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Weekly News EU grants Volume 27 | No. 47| November 23 - 29, 2013

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Turks and Caicos


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$15m boost

On Thursday (November 21), Acting Governor, Anya Williams inked a significant agreement with a European Union (EU) Ambassador for a grant of $15 million to be plugged into the TCI’s economy over a three year period. PAGE  9

EU Ambassador based in Jamaica, Paola Amadei and Acting Governor of the TCI, Anya Williams ink the $15 million agreement

KishCo Five 'F's 4 and two 'A' pluses



Gov’t addresses illegal vending near cruise ship port PAGE  6

Education minister looks back at first year in office PAGE 




November 23 - 29, 2013

November 23 - 29, 2013






November 23 - 29, 2013

Five 'F's and two 'A' pluses – PDM grades Gov’t on performance RESPONDING directly to the Premier’s speech on his first 365 days in office, Leader of the Opposition, Sharlene Cartwright-Robison at media briefing on November 18 declared that the address was rife with blatant lies. “More than 70 per cent of the PNP commitment outlined in pages 12 to 19 in their manifesto have either been completed or in some state of development,” she recited from Premier Rufus Ewing’s address on the PNP anniversary last week. She stated that ‘facts’ like these are the reason the Opposition members have had reasons not to listen to several players in Government, because the information was misleading or blatant lies. “Well this is perhaps the greatest mistruth told to the people of these Islands and I have looked again at the PNP manifesto and noted with interest the areas that the Premier said are completed or well on the way – the economy, tourism, financial services industry, agriculture, fishing industry, manufacturing and processing, trade and shipment, aviation, infrastructure major planning.” She said agriculture is said to be one of the top priorities according to the manifesto, and one year later there is not even an agricultural director in place. “These are the blatant lies that are being told to the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands. The tourism and investment conference which was to be held in the first 90 days to steer the economy, that would include tourism, financial services industry… has not even been planned, let alone held.” The party leader stated that the Premier should have been more excited in his report, alleging that he knows there is nothing to celebrate and that he has once again misled the people of the country. The PDM has further taken it upon themselves to review the PNP year in office against the urgent issues needing their attention, and has produced a report card. “We will begin with where the Government has performed spectacularly and we will not take credit where there are areas where we should be giving credit, and then we will grade each major issue and offer reasons for the grading,” she said. REPORT CARD Spectacular performance for taxes, A ++, she reported. “The minister of tourism said two things are certain, death and taxes.” “Spectacular performance in the area of travel, A++; every Cabinet report now tells you who is going to be out of the country. Scarcely when they return they tell you what they achieved or what we are to benefit

from the trip.” She continued: “Consultation and people relations, F; the PNP did not consult even when the Constitution said they had to, specifically under the areas of the financial requirements, the FSPS. This grade, she stated, also encompasses the lack of ministerial press conferences, radio and TV appearances, their holding of town hall meetings as well as stakeholder and association meetings. “Job creation and the economy; high unemployment remains unaddressed. There are currently no aggressive plans to marketing the Islands for tourism or investment and there are no immediate plans or projects in sight.” The PDM has given the PNP Government an F for job creation and the economy. Healthcare too received a whopping F. Cartwright Robinson pointed to the incomplete audits and review for National Health Insurance Plan and hospital. This was promised repeatedly, even in the by-elections, she said. “Government in fact, before addressing the issue of the ratio hospitality workers get out of their gratuity, took NHIP out of the hospitality workers tips and gratuity this year. “Right now if you go around the Islands to the clinics Government manages, there is a serious lack of medication and supplies. “One clinic has been borrowing gauze. In South Caicos last year when someone passed away, he had to be wrapped in his own sheet because there was no body bag.” In the areas of education and youth, the PNP Government scored another dismal F on the PDM scorecard. “Faulty consultations; to this date there are many teachers who have not been pulled together in a meeting to even speak about strategy moving forward in education, and the consultation itself was called while teachers were in school. “Overcrowding and violence in schools remain unaddressed. The state of schools is deplorable; nine scholarships and 17 partials, low and no budgetary provisions for programmes for sports and culture and this budget has cancelled the cadet corps programme. One of the star programmes for our young people,” the party leader said. As for infrastructure, she said this is graded publicly with the poor roads and drainage systems. Yet another F for Government. Drive on the roads, she advised, look at the drainage problems that the country continues to face. In the area of legislation and policy - another failing grade, F. The constitution, though said

PDM Leader Sharlene Cartwright-Robison

to have tied the hands of the PNP government remains unaddressed and there is no legislative agenda that has been presented, Cartwright Robinson stated. She added: “In fact, one bit of legislation that the Premier went into one of the newspapers and said that was the vision of his Government was in fact not true. “The Fractional Ownership Bill was drafted by two private citizens and was in fact on the table during the interim government.” Dirty streets, on the island of Grand Turk in particular where cruise ship passengers spend the most time, the unaddressed coal burning and the threat to marine life existence, all ensured another F grade for the PNP Government. INTERNATIONAL SHAME “The path has been punctuated with the PNP thrusting the TCI into the international arena with many instances of dubious and disgraceful publicity. “There has also been local and regional statements made that were simply embarrassing. First the announcement of the conclusion of the extradition process signalling the return of the former Premier, Michael Misick as is expected,” the party leader said. She added that this again shifted negative attention to the Islands. “But of equal regret, to play out in the media earlier this year was the public fight with the UK minister over value added tax (VAT). “The public fight with the Attorney General and the lawsuit, which may now lead us into millions of dollars. “The exchange between the Acting Governor and the Premier and the debacle regarding the Attorney General and their eventual evolving fight into the actions of SIPT; the statements made in Haiti that we as a country are on the verge of chaos.” She also listed what the party sees as embarrassing statements made by ministers of Government. These include the Minister of Border Control and Labour statement of hunting down illegals and making their lives unbearable

and the Deputy Premier’s statement following the talks in the UK that all but dismissed any good faith on the part of the Government. Additionally, the Minister of Health’s statement that no one is denied healthcare at any of hospitals and the Minister of Environment’s maiden parliamentary speech regarding her salary and wanting an increase. “Or the Minister of Border Control’s unchecked behaviour in the House of Assembly; his seeming breakdown in response to the Speaker’s ruling; his reading of books and staying on his cell phone while there. “His behaviour in the last sitting of refusing to adhere to the Speaker’s insistence that he should turn on the microphone while speaking which subsequently saw an adjournment of the meeting,” she pointed out as hallmarks of the current regime. She went on to list what the PDM sees as the failures of the Government, naming VAT and the constitutional blame game as some of the many. “It is obvious that their innate focus is that of shrouding the activities of their past; the attempts of the Minister of Finance to write off millions of dollars of the people’s money before the completion of proper investigation by the authorities was to say the least, disappointing.” She added that while taxation keeps souring, law and order have been strained due to the lack of resources and experienced leadership. “The intention is always to do what they are doing; tax the people to death, travel, empower the ones closest to them and leave the masses to fend for themselves against checked and unchecked expatriate labour and continue to bring negative publicity to the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands.” What a year it has been and the country cannot afford another three years of this, she posited. “We as an opposition and as the PDM party will continue to hold the PNP Government accountable, and to this end in our efforts to keep the issues at the forefront and our position clear, the PDM will within the next two weeks launch a radio show, possibly two. “We will also be making a major statement on healthcare and the economy next week.” Meanwhile, in response to a question posed by the media, the Opposition Leader noted that her party was aware that governing during these times would have been difficult. “This is why before we were elected, we put out a position paper on October 15 when the new constitution was ushered in and we said this is possible in theory. “It is possible because the

Governor pretty much has the power to veto a Government’s decision, and we felt at the time… that it could boil done to personalities whether or not the Governor is prepared to work along with the Government, and that ought not to be the case.” She said the PNP Government does not know what it is doing: “They stole the blue print and don’t know how to put it into effect. “At the end of the day the bottom line is [that] we all campaigned on the same issues because the issues were screaming out.” She added that for small economies many of the issues are at the forefront. However, she said she does not believe the PNP has a plan or maybe they do not know how to carry it out, or simply do not know what to do. Asked what is the country to do given the state of affairs as they see it, Cartwright-Robinson said they elect a new Government. “The people have to step up on the role accountability, calling the Government to account and not buying into the foolishness. “And pressure can be borne from the outside; the people have to understand that yes we are the Opposition, yes we have big mouths, we talk to issues, you see us more, but the executive authority lies with the Government.” She said even as the people cry out for the Opposition to do more, the Government does not want to work along with them for the betterment of the TCI. “We have to look at the issues and appreciate that the PNP has been the party that reaps; the PDM has always been the party that grew and performed and laid foundation, and that is a fact.” She stated that this is the first time the PNP is at a place where they are not able to squander monies that the PDM may have left behind; but that they actually have to clean up after themselves, so they have to perform and plan. Asked what the PDM would have done differently to prevent what they believe to be ministerial ‘missteps’, the party leader said they would have gotten to work immediately. “There are things that you actually have to do to lay the foundation. We did have what we will do in the first 100 days and the thing about is that even though you would have seen a short version of what we call the blue print, behind that blue print we actually had policies and things that the ministers would have to do to effect these things. “For example in education, we had down to the names of the course to be offered at the technical school; that is how detailed we went. “And what you find, and I am convinced or someone would have to tell me otherwise, is that you we have a Government that got into continued 


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TCIG signs $15m EU agreement for business development

ON THURSDAY (November 21), Acting Governor, Anya Williams inked a significant agreement with a European Union (EU) Ambassador for a grant of $15 million to be plugged into the TCI’s economy over a three year period. The first tranche of the money, approximately $4 million, will be granted in March 2014 and will be put into the consolidated fund. The entire sum will be going towards budgetary support. EU Ambassador based in Jamaica, Paola Amadei and Acting Governor of the TCI, Anya Williams, jointly made the announcement and signed the agreement in the presence of Premier Rufus Ewing and Minister of Finance Washington Misick at a press briefing at the Hilly Ewing Building in Providenciales. The money is to be used to reform

the way that Government interacts with the private sector in order to stimulate economic activity. Under the terms of the agreement, TCIG is required to develop a business reform strategy, currently being prepared by the Ministry of Finance, as well as improve its business licensing and work permit systems. The strategy is expected to be concluded and presented to the EU sometime in January, before the first tranche. Addressing the media Ambassador Amadei noted that the visit, which had been delayed, was good for her to get a first-hand understanding of the programmes the EU has already implemented here. During her visit she met with most of the beneficiaries of a separate $6 million of EU cash that is being used

Acting Governor Anya Williams

to rebuild and refurbish 124 homes damaged by the hurricanes that struck Grand Turk, South Caicos and Salt Cay, some of the worst affected areas according to UNESCO in

Captive insurance conference attracts international experts SCORES of insurance professionals from around the world gathered in the TCI on Friday (November 15) to attend a huge industry conference. Renowned experts in the field gave presentations throughout the day at the Regent Palms ballroom in Providenciales and attendees were also given the opportunity to network. Turks and Caicos Association of Insurance Managers (TCAIM) hosted the second annual Captive Insurance Conference with support from the Financial Services Commission (FSC). TCAIM is a not-for-profit association whose objectives are to protect the interests of the domestic and offshore insurance industries in the TCI. Association president Adrian Corr said: “This forum is a perfect opportunity for all members of the financial industry in the region and beyond to know or be reminded that our jurisdiction is indeed an international financial centre which has been open for business for the past 20 plus years.” He added that the event was designed to educate business owners and their advisors on all aspects of structuring, implementing and operating captive insurance programmes. Captive insurance is provided by a company formed to cover the assets and risks of its parent company. The TCI is home to over 70 per cent of the world’s captive insurance companies or 5,800 of a global total of 8,000 companies.

This type of insurance is becoming a popular means through which companies can protect themselves financially while having more control over how they are insured. During her welcome remarks Deputy Governor Anya Williams said that the conference was a clear sign of both TCAIM’s and TCI’s commitment to this important industry “The Islands are an attractive destination for these companies as we are not overly-regulated and do not require an excessive amount of capital to begin operations.” She stressed that the country is still open for business particularly the financial services industry. Over the last 12 months the TCI has continued to ensure that it is at the forefront of the global movement towards greater financial transparency, Williams added. She went on to say that the country has received strong support in this sector from the UK. “But there is also a strong desire to see this grow; currently the financial services industry accounts for approximately 12 per cent of GDP but there is a real belief that TCI has the talent, regulatory environment and the will to increase this figure.” The Deputy Governor said that conferences like these will help to make the country an attractive place for those involved in the captive insurance industry to do business. “You can rest assured that the Governor’s office, the UK, the TCI Government and the regulators are all committed to taking the necessary

steps to create an environment in which the financial services industry can thrive.” Among this year’s speakers were E Paul Shaefer, chief compliance officer with Venture Captive Management, Russell P Minetti, chief executive officer of Insurance Design Administration and Stewart Howard, managing director of British Caribbean Bank. Along with other speakers they presented topics such as the growth of the industry, captive domicile viability and the benefits of captives. Attendees were also given the opportunity to network during breaks and an evening cocktail reception. Over the last twelve months, the TCI has worked to ensure it is at the forefront of the global movement towards greater financial transparency. Working with the UK, TCI has implemented the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters, produced an action plan for increasing the transparency of company beneficial ownership and laid the groundwork to introduce US and UK Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) agreements early next year. Captive insurance companies are regulated and supervised by the FSC. FSC managing director Kevin Higgins said: “The commission will continue to support the industry in their efforts to showcase a well regulated jurisdiction which has a wide range of services to offer.”

2009. She also had discussions with the Premier and Minister of Finance. Ambassador Paola Amadei stated: “This is my first visit to the beautiful Turks and Caicos Islands and it could not have been planned at a more propitious moment. “We are turning a new leaf for the archipelago and this programme helps consolidate the impressive results achieved in all aspects of public policy.” Meanwhile, Acting Governor Williams who is also the authorising officer for the EU in TCI observed that the announcement is crucial for the effective operation of the Turks and Caicos Islands in two ways. “This EDF10 cash provides our Government with new resources to invest in our ongoing reform of the public sector, and also practically demonstrates the benefits of being part of the United Kingdom and its membership of strategic international organisations. “I would like to thank the Ambassador for visiting the TCI and seeing for herself the progress that has been made since our membership and funding was reinstated in 2012.” Premier Ewing said that the talks were very productive, as it afforded them an opportunity to clear up any misconceptions from the EU as well as the public in the TCI. “We see the EU as a very great partner, we look forward to their support in helping us improve our systems here…” He assured that the EU is not in the country to change the way of life or disenfranchise locals, but to empower the processes and to improve the business systems. Meanwhile, Minister Misick also expressed the Government’s

gratitude for the EU support of its policy to transform the business environment by incorporating best practices in its regulatory processes. “A better business climate will facilitate easy entry into the market, enable entrepreneurs to build their businesses and reinvest in the TCI resulting economic growth,” he said. “It will go a long way in enabling the Government to… transform the business environment in light of what is happening in the world today.” The Minister and the Deputy Governor will leave next week for Brussels for talks on EDF11. “We hope that the size of that grant is bigger than this one; TCI’s outlook is good, but we can certainly use the help,” the Minister said. The TCIG has been assured that it can start lobbying for the EDF11, and that the possibility exists that the EDF11 will be granted in conjunction with the EDF10. In August when the announcement was first made, the TCIG was advised that to collect the money, it had to fix the weaknesses in the system that were found during an analysis done by the international agency. The main problem identified was the length of time for the processing of work permits and business licenses. It was recommended that these two areas should be made more efficient. Former Chief Economist, Dr Richard Stoneman, has been appointed as Business Transformation Consultant to Government in this process. He will be working along with the Minister of Finance and the Government’s Chief Economist, Dr Ubazdus Raymond and the team put together by the Minister.

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

Has the PNP Government succeeded? LAST week the PNP Government celebrated one year in office. During his speech at the House of Assembly Premier Rufus Ewing discussed progress made with the economy, jobs, education, culture and national pride, healthcare, immigration and the environment. He said that more than 70 per cent of the PNP’s commitments outlined in their manifesto have either been completed or are in some stage of development. “Some might argue that progress is not occurring at rapid enough rate, but my Government remains equipped and committed to the task of addressing these challenges head on in the best interest of the people of these beautiful by nature Islands,” he said. What do you think of the Government’s performance this past year? Ewing promised to “hit the ground running” – has he achieved this goal?

No reason to celebrate

If the PNP completed 70 per cent of their manifesto, the booklet must have been empty. Besides no jobs, poor healthcare, no scholarships and the taxes they are piling on us, we don’t seem to have any representation at all. I don’t know what the hell they are doing in office, but from where I’m standing I don’t see any reason to celebrate!

Hit the ground

He hasn’t hit the ground running, he has just hit the ground!

Donate his salary

We went to sleep reading the Premier’s

message. He must believe we the people are not paying attention to him and in only this he is correct. The only projects actually underway for which he is taking credit are projects authorised and financed by the interim administration. He needs to donate his salary and all his PNP related income and feel the pinch the people are feeling which we believe is bound to get worse. When is the next election?

Further in debt

Unfortunately I do not think the PNP Government has made much progress since they won the election. The fact is that the only thing that the PNP Government has made progress on is in the tremendous increase in taxes we are now forced to pay. Contrary to what the Premier stated in the

newspaper the cost of living in the TCI is now at a point where it is doubtful our economy will ever recover. Our relationship with the UK is at an alltime low. The PNP Government promised to “hit the ground running” but that only lasted long enough for the elected Government to give themselves the highest wages that any Government has received in the history of the TCI. We are presently further in debt than we were, we are over budget and there is no plan to get us to improve economy. There is a lot of talk about new projects but not one has started. Why? Because outside investors do not see any progress in economic improvement in the TCI since elected Government came to power.

Hold another election

They have been doing a whole lot of talking and travelling but not accomplishing anything except spending tax money on themselves. The parliament is a travesty and this is simply more of the same without the headquarters or the credit card spending. Where are the jobs? Talk is cheap but we cannot live on hot air. When will this leader do something about his project, the expensive healthcare mess? If he believes he has made progress call for a vote of confidence by holding another election.

No truth

They are doing something but it’s not benefiting us. As far as jobs, persons are still coming in for jobs that require little to no training beach attendants, bus boys, waitresses and maids. They are not helping the people of this country. We are getting deeper into debt and they won’t tell you the truth. Brace for a man made Typhoon.

All about the money

National pride has left the jockey without a horse or saddle.

Skilled persons on work permits are supposed to have trained Turks and Caicos Islanders within a specified time. This is not happening. Beside that fact, it is our very own TCI people who are at fault. Money runs tings. This country has been sold out for years. It will not get better because our leaders have forgotten God, so you know they have amnesia when it comes to the people of this country.

Stop living a lie

It’s time the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands get of their lazy chairs and realise the condition these Islands are in. First of all the politicians need to stop living a lie also the people of the TCI. Ninety per cent of the people in the Government offices suffer from some sort of power struggle and they have being trying to suppress the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands for many years. That’s why most of them will end up in the same predicament. They have no morals and are always inflicting pain and stress on the people simply because people don’t want them to lose their jobs. They really think they have the ultimate power but their day of reckoning has reached. Now they will witness the power of the most high God. For no reason they hold people’s papers for a long time because they think they can do it and get away with it, but there is an end to everything. They think their witchcraft will last for ever. When one can reach the Governor of a country before you can reach the leaders of your country something is really wrong with that picture. People wake up please

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Gov’t addresses illegal vending near cruise ship port THE GOVERNMENT is taking steps to ensure law and order on the beach near the cruise ship dock in Grand Turk by clamping down on illegal vending. Responding to questions in the House of Assembly on Monday, November 11, Premier Rufus Ewing advised that the Government is in discussions with Carnival Cruise about the manner in which certain activities on the beach next to the port are taking place. When asked at a media briefing on November 13, if there are ships that will not make their schedules due to these activities, Ewing debunked this.

“I am not in possession of knowledge of any ship that would not make their schedule.” He stated that what has Carnival advised was that there are a number of ships that come under the Carnival corporation that call in to the port of Grand Turk and if visitors continue to have bad experiences then there is a risk that some ships that are not controlled by Carnival may decide not to come. He added that he has also met with beach vendors and tour operators there and listened to their concerns, some of which will be addressed soon.

