • Have knowledge of food preparation, food hygiene and documentation. • Be able to read, write, and speak English fluently. • Be willing to work shifts and on public holidays. • Be in good health and be able to stand for long hours. • Have minimum 2 years of experience of working as Supervisor is essential; previous hospital experience is advantageous. Salary dependant on experience. How to Apply Initial applications may be made by submitting to Interhealth Canada a comprehensive CV showing your qualifications and experience. This may be sent either by email to: Please ensure that a contact telephone number or email address is included on the application.

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jop opportunity TCI Middle School requires for September 2010, Senior Teacher with responsibility for Yr 7 and Yr 7&8 English, and Biology. The start of a new school enables this position to be advertised to work with the Principal in establishing this school on the island. Applicants will need to - be dynamic, enthusiastic and creative teachers. - have an excellent working knowledge of the National Curriculum for England and Wales Guidelines - Have UK Qualified Teacher Status with at least 7 years teaching experience in the UK. - Have knowledge of aspects of K12

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Please Email CV or letter of application with a recent photograph and contact phone number together with the names and phone numbers of referees to: Mark Dunbavand at the above address. 6012

NIB PRESS RELEASE The Directors of the National Insurance Board (“NIB”), as a major shareholder and creditor of TCI Bank (the “Bank”) regrets that it became necessary to put the Bank into liquidation. The NIB was at the forefront of seeking to avoid a full liquidation following the appointment of provisional liquidators at the request of the Financial Services Commission (“FSC”) earlier this year. At the time of that appointment, representatives of the NIB and its legal advisers were in fact at a meeting in Miami with a potential investor in the Bank, notwithstanding the appointment of provisional liquidators. Following that meeting, the NIB engaged with other shareholders and creditors in pursuing a rescue of the Bank. The NIB was pleased when it became apparent that a group of Eastern Caribbean Banks who were shareholders and creditors of the Bank had agreed to rescue the Bank. The NIB voted in favour of the resolution by the creditors to authorise the restructuring of the Bank. This restructuring involved the E.C Banks investing some US$22,000,000.00 into the Bank and the immediate payment of deposits up to US$50,000.00. The NIB agreed to postpone payment of its substantial deposits at the Bank to allow this to occur in the hope that a rescue was possible. Regrettably, the E.C Banks did not live up to their bargain and kept seeking extension of time to do so. The NIB other creditors and the court bent over backwards to accommodate the E.C Banks and their investors. In the end, it became apparent that there was no realistic prospect of a rescue by the E.C Banks and their investors. In the meantime the assets of the Bank were deteriorating and the costs of the provisional liquidators escalating. There was no other reasonable choice for the NIB but to support the full liquidation of the Bank in the interest of all creditors. Mr. Justice Williams will be delivering shortly a written ruling on why the Bank was put into liquidation and all depositors and members of the public are encouraged to read that ruling so that they are fully informed rather than relying on second hand information from third party sources.


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JOB TITLE: DIRECTOR DEPARTMENT: ROAD SAFETY AND TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT SUMMARY OF DUTIES AND RESPONBILITIES: An exciting opportunity awaits you in the Turks & Caicos Islands Government Service for the post of Director of Road Safety and Transportation. The incumbent in this position will have wide-ranging leadership responsibilities for ensuring that road safety regulations are enforced by supervisors and Liaison Officers; formulating Road Safety Policies and making recommendations for necessary amendments to the existing Road Traffic Ordinance in consultation with the Attorney General’s Chambers. The incumbent must also ensure that staff is knowledgeable in the Traffic Ordinance to educate the public and answer queries regarding road safety, as well as ensure the facilities are suitable for credible driver testing and certification to be conducted. The candidate must also ensure that revenues generated from drivers’ licenses and motor vehicle registrations are effectively monitored, collected and accurate records are kept; supervise the daily operations of the Department; oversee the collection of road use and accident statistics, and prepare monthly reports on such. The incumbent must also prepare the Department’s budget; oversee the maintenance of vehicle registration and driver licensing database; oversee vehicles registration and airport checks; facilitate any required training for the department’s staff and liaise with the Police Department regarding road safety issues as well as carry out accident investigation where necessary.

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PROJECTS MANAGER We are looking for a highly self motivated professional with a keen interest in project development within the hospitality Industry. The successful candidate must be able to develop and manage special projects supervised by the Director of Caicos Holdings. Previous experience and a proven track record as a Project Manager within a well established Luxurious Five Star Resort is a plus. The successful candidate will be responsible for the following: • Plan and effectively execute all projects designated by the Director of the resort. • Making sure that all projects are successfully completed within a reasonable timeframe base on strict deadlines. • Organized and take a leading role to ensure that all projects are personally monitored on a daily basis. • Control and close all projects in line with the resort and planning department standards. • Conduct feasibility studies when necessary to ensure that only the most viable projects are undertaken. • Must competently calculate cost, time and staffing necessary for each project. • Must be able to work within the limits of a tight Budget, while ensuring that all cost effective methods are in place to achieve the goals of the organization. • Communicate to the director on the progress of all projects on a daily basis. • Must be capable of working alone with limited supervision. • Maintain a positive and professional work attitude towards all employees and Guest. • Look after the up keeping and maintenance of all special projects. The candidate must demonstrate care and respect for guest, fellow colleagues and the resort as a whole. Qualification and Experience: The successful candidate must have: • Previous experience as a Project Manager. • Strong leadership abilities. • At least a Master Degree in Projects Management. • Excellent time Management and problem solving skills. • Strong project development capabilities and a minimum of 10 years project development experience within a luxurious resort. • Ability to function effectively in a multi cultural environment. • Excellent communication, organizational and decision making skills. • Excellent Computer skills. • The ability to maximize output while cutting material cost on a daily basis. • Must live on property and be willing to work long hours including Public Holidays and weekends. OTHER MANAGERIAL POSITIONS: Guest Services Manager Food & Beverage Manager Spa Manager Laundry Manager Recreation Manager Executive Chef Assistant Financial Controller

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE The applicant must have a Masters Degree in Public Administration, Business Administration or related field, with at least 5 years experience functioning at a Senior Level or; a Bachelors Degree in Business Management or its equivalent field with at least seven (7) years experience functioning at a managerial Level. The incumbent must also possess advanced Computer Skills, sound Organizational Development and Human Relations Skills and is required to have a strong background in Budgeting and Financial Management. The successful incumbent should also have experience and certification in Highway Management and Road Safety. Must be in possession of a valid Driver’s License.


SALARY: $39,960.00 - $43,200.00 PER ANNUM TELEPHONE ALLOWANCE: $1200.00 PER ANNUM For more information on the Job description Please contact the Office of the Public Service Management Telephone 649-946-2801, Extension: 10321 E-mail: recruitment@ All resumes should include contact information and two letters of reference as well as a Police Certificate and should be addressed to Mrs. Susan Malcolm, Permanent Secretary, Office of the Public Service Management, Church Folly, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands Facsimile: 946-1582. APPLICATION DEADLINE: 12th November 2010 ONLY CANDIDATES SELECTED FOR THE INTERVIEW WILL BE NOTIFIED


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New Pick-up Trucks:

2010 FORD F-150 SuperCab - $ 35,900.00. 2010 FORD Ranger XL - $ 25,900.00. 2009 FORD Ranger XLT $ 22,900.00 now $ 21,900.00

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2010 Suzuki Jimny - $ 19,900.00. 2010 Suzuki Grand Vitara - from $ 22,900.00. 2010 Suzuki Grand Vitara Limited - $ 30,500.00. 2010 Daihatsu Terios - $ 25,900.00. 2009 Toyota RAV4 - $ 37,500.00…now $ 35,900.00. 2009 FORD Explorer XLT - $ 36,500.00 now $ 34,900.00! 2009 FORD Explorer EDDIE BAUER - $ 40,900.00 now $ 38,900.00!

