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Weekly News Volume 26 | No. 15 | April 14 - 20, 2012

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From disgrace to 

amazing grace

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– PDM’s promise TCI

Not deterred by the lackluster response to their first public meeting, the People’s Democratic Movement (PDM) hit the elections campaign trail on Wednesday evening at the party’s headquarters in Provo.

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LESS than three months after her appointment as Permanent Secretary (PS) of the Ministry of Health and Education, Judith Campbell has resigned ...

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Two American tourists die

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TWO elderly men died and one teenager is currently receiving medical attention at a US hospital, following three separate aquatic incidences over the Easter weekend and into this week.

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Ewing to seek

PNP leadership Dr Rufus Ewing made public his bid for leadership of the Progressive National Party (PNP) on Wednesday.

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RFA Fort Rosalie in Provo The RFA Fort Rosalie docked outside the Providenciales harbour Thursday afternoon, but up to press time, the Governor’s office could not say what the reason for the ship’s visit was.

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From disgrace to amazing grace – PDM’s promise TCI By Vanessa Narine Not deterred by the lackluster response to their first public meeting, the People’s Democratic Movement (PDM) hit the elections campaign trail on Wednesday evening at the party’s headquarters in Provo. And Leader Derek Taylor stressed that his party’s 10-year vision will return the Turks and Caicos Islands from “a state of disgrace to amazing grace,” as it has done once before. Addressing a gathering of approximately 100 persons, Taylor maintained that the hallmarks of any good administration are honesty, integrity, responsibility and accountability – traits clearly seen in the PDM’s record of accomplishment. “These will be the hallmarks of the administration I lead…any government official that falls out of line will be dealt with…under the PDM we will take our country back, from a state of disgrace to amazing grace,” he said. The PDM leader promised longterm economic stability, increased productivity, social empowerment of every islander, the creation of more opportunities, equal pay legislation, diversification of tourism, increased scholarships and the establishment of a TCI Development Bank, among other advances. “Rest assured the public purse will remain intact, not attacked,” Taylor said, delivering a blow to former PNP leader and Premier Mike Misick. Recalling the 2003 meeting with Misick when the PNP took office, he pointed out that throughout the discussions with Misick, his recurring question was, “Is there any money in the treasury.” Blasting the former

administration’s failure in stewardship of public funds to advance the interest of the TCI, Taylor stressed that the TCI were to have been in its golden years; rather Misick’s administration has brought the TCI to its knees. “Together we will build the TCI,” he said to supporters who cheered him on with ringing bells – the party’s symbol. He maintained that a PDM administration will open the doors to prosperity for all the people of the TCI. Taylor stated that the rights of the TCI people will be guaranteed by a PDM administration, which will advance, through the constitution, basic human rights and greater selfdetermination. He made it clear that good governance is the backbone of any developing country. “I take distinct pleasure to lead the PDM into the next government… there is no stopping us now…we will make it,” Taylor said. Turning his attention to the Interim Administration, Taylor acknowledged the need for their services when they stepped in, but stressed that they have been in the TCI one day too long. Dealing the hardest blow to the Interim Administration was PDM’s Secretary General, Ms. Euwonka Selver, who blasted Governor Ric Todd as a “liar, dictator and thief.” “We must put a stop to the colonialist oppression,” she said. MISINFORMED Selver delved into several statistics and incidents she deemed as evidence of the Interim Administrations shortcomings. However, she lost some traction with her audience when she

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Chairperson for the meeting, Mr. Clarence Selver, urges the people to stand for right and for the future

A section of the people gathered in support of the PDM

misrepresented some issues. One example was her lambasting the Interim Administration for the closure of a TCI kindergarten school – a speculation that was laid to rest by the Interim Administration as false when it first surfaced some time ago. For those who were aware of the facts, the misinformation did not go down well. The audience, however, took lighter her call for them to vote for the Progressive National Party (PNP) – a mistake she quickly corrected. Shifting focus to the matter of labour, she disclosed the contents of several correspondences between prominent members of the Chamber of Commerce that indicate a clear bias to employing and developing skills of local TC Islanders. Selver lashed out at these ‘elites’ in the TCI that do nothing to contribute to improving the situation of many disadvantaged youth. Her comeback was solidified when she appealed to TCI’s youth and urged them not to let their futures be stolen; rather support the PDM and have hope for brighter days ahead. Another speaker, former PDM government Minister Sam Harvey also did himself a small disservice when he urged the audience to be informed and “read the news” and

then launched into arguments that reflected a lack of information. However, like Selver, Harvey made a strong comeback and turned his attention to matters of immigration, migration and labour and healthcare. He too took a swing at Governor Ric Todd, saying that Todd has no idea what he is doing. “The PDM has got your back,” he assured, adding that the best days are yet to come under a new administration. According to him, there will only be progress when the decisions made by government are in the interest of the people. “If the laws are no good for the people, it will be no good for the country,” Harvey said. OUR PEOPLE FIRST PDM’s Executive Member, Mrs. Cheryl Astwood-Tull, added her bit, and stressed that under the PDM development will put “our people first.” She maintained that the PDM will always keep in focus the interest of the people at the grassroots – as the PDM has always done. PDM Party Treasurer Dwayne Taylor, in his speech, stressed that TC Islanders have to take the country back for the sake of their children. He said the PDM will restore

the country’s dignity and revive the country. “Our country hangs in the balance,” Taylor said. He added that the PDM has led the nation before and done so with distinction and transparency and has been an honest and responsible government. Taylor criticized the former PNP administration for not serving the interests of the TCI people, but pursuing self-aggrandizement. “We will achieve what we set out to achieve,” he said. He urged the audience’s support and stressed that the PDM will change the current paradigm of inequalities, will put TC Islanders back to work and will not secure the future of the nation’s children. Taylor stressed the quality of leaders depend of the people holding those leaders accountable. Party Chairman Ruben Hall, who spoke briefly, maintained his position that the power to effect changes lies in the hands of the Turks and Caicos Islanders. “The PDM has done it before and they will do it again…the PDM is fully aware of what is going wrong and we will make it right,” he stressed. Chairperson for the evening’s meeting, Mr. Clarence Selver, in making his remarks, maintained that there is a lot in the TCI that needs fixing and stressed that the PNP will not change its ways. He pointed out that the past is inextricably linked to the future and made it clear that the PDM is the party to forge the way forward. “These are serious times and it will take serious and responsible people to take us to the next level,” Selver posited. He urged the people to take a stand for right, to take a stand for the future and stand the PDM. The PDM has called for elections to be held on August 1st this year, but Governor Ric, while reaffirming that the Interim Administration is working towards having elections held this year, has not committed to any date.


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Ewing makes bid for PNP leadership By Vanessa Narine DR RUFUS Ewing made public his bid for leadership of the Progressive National Party (PNP) on Wednesday. The former head of the Civil Service Association said that his vision for the country will ensure that Turks and Caicos Islanders are mentally, socially, economically and politically prepared for independence – his ultimate goal. “I stand before you here today to offer myself to you the people and to ask for your support if you deem me to be of such character and if you share in my vision of a better Turks and Caicos Islands,” he said. The party is expected to have their convention in May, at which time the members will elect a leader. FOCUS At a press conference at the PNP headquarters, several party stalwarts, as well as his father Hilly Ewing, former Deputy Chief Minister who served with the People’s Democratic Movement (PDM), backed Ewing. The third candidate to express his bid for the PNP leadership, following Robert Hall and Carlos Simons, Ewing outlined his vision for the future. He said, “These initiatives will take men and women with vision, dedication, determination, passion and above all an undying love for our country the Turks and Caicos Islands. I present myself to you as one such individual.” The first in his list of priorities was the need to foster unity within the PNP. “We have to organise the party into an effective institution of change for the betterment of our people, as well as to ensure that this party is looked upon with credible eyes as an institution of good governance, integrity and progress and an institution of the people,” Ewing said. The other priorities he addressed included: • Ensuring that the TCI economy is revived and Islanders are put to work again through the attraction of inward investment through extensive marketing, good incentives and sensible development policies. • Expanding the early Childhood Education Programme, maintaining the no child left behind policy, and expanding and improving the High School Vocational Training Programme with its extension into the Community College,

thus ensuring that every Turks and Caicos Islander has access to higher education. • Ensuring a reduction in the cost of living through the introduction of an environmentally friendly energy policy, reduction in taxation and the production of more goods locally for consumption. • Ensuring that business is conducted efficiently through the introduction of e-government and that the learning of the country’s children is maximised through the development of a free wireless TCI. • Maintaining a public service that is efficient and effective through the introduction of a School of Government and Management Studies at the Community College, where the skills of civil servants are upgraded so they can more effectively perform and serve the public, and making sure the efforts of civil servants are appropriately remunerated. • Ensuring that primary health care is expanded and improved to reduce the disease burden of the population and that cost-effective secondary health care is provided in a manner that is acceptable to the people, and that the health of the people, especially the young, elderly and impoverished, is protected through a refined social health insurance programme. • Diversifying the local economy through the expansion of existing sectors such as tourism, agriculture and fishing and the introduction of new sectors such as light manufacturing, processing and international trade and commerce. Expounding on the latter, Ewing said, “I would make it a priority to ensure that our bread baskets are expanded by ensuring that every island has enough development to drive its micro economy without an adverse impact on the environment.” He touched on the sensitive immigration issue and made it clear that under his leadership population growth will be well controlled through the introduction of a robust population policy that is tailored to our immigration and development policy. Ewing stressed too the importance of national pride. He said, “I would make it my priority to ensure that our culture and heritage is magnified in the face of the cultural diversification of our population, to the extent where national pride takes root in our

Whether you are PNP or PDM I am confident that we share a common goal for a better Turks and Caicos – Dr Rufus Ewing

schools, work places and institutions as our people are mentally and socially prepared for an independent Turks and Caicos.” According to him, his vision aims to form a government of integrity, where transparency and good governance provide the foundation upon which the PNP serves the people of the Turks and Caicos. NOT EASY However, even as he expounded on his vision, Ewing maintained that his decision to enter the political arena was not an easy one. “My decision to enter politics and to contest the leadership did not come easily. “Though this decision may have

been expected by many, it was one that was given much thought and I stand before you today under the guidance of God Almighty and with the support of my family, as I have heeded the call service to my country and have placed this above self,” he said. He contended that when one looks at the state of affairs in the Turks and Caicos society, it is clear that there is a need for people to serve. Those who have something to offer his homeland should not ignore the call of duty; rather offer his or her services selflessly to the benefit of the people, he said. “This beloved country of ours needs all good men and women to take up the reigns of leadership and

public service to deliver our people from the bondage and oppression of the British agenda. “We need good men and women on both sides of the political divide who will fight tirelessly for the rights and freedom of our people. “We need good men and women who will unite in the House of Assembly and represent the interest of the masses of the people and not for selfish personal or political gain,” Ewing said. He maintained that the islands need not only men and women of intellect and integrity to lead people forward, but individuals with a strong passion for the advancement and development of Turks and Caicos Islanders without fear or favour. “I also take this opportunity to invite any and all Turks and Caicos Islanders who believe that they have something offer this country, to stand up and be counted and to join the fight, regardless of your political affiliation. “Whether you are PNP or PDM I am confident that we share a common goal for a better Turks and Caicos,” Ewing said. He called for support based on the policy agenda he outlined for the future, support for ideas, not personalities, and added that the Turks and Caicos needs a strong development plan to move the country and people forward. “We need to continue our fight for the Turks and Caicos Islands,” Ewing posited.

Two American tourists died while snorkelling TWO elderly men died and one teenager is currently receiving medical attention at a US hospital, following three separate aquatic incidences over the Easter weekend and into this week. On Saturday, April 7, American tourist Leon Huebner, 80, encountered difficulties while snorkelling off Grace Bay. He was rushed to the Cheshire Hall Medical Centre where extensive attempts to revive him failed. He was pronounced dead by doctors at 2.50pm. The Weekly News understands that the man was a guest at the Beaches Resort but the resort’s staff refused to answer any questions. In a separate similar incident in Grand Turk on Monday, April 9, a 62-year-old man got into

difficulties while snorkelling off the island. Dive instructors rushed to his assistance, took him aboard a boat and administered emergency treatment. The un-named man was brought back to shore and rushed to the Cockburn Town Medical Centre, where he was pronounced dead at 1.10pm. The victim was a passenger on a visiting cruise ship. Meanwhile also in Grand Turk, a teenaged American tourist also got into difficulties while in the water, but luckily, he escaped with his life. The 17-year-old is said to be recovering in hospital following the diving accident. A police release stated that the

teen was learning to dive under the supervision of highly trained and experienced instructors. He was one of 16 people on the organised outing. However, sometime into the exercise the victim was pulled from the sea after persons realised that he was having problems. The teen received emergency first aid aboard a dive boat before being transported to the Cruise Centre where he was met by a medical team from InterHealth Canada. He was then rushed to the Cockburn Town Medical Centre before being airlifted to a hospital in the USA. The incident occurred just before 3pm on Wednesday and police are investigating.


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

Public sector redundancy plan a success? THE direct rule government is going forward providing redundancy packages which now in total will cost taxpayers about $8m. Many long-term civil servants who worked for government prior to 2003 are taking their package, which because of their long service is large. More recent hires are opting to risk holding on to their jobs. Do you believe this programme is working? How will it play if at all into elections which are expected this year?