Meanwhile, at the November 11 parliamentary session, Ewing told members that the Government is aware of the informal vendors on the beach and that some of these vendors from time to time encroach on the property that is owned by Carnival; a concern for the corporation. “I am not talking about the beach, I am talking about the 100 yards feedback from the high water mark,” he said. He acknowledged too that these informal or undocumented persons sometimes harass the guests. “As a government, and tourism being our business we need to also

protect the interests of the business operators to ensure that we have a product that we can be proud of and persons can feel safe and secure enough to come to our shores. “We also have to ensure that persons who have formal licence to operate can have the benefit of providing some means of income and livelihood for themselves in a sustainable manner but at the same time obeying the rules of this land with regards to using beach access lines, not violating or encroaching in swim zones, and some of these do happen.” He stated that in order to curb

this behaviour, the Ministry of Home Affairs and Environment is working along with the Immigration Department to try to put more manpower on the beach, like the park wardens and immigration officers who will detect and remove undocumented people. “There needs to be order on the beach and this will be done in collaboration between Carnival, DEMA, Immigration and other Government agencies.” He added that the collaboration is already underway with the agencies concerned. (DI)

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MOU with Haiti still being drafted

MONTHS after a visit by Minister of Border Control Don-Hue Gardiner and former Governor Ric Todd to Haiti, the memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the TCI and the neighbouring country is still being drafted. Premier Rufus Ewing responded to a question posed by Leader of the Opposition Sharlene Cartwright Robinson at the House of Assembly last week as to the timeline for the completion of the MOU and its contents. He said they are seeking to have the document finalised and before Cabinet before year end and signed by both parties. “During the last visit of the Governor [Todd] and the Minister for Border Control and Labour to Haiti, discussions were held concerning matters of illegal immigration and repatriation, these matters were put into a draft MOU and is now still in draft.” The matters that are likely to be addressed relate to immigration; illegal immigration in terms of a strategy to discourage persons from coming to TCI and for repatriation of individuals, he added. In a follow up question, the Opposition Leader asked the Premier if the draft MOU that Cabinet proposes to finalise by year end contains any provision that is

materially different from what is currently being used to facilitate the process of repatriation of illegal Haitian immigrants. “It is likely that things may be different; I can’t say as yet because it is a matter not only between the TCIG and Haiti, but also to some extent to which the UK government is responsible,” Ewing responded. He advised that during his upcoming visit to the UK at the Joint Ministerial Council meeting, he intends to have extensive discussions with the minister responsible for Overseas Territories with regard to illegal immigration matters. “That is the number one issue on our agenda for the JMC as well as bilateral talks between us and the UK and it depends on what comes out of those talks, it will also possibly be incorporated in the MOU between TCIG and Haiti.” Meanwhile, Minister of Border Control and Immigration Don-Hue Gardiner advised, when questioned, that all port and task force officers are provided with personal safety gear as well as training in the use of the equipment where necessary. The gear is used by immigration officers who function in the apprehension, processing and deportation of illegal immigrants from the TCI. “The ministry is grateful to the

Five 'F's and two 'A' pluses continued FROM 

office and literally had no day to day plan.” They were not ready from day one, she stressed. “I guarantee you, yes we are in the Opposition, but I guarantee you that you would have felt a PDM governing and not through taxes. I am sure you feel a PDM Opposition, and all we got on this side is mouth…” PARLIAMENTARY QUESTIONS Asked what the PDM thinks of the answers given by Government ministers to parliamentary questions posed, she responded, “What do we think? “That is up to the Speaker, our best friend, he has to direct the members of the House to fulfil their obligations in addressing and answering questions and dealing with other members of assembly, [this] is also in the code of conduct under the constitution.” She said the party has on a number of occasions, cited instances where members were not in compliance. “The Speaker himself, in the last Assembly, heard an answer to a question and said, surely honourable minister, that can’t be the answer to that question. He simply chided them; but that


has been the problem for us,” the party leader added. Restating the Opposition’s position regarding the number of questions to be asked of the Government ministers, she said this is due to the failure of the Speaker of the House to appoint two oversight committees that have always existed in ministerial Government - administration and expenditure. She observed that if the Government wants to see a reduction in questions, they could simply establish the administration committee through which the opposition can question their policy. “And if in fact they truly wanted to know how SIPT is being paid and how the money is being spent they would give us our expenditure committee, because our expenditure committee looks at all current financing that are going on in this year.” Asked about the reason for not getting the committees, Cartwright-Robinson replied, “Ask the Speaker.” She said the Opposition has being asking one year now to bring the Standing Orders of the House in line with the new constitution, as the old one specifically named those committees, while the new one has not. (DI)

UK Border Agency for its assistance in providing gear and/or equipment for use by officers; these include cargo rip stop trousers, tactical t-shirts, tactical gloves, baseball caps, HG1KR2 body armour, rigid handcuffs, 21 inch friction lock baton, CPR mask, Lenser P4 torch including a pouch with utility kit, rotating side break, scabbard baton holder, handcuff key holder, extended left tubular handcuff key, key lanyard, signal handcuff pouch and holder, notebook pouch and holder, mobile phones holders, CPR pouches, Velcro limb restraints and three detainee transport cell vans.” He further advised that the equipment was provided in sufficient quantity to outfit all officers. In a supplementary question, Governor’s appointed member, Lillian Missick asked the minister whether adequate equipment is provided when illegal immigrants are transported or repatriated back to their homeland. “Because I think it is a matter of grave concern that you are sending persons on an airplane and I don’t

know whether you have security guards on the plane with them and if they have adequate protective equipment,” she stated. Gardiner replied that when an incident arises, the particular immigration officer and/or the person who is in charge of the unit undertaking the transportation would determine when and whether to use the equipment. He stated that the equipment is provided and it is used at their discretion, how and when they see fit. “We would prefer that in situations where there seems to be a danger to public and especially to the officers that they would always use the equipment provided. “However, it has been provided and they use it as and when they deem it necessary. “As far as repatriations are concerned, we would always have security officers other than immigration officers on every flight that is used to transport migrants outside of the territory.” The Opposition Leader also asked the minister what is the cost

of detention and repatriation of the Haitian illegals who arrived on October 21. However, the minister pointed out that he is not aware of any sloops that arrived in the week including the date mentioned by the Opposition Leader. On a point of clarification, after she insisted that there was indeed the arrival of illegals on the date she mentioned, Minister Gardiner stated that his information is that there was a vessel which carried a large number of persons that arrived in the week of October 27. “It is not my intention to mislead the House, but that is the information that I have been provided with; that vessels would have been in on the 29th of October and not 21st.” In a supplementary question, Cartwright Robinson asked: “If the vessel came on October 29, should I assume that the expenses incurred for that would be in November and not October?” Without answering the question posed, the minister responded: “It is never proper to assume.” (DI)

Provisions of the Human Rights Commission Bill 2013 PRIOR to the passage of the Human Rights Commission Bill 2013 on November 11, Acting Attorney General, Rhondalee Braithwaite-Knowles informed parliament of the provisions under the bill, as listed below. The amended document provides for the commission to have additional powers and to exercise such additional functions for the purposes of fulfilling its primary responsibility as may be conferred on it by law. It also provides for the establishment and operation of the human rights commission to be made by an ordinance and the ordinance must be in the terms set out in the constitution. The bill contains provisions with respect to the constitution of the commission, the term of office of the commission, the eligibility for reappointment to the commission and its meetings. It also provides for funding and for the accounts and auditing of the commission. Provision is made for the staffing and allows the commission to delegate to any member or any staff any of its powers or functions. The bill provides for additional functions of the commission as set out in clause 10 of the bill. These additional functions are to advise and assist the Government in formulating legislation and administrative directions and procedures in furtherance of the promotion and protection of fundamental rights; to make recommendations to the Government regarding measures which should be taken to ensure that national laws and administrative practices are in accordance with international human rights norms and standards and to make recommendations to the Government on treaties and other

international instruments in the field of human rights. The functions also include the promotion of general awareness of and provision of education in relation to human rights including the making of public statements educating the public. The bill makes further provision for the commission to provide and cooperate with other persons and bodies concerned with the promotion and protection of human rights; to inquire generally into any matter including the enactment of any law or procedure or practice whether governmental or non-governmental if it appears to the commission that human rights are or may be infringed thereby. Provisions is also made for the commission to make recommendations on the implications of any proposed ordinance or regulation or any proposed policy of the government that may affect human rights. Also, for it to advise on any human rights matter referred to it by the Government; to promote an understanding of and compliance with the equality ordinance 2012; to promote equality of opportunity and good relations between persons of different racial groups. The commission can also now monitor the welfare of persons in prison, police detention, detention centres, and immigration detention by regular visits to those places and placement in accordance with procedures to be prescribed by law. It can undertake research into and promote awareness of human rights by conducting programmes, seminars, workshops and to disseminate and distribute the results of such research. Provision is also now made for it to work together to eliminate

discrimination and to take part in international meetings and activities on human rights to cooperate, with other regional and international human rights bodies. The bill further enables the commission to publish guidelines for the information of the public in relation to any matter relevant to its functions. To establish its own procedure to conduct such preliminary inquiries as it considers appropriate for the purpose of determining whether to institute an investigation and it provides procedures by which the Commission can institute its investigations. It further provides for the commission to inquire into various allegations and if during the process of such an inquiry an allegation becomes a matter of court proceedings for the commission to decide not to investigate the complaint if it is satisfied that the law or existing administrative procedure provides a remedy adequate in the circumstances for the complaint to be handled and if the complaint is either frivolous, vexatious, or otherwise not made in good faith. The bill empowers the commission to request from the person against whom a complaint has been made the production of records, documents, papers and other relevant information to facilitate investigations. It further contains confidentiality provisions in relation to the affairs of the commission and provides for the protection of the commission, its members, officers and employees from any action or proceeding in respect of any act done in good faith in the execution or discharge of the duty and functions of the commission. (DI)




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Education minister looks back at first year in office AT THE last meeting of Parliament (November 11), Minister of Education, Akierra Missick summed up her first 365 days as head of a ministry which continues to come under severe attack on issues such as continued violence in one school, overcrowded schools and the dearth of scholarships offered this year. In her ministerial statement the minister made it clear that while she is working to fulfill these needs, there is only so much that can be done with the resources provided. Speaking to the 120 days education consultation exercise undertaken when she first took office, Missick acknowledged the many challenges faced with the first round of information gathering. “Meetings were held across the Islands; there were a lot of concerns at the time the meetings were held - that they did not provide for full participation of all residents throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands.” SCHOLARSHIPS “I want to make it clear that we in the ministry have done all we can to ensure that each person that was awarded a scholarship met the criteria but are also studying in areas that would assist with the development of our Islands.” She reminded that 17 partial and nine full scholarships were awarded, with well over 50 new grants for the Community College in associate degrees and the new bachelors programme. SCHOOL SAFETY AND SECURITY The minister also observed that upon her appointment to the post, she had a lot of challenges in terms of school safety and security, particularly with the Clement Howell High School. “I believe it was my second week on the job when a number of incidences took place at the school that brought our attention to lack of security officers or probably training at the school site.” She stated that with this in mind, the ministry was able to address this issue by developing a critical management handbook and provide full training across all schools on the Islands on how to respond to critical incidences on the school compound. Missick also listed the antibullying training campaign among students and teachers across the high schools, intended to help reduce such incidences as one of her achievements. “We are also looking at providing more training and techniques on detecting deviant behaviour prior to an incident occurring for the security staff we have at the Clement Howell High School.” She added that her ministry wants to work closer with the company

will tie that in with the Community College or open a separate technical institution.”

that provides security at the school and the police on their community policy plans to ensure that detection of deviant behaviour prior to it resulting in an incident so as to find out what went wrong. “Another way to ensure the school safety and security is the development of the perimeter fence around the CHHS. “This is very important as to assist us with monitoring the students that are in the compound, but also to stamp out or seize any other visitors coming on the compound who are not recorded through the principal's office.” OVERCROWDING She further observed that overcrowding has been the “hottest topic” she has had to address over the past 12 months in office. “It is no surprise that as the population in the TCI ebbs and flows, we are on ebb in terms of accessing our institutions with a special focus on Providenciales. “Some schools have more teachers than students; this is not unique to an island territory such as us where there is a chain of islands, and a duplication of resources and skills.” For the remainder of the 2013/14 financial year and in time for the new school year, she said they will look at how they can utilise technology to provide tuition across the four high schools to ensure that there is not continuous duplication or replication of teachers' resources. “Another part of the UNICEF technical assistance, and they have done a lot of focus on this, is the disparity between pupils and teachers. “One of the recommendations to Cabinet will be to reduce teachers on certain islands and focus more on them transferring over to Providenciales to assist with the overcrowding.” She cautioned that this is only a recommendation. “The Cabinet has also agreed to costing options for a new high school and short, medium and long term options for critical needs of overcrowding in the TCI. “We have budgeted for two new teachers for the new school year and we are looking for them to take up their places in our primary schools.” According to the minister, her office has been working together with UNICEF on developing its five year strategic plan on education. She noted that the information gleaned during the education consultation earlier this year, will be the basis for the plan. On Wednesday (November 20), Cabinet received a report from the minister on the work being done on the five-year plan. “The briefing set out the

Minister of Education, Akierra Missick

preliminary findings of a review of existing education plans and policies. “The review, undertaken with the support of UNICEF, has identified a number of strategic priorities and initiatives including provision of school places, leadership and management, teachers professional development, curriculum development, technical and vocational education and tertiary and continuing education,” a post Cabinet press release from the Governor’s office read. At the earlier House meeting she spoke of some of the areas the ministry was able to address in the past 12 months. They included “the budget for the completion for the new block for the Ona Glinton Primary School… the Helena Jones Robinson High School auditorium which has been stagnant for a few years. “Works have also begun on the new bathroom facilities for the Ianthe Pratt Primary school in Providenciales and the Clement Howell High School.” Work has also commenced on the two year project of refurbishing all of the science classrooms throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands to include proper chemicals, proper equipment and other resources, the minister added. There was the budget for the refurbishment of the Marjorie Basden home economics room and the replacement of the school bus as well as the development of the Raymond Gardiner High school sports track. “These were all capital projects and it was our mandate in the ministry to ensure they were all tendered properly through the procurement procedure so that they can all be started prior to the end of this financial year and I am happy to say that every single capital project that the ministry fought for during the budget exercise have been

tendered and will be completed by April next year. “So we will exhaust all of the capital funding that was allotted to us.” SUPPLEMENTARY BUDGET “We have to return to the House with a supplementary budget and we are hoping that the House will agree to it and pass it, because during an evidence gathering exercise conducted about six weeks ago there was an overwhelming result that there was over 140 students of compulsory school age who are not currently in any institution in the TCI for whatever reasons... so it's our Government's mandate to ensure we provide places.” She said she knows there are concerns about simply opening the floodgates of education, but stated that until there is a comprehensive report or review of what their obligations are, the ministry must act in the manner it is currently acting. “Until we are told that those are no longer our obligations. We are waiting for concrete evidence of our obligations to come through within the next few days or so.” Meanwhile, in relation to the Community College, minister Missick said their goal is to enhance the programmes offered. She added that with the $25,000 they were able to budget, they have already commenced a strategic review of the college. “We are pleased to say that we added two new vocational courses this year - paralegal studies as well as plumbing. “The reopening of the auto mechanics room in Grand Turk and we are with the UNICEF technical advisor also looking at having the technical vocational education offering that the Government can offer to students who are no longer interested in being on the academic pathway to success and whether we

SPORTS In relation to sports, for which she also holds the portfolio, Missick said she is pleased to have increased the sports grant. She pointed to the TCI’s presence at the first ever Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) Sports summit which provided a chance for discussion on how the country can take advantage of the offerings that FIFA have provided. “In essence there is over $10 million in developmental funding that countries such as TCI can benefit from, and in working with Ms Sonia Bien-Aime, who has been appointed to the FIFA board, we will look at ways where we can secure our portion of the pot in the development of football throughout the TCI.” YOUTH She also pointed to the national youth policy passed earlier this year by Cabinet; stating that certain elements of the policy will be coming into force in conjunction with the youth employment policy that the Premier's office will also be launching. “We have been able to release the good news on our youth apprenticeship which will commence on December 1, for all graduates of 2012 to 2013 to learn the four elements in hospitality.” Parents, past students and others concerned are being encouraged to make themselves available for the programme. “We want to introduce the four aspects of hospitality, customer service, front and back office, sales and marketing so that when our students apply for jobs - although they have the academic background for them - they are not told ‘you do not have experience’.” The whole point of the programme, she added, is to provide students with the experience first, then look at funding their academic qualifications afterwards. LIBRARY SERVICES “We have a consultancy taking place currently, on reviewing the needs of the library and whether or not we will continue with the usual structure of hardback books and paper materials or we would move towards an electronic age or have an integration of both.” She noted that one of the things they were able to do, was to address and improve the internet speed at the library. Another is the change in opening and closing times at the library to facilitate better access to users throughout the week. (DI)

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‘They do not know what they are doing’ – PDM about PNP Gov’t “I ASK the people of these Islands, do you feel any positive winds of change blowing after a year? Do you feel like we have an elected Government in office? “One only has to ask the man on the street, can you feel it? Some might say yes, we feel them in their taxes, but I say they might criticise the interim government, but they are seemingly continuing the agenda of taxation, taxation and more taxation.” This was the fiery delivery by Leader of the Opposition Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson, during a scathing condemnation of the PNP’s one year in office. Speaking at the party headquarters in Downtown Providenciales on Monday (November 18), the party leader flayed the Government on what she sees as their failure to fulfil the campaign and manifesto promises, many of which she pointed out, were promised within the first 120 days or less. “One year of elected Government has quietly slipped by and the most exciting thing that has happened to mark the occasion is the Premier’s missed and regained opportunity to deliver a ministerial statement on his party’s record for its first year.” Cartwright-Robinson was at the time referring to the commotion in parliament on November 11 after Premier Rufus Ewing requested another opportunity to make his anniversary speech after failing to do so when he initially had the chance. The Speaker’s ruling in the Government’s favour saw Opposition members marching out of the Assembly. GENERAL ELECTIONS The party leader told the press that on November 9, 2012, the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands were at their wits end. She said the country longed for a Government that would address not only the economy but social issues as well. “Our people turned out with hope that a Government would emerge that would hear its cry about rising unemployment, access to healthcare, the plight of education and our youth, sport, infrastructure, a challenged civil service. “Our people wanted a Government that would speak to them that would consult with them, hear them and listen to them.” She said they are now saddled with a Government that wanted the power of the elected office but not the caring that ought to have come with it. She reminded that although winning the popular votes, her party failed to capture the Government. They won more constituencies with a very slim margin and a very slim margin of victory, she said. “The people of these Islands got a Government that campaigned

on ‘full speed ahead’, something welcomed in many respects as we had lost so many years.” Pausing in her delivery, Cartwright-Robinson again thanked the people of the Islands for their vote of confidence in the PDM last year. She continued: “The PNP were again given an opportunity to govern these Islands and were entrusted with the future of the people.” The PNP was given a second chance in three months to get to work. Two occasions they had to begin tackling the issues and two occasions to carry out promises in their manifesto which they stated would be done in 90 days and 120 days and to also set the stage for their four year term in office, the PDM leader remarked. “Well more than 365 days have gone by and we are still waiting for those promises.” UN-KEPT PROMISES Tourism and investment remain drivers and the way forward for the economy, Cartwright-Robinson pointed out. What happened to the major tourism and investment conference that was promised in the first 90 days, she questioned. “It was a promise made and a promise not kept. Yet when the honourable Goldray Ewing led a motion to come together and discuss issues such as this, the PNP Government agreed since it was good too, but since its passage in May 2013, there hasn’t been any movement for a national symposium.” She said the cost of living continues to rise while salaries remain stagnant, but the Government’s promise to address factors that cost serious inflation remains un-kept. “The cost of electricity in large measure when translated to different necessities accounts for the high cost of living and this Government promised within the first 120 days to convene stakeholder workshops to plan for the introduction of alternative energy solutions and reduce energy demands.” She said they are still waiting on this initiative; further pointing out that there a number of promises made in the PNP’s manifesto that require no major investment, yet nothing has been done. She speculated that perhaps the document has been shelved, or the party did not intend to fulfil the promises, or that they were too busy fighting amongst themselves, or using their energies to fight ghosts, or costing the country monies and reputation in major disputes. “Or perhaps they were too busy travelling, or perhaps they followed the blue print and didn’t know in many ways how to effect the promises made, or perhaps, ‘more true’ than the other suppositions it’s

Leader of the Opposition, Sharlene Cartwright takes the Government to task on its “failed” one year in office

the fact that they do not know what they are doing.” She stated that over the past year, she and her party have heard the people speak to the fact that they have made a mistake. “I say to the people of the Islands, yes you did, but we cannot hold it against you as we are desirous of seeing better for you and for these islands.” WORKING TOGETHER She added that in this vein, the Opposition offered very early on to work with the Government in the best interest of the Islands. “Hence the coming together on VAT, a fight we asked to join in and weren’t invited until the minister in the UK said no - twice - to the Government. “Our efforts continued in the House where we supported bills that were good for us as a people… “In my role as chair of the Appropriations Committee, I have ensured that Government’s work, when in the best interest of the people, was not frustrated.” She said in spite of the efforts at working with the Government, she was the first Leader of the Opposition required to respond immediately to the budget address, when historically the Premier and Chief Ministers had allowed an overnight break. “What was disheartening and telling was the underhanded way in which it was done.” She added: “I think the people of these Islands, one year later, see clearly as well as the Opposition that the Government has no real intention of working with the Opposition unless they really, really have to; how sad a state.” But this is the Government that was placed in office and they do have the executive authority to take that position, she granted. “But the people also see their actions and inactions over the past year. They can feel and see and they can be the judge of whether the PNP was right not to celebrate its one first year anniversary and allow it to go by quickly and quietly and to understand the reason the Premier was not too anxious as he should have been to address the nation first opportunity he could to mark his year as CEO of this country.”

TAXES She pointed out that everything has gone up, yet the Premier has stated and seems convinced - even as his Government introduced tax after tax on customs duties, customs processing fees, fuel, even the internet - that these actions will not increase the cost of living. “We were disturbed to hear such comments and to have them make international media journals; another thing to be embarrassed about. “While some question his thinking he must know that the people of these Islands are not fools and see what is really happening.” She advised that this period calls for maturity and innovation, adding that the people called for experience, but that they wanted experience to know when to change the course. “The [finance] minister in his half year financial statements said two things are certain, death and taxes. The Minister of Education says how we can expect scholarships etcetera, without taxes. “Under normal circumstances she would be correct; but we are raising taxes to pay a debt for old bills.” She pointed to the announcement of a soon to be tabled Supplementary Appropriations Bill for healthcare, historic bills and repatriation of illegals. “Who and what are we raising taxes for?” Cartwright-Robinson asked. “We have a former Attorney General who may very well have a legitimate claim that will more than likely be settled to avoid greater cost to the tax payers, but who may nonetheless have the last laugh all the way to the bank because the Government chose a public and destructive path, versus a dignified and less costly route.” She pointed to the inadequate pay packets of civil servants, poor healthcare provisions, the few scholarships offered, lack of jobs, and the short notices of new taxes businesses were slapped with, as just some of the failures of the Government. “How does the Turks and Caicos’ future look after one year of elected Government? How are our businesses surviving? Generally, how has it been for us?”

She asked: “Can you feel them, or do you hear a group of individuals directing the country with no plan, responding only in knee jerk reactions and most of the time complaining about what they can’t do.” The Opposition has been directing the issues of the House; ministerial statements have been used on many occasions to answer questions on the agenda and activity is generated when notice of questions are given. Other than that, the legislative agenda is tax led or international compliance led, the Opposition Leader stated. “One minister said our hands are tied because of the constitution, yet Caricom had to come to the TCI and say to the Government to review the constitution. “And despite calls from the opposition and others to present a position on the constitution citing the difficulties they are faced with, the Government one year later has failed to and they continue to this day to drag their feet in the finalisation and commissioning of the constitutional commission already agreed in the House of Assembly.” ROAD WORKS AND EDUCATION “A few weeks ago a yellow sign was placed to announce to motorists travelling to Blue Hills. This sign said ‘caution’ and alerted motorists to the fact that there was a huge drop off ahead that must be avoided. “In true PNP style they have identified the problem; they placed a yellow sign to say they are aware of it and then they refuse to do anything about it,” the party leader said. She questioned how hard it would be to dump a load of cement for temporary or permanent fix to remove that danger and protect motorists. “The constitution does not stop them from fixing that road; the constitution does not stop the PNP Government from finding employment for its people; it does not stop them from providing more affordable and accessible healthcare or for providing more scholarships for our youths, or for hearing the concerns of the civil servants and police officers. “The constitution does not stop the Government from dealing with the plight of our youth, our juveniles, our elderly, our special needs citizens,” she stressed. She added that the statement made to the youths about commitment to education is sad, and that the constitution does not stop the Government from addressing the many things that are wrong in the schools across the Islands. “The Government went to great pains to own this year’s budget and we restate and maintain that it is a matter of priority. Rome was in fact not built in a day, but foundations were laid. “The budget and this first year laid no foundation for our people, and hope is waning.” (DI)



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TCI will strive to replicate Cayman education system EDUCATION officials visited the Cayman Islands recently to learn about the country’s approach to schooling. Members of the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture spent two days in the country’s capital where they dropped by

schools and attended meetings. In a press release on Monday (November 18) Minister Akierra Missick, who led the delegation, said she found discussions refreshing. She highlighted the approach used in the Cayman Islands of public

Drug dealer fined $1,600 A FIVE Cays man was fined $1,600 for possession of 30 grams of cannabis with intent to supply. Clinton Rigby, 35, was arrested and charged with two offences after drugs were found at his home on Wednesday November 13. Police officers were executing a search warrant when they discovered 30 grams of marijuana. Rigby was then immediately arrested and the drug seized. Later that same day Rigby was formally charged for possession of a controlled drug namely

cannabis and possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply. On Thursday, November 14, the accused appeared before Chief Magistrate Clifton Warner in a Providenciales Magistrate’s Court where he pled guilty to both charges. Magistrate Warner fined Rigby $1,600 to be paid by Tuesday, January 14, 2014 or he will serve seven months in prison. The magistrate ordered that the 30 grams of cannabis be destroyed.

