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Pilot “cheated” Gov’t out of $1.3m in land flip A TCI PILOT said to have swindled the Government out of $1.3m in a land flip deal is the latest to have civil recovery proceedings filed against him. PAGE 

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'very sad' – Lord Jones A LEADING British politician has described his upset at the decision to delay elections in the TCI.

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Efforts to recover Olint cash continue VICTIMS of the Olint investment scam – many of whom lost their life savings – have been told that efforts to recoup their cash will continue. PAGE  4

National Youth Week celebrations

YOUNG people across the country enjoyed a week filled with fun activities as part of the 2010 National Youth Week celebrations. PAGE  15

Pastors and politicians make a pact SIGNATURES: The political leaders sign the ‘All Party Points Agreement’

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Efforts to recover Olint cash continue By Gemma Handy VICTIMS of the Olint investment scam – many of whom lost their life savings – have been told that efforts

to recoup their cash will continue. Six thousand people in the TCI alone are said to have entrusted more than $220m to confidence trickster David Smith, last week jailed for six

Pilot “cheated” Gov’t out of $1.3m in land flip A TCI PILOT said to have swindled the Government out of $1.3m in a land flip deal is the latest to have civil recovery proceedings filed against him. Richardson Arthur is accused of buying Crown land in Long Bay Hills in January 2008 at a Belonger discounted rate of $50,000. Two months later he apparently sold the parcel to a developer for a massive $1.35m – an illicit windfall gain of $1.3m. Lawyers claim Arthur bought the land, with the consent of then Environment Minister McAllister Hanchell, having already made an agreement with the developer in September 2007. The proceedings are particularly significant being the first in connection with land flipping – and the first which were not mentioned in the Commission of Inquiry. It is the third case launched by the civil recovery team in addition to those ongoing against Salt Cay and Joe Grant Cay developers. A statement from the Governor’s office said: “TCIG is seeking a declaration that Mr Arthur holds the land, alternatively the purchase price of $1.35m on trust for TCIG, and that Mr Arthur is obliged to account to TCIG for the profit made as well

Richardson Arthur is a pilot for the Government and a property developer.

as damages, interest and costs.” Attorneys from eminent international law firm Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge (EAPD) are said to now been involved in “a substantial number of active recoveries”. “Further sets of proceedings, including further claims in respect of the flipping of land, are expected to be brought,” the statement added. Middle Caicos-born businessman Arthur, who lives in Cheshire Hall, Providenciales, is a pilot for the Government and a former employee with now defunct SkyKing Airways. He has also been involved in residential property development in Middle Caicos.

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and a half years. Jamaican-born Smith, believed to have ripped off thousands more innocent people in one of the Caribbean’s biggest ever frauds, had been facing more than 40 years in Grand Turk prison. He received the far lighter sentence after striking a deal with the courts by pleading guilty to four charges – a condition of which was that charges would be dropped against his wife Tracey Anne. Smith, previously hit with 26 financial crime counts, admitted conspiring to defraud and laundering the proceeds via a Ponzi scheme. To date just over five per cent of the colossal sums ploughed into his Providenciales based firms, Olint TCFX and TCI FX Traders, has been recovered. Control of the criminal proceedings was handed to the special investigation and prosecution team (SIPT) earlier this year. A statement issued by SIPT last Friday said: “Confiscation and compensation proceedings and investigations will continue, with the aim of ensuring that everything possible is done to protect the interests of victims. “These will be handled by the Attorney General’s chambers but the SIPT will give support if needed.” Liquidator Joe Connolly, of PricewaterhouseCoopers, said the corporate winding-up of the two firms would continue. He added that there had been no more money recovered since his last report in November 2009. Total restrained funds come to little more than $10m, $6.5m of

David Smith had been facing more than 40 years in Grand Turk prison.

which was tied up in collapsed TCI Bank. A further $342,088 has been swallowed up in the liquidator’s fees and expenses. Smith’s lawyer Oliver Smith told the Weekly News: “At some point in time there is likely to be actions by the Government for confiscations or forfeitures and if they are successful there will be some kind of dispersal.” In August we revealed that David Smith was facing extradition to the US to answer 23 new charges. The Chalk Sound resident was indicted by a Florida court which was told he had collected more than $200m from investors under false pretences. His attorney added that he didn’t expect US officials to wait until the end of his prison sentence. Mr Smith said a diplomatic

decision would have to be reached between the two governments over whether or not to hand Smith over or force the US to wait for his release. The SIPT team dubbed the investigation “the most complex fraud case the TCI had ever seen”. The team took responsibility for drafting the charges that formed the indictment, instructing a forensic accountant to analyse the trading records and banking evidence and also negotiating a plea agreement with the defendant, under which he admitted the entirety of the fraud. Chief Justice Gordon Ward praised the skill and diligence of Detective Sergeant Willan Belliard of the Financial Crimes Unit. SIPT members also thanked the AG’s chambers for its support and praised Oliver Smith’s “judicious advice to his client and constructive dialogue with the prosecution” which they said was an important part of the process. Olint was originally started by David Smith in Jamaica before being closed down by the Financial Services Commission (FSC) in March 2006. He launched operations in the TCI shortly afterwards. A statement from the Association of Concerned Olint Members (ACOM) previously estimated total indebtedness across the region to top $2bn. A Ponzi scheme is a fraudulent investment operation that pays returns to investors from their own money or that paid by subsequent investors rather than from any actual profit earned.

Scores of PRCs given by interim Gov’t By Gemma Handy MORE than 150 permanent residency certificates have been dished out by the Government in recent months, the Weekly News can reveal. Of the 152 bestowed, 91 were to Haitians, 16 to Brits, 13 to Canadians, 11 to Americans, four to Dominican Republic nationals and two to Guyanese residents. Four more went to people from France, China, Ireland and the Cayman Islands. It is unclear who the remaining 11 were awarded to. Around one third of the total – 51 PRCs – were bestowed on “assimilated” long-term residents. Although PRCs don’t provide the right to work they afford the holder greater residential stability in the TCI. They may also create some tax relief from their homeland. If constitutional reform advisor Kate Sullivan’s recommendations are enacted, people who have held a PRC for five years could be entitled to Belongership status. The number of certificates awarded

recently was raised at a consultative forum meeting by attorney Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson. She told the Weekly News she thought the matter was “cause for concern”. “PRCs are not so much a right as a privilege, especially those that fall into the assimilation rather than investor categories. “This is a process which should be left to politicians. We must determine from day one whether we want to put these people on a path to citizenship. “We never see PRCs revoked. It’s something for the people to decide here in the TCI who they grow their population with.” She added that while the Government is not mandated to publish names of people awarded residency certificates, she believed it should do so “in the interests of transparency”. Businessman Andrew Newlands, of the Claymore Group, recently criticised the lethargic pace of PRC approval which he said was deterring

potential foreign investment. “Rumours are that there is a backlog of 1,400 applications that has been there over a year. Some people have already left the country rather than wait any longer,” he said. Permanent Secretary for Border Control and Labour, Clara Gardiner, told the consultative forum the department was working to clear a backlog of PRCs, Belonger status and naturalisation applications. She said pending applications were currently being reviewed by Ministry staff and forwarded to the Governor with recommendations. “If His Excellency agrees with the recommendation, it is approved and issued. Where there is doubt the AG’s chambers is contacted for assistance,” Ms Gardiner said. Aspokeswoman for the Governor’s office confirmed a moratorium on new PRCs was still in place. She said there had been no new certificates distributed since the return to direct British rule in August 2009.


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Lord Jones says election delay “very sad”

By Paul Baker

A LEADING British politician has described the decision to delay elections in the TCI as “very sad”. But Lord Nigel Jones insists the shock announcement proves the UK’s new coalition Government is “sitting up and taking notice” of the country’s plight. The Liberal Democrat peer, who is vice-chairman of the cross party TCI Group, told the Weekly News: “The decision to delay the elections is very sad, but I am glad that our new coalition Government has not just ignored the TCI in the first few months of office.  “Perhaps parliamentary questions have helped to focus the

mind of the new Overseas Territories Minister, Henry Bellingham, and I suspect further questions will be necessary to ensure the TCI gets proper attention. “As to whether I think it’s the right decision, it’s hard to say. I have not been in TCI for some years, have not spoken to the Minister and have not spoken to either the Governor or special prosecutor, so it is difficult to make that kind of judgement. “But I do want to probe the Minister when the House of Lords resumes after the summer recess in October. I promise to do that for the people of the TCI, and if they particularly want me to ask specific questions I will be pleased to hear from anyone.”

Lord Nigel Jones

Speaking at the Liberal Democrat Party Conference in Liverpool this

week, Lord Jones said he suspects the postponement is due to a lack of progress in the investigation into alleged corruption among TCI’s previous administration. He added: “Yes I’m sure that is one of the main reasons. I suspect the fact that some politicians who wish to stand in future elections were named in the original inquiry into the conduct of the previous administration, makes life a little tricky. “Britain’s deputy-Prime Minister Nick Clegg made that point in his recent interview in the TCI Weekly News.  “The important thing now is for the special prosecutor, Helen Garlick, to conclude her investigations so that these people can either be prosecuted

or have their names cleared. And the sooner the better.” Despite fears to the contrary locally, Lord Jones does not believe that an election date will now drag on for months, even years. “No I don’t think it will drag and drag,” he explained. “It’s up to all of us who want to see TCI back and functioning with local people in charge to keep up the pressure for the legal process to be brought to an end and, if necessary, for court action to take place. “It’s also up to us all to ensure that elections be prepared for and properly monitored, perhaps by Commonwealth representatives who are good at that kind of thing.”

Advisory council demands “consensus” on constitution changes By Gemma Handy

SUGGESTIONS for constitution reform made by a cross-party team of native Islanders look set to be officially considered alongside those put forward by London-appointed Kate Sullivan. Advisory council members are calling for meetings to be held this month between representatives of the interim administration and both political parties to chew over all proposals. If they go ahead it will be deemed a feather in the cap for indigenous Islanders who claim their views are being sidelined in the UK-led consultative process. The findings and outcome of the meetings would be sent to British Ministers. Council members said it was imperative that native people be given the chance to provide a “consensus view” on forthcoming changes to the supreme laws of the land. They have also demanded a firm general election date be set by the end of the year. The All Party Constitution Commission released its eagerly anticipated proposals last week. They make 27 recommendations for change – compared to Ms Sullivan’s 48. The group, chaired by attorney

and former MP Wendal Swann, held a series of public meetings across the Islands to gauge the thoughts of native residents. Ms Sullivan’s proposal to broaden the voting pool to include some longterm resident foreigners has caused widespread concern. The Commission recommends only Belongers be entitled to vote – and that the number of Belongers remain static for the time being. The granting of future Belongerships would be managed by a special committee, independent of political interference. Surprisingly, the Commission does not call for blanket retainment of the right to trial by jury. Britain has advocated the axing of the automatic right to trial by one’s peers since last year’s corruption probe. UK policy makers think it should be abolished in “exceptional cases” to ensure a fair trial. But the move has been condemned locally by those who see it as a fundamental civil right. The Commission says merely that full details of the reason for denying a person a jury trial must be given. Ms Sullivan has recommended beefing up the Governor’s role somewhat – another sore point among many Islanders. The Commission would limit his job to one akin to the Queen, such as giving official assent to new laws

and the hiring and firing of Ministers. He would also be responsible for the opening and closing of the Legislature. The group states that the Deputy Governor must be a Belonger, appointed by the Governor acting on advice of the Premier and opposition leader. The Deputy Governor would also chair the Cabinet. Ms Sullivan’s suggestion that the Deputy Governor post be filled by the person best suited to the job, rather than being limited to a native, had previously sent the fur flying. The Commission goes on to advise the establishment of a seven-member US-style Senate. There would be a Senator to represent each inhabited island with an extra member for Providenciales. Senators would have to be indigenous, over the age of 50 and be recognised as having made “outstanding accomplishments” in business or public service. The group also suggests a new tougher system for appointing special advisors. That would see advisors’ methods of appointment, qualifications, salaries and perks made public. The latter proposal comes in the wake of controversy surrounding Ms Sullivan’s qualifications. Some were angered by the revelation that while she holds a Masters degree in

The All Party Constitution Commission was chaired by attorney Wendal Swann.

law from the University of London, she is not admitted to practice as a lawyer. Long called for Freedom of Information legislation would be enacted too if the Commission’s proposals are rubber-stamped. This would help snuff out a lingering culture of secrecy among government bodies and force public institutions to be more transparent. The Chief Auditor’s role would be strengthened to that of Auditor General. He would be allowed full access to government accounts along with those of any organisation in receipt of public money. The group also advises setting up a Constitutional Commission to

advise the Government on relevant issues and to promote understanding and awareness of the constitution among the public. In addition to Mr Swann, the Commission’s membership included former Legislative Council member Cheryl Astwood-Tull, Clayton Been of TCInvest, attorney Beryn Duncanson and former Public Service Commissioner and government advisor Pastor Conrad Howell. Professional secretary and sales and marketing expert, Jean GardinerTaylor, was the group’s secretary. The constitution reform process has triggered abundant turmoil in recent months. Three weeks ago there were fiery scenes at a town hall meeting hosted by Ms Sullivan where protestors set alight paper copies of her recommendations. PDM leader Doug Parnell previously said the Commission’s report was “more objective, fair and reflective of the views of Turks & Caicos Islanders”. “We instigated a process which was fully recorded and made up of not one commissioner but five. “We have exemplified political maturity by putting together an all party process that’s transparent, fair, consultative and measurable,” he added. Visit http://tciconstitution.org/ to read the Commission’s full report.


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

Political partnership? POLITICAL party chiefs have pledged to work together for a speedy return to local rule. We asked readers whether they thought the two leaders could put aside political differences enough to work side by side – and will their efforts be effective?

Show responsibility

“How can they run the country when they cannot even take responsibility for their own business?”

Clean hands?

“I doubt they will be able to work cooperatively. Moreover, I don’t think the country is ready for a return to local governance until the prosecutions take place and the civil recovery process is further along. “Until then, it will be impossible to know who has clean hands. We certainly don’t need some of the same corrupt politicians, or their henchmen, in positions of authority. “What they should be doing for the good of the country is working constructively with the interim Government.”

Divide and conquer

“A house divided against itself cannot stand. If our leaders don't come together we will all fall.  “This is a good move and a strong message to the British whose method of control is to divide to conquer. May God bless our political leaders.”

British disgrace

“They should be talking directly to England for the proper funding of the colony, directly to the Prime Minister and to the opposition leader of England. “The problems are the result of Tony Blair and his war mongering cronies ignoring the Islands. “It’s a disgrace how they’ve treated the Turks and Caicos Islands.”

Misick in control

“It appears the only thing they agree on is to discard Kate Sullivan and her 48 suggested changes to the 2006 constitution and the need to return to a representative democracy by late next year. “The PDM leader installed a shadow government almost a year ago and has conducted a number of public meetings and

posted a leaders’ website illustrating his agenda. “The shadow Ministers themselves have spoken when and where they have been given press coverage or a place to provide their views on the way forward. The PNP appears to still be somewhat behind. “In that former Premier Misick still had the highest number of votes in the convention and finally threw his votes behind new leader Greene, Misick remains in control. “With prosecutions of 12 or more coming to the front in a few months it appears the PNP will be challenged still further. Meanwhile their supporters are  under the gun of the recovery team. “Bill Clinton lost his law licence for a sexual misdeed.  Does the TCI Bar have any principles? If they did, both Misick and Greene would be selling used cars.”

Action louder than words

“Any return to local rule that happens before there are safety measures in place to prevent the previous administration’s behaviour would be a huge mistake. “Since there are only about 42 people who have showed up at any of the rallies and protests ‘hosted’ by the PNP and/or the PDM, I have to feel that the majority of residents and Belongers in the TCI are not longing for the return of local rule. “If the media would stop covering these non-events they’d probably cease to exist altogether. “Then perhaps we could all work together and get on with restoring the economy and the reputation of these wonderful Islands. “As for the so-called ‘leaders’ of the two parties working together and actually accomplishing something positive, I’ll believe it when I see it. “Actions – with positive results – speak much louder than words.”

Behave like adults

“Both parties should condemn the ridiculous behaviour seen and reported at the airport. “The TCI people need to be able to have their say in their future. Mob behaviour is

unacceptable. “Thank God the UK stemmed corruption. As you say to a child, ‘when you can behave like adults you will be treated as adults’.”

Let Britain finish

“There are many discussions going on here in the Bahamas as well! In fact, there is a TCI Bahamaians meeting going on as I type and the consensus is that they will not be able to work together. “Let the British finish what they have started, the local boys will not get the job done! We support what the British are doing!”

End party politics

“We are a small island nation with a total voting population that is less than a very small town in the UK or USA. As such, a small amount of money (bribery), which has always been employed by politicians (and, let’s face it, always will be), is enough to  sway an election.  “Further,  because we are such a small population there is no anonymity when it comes to one’s political leanings and as a result our country has become deeply divided.   “There was  historical division  between those from the caicos and those from the salt islands before we were  granted selfgovernance but that has now largely eroded as our people have inter-married and relocated to other islands etc. “However there has developed a separation in our society which is pervasive and crippling to our advancement locally and on the world stage.  “This separation which divides us all is our  political system itself.  Are you PDM or PNP?  We all  know who is a PDM and who is a PNP and like it or not we judge people by this.  “Are the PNP and the PDM really any different politically? No. We as a people need (and now is a good time) to take a good honest look at who we are and where we want to be in the future.   “It has long been my belief that we should not shape our constitution and political system on the model that we were presented with by the British.  “It is ironic that our people are so caught up in protecting ‘our’ constitution from the British without recognising that this constitution was dictated in large part and certainly originally drafted by the British.    “Britain is a country of 66 million people with over 20 active political parties.  The system works in Britain but it is clearly not a good model for us. It has torn us apart in the past and  will  continue to tear us apart in the future. “We could and should develop a completely original system of governance that would put an end forever to the forces that divide us. Ask yourself the simple question ‘why do we in the TCI have or need political parties at all?’   “If we changed our constitution to ban political parties of any kind, along with a few other amendments, we could end the possibility of systemic corruption ever taking hold again. “How great would it be if all our candidates for election were completely independent, unaffiliated with one party or the other. There would be no pressure on them to ‘toe the party line’ and they would be free to tell the truth. 

“They would be keen to represent their constituents over and above their party and themselves. There would be no foreign or local businessmen spending huge amounts of money to help a certain party win in return for favours and there would be no pressure on us the voters to cast our vote for the party that our parents or friends are strong supporters of.   “We would be  truly free to vote for the persons who will best represent us rather than be forced to choose one party or the other.  “There are obviously a  few that benefit greatly from a party-based political system who are going to shout very loudly against this idea.  There are also those old original party founders (to whom we must remain eternally grateful for advancing our self rule) who will not want to see their beloved parties dissolved, but I say let’s think about it while we have a chance.   “Rather than waste our time trying to convince the Brits to let us get back to the way it was (which clearly wasn’t working) let’s take the time this situation has presented us with to formulate a completely new and unique approach. “Let’s make use of this time  (while we are  seemingly politically united for once) to really make a positive difference.   “I would like nothing more than for Doug and Clayton to join together and  end the division of people in our country by eliminating both ‘parties’ and take the up the charge to truly unite us all forever.   “United we will  succeed but unless we change the system of governance we inherited from the British we will never be united. Could this be what they want?”

Obsolete politicians

“The pledges of either political party leaders are worthless unless they come clean on the participation of PNP and PDM past and current officials in respect of the widespread corruption of this country. “Both leaders have clearly shown that they are completely out of touch with the people and instead seem to live in their own inner party elite sanctuary. “Neither party has demonstrated that it is competent to manage its own affairs, never mind the affairs of this country. Neither party officials have demonstrated acts of good judgement, transparency or integrity. “Both parties will be shown to have been on the wrong side of history once this story is told and this nation will survive and become revitalised once again, not because of the political parties but actually in spite of them. “As usual it will fall upon those businesses left standing to rebuild TCI. What should they be doing? I would say get out of the way of the hardworking public and interim Government. The PNP and PDM are obsolete.”

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Islanders unite in prayer at Provo rally Religious and political leaders join forces to demand return of local democracy By Gemma Handy SPIRITUAL and party leaders cast aside divisions in denomination and politics on Saturday to pray for the TCI in the midst of ongoing upheaval. Islanders lined the streets of downtown Providenciales in a show of unity and to sign petitions demanding the restoration of local rule. The solemn event may have lacked the fire and fury of last week’s explosive scenes at Provo Air Center but there was no mistaking the sentiment. Placards with slogans including ‘Our Government, our choice’, ‘Down with Kate’s 48’ and ‘Give us back our 2006 constitution’ were plentiful. The rally was organised by community activists to renounce the constitutional reform recommendations of Londonappointed Kate Sullivan and the accompanying consultative process. Euwonka Selver, who claims the views of indigenous Islanders are being ignored in the rewriting of the country’s supreme laws, said 825 signatures had been collected on Saturday alone. Of those, 427 called for a rejection of Ms Sullivan’s proposals while 398 clamored for the 2006 constitution to be reinstated and local rule be returned before the end of next year. Ms Selver told the Weekly News

the rally had been a “great success”. “Both petitions are being circulated around the Islands and are also being sought door to door. “We know that we have hundreds out of Grand Turk already. Many store owners are asking that we send additional forms so the response has been great and I am sure we are going to reach our target of 2,000 signatures.” She said she felt the event had achieved its purpose. “We wanted to get the pastors to agree to move together for the benefit of the country. We also got the two party leaders to agree to sign a declaration to work together for the good of the country.” On Tuesday, PNP leader Clayton Greene and PDM leader Doug Parnell signed a document outlining four key points of mutual agreement. Mr Greene said the rally was significant as it was the first time since March’s unity march that the leaders of both parties were seen on the same stage. “While politicians did not speak there was no doubt that the event enjoyed significant support across party lines. “The people clearly see the need for unity and have called on their politicians to unite. I am committed to maintaining that unity on the national issues that face the country. We are strongest when we are together.” Mr Parnell said: “I think the message is becoming increasingly

Church leaders step forward to sign their name for the return of local rule.

Bishop Bryant Cox leads the prayers as the rally draws to a close.

