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Weekly News Volume 25 | No. 42 | October 29 - November 4, 2011

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Turks and Caicos


the national newspaper of the turks and caicos islands


‘March to freedom’ PNP pledges independence referendum TRAMPLING of democracy, refusal to stage imminent elections, imposition of taxes without consent and the erosion of human rights under the new constitution. PAGE 



election plans


DEFINITIVE preparations are finally underway to get the TCI ready for elections slated for next fall. PAGE 

Wind, sun not ready

Dismissed as reliable sources for Provo power generation in near future PAGE  5

Man dies in Long Bay Crash Becomes fourth road fatality for year

AG DEFENDS Hearsay Bill

ATTORNEY General Huw Shepheard has hit back over controversy surrounding a new law which would allow ‘hearsay’ evidence to be accepted during criminal trials. PAGE  7

The smashed car that Labian Etienne was driving when it toppled off Long Bay Road Tuesday killing the driver.






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‘March to freedom’ By Gemma Handy

TRAMPLING of democracy, refusal to stage imminent elections, imposition of taxes without consent and the erosion of human rights under the new constitution. Just some of the claims levelled at London by the PNP which this week announced an active bid for independence from Britain. The party has pledged to hold a prompt referendum on the issue if successful in next year’s elections, after members backed proposals at a meeting on Monday. Leader Clayton Greene vowed in a statement that the “march to freedom” had begun. “The question can no longer be whether there will be or whether there should be independence. The

question must now be when.” He said the PNP believed it was the destiny of all people worldwide to obtain independent status – and the responsibility of every government to make it happen. “Our party is therefore committed to doing all that it can, whether in or out of government, to prepare the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands politically, socially and economically for that eventuality.” Mr Greene said every party policy would strive to ensure “greater social, economic and political opportunities” for islanders. The PNP has long called for liberty from UK shackles, but the resolution passed at its National General Council meeting represents a significant stride forward on the

‘The question is no longer if there will be independence, but when’ – Clayton Greene

road to autonomy. The party claims the TCI was abandoned by Britain for many years

following the collapse of the once lucrative salt industry. Members say native people achieved major prosperity for the islands without help from the mother country. Among a list of 12 ‘failures’ by the UK, are the seizure of governance without permission, the suspension of the TCI’s “most basic laws”, the axing of the automatic right to a jury trial, wreckage of the economy, and the installation of a “mock” legislature. Controversial civil service reforms, which have seen widespread job losses and wage cuts, invoked PNP wrath too. The resolution also accuses Britain of failing in its duties – as outlined by the United Nations – to prepare the country for self-

PNP pledges independence referendum determination. “At every stage of these oppressions, the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands have petitioned for redress in the most humble terms, and our repeated petitions have only been answered by repeated injury,” it goes on to state. It continues that the current relationship is not in the islands’ “best interest”. “The time has come that we as a people chart our own future towards progress and prosperity.” The resolution ends by pledging to embark on a public education programme aimed at extolling the virtues of an independent nation. And to secure “as soon as practicable” a referendum to gauge the views of the populace.

Man dies in Long Bay Crash Becomes fourth road fatality for year Turks and Caicos recorded its fourth road fatality for the year when 20-year-old Labian Etienne lost his life early Tuesday as the car he was driving ran off the Long Bay Road in Providenciales. According to police, speeding was a contributory factor when the vehicle struck a cement structure and overturned, killing the lone occupant who was pronounced dead on the scene. At the site of the accident Tuesday morning, 25 October, police Sergeant Calvin Chase told

the media it is believed that the crash occurred shortly after 12 midnight, and the driver, who was a resident in Turks and Caicos, was travelling in a westerly direction towards downtown. Sergeant Chase was unable to say whether the driver was wearing a seatbelt, and if that could have been a factor in his death. He told Weekly News on Thursday that investigations are incomplete, and at the end of the probe police expect to better determine if this generally life-saving restraint was in use at the

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A police officer stands beside vehicle that toppled off Long Bay on Tuesday, killing the driver.

time. He did however confirm that the body of the deceased was found outside the car, but warned against jumping to conclusions because the victim could not only have been thrown from the car but might have also walked out after the accident and later succumb to his injuries outside of the vehicle. Police have confirmed that Mr Etienne – a long time Turks and Caicos resident - was not the owner of the car, and indicated that the person with whom the vehicle has been licensed was contacted. An autopsy was scheduled for later in the week. The death of this young Haitian in what is believed to be a speedingrelated accident comes against the backdrop of amendments to legislation governing vehicular road use, radically upping fines for speeding and for driving while not wearing seatbelts. The swath of changes made

Police Sergeant Calvin Chase speaking to the media at the scene of the fatal accident Tuesday.

in August to fines for road traffic violations see offenders in some instances being hit with penalties that have increased by some 500 per cent. The offence of driving over the

speed limit that formerly attracted a fine of $150 now incurs a $350 ticket with incremental increases by $350 for every additional 10 miles per hour by which the driver is found to be in violation of the particular roaddriving limit. Penalties that stood at $60 for not wearing a seatbelt while driving have now shot up to $250. Following shortly after enforcement of the new higher fines police have been observing a reduction in speeding offences and incidents of persons driving and not wearing seatbelts. “Yes there has been a reduction,” Sergeant Chase told Weekly News, “The new fines are more of a deterrent. Before it [the fine] was like a slap on the wrist.” He said that the police service has also increased the number of patrol cars on the road, and the presence of officers on the streets was boosted with the addition of 21 graduates from the training school in midSeptember.

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Election plans gather pace By Gemma Handy DEFINITIVE preparations are finally underway to get the TCI ready for elections slated for next fall. From drafting new corruptionbusting laws to defining 10 constituencies in place of the present 15, the wheels are now in motion to facilitate the critical return to selfrule. For many islanders, it spells an imminent end to a ceaseless waiting game for Britain to release its grip on the stricken territory. Consultations between UK delegates and TCI business, political and community leaders on a new Elections Ordinance began this week. The aim is to stifle capacity for vote-rigging and malfeasance said to have plagued previous ballots. A four-strong team – from London’s Westminster Forum for Democracy (WFD) – has been tasked with identifying strengths and weaknesses in the current electoral

system. With input from local leaders, they will then help establish proper codes of conduct during campaigns. This week the Governor’s office outlined four separate processes to be achieved before a voting date can be set. In addition to the new ordinance defining standards expected from politicians, outdated procedures in the current Elections Ordinance will be brought in line with internationally recognised practices. A new Boundary Commission will be put in place to prescribe the 10 constituencies and the Electoral Register will be updated too, following the completion of next year’s census. Philip Rushbrook, director of the Governor’s office, said elections could take place within 30 days of the new constitution coming into force. But he warned meticulous preparations were needed first, which are unlikely to be completed

This week’s delegation from London included Shadow FCO Minister and Labour MP John Spellar

before next September. “The census scheduled for February 2012 has a direct bearing on when the new election boundaries and Electoral Register of voters can be prepared,” he said. “Both of these activities will

benefit from access to the most up to date information on population distribution and it is now known the initial census data will be available in April 2012.” Mr Rushbrook said setting up the Boundary Commission and finalising the list of eligible voters should take no more than a few weeks thereafter. The Commission will consist of three members appointed by the Governor. The revised Electoral Register will also help oust past problems of some islanders voting in two separate districts. Mr Rushbrook said clearer definitions of voting districts for each person – particularly where someone has family ties on one island but lives and works on another – would discontinue that practice. A small group of government and Governor’s office officials, plus Attorney General chambers staff, has been enlisted to kickstart the work ahead. Additional members from the

community will be added to help out as things progress. Consultations on the changes ahead will be sought from the public via town hall meetings and other methods similar to those used to revise the constitution. This week’s trip by the WFD team will be followed by a further visit in November featuring confidential and public meetings with various individuals and groups. WFD is an independent body, funded by the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), which strives for sustainable political change in emerging democracies. The four delegates who jetted into the TCI this week included Shadow FCO Minister John Spellar, and Paul Speller, head of the Liberal Democrats’ international office and a former Deputy Governor of Gibraltar. They were joined by George Edward Cockram and David Thirlby. The team’s work in the TCI is being fully funded by the UK.

Wind, sun not ready

Dismissed as reliable sources for Provo power generation in near future AMID calls for Turks and Caicos to embrace fully wind and sun energy as an alternative to fossil fuels, a leading electricity supplier says that is not likely in the foreseeable future. Mr Eddinton Powell, CEO of Fortis TCI, the territory’s leading power supplier, told members of the Providenciales Rotary Club early September that there is no imminent replacement of diesel as the main fuel for electricity generation mainly because these renewable energy sources are of a ‘non-firm capacity’ and current technology does not allow for efficient storage of electricity generated by those elements. As Mr Powell threw cold water on the likelihood of wind and sunshine becoming mainstream sources of energy for electricity generation, he however spoke of another renewable energy source – natural gas – coming on to be a major player alongside diesel while technology makes the other elements more reliable suppliers for power production.

Referring to suggestions that as much as 50 per cent of the electricity should be generated from wind and the sun, Mr Powell said: “The minute the wind stops blowing, or the sun stops shining you would have black out. That is absolutely a fact. … When the wind doesn’t blow, the sun doesn’t shine, it doesn’t work.” Mr Powell’s presentation to Rotarians on September 13 was in similar vein to one delivered to the Providenciales Chamber of Commerce in February. A principle factor affecting wind and sunshine becoming “firm” sources for energy generation on a commercial scale is the inability of current technology to cost-efficiently store surplus energy generated for use during down time. The CEO stressed that his company did not object to employment of those renewable sources for electricity generation, but the technology governing their use on a wide scale as a utility plant

Fortis CEO Eddinton Powell (second left) sits with Providenciales Rotary members and Fortis executives before his presentation to the Rotary

was not now feasible. “We must approach renewable energy very carefully … I support renewable energy… I support people who want to put up photovoltaic [solar power] systems in their homes. In fact I encourage it if it’s economical for the home owner. “We’re not opposed to renewable energy. I tell people if you can supply it at an affordable cost, I’ll buy it. Because I’m not in the oil business, I’m in the energy delivery business, and I’ll deliver to my customers,” he said, but emphasised that such supplies must not increase costs to consumers. “I will not buy it and charge my customers more.” Further underlining the unreliability of wind as a large-scale commercial energy generator, he referred to recent travels in Holland through areas where windmill generators were set up on large expanses, but none of the devices

was at the time turning because there was no wind, resulting in no power being generated. He estimated that it may take another 18 to 20 years before technology makes renewable energy a viable source for wide scale commercial and domestic power supplies While dismissing the readiness of wind and solar power as reliable sources of energy supplies, Mr Powell on the other hand hailed natural gas as a renewable commodity that is almost ready for use worldwide in power generation. “I don’t think it is feasible right now, but I think natural gas does provide an energy bridge to renewable energy.” He said that natural gas is so abundant in Caribbean territories like Trinidad and Tobago and worldwide that its imminent use in power generation should serve to fill the 18 to 20-year void between the time

technology makes wind and solar power reliable and commercially viable sources of electricity for use alongside diesel. And, he stressed that natural gas is a cheaper alternative for energy generation. According to Mr Powell, the cost per BTU [heat generation unit] for liquefied natural gas ranges between $35 and $40, while for crude oil the figure is $85 to $87. He said that super tanker vessels are now being built to move natural gas cheaply to various international markets. “The ability to transport and handle natural gas is actually improving, so I can see sometime in the foreseeable future, seven to 10 years out.” Mr Powell forecast that with the passage of these years natural gas would be employed on a dual usage basis with diesel in the generation of electricity in Turks and Caicos.



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

End of the road for roaming animals?

EFFORTS to banish large roaming animals from the salt islands are now underway. Most of the cattle will be placed in a national farm in North Caicos, the donkeys will be shipped to Haiti to work on rural farms, and some of the horses may be put into commercial service in Grand Turk and Provo. We asked you for your thoughts on the measures which will see most of the animals – left to wander freely for centuries – gone for good. Perhaps you welcome their removal as they can cause problems for motorists and damage property – or maybe you think they are a cherished part of the local scenery.

Keep them here

“I don’t agree with shipping the animals overseas. I think they could be useful here in the Turks and Caicos. “Additionally, persons who tried to raise cattle in North Caicos over the years were unsuccessful because of the mosquitoes. They actually killed off all of the cows in previous years by strangling them, heart worms and other complications. “If there are too many cattle in Grand Turk, there are any number of starving people in the Turks and Caicos who can make good use of the meat. “Why not open a government-manned butcher shop to dispose of the meat locally at an affordable price to the population? “To place any cattle in North Caicos would be suicide and moving the donkeys to Haiti is a huge mistake. “I am sure they will be eaten, if not abused, due to extreme poverty. We have inhabited islands that can prove useful for moving them around right here in the TCI. “These animals have co-existed with us for generations. I think the problem is manageable but, as usual, not the way the interim administration is going about it.”

Safeguards needed

“Large animals roaming the streets, and their young offspring, are increasingly being hit by motorists and are often left injured by the road. This is horrendous and shameful. “So I would have to agree that they need to be safeguarded in some way. It seems unlikely that drivers are going to become more careful, and their numbers are increasing, so removing the animals from harm may be a sensible solution. “But sending donkeys to Haiti? I thought they were going to the Dominican Republic. “Can we know a little more about their ultimate destinations and their new owners? “We have seen what has happened to many horses ‘used for commercial service on Grand Turk’. So I am not in favour of that idea, at all.

“At least not until government jurisdiction over whom is in charge of overseeing the animals has been decided, and a budget is in place to keep them safe and healthy. “Although a meat and dairy farm on North sounds like a great idea at first, what about safeguarding the public? “Who will inspect the farm, ensure that it is run in a humane, sanitary fashion and that the butchering, packaging and preserving of the meat, and the processing of the milk, is up to standards? “Animal husbandry, and meat and dairy farming are for experienced, knowledgeable managers. “Do we have enough qualified people to undertake such a project?”

Horse-drawn plow

“The first consideration is the safety of residents and visitors. Have the animals caused injuries or a mess, including actual health issues? “At least a team of horses ought to go to the Kew farm. The government wants the farm to produce and add what it can to the economy but the farmers have nothing to work with except simple tools. A horse drawn plow could at least update the farm to 200-year-old technology. “Why not have some of the critters demonstrating the jobs they performed during the salt raking days for the tourists? The fact is the National Trust needs to be given the responsibility and the start-up funding to develop the historic areas where some of the animals could be used. “We visualise a few cattle, sheep or goats grazing within the stone-walled pasture areas of Wades Green or Haulover Plantation. This would be a boon to our tourist industry who would view what island life was like in the 18th century - an era to which we will return if independence is approved. “Raising cattle for milk or meat takes controls to assure safety for consumers. It is doubtful that the economy produced in a cattle or dairy industry would justify the cost of the regulation and controls. “Hopefully this whole issue is not a left

over agenda item of the Governor Wetherell administration who did more for Grand Turk, where only 10 per cent of the population resides than all the Caicos islands, and who had rather archaic ideas for growing the economy.”

Encourage farming

“One should welcome efforts on the part of the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Agriculture and the interim government to do something about this animal problem. “At one point this problem was addressed until an outgoing Governor released the animals in the animal pound in Grand Turk. “Civil Servants are doing a thankless job so one should thank persons like Mary Harvey, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Natural Resources, Judith Campbell, Agriculture Director, Nicky Turner, Environment Director Lorne Robinson etc, who are doing a stellar job against all odds. “There are reasons why the animals must be removed from the Salt islands and that is because the way of life, animal husbandry practices and modes of transportation have changed on those islands. “The old salt pans, the need for donkeys etc, transporting water on carts etc have gone. Grand Turk has passed the days when one needed to use donkey carts as a way of earning a living. “Others may lament the possible historical and cultural marketing possibilities of using the old donkey carts for the marketing of the salt islands. “However, in places like Grand Turk, wild animals, stray animals were always a breach of the law. “They caused damage to vehicles and, because of neglect by owners, they suffered owing to starvation and lack of care. The heat was no help either. “A meat market where there is the sale of beef, chicken etc would help but not the sale of donkey or horse meat. “The idea by Director of Agriculture Nicky Turner to promote farming where locals do the farming, rearing of animals, and the Government support it is the better approach. “Government can help locals to develop farms, rear animals and use land in a productive, responsible and sustainable manner to reduce imports and the cost of food locally. “Government should place levies on imports such as beef, chicken where these are produced locally. “Local production of water is being hurt because of cheap, highly subsidised imports and the government should now introduce countervailing measures and duties to protect local production and to attack this unfair competition. “Water is an input to farming and local consumption. Let government also advance with due haste the energy policy so that there will be reduced costs, competition in the electricity generation and transmission sectors of the TCI. “The approach should be to encourage local development, encourage farming, and return these islands back to ‘Eden’. “In any production, whether it be governmental or desirably private sectordriven, the government should work hard to improve the fundamentals of the economy.

“These fundamentals are fair production processes so that local manufacturing is protected, reduced energy costs, reduced water costs and a level playing field. “So the removal of animals from one part of the country to another may be inevitable. “Respect must be shown to the family islands and a town hall meeting or two should be convened on the new host island to seek the input of the residents where the animals are going. “Do they want these animals? Will these animals help? And is this the right approach? We seek the views of the able technocrats mentioned above.”

Cheaper goods

“If a meat and dairy farm is not in the making then yeah, go ahead and round them up. “But I would definitely look into keeping all the cows as they have a good economic potential. “Beef, beef and more beef, not to mention milk which is so high priced at the stores. “Check the cows out and, once they have a clean bill of health, start producing.”

Respect and dignity

“It is absolutely imperative that, whatever fate awaits these beautiful, gentle creatures which have been a part of our islands for so long, they are treated humanely and with respect and dignity. “It is essential that proper controls are put in place to ensure their wellbeing. “Personally, I think the salt islands will be a poorer place without them. They add character and personality and if their owners were not so unscrupulous as to allow them to starve and dehydrate, they would never have become a problem in the first place.”

Salt Cay’s heritage

“From the Salt Cay perspective I think this is unnecessary and even detrimental to the island’s nature. “There is not enough auto traffic to cause a safety concern; there is some property damage when cows, for example, step on stone walls. “The loss of the cows and donkeys would remove a long-time part of Salt Cay’s heritage. “It was proposed a few years back by a property developer and the general consensus (not unanimous) was that removal would be a bad idea. These cows are the property of known individuals, they are not unclaimed property. “As far as a national farm goes, not a bad idea but it would have to be monitored to make sure the animals were properly cared for, and that may not turn out to be the case given other problems facing the TCI.”

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Hearsay Bill will improve justice – AG

Foul play has been ruled out in Mark Glusing’s death

Sailor died of natural causes By Gemma Handy

A POPULAR Provo sailor found dead in the ocean last week died of natural causes, pathologists say. Mark Glusing’s body was discovered in the water off Sandpiper Avenue beach, Leeward, on October 17. He was just 41. Police had previously appealed for islanders with information on the Canadian’s final hours to come forward. An autopsy has since ruled out foul play. News of his death devastated Mr Glusing’s many friends who launched a memorial website in his honour. Islanders remembered their Montreal-born pal for his big smile, generous heart and love for the ocean and its marine life. Jojo the dolphin was said to be never too far away from Mr Glusing’s vessel which he often sailed accompanied by friends. Karen Kidik described the longterm TCI resident as “caring and gentle”. “He had an extraordinary love and respect for the sea,” she told the Weekly News. “A fisherman by nature, Mark had a dream to sail around Cape Horn. He actually had already conscripted crew and was looking at boats. “He had the venture planned for the next 12 months. He was very serious about it and was determined to make it happen.” Mrs Kidik added: “It was a given that if the day was sunny and the waters were agreeable that he would be out fishing or pleasure boating. “Jojo was in love with him and it wasn’t out of the ordinary for Jojo to be stalking him in the canal where he

kept the boat.” Mr Glusing, a trader and biofuel businessman, grew up in Barbados and also lived for some time in Bermuda where he made his name in the 1990s as a frequent Iron Man and triathlon contestant. He was president of Caribbean firm Infinite Holdings and CEO of biotechnology company GrowPond Organics. Tributes continued to pour in to the website this week. People from all corners of the globe, from childhood friends to one-time acquaintances, spoke fondly of the man who had called Provo home for more than a decade. Zemar Stingl remembered the long conversations about “life and the beauty of it” they used to share. “You never once had any expectations from anyone. You had no judgment. You showed us how it’s possible to live a life filled with unconditional love and freedom.” Dan Harrison, a tourist to TCI, recalled a “fabulous afternoon” aboard Mr Glusing’s boat six months ago. “We were shocked and saddened to hear of his untimely passing and send our condolences to his family and what was obviously a large and loving number of friends.” Kathy Atkin said within 10 minutes of meeting Mr Glusing, she felt she’d known him her entire life. “Through good times and bad we never lost sight of the mutual admiration and respect we had for one another and there was nothing that could ruin our friendship. “You were one of a kind Mark, generous to a fault with a heart as big as you were.”