The TCI delegation along with Cayman representatives

consultation and involvement, and the integration of technology within the curriculum. “The Cayman Islands approach is one that we in the Turks and Caicos Islands will strive towards as we prepare our children to be major players in the international world with sufficient resources for them to achieve their future goals,” she said. Missick was joined on the trip by her Permanent Secretary Cheryl Ann Jones and Director of Education Edgar Howell. From October 23 to 24 they participated in several meetings with the Cayman Government’s Ministry of Education, Employment and Gender Affairs. Together they discussed strategic planning, capturing and using data, early childhood care and education, technology integration, developing safer schools and the development of new school structures. The TCI team also visited Clifton

PNP spend big on elections campaign THE PROGRESSIVE National Party (PNP) were the biggest spenders on election campaigning out of the three registered parties, according to a report released this week. The Integrity Commission’s campaign expenditure report revealed that PNP members spent a massive $332,085 or 57 per cent of the total expenditure. The People’s Democratic Movement (PDM)’s spent

$135,878.09 or 24 per cent and the People Progressive Party (PPP) forked out a modest $110,340.46 or 19 per cent. Together the three political parties spent a total of $578,303.55 in the general elections. Under the Political Activities Ordinance the commission has the responsibility of monitoring campaign spending during elections by the political parties and candidates

Police promise increased presence in TCI community ABOUT 100 motorists were given tickets yesterday (Thursday, November 21) for driving with either no licence, no insurance, dark tints on their windows or going over the speed limit. Traffic officers from the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force (RTCIPF) were in full force at the Leeward Highway roundabout which turns off to Beaches for roughly three hours. During the search a motorist was thought to have panicked when he saw the police drove his vehicle off of the highway and into the bushes. The man’s licence and insurance were up to date and he possessed a valid Turks and Caicos Islands driver’s licence. He allegedly panicked after

seeing one of the officers pointing the speed gun in his direction. He was said to have been going over the speed limit. The perpetrator was given a ticket and was arrested and taken to the Police Station in Chalk Sound where he will remain until charged and given bail. The officers confirmed that there will be an increased police presence in the Turks and Caicos Islands, as much as even twice per week. During the searches they will also be looking for illegal weapons and drugs. Residents are encouraged to licence and insure their vehicles as well as practice safe driving and obey the speed the speed limits. (DAISY HANDFIELD)

to ensure they comply with the law. This includes keeping to expenditure limit, permissible expenditure items and submitting returns of their campaign expenditure to the commission after elections. The report released on Wednesday (November 20) is based on these returns and contains information such as total amount spent by each party in comparison to others, as well as their respective spending patterns. Eugene Otuonye QC, Director of the Integrity Commission, said: “The preparation and publishing of this report is an important statutory responsibility of the commission aimed at promoting transparency, openness and accountability, and to strengthen public trust and confidence in the parliamentary and democratic process.” The report is now available free to the public on Otuonye added: “The commission is well aware that the statutory monitoring of campaign expenditure and political financing in TCI is the first of its kind in the region. “The commission therefore wishes to again commend the political parties and candidates for their support to and cooperation with the commission in the successful implementation of Political Activities Ordinance during the last elections.” All campaign expenditure returns and supporting documents submitted to the commission by registered parties and candidates are available for public inspection at the Integrity Commission’s Grand Turk offices during working hours from Monday to Friday.

Hunter High School and George Town Primary School where senior management greeted them and led them on tours. As well as assisting them to update their education system the visit also prompted their Cayman counterparts to make improvements. Tara Rivers, Minister of Education, Employment and Gender Affairs, said her Ministry is constantly working to improve their methods. “As we move into a phase

where greater emphasis is placed on collaborating with schools, including principals, teachers, parents and students, in the planning and implementation of policies and procedures, it is always useful to take stock of where you are and where you need to go,” she added. Missick and Rivers agreed that it was critical for Overseas Territories to continue to engage with each other on strategic and policy levels as they often face many of the same challenges.

Cartwright-Robinson returned unopposed as PDM Leader SHARLENE Cartwright Robinson was returned as Leader of the People’s Democratic Movement (PDM) at the party’s 38th general convention held over the weekend (November 15 to 16). At a press briefing on Monday (November 18), PDM National Chairman Clarence Selver said Cartwright Robinson was unopposed. She will serve the party until the next convention, and continues to enjoy the support of members of the PDM and the House of Assembly, the National Chairman told the press. All other officers remained in their respective positions and four

positions were filled to complete the slate of officers. The four include National Chairman (name mentioned above); First Vice Chairman Ashwood Forbes; Assistant Secretary General Cynclair Musgrove, Party Whip Cyril Capron and Party Chaplain Terrance Smith. Those returned are Deputy Leader Sean Astwood; Second Vice Chairman Rodger Harvey Jr; Treasurer Maxovanno Thomas; Assistant Treasurer Oral Selver; Assistant Secretary General Rosebelle Gibson-Selver and the three trustees Hilly Ewing, Llewlyn Handfield and Herbert Been. These members will also serve until the next convention. (DI)

No more bearer shares in TCI A SIX month period has been granted for holders of bearer shares to register their shares and convert them to ordinary ones. The Abolishment of Bearer Shares Bill will be enacted to get rid of the shares in the Turks and Caicos Islands, Premier Rufus Ewing told the media during a November 14 press conference. He said the Governor was advised of the enactment of the bill during the Cabinet meeting the previous day. Bearer shares are equity security that is wholly owned by the person that has the physical stock certificate. Companies neither register the party holding the certificate nor do they monitor the transfer of the certificate from party to party. Companies also disperse dividends to bearer shares when a physical coupon is presented to the firm. Premier Ewing noted that the decision is in keeping with his Government’s commitment to ensuring

that the financial services centre remains transparent and operates in accordance with international accepted standards. Explaining what these shares are, Minister of Finance Washington Misick (also present at the briefing) said it simply means that an individual can trade it anywhere to whomever and the Government have no way of knowing who owns the shares, so it could be in the hands of some criminal interest. “Bearer shares are archaic; it is a thing of the past and this new sort of dispensation where everybody is so concerned with money laundering and other types of terrorism, narco dollars… everybody is getting rid of it.” He said this is one of the instruments that were used in the past as part of the whole package of privacy and secrecy – a staple in the industry - but that veil has now been penetrated. There are less than 100 bearer shares currently in the TCI, Misick said when asked. (DI)

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Reject inhumane businesses – Open letter to the Governor Dear Sir, I am writing you today to voice my concern regarding the proposal of a captive dolphin enterprise in the Turks and Caicos Islands. I believe the ‘Beautiful by Nature’ brand is what sets TCI apart from all the other Caribbean nations. It has been extremely successful in alluring tourists to your country. People flock to TCI year after year because it has exclusivity about it. It has beautiful unspoiled beaches, vital and protected coral reefs, the finest hotels to be found, and the ultimate in fine-dining. It draws superstar-status patrons, and people with big investment dollars. The beaches are natural, not too over-built and the people are friendly and welcoming. People with money to spend on lavish vacations want to go to places they consider exclusive - they want the best. They are naturally attracted to unspoiled, pristine safe environments where they can enjoy themselves. With close proximity to the US and no currency exchange required it’s the best of both worlds.

The eco-friendly, progressive thinking of TCI is what convinced me to invest in a home on Provo. Unfortunately, the recent decision to accept the proposal to develop a captive dolphin park in the TCI is causing me to rethink my view. The proposal does not fit with the eco-friendly, unspoiled, exclusive image that has been so successful in putting TCI on the map. ‘Swim with dolphin’ parks are already located in the US, Mexico, Grand Cayman, Bahamas, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, BVI, and Anguilla. If a captive dolphin park emerges in the Turks and Caicos, it will be like every other over-exploited Caribbean island. Inhumane businesses that exploit marine mammals are a ‘dyingbreed’. In April of this year People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals purchased stock in SeaWorld, a leader in the industry. This means a change is coming to SeaWorld in the form of pressure from stockholders to demand the release of captive dolphins and

whales. International animal welfare organisations around the world are against captive dolphins. These include the International Fund for Animal Welfare, The Humane Society International, World Society for the Protection of Animals and Whale and Dolphin Conservation. This is strong evidence of a declining industry. Other Islands in the Caribbean are already pushing for freedom over captivity. On October 23 the Antiguan Minister of Tourism, Hon John Maginley, recently added his support to an ongoing campaign for legislation to ban any future importation of captive dolphins to Antigua! The $3m investment will only result in a negative return. The willingness of TCI to jeopardise its image and successful tourism track-record, and its action to rearrange laws and regulations for one venture, is troubling. More than 39 per cent of homes for sale in Provo are listed for between $1 million to over $3 million. $3 million doesn’t seem to be a very substantial investment to build a world class facility.

The obvious

In fact it’s a very low investment to cover all the costs of getting any business up and running. There is a very high cost for dolphins, up to $500,000 each. When you add the cost for the infrastructure needed, the cost of construction for the park itself, along with the costs of training and staffing it’s a recipe for disaster. In addition, the uncertainty of TCI’s direction, plus the recent negative publicity, will only cause investors to be afraid to move forward with future plans to build and expand. The ‘spill over’ benefits are wishful thinking. The profile of the typical Dolphin Cove customer is not the high-end vacationer/investor who is naturally attracted to TCI. Also, there won’t be any repeat business. Once you’ve done the ‘canned’ swim with dolphins, you don’t do it again. Since captive mammal businesses are declining in developed nations, it is doubtful any revenue from complementary services will ever accrue to TCI. TCI should not accept untruths. Dolphins in marine parks do not live without considerable stress, and do

not live longer lives. The World Society for the Protection of Animals states that “an enclosure is a cage for a dolphin”, while in the wild they swim freely up to 50 miles a day. They live approximately 40 to 50 years in the wild, and less than half that long in captivity. They do not behave naturally in captivity, and they are trained to do unnatural tricks for entertainment, not education. Facts, all contrary to Dolphin Cove hype. The Turks and Caicos Islands has provided a natural sanctuary and safe haven for JoJo and his friends. These friendly dolphins, when respected, will let you swim with them. They are already a magical allure for many tourists. Let’s continue to make the well-informed, proven, successful decisions, as we have in the past, to protect our pristine environment, and our valuable image. Reject Application PR 11370 Dolphin Cove. Sincerely,

The Interhealth contract is worthless if the Government is going bankrupt paying the obligation. Forget that penalty clause because if we cannot afford the monthly cost we cannot afford the penalty. Seek a new low rate for the hospital mortgage and have an outside auditor re-examine the construction contract. If the Government is not willing to do any of this, bankruptcy will be the eventual result. We are now struggling to pay down the PNP debts of 2003-2009 and the cost of prosecutions and defence. VAT is still looming! Illegal immigration is not rocket science either. At the start-up of the world war the USA asked for volunteers to patrol the ocean in their own private planes. It was called the Civil Air Patrol. They spotted Nazi submarines which were preying on US shipping. All the government provided was fuel. Patrolling the waters between Haiti and the TCI and sending radio

messages to our patrol boats would turn around the illegal sloops instead of flying illegals home. Low profile wooden boats without radar reflectors do not show up on radar screens. The eyes of pilots and observers are a better method of spotting sloops. If we are able to intercept most of the illegal sloops it will no longer be a paying prospect for the captains. Drug and gun runners could also be the subject of the spotters. These are the three principle areas of concern and if action is not taken they will continue unaddressed. It is time for the Ministers to become managers if they have the ability. There are other answers and the Government needs to work at it, not just talk dreams. We asked for internal government to be returned. One year later it is obviously time for them to go to work.

Chansey Luby,

South Carolina, US, Providenciales homeowner


WE ARE often critical of the current Government because despite some voters’ expectations they have been wasting time. The issues we face are rather obvious as is their need of a working agenda - an agenda that does not include trying to derail the 2014 prosecutions which have been in the hands of the British system of justice for five long years. Those defendants must stand on their own merits, or demerits. Education is the number one issue with overcrowding a problem. Why not seek and set up housing in North and Middle Caicos for high school and possibly primary students. The schools there have room

By David Tapfer and can accommodate more students. How about dividing the enrolment of Clement Howell into two shifts? Bring back retired teachers and pay overtime to those assigned to work later. Conduct early morning and late afternoon classes. The Minister and her staff can sort


out those students who earn minimal grades. While not academically inclined those students could be interested in learning a trade. Set up a trade school which will further relieve the crowding. Advertise for volunteers to teach mechanics, auto body repairs, AC repairs, carpentry, electrical, plumbing and masonry. The Downtown stadium can be used, maybe the PNP exheadquarters. An apprenticeship programme to learn and earn. Education is critical and fixing the problems takes effort. We do not have money to throw at the problems. Then there is the budget. Purchased healthcare is costing more than we can afford. We need to address that right now.

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November 23 - 29, 2013


Stop this foolishness Dear Editor, I write to comment on the Dolphin Cove issue. My opinions are as informed as they can be, certainly more so than many that have appeared in your paper, but in any case open to subsequent comment. Equally as informed I hope. It seems there have been some assumptions made which are entirely baseless - the foremost and most offensive being that the expatriate community doesn't want development and that the native community does. This is a dismal narrative, and utterly self-defeating. Another appears to be that keeping porpoises in a pen is the same as keeping cows in a barn, and therefore should be considered in like manner. Let me address this foolishness early. Porpoises are wild animals, and for hundreds of thousands of years have the open ocean to play in and bring up their families. Cows on the other hand have been domesticated and bred for milk and meat for mere centuries. Porpoises are sentient, able communicate, form tight and lasting family bonds, and possess, moreover, that rare attribute - empathy. That is, they know when other beings are suffering. Not only is that true, but they are known world-wide and historically for acting on those feelings of empathy. The stories and recorded examples of porpoises helping humans are too numerous to discount as fantasy. I really will not accept that this is what a cow is. Yes you might say - isn't this true for dogs? I answer, yes of course. But they too have been domesticated - for literally thousands of years. Indeed it is widely accepted that dogs domesticated themselves in order to avail themselves of human

affection/protection. Dogs are famous for helping their masters - their owners really - porpoises are famous for helping complete strangers. How can it be otherwise? Enough already. Let me continue to address this point by point. 1) I am the former Director of Agriculture and it was during my tenure that this proposal first saw the light of day. There are two departments in Government who have direct concern with this venture. The most important is DEMA under the wonderful guidance and Directorship of Mrs Kathleen Wood. The second is the Department of Agriculture. (Of course there are issues pertaining to planning, inward investment and the like, but at one critical juncture all these decision making bodies are obliged to receive informed comment from DEMA and Agriculture. Especially where it concerns animals. More especially where it concerns marine animals. Most especially where the animals are sentient mammals). So why was it that at no time did the former Governor request technical advice from his qualified officials? That is what they are there for. To advise in the early decision making process. Why at no time until the decision was made was consultation not sought by Inward Investment? The Department of Agriculture has overall responsibility (among many other responsibilities) for animal welfare. Why was consultation not sought by that specious and mendacious promoter of transparency the Governor known as ‘Ric’? Why indeed did the ‘Ric’ change the law without any consultation whatsoever - other than with the now litigious former Attorney General?

It is a mystery. What is even more of a mystery is how it seems that all and sundry are eager to pour scorn on these two individuals and their concoction of a constitution for our country, while at the same time accepting their questionable and covert change to the Fisheries Ordnance. 2) It is a fact that the decision handed down by the judge regarding the request for a judicial review on the change to the law is flawed. Let me make it clear once more. The judge believed that the ‘Ric’ (who by the way declined to communicate on the matter when requested by the court - a breach of his trust and his duty right there) had consulted fully on the matter. Yes, he consulted with the AG, and yes, he consulted with Dolphin Cove people. He consulted with not a single person else. Unless it was his fawning Brit advisers I suppose. At no time did he consult with anyone on the top list of OUR civil service advisers. 3) When the first Dolphin Cove proposal landed on my desk, the list of things it did not address was longer than a sermon by my good and kind friend Daniel Briscoe. And boy, Daniel can preach. What these Dolphin Cove specimens did not do was address any single issue regarding the welfare and care of these lovely animals. I shall provide the essential list of regulations and requirements next week. I hope I have provided some food for thought, and to give some initial reasons why this project should be stopped. Next week, technical and economic sense. Yours sincerely, Nicholas A Turner

Preparing students for tourism Dear Editor, According to Goeldner and Richie (2003), tourism has been described as the world’s largest and fastest growing industry. Its significant positive economic impact has been a dominant rationale for government, business and academics to create linkages for sustainability. As it relates to education in tourism, it has long been argued that development of a noteworthy educational institution for tourism is the answer for development of a pool of readily knowledgeable and skilled workforce. Although this may be true, key elements of education need to be incorporated for ensuring a wellrounded and holistic member of society to the tourism industry. According to Inui, Wheeler and Lankford in their academic paper Rethinking Tourism Education: What Should Schools Teach? in the Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism Education they argue that: “Balancing the vocational and liberal aspects of tourism education is vital to producing a well-rounded graduate. “This balance develops students who are broadly educated and knowledgeable about, and responsible in, tourism development as well as occupationally functional in tourism (Lewis, 2005). “Concentrating on just the vocational impoverishes students and renders them less likely to be able to respond to stakeholders in a developing tourist society” In days gone by the concept was to adopt and implement similar curriculum programmes that exist in first world countries with the scope that the hospitality and tourism curriculum be aimed at specific

Deplorable Five Cays road not budgeted for repairs DEPUTY Leader of the PDM and elected member for Five Cays, Sean Astwood was disappointed in Parliament when told that there is no intention to do minor or even substantive works on two roads in the Five Cays area. The two roads highlighted were the continuation of the main Five Cays road that connects to the South Dock Highway and the road near the Joyce Rigby Hill off the

South Dock Road. In his question to the Minister of Government Support Services, George Lightbourne, Astwood asked when the two thoroughfares will be graded and compacted and if there is plan for rehabilitation works on all the roads in that area. “Unfortunately the Five Cays roads were not included in this budget but will be a priority in the next budget. I have seen the roads

and they are in a deplorable state,” Lightbourne responded. Following up on Lightbourne’s response, Astwood questioned whether there is any opportunity to get some minor work done, such as filling in some of the major sections, even if that only entails minor compacting. The minister replied that he is not sure minor works can do much to that road.

“It is really in a bad condition, but it is something I will look into and if we can do anything, we will certainly do what we can.” Not satisfied with this response, the Deputy Leader pointed out that there are some parts of the roads that he believes minor works would be able to solve some problems for some people. He further offered to show these to the Minister. (DI)

occupational skills. One of the arguments for this is to ensure that they are prepared to take their place in the ever dynamic tourism industry and thus the programmes are created for such a link. Institutions in tourism have worked on creating strong working relationships with the industry as a result of internships and apprenticeship systems. The end result, I must admit, is that students have benefited because they will become employable, with some management knowledge, experience and related interpersonal skills. But there should be more than just these requirements today to be a contributor to the industry. We argue the issue of sustainability of the environment, the social issues and injustices that prevail and the argument is that we should seek as an institution not to create just employable young people. We are in a position to shape minds, attitudes and appreciation of so much more and this opportunity is rare and should be pounced upon. Yes, they will find employment but what role and commitment do they make to the overall development of the TCI? The college has noted the need to prepare the total student and has taken an e-page from Tourism Education Futures Initiative (TEFI) whose mission is to help transform the world for the better. In June 2014 in Canada they are hosting a seminar ‘Transformational Learning: Activism, Empowerment and Political Agency in Tourism Education’. The hospitality department at the TCI Community College is determined to keep in tune with the requirements to encourage the growth of well-rounded students and plans are in place for implementing courses and strategies to aid students’ development. These range from professional and ethics courses for lower level programmes, community service; a non-credit courses (similar to what is done in Jamaica tertiary institutions), mentoring and coaching by industry players, both past local graduates and expatriates in senior positions. Michelle Hosten,

Head of Hospitality Studies Department, TCI Community College, Providenciales

November 23 - 29, 2013



Community College celebrates Tourism Awareness Month BY DAISY HANDFIELD THE PROVIDENCIALES branch of the TCI Community College held an open day on Wednesday (November 20) in a bid to promote Tourism Awareness Month and to give guests the opportunity to interact with students. The college students were directly involved in facilitating the visitors and in demonstrating what each department had to offer. Guests got the chance to learn more about the different aspects of hospitality that impact tourism. During the event, which was run in conjunction with the Tourist Board, the students lectured the attendees on the caves in North Caicos and

Middle Caicos and guests also received the opportunity to taste the Salt Cay candies and some popularly known local delicacies. Samuel Forbes, principal and vice president of the TCI Community College responsible for the Provo Campus, explained that the purpose of this initiative was to promote the importance of tourism and also to demonstrate how tourism and hospitality go hand in hand. “The school is expecting to gain a prominent position in the industry with respect to publicity and also for the public to realise that we play an integral part in the sustaining and the development of hospitality in the Turks and Caicos Islands,” he said. In his opinion, the event was

Principal Samuel Forbes, students and part-time lecturer Blythe Clare pose next to donations

definitely a success and did exactly what they intended for it to do. “It went extremely well the students were very enthusiastic, from our students they were very much

Next food and wine festival date already set

WITH tickets sold out within a few months after the last event was announced, food and wine lovers are encouraged to mark their calendars for November 6 to 9, 2014 - the date fixed for the next culinary adventure set to happen in Providenciales. Thrilled about the success of the recent Caribbean Food and Wine Festival (CFWF), coordinators held a press conference on Tuesday (November 19) at Grace Bay Club to reveal the dates for the next event and to outline this year’s achievements. Founder and co-chairmen of the event Anthony Garland and Nikheel Advani, shared how excited they were about this year’s event being another success, delighting about 500 local and international guests with some fine culinary experiences. The festival held October 31 to November 3 this year marked three years for the CFWF and seven years for the Gourmet Safari which started it all. Throughout the years the festival has grown and introduced more events but has continued to keep the number of people at each event at an intimate level. Advani said that in years to come they hope to grow the festival by adding more days and events but will continue to keep the number of people low as it will give them the rare opportunity to meet and interact with the chefs and winemakers from around the world that are brought to be a part of the festival. This year’s festival saw an exciting line-up of prominent chefs including celebrated Master Chef, Tiffany Derry; Nelson Mandela's

Founders and co-chairmen Anthony Garland and Nikheel Advani beam at the success of the last Caribbean Food and Wine Festival

personal chef of over 20 years, Xoliswa Ndoyiya; and chef, owner and founder of NY’s famed Momofuku Milk Bar, Christina Tosi. Winemakers included Nelson Mandela’s daughter and granddaughter Tukwini Mandela of House of Mandela; Christopher W Silva of St Francis wines and returning winemaker Tuck Beckstoffer of Tuck Beckstoffer wines. Some of the hotels involved in wowing guests at the main events were the Grace Bay Club, Regent Palms, West Bay Club and the Gansevoort while quite a few local restaurants got a chance to put their signature dishes in the spotlight at the island street fair event which see is an open even that sees the largest crowd. Organisers like that visitors get a chance to experience a variety of elaborate cuisine from different highend restaurants as well as experience the unique local flavours and talent in the county.