Spiritual and political leaders unite to pray for the country.

loud and clear that the people of the TCI want to run their own affairs and see power returned to the people.” He added: “The rally was not intended to be a march. It was organised by community activists and pastors in their personal capacity who wanted to see religious leaders join forces and speak about the situation in the country. “Any time religious leaders come together and pray for the country it is incumbent upon myself and other political leaders to ask for a show of support.” Bishop Bryant Cox, of the Rock of Jesus Ministry in Five Cays, was one of around 10 pastors who took to the stage in front of the Gustavus Lightbourne Sports Complex. He said while political leaders

couldn’t be expected to agree on every matter, it was important they formed an alliance on the common issues. “The aim was to get commitment from both leaders that they are willing to work together and speak with one voice for the common good of all TC Islanders. “After all this is over people will go their separate party ways but for now church leaders are standing with the two political leaders and supporting them. “We want to send a resounding message that we are not inciting violence and that we agree to peaceful demonstration for the return of democracy to our country.” Protestors condemning Ms Sullivan’s proposals for constitutional

overhaul previously vowed to take their crusade as far as the United Nations. Spirited scenes at last month’s town hall meeting in Providenciales to discuss the suggested revisions saw paper copies of the recommendations set on fire in disgust. Last week hundreds of Islanders bombarded the forecourt of Provo Air Center to confront the Governor hours after visiting British MP Henry Bellingham announced an indefinite postponement to the July 2011 general elections. The petition denouncing Kate Sullivan’s recommendations and consultative process can also be viewed or signed online at http:// www.petitionspot.com/petitions/ bythepeopletci

Prosecutors unravel more “serious” matters By Gemma Handy INVESTIGATORS leading the quest into government corruption have discovered a number of “additional serious matters” as the annual tab for the probe hits $7m, it was revealed on Wednesday. Special prosecutor Helen Garlick said the 30-strong team was making “good progress” despite initial delays caused by a lack of funds. The eminent British barrister previously expressed “extreme concern” at the cost of the investigation and the “major burden” it placed on the TCI budget. In a statement released on Wednesday, she vowed that the country would eventually recoup at least the bulk of the costs. The seemingly sluggish pace of the process – and the economic stranglehold it has on the cashstrapped country – has frustrated

many Islanders. Ms Garlick reiterated the need to reacquire much of the material presented to the Commission of Inquiry for legal reasons. She said however she was confident of meeting the targets and deadlines agreed with the oversight group. The prosecutor said while much of her work had to remain confidential for fear of jeopardising eventual court proceedings, she would strive to be as “open” as possible. “People have the right to expect that we do not waste public money and that we are working as hard and as quickly as possible,” she continued. “I have explained previously why this is an expensive investigation. The Commission of Inquiry found indications of criminality on a huge scale and, since we have begun to

“People have the right to expect that we are working as hard and as quickly as possible” – Helen Garlick.

investigate, we have discovered additional serious matters that must be examined.” She said it was not possible to use locally-based police officers or attorneys to assist with the

investigations. “I have had to present detailed and justified budget proposals to justify our annual budget of approximately $7m and every month these have to be reviewed and explained to a strategic oversight group within the TCI that has been established to oversee the progress of the investigation and the management of our budget. “If we succeed in our aim of bringing successful prosecutions, it is my intention to ensure that the TCI recoups much if not all of the costs.” Ms Garlick previously deemed it “highly unlikely” that charges would not be laid against the five former Ministers hauled before the Commission’s public hearings. They are then Premier Michael Misick, his deputy and Finance Minister Floyd Hall, former Health

Minister Lillian Boyce, former Housing and Works Minister Jeffrey Hall and former Environment Minister McAllister Hanchell. Governor Gordon Wetherell announced last month that the first charges emanating from the probe were due to be laid early next year. He said a “large number” of court orders had been served on banks forcing them to disclose relevant financial information. The data gathered is now being analysed. Mr Wetherell said investigators were working with law enforcers in jurisdictions across the globe and had taken steps to ensure illegallyacquired assets could not be dissipated. Prosecutors are working on more than a dozen serious cases of alleged misdeeds. Tourism developments, public contracts and several alleged bribes are among the transactions under scrutiny.


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Forum member storms from meeting By Gemma Handy A DECISION to ban the public from hearing consultative forum discussions on constitutional changes whipped up strife with one member storming from a meeting in fury. Courtney Missick was so outraged by a last minute move to prevent the talks from being aired live on radio he refused to take part in last Wednesday’s session. Forum chief Lillian Misick said the decision was reached jointly by members who felt they needed clarity on various recommendations made by constitution reform advisor Kate Sullivan. But Mr Missick insists it is vital to be “as transparent as possible” given ongoing furore regarding changes to the country’s supreme laws. The meeting took place the day after stormy scenes at Provo Air Center when protestors charged the forecourt to confront the Governor about the postponement of next year’s elections. Mr Missick told the Weekly News: “I felt the Turks & Caicos should have been able to hear our response to the recommendations on the air. “Because of the temperature in the country at the time, with the incident at the airport, I felt we should show we were not going behind closed doors.” The farmer and pastor, from North Caicos, said he also thought it important to be able to dispel rumours that the forum was debating the highly contentious Trials Without Jury Bill. “I am not against closed sessions, I don’t want anyone to get me wrong, some things have to be discussed behind closed doors. “But that day we were meeting with Kate Sullivan and it was scheduled to be an open session. I said I should have the right to debate it on air. “The younger members felt it should have been open too. “With the atmosphere in the country right now we need to be as transparent

“We need to be as transparent as possible” – consultative forum member Courtney Missick. as possible.” Mr Missick was appointed to the forum in March along with former acting Governor and Chief Secretary Cynthia Astwood. Their appointments came shortly after the departure of former chairman Carlos Simons. Last week’s announcement by Britain that the election delay had the full support of forum and advisory council members put the cat among the pigeons. Mr Missick said it was his personal belief that there were too many obstacles to be overcome for elections to feasibly be held next July. “There are a number of things that need to be accomplished first. The constitutional review has not been finished, the prosecutions and civil recovery are still going on and we have to compile a voters’ list.” He said it was important to ensure former Ministers under scrutiny for alleged misdeeds could not run again for office once they had been charged. Mr Missick said his views were shared by other forum members who had advised visiting Overseas Territories Minister Henry Bellingham as such. “I told Mr Bellingham to not make any announcement about it before the end of the year because we need to accomplish some things first. The announcement he made last week should have been made in December,”

he continued. “He left the Governor in a difficult position, he ended up carrying the blame.” Last Tuesday’s spirited protests saw Governor Gordon Wetherell mobbed by angry Islanders demanding to know when elections would take place. Mr Missick said: “The Governor likes the fact that in a democracy people can say how they feel. “He wasn’t scared, people were just expressing themselves. He understands the situation, he’s a good guy who means well.” Mr Bellingham, who visited the TCI last week, also claimed interim administration members were “absolutely emphatic” about the axing of the automatic right to a jury trial. Mr Missick conceded that he agrees certain cases would benefit from not having a jury but he said they should be heard before a panel of three judges, not one judge alone. Forum chair Lillian Misick issued a statement on Wednesday criticising Mr Missick’s refusal to take part in the meeting. “I wish to state that closed meetings are not uncommon for the consultative forum. We have held them before and Mr Courtney Missick participated in those meetings.  “We hold closed sessions to inform members on matters and clarify issues before we debate them in public. The meeting on Wednesday September 22 was one such meeting. “It is unfortunate that the member did not capitalise on the facility available to him to share his concerns with his colleagues. “Notwithstanding this faux pas, the consultative forum continues to play an important role in shaping the development process in our country and members, through their full and joint participation, can help put our country on the sound footing all Turks and Caicos Islanders desire,” she added.

Teen sponsorship scam By Rebecca Bird KIND-HEARTED Providenciales residents are warned to be wary of unaccompanied children asking for sponsorship on the streets. According to local youth workers they may be involved in a scam to gather cash from compassionate passers-by. This week Roxann Wake-Forbes, director of the Edward C Gartland Youth Centre, was shocked to discover that youngsters were using the centre’s name to collect money. Roxann told the Weekly News that two teenage girls had been seen in the Grace Bay area with a sponsorship form bearing the youth centre’s logo. The youngsters, who were said to

be wearing Clement Howell uniforms, lied that they needed the money for a community beach clean up. “It’s a scam and it’s something that people need to be aware of,” Roxann stressed. “I don’t know of any charity that would send children onto the street to solicit money for them.” The fake form also mentioned the name of Miss TCI Earth Alison Capron who says the problem has been going on for about six months. Alison told the Weekly News that she had heard a number of reports that her name was being used for a scam, but a surprising phone call one day left her astounded. “I got a call from Clement Howell High School telling me to come and

collect a cheque they found in my name. “It was for $500 from a local businessman who wanted to support me.” She has also seen the form, which she described as littered with spelling mistakes, had a fake signature and her name spelt wrong. “It’s upsetting to me, because I visit the youth centre and the schools a lot and I don’t want to be associated with this.” Alison has reported the matter to the police who are currently investigating. If anyone would like to contribute to the youth centre they are asked to contact director Roxann Wake-Forbes directly on 331-9602 or email roxann@ tciyouthcentre.tc

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

Economics Column

Eats, shoots and leaves

WITH a deep sigh one can only ask ‘what is it that the FCO don’t understand?’ The tragic forces that have placed these Islands in the hands of Governors who simply cannot or will not understand what is going on here continue to plague us. Henry Bellingham, our latest nemesis from London, came here just long enough to meet the great and the good, dine well and shoot the economy in the head before leaving. Sorting out our problems, in the context of a general review of the status of the overseas territories, will take a long time; too long for our fragile economy. HMG should simply tell the truth. TCI will be under direct rule for the indefinite future and ideally, investors, lenders and tourists should consider the TCI no differently than they would Yorkshire. Elections should be held very soon for local councils to deal with strictly local issues so that the political process can restart without the possibility of the territory as a whole falling back in to corrupt or inexperienced hands. The people need a means of expression. It has been obvious from the day that the constitution was suspended that the 2011 deadline could not be met. HMG have known that from the start. Whilst announcing the obvious, Bellingham failed to inject any certainty at all in to the future. We are now cast in to an even longer period of uncertainty. Of huge significance is that Bellingham’s boss, William Hague, has announced that there is a high level – read Cabinet level – review of the status of the overseas territories. Whilst Bellingham falls in to the disposable class of Junior Ministers, Hague is Foreign Secretary and ‘First Secretary of State’. He sits at the Prime Minister’s right hand, and he should, because by any standards Hague is a great man and those wishing to understand the intellectual forces that will shape our future should read Hague’s books and Cameron’s recent speeches on foreign policy. Let’s examine Bellingham’s bullet points, first objectives: • that systems of governance and good public financial management are properly reformed; and, • that they are properly implemented and embedded; and, • that corruption is eradicated and weaknesses in political life are tackled, and can continue to be tackled, whenever and wherever they occur. Without these, nothing can be accomplished. But they are not an economic policy and establishing good governance under direct rule guarantees nothing for the post regnum period, and neither does Ms Sullivan’s draft constitution. Second challenges: the difficulties of restoring good governance, including repairing public finances, reducing the level of national debt, and reforming the public sector; the difficulties of rebuilding economic stability at this time of world financial crisis; and, the difficulties faced by many of TCI’s communities following the terrible damage caused by Hurricane Ike. Repairing public finances depends on rebuilding the economy as much as good governance. Somebody should take a jackhammer to the thinking of the FCO team. Ike is behind us, as is the first stage of the global crisis. (US investment flows overseas are now restored to historically normal levels). But the exit from the recession has not restored investment flows in to the TCI. This economy is suffering from acute, even desperate, structural malformations. Depopulation is under way; the secondary credit market is wrecked, as is the labour market. The regulatory system is designed to restrict inward investment and make investors enter the corrupt permissions cycle. I know businessmen who have been waiting 13 months or more for business licences or certificates of good standing. Work permit requirements and delays grind business down. Additionally the long delays in the work of the SIPT mean that the country still faces a very dark and stormy period of arrests and trials. It now seems that these upheavals may be accompanied by civil disorder, and possibly riots, with the expected effect on tourism. In Bellingham’s puffery, you will find nothing concrete about dealing with these core problems. Poverty and hunger stalk these Islands, and pretty soon it will be significant aid form the Department for International Development that will be needed, not visits from half-briefed Ministers.


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Haitian man not guilty of carnal knowledge

Bishop Bryant Cox

Bishop Cox and security guard on trial for assault BISHOP Bryant Cox appeared in Providenciales Magistrate’s Court this week charged alongside his security guard with assault occasioning actual bodily harm. It was said that on December 5 2009, Cox and Cleavie Rigby assaulted Roy Pestano causing injuries to his shoulder. On the witness stand, Pestano told his side of the story and was crossexamined by defence attorney Oliver Smith. Smith represented Cox and pointed out several inconsistencies between Pestano’s statement to the police and testimony in court. Pestano’s story was that while on the public road outside Cox’s premises, Cox approached him from behind, hit him on the neck, threw him to the ground and held him down while other persons kicked him. He denied that he was drunk and cursing and that Cox told him he did not want any beer drinking and cursing in his yard. “He did not grab me; he came with intention to hurt me,” Pestano stated. “Mr. Cox should realise he is a man of God and stop lying,” he added. The victim denied being drunk but reiterated he could not recall “a lot of things”. He claimed that during the episode he was struck with a golf club but did

not tell police officers that. He admitted that the Bishop apologised to him after the incident but he did not tell the police that either because “they did not need all that”. Pestano claimed that the police rank who took his statement gave him a hard time and told him that the apology was not important. “It’s not in the statement but it’s not my fault,” Pestano told Chief Magistrate Joan Joyner. The complainant alleged he passed out but nothing about that was mentioned in his statement either. “There’s a lot of things I told the police that is not in the statement,” he said. He admitted that the police gave him his statement to read over but claimed he could not recall reading it. Eventually he blurted out: “That statement is a bogus statement. I was in a lot of pain when I was giving that statement.” During cross-examination from Rigby, Pestano stated: “Yes you mashed me in my chest and punched me in my face and break my glasses.” Rigby told him that earlier in his testimony he said he could not remember who broke his spectacles but is now changing his story. The case will continue on March 1 2011.

A HAITIAN man accused of having intercourse with a 14-year-old girl was found not guilty by a jury in the Supreme Court this week. Edrin Pierre, aged 35, showed no emotion as the foreman of the mixed jury of four men and three women announced the verdict. It was said that Pierre had carnal knowledge of the high school student in the toilet at her aunt’s residence on June 6, 2009. The victim, now 15, told the court that the accused was her boyfriend. She first met him when she went to live with her aunt and they used to talk and make jokes all the time. The teen said that on June 6, while her aunt and other siblings were watching television, she left and went outside. While sitting on a bench outside the dwelling, Pierre came and spoke to her. She then went into the toilet, which is situated outside in the yard, and called him to join her. “I started kissing him and I had sex with him,” the teen admitted. She said the act did not last long since she began to feel pain and told him to stop. He did. The child, who claimed that she was a virgin, told the court that she had sex with Pierre because he was a nice person. When asked what sex is, the young girl replied: “Sex is a strong feeling that people do if you do not

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use your brain.” The teen, who is currently sitting nine subjects at CXC, said that she learnt about sex from experience when dating the defendant. In the witness box, Pierre said that he will not call the young girl a liar but denied having sex with her. “Yes I talked with her but not about sex,” he told the court. He refuted claims that he told the minor he loved her and made sexual advances to her. In his interview with the police in 2009, Pierre told officers that he was in the toilet with the teen but he did not have sex with her. In court, he said: “I used the bathroom. That’s where I live. But she was not in the bathroom.” The defendant admitted that he sat on the bench and talked with the girl many times but they only spoke

about how she was doing in school. “I cannot tell lie to the court and I cannot tell lie to God,” Pierre told Justice Richard Williams. The victim’s father told the court that when he learnt of what had happened to his daughter he could not deal with it by himself. Back in 2009, the man drove a jitney to take care of his children and checked on them at noon everyday when school was out. He testified that before June 6, his daughter did not give him any indication that she was sexually active but after the incident she looked very sad. There was no DNA evidence against Pierre and woman police Jacqueline Morris explained why. Under oath, Morris told the court she did not take any sample for testing due to the length of time between the incident and the report. She admitted that the incident occurred on June 6 and was reported to the police on the same day. However, the defendant was not arrested until June 14. When reminded that the victim could have been taken for tests on June 6, Morris said that the case was originally handled by another officer who is now retired and was only given to her on June 20. Pierre is illegal in the TCI and is expected to be deported shortly.

Two in court for First Caribbean Bank fraud case ONE man was remanded to prison and another released on bail after they were arraigned this week in separate magistrate’s courts on a number of fraud charges. Levelle Williams, aged 22, appeared before Magistrate Clifton Warner charged with uttering a forged document, theft of a chosen action, and procuring the execution of a valuable security by deception. It was said that on Friday September 3, the young man stole a cheque belonging to Royal West Indies Resort, then presented it to a teller at the First Caribbean Bank for $12,700. The court heard that the cheque was made out to the defendant and that he received the cash. He then deposited some of the money into his bank account and used his card to make withdrawals. He even reportedly bought a vehicle and officers of the Financial Crime Unit seized it. The prosecution objected to bail for Williams saying that they are in possession of a copy of the forged cheque and pictures from the bank’s surveillance cameras showing him attempting to cover his face while

Donahue Bassett

Levelle Williams

changing the cheque. The prosecutor was of the view that if granted bail, Williams would abscond to the Bahamas, his native home, and that would be the end of the case since no extradition agreement exists between the two countries. Defence counsel Kendall Williams informed Magistrate Warner that his client has regularised himself because he has a TCI Belonger stamp in his passport. The defendant was granted $17,000 bail. Meanwhile, in Chief Magistrate

Joan Joyner’s court, Donahue Bassett was refused bail for the same charges. Bassett, aged 34, faced five counts of procuring the execution of a valuable security by deception, eight counts of uttering a forged document and five counts of theft of a chosen action, totalling $83,000. He was originally released on $35,000 station bail but was rearrested on Wednesday September 29. Bassett will return to court on November 25 for paper committal.


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TURKS AND CAICOS WEEKLY NEWS

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

Get us out of the abyss

Dear Editor, If one were to look at the 2006 constitution there must not be any material changes, as this constitution worked well for the Turks and Caicos. However we must all agree that what went wrong over the years was how most of the former PNP and PDM elected and appointed members misinterpreted and expedited the 2006 constitution and the former British Government sat idly by and did nothing. Whilst there seem to be some disagreements amongst many locals about the governance principles that Kate Sullivan spoke about in the proposed TCI constitution, my position is such that if certain principles are already noted in the 2006 constitution and had the propensity to work had the British Governor and elected politicians employed them then there is no need to change these principles. From my reading of the proposed governance principles, it is evident that they are purposed to result in a transfer of power from the elected officials to the British Governor, and this would put us back to colonial times when the servant cannot make important and routine decisions unless he gets the nod from the master. Governance principles, in areas where there was obvious corruption such as land, investment related projects, money management, appointment of civil servants, and immigration, are essential. However, these governance principles must be agreed to by Turks and Caicos Islanders and the British with both having equal input. Once they are agreed by both parties and propagated to all elected officials and the general public then the British

Clarification In the last edition of the Weekly News (Sept 25 to Oct 1) TCI poet Audley Astwood was quoted during a demonstration at Providenciales International Airport as warning that the situation would get “violent”. He would like us to point out that he was referring to the recent increase in crime which he predicts will worsen later this year. Mr Astwood says he has never condoned violence and will only ever support peaceful demonstration.

Governor, on behalf of the TCI and Britain, can assume the responsibility to enforce them. Next, the 2006 constitution calls for a Deputy Governor who I believe must be a Turks and Caicos Islander; however, in the proposed TCI constitution, Ms Sullivan is recommending that the post should be opened to foreigners as well. It is my view that this recommendation is a clear indication that the British do not want us highly involved in the governing of our country and believe we cannot be trusted or are incompetent. Let it be known that in the end the Deputy Governor post will be filled only by a TCI citizen and no other nationality. Next, I am taken aback by the amount of human and financial resources deployed to support the special investigation team with some 30 people to investigate less than 100 persons relative to one person to write a document that governs the affairs of some 40,000 people. This is an insult to TC Islanders and ridiculous on the part of the British. Lastly, I am concluding that the British waited too long to intervene to right the wrongs of the PNP and PDM Governments over the last 10 to 12 years because they were waiting for this opportune time to step in to partially suspend our 2006 constitution because they believe it made us too powerful. Now they are determined to implement a new constitution purposed to lower our standard of living because we have a higher standard of living than the average British national; do not blame us for our God blessed standard of living. Additionally, they have already implemented new taxation and new ones are on the way to make the Turks and Caicos Islands very expensive for us to live in and for potential and current investors to do business. This is gross economic and political terrorism and we must appeal to the United Nations to ensure that we partake in and agree to a constitution that will allow us not to complain much as this will cause us to remain in our present dismal state, but to ensure that we get a constitution that we can praise God for and that is purposed to raise us out of this economic and political abyss that was brought on by some corrupt and incompetent PNP and PDM elected officials and a ‘do nothing’ former British Government. Yours sincerely, William William

Timeline for positive change

Dear Editor, A wonderful and horrible thing was committed on Tuesday, September 21, in Providenciales between the Crown, her appointed servant and her people. I bless God for the manifestation of His holy words upon this our beloved country and by extension the whole world. Minutes after the word of God that was given to me to share with his people was sent to be published, word came back to me that the Governor of the TCI was held up. I asked if the British visiting Minister was with him; he replied he didn’t know. I left my hot lunch that I had prepared and went down to see what was going on. By the time I arrived the action was over and the assault was committed by all sides. Mr Editor, I bless and praise God again for you calling in on Expressions this morning, September 27, speaking in defence of our beloved country, along with other callers, and asking important questions with regard to where we go from here. Since Thursday, September 23, the spirit of the living God

LETTERS SHOULD BE KEPT TO A MAXIMUM OF 450 WORDS

was speaking to me to read the book of Esther. And now I am inspired to encourage the people of this country, friends and foes, to see what will become of our beloved country - how soon we all will see a greater positive change. In closing I leave these words from the Book of Esther: ‘Go gather together all the Jews who are present in Shushan and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day. ‘I also and my maidens will fast likewise and so will I go in unto the king which is not according to the law. And if I perish, I perish.’ (Esther 4:16) The grace, mercy, love and peace of Jesus I leave with you who would believe and obey. Jonathan N Gardiner

Boost for breast cancer fight Dear Editor, This month, October, we join with the rest of the world in observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast Cancer crosses all demographic lines. It knows no colour, no ethnicity, and no income. Every one of us is connected by it and to it in some way, either through a relative, friend or someone in our community.  I do not have breast cancer, but I know that it can wreak havoc and devastation on those affected and afflicted. But there is hope! Advances in medicine and technology have made early detection possible; and early detection is critical to defeating this disease. In this regard we are pleased to announce that we have not only acquired our mammography equipment to facilitate early detection, but that it is now housed in the new Cockburn Town Medical Center, Grand Turk, awaiting installation and commissioning. We are hopeful that our people will have the benefit of it before the end of October and, of course, into the future. The Turks and Caicos Cancer Foundation remains dedicated to educating and empowering women to take charge of their own breast health by practicing regular self-breast exams to identify any changes, scheduling regular visits to the clinician and annual mammograms, and those who have the disease, encourage them to adhere to their prescribed treatment. We also encourage men to pay greater attention to their breast, for breast cancer is not just a woman’s disease. The fight to eliminate cancer is an ongoing struggle. This entire nation needs to unite in its struggle against this disease. Those of you who have experienced breast cancer, we encourage you to share your stories honestly and bravely so that others may be encouraged. The Turks and Caicos Cancer Foundation implores each and every one of you not to turn a blind eye to those who have been affected. Reach out and help. Cancer can knock at any person’s door at any time. We again ask you to join in the effort to keep spreading the word about the risk of and the facts related to cancer so as to help in reducing the number of cancer patients, and ‘eradicate cancer one loved one at a time’. Lillian Misick President, Turks & Caicos Cancer Foundation

Waste disposal welcome

Dear Editor, Thank you for the story on the new waste disposal project. It cannot come too soon! As a frequent visitor to the Islands, I have been disappointed with the mess resulting from the current system. This will surely draw more tourism dollars and higher property values. The Turks’ slogan ‘Beautiful by nature’ can be said with integrity soon I hope! Best regards, Drew Myers