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2010 Suzuki Alto - $ 11,900.00. 2010 Suzuki Swift - $ 17,900.00. 2010 Suzuki SX4 - $ 21,900.00. 2010 Daihatsu Sirion - $ 22,900.00. 2006 Daihatsu Copen - $ make offer!

New BUS:

2010 FORD Econoline E-350 15 passenger - $ 41,900.00. 2009 TOYOTA HIACE 15 passenger - $ 36,500.00 now $ 35,500.00


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2006 Jaguar X-Type Estate Manual Trans, 2.0L Diesel, AVALABLE FOR LEASE - 39,000. 2006 Land Rover Freelander TD4 Atacama Sand 22,500. 2007 Dodge Ram Mega Cab 5.7L V8 4x4 Hemi (Red) Very LOW MILES!!! - 41,000. 2008 Dodge Ram Sport 1500 5.7L V8 Hemi 4x2 (Sunburst) - 36,500

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for sale 10m 2010 Torch is for sale for $950. The kite is in very good condition with only one small tear, which was repaired. Also selling 130cm Momentum for $400. It comes with new foot-pads and fins. The board has some scrapes on the bottom. Contact 342-2941

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Worker To maintain household and supervise a young child when needed applicant must be willing to work late applicants must be trustworthy with good character references deadline for application is November 28th, 2010.

Contact 231-4556 between the hours of 10am – 1pm



November 13 - 19, 2010 PHONE: (649) 946-4664




FAX: (649) 946-4661

Point Grace is currently seeking qualified and experienced candidates for the following positions:

Executive Chef The Executive Chef will be responsible for our food and beverage operations, and will report to the Resident Manager. This dynamic leader will direct the efforts of our talented culinary team. He/she will be responsible for menu engineering and coordinating, supervising and directing all aspects of the resort’s food production, while maintaining profitable F&B operations and high quality of products and services. The Executive Chef is expected to provide training for all team members, meet quality standards, establish and enforce food specifications, portion control, recipes and sanitation. The Executive Chef will also be involved in creating menus for our weddings and group. In addition to formal professional qualifications, the successful candidate will have at least five years experience in similar positions in luxury resorts, and will enjoy interaction with guests. Closing date 15 November 2010 Annual Salary range: $35k to $40k (including benefits), plus service charge; commensurate with qualifications and experience

Vacancy Notice Vacancy Notice Job Title: Health Compliance Officer

Job Title: Senior Procurement Officer



An exciting opportunity awaits you in the Turks & Caicos Islands Government Service for the post of Health Compliance Officer within the Ministry of Health and Human Services. The incumbent in this position will ensure that all facilities in the Turks and Caicos Islands catering to the restoration and maintenance of the health of human and animal inhabitants are registered and maintained in accordance with the standards of operation and services stipulated by the Health Regulatory Agency (HRA) Ordinance. He/ she will be expected to perform administrative duties as directed by the HRA Director, review Health Facilities Licensing Applications, inspect and evaluate Health Facilities in collaboration with other Government and Non Government technical personnel, prepare inspections and complaint reports, enforce regulations for non-compliance as well as issue notices to Health Facilities that are in breach of any of the regulatory standards. Other duties include performing followup inspections to ensure compliance, address and rectify health issues as well as review all complaints submitted formally or informally by a member of the general public. The incumbent is also expected to attend meetings, workshops and conferences on behalf of the HRA Director and Chairman of the Health Practitioners Board and perform any other duties as may be required.

An exciting opportunity awaits you in the Turks & Caicos Islands Government Service for the post of Senior Procurement Officer within the Government’s Central Purchasing Unit. The incumbent in this managerial position will have Departmental responsibility for the effective direction and oversight of the Central Purchasing Unit by ensuring adequate and timely procurement of supplies, materials and services for the Government of the Turks and Caicos Islands. The successful candidate will be responsible for providing leadership to a team of StoreKeepers and Accounting Clerks. The incumbent is also expected to generate results that are deemed to be effective when satisfactory levels of materials and services are maintained, economies of scales are achieved and the Department’s Budget is contained within its limits. This position further requires the successful candidate to use analytical skills and visual dexterity especially when he/she is coordinating and ensuring the maintenance of new Management Information Systems to deal with Purchasing and Inventory Control. Other duties include preparing Departmental budgets, analyzing purchasing history of all Departments as well as designing initiatives to achieve cost compression especially when conducting physical inventory checks.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE • A Bachelors Degree in Health Profession or its equivalent field with at least five (5) years experience in the development and execution of health policies and standards. SALARY: $34,992 - $38,880 per annum

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE The position requires the incumbent to possess a Bachelors Degree in Accounting and Purchasing Management or related field with at least three (3) years experience in the field to acquire the necessary expertise to meet the challenges of the job. SALARY: $34,992 - $38,880 per annum

For persons recruited outside the Turks and Islands a two (2) or three (3) year extendable contract is offered. Other benefits offered in addition to basic salary include Transportation and telephone allowance, housing allowance, end-of-contract gratuity of 15% of salary; return passage for family of up to two children under the age of sixteen (16) years, as well as duty free concession on the shipment of personal effects imported within six (6) months of appointment.

For person recruited outside the Turks and Islands a two or three year Extendable contract is offered. Other benefits offered in addition to basic salary include Transportation and Telephone Allowance, Housing Allowance, end-of-contract gratuity of 15% of salary; return passage for family of up to two children under the age of 16 years, duty free on the shipment of personal effects imported within six months of appointment.

Applicant’s resume must include contact number, email address, two letters of reference and a police certificate which should be sent to the Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Susan Malcolm Office of the Public Service Management, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands. Fax (649) 946-1582. Email: Extension: 10318

Applicant’s resume including contact number or email address, two letters of reference and a police certificate should be sent to the Permanent Secretary, Office of the Public Service Management, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands. Fax (649) 946-1582. Email: Extension: 10318




CLUB SODAX is looking for a



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

Contact 941-4540 5953

FAX: (649) 946-4661




Needed to work 7 days per week. Salary $5.50 per hour. Must be honest and hard working.


Contact 241-2528 for more information


Deadline for applications is November 20th, 2010


KJ FOOD CENTER WITHBY NORTH CAICOS Seeks the following person:


Laborer To work Monday – Saturday person must be willing to work on holidays.

Contact 946-7705


PHONE: (649) 946-4664

November 13 - 19, 2010



Vacancy Notice Vacancy Notice Job Title: Accountant General


An exciting opportunity awaits you in the Turks & Caicos Islands Government (TCIG) Service for the post of Accountant General. The incumbent in this managerial position would have the responsibility for overseeing the performance and service delivery standards in the Treasury Department. He/she would be responsible for working with the TCIG Management Team to monitor and evaluate the implementation of financial policies and strategies that may impact the Public Service; overseeing the provision of general accounting services as well as managing the Creditors’ Payment Settlement System, cash resources and relationships with all stakeholders. He /She would also be responsible for setting and maintaining best practices for accounting standards and controls for TCIG and preparing Government statutory accounts for audit and periodic financial management report. The incumbent will also represent the Ministry at meetings, conferences and seminars, and provide impartial, accurate and timely advice to the TCIG Management Team.