ATTORNEY General Huw Shepheard has hit back over controversy surrounding a new law which would allow ‘hearsay’ evidence to be accepted during criminal trials. News of the forthcoming Criminal Justice (Hearsay and Documentary Evidence) Bill – which mirrors UK legislation – sparked anger among local attorneys last week. Some felt that it was being created purely to facilitate corruption prosecutions. Others decried the fact they were given just a week to read it and submit their comments. However, Mr Shepheard described the bill as a “sensible development” – and said it would in fact aid the administration of justice. Currently, common law prevents the repetition in court of statements made otherwise than in giving evidence, if the purpose of repeating it is to assert the truth of what is said in the statement. The AG said this ‘hearsay rule’ could in fact create injustice, such as when a suspect is prevented from giving evidence that the victim

Attorney General Huw Shepheard described the bill as a “sensible development”

of a crime has made a statement exonerating him. He said it had already been abolished in many jurisdictions including the UK. “In my view, it is a sensible development. No one will be prosecuted on the basis of hearsay evidence alone, but allowing hearsay evidence to be given will, amongst other things, protect witnesses from

intimidation by enabling written statements to be given if a witness is too frightened to come to court.” Mr Shepheard denied that the legal change was designed to secure convictions against particular individuals. “This legislation is being introduced as part of my programme of modernisation of the criminal law of the islands. “When I took up my appointment I was dismayed to learn that the criminal law of the islands had not … been kept up to date for very many years and my chambers have been working hard to introduce much-needed reforms.” The AG continued that ongoing legislative overhaul would give a welcome boost to the financial services industry by helping the country meet strict international standards. He added that he was keen to bring the draft bill before the advisory council and consultative forum as soon as possible, along with other legal revisions needed to meet election milestones.

Five contract dengue fever FIVE people in the TCI have now contracted dengue fever – with two more suspected cases being investigated. That’s the word from the Ministry of Health and Human Services this week. The first three cases were detected in August. Precautions have been put in place to prevent the spread of the flu-like illness, which is spread by infected mosquitos. But health officials say there is no need for alarm and no restrictions have been placed on travel. Dengue fever is caused by a virus that is spread to humans by the bite of an infected Aedes aegypti mosquito - it cannot be spread from human to human. A mosquito becomes infected with the dengue virus when it bites a person who has the virus in their blood. The signs and symptoms of dengue fever include high temperature, severe headache, pain behind the eyes, muscle and joint pain, mild bleeding (usually in the nose or gums), easy bruising and a rash, which usually appears three to four days after the start of the fever. Nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite are also common. The illness can last up to 10 days, but complete recovery can take as long as a month. Although most dengue fever infections result in a relatively mild illness, some people such as older children and adults are

usually sicker than young children. The dengue fever infection can also sometimes progress to a severe form of dengue known as dengue hemorrhagic fever. Anyone experiencing any of the above signs and symptoms should report to their nearest health facility immediately and avoid taking aspirin. The Ministry Of Health is carrying out a three-fold strategic approach to control and prevent the spread of dengue fever. These include increased surveillance at all health care facilities, enhanced mosquito control and prevention measures conducted by the Environmental Health Department, and finally an ongoing health communication and

education campaign to increase public awareness. The Ministry Of Health advises the public to take precautions when travelling to dengue affected countries and try to avoid mosquito bites at all times. In addition people should pour small amounts of oil in stagnant water near homes to prevent mosquito breeding, fix screens on windows and doors, ensure windows and doors are closed tightly and stay in air-conditioned or screened areas when indoors. It is very important that the public uses mosquito repellents on skin and clothing especially when going outdoors in addition to wearing longsleeved shirts and long pants tucked into socks.



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‘Enough is enough’ Pollution-plagued residents launch campaign to buy gas masks By Gemma Handy LONG-SUFFERING Wheeland residents who claim they are being poisoned in their own homes by pollution from Provo’s abhorred dump site are taking matters into their own hands. They are staging a fundraiser and yard sale this Saturday – which they hope will collect enough cash to buy gas masks to protect their health. Infuriated by the government’s inability to halt the smog-inducing fires, they have vowed enough is enough. Expert findings recently revealed that toxins from the endless indiscriminate blazes may cause killer diseases. And it’s inflamed concerns among people living nearby. Karen Kidik, of Belglade Parker Gardens, told the Weekly News: “You can only sit on the fence for so long before you have to climb over. “We are being poisoned by the very air we breathe – why is it not a national emergency?” Plans to transfer the 17-acre dump site to a private company, which will convert it into landfill and restrict access, have been in the pipeline for years. But the project has again been put on ice until April due to funding problems. Mrs Kidik, who is organising Saturday’s event at lot 58 at phase

Residents hope to buy gas masks to protect their health from the deadly pollution

Endless bonfires at the dump spew smoke and killer toxins over nearby homes

one of the Priton Developments estate, blasted the government for failing to stop the wanton infernos. “How difficult is it to cease burning at the dump? “And what exactly is the government expecting to be available in April that isn’t available right now that is impeding the privatisation of the dump?” Visitors and participants are invited to dress as zombies for the Halloween-themed bash, in imitation of the effect residents say the toxins are having on their well-being. There’s already a wide range of items being sold on the day, which includes a barbecue, ranging from

clothes to cookers, appliances to cars. Mrs Kidik continued: “We are fundraising in the hopes that we can buy gas masks, or at least face masks, for all residents in the affected areas. “Anyone who would like to donate masks is welcome to do so.” She added: “As property owners, we’ve gone way past the point of worrying about calling attention to this situation and how it might adversely affect our property values and rental options. “It’s bad. It’s too late. So let’s just fix it as soon as possible.” Earlier this year, a consultant from the Pan American Health

Organization (PAHO) toured the refuse site to scrutinise the pollution. Dr Pierre Auger’s report confirmed residents’ worst fears that the dreaded deadly toxins may trigger cancer, leukaemia and heart disease. Among the dangerous pollutants released into the air, he said, are carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, and sulphur dioxide. And he went on to suggest that the toxins could even contaminate ground water supplies. Dr Auger said similar dumpsites had been prohibited for several decades in Canada and many other parts of the world. The fires are believed to be started

by desperate illegal immigrants salvaging valuable copper from discarded tyres and wires. The consultant said there were very serious health impacts from tyre burning and wire incineration processes, with children, elderly people, pregnant women and newborns particularly vulnerable. Dr Auger concluded that there was a “clear, unhealthy situation” and urged the government to accelerate the long-delayed clean-up scheme and control access to the dump “as fast as possible”. Everyone is welcome to attend or set up a table at the fundraiser being held from 9am to 4pm.

Elite eateries sign up for Conch Fest LET the cook-off commence. A medley of Provo’s top notch eateries have already signed up to pit their culinary wits against each other in this year’s much-anticipated Conch Festival. Hemingway’s, Opus, Seaside Cafe, Froggie’s, Interhealth Canada, Raymond Monpremier, Jimmy’s Dive Bar, Three Queens, Sibonne and Kissing Fish Catering are the first to throw down the gauntlet to would-be competitors in the November 26 event. And with cash prizes – not to mention bragging rights – up for grabs, plenty more are likely to follow. The much-loved annual fest, now in its eighth year, draws crowds in from across the region to the authentic and charming Blue Hills area each fall. The action-packed event – in celebration of the TCI’s cultural icon and number one export – will kick off with a pre-party at Horse-Eye

Jack’s on November 25. Revellers can schmooze to the sounds of jazz band Smokin’ Honey. The principle event will be staged on the Saturday outside the Three Queen’s Bar & Restaurant from noon until 7pm. Dick Bain, president of the festival association, said organisers were expecting another great turnout of locals and visitors alike. Categories in the famous ‘conche-tition’ include best conch salad, best conch chowder, best specialty conch, best presentation, and best in show. A $25 entry fee gives festival-goers a chance to sample all dishes entered and cast a vote for their favourite. There will also be various conchrelated activities, local entertainment and Rotary’s annual Pot of Gold draw with one lucky ticket, worth $10,000, to be randomly chosen at 6pm. The annual Mojito-making contest will see the island’s best bartenders put their creative twists

on the classic Cuban cocktail. The day will also feature the Turks and Caicos’ own world-renowned Junkanoo, with two separate rushes. Special competitions for conch blowing and conch knocking will ensure that chefs and bartenders are not the only ones who can win prizes. This year, the festival’s premier sponsor is Islandcom with supporting sponsorship from LIME, Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), the Wine Cellar, Tropical Shipping, Amanyara, Villa Del Mar, Grace Bay Suites, Grace Bay Club and the Turks and Caicos Tourist Board, among others. To burn off the caloric effects of the feast, Wrightfully Fit Fitness Center will host its second annual charity run on November 27. Runners of all levels can enter fun races of either 5K/3.1 miles or 10K/6.2miles. The longer race begins at 6.30am while the 5K race starts at 7am. Both races begin and end at the

A family affair: the annual festival attracts fun-loving islanders of all ages

Turtle Cove-based gym and wind through the scenic beachfront of Providenciales. Entry is $60 for adults and $30 for children under 18. Sign up in advance at the fitness centre, at the Miramar Resort, or by calling 941 3311. Proceeds will go to Provo Children’s Home. Visit or

the Facebook page at Turks & Caicos Conch Festival for more information. Tickets for the Smokin’ Honey gig are available for $30 at the Three Queens and Horse Eye Jack’s plus from band members themselves and festival committee members. Call 247 8838 for more information.

October 29 - November 4, 2011


& CrimeCourt


WITH Samantha Dash-RIGBY

Schizophrenic teenager on trial for murder Victim’s son begs forgiveness of the accused The trial of 15-year-old Randy Harvey for the murder last year of 81-year-old Charity Higgs began in the Providenciales Supreme Court Wednesday with the defence pleading guilty by insanity. The insanity defence submitted by Attorney Kendle Williams contradicted an earlier not guilty plea by the accused. However, Defence Attorney Kendle told the court that Harvey was insane at the time of 8pm Tuesday, August 3, 2010 when the then 14-year-old is alleged to have stabbed Charity Higgs in her home at Conch Bar, Middle Caicos. The trial got off to a late start owing to a delay in empanelling a seven-member jury consisting of four men and three women. The procedurally unusual case was based not upon Harvey’s guilt

but on whether he was mentally stable at the time of the murder. During her opening address to the jury, Principal Crown Counsel JoAnn Meloche said that Higgs was a well-known mother, widow and shop owner in Middle Caicos. She knew the teen and his family. Harvey’s mother suffered from mental illness and his father was an alcoholic, so Higgs took care of the children. The trial began with the testimony of Tyrone Rigby, a young fire fighter and relative of Harvey. Rigby told the court that he had previously loaned the teen’s father some DVDs and went to the house in the evening to collect them. Everyone except the defendant was at home. He collected the DVDs and left, and after getting to just a few yards

Guard mending after ‘attempt on his life’ A 41-year-old security guard is counting his blessings to be alive after escaping what he insisted was an attempt on his life on Monday, October 24. Steve Cornell, a security guard at the Gansevoort resort, was shot in the leg during an onslaught of gunfire at his workplace around 10pm.

He was taken to the Cheshire Hall Medical Centre for medical attention and has since been released. A police report confirmed that the injury was non-life-threatening. Two males, taken into police custody for questioning were released on police bail and are to report to police next month.

Man charged for Schoolboy’s murder A young man has been charged with the murder of 16-year-old Wensley Joseph and was arraigned in the Providenciales Magistrates’ Court. Elvano Rahming, aged 26, appeared before Magistrate Clifton Warner on Tuesday to face the charge. It was said that on Sunday, April 12, 2009, Rahming murdered the schoolboy in Kewtown, Providenciales. The defendant was not required to plea and was remanded to Grand Turk prison to await a hearing on December 7. Police Press Liaison Officer Inspector Calvin Chase said that officers from the Cold Case Unit arrested Rahming on October 19 and charged him the following day.

Elvano Rahming

away he heard screams. He looked up and saw Higgs, whom he knew since he was a small child, running and screaming “Help, help”. She was running through a track that stretched between her property and the neighbour’s yard. When he got nearer to the house of the neighbour, Lotia Harvey, he heard banging on the door. He turned into the yard and saw Higgs covered in blood and hitting on the door. He called her name several times but she did not respond to him, so he also began banging on the door. Getting no answer, he decided to hit on another door and eventually the neighbour peeped out. By this time, Higgs had already collapsed to the ground. When the neighbour saw Higgs on the ground, she panicked so Rigby offered to run to the police station for help. When he got there, the police station was empty so he ran to a nurse’s home. Not finding her home, he ran home for his cellular phone and then ran back to assist the bleeding woman. When he returned, the police was already there. Next on the witness stand was Lotia Harvey, aged 65. She said that she knew Higgs all her life. She was her friend, sister-inlaw and neighbour. She also knew the defendant all his life and witnessed how Higgs took care of him like her son. The deceased also cared for the accused’s other siblings and fed them all at her table. She even went to the hospital and collected medication for his mentally ill mother. Lotia was in her living room with her grandchildren when she heard a banging on her kitchen door. She ran and peeped through the glass and observed Rigby standing outside the door. She opened the door and saw Higgs “Stretched out on the ground on her back like she was dead”. Her clothes were bloody. She got her phone and tried to call the police but panicked and could not dial the right numbers. Lotia described the accused as a shy child who did not mingle with the other neighbourhood children, but chose to walk at night by himself. Police Sergeant David Wilson told the jury that when he got the scene, he saw Higgs lying on the ground and barely moving. She was covered in blood and mosquitoes. He checked her pulse and it was very weak so he asked Lotia for

Randy Harvey

sheets and a pillow. He then wrapped the wounded woman in the sheets to protect her from mosquitoes and propped up her head on the pillows. The nurse then arrived and they transported Higgs to Bottle Creek Clinic. He later received information from a man in the community, who said that he was walking along the public road that evening when he heard a woman screaming “Somebody kill me”. That man said he then saw the accused coming from Higgs yard. Acting on that piece of information, Sergeant Wilson went to Harvey’s home at 8.10am the next day. He met the teenager at the house and the boy allegedly told the officer, “Yeah, I did it. Yeah I kill that woman”. Harvey then led the police officer to a washing machine and showed him a white T-shirt he claimed to be wearing when he stabbed Higgs. There were bloodstains splattered on the front of the shirt. The teen was taken along with the shirt to the North Caicos Police Station where Harvey gave confusing and conflicting accounts of what transpired the night before. First, the teenager said that he left home at 6.30pm to pick gynip. He spent 10 to 15 minutes at a tree. He left the tree at 7.40pm and arrived home at 8pm. The accused is said to have told the officers present during the interview that while he was on his way back home, he saw a man with a mask and a white truck coming from Higgs’ yard. The man told him that Higgs owed him money for some fish. Harvey claimed that he saw the man previously when he had travelled to North Caicos. He said that the man had dark skin

and would be able to identify him if he saw that again. The teen denied going into Higgs’ yard that day. Then he said that he hugged the woman in the evening on the road that led to Lotia’s house. When asked at what time in the evening he hugged her, things got confusing. Harvey repeated the story about the masked man and added that Higgs was walking and then she fell down. Following that he said he did not see her, then said he saw her and she was on the ground crying. His account of the evening got even more confusing after he denied having a knife, and when prompted changed his entire story. This time, he said that he went to Higgs house to buy a chocolate bar and soda. Then he pulled out the knife and used it on her, then ran through the bush and out the yard. After he stabbed her in the left shoulder, he pulled the knife out, and dropped it on the ground. He said that he went to the house alone to commit the act. The story got even stranger when he said that he took the knife from his home, and went for gynip but then remembered that the old lady owed him for some fish. He did not ask her for the money but just stabbed her because she owed him. Then he said that he intended to take the snacks from her on credit until he got the money to pay. The case was expected to end Friday, past Weekly News’ press time. Check next week for the remainder of the testimony, Samuel Harvey’s (Higgs son) shocking pleas on behalf of the teenager and the verdict.



