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Weekly News Volume 25 | No. 35 | Sepember 10 - 16, 2011

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Turks and Caicos


the national newspaper of the turks and caicos islands



‘Poor judgment,

Go private – or go home

FIFTY Provo youngsters faced being denied an education when school returned this week unless their parents forked out private fees. PAGE  4

failure to act’ FSC report sheds light on TCI Bank fall – and reveals a former board member was among those to withdraw millions as bank faced collapse PAGE  5 GREEDY former TCI Bank bosses have finally been fingered as withdrawing millions of dollars in the doomed institution’s dying days.

Prison farm gets 1,000 chickens

Beaches volunteers put all hands on deck to spruce up two hurricane-hit schools

PRISON inmates are to learn all about the process of rearing chickens following the arrival of 1,000 Rhode Island Red birds. PAGE 


‘Prosperous’ future ahead, vows new finance boss

NEW chief financial officer (CFO) Hugh McGarel-Groves has vowed to help the country progress towards a “stable and prosperous future” during his two-year appointment. PAGE 


Irene’s no match for Beaches benefactors





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Go private – or go home Fifty children left out in the cold due to overcrowded gov’t schools By Gemma Handy FIFTY Provo youngsters faced being denied an education when school returned this week unless their parents forked out private fees. Overcrowding in government schools means dozens of children were refused access to public facilities. For many parents, it means stumping up precious sparse dollars to ensure their children do not miss out. But for others, sky-high fees of private institutions are simply not an option. It also places frustrated parents, hindered by low income, in a dire Catch-22 situation whereby they risk breaking the law for not sending their offspring to school. Government announced last month that all four public facilities in Providenciales – Enid Capron, Oseta Jolly and Ianthe Pratt primaries, plus Clement Howell High – were oversubscribed this year. A spokesman told the Weekly News that the current shortage figure stood at around 50. “The Education Department has been providing advice to parents as they apply for either entry or transfer.” He said discussions with department officials had confirmed that private schools were the “most likely option”. Public service chief Martin Stanley is due to make a statement on the issue at a consultative forum meeting on Monday. Private primary school fees currently range from around $300 a month to more than $1,000,

depending on the individual institution and the child’s age. At secondary level, the annual figure is more than $4,000 at Maranatha High while British West Indies Collegiate fees top $10,000. It brings into focus the gross disparity between the $5 per hour minimum wage and TCI’s high cost of living. One distraught mother told the Weekly News her nine-year-old son had been on the waiting list for a state school since 2007. He has been out of school for long spells over the last four years – since the family moved back home from the Bahamas – and she knows only too well the devastating effect this could have on his future. The woman, who asked to be identified simply as Mrs Delancy, said her repeated pleas for help from government appeared to fall on deaf ears. “They just say there is nothing they can do to help.” Mrs Delancy, a Belonger, has forked out thousands for the boy to attend private school intermittently, at times even going without electricity in favour of education. She has also had to make the heartbreaking decision to leave an additional two children with relatives in Nassau because she couldn’t afford school fees for them. Her oldest son, now 18, also missed an entire year of high school at the pivotal age of 16. He eventually got a place at Clement Howell where he graduated with a certificate only. Mrs Delancy even tried tutoring her younger son at home herself in a desperate bid to ensure he didn’t miss out but found it very difficult.

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Ianthe Pratt Primary was one of the four public schools in Providenciales over-subscribed this year

“I am not a certified teacher and had never learned phonics, which was what he should have been doing at that stage.” The former Regent Palms worker, who lost her job in 2009, makes ends meet through sporadic odd jobs and a small company she started with her husband. But the tiny income falls far short of the cash they need. “We are behind with all of our bills; each month I put them all in a hat and pick out which I will pay. “I’m doing my best to put my son

in private school this year but the $500 a month fee may as well be a million dollars.” In a voice choked with emotion, she said the little boy is aware of the family’s financial crisis and does his best to keep their spirits up. “I have worked so hard over the years to get the best for my children,” she added. “But now I feel I have failed as a parent. I keep on fighting but no one is listening.” Leonea Dirre knows how she feels.

She tried to register her four-yearold daughter at Enid Capron Primary School this summer but was also turned away. The jobless mum, who moved to the TCI from Haiti two years ago, said she was already struggling to feed her little girl. “My baby’s father died, I can’t pay private fees, I can’t do anything,” she said. Other parents told of endless lines for school registration at the downtown ballpark in July. “The queues were so long, I could see waiting would be pointless,” said one. International law mandates that all youngsters have a right to education, under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Human Rights Commissioner Doreen Quelch-Missick said her own investigations had produced a list of children denied places. “I subsequently contacted the Director of Education and am awaiting his response,” she said. “We have to make every effort to ensure children are provided places in schools. “I am working diligently to resolve the matter,” she added. Director of Education Edgar Howell said on Thursday that the department had placed “as many students as possible” into the limited places available.

‘Most’ scholarship students failing to make the grade By Gemma Handy LESS than 20 out of 149 students on overseas scholarships have proved they are currently meeting the required grades to qualify for the cash. That’s according to a government spokesman who says the $5m earmarked for them this year is taking vital funds away from needy primary and secondary schools. He told the Weekly News on Wednesday that just 19 scholars had so far provided evidence that they were achieving the mandatory GPA. The remaining 130 have either fallen short of the grade or failed to inform TCIG of their progress. “In many cases TCIG is not permitted to receive the scores directly from the academic institutions,” the spokesman said. “Clearly, in the future for all scholars, it would be sensible to include an authorisation for their scores to be shared regularly with the ministry as part of a revised scholarship arrangement.” Government is committed to paying for some students, such as those in medical school, for up to six

years. Meanwhile officials say they are “intensely frustrated” by the sluggish pace of much-needed reforms to curtail ongoing systemic abuse. The spokesman revealed that one ‘student’ had received a grant for a staggering 16 years – while another was given $300,000 in a single year. “There are a number of other scandalous expenditures,” he continued. He said no information had been collated for the “overwhelming majority” of scholarship recipients. “We don’t know how long people were getting them for, how much, what the money was being spent on and whether they were meeting the GPA standard.” The spokesman said while some excesses had since been “reined in”, the interim administration remained “worried” about ongoing abuses. An investigation was recently carried out by external advisors tasked with auditing and reviewing the current use of scholarship funds. “From that work, excesses and weaknesses in the present arrangements were identified and tackling them will form part of a

new policy on scholarships, which is being actively developed.” But he said the Governor’s office was frustrated by the Ministry of Education’s failure so far to address the issues raised. He said problems outlined in the audit had been known for some time. “It is reasonable to expect the ministry to have prepared proposals and had them agreed in good time before the commencement of the new academic year,” he added. Issuing of government scholarships was frequently used as a political football between the ruling PNP and opposition PDM parties prior to the UK takeover in 2009. The PNP, under former Premier Michael Misick, claimed the grants helped empower indigenous people by enabling more to access higher education. PDM chiefs often spoke out against what they viewed as lavish and unsustainable spending. In 2007, public money spent on scholarships totted up to $18m. Requests for comment by the Education Department were not forthcoming up to press time.

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‘Poor judgment, failure to act’ By Gemma Handy

GREEDY former TCI Bank bosses have finally been fingered as withdrawing millions of dollars in the doomed institution’s dying days. The Financial Services Commission’s report into the bank’s demise reveals how an erstwhile board member was among those who used insider knowledge for their own gains. The FSC’s findings were released to the public this week after acting Governor Martin Stanley declared islanders had a right to know the circumstances prompting the bank’s collapse. The document confirms long-circulated rumours that major players, aware of TCIB’s vulnerability, took out massive sums weeks before it went into liquidation – including the bulk of the $5.5m lifeline provided by the National Insurance Board (NIB). And it has harsh words for those under whose watch the bank was allowed to sink, taking with it many people’s life savings. “Poor judgment”, “inadequate attention” and “failure to act” are just some of the criticisms levelled at bosses for whose negligence thousands of innocent investors paid the price. “The collapse of TCIB into insolvent liquidation was the ultimate consequence of the imprudent actions of the bank’s board and senior management over a protracted period,” it states. “In particular, they permitted the bank to expand its lending too quickly, exercised poor credit judgments, paid inadequate attention to liquidity management, and failed to act properly to try to safeguard the bank’s position as the emerging economic downturn acted to further undermine credit quality.” The FSC says it became aware of TCIB’s worsening position in the middle of March 2010, as a result of a handful of large withdrawals by local businesses and institutions. This, it states, was due to widespread rumours of the bank’s imminent fall. Concerned that a run on TCIB was likely, the FSC demanded daily reports on the bank’s cash position, while making plans in the event of having to take “urgent action” towards closure. “The daily cash reports made clear the deterioration that had occurred in the bank’s liquidity position,” it continues.

The bulk of the $5.5m loan made by NIB in December 2009 had already been exhausted. “Some $5m quite quickly after the loan was provided had gone to meet a number of large withdrawals, including one connected to a former board member, and much of the remainder during the first part of March.” The country’s only indigenous bank was placed in temporary liquidation on April 9 2010. That was followed by full liquidation in October after talks with potential buyers broke down. Figures showed TCIB was owed a colossal $76.9m in loans to customers as of June 2009. Of this, $20.2m worth was overdue. In addition, shareholders reported that up to $20m had been given out in unsecured loans. The fact that the FSC was tasked with carrying out its own investigation into its handling of the bank was previously met with some suspicion among islanders. The FSC acknowledges that,

in hindsight, it should have acted “sooner and more forcefully” to compel the bank to adopt more prudent behaviour. But it maintains that even if it had, the seriousness of the bank’s problems meant the outcome was unlikely to have been any different. However local economics expert John Hartley declared the report a “whitewash”. He accused its authors of employing deliberately innocuous language to cloud the FSC’s own culpability. “What’s between the lines is more interesting than what is written,” he said. “It’s clear from the report that the FSC has no idea how to regulate a bank.” Mr Hartley, a Weekly News columnist, drew parallels with the fall of British bank Northern Rock in 2008. “When Northern Rock was going down, the Bank of England shut it immediately. There was a zero tolerance approach. “The first time TCIB was non-

FSC report sheds light on TCI Bank fall – and reveals a former board member was among those to withdraw millions in bank’s dying days

compliant with its licence and could not produce a set of accounts, it should have been shut down. “The bank never made a profit or had a positive cash flow; the whole thing is an outrage. “I know people who have lost their entire life savings, money which could have been protected had the FSC taken proper action.” In releasing the report on Tuesday, acting Governor Stanley said there were “clearly lessons to learn”. “I am conscious that the public want to know why it failed.” He said the report had been prepared to aid improvements in the local banking sector. A new legal framework is being established, with help from the International Monetary Fund and the Toronto Centre. FSC chairman Errol Allen said the report demonstrated the organisation’s commitment to better supervision of the financial industry and protection of depositors in future. He said the FSC would soon publish an action plan for industry

overhaul, which would involve consultation with TCI stakeholders. PDM leader Doug Parnell, whose party has been vocal in calling for a public inquiry into the bank’s failure, said the report’s release was a “good first step” towards greater transparency. But he said there were still “too many questions left unanswered”, particularly relating to the loss of millions in both deposited and loaned NIB funds. Last December, NIB chiefs and two former TCIB chairmen snubbed a request by the consultative forum to attend an open hearing to discuss the bank’s fall, dubbing it a “witchhunt”. TCIB’s 4,500 account holders were previously warned they risk losing up to 90 per cent of their money and that it could be years before any cash at all is recovered. A redacted version of the report – minus commercial and legal sensitivities – can be viewed at uk/en/about-us/tci-bank/

Hoffman and Wetherell clash over Commission report By Gemma Handy FORMER Governor Gordon Wetherell has again butted heads with corruption-accused developers, days after exiting the TCI for good. Mr Wetherell made the decision to publicly release the scandalplagued, unedited final report of the Commission of Inquiry as he prepared to jet out of the Islands last month. Under-fire developers Mario Hoffman and Cem Kinay fought a costly legal battle in 2009 to have sections of the report alluding to misdeeds on their part shielded from public view. Commissioner Sir Robin Auld’s lengthy document detailed a disturbing litany of ostensible kickbacks and under-the-table payoffs to erstwhile government ministers by the pair and others. Hoffman and Kinay were initially successful in ensuring only a redacted version was published. But an admin bungle meant the blacked out parts could be accessed when the report was converted into pdf format. At the time Governor Wetherell apologised “unreservedly” for the security error, although he said he remained opposed to the censorship on principle.

Just prior to leaving the Islands on August 22, Mr Wetherell issued a statement saying he believed Islanders “deserve” to read the report in its entirety. “My original intention was to publish the full report at an earlier date, but this proved impossible because of legal challenges. “To the extent that the report contains criticisms of Mr Mario Hoffmann and of Dr Cem Kinay, it has been subject to legal challenges that have now been dismissed by the Court of Appeal of the Turks and Caicos Islands.” He said the document included Sir Robin’s full explanation and analysis of the information he received, plus his preliminary findings and recommendations. Mr Wetherell added: “I believe that the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands deserve to see the entirety of the final report.” But his comments incurred the wrath of both developers this week, with Mr Hoffman insisting his rights had been “violated”. He claims the document contains “unwarranted and unsubstantiated allegations” against him. “I have consistently maintained that the process adopted by the

Salt Cay developer Mario Hoffman claims his rights have been “violated”

Commission was not fair in relation to me and violates my rights under the laws and treaties of the Crown and the TCI, as well as my rights as a citizen of the European Union,” he stormed. “I continue to dispute the findings of the Commission of Inquiry as it relates to me as well as the fairness of the procedures followed in preparing its final report.” The Salt Cay DevCo chief said he was “disappointed” that the full report had been published before the conclusion of ongoing civil legal proceedings. He added: “I will continue to try both to vindicate my rights through the legal system and to clear my name and defend my reputation

– opportunities I believe were not given to me during the course of the Commission of Inquiry proceedings.” Mr Hoffman and Dellis Cay boss Dr Kinay have long maintained they were denied the right to state their case in public during 2009’s corruption probe. Dr Kinay blamed negative press for his massive scheme being plunged into receivership. He told the Weekly News on Wednesday: “Due to the unlawful publication of the unredacted Commission of Inquiry report in July 2009, I immediately lost my potential buyers and my funding bank withdrew its support. “I was treated unfairly. I am a victim of it, I lost everything,” he added. Dr Kinay is accused of bribing former Premier Michael Misick with a $500,000 “secret gift”, while Mr Hoffman was said to have bestowed “lavish hospitality” on government ministers in return for favours including heavily discounted Crown land. Visit http://turksandcaicosislands. to view the final report in its entirety.



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

Spare the rod, spoil the child? A FOURTEEN-year-old boy was remanded in custody last week for burgling his own father’s home, after both parents refused to stand bail for him. He was sent to Grand Turk Prison due to a lack of detention facilities for youngsters. We asked readers, how do you think our society could better tackle the problem of juvenile delinquency? Do you support corporal punishment and why? How important is it to establish a proper juvenile detention centre?

Boot camp needed

“It seems we have children acting like adult criminals committing murder and burglaries and we have adults acting like juvenile delinquents who spray paint buildings, bridges and anything available with nasty slanderous words. “A couple of these big kids profess media leadership but have brought both online and print media down to the level of juvenile graffiti. “It is only common sense to separate children from adults in prison. I suspect however that the problem starts at home at an early age. “Spare the rod and spoil the child is not new but true. The problem of child crime is new to the TCI because juvenile misdeeds historically were handled at home and at a local level. “Now many families expect schools to raise their children and they expect the police

to join the teachers in applying higher level consequences. “High taxation and high costs of living take both parents out of the home to work leaving the child-raising to strangers. “We need a boot camp for these youngsters. Shock and awe can provide deterrence at early ages. “The rehabilitation of criminals of all ages has long proven difficult. The extremely high level of repeat offenders testifies to this fact. “One thousand chickens, goats and pigs may keep the bad guys occupied while in the jail house but we doubt it will turn an investments swindler and a gun-toting, holdup artist into a farmer. “It will however keep them on ice for the duration of their sentence and reduce the public costs of feeding them. “Why not put these crooks of all ages out on a supervised team to build and rebuild infrastructure? EMS can’t seem to fix

Two new British officers to help protect TCI borders PROTECTING TCI’s borders from drugs, weapons and illegal immigrants has been given a boost thanks to the arrival of two British officers. A duo from the UK’s Border Agency (UKBA) has been enlisted to bolster ongoing work by existing Londonappointed immigration adviser Lorraine Rogerson. All three positions are in addition to the Ministry of Border Control and Labour’s current workforce and are fully funded by the UK. Their work to change and improve the system falls under the auspices of permanent secretary Clara Gardiner and her team. The new officers are part of ongoing support from London for a programme

of training and capability building in the Ministry. Earlier this year two officers from the UKBA Nationality Department ran a weeklong workshop on the application of British nationality law in the TCI. And a UKBA regional officer, based in Kingston, Jamaica, provided training in forgery detection, together with a colleague from Canada. The UK also funded a training mission by the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in February. The Ministry of Border Control has provided regular updates to the advisory council and consultative forum, and will continue to do so.

anything; maybe a clever warden could.”

Public flogging

“Singapore has the answer – public caning. “Educator Raymond Gardiner ruled with corporal punishment. His pupils never carried the scars of the paddle but the ingrained knowledge of what is right and wrong. “When recently the principle of the school carrying his name got tough, grades went up!”

Third world country

“Sending a 14-year-old child to an adult prison is deplorable. This is just further evidence that the TCI is still basically a third world country. “The money spent on music festivals, airplane trips for the ‘First Lady” and swimming pool maintenance for the Premier would have built and staffed first class juvenile detention centres on Grand Turk and Provo. “So would the money wasted on scholarships and subsistence for unworthy students. “I suppose this disgrace is also the fault of the British interim government?”

Out of touch

“It seems as if the island has lost touch with its own people. Grown too big too fast. “All of the prison issues you are discussing represent a necessary evil of a society that has grown past where they know their neighbour.”

Education is key

“How about a foster home? He’s really too young to get a job! School is the most important issue! “Didn’t a 14-year-old kill a grandmother in Middle? Where are the parents, teachers, schools these days? Education, manners? Do the crime, pay the time!”

Morality-free zone

“This situation begs a serious question of TCI’s social policy, how we see ourselves and how we see our children. “It would also seem that the parents reached the last straw and came to a point where they refused to stand bail for the child. “They were saying to the TCI government that we, the parents, have run out of ideas and we are asking the government to assist us in dealing with our child, “This does indeed beg a wider policy question as to whether the state is itself equipped to handle this emerging problem of juvenile delinquency. “Are there resources allocated to dealing with child issues? Is there a policy-making process and or are we just doggedly following the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) rather than looking to the welfare of the child in these islands? “I am afraid that the UN Convention cannot help a Christian society where parental care must be paramount and corporal punishment is a proven must. “UN policy, being anti-God, anti-discipline, anti-parent and pro the state, does not have room for parental control and parental autonomy in the raising of the children. “It proposes a state-run agenda where parents and strong values are absent so

children are raised in a morality-free zone. “Children today are largely raised by single parents, who cannot cope with the demands of raising children financially and responsibly, largely owing to the youth of today’s parents. “With this generation, there is also a TV culture of wild sex, early introduction to sex, even the youth are prepared for the responsibilities of such activity, amoral TV programming, wild promiscuous role models and the list is long. “In small societies too, we are often led by men who were irresponsible, immoral, evil, who set bad examples and, in the case of the TCI, the last government was the worst example set for our youth. “They ensured that a culture of irresponsibility, immorality, and selfishness infused the culture and the society of these islands. “It is little wonder that our youth followed suit and became like them, just like them and we as a country are reaping the fruit of this deadly trend of irresponsibility. “Owing to these trends we see a country, a state-run police force, judicial system and parents challenged to find a solution to deal with the child. “One may even venture to express sympathy for the parents of this child. Admonitions to parents are that you have to bring up your own children. “Rearing children should never be the role of the state and, as we can see, the state itself is not equipped to cope with the challenges of dealing with events such as this. ‘Suffer the children to come unto me,’ Jesus Christ said. Parents must do likewise. “These islands now need laws to deal with ‘baby daddies’ and immature men who have children with multiple women as a sport. “Such men from times back are primarily one of the biggest reasons for the way these islands are, with lost youth. “Parents must start raising children, spending serious time with children and caring for them. “Only you, the parent, should be raising your child. Not the TV, not the parties, not schools, not babysitters and not the juvenile delinquency system. “These islands are fortunate to have a good social services department with dedicated social workers, who are under-equipped and under-paid but must raise our children. “The result of weak social policy and the weak court system led the system to imprison a child when he should have had the benefit of intervention, care and attention. “The system failed and needs to be reworked. Laws and policies must fine fathers heavily - $10,000, $20,000, $100,000 and more for neglecting children. “Culture needs to stop upholding marathon and immature fathers who father children but do not take care of them. We are reaping the wind and what we sow.”