The position requires and undergraduate degree in accounting (BSc/BCom/BBA) and professional accounting qualifications e.g. Charted Accountant (CA) or Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) or the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA). A Masters Degree in Financial Management and Accounting is also desirable. The candidate must have at least eight (8) years hands-on experience, five (5) of which should have been obtained by managing a public sector financial department or institution. The incumbent must also be knowledgeable in public financial management legislation, procedures and practices and be familiar with public sector financial reforms and best practices in countries similar to the Turks & Caicos Islands. The successful candidate is required to be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite as well as accounting software packages. He /She must be able to make prudent financial and budgetary decisions and be proficient in managing financial data. Excellent management and human relation skills are also a requirement for this post. SALARY: $67,800 - $71,400 per annum For persons recruited outside the Turks and Islands, a two (2) or three (3) year extendable contract is offered. Other benefits offered in addition to basic salary include Transportation and telephone allowance, housing allowance, end-of-contract gratuity of 15% of salary; return passage for family of up to two children under the age of sixteen (16) years, as well as duty free concession on the shipment of personal effects imported within six (6) months of appointment.

Applicant’s resume must include contact number, email address, two letters of reference and a police certificate which should be sent to the Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Susan Malcolm Office of the Public Service Management, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands. Fax (649) 946-1582. Extension: 10318 ONLY SUITABLE CANDIDATES WILL BE ACKNOWLEDGED


An exciting opportunity awaits you in the Turks & Caicos Islands Government Service for the post of Chief Government Printer. The incumbent in this position will be responsible for the management of the Government Printing Office and the production of all documents for Government and Statutory Bodies. He/she will also be expected to oversee the daily operations of the Printing Office, prepare the Departments’ budget, liaise with vendors and suppliers as well as monitor the maintenance of equipment and ensure that stock levels are adequate to effectively print documents. The successful candidate must set goals and standards for the Printing Department and ensure that output is being achieved through the effective utilization of resources. He/she will be performing duties effectively when the demands for printed material are met, standards of accuracy and quality are achieved and printing staff are adequately managed.


• A Masters Degree in Public Administration, Business Administration or related field, with at least 5 years experience functioning at a Senior Level or; • A Bachelors Degree in Business Management or Graphic Design or its equivalent field with at least seven (7) years experience functioning at a managerial level. The incumbent must also possess advanced Computer Skills, sound Organizational Development and Human Relations Skills and is required to have a strong background in budgeting and Financial Management. Experience in the area of Printing and the use and operation of printing equipment would be an asset. SALARY: $34,920 - $38,880 per annum For persons recruited outside the Turks and Islands a two (2) or three (3) year extendable contract is offered. Other benefits offered in addition to basic salary include Transportation and telephone allowance, housing allowance, end-of-contract gratuity of 15% of salary; return passage for family of up to two children under the age of sixteen (16) years, as well as duty free concession on the shipment of personal effects imported within six (6) months of appointment. Applicant’s resume must include contact number, email address, two letters of reference and a police certificate which should be sent to the Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Susan Malcolm Office of the Public Service Management, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands. Fax (649) 946-1582. Email: Extension: 10318



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KPW Construction Seasoned Laborer

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To work 5-6 days a week. Will be required to assist in all areas of construction including removing debris and working w/concrete. Salary $7.00 per hour.

at 231-6089


Contact Southern Construction


Dolphins Sports Bar and Grill/Caribbean Cafe


2 Domestic Cleaners Salary $6.00 per hour.

6 Waitress needed for Bar & Grill.

To clean the house. Applicants must be willing to work on holidays and weekends. Salary $200 - $250 per week.

Salary $6.00 per hour.

Maredy Upholstery 2 Upholsters

Salary $7.00 per week Belongers only need apply for above positions.

Contact 244-5897

Please call 649-231-6364

FAX: (649) 946-4661 ULYSSE JEN DELUIS Is looking for a

Labourer To work from 8am - 4:30pm. Salary $5.00 per hour.

Contact 242-5773


Positions Available Kitchen Helper/ Dish Washer • Applicant must be able to work six days a week and extra hours if needed. • Must have two years in the hotel/restaurant industry. • Applicant must speak

English, be honest, reliable and learn to perform assigned duties When needed. • Salary is negotiable

Job Title: Veterinarian

SMOKEY’S ON THE BAY Requires one

Labourer To work 5 days a week from 9am – 5pm. Salary $5.00 per hour. Contact 232-4343



All Qualified applicants must summit there application to the following address

Sunny Reef Ltd, Po Box 811, Providenciales Turks & Caicos Island B.W.I

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946-4664 OR EMAIL

Fax resumes to 946-7311


To work in North Caicos. Must be able to work 6 days a week. Salary $5.50 per hour. Must know different types of materials.


An exciting opportunity awaits you in the Turks & Caicos Islands Government Service for the post of Veterinarian within the Environment Health Department. The incumbent in this position will provide regulatory and clinical veterinary services throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI). He/ she will be expected to survey and investigate livestock and other animal diseases, as well as implement appropriate controls and prevention programmes. The successful candidate must offer services in the certification of permits, issuance of licenses, etc. in accordance with Local Legislation and International Guidelines and assist in the development and implementation or policies for the management of animals. Other duties include developing and monitoring veterinary/ animal health programmes, liaising with the Agricultural Sector to provide advice on improving animal husbandry practices in TCI, implementing welfare programmes for animals as well as offering Veterinary Public Health Services to protect human health and welfare by mitigating the risk or zoonotic diseases. The incumbent is also expected to monitor and examine the health and safety of animals and animal imported products into and exported from TCI. He/ she would also be expected to perform any other duties as may be required.


• A Masters Degree in Veterinary Medicine or related field, with at least five (5) years experience functioning at a Senior Level or; • A Bachelors Degree in Veterinary Medicine or its equivalent field with at least seven (7) years experience functioning at a managerial level.



Vacancy Notice

SALARY: $39,960 - $43,200 per annum

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

Contact 242-9087

Deadline for application is November 30th, 2010

For person recruited outside the Turks and Islands a two (2) or three (3) year extendable contract is offered. Other benefits offered in addition to basic salary include Transportation and telephone allowance, housing allowance, end-of-contract gratuity of 15% of salary; return passage for family of up to two children under the age of sixteen (16) years, as well as duty free concession on the shipment of personal effects imported within six months of appointment. Applicant’s resume including contact number or email address, two letters of reference and a police certificate should be sent to the Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Susan Malcolm Office of the Public Service Management, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands. Fax (649) 946-1582. Email: Extension: 10318 ONLY SUITABLE CANDIDATES WILL BE ACKNOWLEDGED

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Is in need of a

Is looking for a

Labourer Cosmetologist


Contact 243-4350

To work 6 days a week. Must be able to work weekends and holidays. Salary $5.50 per hour.

To work 3 days a week to do landscaping. Salary $5.00 per hour.

Must be willing to work 6 days per week. Salary $6.00 per hour. Deadline for applications is November 20th, 2010

Miracle Hair Salon

Contact 241-9730



FAX: (649) 946-4661

Contact 242-3983

FIRST GLOBAL INSURANCE BROKERS LIMITED. T/A UNITED RELIANCE INSURANCE BROKERS (2008) Is seeking a qualified individual to fill the following position:


The successful candidate would meet the following requirements: - Have a College Degree at least at bachelors level or Diploma in Insurance - Have 15 years experience in Commercial Underwriting - Have 10 years experience in Risk Management in Property, Casualty and Employee Benefit insurance - Be Proficient in oral and written communication - Be Computer Literate & especially familiar with Broker

1 Underwriting and Accounting software - Have Good Negotiation Skills - Be Able to effectively deal with Insurance Companies, Brokers and Agents

OTHER DUTIES - Must be able to attend to on-call duties especially in emergency situations particularly during Catastrophes Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Applications must be emailed to: Attn: Managing Director First Global Insurance Brokers Limited P.O. Box 117, Caribbean Place Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands

Sunday at Williams Auditorium Doors open at 7:00 PM

Applications must be received by 25th November 2010

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OVER $5,700 All proceeds benefit the Rotary Club of Providenciales’ community projects NO ONE UNDER THE AGE OF 18 WILL BE ALLOWED IN THE BUILDING DURING BINGO.