The CFWF is not for profit and money raised go into an Escrow account which is used for the betterment of food and beverage, either for the Little Chefs programme or to get more people excited about the industry. Advani said it was very heartwarming to see how the Little Chefs programme has grown from three people when they started to now 17. Apart from the priceless opportunity the Little Chefs receive to work with several talented chefs in Providenciales, earlier this year the teenagers were also given the chance to visit the food and wine festival in Miami. During the conference the founders also thanked their team and partners for all their hard work and for adding their own flavours to making the event such a success. While they did not divulge any other information about next year’s event Garland did say that the goal next year is to enhance the already amazing experience. (KH)

involved in what they’re doing and the students who came to see us they were interested in what they saw.” Special guests included students from Shining Stars, Mills Institute and the Clement Howell High School. Earlier in the day the school received the generous donation of a

fridge and a stove from kind resident, Marvin Cox. Students and teachers were excited about the donation because the school really needed more stoves for the Hospitality Department and prior to the donation, it did not have a fridge.

More flights from Boston and New York AMERICAN-owned Delta Air Lines is introducing new flights to Providenciales from Boston and New York in a move that will make the Islands more accessible to tourists. The company, which already flies from the TCI to Atlanta daily, recently announced plans to increase its services. Now the airline will run a Saturday-only return flight from Boston’s Logan International Airport (BOS) and John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York to Providenciales International Airport (PLS). The new flights on a 220 passenger Airbus 320 will begin on March 8 next year. In a press statement on Wednesday (November 20) Bob Cortelyou, Delta’s senior vice president of network planning, said: “We continue to see a growing demand in Boston and increased flights next year will give our customers more direct service at more convenient times. “Boston is a key domestic city in our network, and we are committed to providing service that continues to keep us the preferred airline of our customers.” A $10 million expansion to Providenciales International Airport terminal building is now well underway and on target to be completed in late 2014. Delta’s recent announcement came as welcome news for tourism

stakeholders as it signified market growth. Director of Tourism Ralph Higgs said: “While many airlines are decreasing services, we are pleased that Delta acknowledges Turks and Caicos as the foremost destination in the Caribbean. “The additional airlift from Boston will undoubtedly make the Turks and Caicos more attractive to potential vacationers traveling from the eastern seaboard of the United States or connecting through these gateways; a sign of great things for the future of our tourism market.” Delta's new Boston service will offer customers the option of first class, economy comfort or economy seating, along with inflight wi-fi. Premier and Minister of Tourism Rufus Ewing said: “The addition of the new flights from these major gateways further underscores the appeal of our Islands to the traveling public and the confidence our airline partners have in us as a destination. “I wish team Turks and Caicos, including the Turks and Caicos Tourist Board, the Turks and Caicos Airports Authority, the Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association, along with Delta Air Lines every success in this new endeavour.” Delta Air Lines serves more than 160 million customers each year.



November 23 - 29, 2013

Amendments to the Company Management Licensing Bill passed

Students stop by the Social Development office in Downtown Providenciales to look at the displays

TCI observes Universal Children’s Day TCI joined the rest of the world in celebrating Universal Children’s Day on Wednesday (November 20) with a number of activities to mark the occasion. Under the theme ‘Stop Violence Against Children,’ the Department of Social Development has adopted the initiative as an annual event and uses the day as a means of celebrating children and making them feel loved and appreciated. Activities leading up to the day included fun days for children throughout all the Islands last Saturday (November 16). On Sunday (November 17) churches around the Islands were asked to incorporate the theme into their service and pray for children. And presentations on bullying were made in schools throughout the Islands on Monday (November 18). In Providenciales, the department held a ‘Treat a Child Day,’ which focused on foster care children and children with special needs at the

SNAP Centre in Kew Town. Outside their office at the Town Centre Mall, Butterfield Square, the Providenciales division displayed children’s drawings and posters showing the rights of a child. Another event to mark the day saw senior social workers Olivia Daye and Tiffany Thomas as guests on the Radio Turks and Caicos radio programme GENCO discussing the topic ‘Children Have a Voice’. On Wednesday (November 20), the department hosted a candlelight ceremony called Night of Prayer, where families, community members and representatives from agencies that work with children came together in prayer for children. Just over two decades ago the Turks and Caicos Islands made a powerful statement on the international stage when it ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. They joined countries around the world in committing to create the best developmental, protective and

creative environment for all children. By recognising the convention, the TCI Government also committed themselves to protecting and ensuring children’s rights as outlined in the convention. Senior social worker Olivia Daye provided a few pointers to keep children safe from harm and to celebrate them in not just words but action. 1. Report all cases of child abuse child abuse is not a secret. 2. Ensure that we do what is in their best interest - provide love, food, clothing, shelter, education and religious instruction. 3. Enforce and act on the existing legislations that are in place to protect children. 4. Spend quality time with your child by taking walks, going out for a family dinner etc. 5. Praise or reward them whenever you see catch them doing something good. 6. Provide encouragement in their talents and academics.

Growth and prosperity hot topics at UK conference TCI’s leading decision makers have all left the country to attend a meeting of United Kingdom’s Overseas Territories (UKOTs). Premier Rufus Ewing, Deputy Premier Akierra Missick and Governor Peter Beckingham are in London, England, where they will attend a four day Joint Ministerial Conference (JMC) next week. The event begins on Monday (November 25) and will run until next Friday (November 29). According to a press release

from the Governor’s office it will focus on growing the economy of the territories and will include discussions with UK ministers and government departments. During the week attendees will also have the opportunity to network with potential UK-based and international investors. Beckingham said: “The UK has repeatedly stated its long standing commitment to all of the people of all of its inhabited Overseas Territories. “The JMC is a once a year

opportunity to concentrate up how we can all work better together across and within the UKOTs family. “The focus of this year’s conference is jobs and growth, which chimes well with the priorities I set out when I arrived in October. “I’m delighted to have an opportunity to be with the Premier and Deputy Premier for these important meetings, which will include potential investors in Turks and Caicos.” Anya Williams has been sworn in as Acting Governor.

THE APPOINTMENT of a Superintendent of Company Management, as provided for in the old Company Management Licensing Bill, has been repealed in the newly amended document. Acting Attorney General Rhondalee Braithwaite-Knowles presented the bill for passage, with the amendment, to the House of Assembly last week Monday (November 11). “This is a legacy provision that was not caught in amendments that were made many years ago, way back in maybe 2012, 2013 when the affairs of the newly formed Financial Services Commission were being organised so that it removed the individual responsibility under the various so-called Financial Services Ordinance from various superintendents to the governing mind [the FSC], and to allow for them to arrange their affairs internally however they wished for good governance.” She also told the House that the current practice is for the FSC to have various heads, but that the term Superintendent of Company Management is no longer relevant in law because the responsibilities lie with the FSC. A concern was raised as to whether this repeal would leave the TCI at a disadvantage or affect its performance within the financial services. However, the Finance Minister, Washington Misick, pointed out that the amendment is more or less a tidying up process.

Expanding on the minister’s explanation, the acting AG noted: “It is indeed a tidying up exercise and the functions previously performed by the superintendent of company management are now performed by the head of company management and investment in practical terms.” However, she added, the legislative framework in respect of all of the various areas of regulations which the FSC is responsible for are stated by law to be performed by the commission. “And this is by design to address the concern raised about an individual not being available or being able to provide the various oversights. “It allows for the internal arrangement of affairs, functions and duties within the FSC and not with any individual person or post holder, so that even if there wasn’t a head of company management and investment, the duties could be organised in another way to ensure that the FSC could actually perform the function,” Braithwaite-Knowles advised. She further stated that the suspension of the post is not unique to the TCI, as this new arrangement is the way other Overseas Territories and other jurisdictions have gone in organising the affairs of its regulators. “So it is really about streamlining and ensuring that there is a governing mind responsible for all these activities and that there is a coordination of effort under one head as opposed to separate individuals or post holders.” (DI)

A week to register for voting RESIDENTS have just one more week to put their name down on the new voters register, according to Supervisor of Elections Dudley Lewis The updated register of electors is currently being compiled and the final date for inclusion is November 30. The new edition will be published on March 31 next year and those listed will be eligible to vote in the next set of elections. In a press release on Wednesday (November 20) Lewis said: “Eligible voters on the present register of electors do not need to re-apply to be included in the new one. “They will be automatically included unless they notify the Elections Office that they have changed their name or place of residence, or no longer meet the eligibility criteria. “This includes being resident in the TCI for at least 12 out of 24 months.” Those who wish to be included on the new register need to contact the Elections Office with the relevant documentation. Residents who have turned 18-years-old since March 1, as well as those who are over 18, but did not apply earlier in the year should to do so now, Lewis stressed.

Anyone who turns 18 after November 30 and anyone who was been granted status as a Turks and Caicos Islander after November 30 may apply after the deadline and will be later added to the register. An elector’s status as a Turks and Caicos Islander must be verified first by the Ministry of Border Control by going through the process to obtain TC Islander Status card. Potential new electors should complete a voter registration application form. Application forms for inclusion on the TCI Register of Voters may be collected from the Elections Office in Waterloo Plaza, above Scotia bank, Grand Turk or Butterfield Square, Providenciales or the District Commissioner’s offices in Salt Cay, South Caicos, Middle Caicos and North Caicos. For further information on the electoral registration process, the public can contact the Elections Office, Grand Turk on 946-2568, 946-2558, 946-2801 extension 11701 or email Further information on the verification of TC Islander status can be obtained at the Ministry of Labour and Border Control on 946-2801 extension 40702 or email

November 23 - 29, 2013



Police perform a march-past in front of St. Monica's Church in Providenciales

Hundreds attend Remembrance Day services A DOZEN wreaths were laid on the cenotaph at St Monica’s Church in Providenciales on Sunday, November 10, to honour those who gave their lives in war. The ceremonial offering was all part of a Remembrance Day service attended by scores of dignitaries, police, representatives of local organisations and members of the public. The event began at 3.30pm with the arrival of Deputy Governor Anya Williams to a musical fan fair. The Reverend Father Norman Lightbourne offered a prayer at the entrance of the church before everyone sang a hymn. When attendees were all seated Lay Minister Dolores Connolly read the opening prayer. The service went on with further readings, hymns and prayers and a sermon from Father Lightbourne.

Attendees then exited to the garden of remembrance where they gathered around the cenotaph. Prayers were followed with two minutes silence in respect of fallen soldiers, a demonstration from members of the police force and music from the RTCI Police Force Band. Among those that went on to lay wreaths at the monument were the Deputy Governor, Premier Rufus Ewing, Leader of the Opposition Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson, Commissioner of Police Colin Farquhar and Human Rights Commissioner Doreen QuelchMissick. Representatives from the ExServicemen Legion, the Medical Department, Borwnies, Red Cross, rotary, Kiwanis and Soroptimists also laid flowers. The ceremony ended with everyone singing the National

TC Islander promoted to advanced post at hospital BY DAISY HANDFIELD THURSDAY, November 14, was a proud day for Ryan O’Neil Smith, after it was officially announced that he would serve as information systems and technology manager at Cheshire Hall Medical Centre. The newly assigned information technology manager has been with the hospital since its inception in 2010. Smith who previously served as hospital information system manager and prior to that as system administrator, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Information Systems and a leadership and management certification amongst other qualifications. He said that prior to his promotion, for the last couple of months he has been training and preparing himself for the position. “It doesn’t feel like something new because I’m still doing a lot of the tasks that I used to do before, but its more responsibility that falls on me now,” he explained.

Smith said that his new job description shared many similarities to his old post, except a few more challenges and also dealing directly with people. “It’s a little bit more challenging as far as now I am actually managing staff, as before I pretty much just managed the health information system, but now I also have to deal with people.” His new routine includes managing projects at the hospital, doing software installations and upgrades. The 30-year-old sees himself being self-employed 10 years from now. Smith encouraged people to continue to push towards their goals, regardless of how impossible they may seem. “Only thing I would say is just put into your craft, a career that you’re following. “You need to put into that, do the extra work, do the extra research and get certified in the areas you feel that you want to pursue.”

Anthem and a closing prayer from Father Lightbourne before the police marched past the church in an act of respect. A similar ceremony was held at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral on Front Street in Grand Turk and was attended by Governor Peter Beckingham. Following the service uniformed groups attended the ecumenical service at New Testament Church of God. Remembrance Day is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth countries since the end of World War I to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty. It is observed on November 11 and services are often held on the closest Sunday.

Leader of the Opposition Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson lays a wreath

The Reverend Father Norman Lightbourne presents a sermon

National Trust seeks more financial partners WITH AN agenda set to safeguard and preserve the Islands’ history, the Turks and Caicos National Trust reached out to corporate sponsors to financially assist in carrying out its mission. In a Corporate Membership Campaign Cocktail event on Thursday, November 14, at West Bay Club, the trust invited representatives of various companies to share details of ongoing projects and to petition for financial partners. National Trust executive director Ethlyn Gibbs-Williams compared the Islands to a jewel and encouraged the public to get on board to “work together to polish the jewel so that its iridescence may shine near and far”. She explained the importance of preserving the history of the TCI for future generations and pointed out that since the National Trust was established in 1992, they have been diligently doing just that. Some projects undertaken in South Caicos since the establishment of the trust include the restoration of the Boiling Hole retaining walls and construction of

a gazebo with seating at the site. In Middle and North Caicos the trust reopened the historic Crossing Place Trail in 1999, but is in need of finances to develop a maintenance plan, Gibbs-Williams said. Most recently the visitor’s facility on Little Water Cay was built and improvement was made to the Cheshire Hall historic site in Providenciales. Currently, the trust’s main focus is implementing more activities under the Management of Protected Areas to Support Sustainable Economics project which is 57.56 per cent co-funded by the European Union. The challenge for the trust, however, is sourcing the remaining 44.42 per cent of the approximate $1,332,790. The director said: “We have made significant achievements thus far under the project through public awareness, conservation management, historic preservation and cultural preservation and promotion programmes, but there is still a long way to go in a short time.

“The project ends in December 2014.” She said that “through the public awareness and education programme, the trust has developed a relationship with the schools and the Education Department where the staff conduct monthly school visits, develops and distributes environmental educational materials, assists schools with field trips, and of course the ever so popular annual environmental and cultural camp.” Another prized accomplishment under the programme is the production of the children’s magazine - Eco Echoes. Gibbs-Williams hopes that from the event, which was also cosponsored by the European Union’s project, businesses will sign on as members or donate to the ongoing projects being implemented. Among the attendees at the event were Premier Rufus Ewing, Deputy Premier Akierra Misick, other Government officials, members of the Opposition, CEOs and company representatives of businesses and National Trust staff.

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Which mouthwash? I AM often asked by patients if they should be using a mouthwash and if so, which one should they be using. Mouthwash can be used for several reasons and the requirement for use determines which type I would recommend. ANTIBACTERIAL If I see a specific bacterial infection or sore areas that have the potential to become infected are present, then I would recommend a mouthwash based on chlorhexidine. This is sold under several brand names - your pharmacist will be able to assist you. Chlorhexidine is a very effective antibacterial agent and should only

be used under direction from your dentist. I recommend rinsing twice a day until the bottle is finished. A second bottle must not be used immediately afterwards and chlorhexidine should not be used as an everyday rinse. This is because continued use can result in a fungal overgrowth (oral thrush) once the bacteria has been eliminated. It also binds to the tooth surface and so has a propensity to cause brown staining on the teeth which requires polishing off once treatment is complete. ANTI-CAVITY In adults and children that are

experiencing a high rate of decay or have early decay that can be reversed, I recommend a twice daily rinse with a fluoride mouthwash. Rinsing daily with fluoride has replaced the old fashioned application of fluoride gel in a tray. AFTER EXTRACTION OR SURGERY After tooth extraction, a simple rinse with a warm salt water wash (salt dissolved in warm water) is usually sufficient to keep the area clean and bacteria-free. Excessive rinsing of an extraction socket however can lead to a dry socket which is where the blood clot has been washed out of the extraction

socket and can be painful. This can generally be avoided by not over rinsing, not smoking and allowing the body to work to heal itself. GENERAL HYGIENE Mouthwash is not a replacement for good regular brushing and flossing but if you like a rinse after brushing there are a range of general mouthwashes available from the pharmacy or grocery store. These generally have limited

active ingredients but leave a fresh flavour and tingly sensation in the mouth. With these products I strongly recommend avoiding anything alcohol-based (some products are up to 30 per cent alcohol) as there is evidence linking these with oral cancer. I would recommend a minty peroxide mouthwash as the foaming action of the peroxide can be effective at loosening any debris between the teeth.

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We’ve only just begun! IF YOU don’t love Karen Carpenter’s cool, calm contralto singing that song, then you just don’t love music. What great lyrics. “White lace and promises, a kiss for luck and we’re on our way!” Indeed, it is with this doe eyed optimism that anyone will begin a shadow programme with their student. Isn’t it lovely? You get to be the crucial link to help this young mind bravely venture into the world and stretch itself beyond former limitations. You are the connector… the conduit! It sounds super exciting doesn’t it? Inspiring beyond words, until your student has his first meltdown because of total sensory overload in the middle of lunch and you realise that the white button down shirt and kitten heels may NOT have been the best choice to wear on spaghetti day! Now, before I scare away any of you young teachers out there who

may think: “Hey, I could shadow a special needs kid!” know that I am just kidding…but only a bit. You have to be psychologically prepared to face each day for what it is: a new day. Each day may be a bit different from the last. All of this depends on your student, the environment and your skill level in marrying the two. But there are a few disclaimers to list first. Shall we begin? 1) I function as more than a shadow as I must also address some basic occupational and speech therapy needs. So, there will be some modifications in my experience compared to the typical. 2) I function as behavioural therapist using the Verbal Behaviour (VB) method of Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA). So, there are certain interventions that I have liberty to use with my student that would normally have to be passed by the

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student’s separate therapist before implementing. 3) The school in which this inclusion programme (Precious Treasures Primary) is running has been working actively with the BCBA (Board Certified Behaviour Analyst) who wrote the student’s IEP (Individualised Education Plan) to accurately reproduce a functioning inclusion set up for almost a one and half years. 4) The classroom teachers have been open to making adjustments to their classroom environment, management styles and instruction approaches during the entire process.

Many times, this has been impromptu during the teaching day rather than planned ahead. 5) The principal of the school takes an active interest in the progress of the student and, outside of IEP update meetings, inquires regularly in how to improve the system. She also encourages the entire staff to interact according to IEP protocol with the student and allows the shadow full access to any portion of the school grounds necessary to accommodate IEP goals. 6) I am also the student’s parent. So, the balance between nurturing and teaching must be carefully monitored. Signs of dependency or separation issues are always watched for and prevention measures are programmed into the IEP. 7) Training workshops for me as both a shadow and VB therapist (because they are different) happen no less than twice a year with ongoing

coaching sessions throughout the year via email or Skype. 8) Re-evaluations of the student as well as steady data on the student’s progress is required from both myself and the classroom teacher. 9) No less than once a year, the school and shadow are subject to observation by the BCBA for evaluation of IEP execution. 10) The school does not bear the entire load of the student’s education, as a pre-requisite for acceptance in an inclusion programme was a verifiable home therapy programme that is ongoing during the year, including Christmas, Easter and summer breaks. Whew! I think I covered them all, but I’m sure I will think of more as we go. So, next week we take a peek at how all this looks from beginning to end. I know this alone may be a lot to digest, but as Karen reminds us, we’ve only just begun!

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Lifestyle... YOUR DIET





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

Children and diabetes THE AMERICAN Diabetes Association (ADA) reports that 1 in 400 American children have been diagnosed with diabetes. Children are usually affected by type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune disease where the body is unable to make insulin. However, paediatricians are now seeing an increase in the number of children affected by type 2 diabetes. Unlike type 1, type 2 diabetes is very closely connected to lifestyle and behaviours. The persons living with diabetes fully appreciate the impact the disease has on their lives and the changes that they have had to make since being diagnosed. Now, imagine this in the life of a child. It is normal for them to be scared and have questions such as: why is this happening to me? Or is this my fault? As a parent, it is your responsibility to educate your child as much as you possibly can on the disease and how they can take good care of themselves. Teach them how to manage the disease but not let the disease manage them. By that I mean they should not be defined by diabetes; they should be taught that the disease is just a portion of their life and should not consume them. I have adopted a list of helpful tips from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) website that you may find helpful to you and your child. - Work closely with your child's healthcare team, including a registered dietician nutritionist, to manage diabetes and help your child grow normally - physically, mentally and emotionally. - Gradually involve your child in taking responsibility for his or her diabetes. Help your child learn when, how and where to get help, as well as the skills needed to manage their diabetes. - Help grandparents, teachers, babysitters, coaches or any other person who spends time with your child understand your child's diabetes. - Help your child or teen feel comfortable about asking to leave class or play to monitor blood glucose (blood sugar) and take insulin. - Make diabetes management part of your parenting but not the sole focus. Keep the fun in growing up for your child. ‘Be Healthy Today; Be Healthy for Life,’ a publication by the American Diabetes Association encourages youths to manage their diabetes using STAR. STOP before you make a decision about what kind of foods you will eat and whether you will exercise or not. THINK about your choices before you act and how they will affect your blood sugar. ACT on the better choice for your health. Remember, change is slow. Small steps add up to big results! REFLECT on your progress and give yourself credit when you make a healthy choice. For more information on this and other topics, ‘like’ my page, Nutrition in Demand on Facebook. Nutrition In Demand A non profit organization helping you to: "Eat Healthy Today... Living, Longer, Better Tomorrow" Cell: (649) 242-3978 or (649) 442-3978


How does your garden grow

Night blooming jasmine NIGHT blooming jasmin (Cestrum nocturnum) is a species of Cestrum in the plant family Solanaceae (the potato family). The species is native to the West Indies and tropical America, and common names include nightblooming cestrum, lady of the night, queen of the night, night-blooming jessamine and night-blooming jasmine. The cascading clusters of tiny tubular flowers are cream coloured not particularly showy but they pack a wallop of scent when they open at dusk. The fragrance is present but much lighter during the daytime hours. Though not a true jasmine, this plant's strong fragrance is legend among fragrant plant lovers. However, don’t overdo it, with this or any other sweet smelling plants. Some people find the smell overwhelming. Just one or two of these fragrant shrubs in a landscape is enough. This plant does best in a sunny spot, with an informal look that works well in tropical landscaping or it can soften the look of a more manicured yard. It flowers on and off all year, more in warmer months with small white berries appearing after the bloom cycle. The leaves, flowers and berries are thought to contain toxins -

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avoid planting where pets or young children might munch, just to be on the safe side. This is a fast grower that prefers full to part sun, though it will grow in partial shade (but flowers less). Keep this jasmine shrub trimmed to three or four feet tall, or let it get a bit larger if you prefer. Add top soil or organic peat humus to the hole when you plant. You can also add composted cow manure, which enriches the soil around the root ball, to the mix.