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


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Let’s set some goals

Dear Editor, Plants, animals, people and societies need set goals of where they are going. Let us look at a few examples: in the rain forests great trees fight and compete for space. When one of these trees crashes to the ground the saplings which have sat stagnant for years spring in action and there is a massive fight and battle for the right to become another forest giant. This goes for the animals too. When the male lion coalition can no longer defend their territory and protect the females and young of the pride, new males sweep in and dispose the old males, kill the young and build their own pride. And if one looks at the business world or nations one can see the same thing happening. Look at the automobile industry. For many years the average people of this part of the world drove Oxford Morrises, Hillman Hunters, Minis, Land-rovers, VWs, Fords and GM brand cars. But far away in the east a little nation put its mind to making a better car, one that was cheaper, one that was easier to fix and more durable. They worked at it, they drew wisdom from men that Detroit had rejected, they created new systems and manufacturing strategies to further their goal, to be number one in the automobile trade. They had no iron ore, nor much coal, or natural resources but they had a plan and set goal – to be number one in making cars. They worked diligently on their goal; at first what they produced was laughed at and made fun of but they did not give up, they worked all the harder, and their work yielded results. Soon names such as Toyota, Nissan, Mazda, Honda, Suzuki took the swing. They had achieved their goal! Now we could look at nations too, nations must have goals and plans, and a nation’s leaders chart its course to success or failure. The economic success hinges around the strategy that the nation’s leaders lay out and follow. Cayman set out and developed its offshore business, London developed and still protects its financial sector, Japan excelled in autos and electronics, America gave us the personal computer, Jamaica with all her problems developed and

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perfected the all inclusive hotels. I could go on and on. The point I make is that we, this little nation of ours, need a plan, we need a goal of where we are going. This goal must be then explained to the people so they can buy into it and work constructively toward it. You see, the sort of excitement we have been seeing over the last couple days happens in all societies, but when there is a set goal, a set plan and the benefits of the plan is explained to the people the reaction is slightly different. In some of Japan’s factories when the people are upset at the management they put on armbands. As I understand, a yellow one means they are upset, and a red one means they are very upset. They don’t stop working, they don’t mash up the factory, they believe in their goals, but they want to send a message to their leaders we are unhappy about what is happening. With these points in mind I would encourage our Governor, the political leaders, the captains of industry to sit down together and with some diligent planning come up with a clear vision or goal of where this nation is going. The benefits of achieving this goal must then be explained to the people, who can unify behind the vision and as a successful team work to achieve it. When a family, company, or nation fails to have set goals they tend to wane away and perish, as the wise man warned: “When there is no vision, the people perish.” With these thoughts in mind I would ask, what is the vision for team Turks and Caicos? God bless, John Wildish

Where are the true blues? Dear Editor, The current leadership of the PDM has sold out the ideals of the party and no longer enjoys the support of the party’s base, as clearly evidenced in the ever declining numbers of attendees to the party’s events. Only a few delegates bothered to attend the annual convention in North Caicos, even fewer turned out to last Thursday’s ‘Independence Now’ meeting at the party headquarters in Provo. By demonstrating alongside Mike Misick and his crew of corrupt exMinisters the PDM leaders have lost all of the little credibility they had left. The party members are very smart and deserted their leadership, denying them support during the attack on the international airport and the flopped Saturday rally. The leaders are currently in charge of a party with no following. The party base is shocked to see their leaders support Mike Misick in his quest to stay out of jail by going independent, supporting the very man who marginalised PDM members during his reign, destroyed their businesses and took away their

civil rights, the man who ran the country against the wall and gave away our children’s future for his personal enrichment. No surprise that the current PDM leader was a MP at that time and quietly watched the country’s resources being stolen, laws broken and the country’s image destroyed by the PNP Government, and just a year later the PDM leader stands side by side with those criminals and has no better idea than to bring Mike back into power. The PNP has made itself irrelevant as a political party, as their sole purpose of existence is to ensure future embezzlement of the Misick clan. Now the PDM leadership has decided to further join the sinking ship of the PNP and make it the sole purpose of the PDM to make the PNP look better. I wonder what happened to the ‘true blue’ PDMs? What happened to the party’s ideals of preserving the country’s heritage, encouraging sustainable development and sound financial management, and controlling immigration?

Where are my true blue brothers? I know you are out there! It is now just a matter of time until a new leader will emerge from the party base and finally put an end to the PNP-inspired foolishness that the current PDM leadership adheres to. The base will rally their support behind this new leader and the voting public will finally have a real alternative to the crooked ways of this past decade of politics. The solution is easy, the message is clear, the country is just waiting for the right person to embrace it. Corrupt developers, illegal immigrants, armed gunmen will start to tremble in fear once the true blue movement picks up steam. Light will come back after years of darkness as the people of the Turks and Caicos will reclaim their country from the reigns of evil, and a new day will dawn for our young country under the leadership of the true blue PDM, and God willing we will then be able to provide the ground for a stable, proud and independent nation. Respectfully, True Blue

COMMENTARY

Dilly dallies and delays HERE we go again, another delay. No elections next year. We are not ready, they say and why not? The Foreign Office in Britain who appointed Governors Poston, Tauwhare and Wetherell were the same group under Munn and Turner who could not find problems in the Misick administration. Once the problems became rank obvious they refused to fund the repair and the prosecutions. Now reality is setting in. The British interim Government has been a paper tiger, approving outsourcing for profit of a Canadian health care firm. Could the astronomical $5m per month we reportedly pay for 30 cell-sized rooms and foreign doctors be done better for less money by TCI managers? Let’s ask that question of Dr Ewing. Is no one checking into the exorbitant detrimental rates charged by Canadian PPC? Pay outsiders for the defunct jet plane contract but not local contractors? Continuing employment for someone known to collect honorariums from Interhealth Canada? Why? Why wasn’t the hospital construction contract audited? We

By David Tapfer are stuck with a $120m loan plus interest. In the BVI they got a sixstorey hospital and 120 beds for less. Why was NIB not audited? Why let the TCI Bank go down with people’s money? Wetherell took over in July 2008 with two financial advisers. Now another one is brought in. What happened? Forty-eight changes to a fouryear-old constitution recommended by an outsider. Part of the cover-up for no oversight? The Commission of Inquiry findings are still with us 18 months later. The FCO and its interim Government made decisions that have put us, in our opinion,

further behind while ignoring knowledgeable people who now have to live with those decisions. Let’s pause and look forward. One thing is clear. The new British Conservative Government must make better decisions in the TCI. They must push this Labour appointed interim Government and the special prosecutor. They must pump hard money into this economy and pay off the bills and loans for the mismanagement and law breaking Britain failed to stop. Someone must get investors interested in the TCI again. The raising of taxes, regulation, and the crime wave has embedded uncertainty which chased away investors looking to escape taxation, regulation and crime at home. There are almost eight million millionaires in the USA only 80 minutes away via plane. This Government chases tourists and home buyers in sparsely populated Canada when there are more people in the three closest USA states, all of which already have direct flights here. One hundred million dollars spent for access from bankrupt Europe raising the detrimental departure tax. As the placard said: Is anyone paying attention?


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Puppy dies after being denied entry to TCI – Owner despairs at lack of care By Rebecca Bird A THREE-month-old puppy died under the watch of animal welfare officers after it was confiscated at Providenciales Airport following a mix-up in its documents. The poodle’s distraught owner is now desperately seeking answers as to why it was not given proper care. In doing so she hopes to prevent anyone from having to go through the pain she has suffered at the loss of her beloved pet. Wanita Busby, of Five Cays, fell in love with black poodle puppy Deon after spotting him in a shopping mall pet shop during a visit to the Dominican Republic. She was not looking for a pet, but there was an instant connection and she had to buy him, she told the Weekly News. Wanita called her boyfriend back in the TCI and asked him to stop by the Air Turks and Caicos offices to ask what the procedure was for transporting an animal. He was told that all she needed was a medical certificate from the pet shop and $50 for the flight cost. On arriving at Providenciales

Airport on Saturday, September 18, Wanita was stopped by customs officers who said that she did not have the correct forms. They called animal welfare officer, Dexter Gordon, who told her that the only options were to send the pup back to the Dominican Republic or have it put down. “I felt so bad,” she told the Weekly News, “I even cried a bit at the airport.” Distressed at the mix-up Wanita immediately began making arrangements to have Deon transported back to the DR on the next flight. Mr Gordon said that he would take the puppy to environmental health offices to be looked after until the flight on Monday. However Wanita was concerned about Deon’s health and asked if she could pay for him to see a vet. Her request was denied and the officer took him away without requesting any contact details. Over the weekend she tried to call on a number she was given but the phone just rang out. Two days later when Wanita went to collect her pet for the journey back

SOLE REMINDER: Owner Wanita Busby only has one picture on her mobile phone to remind her of her puppy

to the Dominican Republic she was told that he had passed away. “It was so upsetting, I loved that puppy to death,” she said. Wanita learnt that there were not sufficient facilities at the environmental health department offices to look after her pup and that he had been taken to a man in Five Cays. “A three-month-old puppy should

be in proper care, but they refused for me to take him to a proper facility at my expense,” she said. She also learnt that the government vet was based in Grand Turk and was not available to examine her sick dog. Wanita was further upset when her request to take the dog’s body to her vet to determine the cause of death was refused.

The passionate pet owner says she wants changes to be made so that no other animals have to suffer. “I want to put this out there so environmental health can get proper facilities to stop this from repeating itself. “There should also be better communication between the department and the airlines so they wouldn’t allow pets to be brought in without the proper documents.” Wanita said she was given no sympathy by officers who told her that it would not be the first or last time that an incident of this type would happen. “It’s disgusting,” she said, “I want to know what’s going to be put in place to stop this happening again.” Wanita approached lawyers about taking the case to court but excessive costs have stopped her in her tracks. Judith Campbell, Permanent Secretary from the Ministry of Health, told the Weekly News on Thursday that she had just received reports of the incident from a local animal welfare group. She said she was extremely saddened by what she heard: “I can’t describe how I feel, it’s horrific.” Ms Campbell said that the matter will be investigated thoroughly.


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TURKS AND CAICOS WEEKLY NEWS NATIONAL

POTHOLE PANIC: Some of the holes reach a couple of feet deep and up to 10 feet wide

Kids at risk from dangerous potholes – Residents call for a new road By Rebecca Bird A NEGLECTED road in downtown Providenciales ridden with vast potholes could cause a serious accident. That’s the word from local businesses and residents who say that something needs to be done – and soon. The unpaved road off Leeward Highway’s Blue Hills roundabout has caused concern for many months and the situation is only worsening. Scores of cars attempt to traverse the potholes every day to drop children off at the Edward C Gartland Youth Centre, Shining Stars Pre-School and New Age Academy. Some of the holes reach a couple of feet deep and up to 10 feet wide and quickly fill with water and mud after a downpour. According to youth centre director Roxann Wake-Forbes rain is washing away the road surface creating great gullies in the rock which could cause pedestrian injuries and damage to vehicles. “It really is becoming a hazard, and with two schools, a youth centre and local businesses using it, something really needs to be done.” Roxann said the children often have difficulty making their way around the puddles. “They’re coming here and using the facilities covered in mud, I can’t imagine what they are getting to school looking like.” She described driving on the road as a “rollercoaster ride” and said that cars were getting damaged. “We need to do something,” she stressed, “the potholes are

so severe, we need a new road and proper drainage.” Roxann revealed that a beneficiary to the youth centre paid for the road to be graded a couple of times, but the work only lasted for a few weeks. Malaika Wint, of local fast food restaurant Patty Place, described the road as “horrible” particularly after a downpour and said it hampers business a lot. She added: “There are two schools that use this road as access – we need some help from the government to fix it.” Director of New Age Academy Bill Claire agreed that the road definitely needs to be improved. “The bottom line is that the road would have to be paved,” he told the Weekly News, “but it would cost in the region of $40,000.” He said the government had been in touch a number of times about fixing the road, but to date no progress has been made. Gloria Blake, principal at Shining Stars Pre-School, said she was “very unhappy” about the state of the street. “We have complained about it to the government and have been told there’s no money to fix it. “Last year some parents stumped up for some fill and rolled it over the potholes, but as the rains continued to come and the cars drove down, the potholes got deeper and deeper. “I long to see the day when something is done to repair the road for good.” The government’s Ministry of Works did not respond to a request for comment up to press time.

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Doubt continues over election date By Gemma Handy BRITAIN will clarify clear milestones by the end of the year which must be met before general elections can be held. Overseas Territories Minister Henry Bellingham said on Thursday the UK did not wish to delay the return to local rule any longer than necessary. But he said he was still unable to give any indication of when the ballot might take place. The Minister’s announcement of an indefinite postponement to elections, made during last week’s visit, sparked clamorous protests in Providenciales. Hundreds of infuriated Islanders ambushed Provo Air Center to confront the Governor as he attempted to board a plane to Grand Turk. Mr Bellingham said while he advocated freedom of expression, he could not condone “intimidation or

violence”. “I fully uphold the right of all people, whatever their beliefs and background, to have the freedom to express their views.    “However, I cannot condone efforts to misinterpret my statement or comments, actions which have sparked localised protests.  “Nor do I condone the use of intimidation, violence or law breaking in support of freedom of expression,” the Minister said in a statement. And he warned such scenes could devastate the tourism industry. “Such actions could easily deter future tourists and investors from coming to these beautiful Islands. This would have a disastrous effect on TCI’s fragile economy as the peak tourist season approaches.   “I am sure that no one with TCI’s best interests at heart would want to see this happen.” Mr Bellingham said it was vital to properly embed ongoing

“I do not condone intimidation or violence” – British MP Henry Bellingham.

constitutional and electoral reforms and stabilise public finances before setting an election date. Further progress would also need to be made on criminal investigations into government corruption, he said.

“I intend to issue a statement by the end of this year setting out clearly remaining milestones which must be met before elections can take place. “I encourage the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands to engage constructively on constitutional and electoral reform.” Mr Bellingham thanked members of the community, interim administration and political leaders for taking the time to meet with him last week. “I welcomed the opportunity to listen to the diverse views of a wide range of people,” he added. In April, Britain’s Foreign Affairs Committee (FAC), which recommended last year’s Commission of Inquiry, dubbed the July 2011 election timeframe “unrealistic”. FAC chairman Mike Gapes said it was important to ensure politicians being investigated for misdeeds could not liquidate ill-gotten assets or use “bribery and intimidation” to engineer a return to office.

“The Government should reassure the people of the TCI that a new constitution will not be put in place, nor elections held, until there is absolute confidence that the necessary reforms have been fully embedded,” he said. In a speech broadcast on local radio last Monday, Mr Bellingham said to rush the reform process to meet next July’s election date would be doing Islanders a “disservice”. He said he had made the decision following “strong advice” from the Governor along with advisory council and consultative forum members. The news came hours after fellow British MP Andrew Rosindell released a report in which he described native residents as feeling “powerless” and “disenfranchised”. The delay infuriated many Islanders and political leaders who have been holding out for a return to self rule since the UK reassumed charge of the nation 13 months ago.

Green turtle begins epic migration A STUNNING green turtle has set off on what promises to be an epic migration after laying her final clutch of eggs on Gibbs Cay - and scientists are hot on her tail. Shyvonne, the latest turtle to be fitted with a satellite tag by the Turks and Caicos Islands Turtle Project, embarked on her voyage last week. She is the first green turtle nesting in the TCI to be tracked by satellite and local marine biologists hope she will provide vital information on where these endangered creatures go once they leave local waters. Project officer Amdeep Sanghera said: “Our studies suggest that decades ago TCI’s nesting turtles used to be far more numerous, but over the years, egg collection and hunting of female turtles has left very few green turtles still nesting on

TCI’s beaches. “Turtle nests and nesting female turtles are now protected under TCI law, so tagging Shyvonne, one of the country’s last remaining breeding green turtles, is very special. “For the first time ever we will find out where these big old survivors go after laying their eggs on TCI beaches and identify other countries that should be helping us protect them.” The huge adult female green turtle, whose shell measures over 44 inches, was named Shyvonne by Grand Turk fishermen in honour of an ex-wife. Amdeep tagged the turtle on Gibbs Cay on the night of September 12, along with DECR environmental officer Jodi Johnson and police instructor Ali Smith, who spent the

VOYAGE: Shyvonne is the latest turtle to be fitted with a satellite tag by the Turks and Caicos Islands Turtle Project

night on the beach waiting for her to emerge from the surf. With the help of the Grand Turk Diving Company, Amdeep has been monitoring turtle nesting activity on Gibbs Cay for the past few weeks. He first encountered Shyvonne attempting to nest there the night before Hurricane Earl passed, but was unable to tag her. Her tracking data indicates that, after she was tagged, she nested on Gibbs Cay again on Monday night, probably her fourth nest of the season. Shyvonne’s tag will only transmit when she surfaces to breathe, and satellites orbiting in space will receive the signals and calculate her location. The Turks and Caicos Islands Turtle Project team will track her journey online using seasturtle. org’s ground-breaking programme Stat, which communicates with the satellite system to plot online maps of the turtle’s movements each day. The Turks and Caicos Islands Turtle Project has so far tagged five other turtles caught by TCI fishermen. The most famous was Suzie, another adult female green turtle, who was caught at her feeding grounds off East Caicos last summer. After she was tagged, Suzie migrated 3,700 miles around the Caribbean, probably nesting in Barbuda, before arriving back to East Caicos at the end of January this year. The other tagged turtles are all adult hawksbill turtles, who have remained in TCI waters since they were tagged almost a year ago.

The single female, named Jewel, nested five times on East Caicos before returning to her feeding grounds at Philips Reef four miles east. The Turks and Caicos Islands Turtle Project involves the Department of Environment and Coastal Resources (DECR), the School for Field Studies (SFS) in TCI, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) and the University of Exeter in the UK. The project is carrying out research into the turtle populations and turtle fishery in the Turks and

Caicos Islands, and the satellite tagging work aims to reveal the full ranges of the turtle populations found there. The DECR respectfully requests anyone encountering a satellite tagged turtle in TCI waters to please leave it alone and report it to Amdeep on 332-8325. The satellite tagging programme is funded by the British Chelonia Group and the People’s Trust for Endangered Species. To track Shyvonne’s progress visit www.seaturtle.org/tracking/index. shtml?project_id=398

Grand Turk told “save water”

GRAND Turk residents are being urged to conserve water as ongoing problems with shortages persist. Government officials say “technical difficulties” are hindering access to H2O on the capital island. The situation was expected to improve slightly this week but they warn deficiencies will continue until the end of the month. “The general public is therefore advised to continue conserving water. We regret any inconvenience this may cause,” a spokesperson said. Last year the Weekly News reported that Grand Turk Islanders were queuing up as early as 3am to

collect water supplies from public tanks. The age-old problem has affected everyone from householders to business owners, schools, medical facilities and dental surgeries. While some homes are fitted with cisterns, many others are not. In October 2009, four new pumps were installed by the Government in a bid to rectify the situation. Problems with water shortages have been present for years with blame affixed to everything from faulty or inadequate equipment to sabotage. They reached a crescendo in the immediate aftermath of 2008’s devastating hurricanes.


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TCI youngsters enjoy a host of fun-filled activities across the Islands

National Youth Week celebrations – Inspiring young minds to be great minds By Rebecca Bird YOUNG people across the country enjoyed a week filled with fun activities as part of the 2010 National Youth Week celebrations. A primary school debate, teen challenge quiz and fantastic fun day were all highlights of the annual event in Providenciales. Kicking off activities on Wednesday, September 22, a primary school debate was held at Felix Morley Community Centre in Five Cays. Children from eight government and private primary schools discussed the moot: ‘The electronic media does more harm than good to our children.’ Enid Capron students came out top in the competition with their proposing debate. The top four performing schools will go on to compete during Education Week in March 2011. On Thursday, September 23, high school students took part

in a teen challenge quiz at Felix Morley Community Centre in Five Cays. Six schools participated in the event which tested the children on their knowledge of a range of different categories. Clement Howell High School came first in the competition with Wesley Methodist hot on their tail in second place. The youth week events culminated in a huge celebration at the Downtown ballpark on Friday. A sea of beaming young faces filled the sports ground as they enjoyed the fun-filled extravaganza. The day, held under the theme ‘Inspiring young minds to be great minds’, kicked off with a colourful parade. Children wore costumes and held banners that represented the TCI and walked down the streets to the Gustavus Lightbourne Centre. Following the parade children had the chance to enjoy the fair and

fun day with a water slide, toys and games, food, drinks and stalls. A number of local youth groups

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also put on demonstrations to show what they have learnt throughout the year and finally there were dance and talent competitions. Roxann Wake-Forbes, director of the Edward C Gartland Youth Centre,

had a stall at the event. She said: “We played some games with the kids and one of the dance groups from the centre performed and came in second in the talent competition. It was a fun day.”

Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Association Your source for information on the rights and protection of children from doctors and access to medicines that could cure our ills, and also to be attended by special hospitals for children in cases of malnutrition, sickness or other medical emergencies. Boys and girls, as well as our parents and teachers, should receive education that would give us all basic health and nutritional information, such as the value of mothers’ milk, good hygiene and the means to prevent or avoid sickness. Girls and boys have the right to good physical and mental health and the strong, healthy development of

our bodies. CAPAA comment Our children deserve to grow up in a happy healthy environment. Parents, teachers and caregivers need to be aware that total mind, body and spiritual health should be developed simultaneously if we are going to have a nation of healthy children. Any questions please call National Youth Hotline @ 1800-534-8256


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CHURCH & RELIGION

October 2 - 8, 2010

WITH Deandrea Hamilton

Pastors and politicians make a pact PASTORS and politicians made a pact on Tuesday during a midday prayer service where they also vowed to forge an unbreakable bond for the good of the nation. The service was held at Rock of Jesus Ministry in Five Cays and welcomed leaders of both the People’s Democratic Movement and the Progressive National Party to a time of solemn prayer and fasting. Bishop Bryant Cox said: “What was important that day is Hon Douglas Parnell and Hon Clayton Greene agreed to work together for the betterment of all Turks and Caicos Islanders. That is the reason why we are here.” Prayers of supplication for a nation desirous of the return of democratic rule sweetly ascended to heaven and were expressed by Pastor Elva Swann. “You are the only living God and we thank you for your son Jesus today; we thank you for the liberty that we have to gather in this manner and Lord when we have finished here today as we have given up our supplications and made our requests known to you as we make pledges one to the other in your presence.

SIGNATURES: The political leaders sign the ‘All Party Points Agreement’

LEADERS: Albray Butterfield Jr, Clayton Greene, Douglas Parnell and Clarence Selver`

“We thank you that you would receive glory, you would receive honour, you would receive praise.” The leaders, including former Premier Galmo Williams, stood resolutely through the various prayers and then listened to a message about the power of having solidarity in Christ which guarantees that God is on your side.

Rev Howell continued: “The stand you are making here at Rock of Jesus today goes far beyond the shores of our Turks and Caicos. “It’s not only because you are together but because we as ministers of God are agreeing with you and we are going to hold you to it.” Douglas Parnell and Clarence Selver, as leader and deputy leader

“God and me is the majority for in his word he said: ‘One shall chase a thousand, two shall put ten thousand to flight’ and so when we see our leaders coming together, not only are you pulling your party, you are bringing everybody together,” preached Rev Dr Conrad Howell, president of the Providenciales Ministerial Fellowship.

of the PDM, and Clayton Greene and Albray Butterfield Jr, as leader and deputy leader of the PNP, signed the ‘All Party Points Agreement’. The document commits each side to four bones of contention including enlargement of the franchise, general elections postponement and constitutional reform.