@@ Attractive incentive @@ Great part-time job for school kids or adults looking for an extra income

Contact: The Publisher

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Call: 946-4664

November 13 - 19, 2010


PHONE: (649) 946-4664

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LEW HANDFIELD Is looking to hire a


is seeking to employ a

One Live-In

Contact 231-1117


To work three (3) days per week.

To work 5 days a week. Salary $5.00 per hour. Contact 242-5455

Deadline for applications is November 23rd, 2010 5963


Helper To work at a local bar between the hours of 9-5. Salary $5.00 per hour. Interested person can contact

J. Williams @ 246-0016

Must have at least 5 years experience. Must be able to work 6 days a week and long hours. Salary $150.00 per week.

Contact 241-4156


Is looking for a

Sales Supervisor • Accountability and positing daily sales • Control outgoing and incoming delivery items • Supervise production and oversee inventory • Maintaining and servicing water dispensing machines • Prioritize and schedule deliveries • Respond to customer needs in a courteous and efficient manner

Must have at least 5 years experience. Must be able to work 5 days a week. Salary $8.00 per hour.

Contact 941-3637 or fax: 946-4871

Contact 946-4727 or 231-0293


Contact 232-4204 5966

Butler Is seeking a


Responsibilities are:

a week. Salary $5.00 per hour.

Saadet Ltd

is looking for a

The candidate must have integrity, able to multitask, and work long hours a minimum of 6 years experience in a sales environment within the water purification industry is required

needed To work 5 days


To live-in and work seven (7) days a week. Salary $6.00 per hour. Person must be able to prepare and cook meals, attend to owners needs, minor household cleaning maintenance. The ability to speak and understand Italian is a plus.

Contact: 649 946 5930 during working hours



Kitchen Cosmetologists LABOURER 5964

One Live-In Domestic Labourer

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FAX: (649) 946-4661





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

Pursuant to the provisions of the Registered Land Ordinance, Temple Mortgage Fund Ltd., The Temple Financial Centre, Providenciales HEREBY GIVES NOTICE that it will cause to be sold by public auction the following properties: TITLE DESCRIPTION


10401/279 Residential property with East Suburbs 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms Grand Turk The property consists of

Carolyn A. Sturrup

50200/40 Sandy Point North Caicos

Ocean Front residence with 4-bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Guest House & Pool with over 5000 Sq. ft. of living space

Maverick Holdings Ltd.

10102/35 North East Suburbs Grand Turk

Ocean Front Residence with Guest House comprising of 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms with over 2000 Sq. Ft of living space

Wealthy A. Saunders

10406/86 East Suburbs Grand Turk

A single-storey apartment building with two 2 bedroom 1 bathroom units. Approximately 2,184 Sq. ft living space and approx 525 sq ft of covered porches.

Laureen Williams

60702/81 Cheshire Hall & Richmond Hill Providenciales

A two-storey development with seven upper floor apartments and four ground level offices with an estimated gross area of approx 7,500 sq feet.

Eden Courts Ltd.


Approx 1.09 acs of undeveloped land

AMYCS Limited

Leeward Going Through Providenciales

situated immediately behind the Salt Mills commercial development.

60602/133 Norway & Five Cays Providenciales

Approx 0.70 acs of undeveloped land located north of the Provo Airport with view of the Southern and Western part of the Island.

Gilbert Selver

10204/224 Northwest Suburbs Grad Turk

Two 2-storey ocean front condominium buildings comprising of 2 two bedroom condos with an approx gross floor area of 1,700 sq ft each.

Erwin Jones

60720/58&59 Cheshire Hall & Richmond Hill Providenciales

Approximately 2.54 acs of undeveloped land, with a top ridge view of approx 80 feet above sea level, which in turn gives good views of south side of the island & the new Cooper Jack Marina.

Albray Butterfield

61112/34 Long Bay Hills Providenciales

Two storey apartment building comprising of two one bedroom apartments on lower floor, and a two bedroom apartment on upper floor with approximately 1850 Sq. Ft of living space. The property has direct access onto Leeward Highway.

Albray Butterfield

Contact 345-6880 Deadline for application is November 30th, 2010.

approximately 2000 Sq. Ft. of living space


LABOURER To work 5 days per week. Salary $6.00 per hour.

Contact Cedric Selver at 241-2316 Deadline for appointments is November 30th, 2010


STYLIST @@ Must be willing to work 6 days per week @@ Must be able to work with little or no supervision @@ Must have excellent communication skills @@ Must be trustworthy, honest and reliable Salary $250.00 per week Contact 245-1239 Deadline for application is November 22nd, 2010 Belongers Only Need Apply

JATANA WILLIAMS is seeking to employ a

Painter and

Domestic Worker

To work at her residence between the hours of 9-5. Salary $5.00 per hour. Interested persons may contact:

J. Williams at 243-5723


PHONE: (649) 946-4664

November 13 - 19, 2010



Coldwell Banker Real Estate Turks & Caicos is in the business of real estate sales, property management and vacation rentals in the TCI and is looking for an experienced professional to assist our busy property management team in the upcoming season. Experience in the demands of short-term vacation rentals and a long-term tenancy is required as is experience in marketing and advertising. Applicants must have strong interpersonal, verbal and

written skills and be internet and computer literate in Microsoft programs including Excel and Publisher. Own vehicle and cell phone is required. The job will involve employment for three days per week but may include evenings, holidays and weekends. Remuneration commensurate with qualifications and experience. Interested parties please forward your resume to P.O. Box 775, Providenciales 5985


The auction will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday 26th November 2010 at the offices of Temple Mortgage Corporation Ltd., Temple Financial Centre, Leeward Highway, Providenciales. Conditions of sale may be obtained from Temple Mortgage Corporation Ltd., The Temple Financial Centre, Leeward Highway, Providenciales, telephone (649) 946-5293, fax (649) 946-5289.

Established Providenciales based real estate brokerage wishes to employ a General Manager to assume responsibility for its day-to-day management and growth The successful candidate will be an experienced manager in real estate sales and property management with proven people management, communication and organizational skills Computer skills including

Interested persons may bid by way of sealed tender delivered not later than 4:00 p.m. Thursday, November 25, 2010 addressed to Temple Mortgage Corporation Ltd., Temple Financial Centre, Leeward Highway, Providenciales clearly marked “ AUCTION BIDNOVEMBER 26 2010.� Should the bid meet the reserve price and constitute the highest offer, the property will be considered sold to the person making the bid. Note that a 10% deposit is required immediately from the successful bidder at the auction. Note that Temple Mortgage Corporation Ltd. accepts no responsibility in respect of the receipt or otherwise of sealed bids and prospective purchasers are encouraged to ensure safe delivery of sealed bids to Temple Mortgage Corporation Ltd. in good time and further to attend at the auction to ensure that the bid is properly made.

competence in a recognized real estate accounting programme and all Microsoft products including Publisher will be essential, as well as training experience and qualification in IT and product development The successful candidate will be a highly motivated individual prepared to work flexible hours Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience

Interested parties, apply in writing to: P.O. Box 775, Providenciales 6002



November 13 - 19, 2010 PHONE: (649) 946-4664



41 FAX: (649) 946-4661

SALE BY PUBLIC AUCTION Equity Ltd., as Trustee, pursuant to the Registered Land Ordinance of the Turks and Caicos Islands, hereby gives notice that it will cause to be sold by public auction the following properties:

Property #1

Title 60804/120K10, the Bight & Thomas Stubbs, Providenciales Unit 2205, Lady Rose Building, The Alexandra Resort being a 2 bedroom end condominium unit with lock out option fronting on Grace Bay Beach. Approximately 1950 sq. ft.