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October 29 - November 4, 2011

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

Banish unnecessary Roundtable talks a success red tape Dear Editor, The most serious challenge facing the interim government is the uncertain climate created by the imposition of taxes to pay for the follies, games and deliberate mistakes of the former government. It is so tempting to tell them to demonstrate against themselves for the mess they have created for the people of the TCI. The interim government is the partnership of local leaders and the Governor. So to bridge the gap and to have something to collect from the taxation, which one can never agree with, there needs to be some form of development coming into these islands. There is also talk of the Ritz Carlton, the idea that the Marriot would take up the 11 acres next to Seven Stars and the Starwood for Grand Turk. The interim government is in and the ultra-corrupt PNP regime is gone. Left to create mischief, make their own rules and to hold things up, are the hangers on from the former regime. These hangers on really toed the line under the dictatorial regime of Mike Misick. The corruption of the former PNP government and the tight dictatorship would have made the late Muammar Gaddafi proud. Now that the interim government

is in office these men are free to be themselves and to function as a government within a government making the rules as they go along. They are comfortable because of the ‘new order’, which would allow department heads to have their way and to make decisions. In some way this is holding things up because some of these department heads are not making decisions as one would expect. They are making decisions, it would seem, for the country and dictating the pace of development and investment to an already slowed pace. This is why the great Chad Montel Archbold had to go to the consultative forum and force the issue. Hopefully there will be a directive from the Governor to these heads of departments to get on with it, get the job done and to get things moving. The Governor must also tell these persons who the real decision maker is in this country. It certainly cannot be these hangers on if the result of their decision making is to hold things up. Let’s get this message to the interim government and to the people; it is time to move things ahead. Yet while things are being held up the economy is suffering, people

cannot pay bills, and the economy remains in decline. The interim government must send the message that the TCI is open for business and that the tight bureaucracy must end. The heads of departments must stop making the rules and allow things, developments, investments, business licenses to be processed. There are major resorts for the island of Providenciales which are being held up because of the unnecessary bureaucracy. Please step aside, do your jobs, process the applications and allow the applications in. There was no reason for Rev Chad Archbold to have to go the consultative forum to get the attention of the Governor. This is not how the TCI should be, especially with the huge taxes that one is obliged to pay. To allow development in to provide jobs and training to the youth is an immediate form of relief. Investors are banging on the door, please let them in. There are youth to employ, youth to train and a country to develop for the betterment of its people. Bureaucracies die hard but this one must change for the better or fade away. Samsune Taylor

Dear Editor, I am very happy to report that the roundtable session was a resounding success, and I commend the residents in the Blue Hills areas for being so receptive and, I should add, accommodating. For the record, the participants have actually asked for follow-up meetings in that, not only do they want to voice their opinions and views, they want a follow-up of what the messenger was able to resolve! So, in that vein, the next meeting is scheduled for November 26, same place and same time. To show how serious some of the participants were, WIV4 was invited on a personal/private tour of an area that was highlighted during the session. That shows how serious some of the residents are in being stakeholder in solving the issues. As a report of the session itself; there were specific guideline for all participants which when followed, made the debate (without microphones and speakers) very much coordinated and well received. All participants signed a register and were given ample time to address their issue with the opportunity for dialogue with participants in a question/answer format. I must admit that in all past roundtable sessions that I have either attended or moderated, we must give a round of applaud to Blue Hills. And

at the same time invite other areas in Providenciales to follow suit. From all indications, the issues of employment, labour and immigration were discussed in much detail. The consensus of the session was that immigration, labour and unemployment must be taken as a whole and that each, individually and collectively, must be combined in order to address the issue. The participants would like to see or hear from government representation, or at least know that government is not only hearing their woes and views but would like for efforts to be made to involve respective departments. Email the event coordinator at to initiate attendance for the next scheduled round-table session. There were a few participants from the Five Cays area who have stated that the folks under the tree would like to hear from us. And those few brave souls, I want them to be reassured that they are not forgotten. A session is being planned for noon on November 26. Details and coordination to follow once the smaller details are worked out. This is a country effort, and the roundtables session is a sounding board for all who want to be heard. Edward Smith

No need to fear ‘hearsay Bill’ Dear Editor, Please note the PNP are now advancing independence. They met, their NGC approved the idea, Clayton Greene was on the Robert Hall show pushing the idea. This country cannot go independent with the same persons who placed this country in this problem, bankrupted this country, sold off precious lands,

misappropriated hundreds of millions of dollars for which people are paying for now in higher taxes. They have not explained their role in all of this and are now calling for independence. Are they out of their minds, do they think people in the TCI are silly and have forgotten what they have done to destroy the TCI? Hopefully this means that with


the prosecutions, the ‘leaders’ have been told or warned about what is to happen and this cry for independence is an act of desperation. The balancing act in the hearsay evidence Bill must be explained. People are being misled because of the useless sensation. Hearsay as a rule and constitutional point cannot be used to ‘frame’ an accused. If so, the case

will fail on appeal. But those with voices are making it sound so. Politicians, ‘misleaders’ (a new term for the TCI politician), persons who are about to stand accused in the Isaac Hayes sense of the word, and the possibilities are endless. It is time that the reality, use and safeguards of hearsay evidence be explained to allay fears. It is also sending the wrong message that the

evidence gathered is not enough to secure fair convictions and there is need for something ‘extra’. This point has to be explained and undue fears allayed that there is no agenda to frame people, that there are safe procedural uses of hearsay evidence and that it will not be used to frame people as the ‘misleaders’ are spreading. Keen Observer

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TCI hotels are best in the region IT’S official. The TCI has some of the best hotels in the Caribbean and it has the awards to prove it. This month the country bagged a host of prizes at the regional heats of the highly recognised World Travel Awards. Top family all inclusive went to Beaches, The Estate at Grace Bay Club was named best hotel and residences and Parrot Cay was given the award for the Caribbean’s leading spa resort. This year’s award ceremony took place at Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort, Montego Bay in Jamaica, on October 19. VIPs, senior tourism figures, captains of industry and international media travelled from 30 nations to attend. Graham E Cooke, president and founder of the World Travel Awards, underlined the remarkable resilience of the Caribbean’s travel and tourism economy. He said: “The Caribbean is a text book example of how the travel and tourism industry can serve an

engine for growth, with the ability to steer the region out of one of the most challenging periods in global financial history. “It is during times of economic uncertainty that world-class brands come into their own, continuing to reinvent themselves and grow market share – traits all shared by tonight’s World Travel Award winners.” The Caribbean and The Americas gala ceremony marked the fifth and final leg of World Travel Awards 2011 grand tour. It followed heats in Dubai in UAE, Antalya in Turkey, Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt, and Bangkok in Thailand. The regional winners will progress to the grand final which takes place in Doha, Qatar, on December 11. Winners were also selected in the Turks and Caicos category: Leading boutique resort went to the Somerset, leading hotel was snapped up by Grace Bay Club, leading resort went to the Regent Palms and leading spa resort was awarded to Parrot Cay.

Middle Caicos islander in intensive care

A FORMER Middle Caicos resident is in intensive care in a US hospital. James Tapfer, brother-in-law to Weekly News columnist David Tapfer, is being treated for pneumonia and a heart condition at Florida Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale. James, who is disabled, lived with David and wife Yvette for several years in their Conch Bar home. A family spokesman said James

had previously suffered congestive heart failure for which he was treated at the Myrtle Rigby Clinic in Provo. He later recovered and has since been residing at St John’s Assisted Living facility in Lauderdale Lakes, Florida. The spokesman added: “James is well known to the Conch Bar community. The family requests prayers for his recovery.”

Revamping Immigration, Job Systems

– Ministry to be split into three departments

The Ministry of Border Control and Labour is revamping its immigration, employment, and citizenship procedures in an aim to improve upon current systems. The ministry reported informing the Advisory Council that in pursuit of this goal it is being restructured into three departments and has earmarked several ‘far-reaching’ changes for this financial year. According to the ministry, these planned departments cover ‘Border Control and Enforcement’, for strengthening the border and making enforcement more effective; ‘Employment Services’ that will seek to place Belongers into suitable jobs and streamline the work permit process; and ‘Citizenship, Permanent Status, and Civil Registration’ will provide accurate and timely services to the said areas. The ministry stated that within the area of Border Control and Enforcement there will be a major overhaul and changes, including “a new requirement that all applications must be made at UK posts overseas. Applications will be decided by a visa referral unit in the TCI. Further work will be done to expand the countries whose nationals will require a visa to enter the TCI, and to improve security features.” Borders are being strengthened with clearly published entry criteria and, “a stronger intelligence base, enhanced passenger profiling and improved partnership with police and customs. The recently launched National Contingency Plan for Irregular Migrants will remain in place, and work will continue to

have the coastal radar system fully operational by April next year”. There are plans to improve enforcement and compliance through comprehensive training. Members of the enforcement and compliance staff are being merged into a single unit to place emphasis on employer compliance and develop a systematic approach to deportation of illegal residents. The feasibility of a long-term multi-purpose detention centre will be looked into. An ordinance to make trafficking in human beings a specific criminal offence attracting stringent penalties will be devised. Next month will see the launch of a new job placement service, and the department’s website will feature guidelines for persons to register

as unemployed. That site will also indicate the service offered to match such people to vacant posts. As it reviews the system for collection of work permit fees, “The department will also streamline labour clearance and work permit procedures through the setting up of a single front office and a new back office.” There will soon be published a guide to conciliation and arbitration services. The Department for Citizenship, Permanent Residence and Civil Registration has set clearing the backlog of PRC cases as a priority. “The PRC Unit is sorting and categorizing the cases in the backlog, many of which date back many years and do not have all the necessary paper work to be decided.”

BlackBerry customers to be reimbursed for outage TELECOMS company Digicel will reimburse customers affected by a recent outage. BlackBerry users whose service was active during the outage will be reimbursed for the hours of interruption to their internet subscription. Prepaid customers will be given call credit while postpaid customers will receive credit on their monthly bill for the equivalent duration of the outage of BlackBerry services. All affected customers will be contacted by text message next

week with the details of their individual reimbursement – and credited accordingly. A spokesperson for the company said: “Digicel is committed to providing its customers with the best service and the best value and would like to apologise to its valued customers for the inconvenience caused to them. “We trust that this gesture of goodwill to our customers goes some way to making up for the inconvenience they experienced and would like to thank them for their continued loyalty to Digicel.”


Inheriting the winds of change MIKE was right in 2003; the Turks and Caicos Islands was ready for change! Not his kind of change however. We were ready to take the next steps forward to become the gem of the Caribbean. Where we are is where the yellow birds have led us. There is however hope. The spoiling of the two largest islands never got started and once the causeway is fixed we can go forward again. The biggest question at this time is, what role will elected government play after the 2012 elections and what role Britain will play? The yellows had every

By David Tapfer opportunity to do it right because they were operating independently. The overhaul we are experiencing did not have to be. The internal self corrections that viable independent countries make was missing. Where was the call for unity when they were in the

casinos and Hollywood? There was only intimidation and denial. Now we have inherited other winds of change. I keep coming back to the causeway because if we are to grow, that is where the growth has to come. The causeway must be done right this time because it will be the model for causeways linking all the Caicos islands, creating something better than American has in its Florida Keys. We cannot however, create, as our former Premier said, another Provo. That is now being painted as just another overbuilt resort town. It can however continue to be our capital of tourism. No more high rises please.

I look forward to the day when the National Trust can own and open up the historic and natural sights of North, Middle Caicos and Provo. They are now hidden attractions waiting to be accessed by new generations of visitors seeking something interesting, historic and new. Lorimers can return to its heydays of full population. After so many, many years of yellow party representation, Middle Caicos, the biggest and best, remains an outpost. We visualise settlers who build residences and small resorts, TC islanders returning to their home islands for employment. Bambarra Beach must belong to all the people. This ownership must be

settled once and for all. We hear Robert Hall crow about it but they had years to get it right and failed. There is serious concern that the massive debt cannot be addressed. That however is Britain’s problem now. They permitted the obligations to mount and have acted too slowly to correct this problem. Moreover they have not made investments, only more loans. Guess what? Since Gordon Wetherell arrived with the financial advisers in 2008, they own the problem! The winds of change must blow again but they must not bring us the results realised after 2003.



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UK gov’t strategy under scrutiny – by TCI students A TRIP to the UK is up for grabs this winter for 10 of the TCI’s most talented young writers. Governor Rick Todd has invited high school and college students to take part in a national essay competition for the chance to win big prizes. The topic of the comp is the 21st century relationship between the UK and the TCI, and all entries must be submitted by November 25. One pupil from each of the 10 schools selected to take part will win the grand prize of a 10-day trip to the UK in February. National youth director Angela Musgrove said: “This essay competition is being fully funded by the Governor’s Office, Grand Turk, and has been launched by HE Governor Todd. “It aims to promote serious discussion among students about the

relationship between the UK and the TCI in the context of the consultation launched by the Governor on the UK government’s strategy for overseas territories.” The competition rounds off the successful series of Youth Week activities and continues the theme of younger people exploring and expressing their views on the role of TCI in the 21st century. A panel of judges will be drawn from the education sector, along with one representative from the Governor’s Office. They will assess entries on understanding of topic, originality, ability to put forward a convincing argument, clarity, format and length. The competition is open to all students aged 16 to 19-years-old (on 1 February 2012) registered in a secondary or tertiary level institution

in the TCI. Contestants must compose an original, unpublished essay of between 1,000 and 1,500 words, with limited guidance from others. They should be typewritten in English and must be double-spaced. Each essay must bear the name of the student, email address of the student, form, school, age and island. This information must be placed on a separate cover sheet. Each school should submit their top four essays to the Department of Youth Affairs not later than 4.30pm on November 25. The winners, who must hold a valid passport, will be notified in December 2011. Questions should be directed to Angela Musgrove on 9417471 or angela.musgrove@

Receiving their certificates from InterHealth’s Kathleen Bree, second left, are, left to right, Eleanor Hall, Antoinette Davis-Trail and Noemia Filipe Ulisses.

Hospital staff are top of the class A GROUP of healthcare professionals are celebrating perfect exam results. The InterHealth Canada workers scored 100 per cent passes in their fire safety tests. All staff at both the Cheshire Hall and Cockburn Town Medical Centres are undergoing specialist training, under the expert tuition of TCI Fire and Rescue, divisional supervisor, Kevin Tuffley.

He explained: “InterHealth require that all its personnel are trained in fire safety skills and procedures. The standards taught are very high and in accordance with Accreditation Canada, which the hospitals are working towards. “The aim is to ensure that hospital staff achieve uniformity in their approach to operational requirements and that their colleagues and the general public receive the best

possible guidance should an incident ever occur. “The response to training has been absolutely tremendous and I would like to commend all those who have taken part so far.” Those scoring top marks in their exams were Eleanor Hall, Noemia Filipe Ulisses, Antoinette Davis-Trail, Sandie Willis, Jennifer Mascilat, Haydee Raviz Dayupay and Magdalena Waldner.

autism awareness By Nicole Cox, a mother living with autism

Josiah, aged four

Spectrum of Hope Vol 7

Wax on, wax off! OK PLEASE don’t pretend that you have no clue where this week’s title comes from! Karate Kid was everybody’s favourite film for years! Ralph Macchio’s role as Daniel, the kid everybody loved, was classic. I mean that character was either you or some kid you knew. A kid who only wanted to be a cool as his inner ego was telling him he was! So, he runs into a pack of bullies (why do they always roam in packs?) who are determined to make sure he never realises his ‘cool potential’. What can solve this most troubling of teen dilemmas? Pat Morita and some crash course karate, that’s what! The rest is pop culture legend as, in true 80s teen movie style, Daniel learns what is important in life and picks up some sweet moves plus the hottest girl in school all in one tournament! Yes! But the best part of the film has to be the seemingly pointless training sessions that wreak suspiciously of illegal child labour! Painting fences, scrubbing decks and of course, waxing the cars! “Wax on, wax off,”, recites Mr Miyagi as he shuffles off for his afternoon sake. What? It all seems like tedious, and from the outside, hilarious repetition that will get Daniel no closer to his social liberation! Finally the dam breaks and during his heated protest Daniel realises that the endless drilling of precisely calculated motion has inadvertently set an unshakable foundation in karate. Wow! Kids all over the nation started volunteering for chores out of the blue! When sifting through the treatment options available for autism we came across Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA is the common acronym). ABA studies were consistent in their findings and had several years and studies to back the numbers. Other methods mostly had anecdotal reports, stories from families or therapists, but no consistent processes or results. Ironically, ABA is also the most demanding of the methods we found. It is based purely on observing the child, locating his motivations and functions of his behaviours and using that information to correct or expand his behaviour. It requires changing the entire structure of the child’s environment to support the learning process. There is a specialised way in which you approach each challenge, whether teaching a skill or extinguishing a behaviour. And in this, there is little to no deviation - consistent and repetitious, very black and white. Wax on, wax off. In the midst of the cloud of confusion in deciding which way to go, I suddenly felt the urge to pick up a rag and find a rusty hood! Simple. Not easy, but simple. How else could we teach our child the skills necessary to earn his place in society? It just made sense. I smiled to myself as we made the decision to educate ourselves on this therapy and activate it in our lives. I smiled because I had already seen the end of the movie. For more information on autism email Next week: Your focus needs more focus!

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this week

Friday, October 28 to Thursday, November 3 Friday, October 28 Kick off the Halloween weekend at Ashcroft School’s annual dance from 6pm to 8pm. DJ Candy will provide music and revellers are invited to don fancy dress for the occasion. Entry is $5 for children which includes snacks and juice. Dinner and refreshments will be served for adults.  Lemon Café is throwing its first party of the season with a Halloween theme featuring DJ Dallas. Prizes will be awarded for best costume and runner-up. Dinner starts at 6pm and the party starts at 10pm. Call 941-4059 or email info@ to make a reservation.

GO GSAT: Grade six pupils from Mills Institute with class teacher, Dr and Mrs Mills, and Lime general manager Drexwell Seymour

Education boost from Lime CHILDREN with autism can look forward to extra educational support thanks to the generosity of telecoms company Lime. This month the firm donated $3,000 to the Master’s Academy School on Leeward Highway in Providenciales. General manager Drexwell Seymour presented the cheque to a delighted principal Nicole Cox. She said: “Lime’s contribution to Master’s Academy will definitely be used for a worthwhile cause and it will significantly assist towards our students’ educational development.” She added that Lime was the first company to assist with developing the new school. At the presentation Mr Seymour said: “We are very excited to present

the Master’s Academy with this cheque. “In addition to granting our nation’s schools with financial assistance we have made it our goal to continue assisting our schools with the development of their educational and sporting programmes.” This month Lime also donated 10 USB modems to Mills Institute, a primary school in Juba Sound, Providenciales. Grade six students can now access the Go GSAT programme to assist them as they prepare for their exams. Mr Seymour said: “Lime is pleased to assist wherever we can and in whatever way we can to help build a powerful nation, starting with the youth. “We are happy that students would

be able to use these USB modems to access the programme and learn and grow in the process.” Principal Debby-Lee Mills and Carlton Mills said: “We are very appreciative of the generous donation of the modems for the students to use which will give them greater accessibility and also give them an opportunity to get involved in the practical use of the site.” The Go GSAT programme provides web-based practise tests, educational games, study guides and notes. It also provides educational materials such as handouts, worksheets and practice tests for teachers. Since 2005, pupils subscribed to the programme have won more than 95 national scholarships.

 Froggie’s On Da Beach will host ‘Thriller Part Three’ tonight from 10pm. Music by Techno Sound, Young Squad and DJ Hoodie. Admission is $10 with cash prizes for the best costume, scariest costume, and best ‘his and hers’ costumes.  Live music duo NaDa will be providing entertainment at Mango Reef restaurant at the Alexandra resort this evening. Starts 6.45pm. Call 946 8200 for more details.  Get into the weekend mood with the intense and electrifying Tae-Bo class at Graceway Sports Centre from 6pm to 7pm. Free for fitness members, $12 for non-members. Visit for more information or call 442-6349. Craig Archibold gets the party started at the Regent Palms from 7pm on Friday nights with the sound of classic Caribbean and Motown tunes. Call 946-8666 for details.

Saturday, October 29  Vino Tiempo wine bar will present Night of the Drinking Dead tonight from 10pm. Prizes for the scariest, funniest, sexiest, most original, and best group costumes are up for grabs. DJ until late, plus special Halloween cocktails.  Bird lovers are invited to join the National Trust’s Bird and Breakfast event today from 7am to 9am. Come out and enjoy the beautiful birds and an early morning picnic with fellow enthusiasts and nature lovers at Cheshire Hall plantation. Cost is $20 for adults and $15 for children, including breakfast and tour. Limited places are available. Call 941 5710.  Help raise cash to banish pollution from Provo’s dump site by supporting a ‘scary neighbourhood’ yard sale at Belglade Parker Gardens, phase one, Priton Developments, in Wheeland, from 9am to 4pm. Residents are invited to set up a table at lot 58. There will be a barbeque and refreshments for sale. Proceeds towards Concerned Residents Against Pollution (CRAP). For more information or to set up a table, contact Karen on 432-6622 or at Mums and Tots Dance Party classes are held every Saturday at The Athletic Club in Saltmills Plaza for mothers and their little ones. Mothers, bring your little ones to dance, jump, twist and shake! Children have fun learning movement basics to fun music and mums get a light exercise while spending quality time. Mums and Tots classes begin at 10am and cost just $10. Dads are welcome! Call Shara Bowen on 244-1103 for more details.

Sunday, October 30

season tonight with ‘Addison & Friends’, an elegant evening of inspirational, blues, jazz and classical music. The well-known tenor and actor of the Pirates will entertain guests with an eclectic mix of melodies. Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for students and $45 for balcony seats. A family pack of two adult and two student tickets is $60. Tickets are on sale at Unicorn Bookstore, Saltmills Diner and both IGA stores.  Feeling lucky? Win cash at the Rotary Club’s weekly bingo night every Sunday from 7pm at Club Pillows opposite the Veranda resort in Grace Bay.

Monday, October 31  Budding ghouls and ghosts can join in the fun at Tiki Hut’s 20-year-old annual Halloween bash from 6pm to 8pm. The family-friendly event includes a photographer, witches’ brew, Frankenstein fries and lots of goodies. Revellers of all ages are invited to grab their costumes and celebrate the event being held in conjunction with Friends of the Arts (TCFAF).  Start your week with a fun and calorie-burning Tae-Bo class at Graceway Sports Centre from 6pm to 7 pm. Free for fitness members, $12 for non-members. Visit for more information or call 442-6349. Girls and boys aged 11 to 19 years old are invited to take part in a fun singing group. The TCI Youth Chorale rehearses every Monday at 6pm at the Edward C Gartland Youth Centre, downtown, Providenciales. For more information call 331-7176.