Unintended consequences

We cannot help but wonder if the programme may have unintended consequences. You are cashing out the reliable long term civil servants with the work ethic because they have accumulated seniority and qualify for a fat package. We are retaining many on the payroll who were hired because they never sought or qualified for employment in the private sector but would vote for the last government. It would have seemed a better, less expensive plan to simply examine the work record and accomplishments, if any, of every civil servant hired in the Misick years when the civil service number of employees grew by leaps and bounds but the quality of civil service went down, down. We had three years to review 700 people which is an average of one person reviewed per business day. Now we are cashing out the workers and keeping the loafers. The permanent and deputy secretaries put in place by Misick and rehired by Stanley, Boyle and Todd are making sure their cronies are receiving a fat package or those who qualify for less will keep their jobs. Where is the training of the civil service we

were promised by the British? What department other than the AG office has had people transferred as promised by Stanley? The population will have to pay off the $8m plus interest and the civil service quality is bound to go down based on what is happening. This is what happens when civil servants from one country are in charge of civil servants from another. They protect each other’s back and the public loses. Since this is the fall-out from the PNP they will win most of the votes. The voting districts of Overback and West Road containing government employees fell to the PNP. How will the Brits draw the new boundaries in the capital island?

Usual incompetence

The Brits, through their usual incompetence and indifference have paid out all the experienced and knowledgeable people. The great part is that after receiving huge settlements to leave, they may all re-apply in two years. They will no doubt get the jobs back, as by that time we will find that the wheels have fallen off the civil service due to lack of experienced people in those jobs.

Court rules in favour of Andrew’s Communications Ltd. The Supreme Court has ruled in favour of Andrew’s Communications Ltd. (ACL) following a move by the Telecommunications Commission to revoke the company’s licence. The Commission made the decision in February based on the claim that ACL continuously failed to pay dues owed under the Telecommunications and Spectrum Licence, including regulatory fees. The courts, however, at the end of March ruled the Commission’s move ineffective and ordered the Commission to pay the costs incurred by ACL in taking the matter to the courts. Peter A. Stubbs, President and CEO Andrew’s Communications Ltd, PTV and PTC, in a statement, said, “This brings to end our fight for justice and to right the wrong committed against Andrew’s with the licence now fully reinstated.

Peter A. Stubbs, President and CEO Andrew’s Communications Ltd, PTV and PTC

“This is an important victory for justice in the TCI and for Andrew’s in particular and confirms that the rule of law is alive and well. We remain committed to you our customers.”

Another brilliant plan by the socialist bureaucrats!

Badly implemented

The so-called voluntary redundancy programme initiated by the interim government was needed but badly implemented meaning that they threw out the good with the bad. People are free to go even if they are good. The result being that it will cost the people of the TCI some $8m and of course lost talent. Essentially between 1988 and ironically after the restoration of the constitution after another PNP debacle, the TCI Government under Wendal Swann established the education fund, took the scholarships off the British Government and the country educated some 1,000 persons and more. With financial independence, fiscal responsibility and taking the islands off grant aid in 1988, the TCIslands was off the British taxpayers bill until now - they are taxing us to death for the mistakes of the former government. During these last 24 years TCI people were dedicated and a lot of talent impacted the public service. Dramatically also this stopped the migration of persons to the Bahamas, US and the world which was routine on graduation. In many areas of government we had persons skilled in health care, the environment, technology, sciences and all were educated by the TCI Government. Importantly a skill set emerged that enabled the government as an entity to do business, to negotiate loans, make agreements, development and related issues. With the Public Service Commission of 1988 to now the road to impartiality, efficiency in the public service began. This reduced the number of expatriate personnel and if that trend continued the TCI Government could have sustained itself as a powerful entity. That all changed when the last government decided it was time to campaign with the people’s monies and started to hire friends, cronies, cousins, wives and the quality of the public service declined. Most of all it was seen from the public hearings of the Robyn Auld Commission that the impartiality of the public service was at issue and at risk. Land deals went before senior civil servants and ministers were bypassing all checks and balances. Senior civil servants refused to tell ministers to place their requests for monies in writing when these ministers asked for monies to host wild parties, orgies and to engage on a course of wasteful, extravagant spending. This reform of the public service is needed to reduce the payrolls and to get rid of lazy inefficient, biased and politically motivated people. But the concern is that real talent will go away as well to be replaced by technical officers, lower level in the British public service who have never worked at this level of government. We are losing some real good talent to the rest of the world. It would be good if some of them would stay and work in the TCI but why put the country to this kind of risk. Just let the bad apples go with their lazy

inefficiency and keep the talent so that the $8m would be money well spent. But alas the programme is near completion and they are now realising that they really jumped the gun this time.

A step in the right direction

There are many criticisms that have been put forward, but truth must be looked at as is; rather than have the calamitous trend we see of people going off with arguments that are based on less than the truth. I believe this is a step in the right direction, albeit their timeline set for completion of this process could have been better planned. As to the cost, yes the severance scheme did cost taxpayers about $8M, but that cost was budgeted for in the last financial year 2011/2012. Right now we are in a new financial year 2012/2013 in which we will hopefully balance our budget and have the TCI on the right path and out of the abyss Mike Misick’s administration led Turks and Caicos Islanders. Many long-term civil servants who worked for government prior to 2003 are taking their package because of their long service added up to a lump sum amount. But I have spoken to several people who actually want to do something different with their lives. Some people have used the money to fund studies in the United States while others are doing other things. Sad to say some persons with as much as $30,000 decided to buy $20,000 vehicles and party and then could not pay the duty at the customs wharf – wasted opportunity. But that is just the fact, the severance package was an opportunity that people either took or did not; no one was forced to take the package. Yes, more recent hires are standing pat and opting to risk holding on to their jobs, but it is not a risk. Speaking to some workers they have a guarantee that their jobs will be secure for 12 months, although they don’t need it, because in all seriousness the government has scaled down the public service to a size right for the economy and they will cannot move to lose more people, or risk affecting the delivery of public services. This programme, like any aimed at change, has had it hiccups, but I believe this programme is working. Two main things it did were right-size the public service and bring down costs, which will help balance the TCI budget. It all falls into play and helps to reach the sometimes-burdensome milestones, which regardless of how much we complain, are the benchmark for elections to be held this year.

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Judith Campbell resigns as Permanent Secretary LESS than three months after her appointment as Permanent Secretary (PS) of the Ministry of Health and Education, Judith Campbell has resigned citing personal reasons for her departure. While Campbell’s appointment did not take effect until April 1, like the other newly appointed PSs she had been working with the former permanent secretaries during this transition period. She told the Weekly News that she will not be making any further statements at this time as to her reasons for leaving the post. TCIG press officer Kendol Morgan noted that he was not in a position to confirm or deny whether she is currently being investigated by the Special Investigation and Prosecution Team (SIPT). Campbell served under the Mike Misick administration between 2006-2009 as PS in the Ministry of Natural Resource where she provided oversight for the TCI environment, lands and fisheries. She also served as Director in the Department of Environment and Coastal Resources, providing

strategic direction to staff, and managing fisheries, national parks and environment in general. Patrick Boyle, Chief Executive of the Turks and Caicos Islands Government (TCIG), in a brief statement said Governor Ric Todd, with advice from the Public Service Commission, has confirmed Ms Desiree Lewis as Acting Permanent Secretary while recruitment to the permanent position is undertaken. He noted his regret that Campbell will not take up the position of Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Education after being appointed on January 9. Campbell’s resignation comes at a time when TCIG is restructuring the public service and understandably causes a setback in the process, particularly when the selection process itself was a lengthy one. The appointments were advertised in November last year and some 33 candidates applied. The selection panel met on December 8 to consider the applications, review them against the experiential requirements and competences published in the

RFA Fort Rosalie in Provo

The RFA Fort Rosalie docked outside the Providenciales harbour Thursday afternoon, but up to press time, the Governor’s office could not say what the reason for the ship’s visit was. The RFA Fort Rosalie has been deployed in the Caribbean on the Royal Navy’s Atlantic Patrol Tasking (North), the UK’s year round commitment to the region, since the middle of December 2011. Her main duties are to provide assurance and support to the UK’s Overseas Territories, particularly in response to disasters, maintain a presence in the area championing UK government objectives conducting counter narcotics trafficking patrols in conjunction with US and other international forces. The ship recently completed a maintenance period in Freeport Grand Bahamas and refreshed her core skills with a short, staff covered training period to maintain her high state of operational readiness. In January she visited Grenada to support the UKs Caribbean

Forum, in early February she visited Veracruz in Mexico and later in the month carried the Earl and Countess of Wessex representing Her Majesty the Queen, on a Diamond Jubilee Tour of the Windward and Leeward Islands, for almost two weeks. In between these periods she embarked a USCG Law Enforcement Detachment, detecting, distracting and disrupting illegal narcotics trafficking throughout the region. The ship remains poised to assist with Disaster Management, Command and Control with extensive Emergency Relief Stores held on board and can send ashore specialist manpower teams trained in Engineering, Medical and Fire Fighting with the primary aim of saving and preserving life. Teams also have the capability to provide Shelter, Sanitation, Food and Water. For the provision of logistic support, ashore the ship has a flight deck capable of operating seeking helicopters, two large workboats and two fast jet boats.

Former PS Judith Campbell

candidate specification. Twelve applicants were selected for the short list based on the strength of their applications. On the evidence of their applications, the remaining applicants were not considered by the panel to be a strong enough fit against the required profile and were informed that they had been unsuccessful. The shortlisted applicants were

called for interview over the period of January 4, 5 and 6, 2012. Two applicants withdrew for personal reasons ahead of the interviews so the panel ultimately interviewed ten candidates for the appointments. Boyle, at the time of the appointments, said, “I spoke to all ten of the candidates over the weekend, both successful and unsuccessful, and relayed just how impressed I was

Desiree Lewis

with each of them. “I have offered a meeting to the five unsuccessful candidates to determine how we may continue to make use of their competence and experience for the greater good of the TCI.” Governor Todd had stressed that the strongest candidates were appointed after following a fair, objective and transparent process in assessing the candidates.

Independence not to be rushed – Ewing By Vanessa Narine

DR RUFUS Ewing, who this week made his bid for leadership of the Progressive National Party (PNP), said that independence must not be rushed. Going forward, he acknowledged that independence will be one of the platforms from which he campaigns. At a press conference on Wednesday, Ewing maintained that independence will not be forced on anyone; rather he noted that his role as a leader will be to prepare the people for that eventuality. He said, “We need to continue to fight to ensure the empowerment of our people and the attainment of an independent Turks and Caicos Islands that is God fearing and enjoys economic, social and political stability.” UP TO THE PEOPLE Ewing made it clear that independence is ultimately up to the people, and added that developmental milestones that are advanced by an elected government will indicate the country’s readiness

for independence. “My duty is to prepare the people for that day,” he said. According to him, the Turks and Caicos Islands have come a long way from the days of non-representative government and British grant and aid. Ewing said, “We have come a long way from the days when our families took to the salt pans and the fields and our men took to the sea for days fishing and trading as the sole means of feeding their families. “We have come a long way from the days when the only means of travel between the islands and afar was by boat. “We are here now at this point in our development as a result of the hard work, fight and determination of our former politicians and activists such as the Honorable JAGS McCartney.” The former head of the Civil Service Association (CSA), noted that it is his intention to ensure that Turks and Caicos Islanders are mentally, socially, economically and politically prepared for independence.

Ewing acknowledged that there will be challenges, but maintained that nothing is etched in stone and with the right team TCI will see advances. Former PNP leader and retired politician Daniel Malcolm addressed the issue of independence in an interview with the Weekly News last week. He contended that the TCI is too young for independence, but noted that achieving a measure of selfdetermination is a move in the right direction. “We are at least ten years away from being ready for independence… we must develop our country and our people so that when we move to independence we will do so from a position of strength,” he said. However, Malcolm, like Ewing maintains, stressed that TCI must prepare for that eventuality down the road. “Self-determination is where the government and the people of TCI, and other territories like us, make advances toward greater political, social and cultural determination or say within the framework of their own situation,” he posited.


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Reducing carbon emissions is vital – Governor – Ric Todd supports development of solar energy By Vanessa Narine THE response by the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) to climate change has to be mitigation, according to Governor Ric Todd, who added that this effort will be mainstreamed in all public agencies. “I will be talking to the CEO and the Permanent Secretaries as it relates to policy because at the end of the day they have to take ownership of whatever is done,” Todd said. He noted that the country’s Climate Change Strategy is being reviewed. “At the last Advisory Council meeting a month ago, we looked at the Climate Change Strategy for TCI and how we should move forward… we should look at mitigation,” Todd said. He pointed out that mitigation means thinking about how we manage our environment, what we can do to preserve what we have and thinking about how we collect our energy. SOLAR ENERGY The Governor indicated his support for advancing the

development of solar energy. He noted that the situation would be a win-win, since not only would the Island’s energy be collected in a manner that is environmentally friendly, but it will also lower the country’s petrol import bill. “Almost all the things that reduce carbon emissions, using less energy, green energy, is absolutely worth doing,” Todd said. The Governor stressed that this the right way forward. Todd added that the Turks and Caicos Islands Government (TCIG) is looking at the regulatory framework in which this can be done. He stressed that the TCI, being a low-lying set of islands, are acutely vulnerable to climate change, especially with the expected increase in sea level. The expected 4.2-degree rise on global temperature during the first half of the century will raise sea levels by 15 to 30 cm by 2040 and estimates from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) indicates that global sea levels are expected to rise by at least 1.5 metres by 2100. Some estimates give a higher

figure for the Caribbean region, which means no good news for the TCI. In fact, the Caribsave Climate Change Risk Atlas (CCCRA) study, published last December, uncovered that even the smallest rise in sea level could wipe out a large proportion of TCI’s beaches, with Grand Turk’s sea fronts being most at risk. According to the study, a sea level rise of 0.5m would see more than half of the beach area in Grand Turk lost; the West Shore would be reduced by 53 per cent and the historic Cockburn Town by 65 per cent The impending devastation of lives and economy that is mainly tourism based draws attention to the vulnerability of tropical ecosystems and the dangers of undermining the services these provide to humankind. The Governor said, “We need to be honest and say that TCI with approximately 35,000 people or so, will not be able to do much to reverse the impacts of climate change, but what we can do is try to mitigate the effects of climate change.”