Registered Proprietor: Daniel Stevenson Simmons

Property #2

Property #9

Title 60718/142 Cheshire Hall and Richmond Hill, Providenciales A 1.1 acre residential building lot zoned R3 – Low Density Residential on east side of Venetian Road south of Sailfish Lane. Views of Flamingo Lake from high end of lot; power and water supply available.

Registered Proprietor: Daniel Stevenson Simmons

Title 60905/147, Leeward Going Through, Providenciales A 10.02 acre, generally rectangular parcel of undeveloped land situated adjacent to the westerly boundary of Grace Bay Village with 430 feet of frontage on Grace Bay Road – suitable for condominium/resort or other commercial development.

Property #10

Title 60802/61 The Bight and Thomas Stubbs, Providenciales A 0.44 acre commercial lot zoned C-1 Commercial Use with 140 ft of Leeward Highway frontage east of the Paulango Laundromat and across from Grant’s gas station. Mixed commercial/residential development potential with power and water supply available.

Registered Proprietor: Simmons Holdings Limited

Registered Proprietor: Daniel Stevenson Simmons

Property #3

Title 60905/157K22, Leeward Going Through, Providenciales A 1700 sq. ft., 2 bedroom, 2½ bathroom Palmyra condominium unit. – Unit 404

Registered Proprietor: Ronald Jeffrey Berman

Property #4

Title 60905/157K21, Leeward Going Through, Providenciales A 1700 sq. ft., 2 bedroom, 2½ bathroom Palmyra condominium unit. – Unit 403

Registered Proprietor: Ronald Jeffrey Berman

Property #5

Title 60906/218K49, Leeward Going Through, Providenciales A 2043 sq. ft. second floor, corner condominium unit located in the MAIA building with ocean view at Seven Stars. The unit has 2 bedrooms, one of which is a lock-out bedroom with its own kitchenette, en suite and balcony. The main area has 1 master bedroom with adjoining dressing room and en suite. Includes GE Monogram appliances and Maytag Laundry appliances. Unit B203.

Registered Proprietor: RJB Investments Ltd.

Property #6

Title 60906/168K17, Leeward Going Through, Providenciales A 1284 sq. ft. third floor condominium unit with 2 bedrooms, each with en suite bath, living, dining, kitchen and powder room located in Ocean Club Plaza. Ownership includes right to use all Ocean Club West communal facilities. Unit 303.

Registered Proprietor: Ronald Jeffrey Berman

Property #7

Title 60719/69, Cheshire Hall and Richmond Hill, Providenciales A 1.41 acre residential building lot zoned R-2 Low Density off Snug Harbour Crescent in the Cooper Jack area on lake view headland with good views of Turtle Lake; 1100 feet of lake and canal frontage Power and water supply available on Snug Harbour Crescent.

Registered Proprietor: Daniel Stevenson Simmons

Property #8

Title 60718/133, Cheshire Hall and Richmond Hill, Providenciales A 0.97 acre residential building lot zoned R3 – Low Density Residential on cul-de-sac off Sailfish Lane. Power and water supply available.

Registered Proprietor: Daniel Stevenson Simmons

Property #11 Title 60905/157K14, Leeward Going Through, Providenciales A 1720 sq. ft., 2 bedroom, 2½ bathroom Palmyra condominium unit: Unit 302

Registered Proprietor: Ronald Jeffrey Berman

Property #12

Title 60905/157K11, Leeward Going Through, Providenciales A 1720 sq. ft. 2 bedroom, 2½ bathroom Palmyra condominium unit: Unit 205

Registered Proprietor: Ronald Jeffrey Berman

Property #13

Title 60812/56, The Bight & Thomas Stubbs, Providenciales A 0.61 acre lot at the north-west corner of Penn’s Road and the Lower Bight Road with a 2400 sq. Ft. 2 storey residential building in state of disrepair.

Registered Proprietor: Quattro Stelle Ltd.

Property #14

Title 10104/23 North East Suburbs, Grand Turk A 3.9 acre parcel with about 210 linear feet of beach and iron shore frontage with ocean views off Light House Road near the Arches Condominium.

Registered Proprietor: Lorimers Development Limited

Property #15

Title 60904/519, Leeward Going Through, Providenciales A 5.30 acre vacant lot close to Pelican Beach off Sunset Drive in Leeward near Pelican Nest residence, excellent ocean view with access to power, water and telephone service.

Registered Proprietor: Daniel Stevenson Simmons

Property #16

Condominium Unit #10, English Cottage, The Somerset comprised of Title 60804/128K51, K65 and K76, The Bight and Thomas Stubbs, Providenciales

The subject property is a garden view and unit, 2 bedroom townhouse comprised of 2758 sq. ft. on 3 levels, including a private garage. The main level is comprised of an open concept living/dining area, spacious, well-appointed kitchen with appliances, powder room and large, screened in porch. On the second floor there are 2 large bedrooms, each with en suite bath and ample closets.

Registered Proprietor: Private Escapes TCI Ltd.

The auction will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, December 10th, 2010 at the offices of Twa, Marcelin, Wolf, Chancery Court, Leeward Highway, Providenciales. For further particulars please contact Twa, Marcelin, Wolf at: – reference “Auctions”. All properties sold “as is, where is”. All sales subject to reserve; ten per cent (10%) deposit required with successful bid. 6000


FAX: (649) 946-4661


PricewaterhouseCoopers Ltd requires Two (2) Experienced

Audit Managers With 10 years experiences in a supervisory position, planning and reviewing audit assignments/staff, details knowledge of IFRS and applicable audit princples . Qualifications: ACA,ACCA,CPA,or ACMA Salary range & 75,000 -125,000 per annum


Is looking for a

Domestic Workers


Contact 242-0697 5983

Contact 343-9202

To work from 5pm – 12am from Monday thru Saturday. Salary $6.00 per hour.

Is looking for a

Ramp Agent To work from Monday – Saturday. Must be able to lift heavy stuff. Must be able to lift luggage out of the aircrafts and cleaning the airplane. Salary $6.50 per hour.

Contact 241-2866


Of the following item:

Main Duties: cleaning and laundry. Variable hours must be able to speak and write English fluently must have a valid driver’s license salary $5.00 per hour.

Belongers only need apply send resume to: McClean Robinson at Tropicana Plaza or email to 6001 A local securities firm is seeking a suitably qualified person to fill the position of:

1997 Nissan Pathfinder Jeep (V6 engine) To be held at the Court House, Old Airport Road, Providenciales on Friday 26th November 2010 at 2:00pm Cash sale only. No warranties. No returns. For enquires prior to date of said auction contact the Magistrate’s Court’s Office Tel: 941-3071 / 941-3984 Or email

This advertisement is authorised by Alvanetta C. Williams, Bailiff of the Supreme Court, Providenciales

Qualified PADI/NAUI SCUBA Instructors Needed

The primary duties of the investment advisor will include providing investment advice to clients and the execution and recording of equity trades transacted in markets around the world. The successful applicant will be expected to bring a substantial book of business and to work on local holidays the salary structure will be based on salary plus commission. The minimum requirements for this position include a degree from a recognized university, a Canadian Securities Course and Conduct and Practices Certificates or evidence of equivalent securities training and qualification, and at least two years successful experience with a securities firm. Integrity is an essential feature of a person in this position and therefore the successful candidate must be of good character. It is hope that this position can be filled by November 23rd, 2010. Interested individuals are invited to submit their resume’ to:

Successful candidate will be a PADI MSDT with current membership and insurance, resort operations experience including advanced level instruction, dive accident management, compressor maintenance, equipment and engine maintenance and repair. Captain’s license and STCW95 qualification preferred, or

applicant must be willing to train. This is a tourism related job and will include all aspects of the company’s daily routine including but not limited to, teaching all levels of instruction, guiding dives, boat and vehicle operations and working the front office. The work schedule will include weekends, public holidays and occasional night dives.