Trim lightly after a bloom cycle for shape. Do a hard pruning in fall (by mid-October) or spring (late March) to control the plant's size. Fertilise three times a year in spring, summer, and autumn with a good quality granular fertiliser. You can also supplement feedings with periodic applications of bone meal and/or liquid fertiliser to promote heavier bloom. Place these shrubs three feet apart. Come away from the house two and a half to three feet. If you’re planting by a door, walk or patio, come out three feet or more to give the shrub room to fill out. This plant can be grown in a large container, though it will eventually outgrow the pot. Keep an eye out for a mealy bug infestation, as cestrum is prone to their attack. Mostly mealy bugs lay their eggs and hide at underside of leaves where they form a white cotton ball like structure. Wash the plant with detergent mixed water until they are removed completely or use insecticide for quick results.

By Audley Astwood, police public relations officer

Armed robbery or similar event The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force (RTCIPF), has issued these safety tips soley as a precaution in the event of a Robbery at any business place in the Turks & Caicos Islands (TCI). BEFORE OR DURING INCIDENT: 1. Do not be heroic. 2. Stay calm. 3. Obey the offender’s instructions. 4. Never assume a firearm is fake or a toy. 5. Use non-threatening behaviour and avoid eye contact. 6. Observe the offender as much as possible. 7. Stay out of danger if you are not directly involved.

FOLLOWING THE INCIDENT: 1. Call 911. 2. Don t hang up unless told to do so. Keep the line open. 3. Supply to 911: Name and address of premises Number of offenders and brief description Description of vehicle if used Direction of travel 4. Check for injuries to staff and customers. Tell the 911 operator if an ambulance is required- 911 can call an ambulance. 5. Keep everyone away from anything the offender may have come in contact with such as counters. Avoid moving or touching anything left behind. 6. Avoid touching firearms or ammunition. 7. Avoid touching spent cartridges

or bullet holes. 8. Request everyone to remain. 9. Obtain name and contact details of all witnesses if possible. 10. Have all staff and customers record their observations independently. 11. Discuss the matter with Police before you speak to the media. Police are urging anyone with information about any crime to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 8477 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://www. Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.


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Attorney Clayton Greene Conrad Higgs

Conrad Higgs Parents, teachers, family members and supporters participate in the event

The Ashcroft School raises funds to aid Philippines typhoon victims THE ASHCROFT Primary School in Providenciales raised $1,646 during the school Fundraising Fair on Friday (November 15) to go towards assisting children affected by the typhoon in the Philippines. The money was raised through sales of baked goods, books, toys

and other donated items. The funds were sent directly to the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF). Principal of The Ashcroft School, David O’Connell thanked the teachers and the students for

assisting in the initiative. He said: “I believe that all of our children must feel proud of this global achievement, we made a difference!” Sponsors include Digicel, Kishco, KB Homes, Art Provo and Hidden Treasures. (DAISY HANDFIELD)

FORMER chief executive officer of TCInvest Conrad Higgs died on Thursday, October 24, while swimming to shore from a sinking boat. The 59-year-old retired civil servant is thought to have suffered a heart attack while struggling to make his way back to land. A funeral service was held for Higgs last Saturday (November 9) at Lighthouse Church in Bottle Creek, North Caicos. Among those that gave tributes at the church were his sister-in-law Dianne Higgs, brothers Nathaniel and Quinton Higgs, his uncle Daniel Williams and cousins Jermel Williams and Samuel Handfield. Clergymen and representatives from the Governor’s office, Government and Opposition also spoke. Attorney Clayton Greene gave a particularly touching eulogy at the service for his colleague at the TCI Bar. “Conrad’s 59 years were chuck full of accomplishments but the thing that I believe he was most proud of was the fact that he was a lawyer,” he said. He described three occasions that he was in Greene’s office trying to perfect court matters. “That was who he was. He was never going to be ill prepared. He was also not going to allow an unwillingness to seek help cause him not to be able to give his client good representation. “He was proud to be a lawyer. I heard it in his voice and saw it in his eyes when he presented me with his business card and told me that he had his business

licence,” Greene said. He went on to say that Higgs’ home was always open, he always offered a ride and was happy to share a drink. “I will miss his advice and counsel. Of all the issues that we would have discussed over the years and of all the positions that he would have taken I cannot remember a time that I can say with any degree of assurance that Higgsie was on the wrong side of an issue.” He said that he commanded loyalty, respect, admiration and love and was very proud of his family. He also loved politics and was proud of the contribution that his grandfather had made to the political landscape of the Turks and Caicos Islands. “Although he would never admit it I believe that somewhere he harboured a desire to be in front line politics.” He spoke of Higgs’ love of Bottle Creek and said that for him it was “the epicentre of the universe”. “He told me of how he enjoyed fishing and admitted after some pressing that his job was to keep up. “He died doing what he loved with people that he loved and is being laid to rest in a place that he loved.” He finished by saying: “Had I know however that that Saturday would be the last time that I would see my friend I would have given him a hug on boarding the ferry; had I know I would have made a little more of the good bye; had I known I would have told my friend that I loved him.”

South Caicos never looked this good

TCI features on Overseas Territories social media sites

Bethany Baptist promotes TCI with cultural extravaganza MEMBERS of Bethany Baptist Church in Blue Hills made it known on Saturday, November 9, that the culture of the Turks and Caicos Islands was not going to go unnoticed. They held a Cultural Extravaganza event in the church yard from 10am

until late and showcased a number of popular dishes, performances and exhibitions. Residents and tourists took the opportunity to enjoy some of the positive attributes that each island had to offer. (DAISY HANDFIELD)

The lovely Betty Dean displays some Salt Cay cream cakes

A NEW Facebook page and Twitter site dedicated to the UK’s 14 Overseas Territories have been created to highlight the delights of each country. On Monday (November 18) the Foreign and Commonwealth Office featured the Turks and Caicos Islands as country of the day on both social media webpages. Dozens of posts captured the beauty, culture and environment

of the Islands for the hundreds of international fans. Among the highlights were John Glenn’s splashdown, sprinter Delano Williams, musician Sally Greenwood, ripsaw music, water activities and the rock iguana. The Facebook page is called ‘The UK-Overseas Territories Family’ and the Twitter page can be found at british_ots.

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Miss TCI 2013 describes Miss Universe experience as unforgettable BY DAISY HANDFIELD MISS Turks and Caicos Universe 2013 returned to the TCI from the Miss Universe pageant in Moscow, Russia, on Sunday, November 10, without the crown but with an experience of a lifetime. The Weekly News spoke with Snwazna Adams who said that this pageant has brought her growth and she was grateful for the opportunity to represent the TCI. She said: “It was cold of course because it was in Russia, but overall it was an exciting experience, I’m happy that I was a part of it.” Adams said that everything was completely different from what she was accustomed to in the TCI. She said: “The culture in its entirety was different, the greetings, the way they did things, the food was completely different.” One thing in particular that she noted was quite different was having to take her coat off before entering the dining room. “We would not take our coats inside, you would have to check your coat in, and you were not allowed to take your coat into the dining room.” The beauty queen said that the girls were judged on stage presence, confidence, and other undisclosed criteria. Adams who will be reigning as Miss Turks and Caicos until a new beauty is crowned next year, will be working on promoting education.

Miss Universe in Moscow flaunts her lovely costume courtesy of Kazz Forbes

“I plan on working on my platform which is education more closely. I know I have some upcoming photo shoots, everything is still in planning.” During her stay in Moscow she realised that many of the girls in the pageant spent years preparing themselves, in her opinion the preparation was an “everyday process”. She noted that she was unable to form solid friendships with the girls,

Make an impact on someone’s life this Christmas MANY anticipate the Christmas holidays as a time to receive gifts, but this coming holiday season residents are trying to switch things up and give back, by helping those in need. Many poor people in the Dominican Republic will see another blank holiday with no toys, gifts or even love. So Weekly News reporter Daisy Handfield and a group of friends have decided to put together boxes of their used clothes to donate to churches in the Dominican Republic to distribute to persons in need. She said that many asked why Dominican Republic and not the Turks and Caicos Islands, and she said to them that she tries to play her part on the islands as well. “I try to give back to my community [Turks and Caicos] as much as I can, but there are also a lot of poor people in Dominican Republic that I have seen for myself, so I think it’s only right to try and give back to some of them this Christmas. “Witnessing the poverty for

myself is really heart-breaking. I just want people to realise that we may have problems and struggles, but there are problems out in the world bigger than us. “I think just by starting small, we can all make a difference in the world, and instead of just throwing out my old clothes I came up with the idea of giving it to someone who doesn’t have any.” She said that she’s learned that she does not have to wait to get wealthy to help out - any type of help can make a difference in someone’s life. Handfield said that Christmas is all about giving instead of receiving. “Back then I anticipated Christmas to receive gifts, but now I look for innovative ways to give back to people who needs are greater than mine.” Anyone who has any used toys or clothes that they are no longer using can email Daisy Handfield on to organise a time to hand over the donations.

because the majority of the time they were grouped differently, but she did say that even though they were thousands of miles apart, they still shared many similarities. On a different note, Adams said that she was more than happy to be back home. “There is no place like home,” she said. President and managing director of the Miss TCI pageant, Kazz Forbes commended Adams for her courage and for the work that she put in while in Moscow.

Snwazna Adams represents the Turks and Caicos Islands

“We couldn't be more enthusiastic about the ongoing transformation and re-branding of the Miss Turks and Caicos Beauty Pageant and we are so thankful to the people of the ‘Beautiful by Nature’ Turks and Caicos Islands, the Turks and Caicos Tourist Board, our partners, supporters and the reigning Miss Universe Turks and Caicos 2013 Snwazna Adams who did an amazing job representing us with grace in Moscow, Russia, at the 2013 Miss Universe Pageant.” Forbes said that the Miss Turks and

Caicos Universe Organisation boasts an amazing board and he applauded each and every board member for the skills and dedication that go into producing their events, carrying out their mandate and achieving their goal in celebrating their queens and empowering TCI women. The Miss Universe Pageant was held in Moscow, Russia on Sunday (November 9), where 87 girls competed for the title. Miss Venezuela, Gabriela Isler walked away with the title of Miss Universe 2013.

Civil servants learn how to be 21st century managers LEADING public workers were taught how to build their critical management skills during a Government-funded course recently. Tutors in the day long ‘21st Century Manager’ programme used behavioural science and cuttingedge management principles in a bid to enhance staff performance. Deputy Governor Anya Williams who is head of the TCI civil service, said: “Management development is essential to take the TCI Government forward to achieve our vision and mission. “I want the management team to fully engage in this important opportunity to improve their management skills which in turn, will help shape us to be a forwardthinking, responsive and effective public service. “The programme goal is to build critical management competencies that relate to enhanced organisational performance.” The first group of civil servants

Attendees are taught critical management skills

which consisted of 21 deputy secretaries and heads of department from Providenciales and Grand Turk completed the course on Thursday, November 14. A second group have completed their pre course work on personality preferences and began the course properly on Tuesday (November 19). The course will run over several

days until mid-December. Topics include managing self, managing people, managing employee learning and service performance, and managing organisational change. It is led by the Government’s human resources manager Christine Ramoutar and human resource advisor Wendy Raikes.



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Regional News


Grenade thrown at Bahamian newspaper A LIVE hand grenade was thrown through the front door of Punch Publications, prompting an emergency lockdown of Farrington Road until the bomb squad could remove the explosive and safely detonate it. Staff at the tabloid newspaper say they have had threats in the past, but no recent cause for concern and have no idea who could have targeted their building. Police were alerted to the situation at around 11:45pm Monday when an alarm went off at the publication’s headquarters on Ajax Street. The initial report was that a stone had been thrown through the glass front door, but when officers responded they found the grenade, with the pin pulled out, lying in the entrance just beyond the shattered door. The bomb squad was alerted immediately, and they “collected the detonating device to be diffused at a remote location,” according to a police source. However, some news reports indicated that the device was subject to a controlled detonation where it

was found. The carpet and panelling near the grenade, undamaged in early photos, seem to have been impacted to some extent during or after its removal. Speaking with The Tribune, Jill Albury, Punch marketing manager, said the newspaper had received no recent threats of any kind. She also said the company has now decided to take several precautions

in an effort to protect staff. “It is true, we had a grenade thrown through our front door just before midnight. When I got the call and came here it looked like the Gaza strip. There were fire trucks and police cars and the bomb squad everywhere. They had the entire area blocked off with yellow tape and no one could get in – walking or driving,” she said.

CIA accused of secretly collecting data on money transfers to the Caribbean THE Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has been accused of secretly collecting bulk records of money transfers to the Caribbean and other places handled by companies like Western Union and MoneyGram. Government officials said the transfers include transactions into and out of the United States under the same law that the Us National Security Agency (NSA) uses for its huge database of Americans’ phone records. The New York Times, quoting several current and former government officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the matter is classified, said the programme is authorised by provisions in the Patriot Act and overseen by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. “The intelligence community collects bulk data in a number of different ways under multiple authorities,” one intelligence official told the paper. Dean Boyd, a spokesman for the CIA, declined to confirm whether such a programme exists, but said that the agency conducts lawful intelligence collection aimed at foreign “ not domestic” activities and that it is subject to extensive

TCI has fastest growing population in the region – World Bank report According to the World Bank, the fastest-growing population in the region is one of the tiniest: the Turks and Caicos Islands, which has seen an average annual growth of 4.5 percent from 2000 to 2012. Second was the Cayman Islands, which saw an average annual growth rate of 2.7 percent from 2000 to 2012. Among sovereign Caribbean

An officer documents the scene after a grenade (inset) was thrown through the front door.

The CIA is accused of using companies such as Western Union and Money Gram to secretly collect the information.

oversight. “The CIA protects the nation and upholds the privacy rights of Americans by ensuring that its intelligence collection activities are focused on acquiring foreign intelligence and counterintelligence in accordance with US laws,” he said. Juan Zarate, a White House and US Department of Treasury official under former President George W. Bush, said that, unlike telecommunications information,

there has generally been less sensitivity about the collection of financial data, in part because the government already collects information on large transactions under the Bank Secrecy Act. Luella Chavez D’Angelo, a spokeswoman for Western Union, which operates extensively in the Caribbean, declined to directly address questions about whether the company has been ordered to turn over records in bulk to the CIA or the surveillance court.

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countries, it’s Belize that has the highest growth rate, at 2.6 percent, followed by the Bahamas at 1.9 percent. Two US territories were the only populations that saw negative growth — Puerto Rico, with -0.3 percent population growth over the period, and the US Virgin Islands, also at -0.3 percent. (

Successive Bahamian governments blasted for overspending PRESSURE from the International Monetary Fund to implement Value Added Tax is not surprising given the agency’s track record in the region, according to Rick Lowe, vicepresident of the Nassau Institute. And Mr Lowe blasted successive governments for ignoring concerns overspending and borrowing deficits, only to present a “band-aid” solution in the form of VAT in the face of a dangerous fiscal situation. While noting that the “day of reckoning” had come for the public sector to share the burden carried by the private sector for more than five years, Mr Lowe warned that an impromptu increase in the cost of goods and services would not spark an increase in government revenue. He said: “Most Bahamians agree that fiscal reform is a vital component in this process being called tax reform, yet the authorities do not appear willing to make commitments to bring its spending under control, nor do they provide comfort that present taxes allowed by law will be collected. “We have found no evidence that the introduction of a Value Added Tax leads to economic growth in the near to mid terms. In fact the evidence is the opposite: growth is negatively impacted leading to increasing deficits and debt to GDP levels.” Mr Lowe’s comments follow a statement by the IMF at the end of its two-week mission to the Bahamas, in which the Fund urged the Christie administration “to deploy all efforts and resources” to ensure it hit its VAT implementation deadline of July 1, 2014. The Bahamas would slash its debt-to-GDP ratio by five percentage points within three years of hitting a 60 per cent peak, the IMF believes – if the government can hit its fiscal consolidation targets. Describing the controversial VAT as the “cornerstone” of the government’s fiscal reform and consolidation efforts, the IMF, which

ended its visit to the Bahamas on Saturday, called on the government to obtain “broad-based support” for the new tax. According to a report commissioned by the Nassau Institute on the economic consequences of VAT for the Bahamas, prepared by David Godsell: “The IMF reviewed 170 cases of austerity in 15 countries over the last three decades and provides evidence that spending reductions do not carry the negative GDP effects associated with tax increases. Specifically, they find that a one per cent cut has no effect on GDP growth, while a similarly sized tax increase reduces GDP by 1.3 per cent.” “In other words,” Mr Lowe said, “spending cuts do less damage than tax hikes. Tax reform must encourage growth, reduce government spending, deficits and debt, and promote fairness. “Notwithstanding the fact that it was regional governments that have spent and borrowed the countries they are privileged to lead to the precipice of bankruptcy, the IMF has an unenviable track record in the region with its advice to the governments they consult. “When you jump off a cliff, you should make sure the water is deep enough for you to land. “The government has denied for decades that their spending and borrowing deficits aren’t a problem, now all of a sudden it’s a problem? When people were raising concerns, they didn’t pay attention.” Amid growing opposition to its VAT plans, Prime Minister Perry Christie challenged the private sector earlier this month to present a viable alternative. Mr Christie pointed out that after the public rejected the option of boosting revenue by regulating web shop gaming, the government had to find some form of taxation to sustain development – a suggestion panned by the opposition as unrealistic and self-serving.

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World News



Gay marriage in Scotland backed in principle by MSPs The killings happened over an 18-month period when the IRA’s bombing campaign was at its height in Belfast.

Undercover soldiers ‘killed unarmed civilians in Belfast’

SOLDIERS from an undercover unit used by the British army in Northern Ireland killed unarmed civilians, former members have told BBC One’s Panorama. Speaking publicly for the first time, the ex-members of the Military Reaction Force (MRF), which was disbanded in 1973, said they had been tasked with “hunting down” IRA members in Belfast. The former soldiers said they believed the unit had saved many lives. The Ministry of Defence said it had referred the disclosures to police. The details have emerged a day after Northern Ireland’s attorney general, John Larkin, suggested ending any prosecutions over Troubles-related killings that took

place before the signing of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998. The proposal has been criticised by groups representing relatives of victims. Panorama has been told the MRF consisted of about 40 men handpicked from across the British army. Before it was disbanded 40 years ago, after 18 months, plain-clothes soldiers carried out round-the-clock patrols of west Belfast - the heartland of the IRA - in unmarked cars. Three former members of the unit, who agreed to be interviewed on condition their identities were disguised, said they had posed as Belfast City Council road sweepers, dustmen and even “meths drinkers”, carrying out surveillance from street gutters.

The Peace Ark hospital ship reportedly has around 100 medical workers.

Typhoon Haiyan: China sends relief team to Philippines

CHINA is sending an emergency medical team and a disaster relief team to the typhoon-hit Philippines, following criticism of its initial response. Chinese Red Cross workers, a medical team and a large hospital ship will be sent to assist the Philippines, China’s Foreign Ministry said. Typhoon Haiyan killed more than 4,000 people when it tore into the Philippines on 8 November. The UN estimates around 11 million people have been affected by the storm.

China initially offered $100,000 (£60,000) in aid, a fraction of that committed by other major nations. The Chinese Red Cross pledged another $100,000. The amount was criticised by western media and analysts, although some Chinese microblog users objected to China sending any aid at all. China and the Philippines are currently embroiled in a territorial dispute - seen by many as the reason for Beijing offering so little assistance, says the BBC’s China correspondent Martin Patience.

LEGISLATION to introduce samesex marriage in Scotland has been approved in principle by parliament, after MSPs voted on it for the first time. The Scottish government’s Marriage and Civil Partnership Bill passed the first of three parliamentary hurdles by 98 votes to 15 with five abstentions. Ministers said the move was the right thing to do, but the Church of Scotland and Catholic Church are opposed. Religious and belief bodies would “opt in” to perform same-sex marriages. Same-sex couples in Scotland currently have the option to enter into civil partnerships, and there has been an indication that the earliest gay marriage ceremonies could take place by the start of 2015, if the legislation is passed. Ministers have insisted no part of the religious community would be forced to hold ceremonies for homosexual couples in churches. For the Scottish government, Health Secretary Alex Neil said of the bill: “I believe that will allow all people having the same opportunity

The Scottish government’s bill was backed in principle by MSPs, after a vote at Holyrood.

as each other in Scotland who love each other to have their marriage recognised in the eyes of the law. “That will create a more tolerant society in Scotland and will mean that, in respect of marriage, there is genuinely equal rights right across the entire community.” MSPs were allowed a free vote on the legislation, rather than along party lines, and members spoke out on all sides of the debate.

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, who is openly gay, told parliament of her respect for the institution of marriage, adding: “I want that right to extend, not just to me, but also to the thousands of people across Scotland who are told that the law says ‘no’. “They can’t marry the love of their life, they’re not allowed. And unless we change this law, they will never be allowed.”