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The 13 individuals arrested and charged by the Special Investigation and Prosecutions Team (SIPT) are schedule to appear in the Providenciales Supreme Court on Tuesday. To date those arrested and charged to date include: 1. Former PNP minister Floyd Hall; 2. Former PNP minister Jeffery Hall; 3. Former PNP minister Lillian Boyce; 4. Former PNP minister Samuel Been; 5. Floyd Hall’s wife, Lisa Hall;

6. Floyd Hall’s brother, Quinton Hall; 7. Lillian Boyce’s brother, Earlson Robinson; 8. Developer Richard Padgett; 9. Developer Jak Civre; 10. Jeffery Hall’s attorney, Melbourne Wilson; 11. Thomas Chalmers ‘Chal’ Misick, brother of former Premier Michael Misick; 12. Leader of the PNP, Clayton Greene; and 13. Former Environment Minister McAllister Hanchell. SIPT’s probe followed the disbanding of the locally elected government.

Long time investor and TCI resident dies Long time investor and resident, Olivier Jean Martin passed away, after an illness, at his apartment in Paris, France at the end of March. He leaves many friends, especially Donna his ‘first mate’ and partner in The Market Place Complex and SCYC of Silly Creek. His daughter, Lorene of Boulder, Colorado will be a new addition to our business community continuing the family participation. He leaves a son Nicola of Paris, sister Liliane of Croix Val Mer and many grands. From this Island in the Sun, we say good bye to Olivier, a navigator, who came upon our shores, under

Olivier Jean Martin

Census field operations extended for two more weeks Governor declared extra The scheduled field operations for the 2012 Census Exercise, nearing completion, has been extended for an additional two weeks, according to Head of the Census Team, Mr. Shirlen Forbes. “We realize that there are still a number of persons who for whatever reasons may not have been enumerated. In an effort to ensure proper coverage of all enumeration districts, the Census Office is extending the field exercise for two weeks into the month of April. Forbes noted that this will allow persons who were unavailable when our officers visited their households to respond to call back cards and persons who have not been enumerated to be counted. “We want to encourage all persons to be a part of this exercise as it is vital to the growth and development of the Turks and Caicos Islands…we thank you for your participation in this most vital exercise,” he said. HICCUPS The Team Head noted that to date the 2012 is progressing well despite a couple minor hiccups. Forbes said, “Our enumerators and supervisors have made steady progress since fieldwork began late

January, and a number of areas have been completely enumerated. He added that the hiccups surrounded enumerators leaving questionnaires at home for people to complete them, rather than conduct interviews. “This practice (leaving the questionnaires) is allowed in some countries. The questionnaires we are using in the TCI census have been designed for interview. When the Census office discovered the practice, it was immediately stopped and the enumerator made to conduct the interviews. Members of the Census office also went into the field to make sure that the area in question was enumerated properly,” Forbes said. The Head of the Census Team added that the oversight and backup systems have been working effectively, which helped to quickly pick up another incident where procedures were not followed and to deal with them in a manner which protected the integrity of the census exercise. “The first incident was at the start of the enumeration period where a few questionnaires were dropped off at homes for the persons living there to complete them. While, in the

other matter, one of our supervisors, while doing spot checks, discovered that an enumerator had filled out the questionnaire for a resident who was a friend, without verifying the information. This matter has been investigated and the supervisor has checked the other households in the area and confirmed that the incident was an isolated one,” Forbes said. According to him, these incidents are isolated and have been corrected. He added that the breach of census rules was discovered through checks put in place by the Census office itself – a clear indication of the checks and balanced put in place by the office. Forbes said, “The work of enumerators is checked first by the supervisor in the field and then by the census office. Once the supervisor has indicated that the area is complete, the census office will drive through the area and do its spot checks. A further check is done by calling the household.” The Head of the Census Team added that his office is encouraging persons that have not encountered our enumerators to email the team at deps@gmail.com or call on 649946-1700.

sail from across the Atlantic and found a special place.

holiday to make Jubilee Governor Ric Todd, as part of the Turks and Caicos Islands celebrations of Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, declared an additional public holiday. In order to allow people the maximum benefit of the holiday, the Governor is creating an extended weekend by bringing forward the Queen’s Birthday public holiday scheduled on Mon, 11 June to Mon, 4h June, to sit alongside the new additional holiday to celebrate HRH Queen Elizabeth II’s 60th anniversary of acceding to the throne on Tue, 5 June 2012. Todd said, “These celebrations prove are the perfect opportunity to remember just how much we have in common with the two billion citizens across the 54 countries of the Commonwealth, in particular our deep respect for Her Majesty the Queen, our head of state.” He added that the extra holiday will allow the people of the TCI to take part in Jubilee celebrations simultaneously with millions of people across the Commonwealth

over the same weekend. The annual Queen’s Birthday parade and medal ceremony will take place on 4th June at the Parade Ground on Grand Turk. The Queen’s Golden Jubilee on 5th June will be celebrated by the lighting of beacons on the beach at Grand Turk and Providenciales at sunset followed by music and dancing. More details on these events, their location and timings will be given in nearer to June. Todd said, “I am always being told that Her Majesty’s Birthday celebrations are one of the highlights of the TCI year and now we have twice as many reasons to celebrate together.” The Queen came to the throne on 6 Feb 1952 and her coronation was on 2 June 1953. She celebrated her Silver Jubilee (25 years) in 1977 and her Golden Jubilee (50 years) in 2002. The first British monarch to mark 50 years on the throne in a significant way was George III. The only other British monarch to celebrate a Diamond Jubilee was Queen Victoria in 1897.


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Young man takes rap in drugs case Trial date set for three drugs accused and pregnant girlfriend released THREE persons appeared before Chief Magistrate Clifton Warner in the Providenciales Magistrates’ Court this week on illegal drugs charges and were granted bail. Kwayana Wilson was released on $4,000, while Lakesha Joseph and Kiana Mesa were released on $2,000 and $1,000 bail respectively. Wilson faced four charges alone and four jointly with Joseph, while Mesa faced only one charge. Crown prosecutor Samantha Glinton said that around 12.40pm on Good Friday, several police officers turned up at Wilson’s Kewtown residence with a search warrant to search for illegal drugs. They met Mesa at the premises and she had a black backpack, which she said belonged to her. When the police searched the backpack and found two small packages of cannabis, Mesa offered no explanation. She was arrested and taken to the station where she later admitted that the illicit substance belonged to her and that she had it to smoke. While at the Kewtown premises, police officers presented the search warrant to Joseph and she took them to her bedroom where they began searching. Wilson was not at home. Shortly thereafter, he returned home and was shown the warrant. He said nothing as the police continued their search. In the bedroom closet, the police found a quantity of ladies shoulder bags. Among them a small black purse which contained money and a

small white plastic bottle. Joseph admitted that the black purse belonged to her but of the 118 ecstasy pills found in the white plastic bottle, Wilson claimed ownership. “It is mine. She had nothing to do with it,” he reportedly told the police ranks. The officers continued their search and noticed a ‘Cheetos’ can with chips on the dresser. Joseph told the police that she was eating the chips out of the container. However, upon further inspection of the can, the police found cocaine in it. Another quantity of cannabis and cocaine was found in plastic bags in a kitchen cupboard. Of the drugs in the kitchen cupboard, Wilson said: “I had it there. I forgot it there.” However, in court on Wednesday, the trio denied all the allegations made against them. There was a total of 40 small plastic bags of cannabis, 65 plastic packages of cocaine and 118 amphetamine pills. Wilson was charged with possession of cocaine and possession of cocaine with intent to supply while Joseph was accused of possession of amphetamine pills and cocaine and that she intended to supply them to others. Mesa was charged with possession of cannabis. They were all represented by defence attorney Noel Skippings and are scheduled to reappear on June 25 and 26 for trial.

A YOUNG man who was recently sentenced to four years incarceration for illegal drugs was this week sentenced to more jail time on other drugs charges, while for the second time his girlfriend walked free. It was six weeks ago when Delano Ferguson, aged 28, appeared in the Providenciales Supreme Court jointly charged with his girlfriend Ciarra Cox, aged 23, for possession of cannabis and cocaine. It was also said that they intended to supply them to others. After two days of trial before Justice Joan Joyner and a jury, Ferguson changed his plea to guilty while his girlfriend walked out of the courtroom a free woman. This time, Ferguson pled guilty on the first day of trial while Cox, who is currently pregnant with the couple’s third child, denied the allegations. The trial did not proceed against her. Crown prosecutor Leonard Franklyn said that on Saturday,

January 30, 2011, at Five Cays, the couple unlawfully had in their possession a control drug, namely cannabis and that they intended to supply it to another. Defence attorneys Clinton Clarke and Benson Harvey represented Cox and Ferguson respectively. Before sentence was passed, attorney Harvey mitigated for Ferguson. He told Judge Joyner that his client was brought up in a culture of drugs and is now begging the court for mercy to help him get out of it. “He is making every effort to reform his life and become a law abiding citizen once his liberty is restored,” Harvey stated. The attorney implored the court to consider that Ferguson did not waste the court’s time, but that he pled guilty at the first opportunity. This, Harvey believed, should carry enough weight to have the

sentence reduced by one third. “If the court is not minded to do so, then we are asking that the sentences run concurrent to each other,” Harvey provided. A concurrent sentence provides that sentences for more than one crime be served at the same time with the longest period controlling. Unbeknownst to Harvey however, shortly after his last conviction on February 29, Ferguson filed an appeal against the sentence. Because of that, Franklyn submitted that the sentences cannot run concurrent. He explained that because of Ferguson’s appeal, he is currently on remand pending the appeal instead of serving the sentence. Justice Joyner agreed with the prosecutor and sentenced Ferguson to three years and eight months imprisonment after reducing her initial sentence by one third.

Training begins for new district constables A NEW group of police officers are set to hit the beat in the TCI as the force have strengthened its numbers by taking on 11 extra District Constables this month. District Constables are employed from the community and act as important links between the police and residents, a police press statement confirmed. The 11 new officers were swornin earlier this week at ceremonies in both Grand Turk and Provo and have now begun an intensive three-week training programme. On competition, they will be posted to work as court officers, station orderlies, airport security, and community policing officers. Commissioner Colin Farquhar said: “We are delighted to welcome the new District Constables to the RTCI Police. “The new officers have now commenced a very stringent training process which will ready and

prepare them for the high demands and expectations of a RTCI Police District Constable. “I am confident each and every one of them will go on to be valuable assets to the service and to all those who live in, work in and visit the islands.” Seven of the new district constables were sworn in at Grand Turk while the remaining four underwent the process in Provo. The designation of District Constable is different from that of Special Constable. Special Constables are hired generally because of special skill-sets such as translators, having a law degree, or engineers. The new officers are Terrisha Wilson, Baytheseda Wright, Brenton Murray, Kelly Misick, Michel Forbes, Meresa Colahar, Sinartra Handfield, Janefer Stubbs, Marla Smith, Felicia Robinson, and Shavern Ingham.

PC Francisco Padua’s handcuffs intrigued these youngsters.

Police visit delights young campers A GROUP of Provo youngsters were delighted to learn the laws of the land when members of the Community Policing Department visited them at the Graceway Sports Centre Easter Camp. During the lesson, police officers passed on important safety and security tips as well as demonstrating some of their crime-busting equipment. Adina Ciurar, Graceway Sports Centre marketing and business manager, said: “The Easter Camps

are very popular and we try to cover a whole range of different activities. “This year we looked at different professions and vocations across the islands and the police visit formed part of this. “The children were really excited to meet the officers and were fascinated the demonstrations. It was a great session and the youngsters really got a lot out of it. “I would like to say a big thank you to the police, in particular PC

Melonda Robinson, PC Francisco Padua and PC Demetre Green.” Head of Community Policing, Inspector Nigel Couch, said the visit was part of a continued drive to educate young people in TCI. “We are delighted to support the Graceway Sports Centre Easter Camp and are pleased the children enjoyed the visit,” he added. “Engaging with the community is part of everyday police work and educating youngsters is one of our major priorities.”


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

Letter of the week

Decline of TCI’s fishing industry Dear Editor, I beg some space in your publication to highlight one of the most serious issues affecting the TCI’s history, people and economy. Despite being considered as one of the most important economic drivers to the TCI economy, the commercial fishing industry is in serious trouble and very rapid decline. In April 2004 an amendment to the fisheries protection ordinance was introduced as a well-intended piece of legislation. This was designed to protect this vital industry for the benefit of the Belonger population, and to ensure there would be a viable fishery that was sustained in perpetuity. This of course should be commended…or so you would think. However, history has unequivocally proven this legislation

to be fundamentally flawed, and far more damaging to the industry than any other single development in the last 50 years. The law effectively prevents commercial vessels from going to sea without a Belonger on board. Despite being embraced by the majority in the industry to begin with, it quickly became apparent that it was in fact untenable and too self-limiting to ever be commercially viable. The fact that the industry has never grown amply demonstrates this. Boat and plant operators had to contend with more days tied up in the harbour than ever, as the vital Belonger crew member invariably did not show up for work, or made unreasonable demands and/or insisted on being paid before the

trip and disappeared to the local bar with the proceeds and became unfit for work and/or caused general disharmony with the rest of the crew, as they ‘just had to be there’ and not contribute towards any actual workload. Despite jobs being advertised for local fisherman, not one Belonger applied and even the TCIG Labour Board confirmed this fact. Plant and boat operators lost enormous amounts of their investment, millions in one particular case, as they helplessly watched their boats bobbing away in the harbour gathering rust and weed. This also severely affected the employment prospects within the processing plants themselves, and now the TCI is importing more seafood than ever and exporting virtually none.