Starting Salary $380 - $500 per week based on experience and qualifications. Contact David Volkert at 946-4232 or Positions available starting December 15, 2010. Please submit applications before November 30th, 2010



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

Apply to to Telefax 649 946-4892 no later than November 30.2010

Messrs Dempsey & Co. P.O. Box 97, No. 1 Caribbean Place Leeward Highway, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands, BWI No later than November 22nd, 2010


REAL ESTATE SALES ASSOCIATES Coldwell Banker Real Estate Turks & Caicos is looking for experienced and professional Sales Associates


Expertise in residential homes and land, commercial developments and land, condominiums and fractionalownership sales, marketing and advertising experience is required applicants must have successfully completed a recognized real estate course as well as possess strong written, verbal and presentation skills computer literate in all Microsoft programs including Excel and Publisher Own vehicle and cell phone is required. The job will involve working long hours, including evenings, holidays and weekends. Remuneration by commission only

Interested parties please forward your resume to P.O. Box 775, Providenciales


PHONE: (649) 946-4664

November 13 - 19, 2010



November 13 - 19, 2010


Sports Regional

Sammy puts faith in new-look West Indies team COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — West Indies captain Darren Sammy is backing his new-look side to challenge a confident home team during its six-week tour of Sri Lanka. Sammy vowed on Tuesday to bring in “energy, passion and performance” to the West Indies, which has never won a test or one-day series in Sri Lanka. “This is a very important series for us as a team,” Sammy said. “We have not been doing that well in recent years but we are a committed team and we are looking to do well in this series. Sri Lanka play very well at home but we are not daunted. We have the confidence that we can come here and win. “For us in the West Indies, cricket is more than a game. We are going to bring back the passion and the pride and also perform to take the West Indies back up the ladder.” The 26-year-old allrounder took over the captaincy from veteran Chris Gayle last month despite having just eight test

matches under his belt. Gayle and vice captain Dwayne Bravo and Kieon Pollard refused to sign central contracts so they’d be available for lucrative Twenty20 games. Gayle and Bravo lost their leadership roles but were still picked for the tour. Pollard wasn’t. Ramnaresh Sarwan, who played the last of his 83 tests in December, was overlooked again for fitness reasons. Denesh Ramdin and Jerome Taylor were also not offered retainer contracts. That opened the way for left-hander Darren Bravo, allrounder Andre Russell and wicketkeeper Devon Thomas, the squad’s only uncapped player, who turns 21 on Friday. Bravo and Russell made their ODI debuts in 2008. Carlton Baugh, who last played a test in 2004, will vie with Thomas for the keeper’s job. Also recalled are openers Devon Smith, who played his most recent test in May 2009, and Adrian Barath, who made a century on debut against Australia in Brisbane last year,


but was sidelined by a knee injury in April. “The selectors have come up with the best team to represent the Caribbean side and I am very confident in all the players I have here,” Sammy said. Sri Lanka is fresh from registering its first ever limited-overs series victory in Australia. Captain Kumar Sangakkara said he expected a tough contest from the tourists. “West Indies have always been a very competitive side ... the challenge is still the same to go out there and win test matches,” he said. “We expect nothing less but the best from them.” West Indies starts with a three-day warmup game on Wednesday in Colombo, followed by three tests, five one-dayers, and a Twenty20.



Is looking to fill the following positions:


WORKER Needed to work 6 days per week. Salary $5.50 per hour. Must be honest and hard working, self-motivated.

Contact 231-6345 for more details


3 Barmaids 2 Kitchen Helpers 3 Laborers 3 Gardeners 3 Domestic Workers Salaries $5.00 per hour

Contact 241-2043 6009

Two Beautiful 1 Bedroom with study fully furnished In beautiful Richmond Hills. Washer and dryer and aircondition. No Children, Adult Village rent less then a thousand dollars ($1,000.00) per month.

Call 231-3788 for more information.

Needed to do regular cleaning, cooking, ironing and babysitting from time to time. Salary $200.00 per week.

Contact 246-4340


Public Auction Of the following items:

• 1999 Kenworth Knuckle Boom Truck • 2002 Ford Asphalt Truck • 1998 Sterling Dump Truck To be held at the Court House, Leeward Highway, Providenciales on Friday 26th November 2010 at 11:00am (across from Cheshire Medical Centre) Cash sale only. No warranties. No returns. For enquires prior to date of said auction contact the Magistrate’s Court’s Office Tel: 941-3071 / 941-3984 Or email

This advertisement is authorised by Alvanetta C. Williams, Bailiff of the Supreme Court, Providenciales

REGISTERED LAND ORDINANCE 1967 LOST LAND CERTIFICATE TITLE NUMBER SECTION ISLAND 10302/10 CENTRAL GRAND TURK WHEREAS HOSEA RAYMOND SIMMS, Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos Islands has declared that the Land Certificate for the above-mentioned title number registered in his name was inadvertently mislaid and cannot be found. TAKE NOTICE THAT I, ALICE ESTELLE WILLIAMS, Registrar of Lands shall issue a New Land Certificate for the said title within six weeks of the date of the first publication of this notice in a local Newspaper and Gazette. Dated this 5 day of July, 1989 Signed………….........................……………………………….. Registrar of Lands Witnessed……….....................………………………………….





November 13 - 19, 2010

Sports International Alonso, Red Bulls battle for F1 title at Abu Dhabi With four drivers still in title contention, the Formula One championship is coming down to one of the tightest finishes in history. Fernando Alonso is in prime position to claim the title at Sunday’s season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, but Red Bull teammates Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel are close behind and Lewis Hamilton of McLaren holds an outside chance of winning it all. “It is going to be a stressful weekend for all of us but this is Formula One and anything can happen,” Alonso said. The Spaniard, a two-time champion with Renault who now drives for Ferrari, has 246 points and holds an eight-point lead over Webber. Vettel trails by 15 points and Hamilton is 24 behind. A victory is worth 25 points, while second place is good for 18. So Alonso can guarantee himself the title by finishing in the top two. Alonso can finish as low as third or fourth if Webber doesn’t win the race, and he can also win by finishing out of the points as long as Webber doesn’t finish in the top five, Vettel is third or lower and Hamilton fails to win. For each driver, it’s a myriad of possibilities between a top-four finish and no points. “I went to school, obviously, so I know what I can answer. For me, it’s pretty straightforward,” Vettel teased after his win at last weekend’s

Red Bull driver Mark Webber, of Australia, sprays champagne as he celebrates on the podium after placing second at the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday Nov. 7, 2010.

Brazilian Grand Prix. “I think it’s clear.” Webber knows he can win his first F1 title by leading a Red Bull 1-2, but with teams banned from giving “team orders” — telling drivers to let their teammates pass — it may come down to Vettel voluntarily letting Webber through if the team is to add a drivers’ championship to the constructors’ title it has already won. “We never even thought about it as long as both our drivers remain in the hunt for the championship,”

Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz said. “It is not assured that Alonso will always be the lucky one. Abu Dhabi will be incredibly exciting and provide highest tension.” Ferrari was fined and heavily criticized for using team orders in Germany to allow Alonso to pass teammate Felipe Massa, picking up an additional seven points for a win instead of second. Vettel is still in the hunt for the title as well, but he needs to win and hope Alonso is outside the top four. If Vettel is second, both Webber and Alonso need to finish low enough to allow the German to remain at the top. The craziest scenario would have Vettel winning with Webber second and Alonso fifth, giving all three drivers 256 points. In that instance, Vettel would claim the championship because he would have more race titles than Webber, 5-4, and more fourth-place finishes that Alonso, 3-2. Last weekend at the Brazilian GP, Vettel led Webber in a one-two finish. If Vettel had let the Australian through in a similar manner to the Ferraris in Germany, then Webber would have gone to Abu Dhabi only one point behind Alonso. “The team’s position has always been on the sporting side and that’s how it is,” Webber said. “Everyone has different ideas, but that’s how it is at the moment, so I will go there and do my best.”