Bahama Brass Band ready for concerts OVER one thousand students of Clement Howell High were the first to see the world famous Bahama Brass Band perform. Less than one hour on the island, and the group went in search of an audience; CHHS was a welcoming bunch for the surprise free concert. One student remarked: “It’s awesome, it’s just great. They from Bahamas and they fly all the way here. They didn’t forget about us… we are happy!” Pastor Barry Morris is the director, with ties to Bambarra, Middle Caicos, and Wheeland, Providenciales. The director is not alone as all but one member of the now 50-year-old Grand Bahama chapter is of Turks and Caicos heritage and filled with Church of God of Prophecy spunk. “We thought it fitting to come back to Turks and Caicos on this 50th anniversary to celebrate what we got here. “We still have men here with us who are actually foundational members of the band: Hopelyn ‘Bill’ Parker, Percy Williams and Emmanuel Dean are some of the first members of the band. We came to tell them thank you!” Students enjoyed the rhythmic blast and were marching and promised special surprises once they attended the Saturday night event at

PLAYING THE CROWD: The Bahama Brass Band were not on island for more than an hour, when they headed to the largest school in the country

the Tropicana Show and Supper Club; they were also given a student rate of $10 or half price on the tickets. On Friday morning, the 20 group members already here will be joined by six additional members and they will head into North Caicos, via the ferry, for a show to thrill residents. “North Caicos? Explosion! It is gonna be a war of praise, an exciting time and this band is conditioned to play all night long. So we coming to have church in Jesus name!”

The band has also brought its music on compact disc, and sees the group as more than a music making icon for both cultures but a ministry of Christ. Director Morris said Thursday was proof of that. “The history of the Bahama Brass Band has turned out exceptionally wonderful men. “We have bishops, pastors, deacons, evangelists, lawyers, doctors, politicians and businessmen in this band. “We know that it is because of

OLD TIMERS: The Bahama Brass Band will perform in two nights of concerts

what our founders did that caused us now to be.” The Grand Bahama branch of the Bahama Brass Band is headquartered in Eight Mile Rock, a vibrant TCI/ Bahamian community in The Bahamas.

The Bahama Brass Band will perform in two nights of concerts; Friday in North Caicos and Saturday in Providenciales at the Tropicana. Tickets are $20 for the 50th anniversary shows which celebrate the origins of the band.


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National domino tournament launched GAME players from all walks of life are expected to come together this October to take part in the country’s first national domino championships. Numerical skills, wits and luck will all be put to the test as teams compete for the grand prize of $2,000. Heats for the exciting knock-out competition will be held across the country with the finals taking place in Providenciales. And it is all thanks to bosses at telecoms company Islandcom Wireless, who decided to organise and sponsor the community based event. Tanya-Sue Young, Islandcom’s marketing and customer care manager, is excited about the upcoming contest. “Dominoes have long been considered the ‘national sport’ for many countries of the region,” she explained. “The game continues to draw people of all walks of life together for a positive vibe and a little friendly competition.”

Competitions will take place up and down the country at Islandcom’s authorised dealer stores this October. Sandra Garland, local owner and director of Islandcom, said she was pleased to be sponsoring the exciting new competition. She added that the company is “completely committed” to the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands. All participating teams will be required to complete an official registration form and submit their $20 registration fee at least three days before the event. The first competition takes place in South Caicos at Kisa Services on Saturday, October 9, while the second event will take place in North Caicos at K & J Foods on Friday, October 15. In Grand Turk the competition will be held at Taste of the Islands on Saturday, October 23, and in Providenciales the game takes place at NCS Services on Saturday, October 30. Each team will comprise of two

members, one of whom must be identified as the captain and principal team contact. There will be absolutely no late registration, and any team withdrawing from the competition forfeits their deposit. All games will be umpired by an official designated by the TCI Sports Commission. Participants will be provided with t-shirts with their team name clearly displayed which they are required to wear during the competition. The winning team from each island will be invited to the national finals in Providenciales with transportation and accommodation provided by Islandcom Wireless. First prize in the individual island competitions is $500 and a BlackBerry gift bag, while first prize overall is $2,000 and a BlackBerry 3G Pearl. CEO of Islandcom Kate Bonner said: “We look forward to an exciting series of events in the next couple of weeks. “Visit your nearest Islandcom store to register today!”

this week

Friday, October 1 to Thursday, October 7

Friday, October 1  German citizens residing in the TCI are invited to a cocktail reception this evening. The special event is being held to celebrate the German national holiday. For more details including time and venue call 342-1522 or email german.consul.tci@gmail.com

Saturday, October 2  Shape those muscle groups you never knew you had during an early morning resistance training session at IGA Sports Centre. The session begins at 8.30am and costs $12 for one or $100 for 11.

Sunday, October 3  Legs eleven, two little ducks, garden gate, two fat ladies – who knows if one of these numbers could see you winning big bucks this weekend. The Rotary Club of Providenciales has restarted its weekly Bingo game and it is now taking place at Williams Auditorium on South Dock Road. Held Sunday nights at 7pm sharp, come out and join the fun while helping to raise funds for Rotary’s community projects. The game is open to those aged 18 and over only.

GENEROUS GIFTS: Reps from the Tuscany resort (far right and left) present their donations

Tuscany makes three way donation GRACE Bay’s Tuscany resort made three generous donations this week in a gesture of goodwill to the community. This Wednesday the government’s education department, the TCI Kidney Foundation and the National Cancer Society were all given surprise gifts. Director of education Edgar Howell thanked the resort for their donation of three desktop Compaq computers. He told the Weekly News that he was extremely happy to receive the gifts which will be distributed

to Doris Robinson, Ianthe Pratt and Eliza Simons Primary Schools. “The students will benefit from this donation greatly,” he said. Claude Swann, president of the TCI Kidney Foundation, also said a big thank you to the resort for their cash donation. “We appreciate it very much – it will go a long way to helping our patients.” Rosemary Jolly and Terry Meneley of the National Cancer Society said the cash donation would enable them to continue assisting those in need. “Ongoing contributions from

our corporate sponsors are very important,” they said. “Something like this goes a very, very long way.” The National Cancer Society will be holding a fundraising walkathon on Saturday, October 9, from IGA at 6am. T-shirts for the event are being sold at IGA. There will also be a luncheon at Seven Stars resort on October 30 at 1pm costing $60. In addition the TCI Kidney Foundation plans to hold an awareness drive with Lime in October.

Call Shara on 244-1103 for more details.  Get all the info on how to live a healthy lifestyle with weekly Monday lectures at Re*store in Grace Bay Plaza opposite Jai’s jewellery store from 6pm.

Tuesday, October 5  Step it up this Tuesday evening with a fun fitness class at IGA Sports Centre. From 6.30pm you will be taken through a number of step combinations mixed with conditioning exercises like squats, push ups and triceps dips. Classes cost $12 for one or $100 for 11.  Aspiring artists can sign up for life drawing every Thursday at Re*store in Grace Bay Plaza opposite Jai’s jewellery store. Classes start at 6pm. To reserve your space call 3439555.

Wednesday, October 6  In need of inner peace? Restore mind, body and soul with David Bowen’s yoga class every Wednesday at Re*store in Grace Bay Plaza opposite Jai’s jewellery store. Classes begin at 6pm. Call 3439555 to reserve a space.

Monday, October 4

Thursday, October 7

 Get rid of the Monday blues with an intense non-traditional aerobic routine with Anca Vasile. The exciting class takes place 7pm at IGA Sports Centre and includes fun and interesting choreography. Classes cost $12 for one or $100 for 11.

 Burn off your week’s excesses during with an energetic kickboxing class at IGA Sports Centre. The class begins at 7pm and will include 45 minutes of kickboxing drills followed by 15 minutes of conditioning exercises. Classes cost $12 for one or $100 for 11.

 Mindful Mornings with Shara Bowen are held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10am for mothers and their little ones. Come and play and do yoga and sing and dance! Moms can sit, relax, join in the yoga or just read a book and sample some tea. Mindful Mornings are held at Re*store in Grace Bay Plaza opposite Jai’s jewellery store to help inspire a more mindful, aware and conscious state of being.

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


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CELESTE LIGHTBOURNE

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An exciting opportunity awaits you in the Turks & Caicos Islands Government Service for the post of Director of Survey and Mapping. The incumbent in this managerial position is responsible for the distribution of Crown Lands, setting performance and service delivery standards in the Department; supervising the collection of revenue by the Surveys and Mapping Department as well as authorizing expenditure of Department’s funds. The incumbent must also prepare detailed budgets for the Department; prepare accounting reports and answer audit queries as well as investigate any discrepancies in the Cadastral Survey records. The successful candidate must also take action in consultation with the Registrar of Lands to correct any such discrepancies; liaise with other Government Departments and assign staff appropriately to bring about the execution of surveys. The candidate must also be able to assist in the processing of applications for Leases/Title over Crown Land, provide detailed information on crown land parcels resulting from mutations/subdivision surveys; carry out land surveying services for Crown Land; check / approve survey files after receiving submissions from the Department and manage the disbursement of the approved Department’s budget in a sound financial manner.

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For more information on the Job description Please contact the Office of the Public Service Management Telephone 649-946-2801, Extension: 10321 E-mail: recruitment@gov.tc and Jaastwood@gov.tc. All resumes should include contact information and two letters of reference as well as a Police Certificate and should be addressed to the Permanent Secretary/ Office of the Public Service Management, Church Folly, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands Facsimile: 946-1582. 5778

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EMPLOYMENT / SERVICES / NOTICES

NOTICE OF CONSTRUCTION Construction will commence under the DDP and Building Permits, PR10419 for Beach Cleaning and Grading Fronting on Parcels 16-23 and 25-27, Block 60901, (Emerald Beach, Providenciales) on September 10. Construction will take approximately 6 weeks to complete.

FAX: (649) 946-4661

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One Labourer Who will be responsible for the daily maintenance of the building and its surrounding • Must be able to drive any range of vehicle including buses • Must be courteous at all times • Must be willing to carry out duties assigned • Must have excellent customer service skills • All applicants must posses a valid driver’s license • Willing to work with little or no supervison • Must be willing to work weekends and holidays • Must be able to drive a manual vehicle • Must be computer literate Salary is in the range of $5.50 per hour

Project Description: The work includes removing large conch shells and rocks as well as grading vertical scarps along the beach. Work Areas: Work will commence at the east end of the Project Area (Emerald Point) and proceed west, with work occurring in three segments: Segment A (Parcels 26 - 27), Segment B (Parcels 22 - 23 and 25) and Segment C (Parcels 16-21). The beach will be closed in the active work segment between 7am and 5pm, Monday through Friday. Engineer for the Project: Coastal Design and Engineering (CDE). All questions shall be directed to Karyn Erickson or Christin Perkinson at 941-7309.

Please summit all application between 9am-5-pm Monday – Friday

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GOVERNMENT VACANCY JOB TITLE: MECHANIC

SUMMARY OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: An exciting opportunity awaits you in the Turks & Caicos Islands Government Service for the post of Mechanic. This position has direct responsibility in the maintenance of the fleet of the Turks & Caicos Islands Government vehicles. The incumbent is required to perform regular vehicle servicing and maintenance and effect repairs. The incumbent is also required to provide supervision for Trainee mechanics and quality control of their work and perform any other duties as may be required. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE The position requires the incumbent to possess a Certificate in Mechanics from an accredited School with at least three (3) years experience which must include: Diagnosing vehicle malfunctions, effecting service repairs. The incumbent must also possess good interpersonal skills and the ability to comprehend with both Workshop/ Maintenance and Spare Parts Manuals. SALARY: $18,900 – 20,520 PER ANNUM For more information on the Job Description please contact the Office of the Public Service Management Telephone 649-946-2801, Extension: 10318 E-mail: rawilliams@gov.tc and recruitment@gov.tc Telephone: 946-2801. All resumes with contact information and two letters of reference and a police certificate should be addressed to the Permanent Secretary/ Office of the Public Service Management, Church Folly, Grand Turk. Facsimile: 946-1582

APPLICATION DEADLINE: October 6th 2010

New Turks & Caicos Islands Hospitals

Nursing Staff (Part-Time) The Cheshire Hall Medical centre has a requirement for a number of Registered Nurses and Midwives who are able to work part- time or on an ‘on-call’ basis. These positions will supplement the current full-time staff and should be prepared to do regular ‘on-call’ shift duties, mainly at nighttimes and week-ends. There may also be opportunities for some daytime shift duties. Remuneration will be at regular staff rates on an ad hoc basis when called in to duty in the hospital. Applicants should be in possession of a BSc in Nursing plus three years practical experience or a Diploma in Nursing plus five years experience. Only suitably qualified applicants will be considered. How to Apply

Applications should be made by submitting to Interhealth Canada a comprehensive CV showing your qualifications and experience. Copies of qualification certificates should be attached. Submissions should be made by hand to Reception at Cheshire Hall Medical Centre or by email to:

Recruitment@Interhealthcanada.tc Please ensure that a contact telephone number or email address is included on the application

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fitness Tip 

Kickboxing for fitness WHETHER is called kickboxing, Tae Bo, mixed martial arts (MMA) or body combat, this type of workout is very popular around the world. Each type has something specific as a concept but they all promote the same basic elements; it’s all about punching, kicking, agility, coordination, aerobic endurance and so on. And I am not talking about these workouts as self defence training; I am talking about them as fitness programmes. Most popular are the group classes where these workouts are taught by

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an instructor with a bit of experience or at least an instructor who attended specific workshops due to the technical terms and specific moves which have to be done correctly or there is a big risk of injuries. And because I choose to talk about kickboxing due its popularity, I will focus on it and try to explain what it is and what you should expect when attending a class. Kickboxing derives from a mix of Western boxing and Muay Thai (Thai kickboxing) and it’s rooted thousands of years ago. Muay Thai is an ancient martial art which utilises the arms, legs, elbows and knees as weapons. Now Muay Thai is a national sport in Thailand and is regulated: the fighters must wear protective equipment, fights take place in boxing rings and there are rules to be followed. As a fitness option, kickboxing is a cardiovascular workout that uses the hands, feet, knees and elbows and mimics kickboxing training to obtain health and fitness benefits. There are two types of kickboxing classes which can be conducted: equipment based and non-equipment based classes. As far as I know, at this moment there is no gym around Provo that offers equipment based classes for group training. Equipment based classes are designed to allow

FITNESS EXPERT Anca Vasile

participants to spend a defined amount of time performing kickboxing drills using the heavy bag, punching mitts, kicking pads and jump ropes. Non-equipment based classes are similar to a traditional aerobic class format, where an instructor leads the group through a warm-up and specific boxing/kickboxing skills. Most classes are choreographed to high energy music. If you have no experience whatsoever and you have never attended a kickboxing class before you should have the instructor give you some advice and have him/ her show you the correct technique. Every instructor should take five minutes at the beginning of the class to explain the terms while showing the technique. Kickboxing classes are made up of several components and corresponding drills.

• Upper body skills (jabs, straight rights, uppercuts, hook, elbow strikes) • Lower-body skills (front kicks, side kicks, roundhouse kicks,

Kickboxing derives from a mix of Western and Thai boxing. rear kicks, knee strikes) • Combinations (upper-body and lower-body drills) • Conditioning drills (push-ups, sit ups, jumping jacks) • Footwork and defensive drills (ducking, bobbing and weaving, slipping, shuffling)

Now that you have an idea about this type of workout, the only thing that remains is for you to give it a try.

My advice is not to get frustrated if you don’t get it all right the first time; stick to your pace and don’t expect others to slow down so you can get it and if you feel the intensity is too high for you, take a break to catch your breath and drink some water. You will build your overall fitness in time and not in one class. Email ancafitness@live.com with your health and fitness questions.

Ingredients: (serves 6)

• 1 barbecued chicken • 1 tbsp olive oil • 4 green onions, finely sliced • 2 cups chicken consomme • 2 cups salt-reduced chicken stock • 175g fresh noodles, chopped • 420g can sweet corn kernels, drained • 2 tbsps soy sauce Method:

• Remove skin and meat from chicken carcass. Discard skin and bones. Finely slice or shred meat and place in the fridge until required. • Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add green onions and cook for one to two minutes or until tender. Add consomme and stock. Bring to the boil. • Reduce heat to medium-low and add noodles. Cook for two to three minutes or until tender. • Add corn kernels, chicken and soy sauce. Stir until well combined and cook for two minutes or until chicken and corn is heated through. Serve with dinner rolls.

health Tip 

The beauty of beans BEANS are often over-looked for their abundance of incredible health benefits. Many avoid them altogether, believing the carb content will pile on the pounds. In fact research has shown that the carbohydrates found in most beans are of the complex variety. Complex carbohydrates are not contributors to any sort of weight gain, instead providing the brain and muscles with a lot of good, stable energy supplies. Beans actually contain a wider variety of healthy nutrients than most foods. These include calcium, potassium, vitamin B6, magnesium, folate and alpha-linolenic acid. The nutrients work together on several key areas of the body promoting total health and

wellbeing. Beans happen to be good sources of complete proteins too which is rare in plants. They have also been credited with staving off illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Beans help curb hunger and provide the body with valuable sources of ready energy that it can burn quickly and effectively. This in turn helps promote weight loss. Antioxidants have become the hottest, most talked about nutrient in recent times. This is due to their ability to protect the body from freeradicals which cause many health problems and premature aging. Beans are plentiful sources of antioxidants which help keep the

sure to drain and rinse well. You should aim to include about three cups of beans per week into your diet to achieve the best health results but even as little as a cup per week can lead to impressive results. Tips for including beans into your diet:

Aim to eat three cups of beans a week for optimum health results.

appearance young and vibrant. So which beans should you be adding into your diet? Some experts suggest ‘dry’ beans, such as kidney beans, lima beans, pinto beans and navy beans, are the healthiest. Canned beans are often high in sodium so be

• Sprinkle cumin onto beans while cooking and serve with rice and salad for a quick complete meal. • Be sure to serve beans with vitamin C-rich vegetables to help the iron beans contain be better absorbed. • Don’t limit beans to just entree dishes or soups; use them for dips, in salads and even in dessert. • Substitute beans for a meatless meal one to two times a week.


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

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Yellowing hibiscus plants? How to be HIBISCUS are sensitive plants that develop yellow leaves regularly for many reasons. Diagnosing the cause of yellow leaves can be frustrating. Hibiscus are temperamental plants. Seasoned growers are used to sudden yellowing or periodic dropping of leaves and tend not to panic, but novice growers can become quite frustrated at trying to diagnose the reason. While the potential causes are many, sometimes there is no cause at all. Hibiscus like to be kept moist but not wet. Keeping a hibiscus too wet or dry will cause yellow leaves. Since hibiscus are very sensitive to changes in soil moisture, do not let a plant dry out completely between waterings, especially container grown plants. A good rule of thumb is to stick a finger into the soil, and if it is dry to the second knuckle, water. Never plant a hibiscus in an area that is prone to flooding or standing water. There are several hibiscus diseases that can cause yellowing leaves and leaf drop. Mushroom root rot causes a sudden wilt and death. Remove dead and dying plants with as much of the rootball as possible. Sterilise the soil thoroughly before replanting in that spot. Leaf spot is caused by various fungi and bacteria. Damage is usually minor. The primary control is to remove and destroy all diseased leaves. Nematodes are microscopic worms that can invade and damage the roots of hibiscus, causing yellow and dropping leaves. There is no available treatment for nematodes other than soil sterilisation prior to planting. Insects that can cause yellow leaves on hibiscus include aphids, spider mites, mealybugs, and whiteflies. Ants always indicate the presence of aphids. Fungus gnats in too moist soil can damage roots and cause leaf drop. Hibiscus scale can suck the juice out of the plant and cause yellow leaves. Always check all parts of the hibiscus plant carefully for pests, including the bark and underside of leaves. Hibiscus are heavy feeders but overfertilisation can burn roots and cause yellow leaves. Underfertilisation, especially a lack of minor elements such as iron, can cause leaves to yellow. Using a balanced fertiliser with minor elements is recommended. And finally, being such sensitive plants, hibiscus may develop yellow leaves for no reason that can be

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Keeping a hibiscus too wet or dry will cause yellow leaves.

determined. Experienced growers accept the fact that hibiscus are rather temperamental and, unless there is

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an obvious cause, do not worry much about yellowing leaves. Luckily, hibiscus grow back lost leaves very quickly in most instances.

AS THE season changes, it’s time to get ‘swishing’. The art of swishing involves getting your friends together to swap gorgeous clothes and party at the same time. Save money, save resources, improve your wardrobe, have fun.

an accidental entrepreneur

RECESSIONS usually mean more creation of start-up businesses. When people get laid off, they often use their unemployment as an opportunity to start the business they always dreamed about. Or, because the job market is so bad, they have no choice but to become entrepreneurs. These are the so-called, unintended, forced or accidental entrepreneurs. The vast majority of corporate workers who get laid off seek another corporate job. After all, starting a business in a downturn seems especially risky. Only twothirds of new small businesses survive at least two years, according to the Small Business Administration. That survival rate falls to 44 per cent at four years, and to 31 percent at seven. The silver lining may be that the survival rate is about the same in expansions and recessions. The costs of owning a business add up quickly. There are license fees, insurance, salaries and contract pay, overhead, inventory and the like. And these days, lenders can be cagey about lending to new businesses. These factors, combined with the lack of a steady paycheck, ofteninadequate health insurance and the sheer emotional stress of being unemployed, may prevent many people from setting out on their own. But research on what is known as ‘post-traumatic growth’ has found that some people become more resilient when faced with adversity. If you have a burning desire to operate your own business, consider these guidelines for success: Look out for big ideas. Ask the question: how successful could this be? You need to be as sure as you can that there is a demand for whatever you want to sell. Is the potential market international? When you know the scale, you can assess how much profit it could deliver and how much money you could make. Think about it. This is a key piece of advice: Do your research. If you are thinking of

starting your own company, be realistic about the amount of capital and cash that a company needs. It may well be more than you thought. Proper funding is critical to success. Enjoy your work. If you are not excited by what you do, you won’t do a great job. Being excited does not mean you have to love your job all the time, but you must believe that it is worthwhile. Presentation is all important. How you look, how you speak, how clearly you can explain your product or service all contribute to how seriously you will be taken. Presentation doesn’t have to follow any rules, but it does have to be carefully thought through. Always make sure you look good so you feel good. Wear your favourite suit (or suitable clothing) and make sure you feel ‘a million dollars’. Confidence is catching. If you believe in yourself, then others will believe in you too. Be passionate and persistent. If you believe you will succeed, you are far more likely to do so. Passion will drive you forward when things get tough and give you extra persistence. Don’t give up when you come across the first problem. Work out a way around it, learn from it and carry on.