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Decision delayed on power bill hike for Grand Turk, Salt Cay By Gemma Handy GRAND Turk and Salt Cay residents will have to wait several more days to find out whether their electricity bills are in for a hike. TCU – which provides power to the two islands – has asked for a week’s extension to consider the findings of an independent Commissioner. Expert Dr Virendra Ajodhia was enlisted to carry out a probe into the firm’s rates after TCU’s bid to raise its tariff to all customers by five cents per kilowatt hour (KWH) was snubbed by the former Governor. Dr Ajodhia’s report was sent to government and TCU on August 28. It is not yet known what he recommended but the document was described by a government spokesman as “honest and incisive”. It will be up to incoming Governor

Ric Todd to decide whether or not to release it to the public. TCU’s rate review application sparked an outcry across the two islands when announced on August 17. The provider says the extra revenue is needed to cover costs it incurred due to devastating Hurricane Ike in 2008. But consumers acted angrily saying they already struggle to pay exorbitant rates. Residential customers who currently pay 27 cents per KWH would be charged 32 cents instead, while commercial clients’ 32 cents rate would jump to 37 cents. On top of that, there’s the hefty cost of fuel which in July added around 75 per cent extra. People in Grand Turk attended a public meeting recently to submit their thoughts. Hurricane Irene saw

the Salt Cay counterpart cancelled but some residents emailed comments instead. Acting Governor Martin Stanley agreed to allow TCU an additional week to respond to Dr Ajodhia’s report. The Governor is expected to make a decision next week. TCU’s application was closely followed by a bid from Fortis TCI to increase its own basic rate to government and commercial customers by 5.5 per cent. Government has until the end of the month to consider the request

from the firm which supplies power to Provo, North and Middle Caicos. It has caused dismay among local businesses who already fork out 27 cents KWH – around three times the average amount in the US and Canada. Spiralling power bills of recent years, exacerbated by the loathed ‘fuel factor’, have threatened to put many small firms out of business. Fortis TCI boss Eddinton Powell stressed that the move, if successful, would see no change to residential rates, which currently stand at 26 cents per KWH.

The review also seeks to end government subsidies on service to South Caicos. Power there is supplied by Fortis TCI’s sister firm AEP. Meanwhile, a separate inquiry announced in July into the way power services in the Islands are regulated generally, continues. The Regulation of Electricity Services Review began on August 1 and is being undertaken by European consultants Oxera. It was set up by the government following widespread concerns about ever-increasing power bills, aggravated by high fuel charges.

Stolen electronic equipment ISLANDERS are urged to be on the lookout for three laptops, an X-Box and a BlackBerry Torch stolen during a burglary. A black Lenovo Y510, a black and silver HP dv1600, a grey Lenovo, a BlackBerry Torch

and a brand new Xbox 360 were stolen from a Blue Hills home this week. Anyone with information, or who is offered any of the items, is asked to contact police on 946 4259.

No parking please MOTORISTS are asked to refrain from parking outside the NJS Francis building in Grand Turk on Monday. The vehicle ban – to facilitate the swearing-in ceremony of new Governor Ric Todd – extends to all government officials as well as the general public.

The stretch of Pond Street from the Old Prison to First Caribbean Bank will also be closed from 9am to 12pm. A spokesman said: “We do apologise for the inconvenience this may cause and thank you in advance for your understanding.”

Tropical Storm Maria forms ISLANDERS are being urged to track the path of Tropical Storm Maria which could pass near the TCI early next week. Maria was moving west at 21 miles per hour on Thursday evening with some weakening expected, along with a gradual turn west-northwest. Maximum sustained winds had decreased to less than 40 miles per hour with higher gusts. Tropical storm force winds extended outward up to 175 miles

mainly to the north of the centre. A government spokesman said Maria did not currently pose a threat to the TCI but warned people to remain vigilant. “Residents of the Turks and Caicos Islands are reminded to stay alert and continue to monitor the progress of this storm,” he said. “Listen to your local radio and television stations and adhere to the hurricane tips and information that is being shared.”

The milky sap of the oleander is toxic and should not be touched

Look out for poisonous plants DECR launches campaign to eradicate oleanders and other harmful vegetation ISLANDERS are being urged to scrutinise their properties for potentially poisonous plants. The DECR is carrying out research into imported toxic vegetation, often used as ornaments in gardens, hotels, restaurants and schools. A spokesman said many familiar plants are “dangerous” to health and of “serious concern”. The department has launched an awareness campaign to alert people to the harmful effects. The first plant under the microscope is the oleander – also known as ‘adelfa’, ‘laurier rose’, ‘alhelí extranjero’, ‘oliwa’, ‘oleana’, ‘olinana’, ‘rosa laurel’, ‘rose bay’, and ‘rosa francesa’. This plant is an evergreen shrub that can grow to 20 feet in good soil

but seldom reaches six feet in the TCI. Regardless of height, it contains a clear, sticky toxic sap. The long, leathery, narrow leaves are up to 10 inches in length and usually occur in groups of three on the stem. Red, pink or white flowers form in small clusters at the ends of branches. The fluffy winged seeds develop into long narrow fruits, less than half an inch in diameter and around five inches long. Native to the Mediterranean, it is widely cultivated outdoors in warm climates and as a tub plant elsewhere. But the oleander contains a toxic compound called ‘oleandrin’. Poisoning has been reported due to inhaling smoke when using the sticks to roast marshmallows, or drinking

the water in which the flowers have been placed. People should ensure they do not touch the milky sap when handling this plant, which can lead to cardioactive steroid poisoning. The DECR says oleanders and poisonous plants should be totally removed from school grounds or public places such as parks and roads. The department is appealing to the public, especially all landscapers, hotels and schools, to conduct an audit of their property to determine if there are any poisonous plants and take immediate steps to replace them before they spread. The DECR is working with the Environmental Health and Customs departments to restrict the importation of oleanders and other poisonous ornamental plants. Contact the DECR on 941 5122 or call into your nearest office for more information.



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‘Prosperous’ future ahead, vows new finance boss NEW chief financial officer (CFO) Hugh McGarel-Groves has vowed to help the country progress towards a “stable and prosperous future” during his two-year appointment. The married father-of-three replaced Caroline Gardner last week who has now returned to the UK after completing her one-year contract. Mr McGarel-Groves is a former acting treasurer and CFO to British dependency Jersey. He worked closely with the treasury minister to tackle the substantial government deficit of

more than £100m ($160m) which arose due to the recession. He successfully proposed a combination of spending cuts and tax increases, which were taken up by the Jersey States Assembly and are expected to eliminate the deficit by 2013. Mr McGarel-Groves is an engineering and law graduate of Trinity College, Cambridge. He later qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG and spent the early part of his career in senior financial roles with major multi-

national companies such as BP, Guinness and Sedgwick. He has also worked in a number of CFO positions in the healthcare and public sectors, including with Nestor Healthcare, Hospital Corporation of America, Dr Foster Intelligence, Oxfordshire and Bedfordshire County Councils and Glasgow Housing Association. Mr McGarel-Groves is said to have particular expertise in financial transformation and process improvement, having successfully addressed many very difficult

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

Economics Column THE ISLANDS are replete with advice to our new Governor. It is scandalous, and un-British, that in the absence of an elected assembly the Weekly News’ feedback column must serve as a guide to the electorate’s worries. Some of them are: education, Belonger jobs, monopoly prices, for example stevedoring and electricity, and public expenditure and debt. Another set of worries are: elections, Helen Garlick’s lackadaisical SIPT unit, and general law and order issues. The first group all directly relate to economic policies. The last three indirectly, but powerfully, influence the economy. “It’s the economy, stupid!” was the banner President Clinton hung above his desk before and after his election. Yet Clinton is one of the most brilliant minds to have entered US politics in generations. Governor Todd needs to print the same message in big red letters on his shaving mirror. If he gets economic policy wrong, everything else will be ashes. It is therefore welcome that he has a successful background in economic policy formation and execution elections are vital. If not full blown elections to the assembly of a country with self-determination, some kind of election is vital to the prospects of the economy. The risk is that investors and lenders will hold back until they see that the new electorate will not revert to the old ways and start the ghastly cycle all over again. It is time to do the right thing and show that TCI is, and will remain, a democratic British territory, secure under the Crown, and close to its mother country and sister islands around the world. In short, that it is a safe place to live and invest in. The risk is that the old gang will be elected, and who knows, may subsequently be arrested. But that’s

fine. If elected officials are convicted, the sentencing court would note the appalling and repeated breach of trust and hand down heavier sentences. Similarly SIPT needs to hurry up. Risk-taking investors need to see that the rule of law is restored. Police reform and law and order are going well, and let’s hat tip the Wetherell administration for that. On the specifically economic worries we now have a tiny bit of guidance from the latest numbers. Recurring revenue is well up on last year as collections have improved and taxes have been focussed on goods with inelastic demand. Mr Jones presumes that the weak import duties arise from criminality. But there is another worrisome possible explanation; while the tourist sector is showing good growth, much of that sector has duty concessions and does not influence the statistics. The sectors that must pay duty may be shrinking with depopulation and declining demand. Recurring expenditure is under control, but the real cuts are yet to come. Those will be concentrated on the civil service headcount, and thus on the Belonger workforce. Those who call for fiscal rectitude may regret getting what they wish for as Belonger unemployment rises. So we know now that the new administration can do accounting and control. But that will not help for long. The whole fiscal plan is predicated on four per cent annual GDP growth over the three-year period. That is not achievable. There is no help coming from the US whose economy is flat-lining in a debt driven recession, and may well fall over the cliff. Worries about Belonger jobs, paying for health and education, and the general quality of life all depend on getting the economy going again. That requires root and branch deregulation. The labour market is grotesquely distorted. Immigration policy actively works against economic growth. The economy is stuffed with monopolies and special concessions and protectionism. Our economy is built around an antiquated jurisprudence. We need to import new laws on a wholesale basis to cover for example, companies, banking and financial services, insolvency and asset tracking and registration, and the employment laws. Luckily DFID is expert at restructuring economies and has experience in doing so around the world. Let us hope we are high on its agenda.

situations in his working history. He said: “My aim is to continue the good progress already achieved by my predecessor. “The country’s finances have been stabilised thanks to the UK government providing guarantees for the refinancing package and the process of modernising the country’s public services and revenue collection system is well underway. “These achievements, once fully implemented, will provide an essential foundation on which to pursue a continuing stable and prosperous future for the people of these islands. “I intend to work with my colleagues in government and in the business community to ensure TCI continues successfully along this path as far as is possible during the two years I shall be here and I look forward to building strong relationships with all concerned.”

Cambridge graduate Hugh McGarel-Groves is touted as an economic expert

Accommodation tax clampdown PRIVATE landlords who rent properties to tourists and avoid paying accommodation tax are being warned to cough up or face the consequences. Direct rentals are the next target for the interim administration still battling to boost public coffers. A spokesman said compliance from most parties involved in the country’s biggest industry was very good and provided significant revenue. “However, there are some anomalies whereby accommodation tax may not be properly charged, collected and remitted to the TCIG. “One of these anomalies is ‘direct rental’ arrangements.” These include villas, condos and some hotel rooms which are privately owned and not included in a rental pool. While many operate within the law, there are some owners who advertise properties for rent on websites, rent them privately, operate without appropriate business licences, and either do not charge and remit the required tax or simply do not remit it to government. “This practice not only represents a loss of revenue to the TCIG but also proves to be a disadvantage to the resort owners, management companies etc who comply with their obligations,” the spokesman said. Hotels, villas and resorts are responsible for charging, collecting and remitting the 11 per cent

accommodation tax to government when such premises are rented. The Ministry of Finance is now undertaking a programme to ensure all direct rental units comply. That involves contacting resorts, hotels and management companies and requesting information regarding direct renters. This information will be used to cross-reference with the business license and the hotel and restaurant taxation databases. In cases where owners cannot be successfully crossreferenced, further investigation will be undertaken and enforcement action taken. Direct renters operating outside the law are invited to apply for an appropriate business license from TCInvest, register with the appropriate revenue control unit and strive to pay any unpaid tax to date. They are reminded that the permanent secretary for finance has the authority to raise ‘best of judgment’ assessments in cases where returns are not filed or proper records are not available. The department is also reviewing current legislation to strengthen enforcement and compliance provisions. Providenciales’ revenue control unit is in the Town Center Mall and can be contacted on 946 2801, extension 80901, or fax 941 8649. Grand Turk’s office is in Hibiscus Square; call 946 2801, extension 42002, or fax 946 2686.

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Prison farm gets 1,000 chickens PRISON inmates are to learn all about the process of rearing chickens following the arrival of 1,000 Rhode Island Red birds. The initiative is part of ongoing efforts to help rehabilitate inmates by providing them with agricultural training. The 100 cocks and 900 hens will join the now thriving farm at Grand Turk Prison which already has several goats and pigs. The facility, managed by Cleveland Lyons, also produces crops including corn, sweet potatoes, cabbage, tomatoes, coconuts, and sweet peppers. The daily maintenance of the farm provides rehabilitative and job training skills to the inmates. It also helps the penal institution cut back on food bills while demonstrating to the community the types of crops that can be grown in the capital island.

The hens should begin to produce eggs within six months. With the use of an incubator, eggs will hatch within 17 to 20 days thereafter, allowing breeding to commence. The farm project also features a school to teach inmates how to care for the animals and plants, while learning more skills and improving working habits which they can use after their release. Prison Superintendent Ian Sargent said: “Mr Lyons has impressed me with his hard work, motivation, vision and enthusiasm; the farm needed this type of support and visualisation to develop into a positive outcome. “The arrival of the chicks and the realisation of general expansion to the farm have been a major achievement. “This achievement supports three main areas towards the

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where a weapon was used. The court heard that on September 3 in Airport Road, Ormsby used a beer bottle to cause grievous bodily harm to Lloyd Lynch, also a Jamaican national. Lynch suffered a broken bone in the face and has difficulty eating because of injuries to his mouth. The defendant was told to attend Grand Turk Supreme Court on November 4 for a sufficiency hearing.

Six-month-old baby boy suffers life threatening injuries A SIX-month-old baby boy is currently in a medical facility in Nassau, Bahamas, receiving treatment for life threatening injuries. So said police press officer Inspector Calvin Chase on Tuesday. Police from the CID branch are

prison’s responsibilities within the community, such as offering constructive activities and skills to prisoners, supporting selfsufficiency, and providing services to the community.” Special thanks were extended to the Governor’s office and government

for funding the programme as well as EMS, Otis Construction and Glinton Medical for their assistance, and the staff and prisoners at HMP. A government spokesman said welfare of all prison farm animals was ensured by regular visits from vets who carry out health checks and

administer vitamins, medicines and vaccinations. He said Mr Lyons was responsible for the farm’s supervision. “With the arrival of the chicks he has been spending day and night on the farm to ensure they’re OK,” the spokesman added.

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Jamaican man remanded to prison CHIEF Magistrate Joan Joyner remanded a man to prison for inflicting grievous bodily harm on another. Kesland Ormsby, a Jamaican national, appeared in Providenciales Magistrates Court on Wednesday and was told that he could apply in the Supreme Court for bail. This was because under a law pertaining to the Firearm and Weapons Ordinance, the Magistrate’s Court cannot grant bail in a matter

The hens should begin to produce eggs within six months

investigating the circumstances that led to the infant’s serious injuries. Inspector Chase disclosed that a male had been in custody assisting with the investigation but has since been released. He declined to elaborate further.

Man warned not to beat up girlfriend MAGISTRATE Clifton Warner released a man on his own recognisance with a strict warning not to beat up his girlfriend. Shervin Morris, 31, appeared in court and pleaded guilty to the charge of malicious damage to property. The prosecution said that around 3am on August 14 Tina Riley was asleep in her home at Turtle Cove when she heard someone banging on the door. She went into the living room and turned on the light to see what the banging was about. It was then that she noticed Morris, her boyfriend, trying to open her window. He had broken the window, pushed his hand inside the house and was attempting to open the door. He told her that he wanted her back but she told him to go away and threatened to call the police. He refused to leave so Riley called and reported the incident to

the police. Down at Five Cays Police Station the next day, Morris reportedly told the police, ‘officer I know I did it. I was wrong’. He begged them to charge him and let him go on bail since he did not want to spend the night in the lockups. He was charged the following day and police investigations revealed that the damaged window cost $20 to repair. In mitigation, the defendant produced a letter from his counsellor to the magistrate. “I feel bad about the position I find myself in sometimes,” Morris admitted to the court. He claimed that he told his girlfriend about his history and past convictions and what they were for. “I am trying to do better, that’s why I’m taking further counselling and anger management classes,” he said. His girlfriend told the court:

“He has been really trying to better himself.” They have been together seven months and although the relationship turned physical at times she saw that Morris was making an effort to be a better person. In response to Magistrate Warner’s concern, the woman said she understood that her decision to stay with Morris could have serious consequences for her but it has not reached the point where she fears for her safety or life. Riley assured the court that she was aware of Morris’ past but she did not believe that he was beyond repair. The defendant had already compensated Riley for the broken window so Magistrate Warner released him on a $500 bond to keep the peace and be of good behaviour for six months. He was also warned not to assault or beat Riley in any way whatsoever. Morris must continue counselling.



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All smiles for $5,000 cash winner IT MANAGER Keith Jennings became the fourth Digicel customer to scoop $5,000 in the firm’s summer promotion. The Grand Turk resident, who works for NIB, said he was “surprised but pleased” to win the cash prize on

September 2. Keith was entered into the promotion through his purchase of five BlackBerry Smartphones. Digicel’s Fever Summer promotion gave five lucky customers the opportunity to walk away with $5,000 each.

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

Same ole, same ole? Dear Editor, My understanding, and I could be wrong, of the function of the consultative forum is that this body serves more as a representative body, ie, that the members are supposed to be the voice of the people. To say that the consultative forum, as a body, has not been the voice of the people, would be grossly understated. And, thus, while this body has passed some dubious legislation, for the most part due largely to infighting and powerlessness (the forum was never invested with much authority), it has been dysfunctional. But, given the calibre of the membership of this body, expectations and its potential to be more representative of the people, the forum has been a huge disappointment. In almost three years, can anybody point to a town hall meeting or public forum conducted by the forum in any of the islands to hear directly from the people? Did Governor Wetherell visit all of the islands during his three-year tenure? Are the transcripts from the meetings of the council ever made public? And now Governor Wetherell has departed the TCI and Governor Todd is about to make his entrance on the scene.