Zenyatta falls short in quest for perfection LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (AP) — Perfection eluded Zenyatta in the Breeders’ Cup Classic when American horse racing’s superstar lost for the first time on Saturday after 19 consecutive wins. Blame won by a head in a thrilling finish with the 6-yearold mare, who threaded her way through traffic from last place while the crowd of 72,739 urged her on down the straight under the lights at Churchill Downs. Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith blamed himself for the loss. He walked off the track with his head down, dirt stuck to his face. “It was my fault,” he said, sobbing. “She should’ve won.” It was so close, a matter of inches, the result had to be resolved by a photo — a picture that broke the hearts of not only Zenyatta’s owners and trainer but millions of fans around the world. Blame went to the front in midstretch, then fought off another gutty run by Zenyatta, who lagged well behind 11 rivals — all boys — in her customary style. Blame ran 1¼ miles in 2:02.28 and paid $12.40 to win at 5-1 odds. Fly Down was third, while Preakness winner Lookin At Lucky finished

Italy win women’s team foil title at worlds PARIS (AP) — Italy won the women’s team foil gold medal at the fencing world championships on Wednesday, beating Poland 45-37 in the final. Elisa Di Francisca, Arianna Errigo and Valentina Vezzali got off to a poor start and were trailing 10-3 before Di Francisca beat Anna Rybicka 9-4. Errigo then gave her team a 20-18 lead and Italy never trailed again. Di Francisca also won the individual foil title after defeating Errigo in the final last week. The bronze went to South Korea after a 45-42 win over Germany.

Italy’s Elisa di Francisca reacts after defeating compatriot Arianna Errigo in the women’s single foil final.

US reach volleyball semis despite loss to Brazil NAGOYA, Japan (AP) — The United States reached the semifinals of the women’s world volleyball championship despite losing to top-ranked Brazil 2519, 24-26, 25-19, 25-23 on Wednesday. The United States will meet defending champion Russia, while Olympic champ Brazil will face host Japan in Saturday’s lastfour games in Tokyo. The Americans booked the last semifinals berth but needed help on Wednesday. After losing to Brazil, the U.S. could have been surpassed by 2002

champion Italy. But Italy was upset by Cuba 16-25, 26-24, 21-25, 25-23, 24-22 and missed out on the semifinals for the first time since 1998. Kenia Carcaces, with 34 points, led Cuba, which will miss the top eight for the first time. The United States finished the second round with a 5-2 record for second place in Group F. Brazil was first with a 7-0 record. Russia also finished unbeaten in Group E after a 25-21, 25-14, 23-25, 25-13 win over Japan, which qualified for the semifinals with a 6-1 record.

NYC Marathon: Guts from Chile, glory for Ethiopia

Garrett Gomez riding Blame beats Mike Smith riding Zenyatta (8)during the Classic race at the Breeder’s Cup horse races at Churchill Downs Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

fourth. Zenyatta was the sentimental even-money favorite, playing to the crowd at every chance on her way to the starting gate. She high-stepped her way to the paddock, playfully pawing the ground as they roared. Co-owner Ann Moss held her finger to her lips as a signal for the fans to quiet down. Zenyatta proved she could beat

the boys last year when she rallied from behind to win the $5 million Classic at Santa Anita. It was one of her 17 wins on synthetic surfaces in her home state of California. This time, though, she was facing the deepest, most talented field of her career on a surface on which she had limited experience. Still, trainer John Shirreffs had said she preferred it to synthetic tracks.

NEW YORK (AP) — Gebre Gebremariam saw his country’s greatest marathoner pull up in pain on the Queensboro Bridge, at the 16th mile (26th kilometre). He urged Haile Gebrselassie to keep going, but what the world-record holder felt in his right knee told him his career was over, and it was time for a new Ethiopian star. “I can’t, Gebre. You have to move,” the 37-year-old told Gebremariam as the leaders of the New York City Marathon ran on. “You have to reach them.” Gebremariam, who started the race certain he couldn’t win it, soon became a believer. The 26-year-old pulled away from Kenya’s Emmanuel Mutai in the 24th mile (39 kilometer) to win in 2 hours, 8 minutes, 14 seconds, becoming the first man to win New York in his marathon debut since Alberto Salazar in 1980. Kenya’s Edna Kiplagat was

Gebre Gebrmariam, of Ethiopia, runs in Central Park during the New York City Marathon on Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010, in New York.

another surprise winner, while Shalane Flanagan, making a marathon debut of her own, became the first American woman in two decades to finish second. But it could be said that the marathon’s greatest display of endurance and determination came hours later.

November 13 - 19, 2010



Sports National Monster Energy Drink T20 Cricket:

Quality Supermarket cricketers looking for early glory File: Matthew Green (number 19) displays his athleticism.


AFC National whip Sharks MATTHEW Green is not just the Technical Director of the Turks and Caicos Islands Football Association, ask anyone who has had the pleasure of seeing him play in the Men’s Football League. In the game against the SWA Sharks earlier this month, the AFC National who lost their opening encounter to the AFC Academy (2-0) claimed a 6-2 victory and it was mostly due to the organising and midfield setting of Green. “My job is basically to play in front of the defence and stop the opposition from playing through the middle which

has worked well,” Green said. Green added that he was at his peak a little over a decade ago (19982000) when he captured the league’s top goal scorer award for three consecutive seasons in the Bahamas. “I have started training regularly and it is paying off, my ankles are still a bit sore after the games but a lot better than before. I basically stopped playing about 10 years ago when I was in the Bahamas to concentrate on coaching.” AFC National would have to play harder to get past Provopool FC and the AFC Academy.

NEW boys of Provo Cricket, Quality Supermarket, will not take their first cricket competition lightly, new skipper Andy Kuthalingam said this week. Kuthalingam, who played for the Masters last season (not in the competition this season), has a number of players from the cricketing superpowers of India and Sri Lanka in his side. He also has one of the few locals to play the game in spinner Colin Williams. “I would be very surprised if we didn’t surprise other teams,” the skipper pointed out. He adding that: “we have a mixture of very young and talented guys and some very experienced cricketers, who are roaring to challenge every other team in the competition.” A number of the players had their first cricketing experience in Provo with the Masters last season. Kuthalingam used this platform to assert himself as a fairly respectable

Skipper of the Quality Supermarket cricket team Andy Kuthalingam.

spinner while his brother Nagarajan Kuthalingam did some damage with the new ball. There are eight players from India (including the Kuthalingam brothers), three from Sri Lanka, one from TCI and one from St. Lucia in the side. Quality’s enthusiasm is not just about playing the sport, but also about promoting it. This year the supermarket took over the headline sponsorship from the Provo Power Company. The supermarket which is the official distributors of the Monster Energy Drink sponsored the competition under the said brand. Andy, who is the general manager, said that  Managing Director Owen Hamilton was also elated about the sponsorship. The Quality Supermarket team was scheduled to play their first game against tournament favourites the Guyana Jaguars last weekend; however the threat of Hurricane Thomas rescheduled the game.