Virginia State senator stabbed by son who then killed himself: report VIRGINIA State Senator Creigh Deeds’ condition improved from critical to fair Tuesday afternoon, after he was stabbed in the head and chest by his son Austin (Gus) Deeds Tuesday morning at his home in Bath County. After allegedly attacking his father, the 24-year-old reportedly shot himself. He died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police confirmed that early indications are that Gus Deeds attacked his father before shooting himself, Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corrine Geller said. Law enforcement sources are investigating what led to the violence. Just a day earlier, Gus Deeds had been evaluated under an emergency custody order for mental health issues, Dennis Cropper, executive director of the Rockbridge County Community Services Board, told the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Health officials said that no psychiatric bed was available for Deeds and so he was released. Police were called to Deeds’ home at 7:25 a.m. Gus and Creigh were the only people at the Deeds family home at the time of the violence. Reports indicate that Creigh Deeds managed to flee his home by

Gus Deeds took a semester off from college at William & Mary to work on his dad’s campaign for governor in 2009. He reportedly assaulted his father Tuesday morning and then shot himself dead.

foot and was picked up by a cousin. The 55-year-old local politician is being treated at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, Va. Police say he endured stab wounds to his head and upper torso. Gus Deeds was said to be conscious when police arrived at the scene but died soon after. Deeds, a Democrat, previously

ran for attorney general of Virginia in 2005 and governor of Virginia in 2009. In 2009, when Deeds was running against Republican Bob McDonnell, Gus Deeds and his sister Amanda helped out with their dad’s campaign and were among Deeds’ entourage when he visited college campuses across the state to drum up support among the youth vote.

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Cleaners/ Maids For upcoming season. Bring resume. Belongers only.


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Only highly self-driven & motivated, personable and professional individuals, whom have the desire to serve others, need apply: Applicants must have previous experience as a domestic work and cook. Must be comfortable and experienced around the care and walking of larger breed dogs and be willing to work 6 days a week including holidays and weekends. Hours will need to be flexible in order to flex for evening service when required. Nutritional food experience also an asset. Must have a willing, positive and personable attitude. Turks & Caicos Islands citizens only need to apply. Strong previous references and background check mandatory.

Please e-mail your resume to turksdomesticworker@ Deadline is November 30, 2013. 9454


• Must have own tools • Must be very proficient in base/clear paint application and technologies • Must have excellent communication skills and work habits • Must have a strong sense of teamwork • Must have a minimum of 5 years experience • Must have a Journeyman’s Certificate Salary commensurate with experience and demonstrated ability


• Must have own tools • Must have a very proficient diagnostic abilities in all automotive areas ( electrical, a/c, drive ability, transmission etc.) • Must be familiar with both OE and Generic Diagnostic Tools • Must have a minimum of 5 years progressive experience • Must have excellent communication skill and work habits • Salary commensurate with experience and demonstrated ability

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November 23 - 29, 2013


November 23 - 29, 2013




Is looking for a

Is looking for a

cook To work 6 days per week. Salary $7.00 per hour. contact: 941-5341

Gardener To work 6 days per week salary $7.00 per hour contact: 649-9468888 or email: info@


PENN DRYWALL & DESIGN Is looking for a

Is looking for a

labourer To work 6 days per week salary $400.00 per week.

Contact: 346-5588


carpenter Must be able to work alone. Must be able to verify skills. Salary $10.00 per hour

Contact: 431-1928




MAXWELL DELANCY Is looking for a

Is looking for a

Are you a high performing, results driven Professional? If so, we would like to speak with you about joining our dynamic team in the capacity of:

General Manager – Turks and Caicos We are looking for an accomplished experienced executive with an acknowledged and proven track record of having successfully directed, developed, and managed within the telecommunications industry with a focus on the fast growing mobile business in the Caribbean and who has a strong sales and marketing focus. As General Manager of our Turks and Caicos Business Unit you will have responsibility for: • All relevant activities in growing the company across all lines of business – mobile, landline, internet and entertainment. • The recruitment, development, and growth of the team members across all commercial lines. • The effective use of robust management tools, metrics and reporting structures to measure and ensure performance. • The delivery of monthly; quarterly; semi annually; and annual revenue and performance targets. • Participating in cross-functional meetings and implementation of tactical and strategic initiatives. The successful candidate will have: • Worked previously as a Senior Manager in a telecommunications company with a bias towards Sales and Marketing. • A Minimum of five years proven experience working in the Telecommunications and Technology arena • Proven track record in managing and motivating teams. • Have a track record of success in driving profits, and in building and developing high performing teams. • Educated up to degree standard. Strong people management skills. • Can demonstrate experience of driving and managing change within a fast-paced, operational environment.

To explore this exciting career opportunity please send your application and resume no later than December 3rd, 2013 to or fax to 1 (876) 920-9336

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To work 6 days per week salary $6.00 per hour. contact: 345-1247 9468

labourer to work 5 days

per week salary $5.00 per hour.

Contact: 244-3732


LYNEAL GIBSON Is looking for a

Labourer To work 5 days per week salary $5.00 per hour.

contact: 343-3398 WARD’S CONSULTANCY Acting on behalf of our clients: Ripples Ltd., Brid M. Benjamin, Villa Del Mar is looking to fill the following positions:

CAICOS AUTO WORLD is looking for an

Domestic Worker Mason Gardening Supervisor Maintenance

electrician To work 6 days

Salary $6.00 per hour Monday – Saturday.

per week salary $8.00 per hour.

Contact: 649-345-7512

Contact: 344-8753



November 23 - 29, 2013



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• General cleaning; yard, vehicle, equipment & building. • Must be able to manage hot working conditions. • Must be in good health as physically demanding work. • Night shifts required. • Fluent in English and be a team worker, reliable. • Pay rate: $5/hour

Email resume Please fax copy to TCI Labour Office: 649-946-4164


PROVO SEAFOOD is looking for the following positions

Boat Captain – $8.00 per hour

Labourer – $6.00 per hour

contact: 946-4727 9425

Down Town, Providenciales Telephone: 941-4800



To work 6 days per week salary $5.00 per hour. Must have knowledge of insecticides. Must have knowledge of pruning and planting of trees.

DOMESTIC WORKER Salary starts at $5.00.

Only Turks Islanders need to apply 9444


is looking for the following persons:


Must be willing to work 6 days per week. Must have knowledge of boat and automobiles Salary $8.00 per hour


Must be willing to work 6 days per week. Must have knowledge of the Turks and Caicos Banks. Salary based on commission.

Contact: 2415678 or 343-0727 9453

Contact: 242-5646


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

1. Parcel 10204/164

North Creek, North West Suburbs, Grand Turk, property comprises of a two storey unfinished duplex dwelling consisting of four bedrooms and two bathrooms. Registered Proprietor: Devon Rigby

2. Parcel 10409/198

East Suburbs, Grand Turk, this property comprises of a residential lot supporting a two storey building. There are three one-bedroom units on the lower level with open kitchen/living/dining area and a bathroom. The upper level supports a three bedroom main unit with kitchen, living room, dining room, two bathrooms, powder room and storage with balcony and lower level terrace. Registered Proprietor: Nate Elvin Lightbourne

3. Parcel 60807/170

Sunny Reef Ltd Experience Restaurant Industry. Ability to read, speak and write English must be able to remember & recite. Promote a Pleasant personality, ability to communicate with others. Must be a team player

3-5 years’ experience.

Waiter Cook

5-7 years. Must be a good team player, work at fast pace. Must know how to prepare French & Indonesian Cuisine.

3-5 years in busy kitchen.


The Bight & Thomas Stubbs This property comprises of a single storey, three bedrooms, two bathrooms individually constructed residence of fair specification with an attached studio apartment and an integral garage currently enclosed and used as a deck. Registered Proprietor: Thoshena Terrell Adderley

4. Parcel 60900/147

Leeward Going Through, Providenciales this property comprises of a main house with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, kitchen, living room, dining room, utility room and storage closets. There is also a guest house to the rear of property comprising of two bedrooms, two bathrooms, kitchen and living/dining area. Externally, there are boundary walls and landscaping to the grounds. Registered Proprietor: Bloney Beatrice Smith

5. Parcel 60900/366

Leeward Going Through, Providenciales this property comprises of a detached single storey building with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen, living room and dining room. Additional work include an open terrace to rear, front boundary walls and gateways. Registered Proprietor: Oscar Keith Talbot and Florinda Louise Talbot

6. Parcel 60003/127

Head Chef

This candidate should have 4-6 years in the French culinary arts. Must be able to manage and organize a busy kitchen, Must be a team player. Must know how to prepare French and international cuisine.

Administrative Assistance

* This candidate should be mature and have seven years’ experience in the field of administration and hotel. Must have a sound mind, work well under pressure and be able body. Multi-tasking is a must. * Training & knowledge in Microsoft, bookkeeping, accounting and quick books & Peachtree * Verification of weekly and sheets & monthly timesheets & contract payments * Client billing, employee hours, payroll. Stock keeping & inventory and supplies * Operate phone facsimile phone system. Type memos, letters, etc

Date: Friday 8 and Friday15th November, 2013 Contact: 946-8200 or email:

North West & North Central, Providenciales this property forms part of phase one of the Priton Homes affordable housing scheme which consist of three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen, living/dining area and laundry room. Registered Proprietor: Alfred Hurbert Stuart and Julianna Adiola Stuart

7. Parcel 60503/152

Blue Hills & Stamers Run, Providenciales this property comprises of a single storey detached residence two bedrooms, one bathroom with an open living/dining area, a kitchen and laundry room. Registered Proprietor: Kirkley George Rigby The auction will be held at the offices of Scotiabank (Turks and Caicos) Limited, Grace Bay Branch, Providenciales at 10 o’clock in the morning on Friday the 29th day of November 2013 A reserve price will be fixed on all parcels. A deposit of 10% is due immediately upon all accepted bids. Terms and Conditions of Sale by Auction are available by request from Scotiabank Collections Department (649) 339-7100. 9440


November 23 - 29, 2013


JOB OPPORTUNITIES Sous Chef Job Requirements

Secondary level education is required. Good writing, reading, listening and computation skills are necessary. • Education from a formal culinary institution is required. Kitchen terminology required. • Perform mathematical calculation including but not limited to conversion of recipes, inventories etc • Advanced culinary and artistic skills, cooking methods, knowledge of all different kitchen departments and product identification. • Deputize in the absence of the Chef de cuisine. • Prepare weekly rosters and payroll reports. • Check stock and requisition as necessary; record all stock which is to be discarded. • Ensure that all check lists are completed, Haccp, production, etc. • Assist the Chef de cuisine in the day to day management of the kitchen. • Enforce Health and Hygiene regulations within the kitchen and heighten staff’s awareness of good personal and food hygiene practices and procedures, i.e. cleaning of kitchen, storage, handling of food, etc. • Identify training needs of staff and assist Head Chef with on the job training. Belongers need only to apply Salary Range: Commensurate based on qualification and experience

Painter Job Requirements:

• Apply paint, vinyl and wallpaper including special papers and fabrics to all walls, furniture and structures
 • Examine and maintain painted exterior and interior painted surfaces, trimming and fixtures
 • Prepare surfaces and apply paints, stains, shading stains, and clear finishes
 • Remove previous paint by means of sandblasting, scraping, sanding, hydro-blasting and steam-cleaning • 
Inspect and refurbish wall surfaces by means of the appropriate materials
 • Cover interior walls and ceilings with wallpaper or fabrics
 • Operate and maintain high pressure low volume spray machines • 
Operate and maintain various power and manual tools • 
Follow established protection procedures
 • Clean up job site after work and return equipment and tools
 • Maintain a clean work environment Belongers need only to apply Salary Range: Commensurate based on qualification and experience

Spa Therapist/ Supervisor

Job Summary: Supervise the operations of a worldclass spa and provide massage therapy as required. Key Responsibilities:

• Ensure the complete satisfaction of all guests.

Seeks to Employ:

Maintenance Worker

• Actively support, demonstrate and energize the Grace Bay Resorts’ Credo and Mission. • Supervisory functions related to the Spa, to include but not limited to: quality control; employee accountability; maintaining and preparing line-up notes via emails and meetings; conducting line-up sessions; and timely, professional handling of any adverse circumstances that might arise; generate revenue to maintain and promote the business and achieve revenue and profitability targets. • This position is also that of a professional, experienced and certified massage therapist.

1 Labourer

• To perform daily maintenance duties; electrical, plumbing and sheetrock repairs; • Painting, Light yard work, cleaning gutters and construction site • Work six days a week; including holidays and weekends. • Hourly wages $5.50 • Clean Police Record and three character reference required

Email resume to: or Contact Us: 649.946.5414 Apply before: November 30, 2013

Minimum Job Requirements:

• Must be at least 21 years old. • High school diploma or equivalent (GED) is required. A four-year degree from a college or university is preferred, but not required. Spa or Hospitality experience and/or supervisory experience a plus, but not require • Certified Hospitality Supervisor certification a plus, but not required. Certification in Massage Therapy and Esthetics a requirement. • Two years working experience as a therapist required.


carpenter to work 5 days


Must be bright, personable and have the ability to get along with others. Should be highly serviceoriented, possess exemplary telephone skills and be well organized. Should be proficient in problem solving as well as multi-tasking. Must possess the ability to remain calm and think clearly during times of disconcertment. Should be able to understand GBR’s objectives and have the potential to achieve employee and departmental goals.

per week salary $9.00 per hour.

contact: 347-0771



Domestic Worker/ Housekeeper


Must have at least 5 years experience • Must be able to operate the meat cutter • Must be willing to work on holidays • Must be willing to work 8 days per week Salary $7.00 per hour Interested person can

contact: Alix Prince at 649-3479039 or 242-7417 9471 Is looking for

kitchen Barmaids helper

• The Housekeepers must be responsible for keeping guest rooms clean. • The Hotel Housekeeper must do thorough cleaning after the occupants of that room check out of the hotel. The Hotel Housekeeper uses a large wheeling cart that will hold the supplies such as new and clean linen, bedding, cleansers, and other needed cleaning equipment for the rooms. • Must provide clean linens and beddings, vacuum and remove trash. • Must perform a meticulous cleaning after the guests checked out of the hotel. • Must be dependable, consistent and in good health. • Must replenish all items within the rooms. The Housekeeper will replace the soiled linen and towels and then restock the soap, tissues, as well as drinking glasses. He/she will disinfect bathroom surfaces, dust and polish the furniture, take away all trash, vacuum the carpet, and wash any uncarpeted floors. • The Hotel Housekeeper also sends any articles the guest may have left to the lost-and-found department.

To work 6 days per week salary $5.00 per hour Must have knowledge of proper handling of seafood’s and kitchen hygiene.

Must have knowledge and experience in customer service. Must be bi-lingual Must be willing to work 6 days per week salary $5.00 per hour

Contact: 242-5646

Contact: 243-1095




cosmetologist To work 6 days per week salary $6.00 per hour.

Qualified Belongers need only to apply Salary Range: Commensurate based on qualification and experience

Qualified persons can contact: Veronica CLARE Human Resources Manager
, Grace Bay P: 1.649.946.5050 |

Is seeking a


Is looking for a

Job Requirements:


Contact: 243-1018 9478


November 23 - 29, 2013



PROVO UPHOLSTRY Is looking for a

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

Contact: 941-5010 9424


Housekeepers To work 5 days, $5.50 per hour.

Interested person, please contact 941-4667. 9438

THE TUSCANY RESORT is looking for a

GARDENER To work 6 days per week salary $5.50 per hour. contact: 941-4667 9436





Immediate Opening FRONT OFFICE MANAGER KEY ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES • Manage and supervise all tasks of front office personnel to ensure guests receive prompt, cordial attention and personal recognition • Supervise the Front Office team to ensure optimum occupancy and average room rate for the purpose of maximizing revenue • Monitor Front Office, and particularly Guest Relations personnel, to ensure priority guests, repeat guests and other VIPs receive special attention and recognition • Promote Inter-Hotel sales and in-house facilities and monitors Front Office Marketing techniques in line with FIT marketing program • Assume overall responsibility for maintaining standards to ensure furnishings facilities and equipment are clean, in good repair and well maintained • Interpret computer reports and compile relevant statistics for front office • Conduct comprehensive monthly departmental meetings to include a review of procedures and events which warrants special handling and detailed information • Communicate to Hotel Manager all pertinent information such as the expected arrival and departure of VIPs • Prepare efficient work and vacation schedule for Front Office Staff, taking into consideration project occupancy and forecasts and any large group movements Duties include: • Plan for future staffing needs and recruit in line with company guidelines • Prepare detailed induction programs for new staff • Analyze training needs of Front Office staff and develop training programs • Conduct probation and formal performance appraisals • Coach, counsel, discipline staff and provide constructive feedback to staff • Work with the Finance and Business Manager in the preparation and management of the department’s budget • Adhere to OH&S policies and procedures and ensure all direct reports do the same PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES • Excellent communication skills in English • Ability to communicate in a second language • Ability to work well under pressure, focus on details, think clearly, analyze and resolve problems, exercise good judgment, always with calm and composure • Strong working knowledge of budgets, forecasting, profit and loss statements • Good computer knowledge; able to use property management system • Ability to ensure security and confidentiality of guest and hotel information • Ability to work with constant interruptions with a high degree of professionalism • Ability to direct performance of staff and follow up

with corrections where needed QUALIFICATIONS • Degree from School for Tourism & Hotel Management or other professional qualification EXPERIENCE • Minimum 5 years’ relevant experience with at least 3 year at a management level. Starting salary $35,000 per annum, not including service charge

FINANCIAL CONTROLLER Requirements: • BA/BS Degree or equivalent. • At least 10 years experience. • At least 7 years management/supervisory experience at a property of similar size and quality. • At least 4 years of international multi-unit property experience. • Post secondary degree or equivalent qualification by experience • Advanced knowledge and skills in computer systems, most specifically, Excel Spreadsheet Solutions. • Complete understanding of Executive Committee level functions. • Demonstrated understanding of interdepartmental relations and expectations in the luxury hotel market. • Sound knowledge of both European and American Accounting Plans. • Previous and in depth experience, understanding and application of management contracts. • Thorough understanding of H.O.A. contracts and contractual management. • Solid training in all areas of Accounting from A/P, A/R, General Ledger, Credit, Collections, Audit, Inventory control, Payroll, Budgeting, Costing, P&L preparation and analysis, etc. • Ability to inspire, develop and train people for promotion. • Must be able and willing to work all days and shifts Duties Include: • Managing the day to day operations of the accounting department and overseeing the staff. • Assisting executive management, ownership and related associations with the production of financial reports, detailed analysis and business outlook. • Directing departments in the preparation and consolidation of financial budgets and projections. • Prepare, present and provide interpretation of operational reports as they impact the business finances. • Developing and maintaining chart of accounts and master lists. • Actively involved in yield management and revenue enhancement. • Coordinating internal and external audits.

Interested applicants should apply to Regent Palms, Human Resources Department, Monday through Friday and bring along a recent resume or by emailing to marjorie., no later than end of day, Friday, November 29, 2013. 9430


November 23 - 29, 2013


The Sands is now accepting applications/résumé for the following positions. Only highly self-driven & motivated, personable and professional individuals, whom have the desire to serve others, need apply:

MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY & SKILLED POSITIONS VICE PRESIDENT OF RESORT ASSETS Responsibilities: • Oversees all resort/hotel operations for multiple brands, properties and companies, budgeting, hotel sales and marketing, quality assurance, business and development initiatives, profitability, asset management and controls, and general performance for the group • Ensures management, marketing and financial strategies and procedures are consistent with and achieve company, management and group goals • Assists with, develops and implements group business and development plans for multiple brands • Provides strategic direction and management of group interests, long range planning and new business development • Consistently delivers accurate forecasting projections for areas of responsibility and implements with effective adjustments as required to ensure profit integrity Requirements: • University degree in business administration or related discipline • Proven track record of managing and overseeing existing resort and property development group • Excellent leadership and public speaking skills • Must have at least 8 years in Condo Resort Management in the capacity of General Manager • Must have at least 5 years Resort Asset Management experience • Strong strategy and analytic abilities with capacity to conceptualize, design and implement initiatives • Ability to motivate management team and others to meet and exceed company goals

REVENUE MANAGER Responsibilities: • Maximizes revenue through developing rate strategy, integrity and inventory controls (yield management) • Ensure room rates, allotments and allocations are set up and recorded properly • Monitors rate transparency, integrity and availability throughout all distribution channels • Develops and maintains internal and external revenue platforms for reporting systems • Develops and maintains records for accurate forecasts, pace reports and revenue based budgets for multi-faceted company • Creates and provides analytical data records • Creates and upload promotions on company websites, conducts consistent price comparisons of competitive sets and makes recommendations • Drives new revenue streams across multiple platforms • Defines optimal room allocation and rate strategies to maximize revenue contribution based on intelligent recommendations • Tracks and evaluates room sales and customer behavior with advanced, centralized reporting providing a 360° view of crosscompany activity • Respond quickly to changes in the market, monitors the macro and micro environment • Monitors, updates and resolves Extranet discrepancies daily • Performs training for the Reservations Team and cross training with the Front Office • Analyzes current and historical data to identify business trends • Work directly with guests and staff to ensure customer service levels are of the utmost priority • Performs MOD shifts as required • Participates in Sales Meetings, Familiarization Tours, Site Inspections, Revenue meetings and appointments, Trade Shows, Marketing and PR Functions as requested by the General Manager

Requirements: • 5 to 7 years of reservations manager or assistant revenue manager experience • Must have high mathematically skills, strong set of analytical skills in both inductive and deductive plus working knowledge and ability to create and maintain spreadsheet solutions • Compiles and provides combined Internet room selling channel analysis, growth and demand. • Analyzes, distributes and make recommendations on Star Market Reports for revenue strategy meetings. • Reviews market and industry trends and makes recommendations • Must have direct knowledge of competitive set to evaluate business needs and future growth • Must have at least 5 years of Condo Resort experience • Bachelors Degree in Business Administration or Hospitality Management

HOUSEKEEPING SUPERVISOR Responsibilities: • Ensures maximum compliance and efficiency in the performance of Housekeeping staff in guest rooms and surrounding areas • Carries out the policies and procedures of Housekeeping Departments Standard Operating • Offers assistance to guests and owners, initiates corrective action on complaints of cleanliness and service to guest rooms • Assists in and conducts monthly Housekeeping Inventories as required • Conducts routine guest room and common area inspections. Provides inspections scores and retrains for success • Assists in and conducts staff scheduling and annual performance evaluations • Maintains inventory and stock controls • Ensure delivery of service excellence to all guests by monitoring staff performance and provides hands-on training and development • Evaluates and updates Executive Housekeeper on staff performance. Makes recommendations for appropriate action in the areas of disciplinary and commendation • Maintains quality controls and assurance • Assists in overseeing Laundry Department as required in service, quality, inventory, inspection, scheduling and overall performance Requirements: • High school diploma • Must have supervised a minimum of 15 employees • Most work tasks are performed indoors and outdoors. Temperature is moderate and controlled by hotel environmental systems • Must be able to stand and exert well-paced mobility for up to 3 hours in length • Must be able to lift up to 40 lbs. on a regular and continuing basis • Must be able to push and pull carts and equipment weighing up to 200 lbs. on a regular and continuing basis • Must be able to exert well-paced ability in limited space • Must be able to bend, stoop, squat and stretch to fulfill cleaning tasks • Must have minimum of 3 years supervisory experience in the Hotel/Resort and/or Hospitality Industry • Must be able to speak, read, write and understand the primary language (s) used in the workplace • Must be able to read and write to facilitate the communication process • Requires excellent communication and grammar skills, both orally and written to communicate well to guests and owners • Must possess basic math and computational ability • Must have basic computer skills in Hotel PMS, Word, Excel and Outlook

• Must work weekends and holidays


POOL & BEACH ATTENDANT Responsibilities: • Greets all guests and assist with providing towels, chairs, umbrellas, questions, and/or water sports equipment • Completes set-up and break-down of all Pool & Beach guest lounge areas in accordance to Pool & Beach Standard Operating Procedures as required • Ensure that all pool chairs and tables are in a clean and orderly fashion • Consistently conducts walk-throughs of all pool areas and beach to ensure free and clear of debris, clean (no trash on the grounds) and tidiness • Inspects all pools areas replacing any missing items and/or damaged items needing attention. (I.E. Umbrellas, Hobie Cat, Chairs, etc.) and makes repairs to them as needed • Immediately reports defects and deficiencies to management • Required Pool & Hot Tub cleaning (I.E. vacuuming, filtering, scrubbing, sifting, chemical testing, checking skimmers, etc.) • Monitors and provides pool maintenance and chemicals as required • Provides basic life-saving • Evaluates and monitors ocean conditions and updates ocean flag accordingly • Provides sailing, kayak, paddle board and wind-surfing lessons as required and designated by management • Assists in monthly inventory process • Monitors beach non-motorized activities, pool and beach guest safety and ensures the adherence of hotel’s No Solicitation policy

Requirements: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

A secondary diploma is an asset Life Guard experience a plus Previous Pool & Beach Attendant experience preferred Must be able to work long hours in all weather conditions Must be CPR, First Aid and AED certified Must be a strong swimmer and perform rescues as needed Must be able to operate rescue boat as required by law (licensing required) Must be experienced and provide lessons in: sailing, kayaking, paddle board and wind-surfing Must be able to operate all Pool & Beach equipment Must be able to stand and exert well-paced mobility for long periods Must be able to lift up to 40 lbs. on a regular and continuing basis Must be able to push and pull carts and equipment weighing up to 200 lbs. on a regular and continuing basis Must be able to bend, stoop, squat and stretch to fulfill cleaning tasks Must handle pool chemicals and equipment maintenance and functions. Must be able to maintain Ph balance, clean and chlorinate pools Must speak, read, write and understand the primary language(s) (English) used in the workplace Must work weekends and holidays


For the above line staff positions, resort experience is an asset but not a requirement. Applicants must have a willing, positive and personable attitude as well as be willing to work holidays and weekends. They should also enjoy serving people and be willing to learn. Minimum experience in the areas of interest required. Turks & Caicos Islands citizens only need to apply to the Assistant Human Resources Manager, Sheena Smith at The Sands Resort located on Grace Bay Road, Providenciales or e-mail:, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands. Deadline is November 26, 2013.