Like most, I have no idea but it would be pleasantly surprising if there were changes to the current state of affairs of the interim government. While his instructions from the FCO are not known, it is known that Governor Todd will not be burdened with the two most important players, Mr Capes and Ms Gardiner, from the Wetherell administration. The question now is whether Governor Todd will retain the advisory council and the consultative forum as they currently exist. There has been some recent talk on the ‘Turks and Caicos Informers’ website hoping that the new Governor would seek to be more inclusive and involve a broader representation of the people and, perhaps, one way of doing this would be to appoint new members for the council and forum. Whether Mr Todd maintains the council and forum appointees of his predecessor or not, I think that there is clearly a need for new ideas and a different direction for the country. And if the current crop serving on the council and forum are lacking new ideas and are going to continue the same old moribund mode of operation, then maybe they should voluntarily step aside rather than impede progressive, creative forward movement of our country. However, if Governor Todd were

Amen to Tapfer Dear Editor, I just finished reading the commentary by David Tapfer entitled ‘Lying eyes and the name game’ where he ended with these words – ‘Until this entire country unifies by returning to God, and refusing to support wrong, TCI could be doomed to more of the same’. I shouted twice aloud, ‘Amen to that’. Because that is true, as the gospel of Jesus Christ, the son of God, the creator of heaven and earth, and all that there is in. Secondly I would like to nominate him to be the chairman of the Utility Commission, which is well overdue in this country, which the PDM government promised prior to the 2003 general election.

Finally I had to laugh aloud at Euwonka S e l v e r referring to this country as a ‘mosquito republic’. Is it that terrible? If we don’t take heed to the word of God and David Tapfer’s exhortation, something worse than mosquitoes will be eating some of us alive. Search the scriptures for yourselves. God peace! Jonathan N Gardiner


to make his own appointments to the council and forum, those who accept such appointments would, I hope, do so with courage, fortitude and conviction, knowing that they have an opportunity for the council and forum to recreate themselves in the image of serving the people of the TCI. Whether new or old, the two governing bodies now have an opportunity to direct the Governor in the way which he should go. Appointment to these bodies must not be seen merely as an honour. These appointees must work for the people and when their advice and council are completely ignored, they should make the people aware of

it. And then the people must make demands of the Governor to address their needs. One of the most important things that the new Governor and his governing bodies must do is prepare our country for elections next year. And regardless of the actions of Governor Todd and his council and forum, I believe that we, the people of the TCI, must take a more prominent role in keeping our issues on the front page. Our constant refrain should be elections next year! If it means petitioning the FCO/interim government and other international bodies to assist us in getting our demands met, then let us do that.

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And if this is important to us, we will do it. We cannot and must not abdicate our responsibilities as a people and expect our ‘representatives’ to stand in our stead. We have to continually organise and do what we must to get our country back into the hands of our people. So, we need elections, we need honest, intelligent and altruistic persons participating in our next government, we need to vote carefully, intelligently and we need to remain vigilant. A luta continua. Lee Ingham


Government’s big liability GOVERNOR Wetherell has left legacies of risk for Governor Todd. Possibly the biggest one is the broken causeway. Not only is hurricane season upon us but we’ve had a close wet call from Irene already. For the entire three-year term of Governor Wetherell. save a very few days, the causeway linking the two largest islands of this nation has been either impassable or barely passable making government totally liable for the unaddressed dangers. The deterioration born of the terrible design and cheap workmanship has reached the point of serious danger to tourists and the people of this country alike. Why rebuilding was not a top priority was signalled by the lack of oversight in initial construction. Who solicited and approved this cheap Canadian design? Our Minister of Works! Who ignored needed redesign and rebuilding? Wetherell’s FCO bosses! After three years of sitting on the 2003 grant, the causeway was started by throwing dirt into the sea. Not rocks, not large concrete pipes to let the tide flow through

By David Tapfer and seawalls to buttress against natures forces. Instead we got ‘curry’ sand inside cloth with cheap small plastic pipes. A tiny bridge only for small low boats with no supports for the ramps. Thank you, Minister of Works! Within months the first small storm floated away the thin pavement and dissolved the dirt road-bed. Three weeks of work by big excavators scooped some out of the sea and made the causeway barely passable. It has gone downhill ever since. Undermined road-bed, drastically narrowed in places, and a bridge ramp which disappeared except for a tyre-assaulting sharp edge is the legacy we are left with. Since this dangerous situation remains unaddressed who will be

the first people injured? Will it be those seniors on the bus? Possibly the school children and lady bus driver. Maybe a tourist who is an ‘ornery attorney’, international reporter or US tour booking agent. Let’s face reality. The causeway is dangerous and discourages visitors. To stabilise the economy of this country we need income coming in not going out as has long been the case. These historic beautiful big islands are attractive places for expats to own homes and enjoy the winter season or year around. Expat residents do not take jobs, they create jobs. The millions of baby boomers in the US and Canada have old money and want to spend it. Why not here? People building and maintaining homes on these two beautiful islands would build an economic base that would expand the economy, thereby lowering the cost of living for everyone. To protect our folks and encourage these new folks we immediately need to redesign and rebuild or replace the causeway.

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NATIONAL Spectrum of hope – autism awareness

So you’d like to go to Child development university in the UK? By Nicole Cox, a mother living with autism

– where do we begin? ‘AUTISM’ is a word that seems to strike fear into the hearts of caring parents everywhere in the world. As scary as the AIDS epidemic that hit in the 1980s may have been, autism seems to resonate on an entirely different level. Perhaps, this is because it is a childhood disorder. Perhaps it is because despite all scientific effort, its singular causes cannot be isolated. Perhaps it is because there is no treatment that can guarantee full recovery. Whatever the reason, one thing is certain: autism is here and we must deal with it. Google the word ‘autism’ and you will retrieve more information than you care to read! As a mother of a son with autism, I know! It is overwhelming, confusing and sometimes infuriating what facts and myths are floating out there for public consumption. And since the symptoms of this particular developmental disorder vary in severity and affected areas from person to person, so do the effects of chosen treatments. It is easy to feel as if you simply cannot win. But that is not true. You can win. Whether your child is diagnosed on the autism spectrum or neuro-typical, sound education is the key to developing a stable view. Remember, even if your child is not on the autism spectrum, with some statistics claiming that one out of 110 children are on the spectrum, sooner or later you and your child will meet a child or adult with autism. It may be at school, at church or a party. They may be the cashier, a co-worker or a stranger on the plane. How will you react? How will your child react? Those may seem like daunting questions and we will address them in time. But for now, let’s look at the basics of child development and build to being able to spot signs of the spectrum in your child and others. Understanding these basics is where we begin. Let’s start with what is ‘child development’? Well, I use the acronym CLaMS to remember the parts of a child’s development. No, not the shellfish! C - Cognitive: thinking skills including learning, understanding, problem-solving, reasoning, and remembering. L - Language: speaking, using body language and gestures, communicating (expressive) and understanding what others say (receptive). and M -Motor: using large groups of muscles to sit, stand, walk, run, etc, keeping balance, and changing positions (gross) and using hands to be able to eat, draw, dress, play, write, and do many other things (fine).

S - Social: interacting with others, having relationships with family, friends, and teachers, cooperating, and responding to the feelings of others. As a child grows, he or she should become more skillful in all of these areas. Sure, some may be stronger or faster than others, but they all should continue to progress. To what degree they progress is something we will tackle later. But what is certain is that they should not be too slow in coming, they should not stagnate and they should definitely not regress. When observing a child from birth to three (the best ages for early detection of delay) these will be the areas that a pediatrician or educator will study. As informed parents, we should also. Make notes on your child. It doesn’t have to be a fancy baby book. You can use any simple notebook at all to mark the observations you make in each of the CLaMS areas. When did she start walking? When did he first point for what he wanted? Does she smile back when others smile at her? Does he explore new toys or not seem interested? Is there a word she used to have in her vocabulary that she doesn’t seem to recognise anymore? Is he always playing by himself? These are just a few of the questions you may ask yourself. Ask your spouse, babysitter, pediatrician or teacher to answer the same questions. You may be surprised at what you have or have not noticed! This may seem like tedious busywork, but isn’t it better to be safe than sorry especially when giving our best for our kids! For more information on autism email: Next column: Developmental milestones - what are we looking for?

GOOD choice! The standard of education is recognised throughout the world and, if this is your first degree, you get a lot of financial assistance from the British Government! We in the TCI are very fortunate. Because it’s a British overseas territory, we are designated as ‘home’ students by HMG (Her Majesty’s Government) and so, not only are the fees much lower for us than regular overseas students, but we can get full loans, virtually interest free, and grants the same as anyone living in the UK. Where do you start? UCAS is the organisation which supplies you with all information and through which you apply: The steps are clearly explained. Usually students have an idea of what they would like to study. The UCAS site has a full list of courses on offer by all universities in the UK. Incidentally – a word on terminology: in the UK, ‘school’ is for children and teens. By 18, and sometimes by 16, they attend ‘college’. A university is sometimes a collection of a number of colleges; for example, the University of Cambridge is made up of 32 colleges. The UCAS site, in listing all the courses available, will lead you to the website of the educational institution involved. You can spend hours exploring. People usually start applying a year before they wish to start. This can be shortened: I applied in December for a place in the following October. Some people manage to get a place when applying even later, but this is not really recommended. Age makes a difference: the usual age for entering university is 18 – or whenever the student finishes full-time school education. However, more and more people are going to university as ‘mature’ students – in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s: my college told me they’d even had people in their 80s studying for their first degree. Students aged 21 and over are regarded as ‘mature’ students. If you fall in this bracket, be sure to apply to colleges which cater for mature students. People under the age of 21 are regarded, from a financial perspective, as still being under parental care. Therefore the earnings of parents are taken into consideration in assessing grants and bursaries (amounts of money you can receive which are not to be repaid). Students over 21 are classed as ‘independent’ and, as you are not expected to work during term times, you will most probably receive full loans and grants. Age makes a difference academically too: the criteria for acceptance changes with age. Eighteen-year-olds have to obtain a requisite number of examination results: this varies from college to college. The requirements for entry change as you get older: here colleges look at your work experience. It’s important to write a full and concise personal statement noting employment / voluntary work etc.

HIGHER EDUCATION ADVICE Guest column by Patricia Duff

Patricia is just about to begin her third undergraduate year at the University of Cambridge, as a mature student reading archaeology. If you have been out of full-time education for a while, you may be asked to complete a foundation course or some type of pre-entry course. Before being accepted to Cambridge, I followed a two-month university level course online at the Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education: courses/online-study Some of my fellow mature students followed a year’s course with the Open University: As soon as, or even before, you receive an offer, you should register with Student Finance: www. But before doing so, you might wish to browse the site for general information - the URL is very long, it will be easier for you to do a Google search for ‘student finance UK’. Nevertheless, here it is: h t t p : / / w w w. d i r e c t . g o v. u k / en/EducationAndLearning/ UniversityAndHigherEducation/ StudentFinance/index. htm?PRO=hp&CRE=pop Student Finance is the government department which organises your loan and your standard maintenance grant. Incidentally, mature student grants are larger than those for younger students so there are

definitely advantages to ‘going back’ to full-time education. Some universities offer additional bursaries including child-care allowances. As soon as you have an offer and acceptance, you can enquire from the finance officer at your college if there are any other bursaries available. And finally a tip: it really helps to have an address in the UK which you use for all correspondence. It avoids any confusion on the part of institutions who are not abreast with the regulations and think that people in the Turks and Caicos Islands can be charged overseas / international student fees instead of home student fees. Overseas / international students pay a great deal more in fees and do not qualify for loans or grants or bursaries: it is important that it is always clear you are a ‘home’ student. While the procedure I have outlined above is not difficult, it is complicated. I sincerely believe our government should appoint one person to become familiar with the system and with the universities, what they have to offer and the qualifications they will accept, to be able to properly advise and assist our students so they can make the most of this wonderful opportunity of studying in the UK.

What heals first?

A PATIENT came in asking why his lower back still hurt after one month of care. The reason is because the body can only perform a certain amount of healing at any one time. As soon as you get adjusted the brain works better, it’s able to recognise the abnormal cells and tissues in the body, sending information through the spinal cord and nerves to heal that specific area. You see this patient also had high blood pressure. The brain will heal whatever is most detrimental or life threatening first. It doesn’t heal everything at once. If something is life threatening and needs more healing, the brain will recognise that detrimental area first and the healing will take place in that area. What do you think will heal first? A back pain or a cancer? You’re right! The brain will attack and kill the cancer first; that is the most life threatening and detrimental thing happening at that time. The brain will heal cancer of the heart before it will ever heal a bad back or headache. That’s why when some people get adjusted their symptoms leave faster, while some people’s nerve system takes more time to stop a process that is causing a particular symptom. The brain just has more important things to take care of!! And

By chiropractor Dr. Lise Cloutier, DC, FICPA be glad it’s doing it. Every time you get adjusted, healing takes place in your body. If it’s taking longer than you’d like for your pain or symptoms to go away, realise that your body is healing something more detrimental and life threatening to get you back to a state of wellness. That’s why we see children and families in our office every day. They get regular chiropractic check-ups so they can constantly be at their Godgiven potential and they can heal from anything and everything every day of their lives. For additional information, contact Dr Lise Cloutier at Courtyard Chiropractic Clinic on 339-1000, Courtyard Plaza, Unit 2E.



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Irene’s no match for Beaches benefactors ENID Capron Primary and Clement Howell High, Provo’s largest government schools, got a special treat this week when big-hearted benefactors carried out a mega posthurricane clean-up. Team members from Beaches resort and its philanthropic arm, the Sandals Foundation, put all hands on deck to spruce up the two schools it sponsors. Last month’s Hurricane Irene caused extensive damage to the interior and exterior of the buildings plus the playgrounds and lunch areas. Clement Howell principal Lloyd Fearon said: “Normally the repairs and renovations of the school are done by the government’s EMS department, but the damages caused by Hurricane Irene have added to our work load. “We are really delighted that the Sandals Foundation volunteers were able to come to the school to help with the post-hurricane clean-up and ensure that the repairs are done for the new school year.” The Sandals Foundation has been supporting education in the community and Clement Howell since the charity’s launch in March 2009. But Enid Capron Primary has been a beneficiary under Beaches’ corporate sponsorship programme since 1999. Rachel Taylor, headmistress

of Enid Capron, said: “We are always happy to have the Sandals Foundation volunteers visit our school. “This year we needed the extra help to assist with getting the playgrounds and the outer area of the school ready for the new terms and the team of volunteers made it happen for us; we are really grateful.” Elanor Finfin Krzanowski , PR manager for Beaches and the Sandals Foundation, who also helped out with the clean-up, said: “This is our way of showing our continued commitment to both of our sponsored schools. “After the hurricane hit, we knew we had to step in and gather as many volunteers as possible to get these schools in top shape for the new school year.” She added: “We remain committed to promoting education in our schools while providing the best possible environment and empowering our students.” The Foundation will also open a sick bay at Clement Howell High later this month giving the school its very first nurse station. A similar initiative will be introduced to Enid Capron early next year. Across the Caribbean the Sandals Foundation has adopted a total of 27 schools, working alongside parents, teachers and pupils.


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It was all hands on deck to spruce up the two schools

Scotiabank gives customers ‘freedom to fly’ SCOTIABANK has launched a new credit card, awarding points for purchases which can be redeemed for flights and other travel rewards. The new AERO Platinum MasterCard credit card allows customers to earn ‘ScotiaPoints’ with every purchase made with their card. The points can be used for travel

Birthday bash for sports centre FUN-LOVING Islanders are invited to Graceway Sports Centre’s eighth birthday bash on September 10. The action will kick off with an open Tae-Bo class at 9.30am, followed by yoga with David Bowen at 10.30am. There will be a jiu-jitsu demonstration at 11.30am. A barbecue and live music, courtesy of the ‘Island Boys’, will start at noon. Everyone is welcome to join in the festivities which will also include tennis, squash and kids’ activities. All proceeds will go towards setting up an educational fund for a local teenager in need of support pursuing a career.

anytime, anywhere, on any airline with no blackout periods or seat restrictions. Points can be also redeemed for a range of other travel awards including hotel rooms, car rentals, and travel packages, including cruises. Scotiabank’s country head, Cecil Arnold, said: “We’re pleased to offer customers in Turks & Caicos a new payment option with exciting features and great rewards. “At Scotiabank, we’re continually looking at ways to provide our

customers with enhanced products and services to meet their individual banking needs.” Every single purchase counts with the AERO Platinum MasterCard. Customers will earn one ScotiaPoint with every dollar spent using the card and automatically become members of Scotiabank’s AERO rewards programme when they are approved for the card. Visit or visit your local Scotiabank branch for more information or to apply for the card.

How you can help African drought victims BIG-HEARTED Islanders are being asked to dig deep to help victims of drought in Africa. Scotiabank is accepting donations to the Red Cross until September 16. A cycle of severe droughts has led to a humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa, which includes Somalia, Kenya, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Uganda. It is estimated that nearly 11 million people have been affected, many fleeing their homes, and

now left with limited access to food, clean water and shelter. The Red Cross Red Crescent Movement has a strong presence in the Horn of Africa and is actively scaling up operations to meet the urgent needs of affected communities. Scotiabank has provided around $44m annually to community causes around the world over the last five years. Visit for more information.

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Former Windsong boss joins TCHTA TCI’s Hotel and Tourism Association (TCHTA) has welcomed a new association executive (AE) to replace Caesar Campbell. Veteran hotelier Stacy Cox is a former general manager of the Windsong resort and also an erstwhile TCHTA board member. She brings almost 20 years experience to the role, which comes at a critical time as the TCHTA continues to strive for sustainable growth and development of the local tourism product. TCHTA president Karen Whitt said: “Stacy is no stranger to the association after having served on the board for a number of years. “We are truly happy to welcome her back to the TCHTA family. She brings tremendous knowledge as it relates to the association, our objectives and the tourism product on a whole. “The board is confident that she will work along with our members, the public, government and our private sector partners to maintain TCI’s status as a world class destination.”

Red Cross helps hurricane victims TCI RED Cross distributed 360 tarpaulins to households directly affected by Hurricane Irene in Provo. The tarps were made available from the charity’s stocks and the Department of Disaster Management & Emergencies. Red Cross volunteers also handed out food baskets purchased with a cash donation from the Rotary Club, plus ready-made meals and drinking water from Red Cross stocks. Charity chiefs thanked their dedicated volunteers who took part in the distribution, along with InterHealth Canada staff who helped out in their off-duty hours. A spokeswoman said: “The Red Cross will not launch an official Hurricane Irene Appeal, but if businesses or individuals would like to donate cash or relief items (particularly tarpaulins, tinned food and drinking water) to those most affected by the hurricane, we will ensure your donations will reach those in need.”

Stacy Cox brings two decades experience to the role

The appointment was also lauded by Tourist Board chief Ralph Higgs. “The Tourist Board would like to congratulate Mrs Cox on her recent appointment,” he said. “We believe that the association

has selected the ideal candidate to fill the post. Her work experience and work ethics, along with her knowledge of the industry, will indeed help to take our industry forward. “The board stands ready to assist Mrs Cox and the association wherever possible as we aim to achieve one common goal.” The TCHTA was set up to help promote the islands and develop the sector in conjunction with the Tourist Board. It represents a wide range of members from hotels and resorts to insurance companies and financial service providers, watersports operators to catering outlets, taxi drivers to human resources. It assists its organisations through networking opportunities, training, promotional activities and representation at all levels of decision-making in the TCI and wider region.

Boat training course MARINERS are invited to attend a basic training course being staged by the government next week. All captains, boat owners, operators and anyone else interested can attend the Standards of Training, Certificate and Watch-Keeping

(STCW) course from September 12 to 14. It will begin on Monday at 9am at the environment centre in Lower Bight Road, Providenciales. Call the Maritime Office on 9413148 or visit the Butterfield Square office, next to TCI Bank, to register.