Providing a clearer picture Dear Editor, I read with interest your interview with the immediate past chairman of the National Insurance Board (NIB), Ervine Quelch. In the interview, the former chairman alleged, among other things, that when he took over the chairmanship of NIB the organisation had “several operational and strategic problems to be addressed” and that his board had inherited an NIB that had 80 per cent of its investments abroad. As the chairman of the NIB from September 1, 2003, to the end of March in 2007, I am proud of the accomplishments that the NIB Board achieved during our tenure and take exception to some of the comments made by Mr Quelch. I therefore feel it is important to highlight some of those accomplishments: -The NIB fund grew from approximately $58m in September 2003 to over $105m in March 2007. -The NIB instituted a comprehensive Investment Policy Statement that dictated how the investments in the NIB fund were to be managed. -The NIB board made a commitment to training its

employees and assisted several staff members to realise tertiary education goals, which resulted in three persons attaining masters degrees, two persons pursuing bachelor degrees, three persons attaining diplomas in social security, two persons attaining their professional certification in law and accounting, and several persons attaining associate degrees from the TCI Community College. -The NIB successfully completed the NJS Francis Building in Grand Turk with a mediated settlement being agreed on between the general contractor and all sub-contractors. -A new card system was instituted that captures all relevant contributor information that is difficult to duplicate and which is accepted locally, regionally and internationally as a valid form of government issued identification. -A new reporting system was instituted whereby monthly management reports were tied to established targets, which eliminated subjectivity when making decisions. -A contributory pension scheme was established to provide a ‘nest egg’ for all non-contract employees when they retire. -A comprehensive IT review was conducted to bring our IT systems in

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line with new technology. -A comprehensive HR review was completed with job description and minimum qualification requirements for all positions instituted. -An investment was made through TC Invest to provide funding for education loans, small business loans and mortgage loans to low and medium income individuals and families at low interest rates. -The annual reports were distributed widely among all stakeholder groups and through the media so that contributors to the fund could see for themselves how the fund was performing. The annual reports, including audited financial statements with full notes, are available on the NIB website and cover my three and a half years of stewardship of the NIB fund. I would encourage all stakeholders to review those reports so that they can get a clearer picture of how the fund was managed during that period. Sincerely, Gordon Burton, NIB Chairman – September 2003 to March 2007

It is now more common to see farmed tilapia or Chilean sea bass on the menu or in the supermarket than it is to see our own premium grade seafood which simply cannot be right for a nation so rightly proud of its fishing heritage. At this juncture it should be understood that the deep water fishery is rather alien to the TCI despite, rather ironically, being surrounded by deep water! Traditionally TCI fisherman have been proudly going to sea in shallow water, close to shore and in small open boats, which rarely if ever ventured out overnight. The demands of the deep water fishery are very different - larger vessels with experienced, qualified skippers and with many days and nights far out to sea and far from home in all weather conditions. A life that is clearly not for everyone. Another major and often overlooked issue is that the fisher population is aging with very few youngsters interested in what is generally considered a hard life, with little real long term career prospects. Most now opt for far more lucrative careers as lawyers, teachers, civil servants and the private sector yet another clear indicator that the fishing industry is literally dying under our very feet. Despite this legislation being in place for eight years, the fishing industry has never witnessed the level of decline it now faces. Shallow water stocks of snapper, grouper, lobster and conch are becoming scarce, catch returns lower, and along with out of control fuel prices the actual catch/effort ratio is higher than ever i.e. more effort/cost to catch less seafood. This clearly demonstrates that the legislation introduced in 2004 is not only totally ineffective but is severely damaging to the industry. In the meantime stocks of deep-water snapper and grouper fortuitously a segment that has no impact on tourism - remain totally untouched and offer the opportunity for economic diversification and excellent employment prospects, particularly in badly hit islands like South Caicos. The topography of the TCI is well suited to this type of fishing with deep water close to shore and endless

miles of walls, banks and underwater canyons literally loaded with fish and no shortage of locals wishing to invest in the same. Ironically the only segment that is now benefiting from the offshore fishery is poaching! One of the TCI’s few natural resources being stolen right in front of our eyes, often with the help of locals, yet nothing whatsoever is being done about it. This is because the government is too busy trying to stop legitimate owners and local investors from developing a sustainable fishery for the future, and all because of a piece of legislation that has proven itself to be totally flawed. And all this is despite the UK Government spending $2.4m for a very positive study into the deepwater fishery a few years ago. Every concerted effort to actually utilise this resource has been thwarted by the very legislation that was designed to protect and grow the fishery, most recently by the so called Advisory Council, once again ‘advising’ on something they know little or nothing about with clear and devastating effect on the industry and the TCI. It is obvious to anyone who bothers to listen that change is desperately needed. Accepted it has to be a controlled change with the long term interest of the TCI at heart, and one where the industry stakeholders are also allowed to contribute towards their own destiny in the same way others do. In these tough economic times, with record unemployment it makes absolutely no sense that a viable resource that sits right on our own doorstep, one that would provide economic diversification, employment and an export product, is totally ignored in favour of a flawed paragraph of text. What we desperately need are dynamic decision makers who have the actual courage to really make a difference, instead of the gesturing to appease a vocal minority that has clearly got us absolutely nowhere. It is broken and it needs fixing! May God bless us all, heaven knows we need it!

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

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Letters HRC supports the rule of law Dear Editor, Please allow me space to respond to an article ‘TCI’S dumps and the dump dwellers - the other side of the coin’, appearing in your latest edition. It is not the position of the Human Rights Commission to encourage persons to break the law and we take the position that the government and the private landowners are within their right to remove persons occupying the land without permission. The article suggests that I am in support of persons living on the dump and maintain that prosecution should be the final resort - this is not the case. I do not condone the occupation of the dumpsite by some persons who have made the site their home. I support the restructuring of the entire waste management system and the persons occupying the site ought to be removed at all cost. The 60 or so families to which you refer to are not living near the dumpsite, rather in communities throughout the island of Providenciales, with the families illegally occupying Crown land and private land. However my concern remains that the process must be done in a humane manner. We have to recognise that children are living among the illegal squatters. It is only right for me in my position to be proactive and advise the government and the public of the social impact of the pending exercise, the police, immigration,

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social services and other government agencies must be prepared to deal with the problem. On the matter of social housing, I did not advocate social housing for illegal migrants at all, and am not asking the local taxpayers to pay to house illegal migrants. However, I do take the stance that there is a need for more social housing. It is time for the government to look at social housing and implement a proper, affordable means tested social housing programme - one that will meaningfully assist Turks and Caicos Islanders towards home ownership given the changes to the Crown land policies. Sincerely, M Doreen QuelchMissick Attorney at Law Chairman, TCI Human Rights Commission

Editor’s note:

Taken in context, the Weekly News does not imply that it is the position of the Human Rights Commission to encourage persons to break the law. Neither does it state her support for people living at the dumps. Rather, the article states that the Human Rights Commissioner has taken a more sympathetic view to their plight. That is, while acknowledging what they are doing is wrong, the articles states that she supports are their human rights and that the process to address this problem must be done in a humane manner.

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Immigration and labour – Hurt or help TCIs! Dear Editor, It is a known fact that I am not one of the ripest fruits that fell off the tree and so I admit that in advance. And now I ask questions and clarification of the persons or agencies responsible for making appropriate decisions and providing proper and correct information. These regulatory agencies referred to here are the labour and immigration departments. Both bodies/entities are functions falling under the permanent secretariat of the border control. What is the issue at hand? Well, well, well, it is labour and immigration departments and their efforts of reducing unemployment and the impact/affect that immigration will, should or must play in enabling an ideal solution. But why is this or what is the issue? It is my understanding that once an individual on work permit is refused, resigns, is terminated, or merely has a desire to transfer to another job, the permission given through labour clearance and immigration work approval is automatically cancelled. That means the clearance given to be a janitor is hereby cancelled and that to go to another janitor’s position at a different organisation is a violation to the labour and immigration ordinance. Or am I wrong about this assumption? Yes, no or maybe so! I now call on the authorities to explain if this is possible, and if so how so, and if not why not?

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And if practiced what if anything is labour or immigration willing to do if information is shared with the departments responsible for enforcing these ordinances? It does not stop there! It is more so let us read on. Let me detail an event and let the responsible enforcement departments tell me different. Case in point given here - the janitor. Say janitor on off-day from company A searches and finds a better paying job at company B. Janitor gives notice of intent to resign from A. Once resignation is given plans for repatriation should begin by A. The mere fact that the person gives thought to the resignation intent conditionally invalidates the approval. Once B decides to employ janitor, B should enquire of labour/ immigration status. If TCI, no problem, if non-TCI, applicant is in violation of labour/ immigration laws. If B proceeds for labour clearance, first mistake. Be clear the labour department should know who are on the cleared list for A and any acceptance of docs from B is the second mistake. Let us assume labour did do due diligence and refuses. Good point, claps, claps, claps. B then appeals and the labour commissioner overrules, now third mistake. B applies to immigration. Let

us assume immigration did do due diligence, and refuses. Again, good point, more claps, claps, claps. B then appeals and immigration review board overrules, now fourth mistake. Company B now has approved work permit for janitor who reports to work sooner thereafter. A TCI is disabled from applying for that position and the same exercise, like others, goes on and on! Who mentioned exit stamp, as required by immigration before considering another work permit? Well, the janitor never left the country. Who was supposed to have followed up on that? I do not know! Ask the labour or the immigration departments. Better yet, ask border control, they both fall under the auspices of the border control. Do they hurt or help TCIs? Then again if you do I wonder if the typical response by the PS will be ‘Why are you people talking about work-permits when ‘yinna’ are the ones applying for them’. Contrary to what anyone believes, the people of the TCI must have advocates and they do have the rights to know who are making decisions that will impact their livelihoods. CFO, CEO and HE Governor, I strongly advise that you do take these thoughts into consideration. Regards,

of three years who was simply and slowly chipping away at the problems as we descended rapidly and deeply into debt. Now we have inherited the wind with Governor Todd. CEO Boyle says the political parties have no plans but with the last election over 5 years ago, there is no announced election date. Why plan what you have no authority to control? The turnover in the PNP party is yet unknown until the next waves of prosecutions are announced. This brings us to the PDM. They have turned over leadership to someone we all know and love, a man of integrity. Remember however, integrity is not enough by itself. You must have the knowledge and energy to meet today’s challenges, which lie principally in the Caicos Islands. Why tolerate an executive member who obviously has her feet firmly planted in the opposing camp? We also have to face the fact that

knowledge and energy, without integrity, created the disaster we experience every day. It takes knowledge and integrity to make a good leader. Once the election turns over power to the chosen ones will Britain turnover the check book. What about those secretaries with the resumes of good education? They failed to halt the wholesale land sales, the damage to the environment, the mess we call a National Health Plan, immigration, labour and education. Can and will the new government turn them over? The interim government has now announced that with the census ending we now have to prove our Belongership each and everyone. Get ready to turnover your birth certificates, passports and marriage licenses to get a status card. I can’t wait to get back to those apple turnovers!

Edward E Smith

COMMENTARY

This article is not about apple turnovers or football interceptions. It is about a standard used in industry, which is an indicator of the success or failure of management in business. The repetitive turnover of employees is usually indicative of an enterprise with management problems. If the enterprise were hiring the right people who were being motivated and compensated in line with their performance few people would leave. Few people would require replacement, hence low turnover. A high turnover rate indicates

By David Tapfer a bad business plan, poor selection of managers and employees, poor training or inadequate compensation. We find that this standard applies to government as well. The CEO of

the interim government has turned over 4 times with three different managers in three years. How many financial advisers have passed through our portals and despite large tax increases the budget is far from balanced. Who will replace the medical director? Medical care is in the dump and we do not know if anyone is being interviewed; hopefully not Dr. Keworkian, the doctor of death. Our new CEO says the Permanent Secretaries and deputies will fix the civil service but they are the same exact people present when it broke down. Explain how that works. The FCO did replace the governor


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Scotiabank introduced youth award to encourage leadership Scotiabank’s Bright Future Young Leaders award programme has been introduced in the Turks and Caicos for the first time and President and CEO of Scotiabank, Mr. Rick Waugh, maintains that Scotiabank has held a steadfast belief in supporting the needs of each community it serves. He said, “We see the direct impact of community involvement every day, and we know how important it is to engage and recognize our next generation of volunteers and community leaders. Youth involvement today is essential to the long-term operation of charitable and not-for-profit organizations. The Scotiabank Bright Future Young Leaders Award gives us an opportunity to both reach out to those youth who have yet to become active volunteers while at the same time recognizing those young people who are already contributing in their communities.” The first recipients will be announced in the spring of 2013. The international youth award program formally recognizes and awards outstanding volunteerism and community involvement among Caribbean young people in their communities. The Bank in introducing this inaugural Scotiabank Bright Future Young Leaders Awards is aiming

to foster volunteerism and social responsibility among young people in within the region, and stimulate them to be even more engage in the leadership and transformation of their communities and countries. The new award program is the first of its kind for Scotiabank and builds on the momentum of the Bank’s highly successful global philanthropic program – Bright Future, which was launched in January 2011. The Scotiabank Bright Future program is the Bank’s global philanthropic program which brings together all of the Bank’s charitable, social and community efforts and employee volunteer activities under one banner. Through the Bright Future program, the Bank’s charitable efforts are aimed at being relevant and responsive to the needs of each community at a grassroots level and provide support across the fields of health, arts, education, social services, sports and the environment. In the Caribbean, Latin and Central America, the program focuses primarily on children and children’s causes. Other countries participating in the first year of the program include Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, the British Virgin Islands, Canada, the Cayman Islands, Chile, Costa Rica,

wishes

Happy Birthday Neah Happy First Birthday to our Baby Doll Miss Wayneah Barbara Carol Williams. Right from the first time we held you in our arms, You made us fall in love with you, with your irresistible charm. You were the most beautiful thing that we had ever seen, Dearest Wayneah, you made us happier than we had ever been. Today on your first birthday, looking at you grow up so fine, Makes us love every tiny bit of you each and every time!. Lots of Love from your Parents Wayne Williams Jr. And Christina Stubbs, Your Sister Kiera and Big Brothers Tre’ And Cayden. Extra Special huggs n Kisses from your Grandparents Papa Wayne and Janet Williams Also from Mr. Gladstone Pratt & Michelle Stubbs. Aunts and Uncles esp. Auntie Crystal, and Auntie Nelle and Uncle Miko, Kemo and Uncle Logan who adores you. Have a Great Day Neah! Send your special occasion to: Rebecca Bird, Weekly News, Cheshire House, Leeward Highway, PO Box 52, Providenciales or email to rebecca-bird@hotmail.com. Free of Charge!