November 23 - 29, 2013




Bakery Assistant

Acting on behalf of our clients: Tender Love and Care School Daycare and Nursery

Is looking for a

• Responsible for general cleaning of bakery equipment • Make sure bakery is kept tidy at all times • Packing of baking products for distribution • Must be honest and have a pleasant attitude towards customers • Must be willing to work from 4am-1pm (long hours) 5 days per week and sometimes weekends Salary $5.50 per hour

Email: 9442


Janitors/Labourers/ Mechanics/ Tailor/ Storekeeper/Computer Technologist • Must be willing to work 6 days per week • Must have a valid drivers license • Must have a clean record • Salary commensurate with experience

Please send your resume @ 9437


– $6.00 per hour Contact: 946-4759 Kevin & Son Construction

Project Manager

To work 5 days per week – salary $12.00 per hour.

Contact: 9464758 or 345-5468 9432

CLUB SODAX is looking for a




Is looking for a Part-time

delivery driver With own transportation who is interested in making extra cash.

Contact: 231-3788


To work 5 days per week salary $5.50 per hour. contact: 432-3945 9431

Ricardo Fulford Consultant Services On behalf of his clients:

Pratt's Barber Shop & Spa is seeking employment for the following:

1) Cosmetologist

Starting Salary is negotiable. Interested candidate may contact 246-5677 for further details regarding employment. Mama Variety Store is seeking employment for the following:


To work 6 days per week salary $5.00 per hour. Contact: 345-9050 or 242-1526 for further details regarding employment

1) Labourer

Salary is $6.50 per hour. Interested candidate may submit their application through for further details regarding employment. Coicou Fulford is seeking employment for the following:

1) Labourer

Starting Salary is negotiable. Interested candidate may apply through ricardofulford@gmail. com for further details regarding employment. Cyliane Variety Store is seeking employment for the following:

Weekly News the national newspaper of the turks and caicos islands



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


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

1) Labourer

Starting Salary is $ 5.00 per hour. Interested candidate may contact 342-3874 For further details regarding employment. Example of Christ Church Abundant Life Ministries is seeking employment for the following:

1) Labourer

Starting Salary is 6:00 per hour. Interested candidate may apply through ricardofulford@gmail. com for further details regarding employment Tropical Bar is seeking employment for the following:

1) Security Officer 1) Domestic Worker

Interested candidate may contact employer at 241-0426 or visit employer opposite Car Quest, Providenciales for further details regarding employment between 4-6 pm. Tendra Musgrove is seeking employment for the following:

1) Skill Labourer

Interested candidate may apply through for further details regarding employment TCI Waste Disposal is seeking employment for the following:

1) Mechanic

Interested candidate may apply through further details regarding employment


L.P.S is seeking employment for the following:

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

Interested candidate may apply through for further details regarding employment.

1) Sale Person

Roselene Davilma Hall is seeking employment for the following:

1) Labourer

Interested candidate may contact 241-9224 for further details regarding employment.

Forward applications to: The Publisher Duncanson Publications Ltd. P.O. Box 52, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands Email: NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE Preference will be given to Belongers and Legal Residents Closing date for applications is November 31, 2013

SOUTHSIDE SEAFOOD is seeking employment for the following:

1) Labourer

Interested candidate may apply through Ricardo Consultant Services for further details regarding employment.

Ricardo Fulford, Immigration and Labour Consultant President of Ricardo Fulford Consultant Services ricardofulford@ (649) 346-1125


EQUILIBRIUM SPA Is looking for 2

November 23 - 29, 2013


EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES Funtastic Tours Company Limited is seeking to fill the following posts:

Massage Therapist • Must have at least 5 years experience • Must be willing to work 6 days per week including weekends and holidays • Salary $5.50 per hour

Email:equilspa@ 9478

Tour Operators Dispatcher Labourer Mechanic Tour Operators must hold a valid Driver’s License with at least two (2) years driving experience which includes driving motor bikes. Persons must also be well versed in the history of the islands. Dispatchers and Operators who have experience in the industry would be an asset. The Mechanic must have experience repairing All-Terrain Vehicles. Persons must be residing in Grand Turk. Remuneration package would be discussed at the interview process. All applicants should submit their resumes to Funtastic Tours Company Ltd at 9472

GENERAL MANAGER MANAGING DIRECTOR Required for complex tour operation candidates must reside in Grand Turk and have the following experience and expertise: • At least 7 years experience in tour, cruise ship and/or shore excursion operations • Ability to generate and interpret financial reports • QuickBooks, Excel, Word, Publisher and PowerPoint • Excellent written and verbal communication skills • Experience in negotiating with vendors, government agencies and cruise lines • A keen understanding of margins, managerial accounting and budgeting, tour product development, tour guide training and human resources Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications

Please enquire at 649-332-5939 9456



Is looking for 2

Is looking for:

Labourer Domestic Worker

A Dynamic Mobile Service Provider seeks to recruit for the following post:

Chief Financial Officer Type: Permanent. Location: Digicel TCI, Graceway House, Leeward Highway, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands

Responsibility • Manage the financial resources of the company and conduct resource planning for future needs. • The strategic planning of an organization. • Monitors the preparation of the financial budget for submission to the Senior Management team and Board of Directors • Supervises business performance and takes steps to improve the performance of the organization. • Responsible for account monitoring and control of all the departments of the organization. • Prepares and supervises the financial reports in discussion with other departments in the company, and presents to Senior Management Team/Board of Directors • Assist in the analysis and development of new pricing structures and promotions. • Management of all Balance sheet accounts, ensuring timely completion of reconciliations and clearance of reconciling items. • Input in preparing annual accounting files for auditors and draft statutory accounts. • Ensure that company’s policy regarding procurement and expenditure is observed and that the requisite approvals are obtained before disbursement of funds. ACADEMIC QULIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE: • Qualified CIA,ACCA,CMA or CPA • Experience in finance, accounting, budgeting, forecasting, reporting and cost control principles including International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) • At least five years of financial experience and management experience with the day –to-day financial operations in an organization. • Telecoms experience an advantage REQUIRED SKILLS AND SPECIALIZED TECHNIQUES: • Knowledge of finance, accounting, budgeting, and cost control principles • Knowledge of automated financial and accounting software applications • Ability to analyze financial data and prepare financial reports, statements and projections. • Working knowledge of short and long term budgeting and forecasting, rolling budgets, and product-line profitability analysis • Professional written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills • Leadership skills and ability to motivate team to produce quality output and meet tight deadlines while keeping routine tasks up-to-date • Willingness to work flexible hours • Willingness to travel to Board meetings

Interested Applicants should forward their resumes to


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Must be willing to work 6 days per week Must be trustworthy and reliable Salary $5.00 per hour Hours are from 8:00am-4:00pm

To work 6 days per week salary $7.00 per hour. contact: 442-6220

Contact: Serge Tuyssuzian at 941-3637


JOB ADVERTISEMENT Gansevoort Turks + Caicos is a contemporary luxury full service boutique resort on Grace Bay Beach. We are looking for driven and energetic professionals with Five Star experience and who are committed to achieving excellence by ensuring Five Star standards and services are continuously delivered.

Disc Jockey

As a disc jockey, you must be reliable, punctual and able to display a fun personality as you perform at events and play everyone’s requests. You must also be highly organized and detail oriented in order to provide a seamless, enjoyable and entertaining time of music for our clients. • Must have professional DJ experience w/ ability to motivate audience • Master of ceremonies or professional entertainment experience preferred • Must have extensive knowledge of large variety of music • Must have ability to operate a variety of music audio equipment • Own professional deejay equipment and music including a small party type lighting set up • Proficiency with digital music, iPod, computer, etc. • Professional appearance and demeanor Availability 5 – 20 hrs per week. Interested applicants can contact our Human Resources Department, Monday through Friday 9am to 6pm on (649)9417555. E- Mail cover letter outlining your interest and supporting experience in a particular position along with your Resume or C.V. to



Is looking for a


BAY BISTRO Is looking for a

Is looking for a

labourer dishwasher To work 5 days per week salary $5.00 per hour.

contact: 231-0770


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

contact: 432-4233

To work 5 days per week salary $5.00 per hour. contact: 245-4769 9465


To work 6 days per week. Salary $15.00 per hour. Contact: 347-5896 9433

upholster Labourer To work 5 days To work 5 days per week salary $6.00 per hour.


• Ability to charge oil and simple maintenance


• Can assist mechanic with changing equipment oil, move around equipment on site • Assist with general maintenance • Salary negotiable

Contact: 231-0098 or 245-3044


Contact 941-8408 for

interview with your resume.


BLUE PARROT Is looking for a

domestic worker

DISH labourer WASHER Needed for a busy restaurant in Providenciales. Salary $5.50 per hour

contact: 241-3362


Is looking for a

• Must be able to assist with loading of deck cargo • Ability to work on entire barge L.C.M. 8 when necessary in dock or open sea

per week salary $5.50 per hour.

contact: 241-4070



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To work 5 days per week salary $5.00 per hour fax all resumes to

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

contact: 432-4233






DUNCANSON & CO. Barristers & Attorneys

PUBLIC NOTICE DUNCANSON & CO. Barristers & Attorneys are pleased to announce the re-opening of our Leeward Highway Office for ongoing legal services to the public. We are located in our own building across the street from the Supreme Court complex, next door to the offices of TC Weekly News and between that and the St. Monica's Anglican Church. We specialize in:

Newly renovated office space, above The Flower Girl

1,000 sq ft. facing Leeward Highway and overlooking Flamingo Lake. Ideal for a lawyer's office, spa, real estate business, doctor's or dental offices, etc.

Reasonable rent Contact 9464894, 9464664 or email

• Civil Litigation (Particular competencies: Judicial Review and other claims against TCI Government/Departments, Mareva and other Injunctions, Land, Trust & Bank disputes) • Property Matters, Planning Department & Development Issues • Business Law • Immigration • Labour Disputes Telephone: (649) 941-4444 Telefax: (649) 941-4235 Cellphone: (649) 245-1314 email: DUNCANSON & CO. Barristers & Attorneys

PO Box 52, Cheshire House East 1315A Leeward Highway, Providenciales


November 23 - 29, 2013


November 23 - 29, 2013



SUNSET PHARMACY Is looking for a

Domestic worker

A busy fine dining restaurant in one of Providenciales’ Resorts is inviting applications for the following positions:

Maitre D ;;Working a split shift; all public holidays and weekends; you will be responsible for ensuring the table setting and general condition of the restaurant is up to standards; scheduling, organizing and training of wait staff to ensure effortless and seamless service each night; implementing ongoing programs to upgrade FOH skills and knowledge on bar, wine and fine dining service. ;;The ideal candidate will ensure and personally supervise that the highest level of hygiene standards are maintained at the bar and in the dining room. As the liaison between the kitchen and FOH, you will ensure the wait staff is properly briefed of daily specials to be able to sell more menu items; possessing and exceedingly pleasant and unflabbable personality, readily able to assist with all guest complaints to a positive resolution for each incident. ;;The candidate will assist the assistant manager in managing established labour and beverage cost; cocktail mixology and wine knowledge is required to work closely with the chef for interesting and “avant garde” pairing for food to beverage titillating the senses our patrons have come to expect; when called upon, interfacing with management for feedback with regards guests comments on all food menus, wine list, cocktail list and meeting service expectations; good “soft sell” techniques are essential; computer literacy in MS Word and Excel is mandatory ;;Base salary $500.00 per week Qualified Belongers only

Please submit resumes to P.O. Box 459, Providenciales


A Dynamic Mobile Service Provider seeks to recruit for the following post:

To work 5 days per week salary $5.00 per hour. Contact: 241-2704

Building Materials Ltd.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES Building Materials Ltd wishes to hire persons for the following positions:

INVENTORY CLERK –GDT Job Requirements:

The Receiving Officer holds a very key position in determining the continued success of the company. The Receiving Officer must think and work strategically at all times as complimentary and within the framework of the strategic goals set by the company through senior management. Having a tremendous grasp of the tactical measures required to successfully achieve set goals is also mandatory. The perspective must always be a healthy one that balances cost effectiveness within the scope of achieving best gross margins, inventory control and also new business opportunities that would take the form of innovative ordering and new department creation and developing. Must possess an A.A, BA Degree or equivalent in the related field. Salary $2500.00 monthly


Reporting to the Financial Controller, you will manage the Finance team ensuring all work is performed in line with Digicel policies and procedures. Main Duties and Responsibilities: • Management of Finance team including accounts payable and accounts receivable • Preparation and presentation of detailed financial analysis supporting commercial strategy • Ensure all balance sheet reconciliations are performed on a timely basis • Active control of month end process • Application of IFRS and review of Financial Statements • Analysis of monthly management accounts versus budget • Planning and support of quarterly reviews and quarterly audit requirements • Identifying, designing and implementing process improvements • Liase with Auditors, Bankers, Statutory Authorities, Dealers and Site lessors. • Budgeting, Financial planning and Financial Analysis Academic Qualifications & Functional Skills • ACA/ACCA/CPA qualification with IFRS experience • At least 6 years accounting experience with at least 3 years PQE • Telecommunications experience a distinct advantage • Experience in dealing with auditors, both internal and external • Experience in reporting, balance sheet analysis and budgeting/financial planning • Experience in a dynamic fast-paced multinational environment desirable • Excellent communication skills • Advanced Microsoft Excel skills, experience in Microsoft Dynamics GP, and Business Objects essential • Flexible and adaptable to an ever changing set of responsibilities, constrained by tight deadlines Only Belongers need apply – Salary Based on Experience

Interested applicants should forward their resume to


Sales Clerks, Sales Associates & Sales Persons & Cashier Applicants Must: • • • •

Have At least 3 years experience or prior working knowledge of the related department. Must be a High School Graduate and Computer Literate. Must be Punctual & Responsible able to work on your own initiative Have a friendly temperament and be willing to go beyond the call of duty to make customers happy. • Be able to write and speak English fluently (bi - multilingual is a plus) • Be wiling to work flexible hours. Salary $6.50 per hour.

Driver/Operator Applicants Must:

• Have at least 5 years experience driving and operating heavy equipment to include hydraulic crane with lift and trucks 2 tons or more • Must possess a class B – H Turks and Caicos Islands Driver’s License. • Be able to write and speak English fluently (bi - multilingual is a plus) • Be wiling to work flexible hours. • Must be Punctual & Responsible able to work on your own initiative? • Be willing to work as a team member Salary $9.00 per hour

Labourer/Cleaner Applicants Must: • Be able to write and speak English fluently (bi - multilingual is a plus) • Be wiling to work flexible hours. • Be able to work with little or no supervision. • Salary $6.00 per hour

Submit Resumes to or collect applications at:

Building Materials Ltd. The Human Resource Department Email:


November 23 - 29, 2013




Is looking for the following persons

salespersons domestic woker general worker To work 6 days per week




contact: 332-4101

Salary commensurate with qualification. Resumes can be faxed to: 649-941-3425 and the Labour Department, Providenciales as soon as possible

Grace Bay Partners

Sales Manager (US) Job Summary: A full time sales position to increase the sales of all belongings of Grace Bay Partners with focus primarily on North America. Key Responsibilities: • Travel as needed to conduct sales visits, presentations, tradeshows and events • Identify new potential clients while maintaining existing client / partner relationships • Conduct outside sales calls as well as support the operation teams when not traveling • Maintain a high visibility within assigned territory based on budgets • Maintain efficient sales office procedures and insures the maintenance of accurate and updated account files and follow¬ up procedures • Maintain all sales systems, such as sales records and reports, conference calendar, travel calendar and database and any other systems that are in place or are added • Assist in designing new sales promotions and campaigns to drive additional sales from various markets • Identify and analyze competition in both local and regional markets • Manage and maintain a Sales & Marketing Travel Budget • Must travel to and from US Sales office as required to conduct sales calls, presentations and destination seminars within North American • Must have a valid United Sates drivers license • Must be able to book, manage and schedule all required travel, presentations, seminars • Able perform duties and responsibilities in a confidential manner when applicable • Follow up with all email and phone inquires in a professional and timely manner • Work with General Managers of GBR properties and all other departments where and when needed • Plan and coordinate travel arrangements and appointments as outlined and scheduled • Follow¬up with all accounts and partner request in a timely manner • Participate in weekly sales and marketing call and recap/update the team discuss any feedback etc. • Participate in weekly yield calls to discuss previous week activity, pickup and make decisions to best yield rooms • Work with team to coordinate and arrange all client site visit’s and FAM’s Minimum Job Requirements: • Minimum 5 years luxury hotel/resorts sales experience • Strong established relationship key partners: Virtuoso, Signature, Ensemble, Leading Hotels of The World, and American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts • Computer literate required • Excellent spoken and written English • Expertise working with Microsoft Office Suite in Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook) Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Illustrator • IOS (Apple) proficiency (Keynote, Numbers, Pages and drop box • Extremely detail oriented Qualified Persons can contact:

Ric Graham Grace Bay Resorts, Turks and Caicos Islands
 P: 1.649.946.5050 ||


Is looking for a


Is looking for a

supervisor hairstylist Must be able to service and maintain all pumps. Must work weekends and holidays. Salary starting at $7.00 per hour.

Send resume to P.O. Box 477, Providenciales9467

To work 6 days per week Must specialize in grooming Caucasian and Asian hair Salary $250.00 per hour.

contact: 649-245-1239 9470

The School for Field Studies

Resident Lecturer in Marine Resource Management Duties and Responsibilities • As part of an interdisciplinary teaching team, teach one-third of the academic program (minimum 50 lecture hours per semester, 15 per summer program) • Plan, revise, and effectively deliver a challenging, problem-based interdisciplinary curriculum • Organize lectures and prepare course materials in a timely and professional manner • Conduct designated research according to the Center's Five-year Research Plan • Prepare research results for clients and partners and for publication and conference presentations Minimum qualifications: • Ability to obtain Turks & Caicos work permit • Ph.D. and university-level teaching experience in Marine Resource Management, Stock Assessment, Tropical Fisheries Management, or related field • Field research experience, preferably in the fields of Fishery Management; Marine Protected Areas; Marine Policy Formulation • Certified SCUBA diver, Divemaster highly preferred Preferred Qualifications: • Current first aid certification

Please submit CV to: RDAKE@FIELDSTUDIES.ORG Closing Date: January 9th, 2014

Seeks to Employ Two:

Finishing Mechanic The candidate must have the following requirements: - Minimum 10 – 15 years experience as a interior design finisher; - Formatting, installing and inspecting acoustic works, metal studs, framing, sheetrock installation/finishing, detailed carpentry trim/ finishing, marble and granite tile trim/finishing; - Supervise and manage construction finishing team and their work schedule; - Negotiate and price proposals and contracts; - Interview and supervise new hire; - Carry out weekly job inspections; - Provide weekly performance and job completion reports to Managing Director; - Willing to work long hours, holidays and weekends; - Must have own transportation. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Email resume to: or Contact Us: 649.946.5414 Apply before: November 29, 2013


November 23 - 29, 2013


Sports Interational

Ashes 2013-14:

Broad unconcerned by Aussie abuse England paceman Stuart Broad was able to laugh off

the boos he received from Australian fans on the first day

of the Ashes after he took 5-65 as the hosts were reduced to


TCI LOTTO GAMES LTD. is hiring an

Assistant Manager Reporting directly to the Directors of the company


Oversee all of the day-to-day managerial functions: maintain the integrity of the online gaming system; assure compliance of the rules and regulations of the government, the company and the industry; prepares budgets-operating, marketing and special projects; ensure adequate staffing-hire, train, evaluate and discipline; procure and ensure adequate inventory of operating supplies; identify and coordinate employees/customers/third parties/suppliers and vendors special events; project manager of special projects; interface with external forces on behalf of the directors; coordinate and provide the company’s directors with operational reports


Online Gaming System Management In-depth understanding of the Gaming Industry Ability to develop and implement budgets Ability to make crucial/good business decisions Strong understanding of Human Resource Management Strong understanding of Third Parties Relationships Strong understanding of Customer Service Satisfaction Results Driven – Ability to prioritize and complete multiple tasks within specified timeframes • Excellent communication skills; written and verbal • Excellent interpersonal skills • Problem Solver (Conflict resolution management)


• Proficient knowledge of the FML Group of Companies’ Online Gaming Operating System; or a “comparable” Online Gaming Operating System • At least eight (8) to ten (10) years experience in Business Management with particular focus on: • Development and implementation of budgets • Coordination and preparation of reports • Employees Management (not less than a team of ten (10) persons • Customer Service Satisfaction Management • Conflict Resolution Management


An unblemished character (substantiated by at least three verifiable references) A professional demeanor with a pleasant personality Excellent interpersonal skills Self motivated and adherent to timelines Respect for authorities, peers and subordinates All applications should be addressed to:

The Managing Director Harbour House Grand Turks, Turks and Caicos Islands Email address: Telephone: 649-332-5691

273-8 in Brisbane. “I actually really enjoyed it if I’m honest,” Broad told BBC Sport. “I braced myself to expect it, and I think I coped well - I was singing along at one stage. “We could have bowled them out cheaper, but those


Is looking for a

wickets at the end have put us in a great position.” Broad has been handed the role of England’s pantomime villain for this series down under ever since he chose not to walk in the first Test at Trent Bridge back in July. Australia coach Darren Lehmann gave a radio interview in August in which he called Broad a “blatant cheat”, hoped the Aussie fans “give it to him from the word go”, and ended by saying “I hope he cries and goes home”.