‘Love that body’ for Caribbean Wellness Day ISLANDERS are urged to ‘love that body’ amid a host of activities beginning on Saturday to mark Caribbean Wellness Day. The annual regional initiative was introduced in September 2008 in a bid to curtail lifestylerelated diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension, stroke, heart disease, and cancer. TCI government bodies, along with local businesses and NGOs, have planned a week of festivities across the TCI from September 10 to 17. They include healthy walks, takea-fruit to work or school day, health screenings and an initiative to raise awareness of the benefits of drinking water. All sponsors of specified schools are asked to provide fruit for schoolchildren on Tuesday. Businesses which serve fruit smoothies and other healthy drinks (water, milk, etc) are asked to discount them on September 13 and

14. Schools, businesses and organisations are asked to observe island-wide activities including Miraculous (Mental Health) Monday – bring your laugh, smile and hugs; fruit day on Tuesday; and ‘Rethink Your Drink’ Water Wednesday. The Ministry of Health is also calling for Islanders to improve their health by smiling and laughing more which boosts the immune system and releases endorphins; upping their fruit and veg intake; indulging in physical activity for 30 to 60 minutes on most days; scrutinising food labels; eating three adequate meals a day; reducing portion sizes; increasing water intake to eight ounces a day; limiting intake of sugary drinks like soda and punch; limiting alcohol intake to less than two drinks a day; and quitting smoking. See our ‘what’s on’ listings on page 15 for further details of the scheduled activities.

this week

Friday, September 9 to Thursday, September 15 Friday, September 9  Get into the weekend mood with the intense and electrifying Tae-Bo class at Graceway Sports Centre from 6pm to 7pm. Free for gym members, $12 for non-members. For more information call 442-6349 or email  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 9468666 for details.  Kids can enjoy a Friday night camp out each week at Grace Bay Club from 5pm to 9pm. For $45 per child, youngsters can tuck into dinner under the stars and s’mores, take part in activities and watch a movie. Email or call 231-KIDS (5437) to reserve a space.

Saturday, September 10  Fun-loving Islanders are invited to Graceway Sports Centre’s eighth birthday bash today. The action will kick off with an open Tae-Bo class at 9.30am, followed by yoga with David Bowen at 10.30am. There will be a jiu-jitsu demonstration at 11.30am. A barbecue and live music, courtesy of the ‘Island Boys’, will start at noon. Everyone is welcome to join in the festivities which will also include tennis, squash and kids’ activities. All proceeds will go towards setting up an educational fund for a local teenager in need of support pursuing a career.  A range of activities begins today to celebrate Caribbean Wellness Day. Islanders are invited to team up for a walk, run or cycle in North and Middle Caicos. Starting points are 5.30am from Texaco Gas in Bottle Creek or Big Josh bar in Kew, or at 6am from Middle Caicos Community Centre. Health talks will take place after the walk at Horse Stable Beach in North Caicos and the Blue Horizon resort in Middle Caicos. Health screening will run from 6am to 11am at the Blue Horizon resort.  Revel in the sound of smooth jazz by talented performer Perry Delancey on Saturday nights from 7pm at the Regent Palms. Call 946-8666 for details.  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, September 11  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, September 12  Mental health awareness is the topic of the day with Islanders encouraged

to smile, laugh, hug, and give thanks, as part of ongoing activities to mark Caribbean Wellness Day.  Start your week with a fun and calorieburning Tae-Bo class at Graceway Sports Centre from 6pm to 7 pm. Free for gym members, $12 for non-members. For more information call 442-6349 or email  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, September 13  People are encouraged to consider their health by taking a piece of fruit to work or school today, as part of Caribbean Wellness Day celebrations.  Come and hear the Island Boys duo play at Opus restaurant in Ocean Club East this Tuesday from 7.30pm to 10pm.

Wednesday, September 14  Health screening will take place from 8am to 12pm at Main Road Library in North Caicos. Islanders are also urged to ‘rethink your drink’ today as part of a nationwide initiative to encourage people to drink more water, in line with Caribbean Wellness Day.  Correy Forbes and DJ Cliff will be providing entertainment at Mango Reef Restaurant at the Alexandra Resort this evening. Come along between 6.30pm and 9pm for some great island tunes.  Enjoy the easy listening sounds of live duo NaDa 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, September 15  Grand Turk residents are invited to team up for a healthy walk, run or cycle starting at 5.30pm at Crab Tree Corner. Fun fitness activities will take place afterwards at the Parade Ground.  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 2460300 or email

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fitness Tip 

Understand your body type WELL if you didn’t find yourself in the first two body types I talked about then you will probably have to read this post and pay much attention as this one is the most unlucky one. My goal is not to scare you but rather to make you more aware of what you have to put up with, not only now but probably for the rest of

Stuffed peppers

Ingredients: • 375g/12oz lean beef mince • 3 large red peppers • 15ml/1tbsp olive oil • Half small onion, peeled and finely chopped • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped • 1 celery stick, finely chopped • 250g/9oz antipasti prepared roasted vegetables, roughly chopped • 200ml/7floz tomato paste • 15ml/1tbsp freshly chopped oregano or 5ml/1tsp dried oregano • Salt and freshly milled black pepper, to taste • 50g/2oz grated reduced-fat cheese • Fresh thyme sprigs, to garnish Method: • Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/ gas 6. • Cut the peppers in half lengthways and scoop out the seeds and membrane. Place on a baking tray, drizzle with the oil and roast for 15 to 20 minutes. • Meanwhile, heat a large non-stick frying pan and dry fry the mince with the onion and garlic for three to four minutes, until the mince is brown, breaking up any lumps with the back of a spoon. • Drain any excess meat juices from the pan and transfer to a large bowl. Add the roasted prepared vegetables, tomato paste, celery, oregano and seasoning. • Remove the peppers from the oven, add the filling, cover with foil and continue to cook in the oven for a further 10 minutes. • Sprinkle over the cheese and return to the oven for a further five minutes. Garnish with the thyme leaves and serve immediately.

your life. The good news is that you can do something about it. So what is an endomorph? An endomorph is someone who is genetically prone to store fat easily, and even when he/ she is working hard struggles to lose body fat. Endomorphs have a slow metabolism. Many times, endomorphs have carbohydrate sensitivity and insulin resistance, so high carbohydrate diets won’t be effective for body fat control. While ectomorphs and some gifted mesomorphs can get away with eating what they want and never gain fat, the endomorph has to eat cleanly and healthily most of the time. This requires high levels of nutritional discipline. Endomorphs’ metabolism is extremely unforgiving. In case you want to change your diet or lose fat or just change bad habits and don’t know how, you are best to consult a registered nutritionist. Luckily we do have specialists on island. Right on these pages you can get in contact with Tamika Handfield, a very experienced nutritionist. Endomorphs usually have a difficult time losing fat with diet alone. They need the boost that exercise provides. Large amounts of cardio are almost always necessary for them to lose body fat and, in my opinion, you have to go at least six times a week. Also, you have to hit it as hard


as your condition and fitness level permit. You should feel a bit ‘dragging’ after you finish a session, in order for your metabolism to burn more calories hours after you’re done. Exercising in a comfort zone is healthy in the long-term but won’t help you much with losing body fat. Extreme endomorphs might need to work out twice a day and it will take a while before the fat begins to come off. When it comes to fat loss, a well planned approach to nutrition and training is more important than other body types. The endomorph should focus on high levels of activity and extreme levels of discipline and consistency in nutritional habits. Here are some tips: 1. As I always say, the most important thing is to acknowledge that you need to change, and make up your mind that changing your body and taking control of your health is what you want. When you reach that level you will be motivated and ‘fuelled’ enough to go through the very difficult process of changing. If you are mainly comfortable with the


way you are but just a bit unhappy you will need lots of strong will and probably social support to keep you going. 2. You should adopt a high protein diet with moderate to low carbs as this seems to work best for endomorphs. Sugar is a major no-no. 3. Daily exercise is an absolute must! Besides lots of cardio, you should consider resistance training but you need to be careful as endomorphs tend to be very strong and thick and you don’t want to gain too much muscle in this case, especially women. You are looking to lose body fat and get lean and so you have to pay attention to the amount of weight you work with as well as the reps. I recommend 12 to 20 reps with resistance that is challenging when you reach 20. In my opinion, body weight resistance training might work the best and it can be easily adapted according to your fitness level. When you weight train try to focus on exercises that utilise large muscle groups like the legs and the back for stimulating the metabolism. 4.Get more activity in general. You have to get moving. Endomorphs usually have a tendency towards relaxing and they are inclined to sit or lay down a lot while ectomorphs and mesomorphs may relax with a mile swim or a basketball game. 5. You have to make a life-long commitment to fitness and good eating. It might sound terrifying but

health Tip 

Why peppers are so sweet NOW thank we all our God, with hearts and hands and voices, whom wondrous things has done, in whom this world rejoices, whom from our mother’s arms, He blessed us on our way, with countless gifts of love, and still is ours today. It is yet another time for us to read about produce that may be growing in your back garden, and that is bell peppers. Bell peppers are low in calories and packed with nutrition. As one of the most nutrient-dense foods available, they provide a good source of vitamins B6, C, and K, betacarotene, thiamine and folic acid. Bell peppers are also a very good source of phytochemicals meaning they provide exceptional antioxidant activity.

By Phillip Simmons Red bell peppers have significantly higher levels of nutrients than green peppers. Red bell peppers also contain lycopene, which is a carotene that offers protection against cancer and heart disease. Studies have shown that bell peppers, possibly due to their vitamin C and beta carotene content, are effective in providing protection against cataracts. However, like other nutrientsdense vegetables, they contain many different powerful phytochemicals. Bell peppers also contain capsaicin,

Sweet peppers are one of the most nutrientdense foods available

and flavonoids. These substances have been shown to prevent blood clot formation, and reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Even though chili peppers contain more of those compounds, bell pepper consumption should still be promoted for individuals with elevated cholesterol levels.

really it’s not that bad. You might even end up enjoying it, maybe not every day but there will be many times when you will look forward to your session. In order for you to make it pleasant find an activity you enjoy and do it with other people, not by yourself. 6. Avoid over-sleeping. The chances are that if you are an endomorph you are not an early riser and you often have the urge to go back to sleep after your alarm went off. Resist this habit! Getting up early and doing morning cardio is one of the best things you could do. 7. Watch less TV. After eight hours spent sitting on the chair at work imagine going home and lay down to watch some TV. What can be worse for your body? Your body was designed to move! 8. Always find new goals and look for something to motivate you. 9. Be consistent and persistent. Even when you cannot see a change, just keep going! Results come with consistency and perseverance! 10. Love yourself enough to realise you deserve the best life and the best body you can have! No matter who you are, you can do it!

For more questions about fitness, or ideas on what you would you like to read in this column, email ancafitness@live. com



Doing laundry?

WASHING machines are one of the most expensive items to run, especially if you have a large family and need to do large quantities of washing every week. However, by using the machine wisely and in a more frugal way you can reduce the costs quite considerably. Always wash a full load if possible; choose the half load option on the machine when washing a small amount. Turn down the temperature of the wash – washing at 30 degrees rather than 40 will still clean your clothes and requires less energy to heat the water.

September 10 - 16, 2011

Lifestyle... GARDENING 


How does your garden grow

Cleaning your yard after a hurricane CLEANING your yard after the destructive force of a hurricane is no simple feat. The gale force winds and heavy rains generally associated with hurricanes has been known to carry debris several miles from its original location before depositing it elsewhere. While some items swept away by the wind and water are relatively intact, most are broken apart into several pieces, creating a potentially hazardous situation for anyone who encounters the strewn debris. The task of cleaning up must be approached with extreme caution. After all, generally anything can and will be found in your yard following one of the most destructive forces of nature. Certain protective measures must be employed. Since you don’t know what you might encounter, you should have a good strong work boot or closed shoe and cover your hands with extra heavy duty gloves. It is also best if you wear long pants and a long sleeved shirt for extra protection against getting cut or scraped on debris as well as to guard against the increase in mosquitoes that usually occurs wherever there is a lot of standing water. Once you have chosen appropriate clothing to wear, you must assess if there are any apparent hazards that need to be handled by a professional before you begin. Obvious hazards include downed power lines and live wires that may be present after a hurricane. If there are power lines laying in your yard, do not attempt to remove them yourself. Call your local power service


For all your landscaping, installation or garden maintenance needs, please call or write for a free estimate: 332-3381 or

Taking proper precautions is essential before beginning the clean-up

immediately as the downed lines represent a highly dangerous threat to anyone who comes into contact with them. Other potential dangers include dead animals and large pieces of building construction in danger of collapsing. Since your yard is likely littered with a wide variety of debris, it is best to sort through the mess, making separate piles for what can be salvaged and what has been reduced to mere trash. Keepsakes belonging to other families may be found in your yard and every effort should be made to return the item to its rightful owner. Large chunks of broken and scattered debris can be piled into a large heap to be hauled away at a later

Make-up Tip 

Go green with makeup? ‘GO GREEN!’ The ecology-minded have made this their 21st century mantra, and so it should be when buying food and cleaning products. When it comes to cosmetics, however, green is taboo, and only the highly-skilled can manage to pull it off with success. It requires more than sleight of hand to apply any shade of green makeup without the end result having a startling and unnatural ‘I wish I was a parrot’ effect, and this is true for all eye colours. If your goal is to highlight and accent your irises, then work with subtlety, employing earthy naturals,

such as smoky purples for blue eyes (think of a stormy sky) or even a deeper, duskier blue tone swiped across the outer third of the lid – and, in fact, this colour is fairly universal for all eyes, used not only as shadow, but liner, too. Brown eyes benefit from a slightly brighter shade of purple, green eyes pop with both purple and reddish browns, and hazel is happy with all the above, sparingly applied. Slightly whimsical tones, such as rust, pink, wheat or peachy-beige, are lovely highlights used in concert with the naturals. Future instructions on exact

time, while smaller pieces of debris can be collected in a heavy duty trash bag and disposed of sooner. It is extremely important that you take extra care when handling broken shards of glass, nails, and other sharp pieces of debris in order to minimise your chances of receiving an injury. Once the painstaking task of clearing all the obvious debris has been completed, it is a good idea to rake through the grass in order to make sure no hidden debris remains that may present a hazard if you mow your lawn. Carefully rake in even strokes in order to make sure that all of the ground has been covered and no unseen dangers remain. Stay away from damaged buildings or structures until they have been examined. You may want to wait to return to buildings during daylight hours, when it is easier to avoid hazards, particularly if the electricity is off and you have no lights. Leave immediately if you hear shifting or unusual noises that signal that the structure may fall or if you smell gas or suspect a leak. If you smell gas, notify emergency authorities and do not turn on the lights, light matches, smoke, or do anything that could cause a spark. Do not return to the house until you are told it is safe to do so. Keep children and pets out of the affected area until the clean-up has been completed.





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.

Are you ready for school?

LAST week we focused on students heading back to school, and for many it’s their first time going to school. This week we will continue to look at ways you and your child can get a healthy and nutritious start to the new school year. Many health professionals, myself included, advocate packing your children’s lunch versus allowing them to choose from the wide array of unhealthy choices. There are many benefits to packing your children’s lunch, such as giving them a healthy start on life as well as saving money. If you choose to pack your child’s lunch, consider the following: • Keep everything clean; ensure lunches are being sent in clean containers. Bacteria multiply very quickly in cool, damp places like a lunch box which can lead to food contamination and illness. It is recommended that lunch boxes be washed with warm soapy water after each use. This is a task you can assign to your child. • Keep food safe; keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold. If you are sending perishables such as milk or yogurt, pack the lunch in an insulated bag or put a frozen gel pack in with the lunch. Also remind your children to eat the perishable foods during first break. • Pack just the right amount; only send enough of a perishable food that can be eaten at lunch time. This way the child is not tempted to eat something that was left out for too long. Older child may not want to carry a packed lunch to school; this is where training on proper nutrition and good eating habits during the formative years will have to kick in. Teach your children how to make healthy choices on their own. Always remind them that they are growing and need nutrients to support their growth. ‘Like’ my page, ACCU Medical Nutrition—Nutrition in Demand, on Facebook and receive up to date nutrition information.

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

By JOAN LAFONTAINE beauty expert

application follow in an upcoming article. A word of caution: eyelid creases or wrinkles are magnified by iridescence. If your lids aren’t silky smooth, think twice about extremes of colour. The shinier the lid, the more defined the wrinkles under a coat of shimmery shadow, and the end result bears resemblance to a fascinating display of tropical fish, scales a-glitter, colours indigenous to their aquatic surroundings. But have fun. Play with colour, seek opinions and remember that your eyes should be a reflection of your soul – not your bad taste in makeup!

Clean your kettle

ADD a mixture of half water and half white vinegar to cover the element in your kettle overnight. Remove any odour afterwards by boiling fresh water in the kettle a few times, then use discarded water for washing up. Result? A limescale-free kettle which will work more efficiently.


Regional News


PAHO calls for assistance for Bahamas, TCI after Irene THE Pan-American Health Organisation (PAHO) has launched an international appeal to help 220,000 people affected by Hurricane Irene. This appeal aims to reduce the public health impact of Hurricane Irene locally and in the Turks and Caicos, and raise $400,000, said a release on PAHO’s website. The group said the storm passed over the country in the middle of a “raging dengue epidemic” and impeded efforts to combat the spread of the mosquito-borne fever. “The capacity to conduct disease surveillance and outbreak management was already overstretched due to a lack of human resources and vector control activities such as fogging are limited as proper equipment and experts are needed,” said PAHO. The group said 15 of 69 health facilities in the country have reported damage, some of them severe destruction. “To date, communications could not be restored with at least 10 facilities. “According to the health authorities, the disruption in primary health care due to the loss of communication and the suspension of activities is a factor that needs to be recovered and reinforced, especially in vulnerable communities,” said PAHO. The organisation said that locally and in the Turk and Caicos, there are many vulnerable communities mostly made up of Haitians - with poor housing infrastructure, no indoor plumbing, no running water and crowded living conditions highlighting the need for aid. According to PAHO, the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation has already released $80,000 to help the Bahamas. Meanwhile, a plane-load of relief supplies was donated from concerned citizens from Georgia to help those affected by Hurricane

Irene did damage to some islands in the Bahamas. ( photo)

Irene, according to international reports. The goods are meant for residents of Eleuthera, many of whom were left without power, running water or phone services after Irene ripped through the country last week. Mission Change, a charity based out of Albany, organised the relief effort. The group collected tarps and rope to temporarily secure damaged roofs, a generator and money to buy building supplies. “They are part of our community, no matter where we’re at and we love them and if there is a need, we’re going to rise to that need and that challenge and make sure they are taken care of,” said Ladonna Urick, of Mission Change, according to FOX 31. “People came from Roswell, Georgia, which was absolutely incredible. We’ve had people from Cleveland, Ohio, that have sent things and we’ve had people from Albany, Georgia send things and people that have just heard about the need,” she added. Last week, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham signed an order allowing for duty exemptions goods necessary for the relief of residents and the agricultural and fisheries industries in various islands suffering hardship

as a result of Hurricane Irene. The order allows the waiver of duties on the importation of building materials, electrical and plumbing fixtures and materials, household furniture, furnishing and appliances for residentts of Long Cay, Mayaguana, Rum Cay, San Salvador, Inagua, Ragged Island, Acklins and Crooked Island. Eligible residents of Cat Island and Acklins, the hardest hit islands, will receive exemption for six months. The other islands can apply for duty exemption for three months, effective from September 1. Goods that will qualify for duty exemption are: building materials, electrical fixtures and materials, plumbing fixtures and materials household furniture, furnishing and appliances, supplies for the reconstruction and repair to greenhouses, supplies for the reconstruction and repair to poultry houses, supplies for the reconstruction and repair of irrigation systems. Other items include nursery stock for the re-establishment of fruit orchards; items required for fencing; galvanised sheeting and other materials used in the construction of fishing habitats; fishing boats; fishing gear and apparatus.