Tuesday, November 1 Live music duo NaDa will be providing entertainment at Mango Reef restaurant at the Alexandra resort this evening. Starts 6.45pm. Call 946 8200 for more details.

Wednesday, November 2 Kick back with live music from Soul Redemption at the Regent Palms on Wednesdays from 7pm. Call 946-8666 for details.  Are you in need of inner peace? Interested in a healthy lifestyle and a toned and flexible body? Then you need David Bowen’s yoga classes at The Athletic Club in the Saltmills Plaza. Come along on Monday, Wednesday or Friday at 7am, Tuesday and Thursday at 6.30pm or Saturday at 9am. Call 941-8686 for more details.

Thursday, November 3 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

 Friends of the Arts (TCFAF) begins its 10th

Got an event you wish to advertise? Call us on 946 4664 or email tcweeklynews@ for a free listing. MONEY FOR MASTER’S: Principal Nicole Cox receives a cheque from Lime manager Drexwell Seymour




October 29 - November 4, 2011

fitness Tip 

Reasons and excuses AVERAGE people adopt them while successful people overcome them and focus on the results and final goals. Some of them are somehow acceptable and some are just an insult to the intelligence of the person who is told. Sometimes we do it to excuse ourselves for something we did or didn’t do, and other times we use them as second nature, because that’s what we do best. At certain points in life we all give reasons and excuses for different

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things and that’s all right because we’re all human. But the danger comes when we make a habit of giving excuses just to hide our lack of willpower, courage to face the truth or, with all due respect, laziness. The worst thing is that the more we do it the more we start to believe it. After many years of dealing with excuses in fitness, I’ve become so good that, based on someone’s behaviour and conversation, I can anticipate when an excuse is coming up. Many times I make out I believe it and deal with that situation my own way but sometimes it’s just a little bit too much to take, if you know what I mean. I, for example, learned how to just say, ‘today I don’t feel like it’ instead of finding a reason for not doing what I planned. Frankly the truth is always easier to handle for all parties involved, and I believe everybody deserves the respect of being told the truth and then each person decides what they will do with it. But because I want to talk about fitness and training for a better you, I am going to list some of the most widely used excuses I’ve been hearing in my five years in Turks and Caicos – and counteract them. 1. Probably the number one excuse is, ‘I don’t have time to exercise’. And the reasons are countless: family, husband, children, work, cleaning, cooking, etc. Well, let me remind you that a day has 24 hours. Let’s say you sleep eight. You are telling me that in 16 hours you cannot take 30 minutes to an hour to take care of your health and do something for your body and your mind? Sorry, I don’t buy it! 2. ‘I am so tired when I come back from work.’ This is when morning comes into play. Exercising in the morning before doing anything else is best because you get it out of the way and you can delete it from your ‘to do’ list. It gives you a better, happier start to the day. 3. ‘I just cannot do the mornings, I can’t wake up that early.’ We

master it so well that now we have an excuse for another excuse. Of course you can. If you really want to do it, you can. It might not be a walk in the park for your system at first but after forcing yourself out of bed a few days in a row, your body and your mind will end up accepting the new change and treating it as normal. It’s the beginning that ‘hurts’ but all the beginnings are difficult. Remember every time you’ve started something new in life it wasn’t easy and you went through the ups and downs until you felt comfortable with it, and now it’s easy for you. 4. ‘I have kids and can’t leave them alone.’ Well, who said you have to go out of the house to exercise? It is true, your motivation could be stronger when you have to do it by yourself, but you absolutely can do it in the house. You don’t have to do complicated exercises that look spectacular. If you are afraid that you might compromise the form, just go for basic exercises like squats, lunges, jumping jacks, sit and stand on the chair, cross over back and forth a small chair, bicep curls with food cans, or shoulder exercises with bottles of water, or just lift your leg to the side or to the back while washing dishes. In this way you

will develop balance as well and you can say you are related to Napoleon. 5. ‘I don’t want to injure myself.’ Believe it or not you will injure yourself more by not exercising. Your weight will start pressing on your joints which eventually will give up, your bones will become more fragile with time because of calcium loss and then osteoporosis, you want to pick something up from the floor and put it on the table, but you get stuck in a monkey position because your weak back can’t take it. These are just a couple of examples and I could write a book with the rest. If you really are concerned about your form while exercising, take a training session with a certified trainer. Let me repeat it for your sake – a certified trainer – because, as Tyler Perry named his movie, ‘You can do

bad all by yourself’. You don’t need to pay money to get hurt. There are so many more excuses which make no sense that I would need the whole paper to include them. But these are just examples so you can see that if there’s anything you want, there is always a way to get it. It might not be the easiest but nothing worth having, comes easy. Probably you’ve noticed that the excuses have a kind of ‘feminine’ colour. I know, but it’s because women tend to give more excuses and more often than men do. Men usually take more responsibility for their decisions when it comes to what’s good for them. Looking forward to hearings your opinions on the above matters, regardless if they are pro or cons, as well as any other fitness-related topics you would like to read. Email



Bargain beauty

THERE’S no need to spend big bucks on fancy department products when you can easily and very inexpensively - make a wonderful face mask with something you probably have sitting in your kitchen right now. To revive tired, dull skin, crack open an egg in a bowl, separate the yolk (and save it for another purpose, of course!) and whisk the egg white. Apply the egg white directly to your face, leave it on for five minutes, then rinse off. The proteins help to heal and restore skin’s moisture.

Colourful solution

CONSIDER buying coloured clothes rather than whites. Crisp, bright whites need to be washed at high temperatures if they’re to look good so they’ll add to your energy costs.

October 29 - November 4, 2011

Lifestyle... GARDENING 


How does your garden grow

Scaevola – the ‘half flower’ BEACH naupaka or scaevola is a robust, bushy evergreen shrub which grows to about 10ft tall and about as wide. It forms a dense, multibranched mound of light green foliage. Branches root where they touch the ground. The leaves are three to six inches long and crowded at the tips of the twigs. Scaevola is a genus of flowering plants in the goodenia family goodeniaceae. It consists of more than 130 tropical species, with the centre of diversity being Australia and Polynesia, including Hawaii. Scaevola is sometimes called ‘half-flower’ because the flowers have petals on just one side, like a hand fan. The five petals are white to pale violet. It blooms most of the year with a peak in summer. The mature fruits are fleshy white drupes about half an inch long. Scaevola is similar to the native herbaceous shrub, inkberry or beachberry. The native species is smaller and less woody, has more succulent leaves that are just one to three inches long and has black fruits. Scaevola occurs naturally on beaches and atolls throughout the tropical Pacific and Indian oceans. It often forms dense thickets on seaside cliffs and sand dunes. Scaevola is highly invasive and has become a troublesome weed in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Here, scaevola has started to established itself on sand dunes and coastal hammocks, displacing native


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

What is celiac disease? CELIAC disease is a genetically linked disease that affects the small intestines of millions of people worldwide. Yet, it often goes undiagnosed as persons quietly deal with the many symptoms. Celiac disease is usually present from birth but may lie dormant until it is triggered by either an environmental, emotional, physical or dietary stressor. Once it is triggered, it elicits an immune response, hence it is sometimes considered an auto-immune disease. The body’s defence system (known as antibodies) attacks the lining of the small intestines making it smooth and unable to absorb many nutrients from the food we eat. The damage to the small intestines is very slow to develop but there are many negative health implications. Some of the more common symptoms are listed below, however, the symptoms may vary from one person to another.

Scaevola is said to be disrupting native plant communities

species, and is quickly becoming one of the most common shrubs along the TCI. As evidenced by its ability to rapidly colonise much of the coastal environment, beach naupaka is an adaptable shrub and one that is easy to grow. It likes full sun, is drought tolerant and propagated from seed. The fruits float and the seeds remain viable for more than a year in sea water. However, they will germinate only with fresh water. No doubt the plant also could be propagated by division. Beach naupaka was formerly promoted as an easy growing plant and hedge barrier, but is no longer

recommended due to its aggressive tendency to invade and displace native species. In the TCI, it is defined as a plant that is invading and disrupting native plant communities. It is reported that beach naupaka may supplant native coastal vegetation, including some endangered and threatened species. The leaves are used for defogging face masks and goggles before skin diving. Leaves have been used medicinally and eaten, cooked as greens. The durable wood has been used for articles such as pegs for shipbuilding. The pith has been used for making Malayan rice paper. Symptoms • Abdominal cramping • Diarrhoea • Fatigue

health Tip 

Cool cucumbers THANKS to God Almighty and to you my readers for finding my researched information helpful and healthful. Well, shall we hurry? I want to draw your attention to something that is familiar to us in our salad dish most of the time and that is the cucumber. Research tells us that even though fresh cucumbers are mostly composed of water, they still pack a lot of nutrition. The flesh of cucumbers is a very good source of vitamins A and C, and folic acid. The hard skin is rich in fibre and a variety of minerals including magnesium, silica, molybdenum, and potassium. Cucumber is an excellent source of silica, which is a trace mineral


that contributes to the strength of our connective tissues. Connective tissues hold our body together. Cucumbers are effective when used for various skin problems, including swelling under the eyes and sunburn. They also contain ascorbic and

By Phillip Simmons caffeic acids. These acids prevent water retention. That may explain why, when cucumbers are applied topically, they are often helpful for swollen eyes, burns and dermatitis.

Applied topically, cucumber can help ease sunburn and swollen eyes

Anemia • Constipation • Weight loss •

Dietary restrictions Persons who have celiac disease cannot tolerate a group of proteins known as gluten. Gluten is the name for a group of storage proteins in many grains, mainly wheat, rye, barley and oats. Well, it is clear how eating can be a major challenge for someone who has celiac disease because wheat is present in many types of foods. These dietary restrictions, coupled with decreased nutrient absorption, puts celiac patients at high risk for nutritional deficiencies. Nutrient deficiencies • Calcium • Iron • Potassium • Magnesium • Fat & water soluble Vitamins • Folic Acid There is no cure for celiac disease, but one of the best treatment options for this condition is strict dietary control. Restricting those foods that are causing discomfort can alleviate some of the symptoms. However, I must caution that restricting your food intake is not something you want to attempt without professional help. If you feel you may have this condition, check with your primary care doctor who may refer you to a gastroenterologist for further testing and diagnosis. Once diagnosed, a dietitian will help you design a food plan that will minimise your discomfort while ensuring you receive much needed nutrients. ‘Like’ my page, ACCU Medical Nutrition—Nutrition in Demand, on Facebook and receive up to date nutrition information. Reference: Celiac Sprue Organization

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


Regional News


Cream of Caribbean tourism celebrates at World Travel Awards LEADING brands from across the Caribbean tourism industry have walked away with top honours from the World Travel Awards following a gala ceremony in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Senior tourism leaders, captains of industry and international media travelled from over 30 nations to attend the annual Caribbean & the Americas Gala Ceremony at Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort & Private Island. Jamaica’s position as a leader in the global tourism arena was strengthened further as it was named “Caribbean’s Leading Destination” for the sixth year running. In a year that has seen visitor arrivals rise 5.7 per cent, the paradise island also picked up “Caribbean’s Leading Tourist Board” and “Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Destination”. Jamaican success in the cruise category was no surprise given the successful opening the new cruise terminal in Falmouth earlier this year. It was also an evening of travel triumph for countries right across the Caribbean. St Lucia won the coveted title of “Caribbean’s Leading Honeymoon Destination”, while Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island was voted “Caribbean Leading Private Island”.

Adam Stewart, chief executive, Sandals Resorts, left, celebrates with Graham Cooke, president of World Travel Awards, centre, and Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart.

In the “Caribbean’s Leading Resort” category, Casa de Campo (Dominican Republic) saw off stiff competition from the likes of Half Moon (Jamaica), Jumby Bay (Antigua), Four Seasons Resort (Nevis) and Sandy Lane (Barbados). Meanwhile Caribbean Airlines picked up “Caribbean’s Leading Airline”. Graham Cooke, president, World Travel Awards, underlined the remarkable resilience of the Caribbean’s travel and tourism

Mariesa Jagnanan (l) and Arunadha Dev (Demerara Waves photo)

Guyana cops Best Performer, three other awards at CSEC

GUYANA’S Anuradha Dev has been declared this year’s Best Overall Performer at the region-wide Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations. The 15-year-old Queen’s College (QC) girl also secured the Best Performing Student in Science award, the country’s Education Minister Shaik Baksh revealed at a news conference on Friday. Her schoolmate Mariesa Jagnanan secured the award for the Best Performing Student in Business while,

Nathan Indarsingh, another QC student who is now in fifth form, copped the Best Short Story prize for the English A exam, a first for Guyana. Dev secured 15 grade ones while Jagnanan copped 14. Guyana previously secured the Best Overall Performer award from 2006 to 2009 and has received the best Science performer award every year since then. The best Business performer had previously emerged from Guyana in 2007 and 2008. (Demerara Waves)

economy despite the challenges of the global recession. He said: “The Caribbean is a textbook example of how the travel and tourism industry can serve an engine for growth, with the ability to steer the region out of one of the most challenging periods in global financial history. “It is during times of economic uncertainty that world-class brands come into their own, continuing to reinvent themselves and grow market share – traits all shared by tonight’s World Travel Award winners.” “Jamaica in particular has proved its credentials as a worldclass tourism brand, thanks to its unrivalled mix of paradise beaches, luxury resorts and warmth of welcome. “This is reflected in the number of honours won by Jamaica’s top travel organisation at our Caribbean & the Americas Gala Ceremony,” he added. Jamaica’s director of tourism, John Lynch, said: “We are honoured to be recognised as the ‘Caribbean’s Leading Destination’. “Jamaica is committed to providing travellers with an unparalleled experience. “We all continue to develop our infrastructure and tourism product to ensure we maintain an edge in an increasingly competitive landscape.” Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort & Private Island, which features a private, offshore island and oozes colonial elegance, forms part of the growing portfolio of properties owned and operated by Sandals Resorts International. “It is a true testament to our brand, and the team that supports it, to have won the highest number of awards in Sandals Resorts’ history during our 30th anniversary year,” said Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, chairman of Sandals Resorts. “We continue to invest in our product so that each year we can be proud to say we are ‘Caribbean’s Leading Hotel Brand’.

October 29 - November 4, 2011

Jamaica, CARICOM differ on Gaddaffi’s murder DAYS after then Foreign Affairs Minister Dr. Ken Baugh celebrated the demise of former Libyan Leader Colonel Muammar Gaddaffi, CARICOM, has condemned the killing. Jamaica is a member of CARICOM. Baugh said last week Jamaica celebrated the triumph of the National Transitional Council of Libya, noting that the death of Gaddafi had opened the way for a stronger, democratic Libya, where the rights of all will be respected. He also said Gaddafi’s death marked the end of an era in Libya and the Arab world. But this week, the 15-member Caribbean Community, CARICOM, condemned the manner in which former Colonel Gaddafi was killed. In denouncing the killing, Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said extra

judicial killings should never be supported or promoted. CARICOM Chairman Dr. Denzil L. Douglas also expressed concern with regard to widespread reports of violations of human rights against former members of the Libyan government and other minority groups. He said while CARICOM recognises that Libya has entered a critical and decisive transitional phase, the regional grouping wants combatants on all sides to lay down their arms in peace. Meanwhile, The United Nations and international human rights groups have been calling for an independent investigation into Gaddafi’s death. Members of the National Transitional Council in Libya had confirmed that Gaddafi, who had been captured alive last Thursday, had died later of his wounds. (Jamaica Gleaner)

Magazine predicts FNM will win in 2012

THE analysis arm of a renowned financial publication has predicted the FNM will win the 2012 election. The latest update by The Economist magazine’s Intelligence Unit said that while the global economic outlook remains pessimistic, 1.8 per cent growth is expected in the Bahamas in 2011 and 2.3 per cent in 2012 - which should put the FNM in a favourable position for the next general election. The report said: “With economic conditions improving and the opposition discredited by its own scandals, The Economist Intelligence Unit expects the FNM to retain a majority in the election.” The Intelligence Unit, a sister organisation to The Economist, provides forecasting and advisory services that help “business leaders prepare for opportunity, empowering them to act with confidence when making strategic decisions.” According to the report, the political scene in the Bahamas will be dominated by campaigning for the general election over the next six months. It said: “The Free National Movement (FNM) led by the prime minister, Hubert Ingraham, has a small but workable majority in parliament and the election will indicate to what extent the FNM’s support base has been eroded by the sharp economic contraction in 2008-09 and the government’s privatisation programme, which is unpopular among much of the population. “We forecast growth to pick up in 2012-13, although the more

pessimistic outlook for the global economy and particularly the US, which will impact negatively on tourism, will hamper more rapid growth. “We expect activity to expand by 1.8 per cent in 2011 and 2.3 per cent in 2012. Growth will pick up further thereafter, in line with more benign global conditions. “Stronger growth will boost tax receipts, but spending will increase in the run-up to next year’s election, causing the fiscal deficit to widen to 3.5 per cent of GDP in fiscal year 2011/12. “The current-account deficit will start to narrow in 2012, as an easing of commodity prices offsets a rise in demand for imports.” The report also spoke of the government’s efforts to crack down on crime, noting that on October 3, Mr Ingraham announced the establishment of two new courts to deal with crimes relating to drugs and illegal firearm possession, and a 30-day gun amnesty programme. It said: “The ability of magistrates to hand down tougher sentences has also been strengthened, with the possibility of sentencing offenders -- including those on drugs and weapons charges -- to up to seven years in prison (raised from five years previously). “Mr Ingraham also announced that amendments to the Firearms Act and the Dangerous Drugs Act are in the planning stage and that new legislation will strengthen law enforcement powers to address the sale of stolen goods and the proceeds of crime via third parties.”

October 29 - November 4, 2011

Regional News


Barbados among countries with high rates of victimisation Barbados now has one of the highest rates of victimisation in the Caribbean, due to escalating burglaries and other property crimes. But, according to the findings of a new regional survey, perpetrators of such worrying crimes are less likely to shoot and maim their victims.

The findings are contained in the Caribbean Human Development Report on Citizen Security, done by the United Nations Development Programme this year. The full details of the survey are due to be released in January 2012. (Jamaica Gleaner)

Family members reacting to the deaths (Bahamas Tribune photo)

Bahamas murder count jumps to 109 for 2011

POLICE are trying to determine the motives behind two separate shootings that pushed the country’s murder count for the year to 109, adding to a Fox Hill shooting reported in yesterday’s Tribune. The first homicide occurred shortly after 7pm Sunday. Initial reports indicate that two men were walking on Cordeaux Avenue when they were approached by a gunman, in a black Honda Accord, who opened fire on them. One of the men died in hospital from his injuries while the other was unharmed. The victim has been identified

as 27-year-old Bradley Leviticus of Amos Ferguson Street. Bradley is described by his family as a “loving, gentle soul.” At the Princess Margaret Hospital morgue yesterday, his stepmother, Yvonne Burrows said “to know Brad was to love him:. “It is not fair for his life to be taken away like that. We are going to miss him. I don’t know anyone that would want to hurt him,” she said. “He didn’t grow up here. He lived in the United States all his life. He has only been here three years.

Man accused on indecent assault on a minor in the Bahamas FREEPORT - Police are expected to file criminal charges against a man who is accused of indecent assault of a minor. Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police Emrick Seymour said police received a report last week concerning an alleged indecent assault of a female believed to be in her early teens. He said that an adult male has been taken into custody for questioning in connection with the matter. Mr Seymour said the suspect is not related to the victim. “We have information that she may have been in the company of the suspect over a period of time.