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A tribute to Charity Harvey-Higgs – Part one

BELOVED great-grandmother Charity Harvey-Higgs sadly lost her life aged 81 following a stabbing in her Middle Caicos home this summer. In a touching tribute Charity’s daughter Leonora Missick speaks fondly of her mother, friend and mentor. When this little girl child was born to the late Samuel and Harriet McIntosh, it was her father’s idea to name her Charity. And from the manner in which she lived among us, we can truly say this child grew in wisdom and stature. Yes, like Joseph and Daniel God gave her an unusual wisdom. So she kept on growing in knowledge and wisdom as is instructed in Philippians (1: 9). It was soon discovered too that her name was love. Today we can see her lovely character from some of her deep fundamental values of life. There are so many things that I could say about my mother that it would take me a long time to tell who she really was. However I will try to summarise the whole thing by using her name as a guide. C stands for caring and compassionate. She was kind to all she came into contact with. Mar, as she was lovingly called by her children, gave very special care to her children from babes to women/manhood. I can remember in primary school in Middle Caicos when Mar made us porridge for breakfast. It was specially made from home grown corn flour, blended smoothly,

“no lumps” she insisted. This was finished with a very smooth texture, adding milk and nutmeg it was sweetened to a very creamy and delicious taste. The special care she took in making the porridge stands with me to this very day - not to speak of her cocoa lumps, which were especially good on some Saturday mornings. I said she was compassionate. When someone made a mistake she would always sympathise with the situation and give some justification on the person’s behalf as to why something might have gone wrong. She would find a soft spot in her heart to forgive and console them. For her, there was no time to feed the enemy with a long spoon. She was more interested in helping whether it was her enemy or not. H stands for humble. One of her lifelong beliefs is that one should always be humble, for the humble will be exalted and he who exalts himself shall be a base. She lived in hope for she always quoted the scriptures that faith is the substance hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. H also represents humour. She would make anyone laugh; it was not what she said, but rather how she said it. Most of her children would be

Charity’s daughter Leonora Missick

called ‘Hitchen Race’, referring to our grandfather. For her sometimes people would be known by their race, in this case meaning their last name. If something went wrong and she had to preach a sermon Mar would quickly let you know about where you came from. She would say you should do whatever you can to carry on that name with good character so that this goodness can be carried on for many generations to come. Mar would say in her own words: “So is the root, so are its branches.” A stands for accomplishment of what God called us to do. Bring up the child in the right way, and when he is old he will not depart from it, she would always recite. She would talk to a child about how to conduct himself/herself, especially with elders in the community and those of authority. If there were any issues such as breaking one of Mar’s Golden

Rewards for calls abroad

DIGICEL customers who use their phones while abroad can earn rewards as part of the company’s new promotion. This Monday the popular telecoms firm launched ‘Roaming Rewards’ at Providenciales International Airport. Each time a customer activates the roaming feature by calling from abroad they will receive points for their favourite airline or hotel loyalty programme. Every minute spent on an outgoing or incoming call will

amount to one Roaming Rewards point. And every five points amassed will give the customer one airline mile or hotel point. Digicel’s head of marketing Ava-Dayne Kerr said: “Digicel Roaming Rewards is just another way we give our customers the best value. “It goes to show just how innovative the company strives to be in seeking ways in which our valued customers can benefit from our services.

“Now when you travel with Digicel, we’re not only keeping you connected but we are rewarding you.” The promotion is open to both pre-paid and post-paid customers. To register Digicel customers simply have to log on to the website www.digicelrewards.com/tci Participating programmes include American Airlines, Delta Skymiles, Marriott Rewards, Hilton Honours, Thai Airlines, Qatar Airlines and more.

Rules she would drill it in to your heads over and over again, adding: “Training begins at home and ends abroad.” When Yvette, our oldest sister came home from high school in Grand Turk and Mar started one of her lectures, if one of the children got something wrong she would say, in a very soft but humorous voice: “Mommie, you start your sermon this morning, where will your text be taken from today?” You dare not question her high level of common sense and good judgement because then the subject changed immediately. Mar would begin to talk about how she was instilled with the values of her very peculiar mother, Harriet and Mar Meena who brought her up, and also about her very academic education she received in Bottle Creek by the late Raymond Gardiner who was headmaster. Somewhere in the ‘sermon’ she would mention other teachers such

as Adelaide Oemler and one Mrs Claranda. Before she died all those ‘sermons’ which were preached brought about great success before her very own eyes. She was rejected and unfortunately denied the golden opportunity to teach as a profession, so she was hopeful that she would see her children achieve. She fully had faith in God that that which was hidden from the wise and prudent would be revealed unto babes. Clifford, her oldest son, is a retired manager of Stone Products Co in Freeport, Yvette is a retired qualified nurse and midwife, Sam served as Minister of Immigration, Labour and Works during two separate terms of government, Deputy Chief Minister and occasionally Acting Chief Minister, while Brandford is an expolice officer and builder. Leonora worked as district commissioner and acted as deputy chief secretary occasionally and recently obtained her legal profession, Aditha manages her own small business, Lydia, Sharon and Bernadette are store manager/ supervisors, Quinton is a maintenance personnel and Mar liked hearing him play the keyboard, and Joshua is an electrician and is presently pursuing an airplane pilot course. Mar Charity worked tirelessly with her hands not only making her own children’s clothing but also uniforms and other clothing for most of the Conch Bar community. Quite often in the past, when there was going to be a church programme on Sunday, the young ladies would stand in line to receive their beautifully made clothing which sometimes was only finished late on Sunday afternoon. Most days were never long enough so she worked in the nights as well.

Vacation sales blitz SOME of the country’s top tourist reps toured the east coast of America this September in a bid to create a buzz about the Turks and Caicos Islands. The “very positive” trip saw close to a dozen key sales workers journey to New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. They spent four days visiting more than 350 travel agents where they took a number of booking enquiries. Pamela Ewing, regional marketing manager for the Tourist Board in New York, said the US travel agents seemed to be optimistic about the upcoming season.

“They are enthusiastic about our product, as well as the commencement of JetBlue’s service from JFK this winter. “The feedback from participants in the events was very positive, specifically relating to the quality and quantity of the agents visited.” The sales blitz took place between September 20 and 24, and was attended by members of the Tourist Board as well as reps from Parrot Cay, the Regent Palms, the Tuscany, Ocean Club, Point Grace, the Somerset, the Sands, the Regent Palms and Villa Renaissance.


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Regional News Caribbean crime wave linked to US deportations SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The crime was horrifying enough — a nightclub owner, hacked to death with a machete, was found buried in pieces. But what really outraged people was that the accused killer had been deported from the U.S. to his native Grenada as a convicted felon. As a foreign-bred criminal, the suspect never should have returned to the close-knit tropical nation, relatives of the victim and others said. Islanders called for more vigilance over deportees by the government, which says it needs help from Washington to handle the return of hardened convicts. “I hope that my brother did

not die in vain and something can be done to monitor these criminal deportees,” said Gemma Raeburn-Baynes, a sister of the nightclub owner, Michael Raeburn-Delfish. The United States has deported thousands of convicted criminals to the Caribbean annually since 1996, when Congress mandated that every noncitizen sentenced to a year or more in prison be kicked out of the country upon release. In all, the U.S. is responsible for about three-quarters of the region’s returning criminal deportees, with the United Kingdom and Canada accounting for most of the other ex-cons arriving in the

islands. It’s a phenomenon that also afflicts many parts of Central America, where street gangs that grew out of Los Angeles spread to the region through massive deportations. Brutal and powerful, the “Maras” are blamed for rampant violent crime, extortion and more recently acting as enforcers for drug cartels. In the Caribbean, governments say deportees are exacerbating crime in nations with high levels of violence such as Jamaica. On the smaller islands such as Grenada, once considered idyllic havens from gang violence, officials say the returning deportees are partly

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to blame for increasingly bold and sophisticated crimes and homicide rates soaring to record levels. The United States is attempting to defuse tensions with island governments by exploring programs to help them reintegrate deportees. During a visit to Barbados in June, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the U.S. is no longer ignoring complaints that have topped the Caribbean’s diplomatic agenda for more than a decade. U.S. officials say privately that the deportations cannot be blamed for the increase in violent crime, but declined to discuss the issue on the record, saying the U.S. does not want to hurt relations with Caribbean governments with which it cooperates on other issues. The man accused in the machete attack in Grenada, Ronald Michael Phillip, 55, was deported from the United States on July 6, 2000, the day

after leaving a state prison in Uncasville, Connecticut, where he had spent more than six years. Island police know only the rough outline of his life abroad: Phillip moved overseas in 1986 and lived in Canada and Brooklyn, New York, before moving to New London, Connecticut. He was arrested in December 1993 on assault and drug charges. But the officer who found Raeburn-Delfish’s severed head and limbs in three shallow pits on Sept. 5 said the nature of the murder led him to believe the suspect was a practiced killer. “He had a level of experience with dealing with dead people or animals,” forensics expert Trevor Modeste said. “We don’t usually have crime like that. We don’t usually have planned and executed murders.” Modeste said his suspicions were confirmed when Phillip, known locally as Ronald de Ally, boasted to police that he

killed and buried two people in the United States who were never found. Grenada police spokesman Troy Garvey said that claim has not been verified. Garvey said investigators’ focus is on solving Raeburn-Delfish’s slaying, but they will pass anything they learn about crimes in the U.S. to the appropriate jurisdiction. Raeburn-Delfish was Phillip’s landlord, but no motive has been established in the slaying. Phillip, who is charged with murder, did not have an attorney at his first court appearance. At the heart of the problem is the disparity of wealth between the United States, where migrants often learn their criminal ways, and their poor homelands, where jobs are scarce and police resources are limited. Moreover, islanders who often left their native lands as children return to countries they barely recognise, with no remaining family.

JOB TITLE:

GENDER AFFAIRS COORDINATOR

SALTMILLS RESTAURANTS

DEPARTMENT: GENDER AFFAIRS

Saltmills Restaurant Ltd is seeking applicants for the following position:

SUMMARY OF DUTIES AND RESPONBILITIES:

Assistant Manager

An exciting opportunity awaits you in the Turks & Caicos Islands Government Service for the post of Gender Affairs Coordinator. The incumbent in this position must be able to formulate policies on gender issues; develop rehabilitative programmes for inmates for re-entry to society and establish mentoring programmes for youths of the TCI. The incumbent must also sensitize the public on gender issues; develop awareness programmes for the media; implement skills training as well as adult literacy classes. The candidate must also be able to design apprenticeship programmes for disadvantaged youth; conduct needs analyses and collect statistical data in communities to determine which are the vital areas that should be addressed in order to improve the communities throughout the TCI. Other duties include conducting training sessions with staff; visiting homes to assist in conducting counseling sessions; preparing monthly reports on relevant matters concerning human rights and gender issues as well as attending international workshops on human rights and gender issues.

The successful candidate will have the requirements listed below along with an outgoing professional manner. They will be able to assume responsibility for the day-to-day management and continued growth of this thriving business here in Providenciales Requirements/Duties:

• • • • • •

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE The applicant must have a Bachelors Degree from an Internationally Recognized University, in the field of Psychology. The position required at least seven (7) years professional experience working in this field, with at least three (3) years experience in a managerial role. The candidate should also have training in Counseling, Gender Issues and Human Right Laws.

• • •

Must have minimum of five years experience in similar position Understand all the aspects of the hospitality industry Proven training abilities and a hands-on approach required Good communicator with the ability to work under pressure Attention to detail and flexibility to manage multiple projects Fluent, both written and spoken, in multiple languages, English, French and Spanish are a requirement Strong written and verbal communication skills are essential Ability to manage staff effectively Accounting management experience, budgeting, managing account preparation of financial accounts, including profit & loss, balance sheet and cash flows experience is essential. Three to five years hospitality sales and marketing experience in restaurants Expert computer skills and knowledge of micros POS system, Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.

RENUMERATION PACKAGE:

SALARY: $34,920.00 - $38,880.00 PER ANNUM TELEPHONE ALLOWANCE: $1200.00 PER ANNUM

For more information on the Job description Please contact the Office of the Public Service Management Telephone 649-946-2801, Extension: 10321 E-mail: recruitment@gov.tc and Jaastwood@gov.tc. All resumes should include contact information and two letters of reference as well as a Police Certificate and should be addressed to the Permanent Secretary/ Office of the Public Service Management, Church Folly, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands Facsimile: 9461582.

BELONGERS PREFERRED Salary is in the range of $7-9/hr Apply in writing by no later than October 11th 2010 to: saltmcafe @hotmail.com Only the suitable applicants will be contacted. Saltmills Restaurants PO Box 196, Providenciales. Or Fax: 1 941 7739

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Regional News Bahamas may OK Aga Khan development in marine park NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Environmentalists are angry that the Bahamas government is leaning toward approving a request by a billionaire philanthropist and Muslim spiritual leader to develop his private island inside a marine park.

The Aga Khan wants to dredge two channels around Bell Island within the Exuma Cays to accommodate mega yachts, service barges and up to 20 boats in an inland marina. The project would require the dredging of nine acres

St Maarten: Minority coalition to rule ex-colony PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten (AP) — Two minority parties have reached a deal to govern St. Maarten when it becomes a semiautonomous country next month. Veteran politician Sarah Wescott-Williams of the Democratic Party, which won two seats in Sept. 17 elections, will be the former Dutch colony’s first prime minister. Its coalition partner is

the United People’s Party, which took six of the 15 seats in Parliament. Left out in the cold is the National Alliance, which won seven seats. The party’s leadership says the ruling coalition is unfair, since the National Alliance won the largest representation. St. Maarten gains political independence Oct. 10. The Netherlands will oversee foreign affairs and defense.

Dominican, Haitian killed in race-fueled dispute SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — A Dominican foreman fatally shot a Haitian worker during an argument over pay, touching off racial clashes Sunday at a construction site that killed a Dominican worker and injured another, police said. The flare-up happened near the beach resorts of BavaroPunta Cana, an area in the east of the Dominican Republic that is popular with foreign tourists. According to a police statement, Haitians working on the residential project were demanding unpaid wages Saturday when the

foreman, whose identity was not released, drew a pistol and fired, killing 32-year-old Issac Louis. The next day, Haitian workers attacked their Dominican supervisors with rocks and wooden poles, beating 34-year-old Maximiliano Hierro to death and wounding 36-year-old William Leonel de la Cruz, police said. Police said they were searching for both the foreman and the Haitian workers accused in Sunday’s attack while stepping up patrols in the area to guard against further violence.

(four hectares) of seabed in the Bahamas’ oldest state park, as well as the excavation of five acres (two hectares) on land. The park is known for its pristine environment, and police fine locals and tourists and confiscate their boats if they are found fishing, camping or anchoring in protected areas. However, the wealthy owners of 11 private islands within the park — among them actor Johnny Depp — can seek permission to develop their islands. Most construction has taken place on the islands themselves. The Aga Khan’s plans call for one 14-foot-deep (fourmetre) channel that would be 80 feet (24 metres) across and another channel 12 feet deep (3.6 metres) and 100 feet (31 metres) wide. Environmental Minister Earl Deveaux has said he probably will approve the plan unless concerns are raised by the Bahamas National Trust, a nonprofit organisation that oversees 25 parks and protected areas and receives generous donations from residents within

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the Exuma park. The trust issued a statement at mid-month saying it had conditionally accepted what it calls a “relatively low-impact” development. “Our view was to permit reasonable access for the owner under strict

environmental protocols,” it said, but added that a final decision awaits additional environmental studies, including an independent survey of all dredging areas and possible relocation of marine resources. The favourable comments

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World News UK’s David Miliband quits after losing to brother LONDON (AP) — Britain’s former foreign secretary David Miliband said Wednesday he was quitting frontline politics in the U.K. after losing to his younger brother in a battle for the leadership of the country’s main opposition Labour Party. Miliband, 45, confirmed he would not seek a position in brother Ed Miliband’s alternative Cabinet — opposition legislators who follow the activities of particular government departments and debate the leaders of those departments in the House of Commons. His 40-year-old brother, Ed Miliband, won a contest to succeed Gordon Brown, securing a victory over by 1.3 percentage points in a ballot of legislators, party activists and about 3.5 million labour union members. David Miliband, the elder brother, had long been predicted to win the contest. In a statement, David Miliband said he would remain in the House of Commons, but feared his presence on his brother’s team would lead to constant speculation about divisions between them. Lawmakers had until Wednesday to put themselves forward for an election to win a place in the new leader’s so-called shadow Cabinet. The Labour Party said 49 legislators would compete for the 19 slots — but not the man described as “vibrant, vital, attractive (and) smart,” by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. “The party needs a fresh start from its new leader, and I think that is more likely to be achieved if I make a fresh start. This has not been an easy decision, but having thought it through, and discussed it with family and friends, I am absolutely confident it is the right decision,” Miliband said in his statement. He said he feared that opponents would make “distracting and destructive attempts to find division where there is none, and splits where they don’t exist,” if he continued in a front-line role. Speaking at the party’s annual

NEW YORK (AP) — North Korea has vowed to strengthen its nuclear weapons stockpile in order to deter a U.S. and South Korean military buildup in the region. Speaking to the United Nations Wednesday, North Korea’s ViceMinister of Foreign Affairs Pak Kil Yon said Pyongyang is, however, ready to join nuclear nonproliferation efforts in its capacity as a nuclear weapon state. North Korea’s nuclear programme is of intense concern because of worries the country is building an arsenal of atomic weapons. Pyongyang conducted two nuclear weapons tests in 2006 and 2009, drawing international condemnation and U.N. sanctions. The U.S. is trying to help restart stalled disarmament negotiations after North Korea walked out of the six-nation talks last year.

US: NY Times Square bomber plotted 2nd attack Ed Miliband, the newly-elected leader of Britain’s opposition Labour Party, talks during a session at the party’s annual conference, in Manchester, England, Wednesday Sept. 29, 2010. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis).

rally in Manchester, northern England, the new leader praised his brother’s “thoughtful and gracious” decision to stand down. “He is my brother and I am very clear that, as leader of this party, my door is always open for him to serve in the future, either in opposition or back in government,” Ed Miliband told reporters. During Labour’s 13 years in power, beginning in 1997, the party was riven by feuds between its two highest-profile figures, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, which often overshadowed their record in office. In his recent biography “A Journey,” Blair acknowledged that Brown could be “maddening.” Miliband, a close ally of Clinton, said he could not risk critics attempting to stir up a similar rift between him and his brother. In a speech Monday to the Labour Party’s convention, he had said there should be “no more soap opera.” David is a former adviser to Blair, while Ed is a former aide to Brown — meaning opponents have been

quick to look for divisions. They are the sons of Polish-Jewish leftist intellectuals who fled Nazi Europe. “This is now Ed’s Party to lead and he needs to be able to do so as free as possible from distraction,” David Miliband said. “I believe this will be harder if there is constant comparison with my comments.” Some observers have speculated that David Miliband — whose wife, Louise, is American — may seek a high profile international post, possibly in the United States. In a debut speech as leader Wednesday, Ed Miliband promised to lead a new generation of legislators to office and to reflect deeply on the party’s ouster at Britain’s national election in May. The new chief broke with recent party history by claiming he believed Blair’s decision to join the 2003 U.S.led invasion of Iraq had been wrong. His brother David — who backed the war — did not applaud at that point, and was seen asking a colleague: “You voted for it. Why are you clapping?”

Bolivia’s Morales: law lets him seek re-election LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — President Evo Morales says Bolivia’s new constitution will let him seek another five-year term in 2014 — even though opposition leaders insist the document rules out re-election. The leftist former coca-grower’s union leader told a news conference late Tuesday that he outmaneuvered opponents who had tried to write language into the new constitution that would block him from extending his presidency. “The right tried to trick me but we didn’t fall for that. Instead, we

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outfoxed them,” he said. ‘That is what they do not want to admit.” First elected in 2005, Morales won re-election in December under the revamped constitution approved in January 2009. That new law allows just one reelection, and rivals say that rules him out for 2014. But Morales said the limit doesn’t apply because the vote in 2009 was his first election under the new constitution. The 2005 ballot that first brought him to the presidency doesn’t count, he

argued. The dispute sets up a potential court fight. What both sides do agree on is that Morales’ camp ceded in 2008 to the opposition’s insistence that the new constitution ban indefinite reelection. Morales got 63 percent of the vote in Dec. 6, 2009 elections. With solid support from Bolivia’s indigenous majority, the Aymara Indian faces few serious challenges these days from a badly splintered opposition.

NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors say the man who admitted trying to bomb Times Square boasted that he thought it would kill at least 40 people and said he planned to detonate a second bomb in New York city two weeks after the first. The government included the details Wednesday in a court filing before Faisal Shahzad is sentenced next week. He faces life in prison. Shahzad was arrested two days

after his May 1 attempted bombing fizzled in a Times Square packed with tourists. The bomb he had packed into the back of a sports utility vehicle sputtered and did not explode. Shahzad was born and raised in Pakistan before moving to the U.S. to study and eventually taking U.S. citizenship. He pleaded guilty after confessing to investigators who plucked him off a plane as it was about the leave the United States.

Woman pleads not guilty in US acid hoax case VANCOUVER, Washington (AP) — Her face red and blotchy but largely unbandaged, a 28-year-old Vancouver woman pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges arising from her false claim that a stranger splashed acid in her face. Bethany Storro has confessed that she made up the story about the facial burns she suffered Aug. 30, saying she put drain cleaner on her face trying to kill herself. The attack allegation drew national attention to the recently divorced woman who works for a grocery chain, and brought in nearly $28,000 in donations to help with medical bills. Storro faces three theft charges. Court records show spent about $1,500 of the donations on such things as dinners for her parents, clothes for herself and a bill for an August laser facial peel. The accounts containing the donations have been frozen and her parents have said the money will be returned. The hearing in Clark County Superior Court was the first time she’d been in public since a hospital press conference Sept. 1 when her head was covered with bandaging. On Wednesday, she had one small

Bethany Storro who falsely claimed a stranger threw acid in her face, walks out of court in Vancouver, Wash.

bandage on her nose. Standing between prosecutor Tony Golik and her attorney, Andrew Wheeler, Storro spoke two words during her brief appearance, answering “yes” when Judge John Nichols asked her whether she understood the charges and whether she was pleading not guilty. The prosecution doesn’t consider her a flight risk, and she hasn’t been jailed.