Young mother killed by hammer in T&T A 23-YEAR-OLD mother of one became Trinidad and Tobago’s fourth murder victim following its Government’s announcement that a State of Emergency be implemented. Police reports state that at around 3.30 p.m. on Tuesday, Kerincia Pierre Diamond of Acono Road, St Joseph, got into an argument with a 25-year-old male suspect, while at the home of her relatives. Investigators say Diamond was the victim of domestic abuse and sought refuge at her relatives’ Bernard Boulevard, Maracas Gardens residence. Police say

Diamond’s five-year-old daughter was unharmed as she was with relatives when the murder occurred. Police reports future informed that Diamond had just returned home with the male suspect when he started beating her about the body with a hammer. Following the beating, the suspect sped off in his vehicle. Residents in the area, upon hearing Diamond’s screams, rushed outside and saw the woman bleeding heavily. She died on the scene. Police sources say that the male relative is employed as a contractor and hails from Central Trace,

Maracas, St Joseph. Following the murder, he went to the Maloney residence of his relatives and called the police, signalling his intention to surrender. He was later held by detectives of the St Joseph Police Station a short time after the murder. When officers went to apprehend the suspect in Maloney, they found that he had ingested a toxic substance and he had to be rushed to Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex in Mount Hope. Up to late Tuesday evening, he was listed in critical condition. (Trinidad Express)

September 10 - 16, 2011

Jamaican HIV patient breastfeeds another woman’s baby THE health authority has confirmed that a mentally ill patient, who has the deadly HIV/AIDS, sneaked into the nursery of the Victoria Jubilee Hospital and breastfed a week-old baby over the weekend. “I must admit that the situation has occurred,” Lyttleton ‘Tanny’ Shirley, chairman of the board of the South East Region Health Authority, told the Observer. Shirley and a source at the hospital said that the incident occurred on Saturday night shortly before the mentally ill woman was due to give birth to her own child. Health authorities were up to late yesterday trying to locate the child’s mother to inform her of the incident. As a precautionary measure, doctors were treating the affected child with antiretroviral drugs, according to the Observer source, who said that the child is expected to be tested for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, in another six weeks. Breast-feeding is a mode by which HIV can be passed on, and the hospital source was yesterday worried that the child may be at a greater risk of contracting HIV due to an already weakened immune system from a previous infection. It was not clear for how long the woman was breastfeeding the child before being caught by a worker

on the ward. “The mad woman a breastfeed the baby,” the worker shouted, bringing attention to the situation, the source said. The incident has raised concerns about security at the hospital. According to the source, there was no security officer on the ward at the time of the incident because of an effort to cut back on expenses. Security personnel are usually present during the day on each floor of the multi-storey building, said the source, who expressed concerns that the situation could have been far more tragic. But according to Shirley, the incident did not constitute a security breach. He also denied any cost cutting where security is concerned and said that the woman was able to enter the nursery as she was a patient at the hospital. “Security was intact and security was in place,” said Shirley, who spoke to the Observer shortly after leaving a meeting to discuss the situation. “Remember [the woman] is not an outsider, she is a patient co-existing with other patients on the ward in which the incident took place.” The offending woman has since been removed from the hospital, the Observer was told. (

Uruguay apologises for rape of Haitian man URUGUAY’S President Jose Mujica has apologised for the alleged rape of an 18-year-old Haitian man by Uruguayan peacekeepers in the country. Those responsible would receive the “harshest sanctions”, Mr Mujica wrote to Haitian President Michel Martelly. Five Uruguayan marines were accused after a video clip of the alleged abuse appeared on the internet. The UN mission in Haiti (Minustah) and the Haitian authorities have also launched investigations. The case has provoked widespread public anger in Haiti, and there have been protests outside the UN base. “We apologise for the outrage that some soldiers from my country have perpetrated,” Mr Mujica said in a letter to Mr Martelly. “Although the damage is irreparable, be assured that we will fully investigate the matter and apply the harshest sanctions to those responsible.” Mr Martelly has condemned the alleged assault, saying it “revolts the conscience of the nation”. The alleged victim and his mother

have told Haitian radio stations that he was raped by the Uruguayan marines in the UN base at Port Salut. They have also given evidence to Haitian police and a local judge. The UN mission in Haiti has said it is taking the allegations “very seriously”. UN deputy spokesman Eduardo del Buey told the Associated Press that the five alleged attackers had been confined to barracks pending the outcome of the three investigations. “If the investigations prove that the allegations are true, we would expect that these people be prosecuted in the full extent of the law,” he said. CONTROVERSY Uruguay is one of the main contributors to the 12,000-strong UN force, which first arrived in Haiti in 2004. The peacekeepers were brought in to restore order following the overthrow of President JeanBertrand Aristide, and its mandate was extended after the devastating earthquake in January 2010. But Minustah has also drawn controversy, including allegations of excessive use of force.

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Government of Jamaica moves to wipe out court corruption JAMAICA’S Minister of Justice, Delroy Chuck, has hit out at what he describes as the high level of corruption in the country’s court system. Speaking to the Commission for the Prevention of Corruption recently Chuck said he knows of many corrupt practices being used to pervert the course of justice in Jamaica and, as a result, eradicating corruption in the justice system and Jamaica is at the top of his agenda and that of the Government. Chuck said it was his wish that Jamaica forced its way in the top 20 of the Worldwide Corruption Perceptions ranking of countries which is published by Transparency International. Jamaica is currently ranked at

87 out of 182 countries. “I know that persons in the court system are being paid to hide and or destroy files. One of the major complaints of one particular Department in this Ministry is the inability to find files once they are sent to the courts. There is a conspiracy going on where persons in the justice system are being paid to hide files, so when the case comes up, the judge can’t start the case and so it goes nowhere,” Chuck said. “I have seen it in the court system, where persons pay off the police to say they can’t find the witness and pay for documents to be destroyed. That is the level of corruption in the justice system,” he added. (

Former police officer Angelo Roker is escorted to court on Tuesday. (Photo” Tony Grant Jr.)

Former policeman charged for armed robbery in the Bahamas A FORMER police officer was one of three men formally charged in a magistrate’s court on Tuesday with a series of armed robberies last week. Angelo Roker, 20, of Lightbourne Street, who was dismissed from the police force last week after the charges were laid against him, was also charged with attempted murder. The ex-police officer, along with Neville Knowles, 21, of Hospital Lane, and Elroy Wilson, 22, of Taylor Street, were charged together with five counts of armed robbery, and four counts of receiving. Roker and Wilson were also charged with three additional counts of armed robbery in addition to attempted murder. It is alleged that the three men robbed Densely Smith, Gabrielle Smith, Burton Wallace, Chrystal Bethel, and John Darville in separate incidents on September 1. The goods stolen include four cell phones, one laptop, two watches and over $1,000. Roker and Wilson are accused of robbing Stephen Thompson of

cash; Tyrone Butler of $160 and a Samsung cell phone, and Marvin Munroe of a Blackberry cell phone in separate incidents on August 31. It is alleged that Roker and Wilson also attempted to kill Tyrone Butler on the same day they are accused of robbing him. Roker’s lawyer Murrio Ducille claimed that his client was severely beaten while in police custody and needed medical attention. “He has pain and possible internal injuries,” Ducille told the court. Wilson’s lawyer Geoffrey Farquharson made a similar claim. He said Wilson is plagued by severe bouts of shortness of breath and has a serious heart defect. Farquharson claimed that officers stomped and beat his client and repeatedly placed plastic bags over his head. He said his client repeatedly passed out and nearly died during the alleged brutality. He also claimed that Wilson was forced to sign a statement. Both lawyers made a bail application, however those requests were denied.


Ingraham delivers grim news on job growth NO NEW job growth is expected for the next year to year and a half, Bahamian Prime Minster Hubert Ingraham announced on Tuesday. Mr Ingraham delivered the sober news at the orientation for the first phase of government’s job readiness and training programme before a crowd of 400 participants at the Sheraton. Another 240 attended the programme’s launch in Freeport, Grand Bahama. Although the Ingraham administration has invested in numerous infrastructure projects and the $25 million jobs programme to increase employment, thousands of Bahamians are still out of work. About 14,000 unemployed persons applied for the 3,000 jobs available in the programme. Recent unemployment figures released by the Department of Statistic’s show unemployment stands at 13.7 per cent. The nation’s chief said it is a symptom of the economic crisis that hit many countries in 2008. “The number of applicants seeking to participate in this programme demonstrates that our economy, like economies throughout the world, is severely affected by one of the worst global economic crises in a century. “Unemployment is far, far too high in our country. That is why in addition to providing some stimulus

to job creation we are also taking advantage of opportunities for shorter term and temporary placements. “Our economy has begun to recover slowly - the economy is growing, though very modestly not nearly fast enough to create needed jobs. “We expect that within the next twelve to eighteen months job growth will pick up,” Mr Ingraham said. Mr Ingraham told the chosen few, a mix of recent high school graduates and middle-aged parents, to work hard and take the opportunity seriously. The initiative was hailed as a “God send” by participants. “I needed a job, bills were climbing up and I have to work. I haven’t been working for five years,” said 49-year-old James Taylor, a former construction worker and father of 12. Recent high school graduate Avenii Johnson said he has been looking for work for a year and wants experience in the engineering field. “It was kind of hard for me to find a job, I came out of high school with seven BGCSEs and a 2.91 GPA. But everywhere I applied said they wasn’t hiring,” said the 19-year-old, who had tried to unsuccessfully to get a job at BEC. The participants of the programme will either receive temporary jobs

in the public and private sector or receive subsidised training. Mr Ingraham said he hopes this scheme will encourage long-term employment from businesses who chose to permanently take on those in the initiative. Training opportunities will be made available in the public sector at BEC and the Water and Sewerage Corporation. Two hundred participants, whose areas of interest coincide with available skills training at the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute, will enrol in classes for the current semester. Government will pay the cost of the training and give a stipend to participants studying at BTVI and will undertake a similar exercise at the school’s Grand Bahama location. The programme will give job seekers new skills; upgrade and enhance existing skills and improve the marketability of the country’s workforce. Participants will be paid up to $210 a week for 52 weeks. If a person does not get fulltime employment at the end of the year, they will be eligible for unemployment assistance from the National Insurance Board. Over the next few weeks participants from Abaco, Eleuthera and other Family Islands will join the programme. (

Curfew curtailed Colombian drug gangs attack on Trinidad rivals – Opposition told GOVERNMENT spokesmen have told the Opposition PNM in Trinidad and Tobago that the state of emergency was called because a Colombian drug gang wanted to kill members of a Trinidad and Tobago drug gang, following the $22 million drug bust at Piarco. Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley made this disclosure earlier this week. “When the debate was over and we were dispersing in the crowd and talking amongst our parliamentarian colleagues, government spokespersons came to the Opposition, whispering in our ears as good friends well-met, ‘we can’t tell the country but we could tell you that the real reason is this: that the cocaine that they pick up in the two suitcases in Piarco, belonged to a Colombian drug gang and Trinidad drug gang was supposed to guard it in Trinidad for it to be shipped out, and that (Trinidad) gang allowed the

Government (the law enforcement authorities) to intercept it. So the Colombian gang was going to kill the Trinidad gang and that is what the Government moved to avert. And that is what (National Security Minister Brigadier John) Sandy was alluding to, when he said that blood would flow,” Rowley said. But the Opposition Leader said the PNM does not believe this latest story. He said the Opposition immediately recognised this story “for what it was—yet another attempt by the Government to find a justification for what they had done”. “Notwithstanding their brave danger, and their PR exercises, the Government is still trying to find an acceptable reason for the State of Emergency ... after refusing to tell us on the Parliament floor.” Charging that it was an attempt to mute the Opposition and prevent it for asking more questions, Rowley said by “trying to tell us this cockand-bull story about Colombians

and suitcases and blood would flow, we saw it as yet another attempt at justification and to prevent the Opposition from ploughing away at the question of what was the specific development that caused a State of Emergency to be declared in the 15th month of their term. So we don’t believe it.” He said if there was any truth in the story the Government would have at least identified the gang or some part of the gang involved and the Government would have been in a position to tell the country who they picked up in connection with this so-called development. “We have heard no such thing ... If there was any truth in that story then the Government needs to tell the country that (openly). Don’t just tell the Opposition quietly in our ears. There are those who are saying that I should not have told the country that because it is a secret. We don’t want any secret from the Government on this matter,” Rowley said.




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Marc and Jada deny affair rumours DESPITE denials from all parties involved, rumours continue to escalate about an affair between Marc Anthony and Jada Pinkett-Smith. Not only is this alleged affair supposedly the reason that Will Smith and Jada Pinkett, are separating after 13 years of marriage, it is also said to be the reason behind the Marc Anthony - Jennifer Lopez divorce. was among the first to report that Will and Jada were having marital problems. However, the rumours appear to have originated with In Touch magazine. According to In Touch, Will Smith became suspicious of his wife, Jada, and her Hawthorne co-star Marc Anthony. Will allegedly flew home unexpectedly and found Jada and Marc together, and left the house crying. In Touch further reported that Jada moved out, and Will fired the entire household staff for covering up his wife’s extramarital affair. The rumour quickly went viral, and escalated to the point that Will and Jada found it necessary to appear in public shopping and lunching together, thoroughly enjoying each

Marc Anthony and Jada PinkettSmith on the set of a movie they made together. (TNT photo)

other’s company, in an effort to put the rumours to rest. Will and Jada even issued the following joint statement: “Although we are reluctant to respond to these types of press reports, the rumours circulating about our relationship are completely false. We are still together, and our marriage is intact.” The statement did little to dispel the rumours, as did Marc Anthony’s denial in his interview with ABC News. In an exclusive ABC Nightline interview, Marc unequivocally

denied that he had an affair with Jada Pinkett-Smith, calling the rumour laughable because the both couples – he and Jennifer, Will and Jada - have been friends for years. “What bothers me is the effect it has on family, to Will and Jada’s, and their children, and their relatives, and their loved ones.” A set source told Us magazine, that Marc and Jada were “a little touchy” and acted “ like they were in their own little world,” adding that the two of them often hung out alone in Marc’s trailer, and talked and texted frequently. Yet, Hawthorne cast members interviewed by gave conflicting reports, stating that the relationship between Jada Pinkett and co-star Marc Anthony was a professional one and nothing more. Multiple crew members said they never saw anything inappropriate occur on the set. Furthermore, they commented that Jada and Marc went out of their way to keep any rumours from getting started. They would never run their lines together in their trailers, but instead, would do it out in the open, with an acting coach present.

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Madonna labels Lady Gaga’s admiration as ‘obsessions’ LADY Gaga has made her mark with a unique style of dress and music that many say is reminiscent of Madonna’s iconic style and attitude. And it’s no secret that the “Poker Face” singer admires Madonna; she has spoken of her regard for the pop icon. But it seems that the admiration might not be mutual. Le Soir, a French-language Belgian magazine, caught up with the singer-turned-director last week at the Venice Film Festival. She was there to promote her new film, “W.E.”

When a reporter asked Madonna about her fans, including Lady Gaga, the singer replied, according to the magazine: “I have no comment on her obsessions related to me, because I do not know if it is based on something profound or superficial.” The interview was dated Sept. 3. But Madonna’s rep, Liz Rosenberg, is firing back, telling ABC in a statement tonight: “Madonna has said nothing negative about Gaga.” Madonna has also made waves at the festival for the way she reacted to a fan’s gift of hydrangeas.

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High 50p tax rate damages Death toll rises to 49 UK, say economists after storm hits Japan TWENTY high-profile economists have urged the government to drop the top 50p tax rate, which they say is doing “lasting damage” to the UK economy. In a letter to the Financial Times, they say it should be axed “at the earliest opportunity” to boost growth. It comes as Chancellor George Osborne says short-term economic forecasts for the UK have been revised downwards. He has said the 50p rate on earnings over £150,000 - introduced by Labour - is only a temporary measure. The chancellor has asked the Inland Revenue to check whether the 50p rate is an effective means of raising tax revenue. Unions say the call to axe the 50p rate is “monstrously unfair” while spending cuts bite. The 20 signatories to the FT letter include two former members of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC), DeAnne Julius and Sushil Wadhwani. It is part of a campaign being promoted through PR firm Westbourne, which they say is funded by businesses concerned about the impact of the 50p rate. ‘MOBILE PEOPLE’ The economists state that the tax rate makes is making the UK “less competitive internationally, and making us less attractive as a destination for both foreign investment and talented workers”. The letter, whose signatories also include Professor Danny Quah from the London School of Economics and the veteran monetarist Professor Patrick Minford of Cardiff University, calls on the coalition, “to drop the 50p tax at the earliest

opportunity as part of a package of measures to stimulate growth”. It was organised by Bridget Rosewell, chairwoman of Volterra Consulting. Ms Julius told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that many hedge funds had already moved to Switzerland and that “historically” if marginal rates were raised on “a small number of highly mobile people you end up not collecting the tax that you’d hoped to”. In a speech on Tuesday, Chancellor George Osborne said recent economic data had led to short term forecasts being revised down over recent weeks - but pledged to stick to his budget deficit-cutting plans. The previous Labour government introduced the 50p tax rate on high earners, intended as an emergency measure to tackle the deficit, in former chancellor Alistair Darling’s final budget in 2010. It was expected to raise £1.3bn in 2010-11, £3.1bn in 2011-12 and £2.7bn in 2012-13. Mr Osborne decided to keep it in his first two budgets but always said it was a temporary measure. He has asked the Inland Revenue to look at how much it is raising and he told the BBC last month: “I’ve said with the 50p rate I don’t see that as a lasting tax rate for Britain because it’s very uncompetitive internationally, and people, frankly, can move.” In response to the FT letter, a Treasury spokesman said: “The government is committed to a competitive tax system, but in reducing the deficit, we have always been clear that those with the broadest shoulders should carry the greatest burden.” HM Revenue and Customs said about 308,000 people paid the 50p rate.

‘CLOUD CUCKOO LAND’ Mr Osborne would also have to square the decision with the Conservatives’ coalition partners - the Liberal Democrats. Lib Dem Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander told the BBC in July that anybody who believed abolishing the 50p tax rate was a priority was in “cloud cuckoo land”. Lib Dem Business Secretary Vince Cable has said that if the 50p rate is axed, tax on high value properties may have to rise - perhaps through council tax or stamp duty. Former Labour Chancellor Mr Darling told the BBC the 50p rate must “stay in place until we get through this crisis” arguing it would be “grossly unfair to remove it”. Elsewhere in the world, wealthy individuals including France’s richest woman Liliane Bettencourt and the US billionaire investor Warren Buffet have both said they would be happy to pay higher taxes. Brendan Barber, general secretary of the Trades Union Congress, said a “handout to the wealthiest in our society” at a time of cuts would be “monstrously unfair”. And Shadow Chancelllor Ed Balls said: “Millions of struggling families and pensioners on middle and low incomes will wonder why the only tax rise or spending cut George Osborne is willing to reconsider is the top rate of tax for the very richest.” Instead he said the chancellor should temporarily reverse the VAT rise to 20%, to “help to kick-start the recovery and give a much needed boost to millions of people regardless of their income”. (BBC)

THE DEATH toll from the storm known as Talas has risen to 49 in Japan, emergency officials said Wednesday. Another 58 people are missing after the storm hit western Japan, unleashing record rainfall and triggering landslides and flooding, according to a tally of casualties compiled from 12 prefectural police agencies. The Japan Meteorological Agency briefly classified the storm as a typhoon before it made landfall. The Joint Typhoon Warning Center recorded the storm making landfall in Japan as a tropical storm. The storm caused at least 34 deaths in hard-hit Wakayama, south of Tokyo, officials said. Another 34 people were missing there. “I have been working for the prefectural office over 40 years, but this is the worst in my memory,” said Tsutomu

Furukawa of Wakayama prefecture. Wakayama is one of three prefectures on the mountainous Kii Peninsula, where damage from Talas was concentrated as the storm swept across the area on Saturday. In the town of Nachi Katsuura in Wakayama, a river flooded into a residential area, and mudslides swallowed several homes, officials said. More than 16,000 residents were ordered to evacuate from the Kii Peninsula area, and roughly 30,000 other residents were encouraged to evacuate voluntarily. According to Japan’s meteorological agency, Talas brought record rain in the three prefectures over three days. The Japanese government set up a emergency task force for searchand-rescue operations and to begin reconstruction of damaged communities. (CNN)

Jet crash kills Russia’s major league ice hockey team Thousands flee Texas fires Firefighters have battled unsuccessfully against the blaze that has destroyed over 1000 homes.