“We feel positive with the investigations and we expect that charges will be filed soon in connection with the matter,” he said. ACP Seymour urged young persons to speak out if they are victims of a sexual assault. “I want to advise young persons if they feel they are being disadvantaged by an adult in any sexual way to come forward, tell a parent or someone they trust who will contact the police. “It is so sad when adults prey on young, unsuspecting persons in the community, but the police will take immediate action when we find such cases,” he said. (Bahamas tribune)


Amnesty: killings by Dominican police ‘alarming’ POLICE in the Dominican Republic were responsible for an “alarming” 10.5% of the nation’s killings last year, Amnesty International said Tuesday, citing government statistics. A report from the human rights organisation sharply criticises the Caribbean nation’s police, saying they have been behind “scores of cases of killings, torture and illtreatment.” “These abuses are committed by the same police who are supposed to protect the people in the country, which is going through a rising crime rate,” said Chiara Liguori, Caribbean researcher at Amnesty International. Speaking to CNN before the organisation released its report, National Police spokesman Col. Maximo Aybar said police in the Dominican Republic were committed to protecting the public. “We are more than aware that we are here to defend members of society, not to assault them. And that is an institutional position. In those cases where excesses may have been committed, investigations have occurred and measures have been taken: members were suspended from their posts and placed at the disposition of the courts,” he said. Police were responsible for at least 260 of the nation’s 2,472 homicides in 2010, Amnesty International said, citing statistics from the National Police and the prosecutor general. That figure marked a decrease from previous years. In 2008, for example, police were responsible for 19% of the killings in the nation. Details

Dominican police were responsible for at least 260 of the nation’s 2,472 homicides in 2010, Amnesty International said. (internet photo)

about the circumstances of those killings were unclear. A spokeswoman for Amnesty International said the organisation does not have comparable figures for other nations. In the United States, the killing of felons by law enforcement officers made up 3% of slayings in 2010, according to FBI homicide statistics. In the Dominican Republic, the 977 people injured by police in 2010 accounted for 16.6% of violent injuries in the nation that year, according to Amnesty’s report. Amnesty International said Dominican police interviewed by the organisation denied torture allegations and argued that the number of deaths corresponds with police efforts to stop crime. Police also said those killed were convicted or suspected criminals, Liguori said.

“Deaths among the police and the criminals occur because the police carry out preventative patrols. If the police wouldn’t do that, there would be no deaths, but criminality would remain unchallenged,” said one police chief, according to Amnesty’s report. Police also have been victims. So far this year, 97 officers have been killed, and 176 have been injured, police said. Last month a United Nations report noted that homicide rates have soared in the Dominican Republic, citing rising organised crime as a cause. Tough conditions for policing are no excuse for human rights abuses, said Amnesty International, which said the nation must reform its police force to increase accountability and stop human rights violations.

JetBlue to offer service from Westchester to Bahamas IN LESS than a month, JetBlue will begin direct flights from Westchester County Airport to Nassau in the Bahamas, the airline’s first international flights from Westchester. But the flights, starting Nov. 15, won’t require any U.S. customs checks at the airport in Harrison, because passengers boarding in the Bahamas are “pre-cleared” there, said a JetBlue spokesman and Peter Scherrer, general manager of the Westchester airport. Scherrer said the local airport could only accept flights from airports — including several in the Caribbean — where passengers go through U.S. customs checks before returning to the country. “If they didn’t have pre-clearance, we wouldn’t be able to get flights in here,” he said. When the Nassau service begins, JetBlue will fly one flight in and one out every day, airline spokesman Mateo Lleras said. A flight will be scheduled to depart

Jet Blue flights from Westchester to the Bahamas will start on November 15.

at 8:10 a.m., arriving in Nassau three hours later. Returning, the flight will leave Nassau at 12:05 p.m. and arrive in Westchester at 2:55 p.m., Lleras said. The flights will be made with an Embraer E-190 jet, which carries up to 100 passengers, Lleras said. “We think it’s going to do very well,” Lleras said. “We hope the community definitely embraces it. … We think there’s definitely that demand.”

One of seven passenger airlines serving Westchester, JetBlue currently flies from there to five stops in Florida, with connections throughout the Caribbean and to Austin, Texas. But the Nassau flight will not be the first international flight from Westchester. In the past, airlines have flown to Bermuda and Toronto, Scherrer said. (PoughkeepsieJournal. com)



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Phone prize for poster comp A PHONE and call credit are among the prizes on offer in this year’s poster and arts competition, hosted by the Ministry of Health and Human Services, Telecoms company Lime recently donated the prizes for the nationwide contest – which will also go to assist a local charity. General manager Drexwell Seymour said: “The phone donated is the one where part proceeds go towards the National Cancer Society. “Since this is Cancer Awareness Month, Lime thought that it would be a good way of educating the students even while the lucky student would enjoy the gift. “That is what it is all about.” Rev John Malcolm, drug coordinator at the Department of Mental Health and Substance Dependence, said: “We are appreciative of the donation towards this competition and we know that the students

POSTER PRIZES: Katherine Peat accepts the donation from Lime’s Cindy Williams

would enjoy all the wonderful prizes.” He continued: “The message is an important one to encourage young people to stay drug and alcohol

free.” While accepting the donation, Katherine Peat said thank you to Lime for helping to make the competition a success.

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Lohan gets close to $1M for Playboy job WORDS are spreading like wildfire that Lindsay Lohan is taking off her clothes for a Playboy magazine spread. While it is still unclear whether the story holds any truth, TMZ came out with a more detailed report that suggests the actress who guest-starred on “Ugly Betty” will get nearly $1 million for the gig. According to the gossip site, the 25-year-old was initially offered $750,000 to pose naked for the magazine. She, however, refused the offer because she wanted $1 million. It wasn’t until the magazine approached her once again with an offer close to her asking price that the troubled starlet agreed. Earlier, E! News reported that Lindsay’s photo shoot for the January issue of Playboy was already underway. The photo session allegedly took place in a Beverly Hills mansion on Monday, October 24 and Tuesday, October 25. E!,

Lindsay Lohan, according to entertainment sites, has already done the photo shoot.

Samuel L. Jackson’s films have earned nearly $7.5B from Hollywood.

however, noted that the actress’ spread will be a non-nude layout. When asked to clarify the rumors, Lindsay’s representative Steve Honig simply told E!, “I can neither confirm nor deny at this time.” Similar response

Jackson is highestgrossing actor of all time

was offered by a rep for Playboy. “We don’t comment on rumors about who may or may not be posing for the magazine...if anything changes, I’ll be sure to let you know,” so said the rep. (

Pulp Fiction. The Star Wars prequels. Jurassic Park. Goodfellas. Samuel L. Jackson has starred in some of the most iconic films in movie history, and he has the bank to back it up. His prolific resume, which includes more than 100 films, has yielded nearly $7.5 billion for Hollywood, according to The Guinness Book of World Records. That impressive sum makes him the highest-grossing actor of all time, beating out the likes of bona fide

box office kings such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Cruise, Will Smith and Matt Damon. And despite amassing an impressive body of work that spans more than 30 years, Jackson has no intention of slowing down. He’s currently starring opposite Angela Bassett on Broadway in The Mountaintop and has seven movies slated for release over the next three years, including the highly anticipated comic book flick The Avengers.

Kartel slapped with second murder charge – remanded again

FUTURE LEADERS: Participants in the comprehensive leadership development programme

Learning leadership TWELVE FortisTCI employees are well on their way to becoming leaders with the organisation. Last month the company joined with BNC Consulting Group to provide employees with leadership skills to help them advance in the workplace. The 12-month comprehensive leadership development programme focuses on the four core aspects of leadership - discipline, communication, behaviour and influence. Participant Durrell Landy explained that he was currently taking part in the discipline module which included fitness sessions with instructor John Wright of Wrightfully Fit Fitness Centre. He said: “The training so far is

geared towards training the whole body and is doing precisely that. “Though physically challenging I have seen significant improvements throughout the entire team. “A determined mind set is simultaneously developed as our strengths and limits are pushed higher. “I believe the programme will allow us to develop our team building, problem solving and conflict management skills, all necessary for better performance, improved work relationships, greater job satisfaction and definitely career advancement.” The programme is customised and is linked to the participants’ actual job responsibilities. Human resources director Judy

Missick said: “The programme, which is tailored to FortisTCI’s management development needs, will without a doubt enhance the company’s long-term staff development objectives. “Here at FortisTCI, we have a team of young eager professionals and we are dedicated to guiding them and developing their skills so that they can become future leaders. “FortisTCI considers our staff our most valuable asset and continuous training will remain a critical part of our corporate agenda.” The leadership programme, which is scheduled to be completed in September 2012, will culminate with an awards luncheon and certificate presentation.

JAILED deejay Vybz Kartel will know next week Wednesday if he will be granted bail when he returns to the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court on a charge of murder. On Tuesday, attorney Tom Tavares-Finson, who represents the artiste, made a bail application for his client during a hearing in the Gun Court that is closed to the public. The court will decide on the application on next Wednesday. The application was made on a day when the artiste, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, appeared in court on two separate counts of murder and a ganja-related charge — and saw Tavares-Finson implying that the artiste was being treated in an unfair manner by the authorities. The murder charge for which Palmer is to return to court next week Wednesday arose out of allegations that he had been instrumental in the July shooting death in Gregory Park, St Catherine businessman Barrington ‘Bossie’ Burton. In that matter Palmer is charged jointly with Nigel Thomas and Lainberg McDonald. On Monday, Palmer was slapped

Kartel was slapped with a second murder charge.

with a second charge of murder in relation to the killing of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams on August 16 in the St Andrew community of Havendale. Palmer has been charged along with Kiro Jones, also called ‘Ray Jones’, with that killing. During the mention of that matter on Tuesday, Tavares-Finson intimated in court that his client has been charged with that murder only because the witness in the first murder case recanted his statement implicating Palmer.

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World News


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UN estimate world’s population Euro summit: EU leaders to grow to more than 15B by 2100 seek deal on debt crisis AS THE global population hits 7 billion in the coming days, nations can take steps to tackle critical challenges and prepare for the arrival of billions more people this century, the United Nations said Wednesday. The milestone is expected to be reached on October 31. “With planning and the right investments in people now ... our world of 7 billion can have thriving, sustainable cities, productive labor forces that can fuel economic growth, youth populations that contribute to the well-being of economies and societies, and a generation of older people who are healthy and actively engaged in the social and economic affairs of their communities,” UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, said in a new report. Among the steps the report focuses on are empowering young people with economic opportunities; planning for the growth of cities; developing programs to share and sustain the Earth’s resources; and improving education, including sexual education. A U.N. report published in May predicts a global population of 9.3 billion by 2050, and more than 10 billion by the end of this century. “With only a small variation in fertility, particularly in the more populous countries, the total could

Commuters crowd a platform at a train station in downtown New Delhi, one of the world’s most populous cities, on October 25.

be higher: 10.6 billion people could be living on Earth by 2050 and more than 15 billion in 2100,” says the Population Division of the U.N. Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Much of the increase will come in Africa and Asia. In light of growing concerns about the global economy, the new UNFPA report highlights financial dangers facing people in industrialised and developing nations. “While labour shortages threaten to stymie the economies of some industrialized countries, unemployed would-be migrants in developing countries are finding more and more

national borders closed to them and the expertise they may have to offer. And while progress is being made in reducing extreme poverty, gaps between rich and poor are widening almost everywhere.” The 7 billion mark is a huge spike from less than a century ago. In 1927, the global population was 2 billion. It was only 13 years ago that the population was at 6 billion, the United Nations says. Changing demographics are quickly reshaping the world in numerous ways. People under the age of 25 make up 43% of the world’s population, the United Nations says.

Turkey will accept foreign aid after crippling earthquake TURKEY will accept offers of aid from foreign countries to cope with the aftermath of the Van earthquake, after initially declining offers of help. Officials said that, with more than 2,000 buildings destroyed, there was an urgent need for accommodation. The death toll from the disaster stood at 461 but the Red Crescent fears hundreds are still trapped under rubble, feared dead. A teacher, 27, and a student, 18, were rescued on Wednesday in Ercis. Gozde Bahar, an Englishlanguage teacher, was rescued as her mother watched in tears. University student Eyup Erdem was found using tiny cameras mounted on sticks. Rescuers broke into applause as he emerged from the debris. CARAVANS NEEDED Turkey is seeking assistance for reconstruction and temporary accommodation for the thousands who have been left homeless, the semi-official news agency Anatolia reports.

Two people were pulled from the rubble on Wednesday.

The government is seeking tents, prefabricated houses and living containers, it says. Israel will be among the first to send aid, according to AFP news agency. Ties with Turkey have been strained since May 2010, when Israeli naval commandos stormed a flotilla trying to sail to Gaza in defiance of a blockade, killing nine Turks. “Turkey has asked us for caravans for the homeless after the

earthquake,” Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor told AFP. He said they had accepted the request and would seek to supply them as quickly as possible. Israel’s defence ministry said a first Boeing 747 would transport mobile homes to Turkey on Wednesday, and other planes would follow in the coming days. The Japanese embassy in Ankara said its government would send around $400,000 (£250,000), Anatolia reports.

EU LEADERS are gathering for an emergency summit in Brussels aimed at tackling the eurozone debt crisis. But with disagreement on how to expand the EU’s bailout fund for debt-ridden countries, there is growing doubt a comprehensive deal will be reached. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, after winning support from her parliament for moves to boost the fund, said there remained “many problems to settle”. There are fears that the Greek debt crisis could spread to Italy and Spain. As MPs prepared to vote in Berlin, Chancellor Merkel said it was worth taking the risk to maximise the bailout fund’s spending power in order to safeguard Germany’s future prosperity. “The world is watching Germany and Europe,” she said. “They are looking to see if we are ready and able to assume our responsibilities during Europe’s worst crisis since the end of World War II.” Mrs Merkel won a comfortable majority for plans to strengthen the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) - the single currency’s 440bn-euro bailout fund. Later, as she arrived in Brussels, she told reporters: “There are still many problems to settle and negotiations to carry out.” As attention shifts to Italy and its huge public debt, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been asked to provide his EU colleagues in Brussels with details of plans for economic reforms. Sticking points Among the main points of agreement reportedly reached at the weekend by EU officials are: European banks must raise more than 100bn euros (£87bn) in new capital to shield them against possible losses to indebted countries The EFSF will be given more firepower, although it is not clear how this will be achieved Lenders to Greece will be asked to agree to much deeper losses than the 21% write-off currently on the table. · According to the plan, the 100bn-euro bank recapitalisation would be provided to banks by commercial investors, national governments and the EFSF. · Key points of disagreement remain between the main

eurozone powers. · France had hoped that the European Central Bank (ECB) would support the EFSF by providing it with loans that could increase the fund’s total capacity to 2tn-3tn euros. · But this idea was blocked by Chancellor Merkel. · Instead, governments are expected to agree that the EFSF can help out troubled eurozone governments such as Italy and Spain by providing partial guarantees to investors and banks who lend them more money. STOPGAP · BBC business editor Robert Peston says the EU is left with using complicated financial engineering that may only boost the EFSF capacity to about 1tn euros. · He says the markets may be disappointed in this move, which may only buy a year or so - not enough time for fundamental reform of Europe’s debt-ridden economies. · There was also disagreement over the extent of losses that should be imposed on Greece’s lenders, with Germany seeking a 50%-60% haircut. · The ECB is said to be against such an increase in potential losses. · And difficulty about such details appear to have been behind a decision to cancel a meeting of EU finance ministers which was to have preceded the leaders’ summit. · French Prime Minister Francois Fillon said that if Wednesday’s summit ended in failure, “this could tip the European continent into unknown territory”. · Mr Berlusconi is expected to provide only promises of economic reforms in Italy, even though other eurozone leaders have demanded he bring concrete plans to Brussels of how the government intends to reduce its debt. · In a long day of talks with his Northern League coalition partner, an agreement was reached on the contentious issue of raising the retirement age to 67 by 2025. · The BBC’s David Willey in Rome says there is little ground for optimism that the deal is going to satisfy either Italy’s EU partners or international financial markets about the country’s ability to repay its long-term debts. (BBC)

Bangkok faces worst flooding yet, governor warns BANGKOK faces the highest flood levels yet and is preparing for the worst, the governor of the Thai capital told CNN Wednesday. Residents are urged to flee the rising floodwaters, which have already forced the closure of Bangkok’s Don Muang airport and

the evacuation of flood victims who have taken refuge there. Thailand’s government has declared a five-day public holiday in flood-affected provinces to try to encourage people to seek safety elsewhere before high tides expected this weekend.

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Venezuela doctors reject Hugo Chavez dying claim Doctors treating Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez have disputed a claim that he has only two years to live. The claim was made by Dr Salvador Navarrete, who has fled Venezuela, saying he feared for his life. Dr Navarrete said last week that Mr Chavez had a very aggressive form of cancer. A member of Mr Chavez’s medical team said Dr Navarrete was wrong and had no access to the president’s clinical records. In their first official public comments on the Venezuelan leader’s health, three doctors dressed in white coats said Salvador Navarrete was uninformed and had only had minimal contact with Mr Chavez 10 years ago. “The president, from the standpoint of cancer, has been diagnosed and treated early. Subject to the appropriate followup treatments, the current status is quite satisfactory with an excellent prognosis,” one of the doctors, Fidel Ramirez, said in a televised news conference at Venezuela’s main military hospital in Caracas. “Navarrete was not Chavez’s physician, or a trusted party, or his family,” Dr Ramirez said. But the three doctors still did not say what type of cancer the Venezuelan leader has. ‘COMPLETE SECRECY’ On Thursday, Mr Chavez returned from a medical check-up in Cuba saying he was cured. Dr Navarrete made the remarks about the Venezuelan leader’s health to a Mexican magazine, Milenio, last Monday. He said in the interview that he had treated Mr Chavez around 10 years ago and had stayed in touch

A doctor’s claim that Chavez only has two years to live is said to have been false according to the Venezuelan president’s medical team.

with members of the president’s family and medical team. Dr Navarrete said he had information from the family that the president was suffering from a serious form of cancer - a sarcoma in his pelvis. “I’m worried that the president and those around him do not know the full magnitude of his illness given it has been handled with complete secrecy,” he said. After the interview was published, he said in an open letter published by local media on Friday that police had visited his office, and had searched his files and computers. He fled Venezuela, along with his family, to an undisclosed location. The 57-year-old president insists he is well enough to run in the 2012 elections and serve another six-year term. Mr Chavez travelled to Cuba four months ago for surgery, and has had four cycles of chemotherapy. Last month, he denied US media reports that he had been rushed to hospital with kidney failure linked to his cancer treatment. Doctors warn that patients must generally wait at least two years after treatment before they can be considered out of danger. (BBC)

Nebraska mom Ashly Clark busted for caging two young sons in animal kennel A NEBRASKA mom has been arrested for cruelly caging her two young sons in an animal kennel so they couldn’t sneak out of her hellhole trailer at night. Ashly Clark, 22, was collared Monday night, along with a trio of her trailer-mates, after cops in North Platte discovered how she had imprisoned her boys, ages 3 and 5. Clark told police she devised the barbarous treatment after the boys tried to hop out of the windows of her trailer, according to KNOP-TV in North Platte, which is in the central part of the state. The kennel measured 42 inches by 30 inches. Clark fastened its gate closed with a wire tie. Its inside contained a small, decrepit mattress, reported KHAS-TV in nearby Hastings.

Cops said the kennel was filthy, but nothing could compare to the wretched state of the trailer itself. “Once they gained entry into the residence, they found the house was extremely dirty,” North Platte Police Lt. Rich Hoaglund told KHAS-TV. “There were a lot of animal feces and urine about the house, along with dirty clothes, food and trash, et cetera.” Cops had visited the trailer to check on the family, but the reason they did so was not clear. Two sisters - one 8 years-old, the other just 8 months-old - were rescued from the trailer, though cops said they were not kept in a kennel, like the unfortunate boys. The girls’ 20-something parents, Bryson and Samantha Eyten, were also collared, KNOP-TV reported.