Domestic Worker

To work 6 days per week salary $5.00 per hour. contact: 232-5538 9461

Stuart Broad says he enjoyed the Australian abuse.

Broad said on Thursday: “I’m pleased my mum wasn’t here, but I don’t give it the time of day. We don’t read the papers, it doesn’t spur me on, and you don’t need any more inspiration than playing for your country. “In our medical assessments our psychologists said three players would thrive on abuse - me, Matt Prior and Kevin Pietersen. Ashes cricket brings the best out of me. “As a team we don’t focus on the opposition. We’ve been like silent assassins on this trip going about our business, and it’s a relief to start the series well.”

November 23 - 29, 2013

Sports Interational



World Cup 2014: Uruguay clinch final spot with Jordan win offs for the fourth successive tournament, but knew it would take a miraculous effort for Jordan to overturn a 5-0 deficit, The South American nation, who are currently ranked sixth in the world, boast a rich World Cup pedigree having won the trophy in 1930 and 1950 and also reached the semi-finals last time out in South Africa. But Oscar Tabarez’s men finished fifth in their continent’s qualifying after being edged out of the automatic places by Ecuador on goal difference. It meant they were forced to negotiate a two-legged tie

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez (right) will be heading back to the World Cup finals with his Uruguay team.

against a Jordan side, who had beaten Uzbekistan in Asian qualifying to reach the playoff.

EXPERIENCED SENIOR LITIGATION PARALEGAL WANTED Experienced Senior Litigation Paralegal required to act as Paralegal/Professional Support Executive to a commercial litigation team. At least 5 years prior experience working in a commercial litigation environment is required. Candidates must also have a Law Degree or Graduate Diploma in Law as well as having passed the Legal Professional Course or equivalent. A Master’s Degree in law will be a distinct advantage. Must demonstrate experience and knowledge of having dealt independently with all matters relating to contentious practice, litigation, employment law dispute resolution and alternative dispute resolution. Must have excellent communication skills, both written and oral. Must have vehicle and clean driving record. The applicant must be able to work overtime when required due to case urgency. References will be required. Remuneration based on experience – commencing $40k per annum. Belongers only need apply.

Please send application in writing to email:


Caicos Resorts

Has an immediate vacancy for a

Senior Architect / Project Manger

The successful candidate must be a Registered (RIBA, AIA, ARB) Architect with +15 years experience; must be prolific with AutoCAD 2012, Sketchup Pro, Adobe and Microsoft Office Suites and willing to work weekends and holidays when required. Salary and benefits will be commensurate with experience. Applications must be sent no later than Thursday, November 28th, 2013 to:

Misick & Stanbrook Email: info Tel: (649) 946-4732. Fax: (649) 946-4734

However, with Liverpool striker Luis Suarez partnered up front by Paris St-Germain’s £55m striker Cavani, they

were always likely to have too much firepower for the Middle East nation. Jordan, who have never

appeared at the World Cup finals, are ranked 64 places below Uruguay in the world. (BBC)



• Supervisor should have a minimum of 5 years working experience with fine jewelry retail store • Two (2) years experience in duty free/tax free cruise ship passenger arena • Excellent communication skills • Strong leadership skills and management competencies

Sales Associate

• Sales associate should have at least 2 years retail experience • Excellent communication skills • Fluent in English • Committed to work flexible hours, days, nights, weekends and holidays

Send resume to: Tito Matthew


MANAGER/ FLORAL DESIGNER Requirements: • Minimum 5 years experience as a florist with relevant certification • Knowledge of different flowers, foliage and potted plants (names, seasonal availability, lifespan) • Up-to-date on current fashions and styles in floral design while at the same time understanding the traditional use of certain flowers for weddings, funerals etc. • Comprehensive knowledge of QuickBooks Enterprise and POS System • Willing to work outdoors for set ups and weddings with irregular hours • 2 years customer facing experience and outgoing personality who enjoys working with the public • English speaking • Engaging and outgoing personality who enjoys working with the public • Starting salary $2,000.00 per month

Please bring all applications to Flowers by Environmental Arts located at U102, Venture House, Grace Bay Road, Providenciales or email to: Natalie@ successful applicants will be notified by phone for interview


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URUGUAY became the last nation to book their spot at the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil with a 0-0 secondleg draw against play-off opponents Jordan. Uruguay had all but secured their berth with a 5-0 victory in the first leg. Uruguay dominated a goalless first half in the return leg in Montevideo and came closest to scoring when Diego Godin headed against the crossbar. “We’re all happy because the truth is it’s been a hard road,” said striker Edinson Cavani. Uruguay were competing in the World Cup qualifying play-


Sports Interational

November 23 - 29, 2013


Red Bull set new F1 pit stop record in Texas AS IF Sebastian Vettel’s eighth straight win wasn’t rubbing the opposition’s noses in it, Red Bull claimed another Formula One first by clocking the first sub two-second pit stop at the U.S. Grand Prix on Sunday. According to the British-based team’s website, no.2 driver Mark Webber was stationary for 1.923 seconds in his one pit stop during the race at the Circuit of the Americas. The team, who secured a fourth consecutive constructors’ championship at the Indian Grand Prix in October, described the time as “an incredible feat.” The mark surpasses Red Bull’s F1 record of 2.05 seconds set at the Malaysian Grand Prix last April -- a substantial improvement on the sport’s previous best time of 2.31 seconds set by McLaren in 2012. “There’s always a quicker stop out there,” the team said in April before predicting the “magical two-second barrier” could be broken this season.

Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann FraserPryce have made Jamaica proud.

Red Bull’s pit crew hard at work during Sunday’s U.S. Grand Prix in Austin, Texas on Sunday.

Team boss Christian Horner said it had been “an incredible team performance” at Austin. “For Sebastian to achieve a new record of the most consecutive wins in a season is a fantastic performance and to be joined on the podium by Mark, who tried everything in the closing laps, gave a team a fantastic

podium at the United States Grand Prix,” Horner said. “To achieve this result in front of so many of our team partners and supporters, as well as setting a potential new pit stop record on Mark’s stop, has topped off a fantastic weekend for the whole team.” (CNN)

Bolt named World Athlete of the Year for fifth time – Fraser-Pryce takes woman’s award

USAIN Bolt has been named male World Athlete of the Year for a fifth time. The 27-year-old Jamaican, who also won last year, clinched 100m, 200m and 100m relay gold in the World Championships in Moscow in August. Fellow Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce took the women’s award after winning the same three golds as Bolt in Russia. Earlier this week, the 27-yearold said she will refuse to run in major events unless Jamaica’s athletics authorities “stand by” their athletes.

Bolt, who beat Britain’s double world champion from Moscow Mo Farah to the award, became the most successful athlete in the history of the World Championships this year with his eighth gold and 10th medal in total. At the awards ceremony in Monaco, he said his 2014 target was to beat his 200m world record of 19.19 seconds. “That has always been my dream; that has always been my aim,” he said. “This season will be the season when I will be going for world records because there are no major [outdoor] championships.

The Ski queen Lindsey Vonn damaged her ACL in her troublesome right knee during the fall.

Vonn suffers multiple injuries in training crash U.S. ski queen Lindsey Vonn damaged the same knee that underwent major surgery in February when she crashed Tuesday on a training run at Copper Mountain in Colorado. Following the incident, she was not admitted to the hospital but underwent “further evaluation, as is typical after a crash,” according to a statement from the U.S. Ski Team. On Wednesday, Vonn’s spokesperson Lewis Kay revealed

that the Olympic downhill champion had damaged the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her troublesome right knee during the fall. “Lindsey sustained a mild strain to her right knee, a partial tear to her right ACL, minor facial abrasions and scapular contusions from her fall,” Kay said in a statement. The news comes as a significant blow to Vonn, who was preparing to return to competitive racing after her serious knee injury earlier this year.

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First Tri-Sprint Challenge sees success PROVIDENCIALES’s sprint triathlon challenge saw an excited crowd gather at the Bight Children’s Park on Sunday, November 10 to cheer on some very determined athletes. The event brought together about 60 participants who competed individually or as part of a team in swim, cycle and running competitions. The 17 teams and 12 individuals took on the challenge of a 0.5 mile swim, six mile ride and 3.1 mile run. To the surprise of many the first place winner, Dan Redmond, took on all three events and finished best in 1:07:50. Second place in the overall competitions and first as a team was team Africa consisting of Haydn Boyce (swimming), Reinaldo Garcia (cycling) and Line Allen (running). Second place winner for individuals competing in all three races was Isaac Muniz while Lynn Robinson finished third and also made her mark as first individual female to complete the challenge. Pleased with the turnout of athletes, challenge coordinator Keven Bethel said he was surprised with the number that participated

since the event was conceptualised and done in about seven weeks. When putting the event together he noticed that there were a lot of cyclists and runners but not a lot of swimmers, so he encouraged more people, especially the young natives to get involved. Apart from providing a challenge where athletes can get together and push their limits, the event was a fundraiser. Donations from participants and members of the public were collected by a Special Needs Association of Providenciales (SNAP) representative for the organisation. Bethel said he intends to organise athletic events every six months, the next being a super sprint, then next November, another Tri-Sprint Challenge. He said these events inspire people to become more physically fit and creates more awareness and interest in the sports. The challenge, he said, also provides “role models for children because to complete in a triathlon it takes a lot of discipline, skill and intuitiveness and that’s what you need to succeed in anything in life.”

Spectators line the street to cheer on athletes competing in running and cycling

Winner of the challenge and best individual athlete Dan Redmond (left) along with second place winners and best team. Team Africa members, Haydn Boyce, Line Allen and Reinaldo Garcia

Porterfield sets Ireland record in T20 win over USA WILLIAM Porterfield became the first player to score a Twenty20 century for Ireland with a superb unbeaten 127 in their 75-run win over the USA. The captain’s record knock came from only 69 balls as the Group A leaders made a massive 216-3 in the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier in Abu Dhabi. The United States never threatened the Irish total and were bowled out in the final over for 141. Paul Stirling took three wickets as Ireland maintained their 100% record. John Mooney (2-18), George Dockrell (2-19), Max Sorensen (2-24) and Tim Murtagh (1-23) also chipped in with wickets in a comfortable win at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium. (BBC)

William Porterfield (127*) scored Ireland’s first Twenty20 century. Challenge coordinator Kevin Bethel welcomes another athlete across the finish line



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Provo Hockey League:

Comets end Gators unbeaten run JADEN Robinson and Gabriel Osmond scored two goals each as the Digicel 4G Comets handed the Gansevoort Gators their first loss of the Provo Hockey League 20132014 season. After winning their first three games the Gators were edged out 4-3 in the Mini-Division clash. Ronin Maclaren scored twice while Zoe Diotte-Joly (also an assist) added the other for the losing side. Defending division champions the Saunders and Company Owls, made light work of the Sailrock Lobsters after Joshua Saunders and Aiden Paisley went on all-out scoring mode. The former made five while Paisley added four goals in the 9-4 win. Sam Connolly led the Lobsters with two successful strikes while there were one each for Takeem Williams and Gio Astwood. BANTAM DIVISION In the Bantam Division Sebastian Turbyfield scored four goals as last season’s champions the Coco Bistro Lightning edged out the Grace Bay Resorts Surge 6-5. Carson Greatrex (one goal and one assist), Zachary Scholar (one goal and one assist), Jamie Gray (two assists) and

The Surge suffered another loss 2-5 when they battled the J&W Constructions Hurricanes. Swann scored twice while Holland added an assist, but it was not enough as Joe Canham (also and assist) and Javid Shearer added two each and Orrin Campbell one.

Sebastian Turbyfield led defending Bantam Division champions the Lightning to a 6-5 win over the Surge.

Tyrese Pierre (one assist), were also instrumental in the win. For the Surge Bradley Ayer scored three times while Zarek Swann and Anna Holland added one goal each and Theo Wheldon an assist.

MIDGET DIVISION In the Midget Division the Gracebay Car Rentals and Sales Panthers kept their undefeated streak intact when they stomped the BCQS Flames 7-3. Matthew Harnett scored three while Darius Coakley added two. Gabriel Diotte-Joly three assists and one goal and Watkinson Elisma one goal rounded off the offence. JJ Affleck led the Flames with two goals while Gregory Lewis added the other. Keyvano Thompson made the lone assist. In another clash the Twa Marcelin Wolf Pirates ended the Scotiabank Sharks’ undefeated run with a 6-3 win. Kyle Cox scored four goals while Dockarick Barnett (one assist) and Caleb Darbo added the others. Liam Delancy also made an assist. For the Sharks Valentine Antolinez scored twice with Cole Nickson added the other. Sameer Tolani made an assist.

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Disgusted’ Alex Rodriguez leaves hearing, says he’s done with ‘farce’ NEW York Yankees player Alex Rodriguez walked out of an arbitration hearing into his record-setting 211-game suspension on Wednesday after learning Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig would not testify, saying later that he’s done with what he called a “farce” and an “abusive process.” After arbitrator Fred Horowitz made the decision on Selig, Rodriguez slammed his hand on a desk, looked at MLB Chief Operating Officer Rob Manfred and then at Horowitz, and cursed, a source who was in the room in New York told CNN. The Yankees third baseman then walked out, according to the source. Later, Rodriguez appeared on WFAN radio, which was simulcast on the YES cable TV network, and said he will meet with his attorneys to decide whether he will testify Friday, as scheduled. As of now, if Selig doesn’t appear, Rodriguez won’t either, he said. One of his attorneys told CNN’s “Piers Morgan Live” that Selig needs to answer questions about the suspension.

Alex Rodriguez walked out of the arbitration hearing.

“Come here, sit in the chair, take an oath, explain your unprecedented, unexplainable decision to make the suspension,” attorney Joe Tacopina told CNN. “What this really is, is cowardice and hypocrisy.” Rodriguez is appealing his suspension, which MLB levied after accusing him of taking performance-enhancing drugs and having ties to the nowshuttered Biogenesis clinic. After leaving the hearing, Rodriguez released a statement saying he was “disgusted with this abusive process, designed to ensure that the player fails.” (CNN)

Josh for Sports

The history of athletics

– My final act at the helm

I shall conclude this series of installments on the history of athletics (national) in the TCI. The foregone articles are documented worldwide and are the accomplishments of the first national coach, sports director, founder and president of the Turks and Caicos Amateur Athletic Association—Josh. I am writing this short documentation upon the request of Mr. Forbes, the PE teacher of Clement Howell High School, for the purpose of educating his students about the true unadulterated history of national track and field in the Turks and Caicos Islands. I would like for you, my readers, to remember that persons

By Joshua Gardiner affected by and who were directly a part of this history, included names such as: Hon. Michael Misick, Floyd Hall, Jeffery Hall, Amanda Missick, Lillian Boyce, Samuel Been, Art Robinson and Floyd Seymour, among others, who were all students of Josh at that specific point/period in the most historical time in country. The chief minister at that relevant

time was Hon. Jags McCartney. I, who was responsible for this phenomenal accomplishment, was 26 years old. The vision, dreams, hopes and aspirations were mine and mine alone. I suffered a tremendous amount of resentment from TC Islanders and had a lot of persons who would, if they could, do anything to undermine my efforts to promote my country. Remember, at that time, my initial salary was $60 per week. My final salary was $80 per week. After eight short months I almost single-handedly put the TCI on the world’s map after competing in four countries. When I came home in 1977, people in Grand Turk would tell me to go back to the Bahamas where I came from. Upon discovering that I was born in Bottle Creek they would say: “Oh, you from Caucus, west of the buoy”!

But my vision was bigger. THE NORMAN MANLEY GAMES Two months before the Games in Canada, I entered the Norman Manley Games in Jamaica. Even though I was suffered from MS, I entered the long jump event. Accompanying me to those games as an athlete was Beatrice Delancy, who was expecting to participate in the 3000 metres. She was to compete against world class athletes. Unfortunately, there was no 3000M; I regretted that I did not let her enter the 800M. As for myself, I pulled a hamstring muscle while warming up for my event. The long jump was won by Peter Pratt from the Bahamas. Peter never beat me in the long jump in his life. His winning jump was several feet below my best jump. That was a

most devastating blow for me. THE COMMONWEALTH GAMES Just about one month before the Games in Canada I encountered some personal problems in my life. As a result, I felt that my life was in danger. Thus, I left the TCI and headed to Canada, where I submitted all the entries for our team in athletics, rifle-shooting and weightlifting. I continued to train for the long jump in Toronto. When the team arrived in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, the persons responsible for the delegation including a prominent politician, a current sports head and the rest of the executive committee refused to pay my way from Toronto to the Games. I was effectively overthrown and since that day back in 1978 the TCAAA, which I created, has black-balled me, contrary to the constitution. Instead of the 40 minutes of exposure in the Games film, we got only 20 minutes. I did not go the distance.

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Rugby players fired up after Cayman Islands trip TCI’s recent success in rugby has placed both the male and female teams in high spirit as they anticipate things to come, so opines Rugby Development Officer Niall Neville. Two weeks ago the TCIRFU official had travelled to the Cayman Islands as national coach at the North American, Caribbean Rugby Association (NACRA) Rugby Sevens Championships at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex, in Grand Cayman. At that tournament the men’s team, the Flamingos, won the Shield’s trophy after whipping the British Virgin Islands 40-0. OUTSTANDING FEMALES The inexperienced females also performed above par in the Cayman Islands and the Rugby Development Officer noticed. “The women went above and beyond the expectations that had been set. They really stood up and played like they had been playing the game for years, not just six weeks. They were really unlucky not to make the Plate final, losing narrowly 12-17 to Bermuda. I cannot praise them enough for their efforts on and off the field to ensure that this trip was a success.” A number of female players

excelled in the Cayman Islands, but the way they were able to put team first was amazing according to the TCIRFU official. He called the first try that the women scored “unbelievable”. “It was a total team effort, everybody working so hard to create the space and the way… Jacinda Alfrena finished it off with a 20 metre sprint, beating two defenders, was amazing!” Plans are already in place to give the women side more international exposure. Neville said that the TCIRFU is “working hard” to get the next opponents for the national women’s side since it is “onwards and upwards after Cayman”. New players are also encouraged to join the female camp. “The spirits are really high and I would encourage anyone who is interested in giving rugby a try to get in contact with myself to find out more.” ALMOST THERE The male side proved how much they have grown when they narrowly lost to Jamaica in overtime. Neville and the NACRA website applauded the males on their performance.

The ladies were outstanding in their first NACRA competition.

“The first half against Jamaica was incredible, the effort and intensity that the guys brought was unbelievable,” the coach stated. What really impressed him was how our Flamingos were able to

rebound from the Jamaican loss and whip the BVI in the Shield final. The relatively new official said that the men would take some rest before they begin preparations for their three international games

against Jamaica, the Bahamas and Mexico slated for next year. With our performance in the Cayman Islands Jamaica would come prepared while the other teams should be very much aware that we have arrived.

PABA Night League:

GT Stallions start as favourites in 12-team battle AFTER winning three consecutive games to take last season’s Provo Amateur Basketball Association (PABA) Night League title, the Grand Turk Stallions will start the new season as clear favourites. Last season the Stallions were flawless early in the league and had managed to move to a 25-0 record, until the 2012 champions, the Five Cays Flyers, had stopped them; incidentally it was the same Flyers team that took them the distance in the best-in-seven finals. BIGGER LEAGUE This season the league is bigger, with 12 teams set to do battle. Included in the lot are the two newest teams in the TCI: the Supersonics and the Nazarene Ballers. The other teams are the South Caicos Harbour Boys, the North Caicos Spartans, the Knights, the Steelers, the J&D Collectors, Shottas, Police Badgers and the Predators.

PRIMARY SCHOOL PROGRAMME The PABA, which has dominated basketball in the TCI for the last several years, has added to its junior programmes. After successfully hosting a high school league, emphasis will also be placed this season on a primary school programme. Action was expected to tip off on Friday evening at the Gus Lightbourne Sports Complex (the venue of the league) with two games, including a rematch of last season’s final between the Stallions and the Flyers. While in the supporting clash brothers: Duval Penn (Harbour Boys) and Sherwin Penn (Badgers) were expected to battle on the court. Before the start of game two, the Stallions will receive the first ever championship rings. The PABA will also honour Mr. Kitch Penn. Mr. Penn was one of the pioneers

Last season the GT Stallions battled back from 1-3 to win the best-in-seven championship series 4-3.

who worked to develop the sport in Providenciales in general and the Turks and Caicos as a whole. According to information the first basketball court built in Provo was built by Mr. Penn on his premise. He

also played an instrumental role in the development of the South Caicos League during the early 80s. Each year the league tries to honour past stalwarts of the game; last year Mr. Calvin Kelly Williams

and Mr. Wesley “Tanka” Williams were honoured. The league will run from November - May. The executives of the PABA are inviting all fans of basketball to support the league activities.



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Why I am a Rotarian Why am I a Rotarian? The Rotary Club of Providenciales is a part of a worldwide network of Rotary Clubs that aims to serve their community and those in need throughout the world. I take pride in being a member of this noble group of volunteers. Through the projects that we undertake I am able to learn more about my local community and about regional and international issues. As a member of the Rotary Club I am able to not only build friendships but also enrich my professional and personal knowledge and meet other business leaders in the community. Participation in Club activities helps to me to appreciate the value of teamwork and helps me to enhance my leadership, time management and organization skills. The greatest benefit would have to be the opportunity to make a difference; to do something for someone else and have the sense of self–fulfilment that comes in the process. Being a Rotarian It is richly rewarding. By: Trevor Musgrove

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