A CHARTERED jet carrying Russia’s major league ice hockey team Lokomotiv has crashed on takeoff near the central city of Yaroslavl, with 43 deaths. Two people survived with serious injuries after the disaster, which saw the jet burst into flames shortly after leaving an airport near the city. It appears many of the team were aboard, heading to Belarus for the season’s first match. Russian reports suggest the Yak42 plane may have struck a radio mast. Witnesses saw it burst into flames shortly after taking off from the

Tunoshna airport, about 250km (160 miles) north-east of Moscow. Some of the wreckage and bodies fell in the nearby River Tunoshna, a tributary of the Volga. All 11 foreign citizens on board the plane were killed, including the team’s Canadian coach, Brad McCrimmon, and Swedish goalie Stefan Liv. Russian player Alexander Galimov survived the crash with 80% burns along with a member of the crew. Local media briefly reported the player had died of his injuries, but a doctor at the local hospital later said he was still alive after undergoing surgery.

The second survivor was identified as Alexander Sizov, member of the eight-strong crew. The chairman of the board of directors of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), Vyacheslav Fetisov, described the air disaster as an “irreparable loss for world ice hockey”. Ice hockey is the team sport of choice for many Russian men, along with football. Flames ‘nine storeys high’ The team, which had been due to play Dinamo Minsk on Thursday, also includes players from Germany, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

THOUSANDS of people are fleeing from wildfires that continue to burn out of control in the southern state of Texas. Texas officials say 5,000 residents have been evacuated from the raging fires, which have already burned about 15,000 hectares of land and destroyed more than 1,000 homes. Two deaths - a 20-year-old mother and her child - are also being blamed on the fires. Texas Governor Rick Perry told media outlets early Tuesday that firefighters are battling more than 50 blazes across the state and that the fires were still not under control. A persistent drought and high winds

have helped fan the flames, spreading the damage over a wider area. But forecasters said Tuesday that the winds should ease and hopefully make it easier for firefighters to get the fires under control. Some Texas residents had hoped for some needed rain from Tropical Storm Lee which came ashore Sunday in the bordering state Louisiana. But Lee has only helped to create more wind. Wildfires have consumed almost 1.5 million hectares of land in Texas since just before the start of the year. The state has deployed aircraft, including four heavy tanker planes, to combat the fires.

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Parents charged with honour killing in UK The parents of Cheshire schoolgirl Shafilea Ahmed, the suspected victim of a so-called honour killing, have been charged with her murder. The 17-year-old was last seen in Warrington in September 2003. Her decomposed remains were found on the banks of the River Kent in Cumbria in February 2004. Iftikhar Ahmed, 51, and Farzana Ahmed, 48, of Liverpool Road in Great Sankey, Warrington, have always denied any involvement in their daughter’s death. The couple appeared at Halton Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, and were remanded in custody. They are now due to appear before Manchester Crown Court on Friday. Mr and Mrs Ahmed were initially arrested on suspicion of kidnapping their daughter in December 2003. In June 2004 they were released without charge when the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) ruled there was insufficient evidence against them. They were arrested on suspicion of her murder in 2010 and released on police bail. The CPS authorised Cheshire police to charge the couple on Wednesday. Two post-mortem examinations failed to determine how Ms Ahmed died but a verdict of unlawful killing was recorded at her inquest in 2008.

Shafilea Ahmed

The inquest heard she was a bright and intelligent young woman who wanted to go to university and become a lawyer. Pathologists said she was most likely strangled or suffocated and South Cumbria coroner Ian Smith said he believed she was probably murdered. The teenager went missing on 11 September 2003 and was reported missing by a teacher a week later. Her body was discovered by workmen and she was identified by her jewellery and dental records. (BBC)

Turkey slaps more sanctions on Israel after UN Report TURKEY has escalated the diplomatic war with Israel by ending military trade with its former ally and threatening further sanctions. The crisis centres on last year’s killing of Turkish activists on a ship seeking to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan increased sanctions on Israel by announcing the immediate suspension of military trade. He told reporters Turkey is totally suspending trade, military and defense industry relations. Observers say the move will hurt Israel’s defense industry, with bilateral trade estimated to be worth hundreds of millions of dollars. But the Turkish armed forces may also be hurt as Israel is a supplier of drones, which Turkey has increasingly used in its fight against the Kurdish rebel group, the PKK. The escalating crisis centres on Ankara’s demand for an apology for the killing by Israeli forces of nine Turks who were part of a flotilla last year seeking to break Israel’s economic blockade of Gaza. But Israel refuses to apologise, saying its forces acted in self-defense. Erdogan launched a verbal assault

on Turkey’s former ally. He described the Israeli attack as “savagery” and accused Israel of acting like “a spoiled boy” in the region. Erdogan said Turkey’s naval presence would be stepped up in the region and said further sanctions could follow. Ankara has also expelled the Israeli ambassador and other high-ranking diplomats, who have been ordered to leave by Wednesday. Until now, trade had escaped the deepening diplomatic crisis. But with non-military trade worth around $3.5 billion, Israel’s central bank chief Stanley Fischer warned its economy could be hit hard by a trade war. The crisis escalated following the publication of a U.N. report about the flotilla violence. The report criticised Israel for excessive force in its raid, but it said Israel’s embargo against Gaza is legal. Ankara rejected the U.N. report. Its publication last Friday was the deadline given by Ankara to Jerusalem for its demands to be met for an apology, compensation for families of those killed, and the lifting of Israel’s economic embargo against Gaza.


Deadly bombing at Delhi’s court A BOMB outside the Indian High Court in the capital Delhi has killed at least 10 people and injured at least 61. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called it a “cowardly act of a terrorist nature”. The bomb was apparently placed in a case near the first security checkpoint at the court, where people were queuing for passes, officials said. Investigators said they were taking seriously an email claim by the extremist group Harkat-ul Jihad al-Islami (Huji) that it planted the bomb. “It would be very premature to make any comment on the mail at this stage, but yes, that mail has to be looked at seriously, because Huji is a very prominent terrorist group,” SC Sinha, Director General of India’s National Investigation Agency, told reporters. The email reportedly demands that a man sentenced to death for

India’s police opine that a terrorist group, seeking the freedom of man condemned to hang, is responsible for the attack.

involvement in an attack on Delhi’s parliament ten years ago should not be hanged. The US state department says Huji is a terrorist organisation with links to al-Qaeda. The group has

been accused of carrying out attacks in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. The leader of Huji, Ilyas Kashmiri, was reportedly killed in a US drone strike in north-western Pakistan in June. (BBC)

Mexico’s Twitter ‘terrorism’ case sparks controversy ONE MEXICAN state’s tough stance on Twitter posts could have a chilling effect on social media throughout the country, analysts say. After false rumours about school attacks spread on Twitter and Facebook and caused real-life chaos on the streets of the city of Veracruz, state prosecutors accused two people of terrorism and sabotage for their posts. The charges could put the suspects behind bars for up to 30 years. The pair’s attorney is asking a federal judge to block the state’s case, arguing that local authorities are abusing their power and violating free speech rights. Some freespeech advocates and fellow social media users have criticized the government’s reaction, arguing that the possible punishment does not fit the crime. Officials have defended their approach, saying the suspects should be punished after irresponsible actions online sparked widespread fear in the port city. “Social networks are an excellent way to communicate, but sadly there are cowardly people who hide behind them only to hurt,” Veracruz Gov. Javier Duarte said in a Twitter post after announcing intentions to pursue terrorism charges against the suspects last month. The August 25 posts spread rapidly on Twitter and Facebook. One claimed that five children were kidnapped. One mentioned bomb threats. Another described a helicopter firing gunshots at an elementary school. Parents panicked, rushing to rescue their children from schools they feared were under attack. Traffic jammed and cars crashed.

The arrests of two people in connection with a Twitter hoax in Mexico has sparked another clash over free speech online. (CNN)

Gerardo Buganza, interior minister in Veracruz state, said the accused confessed that they sent messages “to generate terror, which they ultimately did.” But several experts say the state government’s harsh response could stifle social media, an increasingly common way to communicate about violence in Mexico at a time when some don’t trust reports they’re getting from the government or more traditional sources. “It is absolutely disproportionate to say that a Twitter post can be an act of terrorism,” said Raul Trejo Delarbre, a professor who studies social media at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. The case caught the attention of Amnesty International, which released a statement calling on Mexican courts to respect the rights of the accused “to a fair trial and to freedom of expression.” Last month, a group of about 20 young people protested in

front of Veracruz state’s Congress, demanding that government officials set the suspects free. “They cannot compare virtual terms with real ones,” group spokesman Roberto Arucha said. But such cases are complicated, said Ryan Calo, a researcher at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society. “I think that it is appropriate to mete out some punishment for this behaviour. ... If it’s a clear-cut case where there was actual harm, then I could see why the government would act,” he said. “But they can’t go overboard and they can’t paint with too broad a brush, precisely because it will compromise a freespeech environment.” Internet use in Mexico has climbed in recent years, Trejo said. So has violence, amid Mexican President Felipe Calderon’s crackdown on cartels and criminal organisations’ wide-reaching disputes over drugtrafficking routes.



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FAX: (649) 946-4661



is looking to fill the following positions:

Is looking for a




September 10 - 16, 2011

• Minimum 4 years of experience ( 3 years with a single company/property) in resort development in an executive position • Minimum 4 years of experience ( 3 years with a single company/property) as a Resort General Manager for a 4+ star property. • Hospitality Bachelor’s Degree desirable. • Minimum 2 years of experience managing a resort or free standing food and beverage operation. • International experience an asset. • Second language (Spanish or French) highly desirable. • Dedication to developing a strong team approach to management. • Excellent business and personal references • Direct experience, skill and knowledge in: 1. Production of development proformas, real estate marketing plans, and construction costs analysis 2. Resort construction contract administration 3. Resort real estate brokerage sales administration 4. P&L analysis and annual budget preparation with monitoring and reporting functions to corporate office 5. Developing long and short term marketing plans with milestone achievements 6. Building schedules for annual facilities maintenance and long term preventative maintenance programs 7. Revenue management and extranet operations 8. Human resources and local labor relations 9. Developing and monitoring guest satisfaction programs Salary Range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Contact Jim Molter at 649-941-7700 - Monday thru Friday 9am to 5 pm



FAX: (649) 946-4661


Saltmills Restaurant Ltd


A busy Restaurant is seeking an applicant for an

Executive Chef IMMEDIATELY

Acting on behalf of our clients Ebony Salon, Veranda is looking to fill the following positions

is looking for a


Cosmetologist To work 6 days per week salary $200 per week

To work 6 days per week salary $800.00 per month.

Must be able to work days, nights, public holidays and weekends. Must be able to lift up to 50lbs and maintain a standing position for up to 8 hours. The successful applicant must have at least 3-5 yrs experience in a similar position. Applicant must be proficient in food costing, detailed inventory control and Microsoft Office Suite. Manage a staff of 5-7 persons. Spoken English a must. Valid driving license. Commensuration based on experience.

Please fax your resume to (649) 339-6896 or email to:


Showtime Pictures

Contact: 247-5934

Dining Room Server Must be able to work shift work salary $6.25

Turn Down/ Housekeeping Salary $5.00 per hour 5499

PHONE: (649) 946-4664

September 10 - 16, 2011

Contact: 342-5533

The Turks and Caicos Islands

Airports Authority Invites applications from suitably qualified individuals for the position of

FINANCIAL CONTROLLER Providenciales International Airport

The Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority invites applications from suitably qualified individuals for the position of

Job Purpose and Scope:

The position holder will be required to: • Provide the Chief Executive Officer and Board of Directors with appropriate, timely and accurate financial statements on a monthly basis or when requested • Co-ordinate and prepare the annual and revised budgets in conjunction with the executive management team • Maintain the company’s fixed asset register • Prepare annual financial statements for auditing • Advise the Chief Executive Officer and the Board of Directors on financial matters. In addition, the Financial Controller will be responsible for the management of the Authority’s information Technology and networking systems.

Minimum Competencies:

• Must have a full working knowledge of Peachtree Accounting package • Must have a full working knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite • Must be able to troubleshoot information technology and networking problems • Excellent oral and written communication skills • Ability to adhere to strict deadlines Qualifications: A Bachelors Degree in Accounting or equivalent certification plus a minimum of ten (10) years post qualification experience in a senior management position in Accounting/Finance OR A Masters Degree or Professional accreditation from an accounting body (CPA, ACCA, CIMA etc) plus five (5) years post qualification experience in a senior management position in Accounting/Finance Experience working in the Aviation industry would be an asset. Salary: Commensurate with qualifications in the range $60,000 - $78,000 per annum with additional allowances. Applications must be submitted before September 20, 2011 to:

Mr. John Smith Chief Executive Officer Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority Email:

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

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

Contact: The Publisher

Turks and Caicos

Weekly News

Call: 946-4664

WARDS CONSULTANCY ACTING ON BEHALF OF OUR CLIENT IS LOOKING TO FILL THE FOLLOWING POSITION A busy fine dining restaurant in one of Providenciales’ resorts is inviting applications for the following position

SOMMELIER • Must be willing to work public holidays, nights and weekends, you will be responsible for organizing and training of wait staff to ensure effortless and seamless service each night and upgrading their skills and knowledge on wines and fine dining services. • The candidate will be responsible for managing and rotating liquor and wine inventory and is expected to work within established beverage costs whilst taking monthly liquor and wine stock taking. • Working closely with the Chef, you will be expected to develop good working knowledge on the menus to explain in great detail to guests, extensive wine knowledge is required to contribute to the ever changing wine list and the ability to pair both New World and Old World wines with the menus is essential, good “soft sell” techniques are essential computer literacy in MS Word and Excel is mandatory • Graduation from a recognized hospitality institution along with a Sommelier Certification or at least 5 years experience in a similar capacity in a fine dining restaurant is required. Based salary $400 per week Qualified Belongers Only

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

September 10 - 16, 2011 PHONE: (649) 946-4664


31 FAX: (649) 946-4661



Studio Apartment in long bay furnished First, last and security


Is looking to hire a

Is looking for a

Two-bedroom, one bath home in the centre of phase one of Priton Developments in Wheeland.

Beautifully maintained, substantially improved, fully furnished. Situated on 0.25 acre lot, it’s close to Blue Hills and has interior open plan living/kitchen/dining room, and central air throughout. Offers over $155,000. Motivated seller.

Call 245 6620 or email

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


GARDENER Contact 331-1067

G & G CONSTRUCTION Is looking for

Is looking for a

deposit required

Salary: 5.00 per hour

Contact: 242-9979


Real estate opportunity

per week. Salary $5.00 per hour. Contact: 244-6730



Farmer To work 7 days


WORKER MECHANIC To work 5 days Contact 231-0366

Is looking for a

Is looking for the following persons:

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


per week salary $8.00 per hour. Contact: 241-2962


1 Manager

– salary $10.00 per hour

1 Mason

– salary $5.00 per hour

Contact 331-3020



CONTACT 241-2212






NOTICE LOST LAND NOTICE LOST LAND CERTIFICATE CERTIFICATE Whereas OLE BARRY GERDIN of PL 2864, Tyringe 28291, Sweden has declared that the Land Certificate for the above mentioned title number(s) registered in his/her/their name was inadvertently mislaid and cannot be found. Take notice that I, Andrew Gale Registrar of Lands, shall issue a new land certificate for the said title within six weeks of the date of the first publication of this Notice in a local newspaper and the Gazette. Dated this 15 day of August 2011

Whereas NICHOLAS R. GIANOULIS and DOLORES M. GIANOULIS of Turtle Cove Providenciales has declared that the Land Certificate for the above mentioned title number(s) registered in his/her/their name was inadvertently mislaid and cannot be found. Take notice that I, Grisilda Carol Smith, Deputy Registrar of Lands, shall issue a new land certificate for the said title within six weeks of the date of the first publication on this Notice in a local newspaper and the Gazette. Dated this 9th day of June 2011

............................................................ Signed Andrew Gale Registrar of Lands


............................................................ Witnessed Kerietta Simpson

Witnessed………..............………………………….. 5484




PHONE: (649) 946-4664

September 10 - 16, 2011



WARD CONSULTANCY Acting on behalf of our clients: Villa Del Ma, Coyaba, Coral Destination, Faces & Fingers


Is looking for a

Female Driver With own transportation must be able to work from 9am – 3pm

responsible for keeping the soil in good condition, plant bulbs, flowers, shrubs and trees, must be able to water, feed, transplant and prune them, should be able to use chemicals to control insects, disease, and weeds, must be able to put down mulch, woodchips and peat moss, to control weeds and maintain soil moisture, groundskeepers, cut, fertilize, water and renovate lawns 7am-5pm Monday – Friday $6.00 per hour


making beds, replenishing linens, cleaning rooms and halls and vacuuming, laundry facilities for cleaning towels, linen, bedding

and workers’ uniform etc. 7am-5pm Monday – Friday $7.00 per hour


to work 6 days per week salary $5.00 per hour


to work 6 days per week salary $5.00 per hour


must have experience in facials, waxing salary $200 per week


to work 6 days salary $5.00 per hour

Contact: 649-332-5533

contact 231-3788

FAX: (649) 946-4661

NOTICE I Reuben Missick is not responsible for any debts incurred by Tameka Solomon Missick

Turks and Caicos

Weekly News the national newspaper of the turks and caicos islands


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

WRITERS / PHOTO JOURNALISTS Candidates must have at least five (5) years experience working full-time for daily newspapers and/or news/features magazines, reporting on hard news, features and parliamentary/court proceedings. Salary paid weekly will commensurate with experience. Position available March 1, 2010

FOR MAGAZINES AND OTHER PERIODICALS GRAPHICS PRODUCTION DESIGNER/PAGINATOR This position requires someone with at least five (5) years experience working with Macintosh or PC computers. Must be skilled in the make-up of advertising and pagination. Proficiency using InDesign, Illustrator and PhotoShop software for print is essential. Some technical, networking and web design knowledge an asset. Salary paid weekly will commensurate with experience. Position available March 1, 2010

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

ADVERTISING SPACE SALES PERSON Candidates must have had actual hands-on experience selling advertising space for newspapers and magazines. Ability to assist clients with the writing of copy for ads and gathering of collateral an asset. Salary is commission based. Position available June 30, 2011 Forward applications to: The Publisher Duncanson Publications Ltd. P.O. Box 52, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands Email: NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE Preference will be given to Belongers and Legal Residents Closing date for applications is November 14, 2008

PHONE: (649) 946-4664


33 FAX: (649) 946-4661



BARBER Is looking for a

To work 6 days per week salary $7.00 per hour.

Is seeking a


To work 5 days per week salary $5.00 per hour must have experience send application to P.O. Box 954. 5512

contact: 341-2509 or 345-7832


Belongers will be given first preference

vacancy JOB OPPORTUNITIES Channel 4 Training Manager Seven Stars Resort, Grace Bay

Is recruiting for the following positions. Suitably qualified Belongers who possess the requirements listed are encouraged to apply. Salary is based on experience and qualifications.