David Cameron denies split with Clegg over EU powers DAVID Cameron has denied Labour claims the coalition is split on the issue of bringing back powers from Europe. Opposition leader Ed Miliband said the prime minister “could not speak for the government” as he disagreed with his deputy Nick Clegg on how to proceed. But Mr Cameron said both agreed about “rebalancing” powers and Labour was the only party backing the status quo. The PM later joined other European leaders in Brussels for a crunch meeting on the eurozone debt crisis. Ahead of the meeting, the party leaders clashed over Europe and the repercussions of Monday’s rebellion by 80 Conservative MPs over a referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU. ‘NO CLARITY’ Mr Miliband said the prime minister had not been able to focus on the problems facing the eurozone because of internal party divisions over Europe, saying he had not been “leading but pleading”. The government was divided over whether to repatriate powers over employment and social affairs, he argued, with the PM committed to this and Mr Clegg - who was sitting next to the PM during the session appearing to rule it out. “One day we have the PM saying yes to repatriation and twenty four hours later the deputy prime minister saying no,” he said. “Why does he not come clean about the split between him and the deputy prime minister? Who speaks

Mr Cameron has faced questions about what powers he would seek to return to the UK and when

for the government? It is no wonder his backbenchers are saying there is no clarity about the government’s position.” Mr Cameron said the coalition agreement between the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats “talked about rebalancing power between Britain and Europe” and that Mr Clegg had said there “was a perfectly good case” for looking at the division of responsibilities. The government had succeeded in getting Britain out of the European bailout fund and it was the Labour leader, whom he said wanted to join the euro and increase the UK’s debt, who was “split from reality”. “What we have is very plain,” he said. “There is a group of people on this side of the House who want some rebalancing, a group of people who want a lot of rebalancing and a complete mug who wants no

rebalancing at all.” ‘COMPREHENSIVE SOLUTION’ EU leaders are under pressure to come up with a package of measures to deal with Greek debt and bolster banks. Wednesday’s meetings will start at 1800 BST and could continue through the night until an agreement is reached. The UK has insisted that all 27 EU nations - not just the 17 countries that use the single currency - should be present to help hammer out an agreement which can reassure the markets, although the eurozone bloc is expected to meet separately as well. French President Nicolas Sarkozy has accused the UK of seeking to “interfere” in the future of the euro despite not being a member of the single currency but Mr Cameron has defended his stance, saying it is “in British interests” that the eurozone is sorted out.

Death penalty man claims to have killed 17 in total A man sentenced to death for the home-invasion slayings of a Connecticut woman and her two daughters says in a prison screed that he is a serial killer with a doubledigit body count. “Yes, I’ve killed before,” death row inmate Steven Hayes allegedly crowed in a prison letter addressed to a recipient in Wilson, N.C. who was identified only as “Lynn,” The New Haven Register reported. “I have 17 kills throughout the Northeast United States. Perfect victims and well executed, controlled endeavors.” Hayes also claims to have kept the sneakers of his victims as trophies behavior that would be typical of a serial killer. Hayes was convicted last year of murdering Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters, Michaela, 11, and Hayley, 17, during a robbery of their Cheshire, Conn., home in 2007.

The letter is one of three or four the remorseless madman has penned from his inside his cell, the Register reported. The newspaper obtained a copy of the letter after prison officials confiscated the writings and turned them over to prosecutors in the trial of Hayes’ accomplice, Joshua Komisarjevsky, earlier this month. The letters have not been released to the public. State’s Attorney Michael Dearington and the FBI would not say whether Hayes’ claims are being investigated, the Associated Press reported. In the rambling, 17-page, handwritten missive, Hayes goes into gruesome detail about tying up and torturing two of his past victims, women he claims to have picked up while riding around in his car. The druggie and career burglar also claims to have collected his

victims’ sneakers as twisted murder mementos. “Each trophy was one-of-a-kind and completely specific to each victim,” he boasts. Hayes’ sick shoe fetish was revealed during his trial last year. Elsewhere in the letter, he slams Komisarjevsky as an unworthy partner in crime whom he planned to whack had they gotten away with the Petit murders. “I’ve searched my whole life for someone who could embrace and had the capacity for evil as I possess,” Hayes wrote. “I thought I finally found it in Josh.” “But events show Josh, while (he) had the proper evil intent, lacked in the most serious aspects, commitment and control.” Komisarjevsky was convicted for his role in the killings on Oct. 13. He faces the death penalty when the sentencing phase of his trial begins on Tuesday.



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Kids Scooter

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Richmond Hill Preparatory School


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To work 5 days per week. Person must be able to clean, cook and available to maintain house and kids when owner is traveling. Salary $6 per hour.

General Manager/ Managing Director Required for complex tour operation. Candidates must reside in Grand Turk and have the following experience and expertise • At least 7 years experience in tour, cruise ship an/ or shore excursion operations • Ability to generate and interpret financial reports • QuickBooks, Excel, Word, Publisher and PowerPoint • Excellent written and communication skills • Experience negotiating with vendors, Government agencies and cruise lines • A keen understanding of margins, managerial accounting and budgeting, tour product development, tour guide training and human resources Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications

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October 29 - November 4, 2011

November 18, 2011

GENERAL PRACTIONER/ EMERGENCY ROOM DOCTOR REQUIRED • General practice with some emergency room work • Full time 8 hour working day with varying shifts between 8am – 8pm to meet the needs of the business • On call duty at least 2 nights per week plus 1 in 2 weekends • Must have at least 8 years post qualification experience and be registered with the health Practitioners Board • Remuneration structure available on request

Please email resume to


Public notice


In accordance with Section 39 of the National Insurance Ordinance 1991 the following employers / self employed persons in North Caicos are hereby requested to appear before a National Insurance Inspector before November 7, 2011. Brandford Gardiner Vivienne Lightbourne Roberta Outten Elizabeth Tamar Gardiner Goaley Elizabeth Forbes Annie Orlean Gardiner Courtney Missick Arnold Gardiner Franklyn Robinson Hartwell Smith Shabbor Dorval KEVIN Taylor Clinton S. Higgs

Carramilda Louise Forbes Dennis Been (Sr) Dennis Berdette Been (Jr) H Harvey & Sons Ltd. Julia Masada Harvey Roselee Elizabeth Robinson Sun Beach Properties Ltd. Arthur Macbord Gardiner (Sir) Catherine L. Gardiner Regis Cilotte Gardiner Clifford Gardiner DK’S Construction Ltd Clotilda Gardiner

Daniel Williams (Rest.) Duley Henry Missick Gertrude Claudina Phillips Hosea Mcloin Gardiner Jennifer Missick Lightbourne Olive Unima Dorsett Paul Higgs Roselan Uatine Handfield Samuel Eagle Handfield Shabber R. Dorval Vanderlin Gardiner Farrington Gardiner 5701



PHONE: (649) 946-4664

October 29 - November 4, 2011 FAX: (649) 946-4661




TOWN MARKET Is looking for a

KAREN POLLARD Is looking to employ a

Latino’s Café Is looking for a

Looking for qualified applicants to fill the following positions:

contact: 344-9286

Weekly News the national newspaper of the turks and caicos islands

To do masonry work. Must work 5 days per week. Salary $7.00 per hour.

Salary $5.50 per hour. Must be willing to work 6 days per week including weekends and holidays.

Please contact: Elizabeth @ 245-6962


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


On behalf of our clients: Charles Barber Shop, Grace Bay Club

Will carry out all such duties and observe all directions and restriction from his/her supervisor

Labourer 2 Barbers To work 6 days per week salary $6.00 per hour.

– Salary $5.00 per hour

Responsible to cut hair, do design Must work 8 hour per day

contact: 946-4331 or 231-0337 5709

Contact: 941-8382


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


P.O. Box 52, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands Email: NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE Preference will be given to Belongers and Legal Residents Closing date for applications is November 14, 2008

Contact A.J. Newlands - 941- 4561 5707


ONE (1) Qualified ACA, ACCA, CPA or ACMA For Audit Senior roles experience in audit required salary $40,000-$50,000 per annum. Apply to or fax: 649-946-4892 no later than November 15, 2011, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands


KARLENE FERRIER Is looking to hire a

WARD CONSULTANCY Acting on behalf of our clients: Da Conch Shack, Horse Eye Jack

Floor Captain

Special Care

Assistant For a five year old interested persons can.

Contact: 231-7294


Forward applications to: The Publisher Duncanson Publications Ltd.

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

Is looking for an

Candidates must have had actual hands-on experience selling advertising space for newspapers and magazines. Ability to assist clients with the writing of copy for ads and gathering of collateral an asset. Salary is commission based. Position available October 30, 2011




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

Contact: 246-0202

1 –Butler salary $1500 per month



contact: 244-8820

per week salary $5.00 per hour.


contact 231-3788

Mason Labourer To work 5 days 5700

able to work from 9am – 3pm

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


Female Driver With own transportation must be

Driver 5658

Is looking for a

1 Waiter 2 Laborers 1 Waitress 1 Kitchen Helper 1 Nanny/ Caretaker 2 Domestic Workers

Electrician To work 6 day per week salary $7.00 per hour.

contact: 941-7986 5712

GLOBAL SERVICES Five Cays, Providenciales

Tel: 331-3020

Serve as floor supervisor in the restaurant and liaison between all staff member to ensure customer are happy etc. Salary based on experience/ shift hours


Responsible for organizing and training of Wait staff to ensure effortless and seemless service each night and upgrading their skills and knowledge on wines and fine dining service etc. Salary negotiable shift hours

Contact: 649-332-5533


Position: Translator, Cashier, Clerk

Salary starts at $1000.00 per month. Only Turks & Caicos Islanders need to apply 5717

October 29 - November 4, 2011 PHONE: (649) 946-4664




FAX: (649) 946-4661

TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMISSION The Financial Services Commission, a statutory body of the Turks and Caicos Islands Government responsible for the licensing and regulation of financial services businesses, is seeking qualified applicants for the post of

Senior Bank and Trust Officer



• Applicant should possess a trained teachers diploma or certificate with 10 or more years experience in the classroom • Applicants with first degree beside their teacher’s diploma/ certificate will have

an advantage • Applicant must be energetic and creative and a good team player preferable of Baptist faith


• The individual should meet the following requirements: • Possess a valid food handler’s permit • A born again Christian preferable of the Baptist faith • The ability to read and write English

• Must be able to assist in the preparation of healthy meals on a daily basis for over 100 students • Be able to manage the stock and prepare orders handle cash effectively to ensure all checks and balances 5644

All applications can be dropped off at B.E.S.T Institute office, Wheeland, Blue Hills, Providenciales

COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY Accepting applications for

K-3, K-4, K-5 Teachers Requirements:

• Must be born again • Must have at least five(5) years teaching experience with a Certificate in Early Childhood Learning or Higher Teacher Education from a recognized Educational Institution • Familiarization with Abeka teaching program would be an asset • Familiarization with Primary Education within the Caribbean Suitable applicants may forward resumes addressed to:


The Board Community Christian Academy Leeward highway, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands Tel: 649-941-3484 Fax: 649-941-3482 Email:

NOTICE OF CONSTRUCTION Construction will commence under the PR11018 for Groyne Repairs on Parcels 19-29, Block 60901, (Emerald Beach, Providenciales) on November 3, 2011. Construction will take approximately 4 weeks to complete.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES The holder of this position will carry out the following duties: • Manage a portfolio of licensees with the responsibility of all offsite duties as they pertain to the respective institution, including corporate governance reviews, financial analysis and ensuring compliance with the regulatory laws. • Assist in planning and co-ordinating on-site inspection as a senior member of the examination team. • Review policies, procedures and the practices of institutions to determine whether institutions are operating in a prudent manner in compliance with the laws and regulations of the TCI. • Examine banks and other supervised financial institutions from a group perspective to ensure conformity with rules and regulations governing established relationships between parent, subsidiaries and other related companies and assessing risk and management thereof on a consolidated basis. • Keep abreast of economic and political events (both locally and internationally), in order to liaise with the industry at an informed level as necessary. Identify and bring to the attention of the Head, Bank and Trust emerging trends and problems as they affect financial institutions, which will require enhancement/ establishment of supervisory policy, methodology, legislation or guidelines as appropriate • Assist in the review of market risk sensitivities and IT systems framework. • Process applications for mergers and acquisitions, branch openings and consolidation and new products/services of supervised entities. • Oversee the work of the Bank and Trust Officers and Junior Bank and Trust Analyst and provide guidance, supervision and training as necessary to achieve desired results. • Perform other functions as set out in the job description in relation to the post or as may be assigned by the Head of Banking and Trust or the Managing Director. SPECIFIC KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED • Sound knowledge of banking law, trust law and AML regulations; • Sound knowledge of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and International Accounting Standards (IAS) and or US GAAP; • Sound knowledge of the workings of the Basle Committee on Bank Supervision and the related Core Principles; • Sound knowledge of international banking operations and practices and current developments in the financial sector. A very good appreciation of economics and asset valuations would be an asset; • Sound understanding of IT systems and their use in the financial services industry. EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE • Master’s Degree in Finance or other related discipline. • Five (5) years relevant experience. OTHER INFORMATION APPLICABLE TO THE POST This position falls within Grade 4 of the Commission’s pay scale. Actual salary payable will be determined by reference to the degree of qualification, experience, knowledge base and other criteria that the Commission may assess.

Project Description: The work will replace an 80 ft section of two existing groynes. Public access along the back beach will remain open during construction. The beach will be closed in the active work area (near the water line) between 7am and 5pm, daily.

The duties for the above post may be carried out at either of the Commission’s offices in Grand Turk or Providenciales.

Engineer for the Project: Coastal Design and Engineering (CDE). Questions shall be directed to Karyn Erickson or Christin Perkinson at 941-7309 or 241-4012. 5708

Applications should be received no later than November 2, 2011 and may be emailed to or faxed to 1-649-941-8379 5691



PHONE: (649) 946-4664 Ports of Calls, Providenciales

Tel: 946-5282


Position available:

Bus Driver DISHWASHER To work 4 days Salary starts at $5.00 per hour. Only Turks & Caicos Islanders need to apply


FAX: (649) 946-4661


per week salary $7.00 per hour.

contact: 245-7557

NOTICE I am giving legal notice that I Guilaine Brutus am no longer responsible for any debts, bills, loan etc for Gregory Etienne of Providenciales separation November 2005 divorce was final February 2007





Is looking for a

Is looking for a

Cleaner/ Supervisor

Kitchen Helper To work 3 days

Must be willing to work nights, holidays and weekends. Must have a valid drivers license. Salary $6.00 per hour

per week salary $5.00 per hour.

Contact: 946-2801 ext 40752 or 247-3483. Belonger only need apply



October 29 - November 4, 2011

Contact: 941-5291 or P.O. Box 503


Tuckers Hill Nursery & Landscaping Ltd

Retail Nursery Supervisor

• Minimum of 3 year’s experience in the landscaping / nursery industry • Considerable knowledge of plant, trees and grass diseases and pests • Supervise a staff of employees • Demonstrable knowledge of QuickBooks Financial Software • Excellent Organization and Time Management Skills • Knowledge of TCI Customs Procedures • Must possess a TCI Driver License and have own transportation • Must be available to work on other islands and drive a boat Salary is $7.00 per hour or based on experience. Working hours are 5-1/2 days a week. Please send cover letter and resume to:


Director Financial Services & Risk Management Applications are invited from interested and suitably qualified persons to fill the position of Director Financial Services and Risk Management in Finance Department.

Tuckers Hill Nursery & Landscaping. Box 627. Providenciales. TCI. Attention: Tracey Ewing-Hurdle, by November 10th, 2011. Email:


To ensure cohesive integration and alignment of financial processes and reports, departmental projects, staff management and strategic plans. Ensure sound overall sound maintenance of the enterprise’s overall risk management and benchmarking practices in order to drive management in the formulation of its overall strategic direction.


Main Duties

• Responsible to the VP Finance and CFO, for the provision of relevant financial information o and other reports that may be required. • Directs all accounting functions, financial capital planning, budgeting, forecasting, preparation of cost and performance trends/analyses for presentation to senior management and accounting information systems. • Directs the delivery of cost effective and efficient accounting and financial systems, policies and processes that meet the current and future business requirements of the organization. • Track key performance metrics as determined from the Benchmark Project for relevant operational, finance and accounting processes. • Directs and develops finance projects to address business risks and to achieve the department’s and the whole enterprise’s goals and objectives. • Presents risks and opportunities regularly to the executive management team as they relate to the 5 year strategic business plan. • Oversees the Internal and External Audits, conducts reviews and analysis of results and recommends for approval the Audited Financial Statements and related management letters. • Directs financial performance against key business metrics and document pertinent financial highlights that will enable management to determine progress against budgets. • Directs the implementation and maintenance of Enterprise Risk Management in conjunction to the 5-year strategic Business Planning Process • Other duties that may be assigned from time to time.

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Minimum Requirements

Responsibilities • Perform all assigned landscape tasks, including, but not limited to, installation of plant material, care of flowers and bedding plants, trimming and pruning trees. • Operate small equipment, i.e., blowers, hedge trimmers, rotary mowers, string trimmers, chain saws and pressure washing. • Basic irrigation operation and repair, i.e., drip systems, pipe repair and head repair. • Supplement other departmental teams on special projects or with daily activities as needed.

• The applicant must hold a professional accounting designation, CA, CPA, ACCA, CIA, CISA or CMA or equivalent • Eight to ten years experience, preferably in utilities or related field. Five (5) of which must have been in a management position • Must have extensive working experience with one of the big 4 auditing firms. • As a member of the management team, the successful applicant must understand the corporate vision and successfully gain support for and implement that vision • Excellent team player and leadership abilities • Must possess extensive working knowledge in the application of the fundamentals of financial management, internal controls, benchmarking and analysis, auditing, cost accounting, programme evaluation and business reengineering techniques. • Must be able to interact with customers and business entities at all levels.

Requirements • Must have at least two years experience as a Gardener • Must be able to spend long hours in the sun


• Salary Grade 16: $92,130.00. FORTIS TCI offers a competitive compensation package. For more information kindly contact Human Resources Director

TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDERS (NO WORK PERMIT HOLDERS) need only to apply in person to The Sands Resort located on Grace Bay Road, Providenciales, or e-mail:.

Deadline for submission of application is October 30th, 2011. Please submit to:-

Director, Human Resources Fortis TCI. P. O. Box 132, Providenciales Email address:


Applications must be in by October 30th, 2011 5646


PHONE: (649) 946-4664




A luxury villa is currently seeking a

Middle Caicos

Private Chef @@To cater for high end guests. The successful applicant should have the following at least 5 year’s experience running kitchens 2 of which should be in a 5 star hotel. @@They should also have full capability of food costing and controls, monthly inventory, knowledge of proper hygiene and safety, menu planning and costing and managing and scheduling staff. @@As a private villa expertise in catering such as weddings, cocktail parties and special events is crucial. @@Plus knowledge and experience of cuisine worldwide, pastries, desserts and chocolates is essential. @@Due to the nature of our guests the need to be fluent in English is required. @@This position requires working long hours, nights and days, public holidays and weekends. @@A clean driving license is also essential as the chef will be responsible for all shopping. Salary - $3000 per month.

Labourer To work 6 days per week. Salary $5.00 per hour.

Contact: 242-4408


All applications must be made in writing by the 10th of November 2011. Please submit resumes, including a variety of proposed villa menu selections, addressed to:

Mark Pankhurst at PO BOX 196 Providenciales or email Successful applicants will be notified by email by the 20th of November 2011.

Is looking for a



Looking for SCUBA Diving instructors and/or Divemaster with experience in the Turks and Caicos Islands dive industry to conduct dive courses, lead dives and snorkel trips and assist on other eco-adventure activities at Big Blue. Applicants must be a current PADI dive instructor and/or Divemaster and have the skills and personality for sales, reservations, & public relations. Starting salary of approximately $2000 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 You will be contacted for an interview if successful and the deadline for applications is 4th Nov 2011. Positions start in December 2011.

FAX: (649) 946-4661



One bedroom apartment fully furnished. $600.00 per month.


Contact: 241-3333 or 242-8470 5675

Contact; 247-0658

Needed to work 6 days per week. Salary $5.00 per hour.