Please limit your messages to 150 words.

Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Guyana, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Dr. Rosalea Hamilton said, ““The Scotiabank Bright Future Young Leaders Award is an excellent opportunity that will certainly foster volunteerism and social responsibility among young people…this is especially important for Caribbean societies with small, close-knit communities that depend on social cohesion and a collaborative spirit to overcome the social, economic and political challenges they face.” Sylvia Chrominska, Group Head of Global Human Resources and Communications for Scotiabank, adding her bit, said, “We’re so pleased to honour and encourage the next generation of community leaders who enjoy enriching the lives of others… giving back in meaningful ways is an intrinsic part of Scotiabank’s history, culture and identity, something our 75,000 employees across 55 countries demonstrate with passion each year. We are thrilled to have youth join us to build upon this tradition of creating a bright future – one community at a time.” The Scotiabank Bright Future Young Leaders Award: • Is open to youth, ages 16 to 24, who reside in the participating countries as noted above; • Engages applicants that reside in a participating country, who will be required to complete 100 hours of volunteerism in a minimum of three of the Bank’s six philanthropic pillars – education, arts, health, social services, sports and environment – and log their hours at the award program website (www.scotiayoungleaders.com) and submit an essay describing the impact of their volunteerism on charitable organizations, their community and themselves; • Will invite essays to be reviewed by an international panel of jurors comprised of Veronica Lacey, President and CEO of The Learning Partnership, Tessa Bonhomme, Olympic & World Champion, Ice Hockey - Canada, Sue Graham Parker, Senior Vice President of Corporate, Government and Public Affairs for Scotiabank, Dr. Rosalea Hamilton, Scotiabank Chair, Entrepreneurship and Development, at the University of Technology in Jamaica, and Jatnna Tavarez, President of Jatnna Productions; and • Will annually recognize 12 youths internationally who will be awarded CDN$2,500 to contribute to a charity of their choice and a tablet computer to keep for personal use. Applications for the first Scotiabank Bright Future Young Leaders Awards will recognize volunteer hours logged between November 1, 2011 and October 31, 2012.

autism awareness By Nicole Cox, a mother living with autism

Josiah, aged four

April Showers! Part 3

Today we highlight the Center for Autism and Related Disorders or CARD as it is commonly called. CARD was founded by Doreen Granspeesheh, Ph.D, BCBA-D. Let’s start with her own words from their website www.centerforautism.com on why CARD was founded: “In 1978, I met a young boy with autism named Corey. His gentle nature, exceptional memory and desire to interact touched my heart. The positive impact of the therapy he received inspired me to start the Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Inc. (CARD) in 1990. At CARD, we truly believe that recovery is possible and we develop our programs with that in mind. The CARD I and CARD II programs include comprehensive and cutting-edge curricula that can be tailored to the specific needs of individuals from birth to 21 years of age. These programs help children learn to communicate, develop friendships, and lead happy, healthy lives. CARD Specialized Outpatient Services (SOS) provides assistance with specific areas of concern for a family and develops and implements strategies to diminish problem behaviors and teach necessary skills.” The CARD Approach: “Behavior Analysis is the science of behavior. Applied behavior analysis ( ABA ) is the process of systematically applying interventions based upon the principles of learning theory to improve socially significant behaviors to a meaningful degree (Baer, Wolf & Risley, 1968/1987; Sulzer-Azaroff & Mayer, 1991). Specifically, ABA refers to a systematic approach to the assessment and evaluation of behavior and the application of interventions that alter behavior. ABA is an objective discipline focused on the reliable measurement and objective evaluation of observable behavior. ABA generally focuses on the process of behavior change with respect to the development of adaptive, pro-social behavior and the reduction of maladaptive behavior. Specific “socially significant behaviors” include academics, communication, social skills and adaptive living skills. Treatment approaches grounded in ABA are now considered to be at the forefront of therapeutic and educational interventions for children with autism. In general, this behavioral framework utilizes manipulation of antecedents and consequences of behavior to teach new skills and eliminate maladaptive and excessive behaviors. The Discrete Trial is a particular ABA teaching strategy which enables the learner to acquire complex skills and behaviors by first mastering the subcomponents of the targeted skill. For example, if one wishes to teach a child to request a desired interaction, as in “I want to play,” one might first teach subcomponents of this skill, such as the individual sounds comprising each word of the request or labeling enjoyable leisure activities as “play.” By utilizing teaching techniques based on the principles of behavior analysis, the learner is gradually able to complete all subcomponent skills independently. Once the individual components are acquired, they are linked together to enable mastery of the targeted complex and functional skill. This methodology is highly effective in teaching basic communication, play, motor, and daily living skills.” For more on autism go to: http://iloveaba.blogspot.com and http:// dawnprogram.blogspot.com


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Easter kite flying competition a success If you looked up in the sky over the past Easter Holiday weekend, no matter where you were in the Turks and Caicos Islands you must have seen a kite. The Turks and Caicos Tourist Board hosted its 20th Annual Kite Flying event on Monday in Providenciales and Grand Turk. The competition was also held in North Caicos in collaboration with the North Caicos Rotary Club at the Horsestable Beach on Saturday and for the first time, the Tourist Board hosted its signature event in South Caicos, in partnership with the Wesleyan Memorial Methodist Church. Competitors brought out an assortment of kites and competed in three categories, the largest, smallest and best traditional masterpiece. Director of Tourism, Mr. Ralph Higgs said, “The Turks and Caicos Tourist Board recognizes the cultural importance of preserving such activities as kite flying, hence during this 20th year, the strong attendance across the islands indicates the strength of the event and it being a staple on the cultural calendar.” Higgs added that next year the event will have more activities for the young and the young at heart so that the event can have the full participation of all persons in

Year of the Whale This year has proven to be an exceptional year for whale watchers in Conch bar Middle Caicos. Very early this year there have been numerous sightings of the massive creatures heading south as northern water temperatures dropped. Last Monday two were seen frolicking off the western end of the beach road approximately 100 yards off shore. Then they slowly swam north seeming to be in no hurry to return trip to their northern summer waters. The week before that a local woman fishing off the beach for Jacks and Grouper enjoyed a show as the whales twisted and turned in the water and at one point jumped almost completely out of the sea. Another sighting occurred last week an expat kite surfer found himself paced for a long time by one of the giant mammals as he sailed north along the beach road towards Conch Bar from Bambarra. (DAVID TAPFAR)

this week

Friday, April 13 to Friday, April 20 Friday, April 13

Cerrano Jackson, right, showcasing his ‘Largest Kite’ victory trophy with his kite

attendance. There were a number of private sponsors who contributed to the success of the events across the islands, including CIBC First Caribbean, Executive Tours Ltd, Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism

Association, Fortis TCI, Goose T-shirt Co, PTV Channel 8, NW Hamilton, Cairsea Ltd, TCI Waste, CORE Resources, Grace Bay Resorts, Point Grace Resort, Ocean Club Resorts, Hertz, Marco Travel and Precious Memories Forever.

Big Apple agencies seek top models

THREE of the most prestigious modelling agencies will be in the country this May scouting for the fashion industry’s next big star. Representatives are all set to attend the 2012 TCI Top Model Contest and Fashion Extravaganza, taking place at the Williams Auditorium on Saturday, May 12. They come from Wilhelmina, Q and Red Model Management and have said they are looking for some star quality. Courtney Robinson, executive producer of the contest, boasted that the contestants and models selected are truly some of the most talented and beautiful young women and men in the TCI. “Everyone is just simply gorgeous,” he said, “the agencies will have their work cut out for them - not only in choosing a winner for the TCI Top Model Contest, but scouting, then potentially signing a talent from these shores.” Wilhelmina Models, one of the most prominent full service agencies in the fashion industry worldwide, represents women, men, and children of all sizes. Models from the company have worked with the likes of Versace, Donna Karan, L’Oreal, Prada, Hugo Boss, Banana Republic and Nike.

New York City-based RED Model Management was founded by renowned marketing executives, Neil Mautone and Nick Memeti. Since its inception, RED’s diverse models have consistently appeared in the fashion world’s most highend editorial print spreads and prestigious designer shows. RED’s hands-on approach to model management extends to the development and positioning of models in Europe, South America, and Asia. In January 1998, Q Management pioneered new ground in the world of fashion when it opened the doors to its New York City office and launched Q Online. In a time that has seen the fall of many modelling agencies, Q, led by Jeffrey Kolsrud, has risen to be one of the strongest management agencies in the world. Its sharp cast of talent, staff, and unique style of branding the talent they have discovered and attracted is respected by clients, photographers, magazines and agencies worldwide. Organisers of the 2012 TCI Top Model Contest and Fashion Extravaganza say they are proud and honoured to have representatives from such prestigious agencies at the event.

 Danny Buoy’s is Provo’s premier live music and sports destination, serving lunch and dinner daily from 11:30am. It is the perfect place to escape from the heat and hang with friends, all in smoke free airconditioned comfort. Happy Hour specials from 4-7pm Monday-Saturday  Get into the weekend mood with the intense and electrifying Tae-Bo class at Graceway Sports Centre from 6pm to 7pm. Free for fitness members, $12 for non-members. Visit www.gracewaysports.com for more information or call 4426349.  Craig Archibold gets the party started at the Regent Palms from 7pm on Friday nights with the sound of classic Caribbean and Motown tunes. Call 946-8666 for details

 If you’re looking for a serene and relaxed way of starting your weekend, bring your yoga mat at Graceway Sports Centre every Saturday at 9am and let David Bowen lead you into the wonderful world of yoga! Amazing fees for an amazing class! More info at 442-6348”  Mums and Tots Dance Party classes are held every Saturday at Graceway Sports Centre 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, April 15  Rotary Bingo has a new home at CLUB PILLOWS in the Bight next to Smokey’s (Opposite Veranda Resort) EVERY SUNDAY! Doors open at 7:00 pm

Thursday, April 19

Saturday, April 14  Mackey’s Cafe reopening on Saturdays.

 The Weekly Community and Farmers’ Market organised by TCI Red Cross is on at the organization’s headquarters, opposite Lime on the Leeward Highway in Providenciales, from 10am to 2pm. Persons will be able to purchase freshly grown produce and locally sourced items. For more information on the Weekly Community and Farmers’ Market call (649) 247-8911. With regard to the TCI Red Cross’ services or how you can volunteer or donate, contact our Provo office on (649) 941-8056 or email redcrossprovo@tciway.tc OR for Grand Turk call (649) 946-2761 or Email:tciredcross@tciway.tc

 Weekly Foreign a Fare night every Thursday at the Bohio Dive Resort (Grand Turk) from 6:30 p.m. Each week different dishes from a different region in the world. Previous nights have included Italian, Spanish, English, Indian, Chinese, Moroccan, South African and Thai. For details, call 946-2135 or go to www.bohioresort.com946-2135

Friday, April 20  TCFAF presents an Evening of Comic Relief -- ‘Men are from Turks; Women are from Caicos!’ Today and tomorrow at Brayton Hall, starting at 7:00 PM Directed by Kim Mortimer & Cora Malcolm. Tickets on sale at Unicorn Bookstore and Saltmills Diner

Got an event you wish to advertise? Call us on 946 4664 or email tcweeklynews@ gmail.com for a free listing.


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Turks & Caicos Islands Government

VAT and You

VAT will be introduced in the Turks and Caicos on April 1, 2013

The TCIG has commenced its public awareness outreach to ensure that the public is sensitized as to the particulars of the new tax system. This week, TCIG released several Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) with their answers: 1. Why is the Turks and Caicos introducing VAT?

a. Over the last two decades, most countries have either been replacing their ineffective sales tax systems with a VAT or adding a VAT system to their revenuegenerating programme. In order to have an efficient tax system in countries without an income tax, it is necessary to rely on other tax mechanisms. In most cases the preferred choice is a regime of import duties, national social and health insurance, and a broad based VAT. b. In the case of the TCI a large portion of recurring revenues is generated from the tourism industry in the form of import duties, work permit fees and stamp duties from land transactions, which have fallen drastically during the current recession. The tax regime is filled with exemptions and concessions in one form or another which also reduces revenues. Introduction of VAT will widen the tax base and result in a more stable and predictable revenues on which to plan essential expenditure. c. VAT is operational in more than 140 countries worldwide and has been introduced in most of the Caribbean countries. Twelve out of fifteen CARICOM members and five out of seven OECS members have introduced VAT successfully in recent years. Saint Kitts and Nevis introduced VAT in November 2010. Most of countries in the Caribbean have a VAT rate between 15%-17.5%.

2. What are the benefits expected from VAT in TCI?

a. The VAT would simplify and modernize the tax system in the Turks and Caicos Islands. VAT promotes growth as VAT paid on capital costs investments are recovered by the investor. Since VAT will apply to a wide range of services and have a much broader tax base, revenues to the TCIG will increase, thereby allowing the government to improve its fiscal position and invest in infrastructure and social development programmes. b. Compliance with tax payment responsibilities should improve because of the “self-policing” mechanism inherent in VAT administration. Invoices are required to verify VAT credits, so businesses will require invoices from their suppliers, providing documentation to support transactions.