Housekeeping Manager • Suitable candidates must have a minimum of 5 to 10 years experience working at a 5 Star Resort in a similar role • Must have strong attention to detail and exceptional ability to maintain the highest standards of quality • Must have the ability to manage a group of persons with multi-ethnic and multicultural backgrounds • Must be able to prepare and maintain a budget for employees as well as inventory supplies • Ability to keep and maintain a stock record of amenities and linens is required • Willingness to perform tasks or project as directed by the Managing Director or Director of Finance • This position requires flexibility of hours and ability to work on weekends and Government holidays

Dive Concierge/Activities Manager • Suitable candidates must have a minimum of 5 years experience working at a 5 Star Resort in a similar role • Must have strong attention to detail and exceptional ability to maintain the highest standards of quality • Ability to negotiate pricing and sales in the Resort’s best interest • Develop contracts and ensure completion • Source and hire outside vendors and contractors where needed • Plan the logistics of activity itineraries • Follow up with clients to ensure fulfillment of contractual obligations • Invoice clients as required and track payments • Ensure total guest satisfaction with services provided • Work closely with Reservations, Water Sports, F&B, and other departments as required • Implementing programs for the Kids Camp and activities for Groups • Coordinate and organize on Resort events, banquets, conferences and weddings • Coordinate incentive travels and weddings with our International cliental

Closing Date : September 15, 2011

Suitably qualified candidates should submit your resume in person at Seven Stars Resort security gate, Monday – Friday 9am-5pm or by e-mail to Due to the volume of applicants, NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

(MOTIVATING, STRATEGIC PLANNING, COMMUNICATING SKILLS, MONITORING AND EVALUATION, FACILITATING ORGANISATIONAL CHANGE) Primary objectives of the Job Duties: A good communicator (both written and oral), technical knowledge in journalism, posses a broad knowledge of broadcasting and journalism general rules, regulations and policies, understanding editing equipment and tools where relevant, skills to guide and counsel trainees. Roles and Responsibilities: • Understand and follow all company safety standard and practices. • Supervise and training staff of all levels • Identifying and remedying missing skill sets • Able to review the trainee’s ability and match it against the current operational requirements observe and evaluate • Must prepare an accurate and precise documentation of the training outcome and future needs of each trainee • Must be willing and able to handle special projects • Perform all job functions with the appropriate safety measures • Must be able to work flexible hours, including weekends and holidays • Liaise with other management as required • Perform other duties in keeping with the position Qualifications and requirements: • Bachelor degree or certificates in Journalism, Filming and Communication courses • A minimum of fifteen years experience in broadcast television including but not limited to Anchoring, Broadcasting, Producing and News Editing. • Must have extensive knowledge of equipment characteristics, capabilities and limitations Skills and workings conditions • Excellent communications skills with external and internal customers • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where on limited to standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral diagram, or schedule form. Salary: $60,000.00 -$75,000.00 per annum plus additional benefits. Based on experience.

Contact: WIV Cable P.O. Box 679, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands or fax 946-4866

No telephone calls please


September 10 - 16, 2011




Seeks a

Is looking for a

DISHWASHER • Must be willing to work six (6) days per week • Must be trustworthy and reliable Salary $6.00 per hour Hours are from 8:00am – 6:00pm

To do general labor work around the dwelling home salary $5.00 per hour Monday – Friday 7am-3pm.

Contact – Finance Department @ telephone/fax: 941-4871 or email: 5498

contact: 231-0271 5497

C & J EMPLOYMENT seeks to fill the following positions on behalf of our clients: Barefoot Café, Charles Harris

Domestic Worker Kitchen Helper



Must be willing to work 6 days per week salary $5.00 per hour

BIEN AIME EDDY Is looking for a

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

contact: 343-3913


• Working hours: 8 hrs per day • Wages: $5.50 • Must be prepared to work extra hours and on weekends • Duties: include yard cleaning, washing windows small maintenance around the property

Contact: Neon Holding Ltd. 5491


FAX: (649) 946-4661


Tel: (649) 941-7923


During working hours 5503

Required for private villa in Providenciales Qualifications and experience

This position requires a high level of relevant experience either within a five star hotel or private villa environment. A self motivated, highly service orientated individual who uses own initiative. The candidate must have a good command of English and excellent communication skills and be prepared to work long hours, week-ends and holidays. This is a live in ONLY position and candidate is expected to be hardworking, trustworthy and a team player.

Summary of duties and responsibilities @@ The leadership and administration of the staff. @@ Overall supervision of the residence’s operation and assist in other areas as deemed necessary. @@ Supervision of staff and follow-up on their duties @@ Sole responsibility for establishing, maintaining and enhancing the standard and quality of food preparation as well as service. @@ The purchasing of food and households as deemed necessary @@ Ensuring Health, Hygiene and safety standards are maintained The successful candidate must also be willing to work flexible hours, including week-ends, public holidays etc. A clean driving license is essential. This position reports directly to the Villa Owner.

Remuneration Remuneration will be dependent on work experience and relevant qualifications.


Sales and Marketing Administrator The candidate will be expected to run a busy sales office while keeping accurate records of all transactions and daily sales. The successful candidate’s responsibilities will be to keep all company books and accounts up to date and be able to produce accurate and timely sales figures and accounts. Qualifications: • Bachelor Degree in Business Management & Accounting or equivalent. • Ten years experience in a similar

environment. • At least five years extensive usage/ experience of QuickBooks. This job is based in the tourism industry and therefore the applicant must be willing to work unsociable hours, weekends and holidays. Please only apply if you meet the minimum requirements for qualifications and experience as stated above, all applications not meeting these requirements will not be considered.

Please fax resume to 941-4664


The job requires working in seawater everyday, lifting heavy baskets of conch, feeding conch and cleaning conch wastes from ponds on land. Persons applying must be willing to clean conch shells and meat. Wages begin at 5.50 per hour and increase with experience, person must speak and understand English and be physically fit the job requires working long hours, weekends and holidays.

Contact: Check Hesse 232-5119 between 9am-5m Monday – Friday for an interview appointment. Belonger preferred but will consider others with experience Position available: Providenciales at TWI, Ltd. 5502

Triple S Construction Is looking for a

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

Contact: 231-0209

Positions available Kitchen Cook with Mexican Food Experience

Must have broad knowledge of Mexican food and possess 10 or more years experience in food service industry. Must be able to cook under pressure, prioritize cooking procedures, strong knife skills, and be able to handle a individual stations independently. Must be willing to work in conjunction with owner and executive chef to develop menus and special events menus. Must be open and willing to learn. Must be able flexible to work any shift from 8 am to 11 pm, including weekends and holidays. Salary based on experience. Please present and submit resume, references, qualifications, and police record to Somewhere Cafe and Lounge, Coral Gardens Resort. Preference given to Belongers. 941-8260

Service Staff

Seeking experienced wait and bar staff. Candidates must possess strong background in food service industry. Candidate must be eager to learn, sell, and is a self-starter. Candidates will go through extensive training and be expected to retain and apply service standards. Service staff must have a minimum of five years of experience.

Applications should apply in writing with resumes to:

Misick & Stanbrook Tel. 946-4732 Fax 946-4732 Email:


PHONE: (649) 946-4664

September 10 - 16, 2011

Please submit resume, references, qualifications, and police record to Somewhere Cafe and Lounge, Coral Gardens Resort. Preference given to Belongers. 941-8260



September 10 - 16, 2011


PHONE: (649) 946-4664



The Turks and Caicos Islands

Airports Authority

FAX: (649) 946-4661


Is looking for a

Invites applications from suitably qualified individuals for the position of

SENIOR ACCOUNTANT Job Purpose and Scope: The position holder will be required to: • Assist the Financial controller in the preparation of appropriate, timely and accurate financial statements on a monthly basis or when requested • Assist the Financial Controller with the maintenance of the company’s fixed asset register • Assist the Financial Controller with the preparation of monthly and weekly payroll • Assist the Financial Controller in the preparation of the annual and revised budgets • Assist the Financial Controller in the preparation of annual financial statements for auditing • Supervise the finance department

contact: 341-3398

Call 244 9612

to work 3 days per week salary $100 per week

Competencies: • Must have a full working knowledge of Peachtree Accounting package • Must have a full working knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite • Must be able to adhere to strict deadlines

For residential home



PER WEEK CALL 946-4664



Qualifications: A Bachelors Degree in Accounting or equivalent certification plus a minimum of five (5) years post qualification experience in a senior management position. Experience working in the Aviation industry would be an asset.

One (1) Carpenter

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications in the range $36,000 - $42,000 per annum with additional allowances.

@@All aspects of carpentry, including both rough-in and finish carpentry. @@Applicant must have knowledge in general construction including roof construction, erection, maintenance and repair. @@Must be able to work with others and direct workflow with helpers for maximum productivity. @@Be able to read and work from architectural drawings @@Have ability to work with minimum supervision. @@Minimum of nine (9) years working experience based on above criteria. Wages: Commensurate with experience starting from $12.00 per hour

Applications must be submitted before September 20, 2011 to:

Mr. John Smith, Chief Executive Officer Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority Email:


Two (2) Mason

the largest readership in the turks & caicos

Applicant must have knowledge of all masonry work with at least 10 years experience. Wages: from $7.00 per hour


SPECIALIZED AUTOCAD DRAFTSMAN Engineering Design Services (EDS) is seeking a qualified professional to fill the post of AutoCAD Draftsman

One (1) Concrete Technician

Applicant will be responsible for proper proportioning, timely dispatch and quality control of concrete production, in addition to ensuring the proper coordination of the preventative maintenance program in order to reduce downtime. • Must have the ability to lift and move up to 100lbs • Applicant must have knowledge of aggregates and deleterious materials. • Applicant must be able to have vision abilities – close vision, color vision, peripheral vision and depth perception. • Applicant must have knowledge of occupational hazards and safety precautions applicable to the trade. • Ability to communicate effectively Wages: $10.00 per hour

One (1) Electrician

Minimum Qualification:

• Associate degree in structural or civil or construction engineering • AutoCAD drafting certificate from a recognized institute

Minimum eight years experience in the installation, maintenance and repair of electrical equipment and general labour work pertaining to the business. Wages: from $8.00 per hour

Minimum experience:

• 7 years in Structural & Civil Detailing • 5 years in Seismic Detailing • 5 years (construction) field experience • Knowledge of architectural concept and design Salary commensurate based on qualification and experience

Only applicants selected for interview will be notified.

Submit applications to by September 15, 2011 to: Butterfield Gold Ltd., Human Resource Department Town Center Mall, Providenciales Tel: 649-946-4211

Please email CV to or call 649339-3939 between the hours of 8:30am – 5:00pm Belongers only may apply for this post




Providenciales International Airport





FAX: (649) 946-4661


Is looking for a


A busy fine dining restaurant in one of Providenciales’ resorts is inviting applications for the following position

• The successful candidate will be enthusiastic, self-motivated, energetic and creative with good people and organizational skills must be will to work all public holidays and weekends • Knowledge in the following areas is necessity: mother sauces, basic vegetable cuts, Garde manger and mis en place, cutting and dressing of meat cuts, fish and shellfish, kitchen management, food costing, safety and sanitation. • Computer literacy in MS Excel absolutely essential • Qualified applicant must have classical training with exposure to Modern Caribbean Fusion and a broad range of European cookery styles~ French~Mediterranean~Asian with at least 6 years experience in a similar capacity


City and Guilds or diploma for an internationally recognized institution Salary offered commensurate with experience Qualified Belongers Only

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


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

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

Contact: 241-7185

Contact: 231-6889




Is looking for a


NANNY To work 6 days per week salary $300.00 per week.


• Must be willing to work split shifts, public holidays, nights and weekends • You will be responsible for ensuring the table setting and general condition of the restaurant is up to standards • Scheduling, organizing and training of Wait Staff to ensure effortless and seamless service, implement ongoing programs to upgrade FOH skills and knowledge on bar, wine and fine dining service • The ideal candidate will ensure and personally supervise the highest level of hygiene standards are maintained at the bar and dining room as the liaison between the Kitchen and FOH you will ensure the wait staff is properly briefed of daily specials to be able to sell more menu items, possessing an exceedingly pleasant personality, readily able to assist with all guest complaints to a positive resolution for each incident • The candidate will assist the Assistant Manager in managing established Labour and beverage costs, cocktail mixology and wine knowledge is required to work closely with the chef for interesting and “Avant Garde” pairing for food to beverage titillating the feedback with regards guests comments on all food menus, wine lists, cocktail list and meeting service expectations, good “soft sell” techniques are essential, computer literate in MS Word and Excel is mandatory Salary $500 per week Qualified Belongers Only

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

Worker Salary $5.00 per hour

Interested person should

Contact 245-6060

Is seeking a


Domestic Worker/


Must be able to load, unload and identify building materials, machinery and tools and distribute them to the appropriate locations according to projects plans and specifications Hours: 7am-5pm Monday – Friday Salary $5.00 per hour

To mind an elderly lady


Must be able to measure accurately and calculate dimensions as well as read blueprints etc. Hours: 7am-5pm Monday – Friday Salary $7.00 per hour

Must be willing to sleep in 5 days per week and sometimes on weekends salary negotiable please apply via

Contact: 649-332-5533




1 Domestic


Acting on behalf of our clients: Complete Construction

A busy fine dining restaurant in one of Providenciales’ resorts is inviting applications for the following position


Is looking for a

Contact: 331-2206


Dee’s Fashion



Huguette Jean Baptiste

TCMillwork ltd.

Architectural woodworking, Cabinetry and Design Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands

Position: Millshop Foreman • Supervision of workforce. • Prepare and provide work, supplies, drawings to employees. • Prepare orders for materials necessary for ongoing millshop operations in a timely and prudent manner. • Delegation of work. Quality control. Ensuring the facilities at the millshop operate safely, efficiently and profitably, and are kept in clean working condition. • Overseeing production schedules. • Liaise with Owners, Purchasers, and consultants, site personnel, staff,

employees, subcontractors and suppliers of TCMillwork in a professional and courteous manner. • Certificate required: Carpentry-Cabinet making-Joinery • Working knowledge of AutoCad • High-end technical woodworking skills • Must have excellent leadership and communication skills, multi-lingual preferred • Professional, disciplined, punctual, reliable and affable Salary at $15.00 per hour

Please send applications to: contact person: Mario 941-4907


PHONE: (649) 946-4664

September 10 - 16, 2011



September 10 - 16, 2011 PHONE: (649) 946-4664





Ceramex, a tile, roofing and finishing product company, requires successful applicant possessing professional managerial and sales qualifications. @@A minimum of five years in managerial position is required with a college degree from an accredited four-years University. @@Must possess excellent writing skills; speak fluent English, French and Spanish. @@Knowledge of manufacturing processes, business suppliers, international transport and services are a must. @@Must be able to create graphic designs and presentations. @@The applicant must also be proficient in all Microsoft applications including Excel, QuickBooks, Word, Publisher and Outlook will be required to travel frequently to Europe, the United States and the Caribbean Islands on short notice. @@Will be expected to work long hours, including weekends, holidays, on regular bases with changes in schedule with little prior notice.

Interested applicants should forward resume by September 16th, 2011 to Ceramex: P.O. Box 882, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands as well as the Labor Department

Job Opportunity For magazines, illustrations, advertisments, posters and other publications This position requires someone

@@ With at least five (5) years experience working with Macintosh computers. @@ Must be able to creative in publications, illustrations and other marketing products from concept to finish. @@ Proficiency using Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and PhotoShop software for print is essential. @@ Some technical, networking and web design knowledge an asset. Salary paid weekly will commensurate with experience. Forward applications to: Advertising Graphics Ltd. Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands Email: NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE

Preference will be given to Belongers and Legal Residents

FAX: (649) 946-4661

#1 Leeward Highway

Serving Bowls

& Platters By Mikasa

50% Discount Contact: 946-4894


POSITION AVAILABLE One IT Specialist The successful applicant will be responsible for the deployment, configuration and maintenance of all the computer hardware and software utilized throughout the organization. Responsibilities: • Design, install, configure and administer domain controllers, file servers, mail servers workstations, network devices and web-page hosting/maintenance • Set up and administer security groups, user accounts, group policies and security restrictions; Maintain network connectivity, telephone equipment, and other network appliances. • Install and configure surveillance equipment and surveillance management software Maintain Point-Of-Sale (POS) operating on Microsoft SQL platform, and attached paraphernalia, including scales and hand held • Provide support, analyse data, run macros/scripts for P.O.S using SQL platform Requirements: • B.Sc., Computer Information Systems • Minimum of 3-4 years experience carrying out responsibilities listed • Experience with Active Directory and Microsoft Server 2003/2008, Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft XP/Vista • A detailed understanding of TCP/IP is essential • Excellent written and oral communication skills; highly self-motivated, able to work without supervision with keen attention to detail • Proven analytical, troubleshooting and problem-solving skills

Only applicants selected for interview will be notified.

Submit applications to by September 15, 2011 to: Butterfield Gold Ltd., Human Resource Department Town Center Mall, Providenciales Tel: 649-946-4211


PHONE: (649) 946-4664

September 10 - 16, 2011 FAX: (649) 946-4661


PARADISE designs

Is looking for an

Is looking for an


VACANCIES Gansevoort Turks + Caicos is a contemporary luxury full service boutique resort on Grace Bay Beach. We are looking for driven and energetic professionals with Five Star experience and who are committed to achieving excellence by ensuring Five Star standards and services are continuously delivered. Report directly to the Chief Engineering. This position is responsible for the day to day maintenance of the hotel. This position demands attention to detail, technical expertise and understanding of the preventive maintenance process.

Minimum Requirements:

• Minimum 5 years experience, at least 2 years in construction field and/or resort property management. • Associate’s degree in engineering or certification or equivalent experience. • Ability to recognize and anticipate problems early. • Require heavy lifting and hard work therefore an affinity for hard work and excellent physical strength is mandatory. • Must be highly motivated, a self starter who needs little supervision and solution oriented. • Excellent team player qualities and self discipline is mandatory. Salary Range: $7.00 – 15.00 hour

Front Office Manager

Responsible for organizing, planning, directing and controlling of the Front Office reception, cashiers, reservations, and switchboard. Three years experience in managing a front office in a 5 star Resort. Should have a first degree. Flexibility to work shifts if necessary. A foreign language will be an asset. Front Desk Manager Front Desk Agent Communications Agent – PBX/Dispatch Bellman Airport Greeter Corporate Manager Customer Relationship Manager – Guest Services Concierge

The Voice of the Resort

– facilitates guests experience, greets, answers, assists and caters to all VIP guests and all other guests of the Resort. Conflict management experience an asset. Salary range $5.00 - $10.00 per hour.


General cleaning of guest room areas assists room attendants with heavier tacks, window washing, linen delivery and removal. Salary range $5.00 - $8.00 hourly

Housekeeping Manager

The Manager is required to have at least a high school diploma and previous experience. Responsible for training new employees and ensuring their work schedules are coordinated. The manager may oversee the work of the employees and order cleaning supplies as needed. The manager assigns tasks to employees and may make cleaning suggestions to help improve service. Managers should be able to resolve complaints from customers regarding the cleaning services. Must be Computer literate and knowledge of Microsoft Office software are helpful in preparing reports and employee schedules; should have good communication skills; Managers should be detail-oriented.