Josh for Sports

Munro College a treat for sporting enthusiasts MUNRO College in Jamaica has been the choice of many TCI athletes throughout the years, and I am not an exception. The college is not just known for track and field there are numerous other sports played there. In this article I will highlight some of the sports to you which I as a young student found beneficial and instrumental in my development as a world class athlete. TABLE TENNIS I loved table tennis tremendously. In physical education classes we were thought the games of table tennis from scratch.   We began with the rules, followed by the technical aspect of the game. We were taught how to serve the ball, how to hold the bat (racquet) and how to execute the fore-hand and back-hand shots.  We were also thought how to chop, spin and smash and defend and attack. Finally we were thought positioning and how to play doubles.   I excelled at the sport and just missed making the school’s table tennis team.

  LAWN TENNIS Munro College had four lawn tennis courts. We again were thought lawn tennis in the PE classes. I became basically proficient in the sport, but I had the basic problem of employing too much wrist play when making my strokes, as I would do in table tennis.   PADA BALL There was a vertical wall which had two horizontal lines drawn on it. Players would hit the ball with the palm of their hands in an attempt to reach between the two lines on the wall. The idea was not to allow the ball to bounce on the ground more than once before you hit it back to the wall.   TETHERBALL I liked Tetherball it was rapid and required quick reflexes. A ball is suspended on an upright pole by a cord. Two players stand opposite each other and hit the ball in opposite directions. The objective of the game is to get the ball winded around the pole so it is stopped by the rope.

By Joshua Gardiner   CRICKET Every single boy at Munro College played cricket, I personally did not enjoy playing the hard ball version of the game (although I totally enjoyed watching it) because, to me, the ball was too hard. Adding to that the bowlers were relentless and merciless when bowling and they mixed up bouncers with full tosses. You would never know when the ball would come straight at you with the potential of causing injury and for this reason alone I did not like to play the sport.

  THE GLORIOUS DAYS OF WI CRICKET Despite my personal preferences, cricket is a game that has united the West Indies for over 50 years. Internationally cricket is very popular and has a large global following. The West Indies cricket team of the mid 1960s was exceptional in uniting the nations in the region with their dominance of the game. Anytime the West Indies were playing the excitement around the school was indescribable. Some of my heroes were Sir. Garfield Sobers, Clive Lloyd, Rohan Kanhai and Lance Gibbs.   RIFLE SHOOTING Mr. Roper was our rifle shooting instructor. He was an old soldier as well as the leader of the Parliamentary Cadet Force at the school. He was actually a member of the Jamaican Defence Force. Our school had an armoury stocked with 22 long rifles. Our shooting range accommodated targets at 50 ft and 100 ft.  We shot from the prone position; my best score was around

98%.   FIELD HOCKEY Although I was versed in field hockey, I did not like the game for the simple reason that there were too many players on the field swinging sticks at the same time. I just did not trust people swinging sticks around me.   WEIGHT TRAINING Weight training became an integral part of my training schedule.   On Tuesdays and Thursdays I concentrated on abdominals and upper body. The exercises would include sit-ups and weight training behind the head: clean and jerk and military press among others. Weight training would always be done after a full technical work-out on the track and in the field and it would be concluded by a one mile warm down jog.   SPORTS COMPULSORY At Munro College it was compulsory to participate in extracurricular activities, each and every afternoon after class.   These activities were also necessary on Saturdays.



November 13 - 19, 2010


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Targa Newfoundland Endurance Rally:

‘H Racing’ team storms to second place ‘H RACING’ scorched the six-day Targa Newfoundland Endurance Rally to cop a division victory and an amazing overall second place finish in a field of approximately 60 other competitors recently in North America. TCI was represented by two teams this year: the Hartling Group’s race team ‘H Racing’ (driver Stan Hartling and co-driver Pierre Beswick) and ‘Sky Rally Sport’ named after the driver - Paul Horton’s son (future rally racer). The co-driver was Carol Potter. The event was dubbed “the Ironman of Motorsports” because success was not based on a single race, but rather a series of 40 races stretched over six days and 2,500 km. The race is one of only three of its kind in the world where the

public roads are closed for the event. The races darted through 30 villages throughout the week while some 2000 volunteers were involved in closing the highways and keeping spectators safe.   UNFORTUNATE ACCIDENT ‘Sky Rally Sport’ ran its fabulous Ford Escort MK1, a beautifully prepared vintage rally icon of a car. It was without a doubt, considered to be the top contender in the Classic Division. Horton and Potter began the event posting top ranked times, but near the end of day one a hard impact on a broken pavement destroyed a rear tire. Horton’s persistence showed as he continued to try and race the car on the rim until it finally disintegrated into several pieces and the car was forced to stop.

Driver Stan Hartling and co-driver Pierre Beswick race the stunning Lotus Exige to a second place overall finish.

Horton was determined to regain the lost ground and win, but further mechanical problems in day two from an engine defect left the team with no choice but to retire. Horton and Potter plan to return next year to achieve the first place win in the Classic Division.   MODERN MARVEL This year the ‘H Racing’ team prepared a completely new car based on a stunning Lotus Exige. New rules in the Modern Category made it necessary to run a very high horsepower to weight ratio so the TCI Lotus was stripped down and then modified with a supercharger among many other things. “The car is a rocket and did everything

we could have asked for” Stan Hartling said. “It is hard to imagine the beating that the car was able to endure over the six days”. The Lotus among other models also had custom skid plates mounted under the car for its inevitable contact with the rugged roads at high speeds. After a close battle between the top three contenders, resulting in a crash by the third placed car late in day six, Hartling and Beswick firmly held the second overall fastest times for the week, receiving a first place finish in their division and second place overall.   LOCAL RALLY Hartling further commented that it is a dream for the TCI Club to

try and host a three-day rally in the Turks and Caicos Islands that would invite competitors from around the globe to come and compete here on a series of closed road races across Middle Caicos, North Caicos and Providenciales. “We feel that a rally of this nature would bring a great deal of exposure to TCI, create additional business and provide a great event for the residents of TCI” Hartling pointed out. “We really want to bring safe, professional motorsports to the youths of TCI”. The race event also focused on charities with the main focus being the Autism Society. The TCI team raised over $5000 for the cause during the event.

Not even threats of Tomas could stop beach football WHILST most people were indoors recovering from the aftermath of Hurricane Tomas a bunch of football crazed teenage girls were braving the elements to practice beach football on Saturday afternoon. Strong winds and driving rain did not prevent almost 20 young players for turning up for their beach football practice session. Technical Director Matthew Green admitted that he really did not expect them to show up but “most of them spoke to me in the morning and said they would be prepared to practice, however having checked the state of the beaches in the morning, it was clear that there was too much storm debris around for us to be able to practice. I suggested we just use the field and the girls agreed so off we went”. Chanile Butterfield, who captains the Hurricanes’ Women’s Football League team, hopes that by playing beach football (or beach soccer as it is also known) she will improve her overall standard of play.

She also added that: “a little bit of rain and wind isn’t going to stop me from having fun and becoming a better player”. Green commented that Butterfield is a very talented player with potential to play at a very high level “hopefully the skills she picks up from playing beach soccer will help her secure a scholarship to play football at college,” Green stated. Working with the beach football programme is Coach Paul Collis, who was impressed with the levels of enthusiasm and dedication shown by the young female players. “In just the two sessions we have had you can see the progression they have made. They seem to really enjoy the game and the sessions have been both fun and competitive.” Green also commented on the spirit of the players, “it shows just how committed they are to the sport that they will train barefoot on the wet grass in strong winds. I have said for a while we have one of the best women’s development programmes in the region and this just goes to prove how far we have come in such a short time”.

U-20 and senior national team player Judine Rigby said she loves football so much she would have even come out and played in the

snow. Judine said that she was “excited about playing beach soccer internationally” and that “when we play our first international game I

The girls who participated in the beach football practice last Saturday.

want to be a starting player”. With this level of enthusiasm the TCIFA is confident that beach football will be a great success.

November 13 - 19, 2010





November 13 - 19, 2010

Turks and Caicos Weekly News - Issue 45