3. Why is the TCI implementing VAT, which appears to be a relatively complex taxation mechanism as opposed to other taxation measures?

a. While there are complications associated with VAT operation and administration, it is not as complicated to administer as other taxes such as Personal or Corporate income taxes. b. Since VAT has recently been implemented in several countries with similar demographics, the TCI will benefit from their experience and be able to transition to VAT smoothly. c. As is the case in other countries who have introduced VAT, a long implementation period is required as part of a wide-ranging public education and awareness programs that will be undertaken.

4. What is a Value Added Tax?

a. Value Added Tax is a tax applied, at a predetermined rate, on the value of the good and/or service purchased. b. A Value Added Tax system is a multistage sales tax collected at each stage of the import, production and distribution process. Suppliers purchase and pay for inputs (raw materials, services, finished/unfinished goods, etc.) and use their capital and labor expertise/services to “add value” to the inputs (via processing, manufacturing, transporting, distributing, marketing etc.) and sell the output. The value of final good/ service is equal to the sum of the initial value and any value added along the production and distribution process. VAT is a tax on the total value of final good/service provided. c. VAT is a tax imposed on consumer purchases. Ultimately, investment will not be

VAT WILL REPLACE  Hotel/Restaurant (accommodation) Tax  Stamp Duty on Vehicle Hire  Domestic Financial Services Sales Tax  Insurance Premium Sales Tax  Telecommunications Tax There would likely be some reduction in import duty tariffs as well

taxed under VAT. VAT is designed to ensure that almost all forms of consumer spending are taxed evenly and fairly.

5. How does VAT work?

a. VAT is paid on import at Customs by all importers and on almost all goods imported. b. Only suppliers, who produce goods and/or services valued over an annual threshold amount, will be registered to charge VAT on their sale of goods and/or services. c. These registered suppliers are called “Registrants”. d. Registrants will pay VAT on imports and other items such as utilities and items purchased from other registrants. e. Registrants will charge and collect VAT from purchasers, along the distribution chain. f. Registrants will forward to the government VAT charged and collected from purchasers. g. However, any VAT paid on inputs by registrants is deducted from the VAT charged to purchasers and only the difference is paid to the government. h. VAT is similar to a retail sales tax. However, retail sales tax is usually applied only at the final retail level. VAT will be applied on the value added to goods/ services, at each stage of the production and distribution chain. This eliminates the prospects of taxes being paid on taxes that were already paid (cascading taxes are eliminated). i. VAT is included in the final price the consumer pays for goods and services.

6. What is Value Added?

a. The "value added" is the value added to the final product from import to sale. The value added will include the value of inputs such as labour, overhead, transportation and mark-up. For example let’s assume a 10% VAT rate. If a registered furniture manufacturer purchases lumber for $110 ($100+$10 VAT) and builds a table which is sold for $165 ($150+$15 VAT), the value added is $50. b. The registrant would charge VAT at the prescribed rate based on the selling price of the table. c. Any VAT which the registrant paid when purchasing the lumber ($10) would be deducted from the VAT collected from the purchaser ($15) on the sale of the table. Only the difference ($5) would be paid directly to the government.

7. Will all suppliers charge VAT on goods/services sold?

a. Only suppliers, who produce goods and/or services valued greater than a predetermined annual threshold, will be registered to charge VAT on their sale of goods/services.

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b. These registered suppliers are called “Registrants”. c. Suppliers, under the threshold, will pay VAT on their imports and purchases from registrants, but will not be permitted to charge VAT on their goods/services sold d. Registrants would be required to have their registration certificate clearly displayed at their place of business.

8. What will be the registration threshold?

a. In the TCI there will be a relatively small number of suppliers identified as “registrants”. b. The registration threshold in the TCI will be set sufficiently high so as to exclude smaller suppliers who would represent a disproportionate burden on the TCIG VAT administration, in comparison to the revenue generated. c. Small suppliers are large in number, but collectively would be responsible for relatively insignificant VAT revenue from their supply of goods/services. d. A study will be undertaken to establish the annual threshold, over which suppliers will be required to register, charge, collect and remit VAT.

9. Is it expected that unregistered suppliers will be in a better position as far as price is concerned since they will not be required to charge VAT on their sales of goods/services?

a. Actually most unregistered suppliers will be disadvantaged to a certain extent since they are unable to claim back any VAT that they paid on inputs. b. In addition, since they cannot charge VAT, their clients cannot claim back and VAT paid to them, so their clients will look for a registered supplier. c. In most cases unregistered suppliers will simply add any VAT they paid on to the price they charge for the goods/services provided.

10. How do consumers know if a supplier is registered to charge VAT?

a. All registrants must confirm their eligibility to charge VAT by displaying their VAT registration certificate for public viewing. b. If a supplier does not openly display their certificate then they are not permitted to charge VAT on their sale of goods/services. c. All receipts issued by VAT registrants must also display their VAT registration number and clearly identify the amount of VAT charged in the transaction.

11. Will the introduction of VAT require the TCIG to introduce price controls?

a. One of the many concerns regarding VAT is the issue of price controls. Some consumers feel the need for government to control the prices of goods and services in order to ensure that they are not taken advantage of. b. However, TCI operates in a free-market economy and the government prefers not dictate prices to suppliers. Prices charged depend on competition, mark-up, which includes the costs incurred prior to the sale of the good/service and profit. c. The TCIG will not decide what mark-up suppliers should add to the cost of their goods/services. Consequently the consumers should be aware of matters such as these. Having done this, they will be in a stronger position to make informed decisions on where to purchase goods and services. d. TCIG is in the process of preparing a TCI consumer price index and will monitor prices in the economy which will be published a part of the effort better inform the public of price movements from time to time. An educated consumer tends to be a good defense against excessive price hikes.

12. Who will pay the VAT?

a. VAT is a consumption tax that will ultimately be paid by consumers, not suppliers. b. VAT is charged and collected by Customs at import and by VAT registrants when selling their goods/services.

13. What will be the impact of VAT on the price of goods?

a. Once VAT is introduced the price of some goods will rise, the price of some goods will remain the same and the price of some goods will decrease. b. TCIG is in the process of preparing a TCI consumer price index and will monitor prices in the economy which will be published a part of effort better inform the public of price movements from time to time. An educated consumer tends to be a good defense against excessive price hikes.

14. What will be the impact of VAT on the price of food?

a. The price for food items contained in a basic basket of goods determined by the TCIG will not have VAT applied and should remain unchanged once VAT is introduced. b. However, the price of food items that may currently not be subject to import duty and fall outside the basic basket of goods determined by the TCIG will increase.

15. What will be the impact of VAT on the price of services?

a. VAT will apply to many services not currently subject to other taxes. b. VAT will apply to services such as telephone, utilities, internet, cablevision, haircuts, hairdressing and spa/beauty treatments, recreational, landscaping etc. Consequently the cost of these services may increase depending on the level of competition in the sector. c. VAT will also apply to many professional services such as those provided by architects, lawyers, accountants etc. Consequently the cost of these services may increase depending on the level of competition in the sector.

16. It is understood that financial services are seldom subject to VAT or sales taxes in other countries. Why is VAT going to apply to financial services in the TCI?

a. In the past many jurisdictions had determined that taxing all transactions within the financial sector was difficult. However when the allowable exemptions for VAT purposes are clearly articulated in the Law and applied together with the help of more advanced accounting systems, the taxing of financial services for VAT purposes has increased and proved to be valuable. b. In the TCI the taxing of activities such as the purchase and processing of cheques, mortgage application processing, the use of ATMs, debit card transactions etc. can be identified and are currently subject to the Domestic Financial Services Sales Tax (DFSST) c. Those activities subject to the current DFSST will transition to VAT once implemented.

17. What will be the VAT rate?

a. The rate will depend on which goods/services will be subject to VAT and the fiscal needs of government. A specific Rate Study will be undertaken to objectively determine the VAT rate. While rates in the Caribbean vary between 15 and 17.5%, it is expected that the TCI rate will be lower.

18. How will I know how much VAT I paid subsequent to purchase?

a. The price you see in the store on the item you purchase will have the VAT included in the price. Consequently the price you see will be the price you pay. b. Once you have completed your purchase your sales receipt will break down the cost for each item you bought. c. Each item will identify if VAT was applied to the purchase or not. d. Your sales receipt will illustrate the price of the goods and the total amount of VAT that was included in the price of what you purchased.

For further information or enquiry kindly contact the VAT unit at vatunit@gov.tc

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The Dentist and you 

Dental Emergencies Vol 3 This article is the last in a series of three outlining the steps that should be followed if you find yourself dealing with a dental emergency. Being informed will help you to be better prepared which could be the difference between saving or losing a tooth. As part of being prepared for a dental or any medical emergency it is advisable to save in your phone the contact numbers for your dentist, doctor and hospital. Dental Abscess An abscess is an infection that occurs at the root of a tooth or in the space between the teeth and the gums. Abscesses can be extremely painful

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and, if left untreated, can irreparably damage gum tissue, the surrounding bone and other teeth. In extreme cases it can impact your overall general health. If you can see a pimple- like swelling on your gum that is painful this could indicate that you have an abscess. You should seen a dentist as soon as possible. An antibiotic will often by prescribed to treat the infection and treatment planned to deal with the cause of the infection. As a quick fix to ease pain and help draw the infection (pus) to the surface, rinsing the mouth with a mild salt water solution is advised. An over-the-counter medicine such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil) can be taken in the short term to help relieve pain. Broken braces If a wire breaks or sticks out of a bracket or band it can be uncomfortable if it is poking into your cheek or gum. As a quick fix, try using the eraser end of a pencil to bend the wire into a better position. If you are unable to do this, try to cover the end of the wire with a

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piece of gauze until you can get to your orthodontist or dentist. Do not attempt to cut the wire yourself. Lost Invisalign Aligner If you have lost the aligner that you should currently be wearing, revert back to the previous one or, if you were close to changing to the next, switch to the next one in the series. If you have reverted back then contact your dentist as soon as possible so that a replacement aligner can be ordered. Soft Tissue Injuries This is anything that involves injury to the tongue, cheeks, gums or lips and generally results in bleeding. To control bleeding, follow the steps

below. - rinse the mouth with a mild saline (salt-water) solution. - Use a damp piece of clean gauze or cloth and apply pressure the bleeding site. Hold firmly in place constantly for 10 minutes. To be effective keep the pressure on for the full time, do not keep removing it to check if the bleeding has stopped. - Hold a cold compress to the outside of the mouth or cheek in the affected area. This will help to control the swelling and also help with pain relief. - If the bleeding does not stop or if the injury looks as though it may require stitches, see your dentist or go to the emergency room immediately. Continue to apply pressure in the

health Tip 

The Spring Vegetable Quick and easy asparagus that is sauteed, and topped off with Parmesan cheese. Ingredients • 1 tablespoon butter (the butter can be substituted with extra olive oil. Some use butter for the added flavor.) • 1/4 cup olive oil • 1 pound fresh asparagus spears, trimmed • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese • salt and pepper to taste Directions 1. Melt butter with olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add asparagus spears, and cook, stirring occasionally for about 10 minutes, or to desired firmness. Drain off excess oil, and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. (Nutritional Information: Amount Per Serving Calories: 199 | Total Fat: 17.5g | Cholesterol: 19mg)

area of the bleeding site with the gauze/cloth until you can be treated. Jaw injury/ suspected fracture Gently apply a cold compress to the site to help relieve pain and reduce swelling and immediately seek medical attention with your dentist or at the emergency room. Try to keep your mouth closed with the teeth all in contact. This will help the jaw bone stay in the correct position. If you feel you cannot close your mouth properly, this can mean something is broken and out of position. Finally, if you find yourself dealing with any dental emergency situation, try to stay calm and if in any doubt call your dentist or hospital immediately.

Many do not know it, but Asparagus is often referred to as the spring vegetable, so this week, thankful for God’s grace, we will take closer look at this unique vegetable. The fleshy green spears of asparagus are both succulent and tender and have been considered a delicacy since ancient times. This highly prized vegetable arrives with the coming of spring, when its shoots break through the soil and reach their 6-8 inch harvest length. Based on research, Asparagus is low in calories and carbohydrates, and compared to other vegetables it is relatively rich in protein. One cup of asparagus supplies only 24 calories, almost half of which are derived from protein. Asparagus is an excellent source of potassium, Vitamin K, folic acid (263 micrograms per cup), as well as vitamins C and A, riboflavin, thiamine, and Vitamin B6. It has n excellent ratio of potassium (288

By Phillip Simmons milligrams per cup) to sodium (19.8 milligrams per cup). Asparagus is also a very good source of dietary fiber, niacin, phosphorus, protein, and iron.

Historically, asparagus has been used as a diuretic and in the treatment of arthritis and rheumatism. The amino acid asparagines maybe

responsible for the diuretic effect of asparagus. When this amino acid is excreted in the urine, it gives off a strong characteristic. And to end on a lighter note, I leave you with the wisdom of Sir. Richard Steele, who once said, “Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.”