October 29 - November 4, 2011

Job Opportunities Is now recruiting for the following positions; suitably qualified Belongers who possess the requirements listed below are encouraged to apply. Ideal candidates should possess luxury resort experience, be out-going and friendly, with a professional demeanor and must be fluent in English, be a team player with a strong work ethic, available for work on public holidays, weekends and evenings. Salaries are based on experience and qualifications.

Tailor • Suitable candidates must have a minimum of 2 years experience working at a 5 Star Resort • Must have strong attention to details and exceptional ability to maintain the highest standards of quality required • Perform any other tasks or project as directed by Housekeeping Management

Carpenter • Suitable candidates must have a recognized qualification as a finishing carpenter and a minimum of 2 years working experience at a 5 Star Resort • Must have strong attention to details and exceptional ability to maintain the highest standards of quality required • Perform any other tasks or project as directed by Management


Water Sports Manager

Looking for a sales person to work in a thriving Tourism Adventure Company. The applicant must have a minimum of 3-years of experience with sales & reservations in the tourism industry and have superior PR, computer, and organizational skills. Applicants that are able to speak and write French will be considered first. All applicants must be presentable, articulate, and be able to work long and flexible hours under pressure. Weekends mandatory. Starting salary of $2000 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 You will be contacted for an interview if successful and the deadline for applications is 4th November 2011. Position starts 14th November 2011.

Required Qualifications:

• Licensed Boat Captain and /or STCW95 • C + E Heavy Good Diving License • P.A.D.I Instructor – minimum of 5 years at this level • D.A.N Oxygen Provider

Experience in the following • Basic Mechanical and engineering maintenance • Equipment serving & repair • Working in a 5 Stars Resort environment • Maintenance experience of Maritime 4 stroke engines


Looking for persons with experience and qualifications in the field of Marine Biology to join Big Blue’s team of eco-tour guides and dive instructors. Applicants must have experience in tropical waters and be able to lead educational kayak, paddleboard, snorkel, scuba diving and sightseeing eco-adventures. Applicants must have a current first aid and CPR certificate and have the personality for sales, public relations and education. Applicants with boat driving experience, and STCW’95/TCI boat captain’s license preferred and will enjoy a better salary. Starting salary of $2000 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 You will be contacted for an interview if successful and the deadline for applications is Dec 2011. Positions start in late 2011 or early 2012.

Closing Date: October 31st , 2011 Suitably qualified candidates should apply in writing or by phone to the following:

Bridgette Thomas BNC Consulting Group, Ltd website: email: phone: 649-332-2565




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Is looking for a

Is looking to fill the following positions:

Waitress Babysitter Salary $6.00 per hour


Salary $5.50 per hour

Contact: 344-4540

Aditha Brown


Is looking for a

CECIL SWANN Is looking for a

Is looking for a qualified person to fill the position of



Contact: 243-6197

Is looking to employ a

To work 6 days per week salary $5.50 per hour

contact: 246-0264




Sales Clerk To make fashion jewelry must be willing to work 6 days per week salary $5.00 per hour.

Contact: 243-8574

WARDS CONSULTANCY On behalf of our clients: Kubera Ltd., Steel Unlimited, Ripples Restaurant is looking to filling the following positions:

The Somerset Resort

JOB OPPORTUNITIES The Somerset Resort is seeking Labour Clearance for the positions listed below. Suitably qualified Belongers who possess the requirements listed are encouraged to apply. Ideal candidates should possess luxury resort experience, be professional in attitude and demeanor and must read and speak English fluently. All positions require a flexible schedule which includes holidays, weekends and evenings, and extended hours on occasion. Salaries are based on experience and qualifications.

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

Contact: 246-2686

Diesel Mechanic

• Must have 5-6 years experience • Must have experience in heavy duty manual transmission repairs • Must have 5-6 years experience as a dump truck driver • Must have 506 years experience as a backhoe operator Salary $15.00 per hour

2 Skilled Rock Layers

Contact: 332-5533

Contact: 231-0098

Salary $450.00 per week

2 Semi-Skilled Rock Layers Salary $300 per week


Possess at least 3 years of experience in five-star resorts. Strong attention to details and exceptional ability to maintain the highest standards of quality required. Must be a team player with a strong work ethic. The Resort seeks courteous individuals who possess a positive demeanor with a commitment to excellence. Housemen should have the ability to lift at least 30 lbs. and push/pull in excess of 50 lbs.

Salary $8.00 per hour. Monday thru Friday. Contact: 649-243-1257

2 Domestic Workers 1 Labourer Salary $5.00 per hour

Room Attendant & Houseman (Labourer)

Mason LABOURER 5680



Annie Garcia

Must have at least 5 years working in a beauty salon. Must be able to work 6 days per week Salary $5.50 per hour

FAX: (649) 946-4661



PHONE: (649) 946-4664

October 29 - November 4, 2011


Position available


At Quality Supermarket

Experienced in working in a luxury resort is required. Must be professional and possess good communication skills and outgoing personality.

Store Manager

Asset Manager

A transitional position for a Visionary leader with minimum 10 years progressive hotel operations experience as a General Manager in a five-star luxury resort with a preference to Caribbean experience. Must possess a thorough understanding of all areas of operations with an ability to orchestrate departments in achieving established goals and objectives. 10 years successful sales/marketing experience with quantifiable results including effective property positioning strategies. Strong knowledge of Small Luxury Resort requirements and service standards. Strong financial management proficiency with proven ability to drive revenue that impacts results. Proven experience working with residential boards and/or owner associations. Exceptional ability to attract, develop and retain an effective management team. Must be able to work well in stressful, high pressure situations. Proficiency in Word, Excel, Outlook and Visual One. Minimum Associates Degree in Hospitality or related subjects. Master of communication and the ability to identify leadership qualities in others. Must have the flexibility to travel to and from the TCI. Works closely with the Executive Committee and owner’s association

Candidate must have at least 8-10 years experience in the field or in a related area • Must have through knowledge of the following: • Advanced knowledge and skills in computer systems, most specifically QuickBooks Pro 2007, Microsoft Excel, Inventory control management • Extensive knowledge of SMS Front & Back Office POS System • Extensive knowledge of NCR 7456 POS • Plans and directs the day-to-day operations of a grocery store • Develops strategies to improve customer service, drive store sales, and increase profitability • Ensures customer needs are met, complaints are resolved, and service is quick and efficient • Forecasts staffing needs and develops a recruiting strategy to provide optimal staffing in all areas • Familiar with a variety of field’s concepts, practices, and procedures relies on extensive experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals. • Candidate must be multilingual

Executive Assistant

Minimum 5 years experience as an executive assistant providing administrative support at an executive level. Must be dependable, capable of working independently and able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously. Strong PC skills in Microsoft Office and excellent oral and written communication skills required. Hospitality experience in a five-star setting desired. Ability to handle sensitive information and maintain confidentiality is a must.

Laundry Attendant

Possess a minimum of 3 years previous laundry experience. Thorough understanding of all laundry machines, dry cleaning techniques and laundry chemicals usage. Must possess good communication skills both verbal and written, strong customer relations skills, be a team player and pay attention to details. Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.

Work schedule will include weekends, holidays as required to meet the demands of the position. Salary $2,600 per month Only Belonger need to apply

Qualified Belonger candidates can complete an application form in person at The Somerset Resort or submit a Resume by e-mail at Te: 946-5900. Fax: 946-5839. The closing date for applications is November 10, 2011.

Interested persons should send resume to Quality Supermarket, Leeward Highway, Providenciales or e-mail:



October 29 - November 4, 2011 PHONE: (649) 946-4664



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Working hours: 8 hours per day Wages: $6.50 per hour Must be able to prepare Italian dishes and meals Duties include: food preparation and cooking meals, grocery shopping and storage of food items Contact: Neon Holdings Ltd.

Fax: 649-941-8388


Salary negotiable. Belonger only need apply

Tel:During 6498-941-7923 working hours


The Meridian Club on Pine Cay

vacancy The Meridian Club, one of the Turks and Caicos Islands’ original and most unique resort experiences is now seeking a qualified on-site

Reservations Specialist/ Administrative Assistant

Responsibilities: In addition to the general job description as outlined for the Guest Services staff, this position will also:

CORPORATE ACCOUNT MANAGER The Corporate Account manager is responsible for procuring direct sales of Islandcom products and services to business, government and other key individuals or accounts in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The Corporate Account Manager must meet or exceed established sales quotas and goals on a monthly basis.

Job Requirements

• Associates degree in Business, Sales or Marketing; or equivalent experience • Minimum 5 years related experience in telecommunications sales or marketing to business customers, billing procedures; customer care expertise and back office technical skills, • Excellent written and spoken English language communication skills; other languages a plus • Self starter with excellent team work skills and ability to work independently and without supervision • Computer literate including full command of Microsoft Outlook, Excel, Word and powerpoint

Other required knowledge

Basic Qualifications: • Must be fluent in English (both verbal and written) and be easily understood on the telephone • Hold a BA degree in Tourism Studies or similar field of study from an accredited college or university. • Min. 2 years in 4-5 star property in Guest Services capacity; 1 year reservations experience required • Computer literate (Word, Excel, Quickbooks) • Must be competent typist and be literate in Internet communication • Must be able to spell competently and write letters and e-mails using proper English grammar. • Must be neat and tidy and present a positive image • Must have a talent for remembering people and making them feel welcome • Must feel comfortable riding on boats in all weather conditions (almost all guests arrive and depart by boat)

• Mathematics-knowledge of arithmetic, statistics, and their applications are required • Sales and Marketing-knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products and services. This includes sales strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales measurement systems. • Ability to solve handset problems and understand the functionality continuously without always relying on customer care. • Administration and Management- knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic sales planning and time management. • Economic and Accounting- Basic knowledge of accounting principles and practices. For example- calculating measuring commissions, gross sales, cost of sales, net profit, customer credits, etc. Deadline for submission of applications is November 19th, 2011 Please submit all application to:

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

• Maintain Master Reservation Chart for The Meridian Club and Member home rentals • Takes lead position in RESERVATIONS department--Must man the 800 reservations line and manage internet reservations,be pleasant and well informed on the phone and be able to communicate the feel of The Meridian Club to potential guests. • Must be completely familiar with all accommodations available at The Meridian Club, including hotel rooms and homes in the rental pool; must also be familiar with all services offered at the Club, including meals, housekeeping, transportation to and from Pine Cay, marine, fishing, snorkeling, excursions etc. • Must reside on Pine Cay except on days off in order to handle reservations from other time zones • Must respond to all inquiries about the Club in a clear and professional manner • Must follow up on deposit payments, process and record all guest deposits • Process all Travel Agency Commissions and follow-up on Wholesale payments • Oversees front desk/guest services staff to ensure that Guest arrivals, departures and special needs are attended to and takes regular turns greeting guests in Leeward and accompanying them to Pine Cay on Club boats. • Must be able to fill in when Managers are off island to ensure guest experience is not compromised • Assist in month end financial reconciliation as deemed by the Controller • Reconcile credit card payments, billings by outside vendors as they pertain to guests transfers and other special requests • Assist with Marketing and Sales programs • Other duties as assigned • Weekends, Holidays and some evenings a must so must reside on Pine Cay.

Annual Salary: Based on qualifications and experience. From US$25,000 (this position is salaried, not hourly) Position available: January 10, 2012 5723


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Applicants should submit resumes by November 18, 2011 and must include work history plus 3 references with telephone numbers and description of how you know that person + copy of passport and/or NIS card. A telephone contact for applicant must also be on cover letter or resume. Qualified candidates will be called within 2 weeks of receipt of application

Please send letter of interest and resume to Beverly Plachta via email: or fax to 649-941-7010. 5656


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October 29 - November 4, 2011

Fifa investigate 10 more Caribbean officials in Mohamed bin Hammam bribery case FIFA’S election bribery scandal has seen 10 more Caribbean football officials put under investigation over an alleged plot involving former presidential candidate Mohamed bin Hammam, following the release of exclusive video obtained by the Telegraph of Jack Warner apparently offering ‘gifts’ to delegates in a meeting in May this year. Fifa said they wanted to interview 10 officials from six Caribbean countries, as part of an investigation being conducted by the agency of former FBI director Louis Freeh. “The cases will be submitted to the Fifa Ethics Committee at its next meeting in mid-November,” the governing body said in a statement. Former prime minister of Dominica, Patrick John, heard asking Warner a question from the conference floor in the video, is among those under suspicion. Fifa is also investigating Oliver Camps, general secretary of Trinidad and Tobago’s football federation and an ally of disgraced former Fifa vice president Jack Warner.

One of the accused is from the Bahamas federation, which was the original whistle-blower that alerted Fifa to $40,000 cash payments being offered during bin Hammam’s campaign visit to Trinidad in May. Lionel Haven was general secretary of Bahamas football then, when Warner summoned his Caribbean Football Union members to a two-day conference to meet Bin Hammam. The Qatari denies bribery and is appealing his life ban at the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Warner resigned all his football positions after 28 years in Fifa’s high command to avoid an investigation. Last week, Warner threatened to release a “tsunami” of allegations implicating Fifa President Sepp Blatter when bin Hammam’s CAS case is completed. A verdict is unlikely before March. Fifa committee members Colin Klass and Horace Burrell also were suspended, for 26 months and six months respectively. Burrell was a leading candidate to succeed Warner

as CFU president in a Nov. 20 poll in Jamaica. Three more elected officials and two CFU staffers also have been banned for between one and 18 months. Fifa’s ethics panel has reprimanded three more officials, warned five and dropped cases against two who resigned. Another two men had their cases postponed or left open. Fifa has not specified why they were punished or what the 10 new cases are about. Under Fifa’s code of ethics, officials are not allowed to accept cash gifts and must report suspected corruption. Some officials declined to cooperate with Freeh’s investigators, who set up several meetings in Miami, the Bahamas and elsewhere in the Caribbean to interview officials. Montserrat football president Vincent Cassell, one of the 10 accused, said in June that his first scheduled interview clashed with a 2014 World Cup qualifier against Belize, being played in neutral Trinidad.

Wood can be England captain - Saints’ Jim Mallinder NORTHAMPTON Saints director Jim Mallinder says that Tom Wood is one of a number of candidates from the club who could captain England. The 24-year-old back row featured twice during the 2011 World Cup. “It starts with how they perform at the club, not in what they say but what they do, and people wanting to follow them,” Mallinder told BBC Look East. “Tom is one and Dylan [Hartley] another, and it’s good to have them talked about.” Mallinder added: “We don’t call [Tom] captain but he’s one of the leaders in the team. “He leads the line-out at times and


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Tom Woods is the number one candidate according to Mallinder.

in certain parts of our game. He’s not overly noisy but he says what he’s

thinking - he’s very honest and up front. “There’s no reason why he or any other of our England players can’t be captain.” Playing just over an hour in total in New Zealand, Wood started against Georgia and came off the replacements’ bench against Romania, and has admitted to frustration at the lack of opportunities. “Whenever you go to a tournament, it’s hard on those not in the 22,” said Mallinder. “Tom has come back frustrated, but he’s got to put that behind him and use his frustrations to benefit himself and hopefully us.” (BBC)

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Just champion: Graham Henry (left) parades the World Cup with assistant coach Steve Hansen, captain Richie McCaw and fly-half Dan Carter Photo: GETTY IMAGES

New Zealand win Rugby World Cup NEW Zealand beat France in Sunday’s Rugby World Cup final but their 8-7 win was the result of a better-then-expected showing by les Bleus. The victory is the All Blacks’ first since they won the inaugural tournament in 1987. Prop Tony Woodcock scored New Zealand’s only try, while replacement fly-half Stephen Donald hit a penalty in the second half. But France defied their critics – who lambasted their semi-final win and described them as the worst team ever to make a final – hit back with a try by captain Thierry Dusautoir and conversion by François Trinh-Duc. All Blacks captain Richie McCaw declared that he was “proud of every

single one of the guys”. “You’ve got to be warriors to win this and keep getting up and keep getting up, believing in your mate beside you, trusting him to do his job and making sure you do yours,” he said. “All 30 guys, plus the management, everyone did their part.” “I’m so proud to be a New Zealander standing here,” commented coach Graham Henry. “There was a bit of turmoil up there in the coaching box, but Richie and the boys just hanging in there right through 80 minutes to win this thing is superb. This is something we’ve dreamed of for a while, we can rest in peace.”

Wales show the pain of defeat against France in the World Cup semi-finals

Wales slide down IRB world rankings Wales have slipped two places to eighth in the International Rugby Board world rankings, despite finishing fourth at the Rugby World Cup. Australia, who beat Wales in the third place play-off, are second behind winners New Zealand. Beaten finalists France are ranked third, South Africa are fourth, while England complete an unchanged top five. Ireland - who Wales beat in the quarter-finals - rise a place to sixth,

as do seventh-placed Argentina. Wales reached the last four in New Zealand and almost shaded France for a place in the final, despite playing over an hour with 14 men following the early dismissal of captain Sam Warburton. But despite their World Cup heroics, Warren Gatland’s men are the only side in the top 10 to fall down the ladder. Tonga are ranked in ninth, with Scotland completing the top 10. (BBC)

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Full NBA season not impossible –As labour talks improve THE NBA and the players’ union met for more than 15 hours -wrapping up discussions at 3:20 a.m. on Thursday -- and enough progress was made from the marathon negotiating session that both sides not only agreed to reconvene at 2 p.m. but also spoke afterward about the possibly salvaging an 82-game season. National Basketball Players Association executive director Billy Hunter said that there is still a chance for a full season if a new collective bargaining agreement could be settled by the end of the weekend. “I think it’s possible,” Hunter said. “It’s going to be somewhat stressful because of the need to do some backto-backs, as we did in ‘98” when the last NBA lockout resulted in a 50game season. Los Angeles Lakers guard and union president Derek Fisher said the chances of a full season “may be slim” but admitted that the two sides were able to move closer on such system issues. They did not discuss the thorny topic of basketball-related income, which derailed discussions last week when the owners were unwilling to keep talking unless the

players were willing to accept a 5050 split of revenues. NBA commissioner David Stern had the flu last week and missed those acrimonious talks – which caused federal mediator George Cohen to leave in disgust. Stern joked, “I leave these guys for a little bit of time and all hell breaks loose.” Stern was back at the negotiations when they resumed Wednesday, joined by deputy commissioner Adam Silver, owners Peter Holt of San Antonio, Glen Taylor of Minnesota and James Dolan of New York, and a pair of attorneys. Hunter, Fisher, vice president and Wizards free agent Maurice Evans, attorney Ron Klempner and economist Kevin Murphy represented the union. Stern didn’t want to quantify the progress that has been made but said the two sides they had “a solid day of negotiations…The energy in the room has been good; the back and forth has been good.” The current NBA lockout has lasted 119 days and wiped out the first two weeks of the regular season, which Stern insisted was never the intent of the league. “It’s sad that we’ve missed two weeks, and we’re

Union president Derrick Fisher said a full season may be slim.