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World News Anti-austerity protests sweep across Europe BRUSSELS (AP) — European unions orchestrated a crescendo of anti-austerity protests across the continent Wednesday, sending workers ranging from Greek doctors to Spanish bus drivers to Lithuanian engineers out to vent over job cuts, higher taxes, soaring unemployment and smaller pensions. One man even blocked the entrance to the Irish parliament with a cement truck, decrying the country’s enormous bank bailouts with blood red slogans like “Toxic Bank” and “All politicians should be sacked.” Waves of demonstrators clad in bright red, green and blue union jackets marched through Brussels toward European Union buildings, aiming to reinforce the impact of Spain’s first nationwide strike in eight years. Unions estimated the turnout in Brussels at 100,000 people. Some protesters there confronted riot squads with a sit-down protest in the middle of the street. About 150 people were detained, some in scuffles with police. Strikes or protests took place Wednesday in Greece, Portugal, Ireland, Slovenia and Lithuania, all aimed at the budget-slashing, taxhiking, pension-cutting austerity plans that European governments have implemented to try to control their debt. The march in Brussels came as the EU Commission proposed new penalties to punish member states

that have run up deficits, mainly to fund social programmes in a time of high unemployment. The proposal, backed by Germany, was running into strong opposition from France, which wants elected politicians, not rigid accounting rules, to decide on what sanctions big spending countries should face. “It is a bizarre time for the European Commission to be proposing a regime of punishment,” John Monks, general secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation, told Associated Press Television News. “How is that going to make the situation better? It is going to make it worse.” Unions fear workers will become the biggest victims of an economic crisis set off by bankers and traders, many of whom were rescued by massive government intervention. “It is not right that people on low salaries have to pay to prop up the country. It should be the banks,” said Belgian demonstrator Evelain Foncis. Several governments, already living dangerously with high debt, were pushed to the brink of financial collapse and have been forced to impose punishing cuts in wages, pensions and employment — measures that have brought workers out by the tens of thousands over the past months. “There is a great danger that the workers are going to be paying the price for the reckless speculation that took place in financial markets,”

US imposing sanctions against eight Iranian officials WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration placed eight Iranian officials on a U.S. financial blacklist Wednesday for what it said were their roles in human rights violations after Iran’s disputed June 2009 presidential election. The Treasury and State departments jointly announced that the sanctions, signed by President Barack Obama, target Iranians who “share responsibility for the sustained and severe violation of human rights in Iran.” At a State Department news conference, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said this was the first time the United States has imposed sanctions against Iranians for human rights violations. “On these officials’ watch or under their command, Iranian citizens have been arbitrarily arrested, beaten, tortured, raped, blackmailed and killed,” Clinton

said. “Yet the Iranian government has ignored repeated calls from the international community to end these abuses.” Obama’s order blocks any U.S. assets of the eight Iranians and prohibits Americans from doing business with them. Among the eight Iranians is Mohammad Ali Jafari, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. The administration said forces under Jafari’s command participated in beatings, murder and arbitrary arrests of peaceful protesters in the aftermath of the Iranian election. Also named was Sadeq Mahsouli, currently Iran’s minister of welfare and social security. He was minister of the interior at the time of the June 2009 election, and in that role had authority over all police forces and Interior Ministry security agents, the administration’s announcement said.

Riot police detain protesters in Brussels Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010.

Monks said. “You’ve really got to reschedule these debts so that they are not a huge burden on the next few years and cause Europe to plunge down into recession.” The strike in Spain on Wednesday was the country’s first general one since 2002 and marked a break in the onceclose relationship between unions and the Socialist government. Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis

Rodriguez Zapatero’s government is under severe pressure because of unpopular measures put in place to save Europe’s fourth-largest economy from a bailout similar to the one that saved Greece from bankruptcy in May. The cuts have helped Spain trim its central government deficit by half through July but the unemployment rate still stands at a shocking 20 percent, and many businesses are struggling to survive. Whistle-blowing picketers blocked trucks from delivering produce to wholesale markets in Madrid and Barcelona. Strikers hurled eggs and screamed “scabs” at drivers trying to leave a city bus garage in Madrid. Airlines cancelled hundreds of flights at Spanish airports. Greece, which had to be rescued this spring by the 15 other nations that share the euro currency just to stave off bankruptcy, also has been forced to cut deep into workers’ allowances, with weeks of bitter strikes and actions as a result. Greek bus and trolley drivers walked off the job for several hours and Athens’ metro and tram systems

also shut down. National railway workers walked out, disrupting rail connections across the country, while doctors at state hospitals went on a 24-hour strike. Greece already has been suffering from two weeks of protests by truck drivers who have made it difficult for businesses to get supplies. Many supermarkets are seeing shortages. The Socialist government of Greece has imposed stringent austerity measures, including cutting civil servants’ salaries, trimming pensions and hiking consumer and income taxes. In Dublin, police arrested a 41year-old man who blocked the Irish parliament with a cement truck but gave few other details. His slogan on the truck — “Toxic Bank” Anglo — referred to the Anglo Irish Bank, which was nationalised last year to save it from collapse. The bank owes some €72 billion ($97 billion) to depositors worldwide, leaving Irish taxpayers with a mammoth bill at a time when people are suffering through high unemployment, tax increases and heavy budget cuts.

Despair in Gypsy ghetto town in eastern Romania BARBULESTI, Romania (AP) — This predominantly Gypsy town an hour’s drive from Romania’s bustling capital seems stuck in another century. Horse-drawn carriages churn muddy roads into near impassability. Many homes are little more than rundown shacks. Families are large, but often see children die in infancy. It’s little wonder that scores of Barbulesti’s Roma, as the Gypsies are known, have used their EU passports to seek a better life in western Europe. But as the EU announces legal action against France over its policy of mass expulsions, some returnee Gypsies are saying poverty at home is better than the hardships they face on French streets. “It was like being in the jungle,” Brazilianu Moise said of the three months begging in the central French city of Orleans. “I am not returning.” The European Commission on Wednesday slapped France with a stern legal warning over its expulsion of more than 1,000 Gypsies in recent weeks, after their improvised settlements were destroyed and they were rounded up to be flown home. The commission said it has officially demanded that Paris apply EU rules allowing free movement of EU citizens — a step that could eventually lead to a court case against France. The French campaign has unleashed a deluge of criticism from senior officials in the EU, the United Nations, and the Vatican. They charge

Romanian Roma woman Julieta Moise holds a baby in Barbulesti, Romania.

that President Nicolas Sarkozy is pursuing a blanket offensive against an already discriminated ethnic group, instead of homing in on individuals violating EU residency rules. But many of Europe’s estimated 10 to 12 million Roma are finding life to be wretched wherever they go. And some say that while things are bad at home, at least it’s home. Moise is happy at least to be reunited with his wife, Julieta, and their five surviving children. Two others died of diarrhea at age 2, the third, a 10-year-old, of unspecified causes. The burly 34-year old with a buzz cut is distrustful of visitors and answered curtly when pressed for details of his life in France — or the circumstances of his expulsion two days ago. “The French authorities acted like there was no God,” he said. “They told us we were garbage.” He pulled out a cell phone to show

grainy images of squalor inside an abandoned windowless warehouse that for him and 19 others — “including children” — was home in Orleans. Fellow resident Maria Bacanu lives with her 5 children, her daughter’s husband and their three children in a three-room shack, topped by a leaky tar-painted cardboard roof. She said she came back from France voluntarily in December because of concerns of what would happen to her if she were caught living illegally there. “I was afraid of the police asking for papers,” said the head-scarved 46year old. “I don’t want to return.” Some 200 of France’s expelled Gypsies come from Barbulesti, said Ion Cutitaru, mayor of this town of about 7,000 people, 60 kilometers (about 40 miles) east of the capital Bucharest. Not all share the view of Moise and Bacanu that life is more bearable back home. Cutitaru, a Roma, said about half have already returned to France or other EU nations where begging brings in more money that the meager social benefits available in one of the EU’s poorest members. Long-term unemployed here receive the equivalent of just €10 a month for each child plus other monthly benefits of around €45. Only 50 Barbulesti residents are legally employed, he said, leaving many Roma nostalgic for Communist times, when “there were jobs, clothes and education.”


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

services Earn money now. Sell Avon 346-1434 / 246-1434

The Flower Girl Bed and Bath Shop Bed and bath sets and Lingeries For more information, call us at 649-9464894 or 649-2313788, you may also e-mail us at flowergirlprovo@yahoo.com ******************************** We now accept Upholstery jobs. Have your cushions re-covered at excellent prices Drape fabrics are also in stock For more information, call us at 6499464894 or 649-2313788, you may also e-mail us at flowergirlprovo@ yahoo.com The Flower Girl Bouquets, Mix and Tropical Arrangements for all occasions Price ranges from $15.00 and up For more information and reservation, call us at 649-9464894 or 6492313788, You may also e-mail us at flowergirlprovo@yahoo.com *********************** Easter Baskets and Easter Dresses available For more information, call us at 649-9464894 or 6492313788, you may also e-mail us at flowergirlprovo@yahoo.com ********************** Cards for all occasions, Gift Sets for men and women Designer Vases on display. For more information, call us at 6499464894 or 649-2313788, you may also e-mail us at flowergirlprovo@ yahoo.com ************************ Fresh and Silk flower Arrangements available for centerpieces And decorations in all sizes ************************* Customized Gift Baskets for her and him…tell us what You want and we’ll do it for you! ************************* Decors and flowers for wedding from ceremony to Personal flowers and all through the reception ************************* Sympathy Wreath and Casket Sprays available in different sizes *************************** Inspirational Gift Items and baskets in different designs On display For more information, call us at 6499464894 or 649-2313788, you may also e-mail us at flowergirlprovo@yahoo.com


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EMPLOYMENT / SERVICES / NOTICES

RUPERT ROBINSON

MESSENGER BAPTIST CHURCH

Telephone: 341-5811-241-3609

Is looking for a

BCQS Limited seeks

A Chartered Quantity Surveyor

ONE LABOURER

Duties will include and candidates should have experience in: • Pre and post conrtact Quantity Surveying duties • Marketing appraisals • Feasibility studies

Only Turks Islanders need apply

5746

Must have good Christian principles. Salary $5.00 per hour.

Is looking for a

941-4561

needed

Domestic

Apply in writing to BCQS Limited, P.O. Box 158, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands or fax to 946-7184. Contact Simon Taylor on email: bcqstc@tciway.tc

Contact: William

Labourer

Chris Stubbs

An annual salary of $42,000.00 plus performance related commission is offered for this position. The suitable candidate will be aged 28-40 years old and be able to work under his own initiative and be able to see through projects from concept to completion. This position is available immediately and closing date for application is September 30, 2010.

Must be willing to work on weekends and public holidays. Work includes general onthe-job assistance.

Worker Contact 946-4398

Interested persons can contact 231-2621

5756

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

To work 5 days per week. Must be hardworking and honest. Salary $6.50 per hour.

Deadline for application is October 12th, 2010

5720

Domestic

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

Contact 344-8826

Isaac Selver/ Quick Step Repair Providenciales Tel: 941-4880

LABOURER Salary starts at $5.00 per hour Only Turks Islanders need apply

5747

Cleaners

The successful applicant must possess • BSc in Quantity Surveying or RICS-recognised qualification. • Five years post qualification work experience. • Computer literate with experience in Word, Excel, MS Project & Vector BQ System.

NEEDED 5740

Domestic Workers/

Government Vacancy JOB TITLE:

PSYCHIATRIST

Government Vacancy

SUMMARY OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

An exciting opportunity awaits you in the Turks & Caicos Islands Government Service for the post of Psychiatrist within the Ministry of Health and Human Services. The incumbent in this position must be able to provide quality psychiatric services through the assessment and management of clients at health care facilities and other institutions in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The incumbent is expected to be instrumental in the development and maintenance of a Community Mental Health Programme with emphasis on health promotion, prevention and treatment of mental disorders; assist in the development of protocols directed at standardization of care for the mentally ill in the Turks and Caicos Islands in keeping with international standards; lend support in the training of physicians and non-physician staff through continuous Medical Education as well as conduct ward rounds and outpatient clinics in health care facilities in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The incumbent should also be readily available and accessible to provide care in emergency situations; supervise the care given by the Community Mental Health Nurse and perform any other duties as may be required.

JOB TITLE: DIRECTOR OF THE HEALTH REGULATORY AGENCY SUMMARY OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: An exciting opportunity awaits you in the Turks & Caicos Islands Government Service for the post of Director of the Health Regulatory Agency. The incumbent in this position must ensure that all Health Facilities in the Turks and Caicos Islands are registered and maintain high standards of services as determined by the Health Regulatory Agency (HRA) Ordinance. The incumbent is expected to develop policies and standards for the provision of health services; perform inspection of Health Facilities; review adverse reports submitted by National Health Insurance Board (NHIB), Hospitals, the public and Health Professions Boards as well as perform daily supervision of all staff in the HRA. He successful candidate must prepare annual operating and revenue budget for the HRA; monitor changes in standards of Health Care Services delivery nationally, regionally and internationally and review and deliberate on Health Facilities License Applications in conjunction with the Chairs of the Health Professions Boards and other relevant government technical officers. The incumbent is also expected to issue Health Facility Licenses in accordance with the regulations governing the establishment of Health Facilities in public and private sectors; review adverse health statistics in collaboration with the Director of Health Services and the Chief of Epidemiology and Research; assess statistics on medical referral overseas in collaboration with the NHIB; prepare detailed compliant investigation reports for submission to all relevant agencies or bodies and perform any other duties as may be required.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

The position requires the incumbent to possess a Graduate degree in Psychiatry from an accredited School with at least five (5) years experience and must be licensed with a Government or Local Medical Board.

SALARY: $39,960 - $43,200 PER ANNUM For more information on the Job Description, please contact the Office of the Public Service Management Telephone 649-946-2801, Facsimile: 649-946-1582 Extension: 10318, E-mail: recruitment@gov.tc and rawilliams@gov.tc. All resumes must contain contact information as well as be supplemented by two letters of reference and a police certificate. It should be addressed to the Permanent Secretary, Office of the Public Service Management, Church Folly, Grand Turk. Serving Officers should apply through their Heads of Department.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE The position requires the incumbent to possess a Masters Degree in Public Health or Certificate in Health Policy and Management with at least five (5) years experience in the field of general medicine, managing Health Facilities and must possess certified training to the Health Standards and Regulations.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: October 5th 2010 ONLY SUITABLE CANDIDATES WILL BE ACKNOWLEDGED

SALARY: $70,200 - $75,600 PER ANNUM 5750

VALUE FOR YOUR MONEY!! the largest readership in the turks & caicos

For more information on the Job Description, please contact the Office of the Public Service Management Telephone 649-946-2801, Facsimile: 649-946-1582 Extension: 10318, E-mail: recruitment@gov.tc and rawilliams@gov.tc. All resumes must contain contact information as well as be supplemented by two letters of reference and a police certificate. It should be addressed to the Permanent Secretary, Office of the Public Service Management, Church Folly, Grand Turk. Serving Officers should apply through their Heads of Department. APPLICATION DEADLINE: October 5th 2010 ONLY SUITABLE CANDIDATES WILL BE ACKNOWLEDGED

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EMPLOYMENT / SERVICES / NOTICES

Labourer

R egent H ouse V illa R enaissance

Is looking for a

Is looking to hire 4

To work 5 days a week responsible for cleaning surroundings and outside salary $5.50 per hour interested person

Therapist

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

Contact 941-5010 5687

TAMMY SMITH LONG BAY HILLS

Confirmed with a minimum of 4 years professional experience: • Good attitude, guest service oriented mandatory • Guest service experience • Aesthetician: facials, makeup, manicure, pedicure, cosmetology, and retail sale • Massage therapist (Swedish, deep tissue, hot stone) • Body treatments (wrap, scrub) • Experience in spa retail sale, daily operation, computer, reception and guest welcome • Spa attendant (professional hygiene, spa cleaning)

Please call and provide resume at the spa Contact 941-5051 or email teonaspa@tciway.tc

5696

Is looking for one

Kuber Ltd. D.B.A. Goldsmith Seeks to hire a

Is looking for a

Cosmetologist

Labourer

Contact 231-1466 GIBSON DESIGN BUILDERS

FACES & FINGERS

Is looking for a

and one

Aesthetician

Labourer

Contact 946-7202

A PUISIZNZESS B

Contact 341-6010

Jewellery Repairman 4 Sales Clerks To sell merchandises must be able to speak English. Salary bases on experience.

Contact 241-2866

EBEN-ZER Is looking for a

Labourer

B E SAL R O F

To work from 7am – 5pm 4 days per week. Salary $5.00 per hour. Must be hardworking, honest and reliable. Police record required.

Contact 649-244-5211

THIS IS IT! ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY THE BEST BUSINESS AVAILABLE IN THE TURKS AND CAICOS. TREMENDOUS PRODUCT, EASY OPERATION TRAINING FROM TOP MANAGEMENT.

Albert MUSGROVE

Domestic

Worker

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

Contact 242-6894

RENT A BUGGY

Is looking for a

Is looking for a

CALL RICK AT 649-331-2481 OR EMAIL INFO@MOTHERSPIZZA.TC 5757

VALUE FOR YOUR MONEY!! the largest readership in the turks & caicos

To work Monday thru Friday 7am -3pm. To do all general labourer work. Salary $5.00 per hour.

Maintenance

person To do maintenance around apartment complex. Salary $7.00 per hour.

Contact 231-0271

5767

5754

To work 5 days per week. Must have at least 3 years experience. Also must speak English. Salary $8.00 per hour.

5759

To work 5 days per week. Salary $300.00 per week.

Contact 244-9145

Labourer

TEONA SPA

PROVO UPHOLSTERY

5758

PHONE: (649) 946-4664

October 2 - 8, 2010

Labourer To work 6 days per week. Salary $5.00 per hour. Contact 946-4158

5764

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PHONE: (649) 946-4664

Been’s Consulting Services is looking for the following persons on behalf of our clients:

4 Domestic Workers 4 Laborers 1 Security Officer 1 Sales Person 2 Babysitters 2 Handymen Salary $5.00 per hour. Applicants must be willing to work with little or no supervision. Interested persons please contact

5667

649-343-8659

is looking to fill the following positions:

DOMINICAN Needed to work Tuesdays, Thursdays, Sundays. Salary $350 per week. Must be able to speak Spanish.

2 Carpenter Helpers – salary $6.00 per hour

1 Babysitter

For more information contact

Frank 649-242-2548

5760

– salary $125.00 per week

Contact 345-4220

or 241-3665

Government Vacancy JOB TITLE:

Officer

MECHANIC

Must be at least 3 years experience must be able to speak English salary $7.00 per hour.

Contact 241-2688

Salary starts at $8.00 per hour.

Only Turks Islanders need apply

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

Contact 946-5612

5726

DISTRICT NURSE - MIDWIFE

SUMMARY OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: An exciting opportunity awaits you in the Turks & Caicos Islands Government Service for the post of District Nurse- Midwife within the Ministry of Health and Human Services. The incumbent in this position must be able to provide general nursing care to clients within the community. He/She must be able to conduct antenatal clinic sessions within the Division of Preventive Health and Wellness; work along with Inter Health Canada Limited (ICL) team during enrollment of new pregnant women; provide Health Education in the Community and collaborate with the Maternity Unit at the ICL Hospitals for information on discharges. The incumbent is also expected to assist in the planning and implementation of programs designed for healthy lifestyle practices and perform any other duties as may be required. QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE The position requires the incumbent to be a general trained nurse from a recognized training institution and must possess at least one (1) year post basic training. The successful candidate must also hold a current license and be knowledgeable of current trends in nursing as well as posses the ability to maintain good interpersonal relationships and adhere to the rules of confidentiality. SALARY $22,680 - $24,354 PER ANNUM

1) DIVE INSTRUCTOR

2) SALES PERSON

Looking for a SCUBA Diving instructor with experience in the Turks and Caicos Islands dive industry to conduct dive courses, lead dives and help with sales at base. Applicants must be a current PADI dive instructor and have the skills and personality for sales, reservations, & public relations. Starting salary of $3200 per month. Please drop resume and cover letter to Big Blue at the Leeward Marina between the hours of 8am to5pm or e-mail to bigblue@tciway.tc. You will be contacted for an interview if successful and the deadline for applications is 10th October 2010. Position starts 1st November 2010.

Looking for a sales person to work in a thriving Tourism Adventure Company. The applicant must have a minimum of 3 years experience with sales & reservations in the tourism industry and have superior PR, computer, and organizational skills. Applicants must be presentable, articulate, and be able to work long hours under pressure. Weekends mandatory. Starting salary of $3200 per month. Please drop resume and cover letter to Big Blue at the Leeward Marina between the hours of 8am to 5pm or e-mail to bigblue@tciway.tc. You will be contacted for an interview if successful and the deadline for applications is 10th October 2010. Position starts 1st November 2010.

5744

– salary $8.00 per hour

5743

Interested persons can email their resumes to Donny @ Johnsonandnavil. com or Johnson_navil@yahoo.com

MINISTER

2 Carpenters

is looking for a

JOB VACANCIES

F R CONSTRUCTION

• must be hardworking • must be able to lift heavy objects • must be able to speak English • must be willing to come to work on time Salary $5.00 per hour

Providenciales Telephone: 241-7734

Security

5770

Belongers only need apply to. P.O. Box 260, Providenciales Turks and Caicos Islands

Is looking for a

SILVER DEEP

5745

Experienced domestic helper required for full time work at large residence at the Turtle Tail area. Must be willing to work late hours - six days a week. A demonstrated ability to work unsupervised with excellent communication skills is essential for the position. Work description includes household work – cleaning, cooking, washing, ironing, dog care, shopping, running errands, etc. Must have a valid driving licence. Salary is $1,000.00 per month. Please apply no later than Monday 24th September,, 2010 as soon as possible.

GEORGE SEYMOUR

EAGLE CLAW SECURITY LTD.

5725

DOMESTIC HELPER

needed

FAX: (649) 946-4661

EMPLOYMENT / SERVICES / NOTICES

REQUIRED FOR LARGE RESIDENCE AT TURTLE TAIL

DOMESTIC LABOURER

35

5749

Government Vacancy JOB TITLE:

DENTAL NURSE

SUMMARY OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: An exciting opportunity awaits you in the Turks & Caicos Islands Government Service for the post of Dental Nurse. The incumbent in this position has nation-wide responsibility for the Dental Health Services and Dental Education in the community. He/She is expected to generate results that are deemed to be satisfactory when the number of cavities and incidence of tooth decay are reduced; treatment programs are successfully introduced and hygiene and asepsis of dental offices, surgery and clinics are maintained. The successful candidate is also expected to perform any other duties as may be required. QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE The position requires the incumbent to possess a Bachelors of Science Degree in Dental Nursing with at least three (3) years experience in Dental Health Education, Dental Surgical procedures (Basic), Sterilization Procedures and Operative and Restorative Dentistry. SALARY $19,926 - $22,248

For more information on the Job Description, please contact the Office of the Public Service Management Telephone 649-946-2801, Facsimile: 649-946-1582 Extension: 10318, E-mail: recruitment@gov.tc and rawilliams@gov.tc. All resumes must contain contact information as well as be supplemented by two letters of reference and a police certificate. It should be addressed to the Permanent Secretary, Office of the Public Service Management, Church Folly, Grand Turk. Serving Officers should apply through their Heads of Department.

For more information on the Job Description, please contact the Office of the Public Service Management Telephone 649-946-2801, Facsimile: 649-946-1582 Extension: 10318, E-mail: recruitment@gov.tc and rawilliams@gov.tc. All resumes must contain contact information as well as be supplemented by two letters of reference and a police certificate. It should be addressed to the Permanent Secretary, Office of the Public Service Management, Church Folly, Grand Turk. Serving Officers should apply through their Heads of Department.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: October 5th 2010 ONLY SUITABLE CANDIDATES WILL BE ACKNOWLEDGED

APPLICATION DEADLINE: October 5th 2010 ONLY SUITABLE CANDIDATES WILL BE ACKNOWLEDGED

5753

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October 2 - 8, 2010 FAX: (649) 946-4661

EMPLOYMENT / SERVICES / NOTICES

Domestic

Dishwashers

Dotti Stubbs Is looking for a

Worker

NEEDED Gardner Must be able to work 6 days a week including Weekends & Holidays. $5.00 per hour.

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

Fax Letters of Reference & Clean Police Record to 941-3346

5791

Deadline for application is October16th, 2010

Gardner

Needed

Belongers only need apply

Closing date: September 23rd 2010

For residential home.

Contact 243-8350 5783

All applications must be submitted by October 7th, 2010

Dishwashers required for our food and beverage operations. Weekend, holiday and shift work. Late hours. Wages range $5.00 to $5.50 per hour, plus service charge and tips

Contact Kelo Penn at Point Grace P.O. Box 700 or email: accounting@ pointgrace.com or fax: 946-5097

Call 244 9612 5781

5634

Labourer

Jean Taylor Seeks

ONE

LABOURER Salary $5.00 per hour Interested persons should contact

231-2708

needed To work 5 ½ days. Salary $6.00 per hour.