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

Sapodilla tree Sapodilla (Manilkara achras) is a long-lived, evergreen tree native to southern Mexico, Central America and the West Indies. The Sapodilla trees are medium to large trees with a pyramidal to rounded canopy. These long-lived trees grow slowly, but after many years may reach 60 feet in height. The tree has ornamental value and may be used for landscaping. Branches are horizontal or drooping. A milky latex exudes from all tree parts. This latex is known as chicle and was used to make chewing gum. Young sapodilla trees have been observed to defoliate or decline due to lack of water; therefore young trees should be watered periodically during dry periods. Mature sapodilla trees are tolerant of dry soil conditions. However, for optimum fruit production and quality, periodic irrigation during long dry periods is recommended from flowering through harvest. In the home landscape, well established sapodilla trees generally do not require regular watering to produce satisfactorily. Seedling trees usually begin bearing in 6 to 7 years or more. Grafted trees may begin to bear in the second to fourth year after planting. Isolated sapodilla trees may not be productive because some sapodilla cultivars are self-incompatible. In self-incompatible cultivars, the flowers require cross-pollination by another sapodilla seedling or variety in order to produce fruit. Other varieties may not require crosspollination but produce more fruit when cross-pollinated. Sapodillas are well adapted to a wide range of soils but grow best in well-drained, light soils, they will not perform well in poorly drained

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soils. In general, sapodilla trees should be planted in full sun for best growth and fruit production. Select a part of the landscape away from other trees, buildings and structures, and power lines. Remember sapodilla trees can become very large if not pruned to contain their size. Pest and diseases: Sapodilla has relatively few insect pests. Occasionally, a moth causes extensive damage to blooms in some years in TCI. The fruit of some cultivars is susceptible to the Caribbean fruit fly. Periodically, other pests attack sapodilla. There are no major diseases of sapodillas in the Islands. A leaf rust

causes minor leaf damage and other diseases of minor importance. Fruit: The fruit is a berry with a scurfy brown peel. Fruit may be round to oval-shaped or conical, and 2 to 4 inches in diameter. The pulp is light brown, brownish yellow to reddish brown, with a texture varying from gritty to smooth. The flavor is exceptionally sweet and very tasty, with what can be described as a malty flavor. Many believe the flavor bears a striking resemblance to caramel. The unripe fruit is hard to the touch and contains high amounts of saponin, which has astringent properties similar to tannin, drying out the mouth.

Vending Machines, healthy eating and the cost question

Many of my articles have been written on healthful eating and providing tips on how to incorporate more colors (in the form of brightly colored fruits and vegetables) into the foods you eat. However, it has been brought to my attention that, for a variety of reasons, a well-balanced meal with the right amounts of carbohydrates, protein and fat may not always be an option for everyone. May be you are a college student and really do not have the funds or you may have a medical condition that requires you to eat on a schedule. Whatever your situation, I am sure you will agree that a vending machine always seem to be right around the corner. Ideally, packing a small snack to take along with you will always be the better option. However, if you need to refuel between meals and a vending machine is your only option, look for these items to help you make the most healthful choice: • Small bag of pretzels, peanuts, almonds or trail mix—one nutrient of concern with these would be the amount of salt. Always look for the lower salt or no salt added version. • Fat-free or reduced-fat popcorn—a good source of fiber • Whole-wheat crackers with peanut butter—peanut butter is a great source of protein and the whole-wheat crackers provide some fiber. • Whole-grain granola or cereal bars • Graham or animal crackers • 100% fruit or vegetable juice—ensure that it is real 100% fruit or vegetable juice and not the juice drinks, aides and punches. These are usually just water, sugar and colorings. • Fresh fruit—these may be a rare find but if are lucky enough to find it then choose it by all means. • Dried fruit such as raisins, cranberries or apricots—these are great sources of energy and act as excellent additions to nuts and dried cereal. • Microwaveable soup or oatmeal—soups are sometimes high in salt but usually have lots of vegetables. You can divide the soup into two servings and add water to lower the sodium content. There are ample amounts of fat, sodium and calorie laden treats in vending machines so it’s important that you choose wisely. As stated before, packing a healthy and affordable snack to take with you is always the best option. Obviously, a vending machine will not be getting any “healthy foods awards” any time soon but if it is your only choice, then this article should help you make wiser choices. Some information adapted from Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

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One Direction sued by US band with the same name Prince Harry may have a new ONE DIRECTION is being sued over trademark infringement by a California band with the same name. Lawyers want an injunction to stop the UK boy band using the name, as well as compensation and a share of their profits. Legal papers filed at California Central District Court, claim Syco and Sony Music realised the duplication but ignored the American band’s rights. A spokesman for Syco, the UK group’s record label, has issued a statement. It said: “There is a dispute with a local group in California about the ownership of the One Direction name in the US. “One Direction’s management tried to resolve the situation amicably when the matter first came to light, but the Californian group has now filed a lawsuit claiming they own the name. “One Direction’s lawyers now have no choice but to defend the lawsuit and the band’s right to use their name.” The California band are

girlfriend, singer Mollie King

One Direction is fighting the lawsuit.

asking for more than $1m (£630,000) in damages and also say they’re entitled to three times the profits made by the UK group. The claim, which was filed on Monday, also says Syco and Sony Music “chose to ignore the plaintiff’s rights and wilfully infringed them” after they realised in early 2011 that the bands had the same name. It says that the Californian

band are suffering “substantial confusion and substantial damage” because of the UK group, who recently sold out their debut US tour. Court papers claim they’ve been using the name since 2009, have recorded two albums, and applied to trademark the name One Direction in February 2011. The UK five-piece, who were put together on The X

Factor in 2010, recently made chart history in America. Their album Up All Night went straight in at number one on the Billboard chart last month. It makes them the first British band to top the chart with their debut. The group have just finished a promotional tour of the country and are currently in Australia. (BBC)

THE BRITISH tabloids and celebrity mags are all atwitter today with claims that Prince Harry may have a new girlfriend, singer Mollie King of the U.K. girl band The Saturdays. Who is she? Not exactly a boldfaced name in America, but she’s young (24), blond and looks like Harry’s former longtime girlfriend, Zimbabwe-born Chelsy Davy, 26, now a London lawyer. King’s band is largely unknown in the USA but it’s a top-selling group in Britain. The tabs, such as The Daily Express, quoted the usual anonymous “friends” who say Harry, 27, is “completely smitten” with King. Coincidentally, King split up with her boyfriend, a Dolce & Gabbana model, a few months ago. The two have been friends since they met in 2010 at a polo match, but only recently has romance blossomed. They have tried to keep that under wraps, the Express said, but

Has the Saturdays’ singer Millie King won the heart of Prince Harry?

last week they were spotted together at a karaoke party in the Bunga Bunga club in London. King also knows Harry’s cousin, Zara Phillips, who is friends with one of her bandmates. Naturally, palace officials have nothing to say about any of this because they never comment on the private lives of the young royals. (USA Today)

Miss Universe reverses ban on transgender model

CANADA’S Miss Universe pageant said Tuesday it would allow a transgendered model to compete in its pageant as long as Canada recognises her gender as a woman. Jenna Talackova was previously disqualified, she said, because she used to be male. In an about-face, the Miss Universe Organisation said in a statement it “will allow Jenna Talackova to compete in the 2012 Miss Universe Canada pageant provided she meets the legal gender recognition requirements of Canada, and the standards established by other

international competitions.” The 23-year-old transgender model from the western Canadian city of Vancouver has accused the pageant of discrimination, and more than 28,000 supporters have signed an online petition demanding her reinstatement. Talackova, who was selected among some 65 finalists for the 2012 competition, believes she was disqualified because of her sex change. The story has flared through the British, US and Canadian media in recent days, sparking online protests.

Transgendered model Jenna Talackova has won her battle against the Miss Universe organisers.

Hunger Games director Gary Ross stands down from sequel GARY Ross has announced he won’t be directing the Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire. The screenwriter and director said he had decided not to make the next instalment in the trilogy “after difficult but sincere consideration”. Ross said the tight production schedule for the second film - due to be released in November 2013 - left him with little time to prepare. But he denied reports that he had fallen out with distributor Lionsgate.

Gary Ross denies reports that he had fallen out with distributor Lionsgate

The Hunger Games has spent a third week at the top of the US box office, beating

competition from Titanic 3D and the new American Pie film, making more than $300m (£189m). Based on Suzanne Collins’ novel, the movie follows a girl who is forced to take part in a televised fight to the death. It has now made $460m (£290m) across the world. Its budget was $78m (£49m). Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence, who plays heroine Katniss Everdeen, said the film version is how she pictured it after reading the novel.


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Kardashian: I am a “hairy Armenian heritage” you can’t sue me

Rima Fakih faces up to 93 days behind bars.

Former Miss USA strikes deal over DUI case DISGRACED former Miss USA Rima Fakih struck a deal with Michigan prosecutors in her DUI case this morning ... just hours before she was due to stand trial for the December incident. Fakih pled no contest to misdemeanor driving while visibly impaired ... stemming from her arrest in Detroit on December 3. In exchange, prosecutors have agreed to drop the more serious charge of operating while intoxicated.

After court, Fakih said, “You learn, you pay your price for making mistakes and you move on. I’m very happy I can put this behind me.” Sentencing is scheduled for May 9 -- Fakih faces up to 93 days behind bars. As we previously reported, cops say Fakih was disoriented and was slurring her speech after she was pulled over for speeding and weaving through traffic in Dec. (TMZ)

KIM Kardashian is seeking refuge in her hairy Armenian heritage -asking a court to excuse her from a nasty beauty product lawsuit ... because she never lied about her furremoval practices. Kim just filed new docs in her ongoing legal battle with a beauty company called Radiant -- which sued her last November, claiming she’s endorsing a competitor’s hair removal product ... by making false claims. According to Radiant’s lawsuit, Kim falsely claimed TRIA -- a home laser hair-removal system -- works all over your body ... and yields permanent results. (Radiant says it does neither.) Radiant is pissed, claiming Kim’s misleading TRIA endorsement has put their hair-removal product -- called no!no! hair -- at an unfair disadvantage. But Kim insists ... everything she

GIVE rock ‘n’ rollers a taste of Broadway and their dramatic ambitions will never cease. West Coast punk rock band Green Day on Wednesday announced that it will be releasing a trio of albums, beginning later this year. The first is due in September, according to a tweet from frontman Billie Joe Armstrong. A spokesman for the band confirmed that the news is no joke. The full tweet from Armstrong is as follows: “Ok. Here’s the deal. We’re making a 3 album trilogy. Not 1. Not 2. But 3 albums. Called ¡UNO! ¡DOS! ¡TRE! Coming September November January.” No further details were immediately available, and thus it was unknown whether the language and punctuation hinted at a Spanishlanguage influence creeping into Green Day’s increasingly theatrical rock ‘n’ roll. A spokesperson did, however, confirm that the third album, “Tre,” would not, in fact, be a

“Being Armenian and hairy, I thought [TRIA] was the perfect product.” Kim is now asking to be dismissed from the lawsuit. (TMZ)

The albums will be in September, November and January.

solo effort from Green Day drummer Tre Cool. Armstrong had earlier announced that the band had entered the studio around Valentine’s Day of this year. Currently, the musical inspired by the act’s “American Idiot” is stationed in Los Angeles, and can be seen at the Ahmanson Theatre through April 22. Green Day is no stranger to thematically connected works. While the songs of “American Idiot” touch

on religion, politics and suburban emptiness, 2009’s “21st Century Breakdown” took the concept album to an even greater extreme. The album was a multi-act cycle centered largely on two characters -- one rebel and one idealist. Musically, the album showed Armstrong more adeptly using a falsetto, and unveiled a more versatilethan-ever Green Day, as the band toned down some of the aggression for flashes of John Lennon-inspired pop.

Axl Rose declines induction into Rock Hall

Schwarzenegger wants Maria back is looking more certain. We’re told Arnold believes Maria’s friends have done everything they can to poison the waters, imploring Maria to stay clear of him. And our sources say Arnold and Maria are already “very close” in working out a financial settlement. Whatever they decide, we’re told both Arnold and Maria are in lockstep over one thing -- making the break up as painless as possible for their kids. (TMZ)

ever said about TRIA -- including how she uses it all over her body -- reflected her honest opinions and experiences. As Kim said under oath,

Green Day to unleash a trilogy: ‘¡Uno!,’ ‘¡Dos!’ and ‘¡Tre!’

Happier times Arnold Schwarzenegger is still hoping that his wife Maria Shriver takes him back.

ARNOLD Schwarzenegger would like Maria Shriver to take him back, but he’s not holding out hope and is at peace with the likely end of his marriage ... sources very close to the actor tell TMZ. As TMZ first reported, Maria has waffled on divorcing her hubby, partly because he still has a strong emotional hold on her and partly because divorce runs counter to her religion. But we’re told as time passes and both Arnold and Maria have created separate lives, divorce

Kim Kardashian said she is hairy.

Axl Rose says a Guns N’ Roses reunion would be a complicated or an awkward situation.

THERE’LL be no Guns N’ Roses reunion at this weekend’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony. Axl Rose says he won’t attend and is declining his induction into the hall. The seminal band, which ruled the rock world for years before disbanding in acrimony in 1996, could be considered the headliner among the acts scheduled to be inducted in Cleveland on Saturday. But in a letter to the hall released Wednesday, Rose said he won’t be at the ceremony and would avoid what would

have likely been a “complicated or awkward situation.” “I won’t be attending The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction 2012 Ceremony and I respectfully decline my induction as a member of Guns N’ Roses to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame,” he said in the letter. “I strongly request that I not be inducted in absentia and please know that no one is authorised nor may anyone be permitted to accept any induction for me or speak on my behalf.”