Pool & Beach Entertainment Manager

This position is responsible for ensuring complete compliance with all hotel standards and overseeing the entire Pool & Beach Entertainment operation which includes Pool & Beach Attendants, Pool/Retail Attendants and Kids Club Coordinators. The Pool Manager has overall responsibility for safety at the pool, as well as

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NOTICE OF SALE BY PUBLIC AUCTION Scotiabank (Turks & Caicos) Ltd. of Cherokee Road, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands hereby gives notice of its intention to sell by Public Auction the following properties pursuant to its power of sale as registered Chargee under the Registered Land Ordinance of the Turks and Caicos Islands: 1. Parcel 60605/136, Norway & Five Cays, Providenciales. Comprising of a single storey residential development, providing four bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms and spacious general living areas. Located in front, a guest house with accommodations of two bedrooms, one living room, one kitchen, one ensuite bathroom and one bathroom. Registered Proprietors: Strashun Dakaria Williams 2. Parcel 60505/226, Blue Hills and Stamers Run, Providenciales. Comprising of a single storey development, providing three bedrooms, two bathrooms, living room, kitchen and dining area. Registered Proprietor: Demetria Latoya Simmons. 3. Parcel 10409/51, East Suburbs, Grand Turk. Comprising of a two- storey residential development providing four bedrooms, three bathrooms, kitchen living and dining area. Registered Proprietor: Warren Alexander Williams 4. Parcel 60003/73, North West and North Central, Providenciales.Comprising of a single storey residential development providing two bedrooms, one bathroom, great room, dining area, kitchen, one bathroom and a covered porch. Registered proprietor: Keisha Andrea Gilbert

house, swimming pool and outbuildings. The property provides two bedrooms, two full baths, one part bath, a family room, living, dining and kitchen area. Registered Proprietor: Ronald Joseph Burton 10. Parcel 60003/123 North West and North Central Providenciales. Comprising of a single storey residential development providing an open plan living room/kitchen/diner, three bedrooms, two bathrooms (one ensuite), laundry room and closets Registered Proprietors: Nathan Glyndwr Busby and Sarah Jane Edge 11. Parcel 60505/173 Blue Hills and Stamers Run, Providenciales. Comprising of a single storey residential development providing two bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen and living area. Externally, there is a utility house to the rear end of the property. Registered Proprietors: Lenford Cordel Butler and Tamara Olita Munroe 12. Parcel 60003/51, North West and North Central, Providenciales. Comprising of a one storey residential development, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, living room, kitchen and dining room. Registered Proprietor: Barbara Lynn Harris

5. Parcel 10303/49 Central, Grand Turk. Comprising of a detached single storey residential development providing four bedrooms, three bathrooms, kichen, dining living area, family room, laundry, outdoor garage and a tank. Registered Proprietor: Terrilyn Brendalee Ingham

13. Parcel 60602/123, Norway Five Cays, Providenciales. Comprising of a two storey residential development, providing two, one bedroom apartments on the ground floor and one, two bedroom apartment on the upper floor, ground floor deck and upper floor balcony. Registered Proprietor: Shirlen Grovernor Hamilton

6. Parcel 60811/23, The Bight & Thomas Stubbs, Providenciales. Comprising of a single storey development, providing 3 bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen, living/dining areas. Registered proprietor: Oletta Louise Robinson

14. Parcel 60503/152, Blue Hills and Stamers Run, Providenciales. Comprising of a single residential development providing bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, living and dining area. Registered Proprietor: Kirkley George Rigby

7. Parcel 60003/08, North West & North Central, Providenciales. Comprising of a single storey development providing three bedrooms, two bathrooms (one en-suite), a laundry room, closets and a porch area to the front of the Property. Registered Proprietor: Alan James Percy

15. Parcel 60604/112, Norway & Five Cays, Providenciales. Comprising of a single storey detached building with a partial lower floor which provides 2 two bedroom apartments to the main floor and a single studio to the partial lower floor. A second detached single storey two bedroom residence. Registered Proprietors: Frank Carlos Duverge and Mernela Lexis Duverge

8. Parcel 10409/56 East Suburbs, Grand Turk. Comprising of a single storey building providing three main bedrooms, two bathrooms, spacious living areas as well as an internal garage. Outside land is fenced with overground water catchment system. Registered Proprietor: Richard Peter Garland 9. Parcel 60716/138, Cheshire Hall Richmond Hill, Providenciales. Comprising of a detached single storey residential development with a gazebo, guest

16. Parcel 60807/90, The Bight & Thomas Stubbs, Providenciales comprising of a guest residence providing two bedrooms, one bathroom, open plan living, dining and kitchen area including an external covered porch. Second building provides a main house with garage efficiency and a separate one bedroom efficiency unit. Registered Proprietors: John Emanuel Williams and Carlene Andra Nadine Williams

The auction will be held at the offices of Scotiabank (Turks and Caicos) Limited, Grace Bay Branch, Providenciales at 10 o’clock in the morning on Friday the 23rd day of September 2011 A reserve price will be fixed on all parcels. A deposit of 10% is due immediately upon all accepted bids. Terms and Conditions of Sale by Auction are available by request from Scotiabank Collections Manager (649) 946-4750.

Armitage starts on wing for England DELON Armitage will start on the wing in England’s opening Rugby World Cup match against Argentina on Saturday after Mark Cueto was ruled out. Sale’s Cueto has been struggling with a back problem since he was forced off after 21 minutes of England’s warm-up game against Ireland last month. London Irish full-back Armitage will make his first Test start on the wing. Nick Easter returns at number eight and Mike Tindall captains the team from inside centre alongside Manu Tuilagi. Jonny Wilkinson gets the nod at fly-half with Toby Flood on the bench. (BBC)

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Italy and Spain qualify McLaren say driver Hamilton will learn from his mistakes for Euro 2012 finals ITALY and Spain have become the second and third nations to secure qualification for the Euro 2012 finals after wins over Slovenia and Liechtenstein respectively on Tuesday evening. Germany were the first country to book their tickets for the finals in Poland and Ukraine on Friday. And they have now been joined by Italy, after a goal five minutes from time from Inter Milan striker Giampaolo Pazzini gave them a 1-0 Group C success over Slovenia in Florence. A defensive mix-up between Marko Suler and Bostjan Cesar left Pazzini to smash the ball home from five yards out to secure victory for Cesare Prandelli’s side. The result means the Italians now have an eight-point lead over Serbia with just two matches remaining. Serbia beat Faroe Islands 3-1 and Estonia thumped Northern Ireland 4-1 in the other two group matches played on Wednesday. That leaves second on 14 points and one win from their final two matches will see them reach the play-offs. And, later in the evening, world champions Spain made it three teams to seal qualification after a 6-0 hammering of minnows Liechtenstein in Group I. David Villa and Alvaro Negredo both scored twice with Xavi and Sergio Ramos also on target for Vicente Del Bosque’s side. Spain have a maximum 18 points from their six matches, eight points

ahead of the Czech Republic, who are battling Scotland for second place in the group. Scotland kept their hopes of reaching the play-offs alive with a narrow 1-0 win over Lithuania in Glasgow. Meanwhile, Netherlands need just a point from their last two matches to secure qualification from Group E after a 2-0 victory over Finland in torrential rain in Helsinki. The World Cup finalists went ahead in the 29th minute when Wesley Sneijder set up Kevin Strootman to score. And the Dutch added a second goal in injury time through striker Luuk de Jong to secure their eighth win from eight matches. Netherlands require a draw against either Moldova or Sweden to secure their place in Poland and Ukraine. Sweden kept their faint hopes of pipping Netherlands alive with a 5-0 thumping of San Marino, while Hungary won 2-0 at Moldova. England have also edged closer to qualification after a narrow 1-0 Group G win over neighbours Wales at Wembley. Manchester United winger Ashley Young scored the only goal, but Wales can consider themselves unlucky not to get something from the match after dominating the second half. England need a point from their final two matches to reach the final. Montenegro lie second on 11 points and they still have to play Fabio Capello’s side at home.

Farah wins 5,000m gold BRITAIN’S Mo Farah won 5,000m gold at the World Championships while Phillips Idowu took triple jump silver. Farah, who won the 10,000m silver, held off the challenge of Bernard Lagat of the United States and Ethiopia’s Imane Merga, to win in 13 minutes, 23.36. “I can’t quite believe it,” Farah told BBC Sport. “I pictured the 10k on the last lap thinking, I came so close then I’m not going to let anyone pass me.” Triple jump defending champion Idowu was pipped to gold by Christian Taylor. Farah, who has made huge improvements since moving with his family to Oregon at the start of the year to be coached by Alberto Salazar, kept himself out of trouble at the back of the pack for the first 2,000m in a slow-paced race. A break from Saudi Arabian Hussain Jamaan Alhamdah stretched the pack but Farah moved up through the field to sit on his shoulder as the race entered the final kilometre.

Fantastic Farah wins world gold.

Lagat tracked Farah throughout the second half of the race, but was unable to match his victory over this distance in 2007 and had to settle for a second successive silver. Farah, who covered the final 400m in 52.87 seconds to become the first British world champion over the distance, added: “It’s been hard work and a lot of sacrifices and I have to thank so many people who’ve been behind me. (BBC)

LEWIS Hamilton will learn from the mistakes he has made this season and become a better driver in the future, according to his McLaren team. The Englishman lost any real hopes of winning this year’s title with a crash at the Belgian Grand Prix two weeks ago, the latest in a string of errors. McLaren principal race engineer Phil Prew said: “Lewis is a very clever guy and a very good racing driver. “He will reflect on the difficulties he’s had and come back stronger.” He crashed out of the Belgian race while trying to overtake Sauber’s Kamui Kobayashi, later taking full responsibility for the accident. It was the latest example of a season that has veered between brilliant wins and basic mistakes. His victories in China and Germany were arguably the drives of the season but, in between, he has had races such as those in Monaco and Canada where he made important errors. He has also been on the wrong end of some strategy errors by his team and appeared unsettled at times in public. Vettel dominated the start of the season, putting himself in an almost unassailable position by winning five

Hamilton lies fifth in the drivers’ standings, but after crashing out in Belgium he stands no real chance.

of the first seven races. And Prew hinted that he felt Hamilton has been frustrated all season by not being able to mount an effective challenge for the championship. Asked about Hamilton by BBC Sport in a McLaren phone conference, Prew said: “Lewis has had an up-and-down season. “Lewis is a great driver who has won races this year and every year he’s driven for McLaren. He’s

always pushing very hard. “Obviously he came into the season with great hopes of winning the championship and that’s going to be an upward struggle from here. “Pushing hard brings some consequences of high risk. I think that’s what we’re seeing. “We will not ask him to change. Lewis is Lewis. He gets results with a very charging, aggressive approach. We fully support that. We’ve seen it’s won him championships and that’s our intention.” Hamilton won the title with McLaren in 2008, having missed out by one point in his debut season the year before. But 2011 is the third consecutive season in which he has not been able to mount an effective challenge for the championship. Before the Belgian race, Hamilton said he expected that Red Bull would start next season with an advantage as well, albeit he thought it might be smaller than it was at the beginning of 2011. Hamilton is in fifth place in the championship, 113 points behind leader Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull with only 175 still available in the remaining seven races, starting with this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix at Monza. (BBC)

Bolt leads Jamaica to relay world record USAIN Bolt anchored Jamaica to a new world record of 37.04 seconds as they won the men’s 4x100m relay at the World Championships in Daegu. The Jamaican team, which also included world 100m champion Yohan Blake, won from France and St Kitts and Nevis. The United States crashed out after colliding with Britain, who dropped the baton, on the final changeover. Bolt, the double Olympic sprint champion and world record holder, teamed up with Nesta Carter, Michael Frater and Blake to better the mark of 37.10 seconds the Jamaicans ran to win gold at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. The 24-year-old Bolt, who ran the third leg in Beijing, took over the anchor role in the absence of injured former world record holder Asafa Powell and helped set the only world record at the 13th world championships. “For me, it was just to go out there fast,” Bolt told reporters. “We did just that. I am proud of my team. I am happy with myself. I enjoyed being the anchor. “I had a little problem with my Achilles. I can’t run the bend. It was decided I would run the anchor. Yohan Blake ran a great bend. I am

The Jamaican quartet with their new world record time for the 4x100m relay.

happy with that.” The 200m world champion added on BBC Radio 5 live: “We’re natural born athletes. It’s all about running fast. As long as we got the baton round, I had no doubts.” And when asked is the best yet to come from Usain Bolt, he said: “Definitely. As long as I get my season right, there’s going to be great things.” The controversy behind the Jamaicans occurred when America’s third-leg runner Darvis Patton clipped Britain’s fourth-leg athlete Harry Aikines-Aryeetey as he came

into the changeover zone. Patton tumbled while AikinesAryeetey was put off his stride and the incoming Briton Marlon Devonish threw away the baton. Aikines-Areetey defended himself, saying: “I don’t think I went too soon. “I felt someone hit me and then saw someone tumble over. As to why Marlon couldn’t get the baton to me, I’ve no idea. “I just want to say sorry it happened. Two years ago I anchored the team to bronze. I had visions of that again.” (BBC)


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Marco Fenelus (left) NAPA Auto Parts’ donation will help youth basketball in the TCI.

NAPA Auto Parts donates junior size basketballs to youth programmes THE TURKS and Caicos Islands youth basketball players have a few more basketballs to their disposal after NAPA Auto Parts recently made a donation to their cause. The balls were welcomed by the Sports Commission and Director

of Sports Alvin Parker said that: “With the donation of these youth basketballs the Sports Commission will be able to take on a greater amount of youth in the area of the sport.” Parker added that this is not the

first time the auto spares company has donated to sports. “In the past NAPA has also assisted in sponsoring the High School and Primary School cross country championships. We say thank you to NAPA Auto Parts for their continuous support.”

Fenelus scores three goals for new college MARCO Fenelus scored three times against Johnsons’ Community College in his third game as a student of the Western Texas College in the US. The youngster, who is in Snyder, Texas because of a football scholarship, scored while

attacking, once from a free kick and the other goal on the penalty spot. His school won 6-1 on Friday. Two days later the TCI Men’s Football League player, Fenelus, scored twice in his team’s 9-0 win against Knights Club.

Josh for Sports

Notes, observations and analysis on World Championships NOW that the 2011 World Championships are done yours truly, the one and only analytical sports columnist in the history of the TCI, will take the liberty to indulge you, my faithful readers on my take of the historic events that captured the attention of the whole world. A BLATANT WASTE OF MONEY! It’s most amazing to note that for the second time in recent memory the TCI has foolishly squandered badly needed funds to send not one athlete to represent our country to these most prestigious games, but instead, sent an official. For what, I don’t know. The first time it was an official to Osaka, Japan; and most recently, Mr. Garvey, the coach of the Raymond Gardiner High School in North Caicos. Can someone, smarter than I, please tell me what do our athletes have to gain from this exercise in futility? When one of my readers successfully deciphers this most cross-worded, up-side down, backto-the-front puzzle, please let me know by writing to the editor of the Weekly News.

programme that it’s all about?

By Joshua Gardiner

Alternative email yours truly: TCAAA’S WRONG FOCUS Mr. Garvey is my cousin-in-law and has my ultimate respect as a dedicated, talented coach, educator and gentleman. The only thing that I have against him is that to me he compromised his ethical commitment to his athletes—our national athletes. Despite the opportunities to travel and rub shoulders with the crème-de-la-crème of the World Governing Executives of track and field, I feel that it’s incumbent upon us all to put our national interest first and foremost of all above self. For is it not our athletes and national

COACH’S NEGLIGENCE Be it known that Mr. Garvey is the coach of our Golden Boy (CARIFTA gold medallist) high jumper, Domanique Missick. Mr. Garvey is not a specialist in coaching the high jump, but through his innovation he created a champion. Domanique had the good fortune of being offered a full scholarship [athletic] to attend a university in the USA in the State of Missouri; albeit, he lacked a few points in his S.A.T scores. Notwithstanding, the university offered for him to come in a few weeks earlier to tutor him in upgrading this slight deficiency. Securing Domanique’s necessary paper work should have been high on the agenda of all, especially the coach. MORE ON TO THE MEAT OF THE MATTER I have always said that an athlete’s preparedness for athletic competition is 25% physical and 75% psychological. USAIN BOLT THE PROOF The world and Olympic champion

and record holder was disqualified in the 100M final. Thus, he was beaten. He was beaten psychologically, beaten by the pressure of competition. There is no excuse, why did the others not false-start? Here is my analytical take. Mr. Bolt did not have the fastest qualifying time going into the finals, actually, his training partner Yohan Blake had the fastest qualifying time. PSYCHOLOGICAL DOUBT Be it known that Blake had been given Bolt much pressure in practice. If Bolt was so confident, psychologically, he would have started the way he always did— without jumping the gun. Obviously he was not as cock-sure as usual. A champion always has his competition breathing down his neck. To be the best you have to beat the best. 400 METRES 18-YEAR-OLD CHAMPION This is a message to all you young TCI athletes. An 18-year-old sprinter from Grenada has conquered the world in the 400M—defying all odds. DELANO WILLIAMS 2012

OLYMPIC MEDALLIST IN THE 400M A few months ago, in one of my exclusive columns, I showed the way and prophesied that Delano Williams can become an Olympic Medallist in the 400M. I see far. I’m 60 years old. Sports has been my life since age four. I am also an analytical industrial lab scientist by profession. I analyse sports from a scientific prospective. THE ANALYTICAL PROGNOSIS OF WILLIAMS Delano is not a 100M specialist, but a 200M. Actually, at age 16 he literally broke Usain Bolt’s record at the Western Champs in Jamaica in the 200M event. 400M RELAY Delano ran 45+ seconds in a 4X400M relay split at age 16: A feat, which to my knowledge, has never been done before. He has been consistently in the 46-second range in the 4X400M. His best time in the 200M is 20.76s and he has not reached his peak there. Overall it is quite likely that Mr. Williams should achieve glory in one of these events.

September 10 - 16, 2011



Vitamalt/Quality T-20 Cricket Competition semis:

Police raid KB Home Centre GARVIN Bruno continued his fine batting and Ira Baptiste did major damage with the ball to propel Police into the final of the Vitamalt/Quality T-20 Cricket Competition in Providenciales. The Lawmen made their commanding 123-run victory over new comers KB Home Centre at the Downtown Ball Park last Sunday and now await the winner of this weekend’s second semi-finals. The Jaguars are scheduled to clash with the Quality Super Kings at the same venue. LEADING FROM THE FRONT Bruno smashed 13 fours in his score of 64 runs; two runs more than the total of the opposing side.

Kareem Jack lent support with 45 runs (6X4s) as the side reached 185-7. KB Home Centre did show some fight and it all came from skipper, national cricketer, Gareth Butler. The technically correct batsman showed his bowling ability when he routed five batsmen, including Bruno, to finish with his best figures on TCI soil (5-36 from four overs). The slow medium pacer said: I tried to keep it straight and full and

kept yorking the guys who tried to smash it [the ball]”. Butler’s commendable performance faded when his teammates batted as 12 overs was enough for a total batting collapse. The skipper scored 14 while Neil Coles added 12. For Police it was another stunning performance from the veteran Ira Baptiste. The medium pacer took five wickets for 10 runs from three overs while Damian Young and Damian St. Ange took two wickets each.

Garvin Bruno scored a half-century for the Police cricket team.

Provo Amateur Basketball Association:

Predators win nail-biting pre-season competition POINT guard, Roger Martinez, produced the energy the Predators needed to pounce on their preys and win the Provo Amateur Basketball Association (PABA) Pre-Season competition last Saturday night at the Downtown Ball Park. The final ended in overtime with a 62-58 victory for the Predators

over the HB Ballers. The two sides battled to 54-all by the end of regulation, but the eventual winners kept their energy level up. Martinez tallied 40 points, 15 assists and 10 steals to walk away with the MVP award. The HB Ballers were not without trophies since centre Alvardo Parker

Predators won the Providenciales Amateur Basketball Association (PABA) Pre-Season competition.

was a wall in the paint and finished with the best defensive trophy. He also did well in the steals and blocks department. To reach the final the HB Ballers defeated the TC Crystal Lions 52-40 in game one of the knockout round while the TC Crystal Lions lost to the Predators 55-30.

Alvardo Parker was a wall in defence and was duly rewarded.

Roger Martinez captured the most valuable players trophy.



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Turks and Caicos Weekly News - Issue 35  

September 10 - 16, 2011

Turks and Caicos Weekly News - Issue 35  

September 10 - 16, 2011