Contact 246-6932

5778

38

Janine & Simon Taylor C/o BCQS Limited. P.O. Box 158. Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands.

Professional couple in search of a

ROTARY BINGO Bingo will start on Sunday August 1st at Williams Auditorium Doors open at 7:00 PM

domestic worker Between the ages of 25-35 years old. To look after three small children. Total working hours will be 44 hrs. weekly, Monday through Saturday, with hours to be agreed on. Must be willing to work some nights and weekends, occasionally. Expected to cook, clean, etc. Pay scale from $1,300 - $1,600 per month

Interested persons should forward CV and references to P.O. Box 158 Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands or janineoverlid@tciway.tc for consideration. Closing date: September 30, 2010

“You can’t win. . ” ! y la p t ’ n o d u o If y Jackpot amount is

$5,050

in 36 numbers. All proceeds benefit the Rotary Club of Providenciales’ community projects NO ONE UNDER THE AGE OF 18 WILL BE ALLOWED IN THE BUILDING DURING BINGO.

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

Contact: The Publisher

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Weekly News

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October 2 - 8, 2010

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EMPLOYMENT / SERVICES / NOTICES

39 FAX: (649) 946-4661

PROVO STEVEDORING LIMITED

Provo Stevedoring is seeking a qualified individual to fill the following opening. Only candidates who meet the minimum qualification and requirements will be considered.

Operations Manager (Hiring Salary Range is $55K - $60K annually)

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND COMPETENCE:

Responsible for hands on implementing and management of Operations, Maintenance and Safety Programs as it relates to Stevedoring Work at the Port of Providenciales and/ or the Port of Grand Turk as directed by the General Manager: - Assist the General Manager in developing operational procedures and logistics to ensure a safe and efficient work environment including coordinating with shippers, Customs and Ports Authority and other governmental departments as required. - Responsible for managing the day-to-day operation of the port and equipment maintenance and ensure that equipment and personnel are maintained and managed effectively. - Responsible for verbal and written communicating and coordinating with Ports Authority, Shipper and Shippers Agent on operational issues. - Responsible for developing and managing the implementation of the company equipment preventative maintenance program to ensure that equipment are maintained in good repair and in accordance to manufacturer and/or company standards. - Responsible for the development and implementing Safety programs including rigging training, equipment operator training and hazmat training. - Responsible for employee and equipment certification including notification to the Ports Authority. - Exercise courteous and respectful communications/relations with Customers, Customer Personnel, Port Authority Personnel (Customs, Security and Immigrations), Vendors/Suppliers and all individuals within the confines of the Port of Providenciales and Port of Grand Turk. - Exercise courteous and respectful communications/relations with Management,

Supervisors, Co-workers and all individuals either directly or indirectly associated with Provo Stevedoring, its Partners and its subsidiaries. - Assist in providing contract deliverables to the Ports Authority as directed by the General Manager. - Other miscellaneous activity as directed by the General Manager. MINIMUM QUALIFACTIONS AND EXPERIENE

Five years mid to senior level management experience with three (3) years experience in stevedoring operation including port operation logistics, human resources management and developing/implementing equipment preventative maintenance programs. Must be willing to work extended hours, night/day, weekends and public holidays and cooperate and work as a joint team with other staff members. PHYSICAL REQUIRMENTS:

Sitting, standing, walking, driving, climbing/ladders, squatting/kneeling, reaching, grasping, pushing/pulling, twisting/bending, lifting/carrying up to 50 lbs multiple times per shift, fingering, talking, hearing, and seeing. WORKING CONDITIONS:

Strong working knowledge and command of the English language and ability to communicate effectively in writing and verbally. Must summit a clean police record, a valid driving license & a clean drug medical. Spends most time outdoors, frequent exposure to extreme hot temperature for one hour plus. Possible exposure to distraction/ uncomfortable noise levels and vibration of body or extremities. Risk of bodily injury from mechanical parts, electricity, etc. Possible exposure to fumes, odors, etc. that may effect respiration and skin.

Please submit Resume and completed job application to the attention of Crystal Greene, Human Resources Manager by October 15, 2010. Job application forms can be obtained at Provo Stevedoring Limited administration office located at South Dock Road or call 649-941-8975. 5771


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Waiter Waitress Contact 241-2866

5803

Must be able to speak and write English. At least 2 years in the hospitality industry Salary $5.00 per hour.

The Miramar Is looking for a

Is looking for the following persons on behalf of our clients: C & D Apartment, Quality Supermarket, Accordia Insurance, Barefoot Café’, Neal’s Cabinetry & Subcontracting.

Clerk

With over 15 years experience in different classes of insurance, underwriting & claims experience. Salary $10.00 per hour.

Responsible for fixing electrical etc. Salary $8.00 per hour

Dishwasher/3 Labourers Responsibilities include cleaning and helping out in the kitchen. Salary $5.00 per hour

Turquoise Landscaping Ltd.

THREE GARDENERS/LABOURERS

Please call 332 4280 to arrange an interview.

IMMEDIATE OPENING

Chief Financial Officer THE SANDS/HARTLING GROUP

Requirements: • • • • • • • • • • • •

BA/BS Degree or equivalent. Accounting Designation (CA, CMA, CPA) At least 10 years post qualification experience. At least 10 years management/supervisory experience at a property of similar size and quality. Experience in Condo Hotel environment, including STRATA Association set up. Extensive Resort pre-opening experience. Ability to liaise with investors at high level. Advanced knowledge and skills in computer systems, most specifically, Excel, AccPac, Quickbooks and Visual One. Complete understanding of Executive Committee level functions. Sound knowledge of both European and American Accounting Plans. 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.

Duties Include: • Overseeing the overall finance departments of multi companies. • 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 group business finances. • Developing and maintaining chart of accounts and master lists. • Actively involved in yield management and revenue enhancement. • Coordinating internal and external audits. ONLY TURKS AND CAICOS CITIZENS & BELONGERS NEED APPLY Interested applicants should apply to The Sands, by delivering, faxing (946-5199) or emailing (tsmith@thesandstc.com) a current resume to The Sands, HR Department by October 13th.

Contact 946-4957

Contact 649-231-4482

KUBERS LTD. D.B.A. GOLDSMITH Is looking for a

• To set up and organize office procedure for accounts, billing and invoicing • Must be fluent in the use of QuickBooks, Excel, and Word • Must be able to perform multi-tasking duties with high tolerance, cheerful and with very good customer relations • Must have valid driving license • All applicants must have a good working relationship with owners by providing excellent management of the equipments and property • For vehicle insurance purposes all applicants must be 25 years of age or over Salary $5.00 - $9.00 per hour 5796

Please contact the Miramar from 9am – 1pm at 946-4240.

• Must have a minimum of 5 years landscaping experience at a commercial level • Must be willing to carry out work such as heavy lifting, digging and plant waste removal • Must be willing to work weekends and holidays • Must have a clean Police Record • Starting salary $6.00/hr

• Must have a minimum of 5 years landscaping experience at a commercial level • Must be willing to carry out work such as heavy lifting, digging and plant waste removal • Must be willing to work weekends and holidays • Must have a clean Police Record • Pay $5.00/hr

To clean, cook, wash, etc. Salary $5.00 per hour.

SALES PERSON-PAINTER/ LABOURER/ DOMESTIC WORKER

ONE LANDSCAPER

Applicants must be willing to work holidays and weekends. Salary $6.00 per hour

Domestic Workers

BCS/CS

is looking to hire:-

Labourer

TEACHERS NEEDED

is looking for 2

• Primary School College- trained teachers with a minimum of 8 years experience • Applicants must possess a first degree or higher and be creative and hardworking • Applications must be in no later than October 11, 2010 SALARY NEGOTIABLE

Maintenance

If any question required please contact 941-8283

ROAD SIDE QUALITY TRADING

Richmond Hill Preparatory School

Please email resumes to branditz@yahoo.com

Domestic

Worker To clean the store. Must be able to speak English. Salary $5.00 per hour.

5806

is looking to fill the following positions:

C & J EMPLOYMENT COUNSULTANCY SERVICES

5800

BUSY RESTAURANT ON PROVO

FAX: (649) 946-4661

EMPLOYMENT / SERVICES / NOTICES

5799

PHONE: (649) 946-4664

October 2 - 8, 2010

POSITION AVAILABLE

Contact 241-2866

5805

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One Stop Laundromat Providenciales Telephone: 241-7734

A busy fine dining restaurant in one of Providenciales luxury resorts is inviting application for the following position:

SOMMELIER Working public holidays and weekends you will be responsible for organizing and training wait staff to ensure effortless and seamless service each night and upgrading their skills and knowledge on wines and fine dining service. The candidate will be responsible for managing and rotating liquor and wine inventory and expected to work within established beverage costs whilst taking monthly liquor and wine stocktaking. Working closely with the Chef you will be expected to develop good working knowledge on the menus to explain in great details to guest. Extensive wine knowledge is required to contribute to ever changing wine list and an ability to pair both New World and Old World Wines with the menus is essential good “soft sell” techniques are essential computer literacy in MS Word and Excel is mandatory Salary based on qualification starting base $300 per week

Contact 241-2866

5801

Cleaner

Salary starts at $5.00 per hour. Only Turks Islanders need apply

Experienced Assistant Manager Is required for the running of programs at the Youth Centre. Must be available to work holidays and weekends.

REQUIREMENTS: • University degree or Diploma in psychology, counseling, social work or similar field • At least five (5) years experience working in a related field • Computer literate in Microsoft Office programs • Excellent skills of working with children ASSETS • Administration management or other office experience • Strong written, verbal and communication skills Deadline for applications is October 13th 2010 Belongers only need apply Email your resume to roxann@tciyouthcentre.tc or contact 331-9602


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Hartman Handfield

is looking for the following persons:

2 Cosmetologists

2 Barbers Contact 241-2866

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Must have at least 5 years experience in all type of hair care services including colors tints, cuts, perms, shaving and rounding up, etc. Salary $300 per week.

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vacancies

To work 5 days per week. Salary $150.00 per week.

Grace way IGA Supermarket is seeking suitably qualified applicants to fill the following positions:-

Contact 241-4061

TURQUOISE DUTY FREE SHOPS (2000) LTD. located in the Departure Lounge at the Providenciales International Airport is looking for:

Sales Personnel

Job Requirements & Responsibilities:

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PROVO AUTO SUPPLY/ BAYVIEW MOTORS

MARKETING (ADVERTISING) & ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Retail Managers X 2 This position is responsible for the management of the supermarket’s night- / Day time Grocery operations. Requirements include: • Over five (5) years experience in Supermarket Retail with a minimum of three (3) years in a managerial position to include management of individual departments, including overnight stocking procedures • Excellent people skills, including the ability to teach and train staff • Must have computer knowledge in areas such as Microsoft Excel and Inventory management programs • Skilled in ordering methods and practices for inventory control and wastage reduction • Ability to utilize computer systems/information for improved operational results • Strong current product knowledge of the retail industry and knowledge of Supermarket facility management • Will be required to work nights, weekends, and holidays

Required Skills: • Bachelor’s Degree of Advertising & Public Relations, Business Administration or other applicable degree in Marketing from an accredited University • Four years post qualification experience preferable in an Marketing (Advertising) & Administrative related field • Experience in webpage design, online marketing and social media advertising an asset • Excellent communication, writing and computer skills • Customer service skills and good oral and written skill required • Able to work with minimum supervision • Valid Turks & Caicos Driver’s license • Goal oriented and self motivated

$45,000.00 – $50,000.00 per Annum

Deadline for submission of applicants is October 8th 12th 2010 Submit to: Graceway IGA Supermarket main office complex or email: hr@gracwayiga.com Please Note: Only short-listed applicants will be contacted to attend interviews 5776

Compensation: Starting salary approximately $28,000 per year but commensurate with experience

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• CMA/ACA/CPA qualified with a minimum of 5 years post qualification experience in a financial analysis position • Operational and financial analysis of key business issues • Management and development of accounting system and processes, including chart of accounts, expansion of capability, and relationship management with external parties • Manage systems integration projects in relation to accounting system with operational systems • Extensive experience of preparation of Financial Statements, including Profit & Loss, Balance Sheet and Cash flow • Finance team development and training on accounting system and processes • Experience in financial analysis work in a retail/wholesale environment • Business process re-engineering experience in implementation of systems or process projects • Strong written and verbal communication skills • Attention to detail and flexibility to manage multiple tasks • Knowledge of SAGE accounting software essential Salary Ranges, $45, 000.00 - $55,000.00 per Annum

Description: To market and direct the sale of products and services offered by the company(s) and communicate information about the firm’s activities

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• Fifteen (15) years experience in a supermarket Deli/Bakery management role. • Experience in Food and Nutrition and Menu Planning. Inventory management and spoilage reduction techniques are essential • The ability to meet department’s profitability requirements and gross profit margin analysis. • Must be computer literate and proficient in Microsoft Office Programs and possess good oral and written communication skills. • Ensure compliance with all local weights and measures laws and labeling requirements; follow approved procedures for receiving product price marking and restocking to ensure quality protection, accuracy and product rotation • Ability to train all department personnel in the store's method of performing departmental duties and functions. • All applicants must be able to work nights, weekends, and holidays as needed

Finance Analyst X 2

Applications must be submitted via email or fax to:

Applicants with required qualifications will be contacted for an interview

Job Requirements & Responsibilities:

Salary Ranges, from 55, 000. 00 – 75,000.00 per Annum

• Applicant must have a positive attitude to work and excellent Customer Service Skills • Must be trustworthy, dependable and willing to work flexible hours to include weekends and holidays Salary Range: $11.00 per hour Belongers will be given first preference.

email: discount@tciway.tc or fax: 946-4871

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October 2 - 8, 2010 FAX: (649) 946-4661

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SENIOR TAX ANALYST

Paradise Photography

Photographer Paradise Photography is looking for an experienced photographer with the following: *5 years of professional photography experience, which includes working for a photography business/company *formal schooling/coursework in photography and work apprenticing *solid base and knowledge of lighting and lighting ratios experience with portrait work, including headshots solid portfolio demonstrating experience *experience photographing wedding and processing wedding images using artistic filters *demonstrated knowledge and ability with posing groups and individuals *high level of client relations skills, including experience with online postings of galleries and fulfilling client photo orders *knowledge of file transfer protocols and other internet based mediums *demonstrated skill in shooting and processing RAW images using professional grade raw processors (e.g. Photoshop) Salary: Commission base only Additional: applicant must have professional camera gear and computer equipment/programs to process files

REQUIRED

Commonwealth Business Development Ltd seeks to employ a Senior Tax Analyst to serve as advisor to our clients on international taxation issues, including the application of the recent Turks and Caicos Islands – Canada Tax Information Exchange Agreement. Candidate should have at least 10 years of professional experience in international tax related matters. In addition to the above, the successful applicant must have a Master’s-level university degree in taxation as well as further relevant professional qualifications (such as C.M.I. designation) or taxation experience. Remuneration shall be on a percentage of consultancy fees billed. The candidate should also be willing to hire and train a Belonger personal assistant. Responsibility for payment of this assistant will be the sole responsibility of the Analyst. Furthermore, the Candidate must be willing to spend part of the year and potentially relocate to our or our clients’ other international offices. Appropriately qualified Belongers are particularly encouraged to apply.

Please send applications by email to: commonwealthbusiness@ yahoo.co.uk with a copy to the Labour Department, Butterfield Square, Providenciales. Closing Date: October 22, 2010.

Application must be submitted to: info@myparadisephoto.com

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Needed to work 5 days per week. Salary $5.00 per hour.

Contact 232-1187 5797

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Handfield Builders Limited is looking for a Labourer. The successful candidate must have at least 5 years experience. Must be able to assist carpenters and masons and perform physical labour duties such as lifting of blocks, mixing of cement etc. Candidate must have a clean police record, and able to work on own initiative. Must be able to work weekends and holidays if required. Salary is US$6/hr. RL Employment Services is now accepting applications for the position of Assistant Manager. Duties include managing the operations of an HR consultancy firm, processing all applications for Immigration documents & payroll management services, liaising with clients both locally and internationally, etc. Applicants must have a First-degree in Business Management, at least 5 years experience in managing an HR consultancy firm, must be computer literate especially in Microsoft Office, must be punctual, responsible and have the ability to work on your own initiative, have a valid TCI driver’s license & clean police record. Salary is $21600-31200 per annum commensurate with qualification and experience. Interested persons can submit resumes to Earl Handfield, RL Employment Services, PO Box 666, Providenciales or email to readylabor@hotmail.com or call 946-8049. Only qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview.

POSITIONS AVAILABLE Coral Quarry

One (1) Mixer Driver/ Operator

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

TITLE

DESCRIPTION

REGISTERED PROPRIETOR

10401/279 East Suburbs Grand Turk

Residential property with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms The property consists of approximately 2000 Sq. Ft. of living space

Carolyn A. Sturrup

50200/40 Sandy Point North Caicos

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

Maverick Holdings Ltd.

10102/35 North East Suburbs Grand Turk

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

Wealthy A. Saunders

10401/248 East Suburbs Grand Turk

Residential property comprising of three bedrooms, 2 bathrooms with approximately 1900 Sq. Ft of living space

Karen F. Forbes

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@@Must have clean drivers licence and Police Record with at least ten years experience with 10 wheeler trucks, mixer trucks. @@Know how to trouble shoot minor engine problems and effect preventive maintenance at all times. Salary: commensurate with experience starting from $9.00 per hour

Butterfield Gold

One (1) Carpenter

@@ All aspects of carpentry, including both rough-in and finish carpentry. @@ Applicant must have general knowledge of construction, including roof construction, maintenance and repair. @@ Must be able to work with others and direct workflow with helpers for maximum productivity. @@ Be able to read and work from architectural drawings @@ Have ability to work with minimum supervision. @@ Minimum of eight (8) years working experience based on above criteria. Wages: Commensurate with experience starting from $12.00 per hour

One (1) Air Condition Technician Require individual with certification in "Air Conditioning / Refrigeration Equipment Operation & Maintenance" with a minimum of ten years experience to service large operation including a supermarket. Salary: commensurate with experience starting from $9.25 per hour

Two (2) Domestic Workers For general cleaning & other domestic duties Wages: $5.50 per hour

One (1) Mason Require for general masonry work with at least 10 years experience. Wages: from $7.00 per hour

Island Pride Fuel

Seven (7) Gas Attendants

The auction will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday 15th October 2010 at the offices of Temple Mortgage Corporation Ltd., Temple Financial Centre, Leeward Highway, Providenciales. Conditions of sale may be obtained from Temple Mortgage Corporation Ltd., The Temple Financial Centre, Leeward Highway, Providenciales, telephone (649) 946-5293, fax (649) 946-5289. Interested persons may bid by way of sealed tender delivered not later than 4:00 p.m. Thursday, October 14, 2010 addressed to Temple Mortgage Corporation Ltd., Temple Financial Centre, Leeward Highway, Providenciales clearly marked “ AUCTION BID-OCTOBER 15TH 2010.” Should the bid meet the reserve price and constitute the highest offer, the property will be considered sold to the person making the bid. Note that a 10% deposit is required immediately from the successful bidder at the auction. Note that Temple Mortgage Corporation Ltd. accepts no responsibility in respect of the receipt or otherwise of sealed bids and prospective purchasers are encouraged to ensure safe delivery of sealed bids to Temple Mortgage Corporation Ltd. in good time and further to attend at the auction to ensure that the bid is properly made.

@@Good oral and written skills, no experience necessary. @@Knowledge of basic mechanically skills would be an asset. @@Knowledge to maintain gas pump machines would be an asset. Wages: $6.50 per hour

Island Pride Supermarket

One (1) Cashier To operate a cash register and check stand to provide the store’s customer with the most friendly, accurate and efficient checkout service possible; to perform stocking and other duties as assigned, according to company policy; to ensure that the work shift contributes to the financial best interest of the store. Wages: $6.50 per hour

T&C Refreshments

One (1) Labourer

Need Physical, able-bodied individuals capable of lifting heavy loads and assisting with delivery of merchandise to the customers. Wages from $6.00 per hour

Only Belongers apply for these positions. Application forms available from Butterfield Gold Human Resource Department. Only applicants selected for interview will be notified. Submit applications to by September 10, 2010 to:

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


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Contador blames bad meat Batsmen unable to ask for for positive doping test bad light in law changes PINTO, Spain (AP) — Three-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador blamed contaminated steak Thursday for his positive doping test, vowing to clear his name and not let cycling’s latest drug scandal “destroy everything that I have done.” The Spanish rider was provisionally suspended after a World Anti-Doping Agency lab in Germany found a “very small concentration” of the banned substance clenbuterol in his urine sample on July 21 at the Tour, according to a statement from cycling governing body UCI. “It is a clear case of food contamination,” Contador told a news conference in his hometown near Madrid, during which several times he appeared close to tears. “I am sad and disappointed but hold my head high.” “I think this is going to be resolved in a clear way,” he added. “With the truth behind you, you can speak loud and clear and I am confident justice

Cyclist Alberto Contador of Spain grimaces during a press conference in Pinto on the outskirts of Madrid.

will prevail.” Contador said the beef was

brought across the border from Spain to France during a rest day during the Tour at the request of the team’s cook. Contador said the beef was brought by a Spanish cycling organiser, Jose Luis Lopez Cerron. Cerron said earlier Thursday on Spanish radio that he was a friend of the team chef, who had complained of poor quality meat at the hotel where the team was staying. Lopez Cerron said he bought filet mignon for the team in the Spanish border town of Irun on his way to Pau, France, to watch a few stages of the tour. Contador said he ate the meat on July 20 and again on July 21. He called the UCI’s suspension of him “a true mistake.” Clenbuterol is sometimes given to cows, pigs and other animals to increase their growth rate. Contador said he learned of the positive test on Aug. 24 and met with UCI doctors two days later.

European team makes a call to ailing Ballesteros NEWPORT, Wales (AP) — Looking for some extra passion, the European Ryder Cup team made a phone call to Seve Ballesteros, the cancer-stricken former captain who took the event to new heights as a player. This year’s captain, Colin Montgomerie, said the entire team was able to speak with Ballesteros on Tuesday night. The 53-year-old Spaniard is battling brain cancer and wasn’t strong enough to travel to Celtic Manor. “That was very motivational, very passionate, and also very sad to hear him, to hear the way he is,” Montgomerie said. “But still, the passion is very, very strong within Seve for us as a team, and he just wishes that he could be here.” Ballesteros was diagnosed with a brain tumor nearly two years ago. He had hoped to be at St. Andrews in July for the British Open, but his doctors advised him against making the trip. The Ryder Cup was ruled out as well, but Ballesteros did manage to spend about 10 minutes with the Europeans via a speakerphone set up in the team room. “That was a real inspiration, especially for the rookies in the team, to speak to Seve, and Seve speak to them,” said Montgomerie, who played in three Ryder Cups with Ballesteros and also on the 1997 team in which he served as captain. “I’ve never had anyone as passionate about sport and golf as him.” Both teams are going for any edge they can get before the start of play Friday. U.S. captain Corey Pavin brought

LONDON (AP) — Batsmen will no longer be able to ask for play to be called off because of bad light in one of eight minor changes to the laws of cricket set to take effect Friday. The Marylebone Cricket Club — the custodian of the laws of the game — will allow only umpires the right to decide whether play can be halted because of darkness. That will eliminate the practice of batting sides stopping play for tactical reasons. The MCC “has introduced changes aimed at providing more fairness to both sides and reducing

the amount of playing time lost,” it said in a statement Thursday. The other changes include an umpire being required to attend the pre-match toss and the winning captain having to decide whether to bat or bowl immediately. Captains could previously wait until 10 minutes before the start of the game. The MCC has also reduced the number of warnings given batsmen for damaging the pitch from two to one before penalty runs are issued and banned bowlers from warming up by bowling the ball into the ground to a teammate — an action that can wear the ball and waste time.