trying to apply a tourniquet and go forward,” Stern said. Stern also agreed with Hunter and Fisher that having an 82-game season was possible if a deal is struck soon, but added that achieving that goal would be difficult for a number of reasons. “I have given them the sense that we will knock ourselves out with them, consistent with what’s in the best interests of our fans and our players, in terms of a schedule, to try and schedule as many games as possible,” he said. “If we can make a deal this week, whether that gets to be 82 games or

not, it really depends on so many things that have to be checked. We’ve got building issues. We’ve got building issues versus hockey issues. We’ve got travel schedules. We’ve got all kinds of things that are difficult for us. We’ve got the sheer volume of games that might have to be compressed and the amount of back-to-backs that players could be asked to play. And really in terms of the number of games that fans could be asked in a given time to attend. So, these are all considerations that would be on the table and we are going to work on it with the union. We’re not putting specific date on it, but we feel we have to do it soon. If we could make a deal, obviously, we’re partnered with the union to have as many games as we can.” Fisher refused to disclose specific details of the negotiations. “We can’t say that major progress was made in any way,” he said. “We’re not going to get ahead of ourselves at this point. We’ll continue to remain focused on some key, principle items in our system that have to remain there in order for our players to agree what is already a reduced system of BRI. So we’re making our decisions and thinking through things from that perspective. Obviously, it’s been a long day and night, but we’ll be

back…at 2 and see where we can go from there.” Hunter said the two sides agreed to “park” the issue of how to divide revenues, with the union moving down from the 57 percent it received in the previous deal to 52.5 percent. The players might be willing to go lower if there is a favorable system in place, he said. Stern said it was best to keep the negotiations going forward. “I think we’ll turn to the split when we finish with the system. We might change, that’s the beauty of it. But right now, it has been profitable to turn to the system.” Stern and Silver will talk with the league’s labour relations committee on Thursday morning to discuss how much the owners would be willing to give the players moving forward. Although he smiled, joked and appeared in a more cheerful mood than he has after previous meetings, Stern remained cautiously optimistic. “Both sides agree that until we have an overall deal we don’t have a deal on anything. Even in the course of a day, the parties change their negotiating position,” Stern said. “There is no deal on anything unless there is a deal on everything.” (Washington Post)

Qatar’s Al Sadd overcome adversity Sharapova quits WTA Championships to make Asian football history MARIA SHARAPOVA has pulled AL SADD coach Jorge Fossati praised his team for overcoming a “big injustice” to become the first Qatari football club to reach the Asian Champions League final. The former Uruguay coach saw his Doha-based team record a 2-1 aggregate victory over Suwon Bluewings after losing 1-0 to South Korea’s two-time Asian champions on Wednesday, despite having key players suspended following an illtempered first leg last week. “Of course we are very, very happy,” the 58-year-old told the Asian Football Confederation website. “To overcome them was difficult. There were many problems and yet we won and that’s why I am happy. “You know we had to play this game with big injustice. We didn’t have some players because of nonfootball issues. In this situation, we tried to do our best with whatever resources we had.” Five players and coaches were suspended for the match at the Sheik Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, after a mass brawl broke out following Al Sadd’s controversial second goal in the 2-0 win in Suwon on October 19. (CNN) The fighting erupted after Senegal striker Mamadou Niang scored his

Jorge Fossati

and Al Sadd’s late second goal while Suwon’s players were tending to an injured teammate, presuming play had been halted. Former Marseille forward Niang was later sent off and missed the return leg along with Ivory Coast attacker Kader Keita and goalkeeping coach Suhail Saber Ali, while Suwon were missing Macedonian striker Stevica Ristic and coach Ko JongSu. But even without their star players, Al Sadd held on after Oh Jang-Eun had given Suwon a 1-0 lead with a sixth-minute volley, as Khalfan Ibrahim hit the Koreans’ crossbar with a vicious long-range shot before halftime.

out of the season-ending WTA Championships in Istanbul after suffering successive straight-sets defeats. The Russian lost to China’s Li Na 7-6 (7-4) 6-4, who had herself not won a match, or even a set, since August. It was a match that ebbed and flowed as Li came from 2-4 down in the first set to force a tie-break, which she won despite losing the first four points. Li, who this year became the first Asian Grand Slam winner after victory in the French Open, then fought off a late Sharapova surge when 5-2 up to take the second set 6-4. The defeat followed Sharapova’s capitulation against U.S. Open champion Sam Stosur 6-1, 7-5 on Wednesday. “I really wasn’t thinking about too much during the match,” Li was quoted as saying on the WTA’s official website after the match. “I’m so happy I was able to beat Maria because she’s a top player, and also today was my first match ever at the Championships, so I want to thank all the crowd here for supporting me.” But for Sharapova, who has struggled with an ankle injury but had the chance to become world number one with victory in Istanbul,

Maria Sharapova in action against Li Na in the ATP Championships, Istanbul. She later pulled out of the tournament

there were some positives to be taken from two defeats in two days. “I just have to be pleased that I recovered quickly enough to allow myself a chance of playing here,” she told AFP. World number one Caroline Wozniacki crashed to defeat in her

second red group match, losing 6-2 4-6 6-3 to Russia’s Vera Zvonareva. In a repeat of last year’s semifinal, which Wozniacki won in straight sets, Zvonareva, 27, hit 49 winners to overpower her Danish opponent in two hours and 18 minutes. (CNN)



Sports National

Sailrock U-11 Boys’ Football League:

Four close games on first day THE SAILROCK U-11 Boys’ League started last Saturday and produced four very closely contested games. Green Galaxy got off to a good start with a 2-1 win over the Sky Blues. Nickello Pierre and Charlie McKnight scored for the Galaxy and Kenley George found the back of the net for the Sky Blues. The Red Devils defeated the Orange All Stars 3-1 with two goals from Timothy Gill and one from Lucas De Boer. Junior Paul scored for the All Stars in their losing effort. In the second round of games the All Stars bounced back with a 2-0 win against the Sky Blues with Zarek Swann finding the net on both occasions. The final game saw the Devils and Galaxy tied 1-1 as Pierre and Gill added their second goals of the day. Coach Peter McKnight was impressed with the players in the group: “We have almost 50 players involved and their level of play is very good and improving week by week”. Coaches Haroon Swaby and Dane Ritchie were also pleased with

Timothy Gill was named MVP

the turnout and levels of enthusiasm. Games are played every Saturday morning from 9.30-10.30am MVP Timothy Gill Player Info:

Favourite School: Oseta Jolly Favourite food: Corned Beef Favourite drink: Pepsi Cola Favourite team: Brazil Favourite Player: Lionel Messi

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U-13 Boys’ Football League:

Stiff competition in opening week The U-13 Boys’ Football League started this week with four exciting games of football. The league which showcases the talents of players in the U-11, U-13 academies as well as the Centre of Excellence is perhaps the most competitive youth league in the TCIFA. In the opening games Long Bay Revolution beat Five Cays FC 3-1 and last year’s winners Blue Hills Sharks defeated Leeward Knights 3-0. Marvin Joseph, Ben Levy and Gabriel Diotte-Joly scored for Revolution whilst Ras Diamond scored a consolation goal for Five Cays. Wilkins Sylvain and Leidson Gerome (2) scored for the Sharks in their opening victory before they overcame a spirited Five Cays in a 4-3 thriller. Ras Diamond got on the score sheet again for Five Cays with the other goals coming from Kevin Simon and Jude, but

it was not enough to defeat the Sharks as Sylvain scored a hattrick and Jackson Pierre added a fourth. The remaining game saw Leeward Knights drawing with Long Revolution 1-1. Diotte-Joly scored for the Revolution, but Cole Nickson ensured the honours were even. Head coach Oliver Smith was pleased with the opening day’s competition saying that: “The teams are evenly matched so it will be up to key individuals to step up and prove their quality.” The league is a valuable tool for development as it allows us to see how well players respond to being in a more competitive environment, we now need to give them some experience on a full size pitch.” MVP for Week One was Gabriel Diotte-Joly. Games are played from 9.3010.30am every Saturday morning.

Tevez hit with massive fine after Champions League bust-up MANCHESTER City star Carlos Tevez has been hit by a massive fine following his alleged refusal to play in their Champions League match against Bayern Munich last month. A statement by the English Premier League leaders Tuesday night said the Argentina international striker would be docked four weeks wages. Tevez was widely reported to be earning $400,000 per week, adding up to a total loss of wages of $1.6 million. He has also been given a twoweek suspension, but this was deemed to have already been served. Tevez has not played for City since the September 27 bust-up in the Allianz Arena with manager Roberto Mancini. The Italian was left fuming after he claimed Tevez would not come on as a second half substitute in the 2-0 defeat to the German giants. Tevez insisted the incident was a misunderstanding, claiming he refused to warm-up because he had already done so. The stand-off between the two men has seen Tevez left to train alone and disciplinary proceedings instituted by the club. These have resulted in Tuesday’s punishments as City found Tevez had breached five regulations, including “an obligation to participate in any matches in which the player is selected to play for the club when

Ruben Suarez celebrates after his goal ensures that Levante stay top of Spain’s La Liga

Levante win to top Spain’s La Liga

Carlos Tevez has been left on the sidelines after a bust-up with manager Roberto Mancini.

directed by a club official. “Following a detailed investigation and associated hearing, a disciplinary panel has upheld the charge of misconduct,” City said on their official club website. “As a result Carlos Tevez has been fined four weeks’ wages and has been suspended for a period of two weeks. “He has received a written warning as to his future conduct.” Tevez has 14 days to decide whether to lodge an appeal to the club’s board of directors and has

previously said he would do so. He could also take his case to the English Premier League. The Argentine striker said in the summer he wanted a move away from Eastlands, but returned for the start of the season. He may now get his wish in the January transfer window as the success of Mario Balotelli and Sergio Aguero has left him a marginalised figure at City, while Mancini said on the night of the Bayern incident that Tevez was “finished” with the club. (CNN)

SPANISH underdogs Levante kept up their remarkable early-season form by beating Real Sociedad 3-2, their seventh successive victory, to stay top of La Liga. Levante, a team that has played second fiddle to city rivals Valencia during their 102 year history and who have never finished higher than 10th, has remarkably fended off the attentions of Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona with a quarter of the season gone. But it took an injury time free kick by Ruben Suarez to make sure of all three points after Real Sociedad’s Inigo Martínez had scored a late equalizer. Sociedad had taken an early lead through Daniel Estrada before Nano Rivas and Valdo Lopes put Levante in front. But despite a late equalizer, Levante came back with Suarez’s stunning free kick, which saw them

leapfrog Barcelona into top spot. Real Madrid did their best to keep up with Levante after blowing Villarreal away in the first half an hour at the Santiago Bernabeu. Villarreal, perennial UEFA Champions League qualifiers in recent years, have endured a torrid start to the season, made worse when Karim Benzema scored an early goal. Kaka was then set up by Argentine international Angel Di Maria, who capped a fine half by scoring the third. The match petered out in the second half, finishing 3-0 and sending Real Madrid second above Barcelona. In Italy’s Serie A Udinese missed the chance of returning to the top of the league after losing away to Napoli 2-0. Two first half strikes from Ezequiel Lavezzi and Christian Maggio ended Udinese’s unbeaten start to the season.

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Charlie’s Corner


Charlie McKnight warming up

WHAT a tough life it is being a young TCI soccer star! Last week I captained the Green Galaxy in their opening two games of the new TCIFA Sailrock Under-11s soccer season. I didn’t get the MVP award. My mate Timothy Gill did. He’s a great lad our Timothy. Not very big, but lungs like a fish! I love being captain. People look up to you. Well Timothy does. He looks up to everyone. He’s only three feet tall! I think of being captain as an honour. I think of all those great captains of the past - Captain Kirk, Captain Crunch, Captain Marvel, even Captain America. All great soccer players in their day! After playing for Galaxy I joined coach Oliver Smith’s Under 13s Boys’ team squad for their match against the girls. We won handsomely. I enjoyed it and got a few phone numbers. See you next week! Charlie’s Corner is a new weekly column through the eyes of a 10 year-old. Young Charlie will speak on footballing issues at the junior level. He will also highlight the achievements of other youth players. We, at the Weekly News, recognise the rapid development of football at the junior level and are pleased to give the future stars of our beloved TCI a chance to express themselves.

Action in the U-14 Girls’ League.

U-14 Girls’ Football League:

Green Dragons blast away Red Devils THE SAILROCK two-month Under-14 Girls’ League started last week with six teams in action. Most of the first two rounds of games were close with one exception as the Green Dragons blasted away the Red Devils 10-0. Jenny Fleurenvil and Yarielca De La Cruz scored five goals each in the rout. Elsewhere, the White Wolves defeated the Titans 3-0 with goals from Waldine Pierre (2) and Morycha Julessaint and the Yellow Jaguars edged out the Striking Cheetahs courtesy of

Shaniel Swaby’s lone goal. In the second round of games The Green Dragons were held to a 0-0 draw by the Cheetahs and the Titans tied with the Jaguars (1-1) with goals from Mykelor Michel and Octavia Gardiner. The Red Devils finally got onto the score sheet as they defeated the White Wolves 3-0 with goals coming from Lomekiah Thompson (2) and Yarileny De La Cruz. Technical Director Matthew Green was pleased with what he

saw: “The league has expanded to six teams and hopefully in the new year it will increase again. A lot of these girls are gaining valuable experience as they train with Women Football League (WFL) teams, but it is important that they are given a chance to play against players their own age”. MVP for Week One was Waldine Pierre who attends Clement Howell High School League games are played on Saturday morning from 8.30-9.30am

Josh for Sports

A piece of my sporting history CAN you imagine Usain Bolt’s coach not permitting him to run the 100M, but the 800M instead? Even if Bolt was good enough to win the 800M, his coach would be the laughing stock of the world. 1964 This unimaginable blunder actually, literally happened to me in 1964 at the New Providence Inter-High School Sports in Nassau, Bahamas. I was a 13-year-old student in form one at St. John’s College in Nassau. My PE teacher was from England. ALWAYS THE BAHAMAS FASTEST AGE GROUP SPRINTER Ever since I was a child around four years old, I was ace at sprinting. I discovered my ability early. Inadvertently sucking my thumb

in Nassau I won a bronze medal in the 50-yard dash. I was five-years old and competing in the Primary School Sports against all primary schools in Nassau. I got caught sleeping when the gun went off and had to run down the field from the back.

By Joshua Gardiner

at around 3 ½ years old I suddenly felt the cruel lash of a belt across my back with the command: “stop sucking your finger”. It was my dad. I was caught red-handed. I took off like a bat out of hell, running from the gate straight to the house. PRIMARY SCHOOL SPORTS During my first year at Southern Prep

THE 1964 BLUNDER ST. JOHN’S COLLEGE HOUSE SPORTS In my first year at SJC during our interhouse sports, I won six goal medals, setting six school records in the process: 100M, 400M, 800M, long jump, high jump while I also successfully anchored the 4X100M relay team. At inter-schools My PE teacher Mr. Mittens decided that he would have me run the 800M. I ended the 4X100M mix relay; I was also expected to compete in the high jump and long jump events.

The person, who came second to me in the house-sports, Ormand Russell, would run the 100M, although he had never beaten me in sprinting. I sat on the sidelines and watched the junior boys’ 100M. A number of top schools participated in this event. RUSSELL’S SILVER MEDAL I watched with a heavy heart and mixed emotions as Willie Knows just barely “chested” out Russell at the tape to clip the gold medal. I was angry because I knew that I would have won the race hands down. 800M GOLD Along came my 800M race, I ran the field down and with 100M to go literally ran away from everybody, thus securing the gold medal. I also won the high jump and ended up

long jumping alone, because by the time that the high jump was over, the long jump was also done. 4X100M RELAY To prove the stupidity of my PE teacher, I was the junior boy who started the relay for SJC instead of Russel. I completely dominated my leg and passed the baton onto Bruce Russel the intermediate who then exchanged over to Jason Moxey who passed on to anchor Jerry Wisdom. Wisdom was given enough advantage in the final 100M to carry the college to victory as the best sprinting school in the Bahamas. I cannot and will no even forget or forgive Mr. Mittens and the injustice he did to me when he denied me the opportunity to achieve my glory as officially crowned sprint champion (junior boy) of the Bahamas. At any rate “life goes on”



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ALL to play for when junior rugby returns to North Caicos – Lions lead first round The TCIRFU Junior Rugby Autumn Season continued last week with the CIBC First Caribbean Lions consolidating their lead with two fine wins over the Scotiabank Storm and the visiting North Caicos Knights. The Knights travelled to Provo for three fierce matches in which they showed great skill and pace but were finally undone by the discipline of the Provo sides. In the first game the Knights squared off against the league’s leading CIBC Lions. The Knights quickly showed that although the grass might be greener on the Meridian field their coach Donovan Garvey had prepared them well. Terrico Misick received the opening kick and fed the ball wide to Wooden Corvill and Makendy Antenor. After several foraging runs downfield the ball was turned over and the Lions started a probing counterattack. Strong runs by Quinn Higgs and Vindy Missick saw the Lions gain back field possession. On last possession a grubber kick was gathered up by the Knights and showing speed and agility their players moved the ball down field until a nifty sidestep by Woodens saw the Knights up 1-0. The Lions recovered the ensuing kick off and stormed back up field where LJ Outtten dotted down for the first Lion score (1-1). NC’s Antenor responded with a similar burst down the sideline to move them ahead 2-1. Scoring continued with the match all knotted at three at the half. In the 2nd half the Lions showed the perseverance which has kept them on the top of the table as they threw up a brick wall defense and scored two tries to win the first match 5-3. In the second Knights’ game the Scotiabank Storm were almost put to the sword by a confident Knights who not only believed they could compete with the more experienced Provo players, but almost caused the first upset of the day. The Knights opened the scoring with a nice exchange that saw Antenor

Osmand Sicard scored 101 not out.

Sicard hits century in Beaches win

North Caicos Knights on the attack.

dotting down early in the match. The two sides quickly exchanged scores before Luis Turbyfield tried repeatedly to short kick the ball, but the Knights successful thwarted the Storm’s attack. After several minutes of play the Storm managed to spring Miquel Malcolm free down the side line to tie the game 2-2. The Knights looked dangerous on several occasions and only staunch defense kept them scoring more than the last try of the half. However the second half once again proved unkind for NC as the Storm charged back to score three unanswered tries and win 5-3. In their final match of the day the Knights took on the HAB Warriors who were buoyed by a last minute try by Michael Williams that snatched a 2-2 draw from the BCQS Bears. Despite the Warriors high spirits the Knights were the first on the scoreboard as Makendy Antenor crossed the line after a succession of four well worked passes left the Warrior defence guessing. The Warriors re-established their defensive structure and their

persistence paid off as Franco Mompremier gabbed a loose ball and was soon charging out of his own half. Mompremier committed Terrico Missick to a tackle before setting Michael Williams into space to level the match for the Warriors. Following the kick off at halftime the Warriors quickly threw together three phases of play and were just metres short of the Knights’ try line. Two speedy passes from Richy Agenor and Rayjon Valentine created the space and Willdello Seymour gave the Warriors the lead. The Warriors refused to relinquish control of the ball for the rest of the match and the fact that the Knights were playing in their third match of the day showed as tired legs struggled to keep up with the rested Warriors. Gino Agenor doubled the Warriors lead with 10 minutes to play in the match after James Ferguson’s long pass. Agenor touched down for two more tries as the HAB Warriors ran out 5-1 victors. In the days other match the CIBC Lions ran out 7-5 winners over the BCQS Bears.

A BRILLIANT unbeaten century by Osmand Sicard enabled Beaches to overpower a Provo combined XI side in a T20 friendly cricket match that was played on Sunday last at the Down Town Ball Park. Beaches won the toss and inserted the Combine XI to take first strike. The eventual losers then posted a respectable 187 runs from 20 overs. Garvin Bruno led from the front with 63 runs (8x4s and 3x6s), while Winnick Caleb added 60 runs (7x4s and 2x6s) and Ian Garness chipped in

with 34 runs. Bowling for Beaches Damain St Ange, Martinique Williams and Ancell Williams took two wickets apiece. When Beaches batted Sicard demolished the bowling by scoring 101 unbeaten runs; his innings included 15x4s and 3x6s. The technically correct Odayne Ewart added 24 runs which enabled Beaches to reach 188-3 from 18.1 overs. Bowling for the Combined XI Bruno claimed two wickets for 33 runs from four overs.

Campbell invited to US National football team again ANGEL Campbell, the former WFL player, is once again invited to train with the US National Football team. Information indicates that the 14-year-old, who has been impressive while on a football scholarship in North America, has reached stage three of the training. Campbell will return to training on November 8th in Tampa Florida. When she was first called up, the youngster was elated. “I think this day is one of the best days of my life,” Campbell opined when she got the news. “All my hard work has paid off.” The Florida junior captain also stated that reaching this level was hard work.

Angel Campbell will train with the US national team again.

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