UEFA fines AIK €60,000 for fan violence STOCKHOLM (AP) — UEFA has fined Stockholm club AIK €60,000 ($82,000) for fan violence after a Europa League playoff match against Levski Sofia. AIK announced details of the fine on its website Wednesday. UEFA had already charged AIK with “lack of order and security” after violence erupted outside the Rasunda Stadium on Aug. 19. AIK hooligans attacked the Bulgarian team’s bus with rocks and

bottles after the 0-0 draw. No serious injuries were reported, but Levski owner Todor Batkov said he and two players were hit and the windshield of the bus was damaged. Levski won the return leg in Bulgaria 2-1 to advance to the group stages of the competition. AIK was also fined euro15,000 ($20,000) for fan violence during a July 28 Champions League qualifier against Rosenborg.

Ireland beat Zimbabwe by 20 runs in 3rd ODI HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Ireland beat Zimbabwe by 20 runs in their third and final one-day international at Harare Sports Club on Thursday. Ireland was all out for 244 just inside 50 overs, but dismissed Zimbabwe for 224 in the 48th. Europe team captain Colin Montgomerie, left, holds the trophy and talks to team members, Ross Fisher, second left, Ian Poulter, right, as they prepare to line up for their team photograph before the start of the 2010 Ryder Cup golf tournament in Newport, Wales.

in Maj. Dan Rooney, a decorated F-16 fighter pilot and a PGA of America golf professional, to speak with the American team on Tuesday. “It wasn’t so much a motivational speech,” Pavin said, “but maybe a little more awareness of what’s happening around the world and what’s going on and how, in a military sense, how team unit and accountability to each other is very important.” As a Ryder Cup player in 1991, Pavin wore a camouflage hat at Kiawah to show support for American troops in the first Gulf War, a choice of attire that sparked some debate at an event dubbed the “War by the Shore.” Even so, he wouldn’t second-guess linking the military to a golf match at a time when the U.S.

just ended combat operations in Iraq and remains mired in a tough conflict in Afghanistan. “I think the military awareness in the United States is probably at an all-time high,” Pavin said. “I think people, certainly in the States and over here, appreciate the military and what they do for our freedoms.” He also said it was important to have Rooney “stress some points that I’ve been stressing, and just to relate it in a different manner.” Montgomerie allowed Gareth Edwards, a former rugby union player and perhaps Wales’ most famous athlete, to speak to the European team in person — not so much for motivation, but to pass along some of the same passion that Ballesteros showed on the golf course.

Zimbabwe won the series 2-1. Ireland 244 in 49.4 overs (John Mooney 55, William Porterfield 46, Andrew White 41; Ed Rainsford 5-36) def. Zimbabwe 224 in 47.4 (Sean Williams 74, Shingirai Masakadza 45 not out; Kevin O’Brien 3-27, George Dockrell 3-41) by 20 runs.

Ilyumzhinov re-elected pres. of Chess Federation MOSCOW (AP) — A mercurial former Russian provincial governor was re-elected President of the World Chess Federation Wednesday, news reports said. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov won 95 votes at Wednesday’s congress of the federation, which is known by its French acronym, FIDE. The congress was held in the Siberian city of Khanty-Mansiysk. The other candidate was former world chess champion Anatoly Karpov, who received 55 votes, according to the RIA Novosti and ITAR-Tass news agencies. After his victory, Ilyumzhinov offered Karpov the vice presidency. Ilyumzhinov was first elected president of the federation in 1995.

He was re-elected in 2002 and 2006. Earlier this month, he stepped down as leader of Russia’s predominantly Buddhist southern province of Kalmykia, which he had led since 1993. The arid, impoverished area is dominated by Mongol-speaking Kalmyks. Ilyumzhinov has claimed to have visited an alien spaceship and said he uses hypnosis in daily communication and consults clairvoyants in his business affairs. Rights activists have accused him of cronyism, corruption, rights abuses and squandering government funds on chess championships and Buddhist temples — allegations he has denied.


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Absences expose issues of depth in Caribbean teams KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Usain Bolt decided against trying to add Commonwealth Games titles to his world and Olympic championships, and fellow Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell opted against defending the 100-metre title he won in Melbourne four years ago. The focus on the Caribbean delegations heading to the New Delhi is more about who is not competing. Bolt, Powell, and Shelly-Ann Fraser of Jamaica, Olympic medalist swimmer George Bovell from Trinidad and Tobago, and two-time Olympic swimmer Bradley Ally of Barbados are among the top names to have bowed out of the Oct. 3-14 competition. Bolt had decided not to compete in India even before his recent back injury. Other Caribbean athletes have pulled out in recent weeks, citing scheduling issues or other commitments. That puts Mike Fennell, president of the Commonwealth Games Federation which oversees the

games and is also head of Jamaica’s Olympic Association, in a bind. “It is always a disappointment when you don’t have your top athletes taking part, but it’s been a packed calendar and these games are quite late in the season,” he said. The games bring together the 71 countries and territories of the Commonwealth every four years. The 2010 edition has caused some concern because some of the venues and the athletes’ village in New Delhi have been in disarray due to long delays in completing construction. The security and logistics disorder has prompted some athletes to withdraw. Fennell conceded that Caribbean officials had last week voiced concern over the readiness of the facilities, particularly the athletes’ village, but he said he was confident that the games would be successful. “I know that they’re working very hard to get things ready,” Fennell said. The Jamaican association’s

Santos defeat Joe Public 5-1 MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico club Santos defeated Joe Public of Trinidad 5-1 on Wednesday in a Group B match of the CONCACAF Champions League. The victory improved Santos to 10 points in five games and left Joe Public on one point and with no chance of advancing to the quarterfinals. Santos took a 2-0 lead in the first 15 minutes via goals by Jose Reyes and Francisco Torres.

Darwin Quintero, Jose Maria Cardenas and Rafael Figueroa also scored. Kerry Baptiste scored for Joe Public. The two quarterfinalists from the group will be determined in the final round of matches on Oct. 19-21. Santos faces Municipal of Guatemala and Columbus Crew plays Joe Public. Santos leads Crew (9) by one point and Municipal (8) by two.

Johnson joins Super Six, to fight Nov. 6 in Vegas NEW YORK (AP) — Former light heavyweight champion Glen Johnson of Jamaica has been added to the Super Six World Boxing Classic after Denmark’s Mikkel Kessler withdrew due to injury. Johnson will meet American Allan Green in the third round of the modified round-robin tournament on Nov. 6 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The fight has been added to a doubleheader that will feature Juan Manuel Lopez against Rafael Marquez in the main event. The other two Super Six matchups will be on Nov. 27, when Andre Ward faces Andre Dirrell at a venue in the United States and Germany’s Arthur Abraham faces Britain’s Carl Froch in Helsinki, Finland. Johnson officially replaced

Kessler on Wednesday, while Green lost his only previous bout in the event after replacing Jermain Taylor, who also dropped out with injuries. “I want to thank Showtime for including me in their Super Six tournament,” Johnson said in a statement. “Having dedicated so many years to the sport of boxing, it is gratifying to still be considered worthy of competing with some of the top fighters in the world.” The six-man Super Six was designed so that fighters earned points based on the outcome of three guaranteed matches in the group stage — two points for a win, a bonus point for a knockout and one point for a draw. The four with the most points will meet in semifinals next year.

Usain Bolt is the highest ranked Caribbean athlete to pull out of the Commonwealth Games.

secretary general, Neville McCook, said Wednesday that most participating athletes have already departed for India. He said he was disappointed at the problemplagued preparations that have included concerns over the quality of construction. “When we went to New Delhi last year to see the village, we were in awe. It seemed to be progressing beautifully. I don’t know what could have gone so wrong,” McCook said from Kingston. At the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia, Jamaican athletes dominated track events to win the men’s and women’s races in the 100, 200, 110meter hurdle races and 4x100 relays, becoming the first country to sweep those events at the games. This year, Jamaica will send a young team to compete in track and field, badminton, boxing, cycling, netball, table tennis, shooting, swimming, and squash. In recent days, Maurice Smith, a decathlon silver medallist at the 2007 world championships who was one of Jamaica’s medal favorites for the games, withdrew from the squad after

telling authorities he suffered a strain. Also pulling out was Jamaica’s national discus record-holder Jason Morgan, who cited reasons from a scarcity of funding to fears of terrorism. The president of the Barbados Olympic Association, Steve Stoute, said local sport officials also had an unsuccessful time encouraging the Caribbean island’s leading athletes to travel to New Delhi. Ryan Braithwaite gave Barbados its first-ever medal at the world championships last year when he won the men’s 110 hurdles title, but he will not be competing. Olympic swimmer Ally told officials he is moving his training camp from the U.S. to France, so will be unable to take part in the games. “Our major medal prospects are not attending at this juncture. So we are somewhat concerned that it will be a lean time for us,” said Stoute, who is banking on boxer Anderson Emmanuel and cyclist Barry Forde to be the island’s medal hopes. The Bahamas Olympic Committee selected a 25-member team for this year’s Commonwealth Games, and president Wellington Miller said no swimmers will compete.

Cruz Azul make CONCACAF quarters with 2-0 win MEXICO CITY (AP) — Emanuel Villa and Adrian Cortes scored goals at the start of each half to give Mexican club Cruz Azul a 2-0 home win against Panama’s Arabe Unido on Tuesday, booking a place in the CONCACAF Champions League quarter finals. The victory ensured Cruz Azul will progress from Group A to the last eight alongside Real Salt Lake after the American club drew 1-1 at Toronto. With one game still left to play, Cruz Azul tops the group with 10 points, the same total as

Real Salt Lake, but with a better head-to-head record. Toronto has five points and Arabe Unido has three. Cruz Azul and Real Salt Lake play each other next week to determine the group winner. Villa scored from Maximiliano Biancucchi’s pass in the first minute and Cortes notched a penalty in the 49th after a handball in the box as the Mexico City club claimed a comfortable win. Cruz Azul had crushed Arabe Unido 6-0 in Panama in the teams’ first meeting.

“Some of the elite athletes are not traveling, as in our top swimmers. That is due to scheduling difficulties with their schools, and that is understandable,” Miller told reporters in the Bahamas capital, Nassau. In Trinidad and Tobago, medal hopes were high for Christian Homer, who clinched the gold medal in the men’s 50 backstroke event at Singapore’s Youth Olympics earlier this year. For smaller Caribbean island nations with less talented squads, the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi are expected to be an opportunity to give their young athletes exposure to a big international event. “We just don’t have the luxury, like a Jamaica, to have athletes like a Usain or an Asafa. We’ve never really had a No. 1-ranked athlete, never won an Olympic medal,” said Richard Peterkin, president of the St. Lucia Olympic Committee. High jumper Leverne Spencer, a 2008 Olympian for St. Lucia who turned professional last year, is the Caribbean island’s medal hope. “If all goes well, Spencer would have a good chance of getting a medal, if not a gold,” Peterkin said. “With the rest of the team, we don’t have high expectations to be honest. But we want to continue giving our athletes exposure. You need to invest in the athletes.” But Stoute said the Commonwealth Games should not be about giving young, inexperienced athletes from the region a taste of international competition. “The Commonwealth Games should be beyond the developmental stage,” he said. “You should be able to make your presence felt. It is just too big and important to be used as a developmental tool.”

Chavez Jr. to face Gomez in Anaheim on Dec. 4 ANAHEIM, California (AP) — Rising contender Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. will face Alfonso Gomez on Dec. 4 at the Honda Center in an attempt to build a following in the United States. The son of the great Julio Cesar Chavez settled on Gomez after junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto elected to take the rest of the year off rather than fight Chavez this autumn. The 24-year-old Chavez (41-0-1, 30 KOs) is popular in Mexico but is trying to raise his profile in the U.S., where he has fought four of his past five bouts. For the bout in Anaheim, Gomez will be moving up in weight after spending most of his career at 147 pounds (66½ kilograms). The card is expected to include flyweight titleholder Nonito Donaire and lightweight champion Humberto Soto.


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Sports National TCIFA to host FIFA Grassroots training course in Provo National batsman Douglas Brown

Gareth Butler

Cricket Friendly:

Brown bags four to lead Jamaican All-Stars to series win NATIONAL cricketer Douglas Brown nabbed four wickets to lead the Jamaican All-Stars to victory in the decisive third match of their best-in-three series against the Caribbean All-Stars last Sunday at the Downtown Ball Park in Providenciales.

Brown, who scored a century for the TCI at the last ICC tournament in the Bahamas earlier in the year, showed his all-round prowess with four wickets for 18 runs from 3.4 overs in the twenty20 encounter to carry his side to a 2-1 victory. Batting first the Jamaican All-

Provo Hockey League starts later this month THE 2010-11 Provo Hockey League will official slam off later this month at the Graceway Sports Centre in Providenciales. The opening ceremony for the league is billed for October 16, but the regular season will begin on October 30. The first half will run

for seven weeks until December 11, before its continuation from January 15 to February 12. The playoffs will take place from March 5 to April 2. Prior to the start of the event teams will take part in several practice sessions.

Stars tallied a respectable 176-7 from their allotted overs. Jessie Alexander once again troubled the scorers. The former Jamaican youth player laced the boundaries ten times in his score of 47, while Ricardo Brown added a respectable 33. Former English County pacer Tony Hutchings led the Caribbean All-Stars’ attack with 3-41 from four overs while off-spinner Garvin Bruno supported with 2-17 from the same amount of overs. Gareth Butler (quite possibly the most prolific sportsman in the TCI) led the attack with 50 runs while wicket-keeping all-rounder Marcus Charlemagne chipped in with 27 to push the side to 155 before they were bowled out in 18.4 overs. Medium pacer Robert Johnson supported Brown with 2-44 from four overs.

THE Turks and Caicos Islands Football Association (TCIFA) will be hosting a FIFA Grassroots  training course next weekend, October 8th-10th at the association’s National Academy Ground on Venetian Road in Providenciales. According to information from the association  the course will be attended by  TCIFA’s coaches, teachers and Sports Commission staffers. FIFA Instructor Alvin Corneal will be providing participants and stakeholders with the knowledge and skills required to attract players and keep them interested at the grassroots level. “The main goal of the Grassroots initiative is to get as many people as possible involved in the game, instill human values and, above all, to bring enjoyment to youngsters simply by letting them take part,” Public Relations Officer of the TCIFA Courtney Robinson pointed out in a press release.   The initiative puts the focus on playing the game, and the basic philosophy behind it is that there is no better teacher than sport. “While football is the most popular and widely played sport in the world, Grassroots football

must also be inclusive and embrace the many different communities, cultures and organisations it encounters around the world,” said Sonia Bien-Aime, TCIFA’s Secretary General. She noted that as Grassroots  football offers fun and enjoyment, it can be played at schools and clubs and, provides young players with regular training and matches. “Football is the main source of pleasure for many children globally; it offers them a means of making friends and expressing themselves. There is no reason why we should not continue to encourage young boys and girls to take up the game,” added Bien-Aime. The  Grassroots  course runs from Friday through Sunday. It culminates with a Youth Festival on Sunday, October 10th - involving approximately 100 children: ages six to 12 who will   participate in activities that will be presented by the participants exactly the same way they have been taught. For more information, kindly contact Sonia Bien-Aime, Secrtary General, TCIFA - on 9415532/231-1868 or email  tcifa@ tciway.tc.

Josh for Sports

Some hidden jewels of Grand Turk I WAS so thrilled, inspired and honoured to receive such an education in history on my visit to Grand Turk the other day, that it is my conviction that I should at least give you, my beloved readers, a little more “peep see” on just a little of the jewels that I have discovered. WHO IS MR. TOM SAUNDERS? A majority of persons in the TCI should be familiar with the name Tom Saunders. For me Saunders was, for years, the Director of Immigration in the TCI. After being in the Public Service for umpteen years Mr. Saunders retired and went into private practice as a consultant on immigration matters. I have known Mr. Saunders well over 50 years. I saw him in action when I was a kid watching cricket at Windsor Park and Haynes Oval in Nassau, but I did not know he was my

compatriot or fellow TCI Islander. Now let me introduce you to Mr. Saunders: the sportsman, darts player and avid local and international cricketer. When Mr. Charlie Bess was headmaster of Grand Turk’s Senior School in 1964, Tom played for the school; actually he played from 196065 for the Titans Cricket Club. Teams that played during those years were Timco XI, School XI, South Caicos, Cable and Wireless and Police.

By Joshua Gardiner

THE TITANS CRICKET CLUB The Titans Cricket Club was formed by a group of Grand Turk cricketers, including: JAGS McCartney, Tom Saunders, Leroy Saunders, Almondo Taylor, Joseph Malcolm and Alan Parker among others.  Mr. Saunders sustained a broken shoulder and as a result had to travel to Nassau. While in Nassau he played cricket for the

Westerns Cricket Club. Saunders became an instant star because of his cricket prowess. He won the Rookieof-the-Year award during his very first year in 1969. REPRESENTING THE BAHAMAS

Saunders made the Bahamas team and was chosen to represent that nation against his native TCI.     This was a most strange twist of faith, he in his wildest imagination could never conceive, not even in a dream, that he would have been chosen to represent the Bahamas, much less against his native TCI. Some TCI Islanders were upset and would label Mr. Saunders the “traitor” but circumstances were beyond his control. Fate determines where men should go and destiny dictates how they should arrive.   POSITION PLAYED Mr. Saunders was a cover fielder and a medium pace bowler. He retired in 1971. Mr. Saunders played among some great Bahamian cricket names: George Fergurson, Wenty Ford, Eddie Ford and Wardy Ford, the Luns and Edmond Lewis among others.

DARTS In the mid 1970s to mid 1990s Saunders played darts for the Brits and many times won the league MVP award. These days you can find him playing golf. MR. REINWALD LEWIS Mr. Lewis is none other than the principal of the HJ Robinson High School in Grand Turk. His hypothesis as to the drastic decline of cricket is extremely logical: the reason cricket died is because the older cricketers were selfish/short sighted when they took it upon themselves to teach the youths the sport. Actually many took their skills with them to the grave. The last time that cricket was played in the primary schools were in the early 1980s. There was a lapse somewhere in the school system and none exerted any effort or pressure to save the dying national sport.


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faizool deo Filipino Basketball League:

Undefeated Beaches two wins away from title – Grace Bay Car Rentals and Sales could stop dream run BEACHES undefeated run has taken them to the finals of the Money Gram sponsored Filipino Basketball League which starts this Sunday with the first of a best-in-three series, but it will be no walk in the park against opponents Grace Bay Car Rentals and Sales. To reach the finals both sides claimed victories against their opponents last Sunday in the semifinals of the event at the Gustarvus Lightbourne Sports Centre in Providenciales. Beaches won easily against HAB 74-60 while Grace Bay Car Rentals and Sales got past a Mark Micabaloless Money Gram side 81-71. UNDERDOGS Grace Bay Car Rentals and Sales will enter the finals as the

underdogs, given that they lost to the undefeated side early in the league. However on paper victory can go either way. With the likes of veteran power players: Jovan Sayao and Brian Dulatre, the penetrating Paul Zaguirre and the consistent Junekeith Principe and Don Dela Rosa Grace Bay Car Rentals and Sales can easily control the painted area. Beaches on the other hand have shown resolve and have been successful with their onetwo combination of power players in Andy Barrina and Junel Baybay.  Throughout the league one or the other has dominated. Additionally many of the other Beaches’ players are able to contribute with short bursts which have swung games in their directions

TCIVF spikes off twoday beach volleyball competition next weekend THE newly formed Turks and Caicos Islands Volleyball Federation (TCIVF) will serve off what is hopeful to become an annual beach volleyball event on October 9-10. Dubbed the “1st Annual Beach Volleyball Invitational Two Day event” the competition, which is sponsored by the Wine Cellar with organisational support from the Sports Commission, will be hosted on the sandy beaches of Grace Bay at the Kids Park (October 9th) and Flamingo Beach Café (October 10th). Information from the association indicates that the competition will be opened to all residents, visitors and youths of the TCI. “We invite you to assemble a team within your organisation – do a department challenge,

corporate challenge or a team within your school, church or youth group. There will be three divisions of play: advance, recreational and youth (12+),” the association stated through a press release. Along with the Wine Cellar, Coors Light, Patron and Van Gogh Vodka have also donated to make the event possible. In May the TCI became the newest member of the North, Central America and Caribbean (NORCECA) Volleyball Confederation under the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) Institution.   Mr. Dorn Fulford – President of TCI Volleyball Federation attended NORCECA’s Executive Committee and Board of Administration meetings at the Confederation headquarters in Santo Domingo, DR.

Andy Barrina returns to form to lead Beaches into the finals.

Willy Fuenzalida hit seven three pointers, four of which came in the first quarter, for Money Gram in a losing effort.

earlier in the league.

quarter. He scored three other points in the game. Barrina, who has been quiet over the last few victories, led the attack for Beaches with 25 points, 10 of which were scored in the third quarter. The reliable Virgilio Secoya, who scored four baskets in the last quarter, finished with 17 points

LIM’S FIRST QUARTER BLITZ   A good example of the short bursts is Denver Lim’s first quarter blitz in Beaches semi-final against HAB. Lim struck two three pointers and scored three other field goals to finish with a tournament high 15 points in the first

while team leader (in terms of points scored throughout the league) Junel Baybay had a quiet night with just five points. Despite a 10 point run in the second quarter HAB were still playing catchup after trailing 27-13 in the first.  Jojo Salvacion led the attack with 15 points, while Tony Lamalinao added 12 and Andre Macalino 11.   MICABALO-LESS MONEY GRAM Despite the absence of Mark Micabalo Money Gram were able to make a game of their semi-final against Grace Bay Car Rentals and Sales.  Willy Fuenzalida sent the side off to a flyer with four three pointers in the opening quarter.  Fuenzalinda scored three other three pointers during the game to finish with 25 points, while Alejandro Tibalao added 18, but with no Micabalo (who according to information was unwell) the side could not match their opponents in the scoring. Zaguirre led the attack for the finalists with 22 points while Principe added 17 (3X3s) and Sayao 13 points.

2010 Provo Softball League Champions Silver Deep  

Provo Softball League:

Emphatic series win for Silver Deep SILVER Deep females are the 2010 Softball Champions. With little effort the side walked away with another title after completing a comprehensive 4-0 victory in the best-of-seven series against the

Absolute View Dominicans. Last Sunday the side iced their dominant series at the Downtown Ball Park with a whopping 20-1 run win over the eventual second place finishers to retain the title they won two-years ago.

Captain of the side Paula VirgilStubbs scored four runs, including a home run, while the hard hitting Emilyann Stubbs scored three runs (also including a home-run) with Miriam adding three.


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