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China buys inroads into the Caribbean A BRAND new $35-million stadium opened in the Bahamas a few weeks ago, a gift from the Chinese government. The tiny island nation of Dominica has received a grammar school, a renovated hospital and a sports stadium, also courtesy of the Chinese. Antigua and Barbuda got a power plant and a cricket stadium, and a new school is on its way. The prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago can thank Chinese contractors

for the craftsmanship in her official residence. China’s economic might has rolled up to America’s doorstep in the Caribbean, with a flurry of loans from state banks, investments by companies and outright gifts from the government in the form of new stadiums, roads, official buildings, ports and resorts in a region where the United States has long been a prime benefactor. The Chinese have flexed their economic prowess in

nearly every corner of the world. But planting a flag so close to the United States has generated intense vetting — and some raised eyebrows — among diplomats, economists and investors. Most analysts do not see a security threat, noting that the Chinese are not building bases or forging any military ties that could invoke fears of another Cuban missile crisis. But they do see an emerging superpower securing economic inroads and political support from a bloc

of developing countries with anaemic budgets that once counted almost exclusively on the United States, Canada and Europe. China announced late last year that it would lend $6.3 billion to Caribbean governments, adding considerably to the hundreds of millions of dollars in loans, grants and other forms of economic assistance it has already channelled there in the past decade. Unlike in Africa, South America and other parts of the

Flashback: China and Trinidad sign cooperation agreement last year. Photo credit: TGISL

world where China’s forays are largely driven by a search for commodities, its presence in the Caribbean derives mainly from long-term economic ventures, like tourism and loans, and potential new allies that are inexpensive to win over, analysts say. American diplomatic cables released through WikiLeaks and published in the British newspaper The Guardian quoted diplomats as being increasingly worried about the Chinese presence here “less than 190 miles from the United States” and speculating on its purpose. One theory, according to a 2003 cable, suggested that China was lining up allies as “a strategic move” for the eventual end of the Castro era in Cuba, with which it has strong relations. But the public line today is to be untroubled. “I am not particularly worried, but it is something the US should continue to monitor,” said Dennis C Shea, the chairman of the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission, a bipartisan Congressional panel. But, he added, “With China you have to be wary of possible policy goals behind the effort.” This archipelago, less than a one-hour flight from Florida, has gotten particular attention from the Chinese. Aside from the new stadium, with its “China Aid” plaque affixed prominently at the entrance, Chinese workers here in the Bahamas are busy

helping build the $3.5-billion Baha Mar, one of the region’s largest megaresorts. Beyond that, a Chinese state bank agreed in recent weeks to put up $41 million for a new port and bridge, and a new, large Chinese Embassy is being built downtown. The new stadium here, Bahamian officials said, was in part a reward for breaking ties with Taiwan in 1997 and establishing and keeping relations with China. It is one of several sporting arenas that China has sprinkled in Caribbean and Central American nations as gratitude for their recognition of “one China” — in other words, for their refusal to recognise Taiwan, which Chinese officials consider part of their country. “They offered a substantial gift and we opted for a national stadium,” said Charles Maynard, the Bahamian sports minister, adding that his government could never have afforded to build it on its own. In this enduring tug of war with Taiwan, others have switched, too, with a little financial encouragement. Grenada ended relations with Taiwan in 2004, and it is now in talks with China about getting a new national track and field stadium. The parting has not been entirely amicable; Taiwan and Grenada are now locked in a financial dispute over loans that Grenada received to finance the construction of its airport.

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T&T 2-year-old girl dies after sexual and physical abuse; relatives held

The Bahamas’s General Election will be held in less than a month.

The Bahamas’ General Election set for May 7 THE 2012 General Election will be on Monday, May 7, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham announced this week. Firing the starting gun on the election campaign, the Prime Minister called for elections that were clean, free, fair and honest. Addressing the country on national television, the PM said: “I want to thank you for the privilege of serving you over many years in public life. I thank you for placing your trust in my leadership and that of my party. Now we look to the future and the next election. As we begin this process, I want to ask all of our citizens to commit themselves to an election that is truly fitting of this great democracy of ours. “Whatever the outcome, this will be an historic election on many levels. As of today I announce that the Register of Voters is closed; this means

that there will be no more registrations and no more transfers of registrations. With the closing of the Register, it is my privilege to tell you that there are some 172,000 registered voters in the Bahamas; this is 22,000 more registered voters than in the last election and the highest number of registered voters ever recorded in the Bahamas.” His address came after a day of high political drama. At 1pm on Tuesday, the PM announced he had asked the Governor General to dissolve Parliament. Shortly after 1.45pm, Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade, in the role of the Provost Marshall, read the Proclamation from Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes on the steps of the House of Assembly, dissolving Parliament on April 10 and setting the stage for the election.

US considering widening duty free access for Caribbean countries THE UNITED States has agreed to consider granting unilateral trade benefits for Caribbean Basin countries and dependent territories that currently do not receive those benefits. This was one of the key results outlined in a joint statement by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the United States the following the conclusion of the recent meeting of the Trade and Investment Council (TIC) in Georgetown, Guyana. Over the last three years, bilateral trade between us has grown from US$15.7 to US$21.8 billion, an increase of 39 percent. Since 1983, the Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI) has granted unilateral duty-free treatment for imports of certain eligible articles from

CBI beneficiary countries. The participants discussed the operation of the CBI and how to better take advantage of the opportunities available under that initiative. Currently 17 countries and dependent territories receive benefits under the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act (CBERA). Seven of these countries and dependent territories receive benefits under the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBTPA). US officials also committed to providing more support for small- and mediumsized enterprises (SMEs) through their interactive website SBDCGlobal.com by collaborating with CARICOM member states to identify ways to bring additional SMEs into the SBDCGlobal.com web site.

LITTLE Aaliyah Johnson was sexually and physically abused before her unresponsive body was taken to the Siparia hospital on Easter Sunday. This is the report police officers are investigating as a couple, close relatives to the two-and-half-year-old, are being questioned in connection with the child’s death. On Monday, family members of the teenage girl and the 23-year-old man who

took Aaliyah to the Siparia District Health Facility told conflicting stories about the two people with whom Aaliyah would have spent her last moments. At Maria David Trace in Siparia, the home of the man and Aaliyah’s residence since Carnival Monday, family members said a close female relative was abusive to the child and would threaten to kill her.

Pensioner Dhasia Ramjohn said the teen used to beat Aaliyah, who would often go without food or water and also remain locked in the room while the young woman went out. Family members said Aailyah mingling with them and their children was an act the young woman disliked, and it was the young man who was left to care for the child. Sharmatie Ramjohn said

she was at home on Sunday night when she heard the teen say the child had fallen off the bed. Aaliyah’s home was a one-room, galvanised-iron structure built under Dhasia Ramjohn’s house. It contained the bare necessities, including a three-foot-high makeshift bed. Aaliyah’s clothing hung along a line around the 10×10 structure.


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World Bank candidate Ocampo calls for shake up WORLD Bank presidential candidate Jose Antonio Ocampo has called for a change in culture at the organisation and more co-operation with other global lenders. The Colombian also said the bank had lost ground to other development banks and had not been forceful enough in pushing for fresh funding. He pointed the finger at outgoing president Robert Zoellick for the lack of capital. Mr Ocampo is one of three candidates vying to replace Mr Zoellick. The other two are Nigeria’s Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and US citizen Dr Jim Yong Kim. ‘SUPERIOR’ Mr Ocampo said the World Bank needed to become more inclusive. “The bank has to be a clientbased organisation. The first thing the staff have to learn is that working at the country level is actually an improvement in its role for the bank, rather than working in Washington,” said the economist and former finance minister. “I think sincerely the problem of working for the World Bank is the sense of superiority.”

Jose Antonio Ocampo is one of three candidates for World Bank president.

But he saved his strongest criticisms for Mr Zoellick. “The current president was too shy in asking for a capital increase,” he said. “All the other development banks got huge recapitalisations... The World Bank did not, and I think that’s the reason why now the bank is decreasing its lending significantly.” Mr Ocampo made his comments after he was interviewed by the board of the World Bank on Tuesday. Dr Kim, the front runner for the post, was interviewed on Wednesday. He has been touring the world

trying to gather support for his nomination. “In advance of the vote, Dr Kim’s immediate top priority is to meet with as many of the World Bank’s shareholder and client countries as he can to discuss how the bank can best promote growth, combat poverty, and create jobs in developing nations,” a US Treasury spokesperson said. Mrs Okonjo-Iweala had her interview on Monday. Afterwards, she spoke of her “frustration” at what she saw as “inertia” at the bank. “You have to have the courage to say, ‘look, certain things that we’ve always made this way, they have to go’,” she said. VOTING CHANGE Traditionally, the post is given to the candidate put forward by the US, which on this occasion is Dr Kim. Together with Europe and Japan, it has 54% of the votes to appoint the bank’s president. Under an informal arrangement, in return, Europe appoints a European as head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which is the bank’s sister institution. Frenchwoman Christine Lagarde currently runs the IMF.

From Perth to Panama: the man who sold his life on eBay IN JULY 2008, Perth man Ian Usher made international headlines when he decided to sell his entire life – including his house, job, car and friends – on eBay, following the breakdown of his marriage. Almost four years on WAtoday tracked him down, living on a Caribbean island, to find out where the journey took him - and if it was worth it. It’s a dream many of us have – to throw in the job, sell the house and set off into the great unknown with just a passport and a thirst for adventure. Usually, reality gets in the way. But not for Ian Usher, the Perth man who made international headlines when, during a midlife crisis, he decided to auction his entire life – including his house, job, car and even friends - on eBay. A heartbroken Mr Usher made the drastic move after his wife left him, six years after they emigrated from England to WA. In August 2008 he farewelled his friends and left his Wellard home (which eventually sold for $399,000 the traditional way after the winning eBay bidder withdrew at the last minute) bound for Dubai. Guiding him was a list of 100 goals he wanted to complete in 100 weeks. Four years and 93 goals later, 48-year-old Mr Usher is now living on his very own Caribbean island and has found love again.

Along the way he visited dozens of countries while ticking off the list of goals, which included running with the bulls in Spain, cage diving with sharks in South Africa, meeting Richard Branson, having a workplace romance, learning to fly a plane and skydiving nude. Learning French, joining the “mile high” club, developing a six pack and scoring a bit-part in a Hollywood movie were also achieved during what he described as an “incredible” two years. “I think a couple of stand-out ones were swimming with a mother humpback whale and her calf in Japan, and riding a motorbike on the Wall of Death. My week in Pamplona in Spain was fantastic, and terrifying too, running with the bulls there,” he said. “(Other standouts were) flying a plane solo, seeing the red crabs at Christmas Island. I could go on, it was an incredible two years.” Mr Usher’s mission was also altruistic, and saw him raise $10,000 for charity and establish an online support network for those who, like him, found themselves “blindsided” by life. He wrote lengthy blogs during his travels and has since also selfpublished a book, A Life Sold ,which was also on his list of goals. With the last of the money raised from the sale of his house, Mr Usher bought a 2.2 acre island in the Bocas Del Toro off the coast of Panama

Fancy selling your life on eBay and seeing Iceland? That’s exactly what Ian Usher did.

and has spent the past few months building a house there. “The journey here was a little random. I just happened to be reading an article on the cheapest places in the world to live, and Panama came up,” he said. “I really didn’t want to live somewhere where I’d have to work to be able to afford to live - at least for a year or two. I was only doing some initial property research, but made an offer on a small island, which was accepted. It’s very laid back and relaxed.” While it wasn’t among his 100 goals Mr Usher also managed to find love along the way, with a Canadian woman who helped him achieve his goal of going on a dog-sled ride in the wilderness.

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Ten-year-old gives birth, criminal charges difficult against teen father COLOMBIAN authorities said Tuesday that they’ve been frustrated in their attempts to file criminal charges against the young father of a baby born two weeks ago to a 10-year-old ethnic Wayuu girl. That’s because the Wayuu people have their own justice system and rarely cooperate with agents of the Colombian state in such matters, said Maria Gladys Pabon, chief prosecutor in Riohacha, the regional capital. Under Colombian law, any sexual relations with a child age 14 or younger is a crime punishable by at least nine years in prison. But legal and indigenous affairs experts say that under Colombia’s 1991 constitution the Wayuu have jurisdiction. The girl, who cannot be identified by law, gave birth on March 29 via Caesarean section and is one of the youngest mothers on record. The father, who authorities say is 15, also cannot be identified. The baby weighed 5.6 pounds (2.6 kilos) and measured 14.5 inches (47 centimeters), said Dr. Fabio Gonzalez, who delivered the child in a private clinic in Riohacha, on the Guajira peninsula in Colombia’s northeast coast. “She barely understood what was

happening” at the moment of birth, Gonzalez told The Associated Press by phone. He said he had to operate because at that age the pelvis is still growing “and it’s too small for the fetus to pass through the vaginal canal.” He said the mother, who was discharged from the clinic in good health, is also relatively short at 4 feet, 7 inches (142 centimetres). When nurses took the newborn to her mother “it was as if a doll was being given to her,” said Gonzalez. “She has no idea. She doesn’t understand anything and that’s normal,” he added. The doctor said it was not the first time he had delivered the baby of a 10-year-old girl. He said he had a similar case last year. In the latest case, the girl’s parents took her to the clinic from their hometown of Manuare. A Wayuu tribal leader, Rosa Iguaran, told the AP that the parents were refusing to speak to the news media out of shame. She said the incident was also painful for the Wayuu, who number about 350,000 and mostly live in the Colombia-Venezuela border region but that they don’t consider that the girl was raped but rather that the baby was conceived in consensual sex.

Greek prime minister calls snap election GREEK Prime Minister Lucas Papademos told the Cabinet Wednesday that Greece will hold a snap election on May 6, Greek state media reported. He has also held a meeting with President Karolos Papoulias, in which he was expected to ask Papoulias to dissolve the current parliament. Under the Greek Constitution, there has to be at least a 25-day period between the dissolution of parliament and when elections are held. Addressing the Cabinet, Papademos said that not a single day must be lost between now and the elections, state broadcaster ERT reported. Dissolving parliament does not mean dissolving the government, as a number of significant decisions must be made by May 6, Papademos added. Greece, which has been run by an interim coalition government since November, is struggling under the weight of painful austerity measures intended to bring down its huge debt. The reported snap election announcement comes amid collapsing support for the two parties -- New Democracy and PASOK -- which have dominated Greek politics since the fall of the military

junta in 1974. Polls suggest nine parties currently meet the 3% threshold required to enter parliament. A survey from polling group GPO on Monday gives New Democracy 18.2% of the vote to 14.2% for PASOK, the majority party in the coalition government. According to the same GPO poll from Monday, nearly a third of the voters questioned either don’t intend to vote or haven’t decided for whom to vote. In October 2009, PASOK took 43.9% of the vote in parliamentary elections. In June, Greece needs to vote through parliament a raft of measures for 2013-2014, including at least 11 billion euros in spending cuts. Passing more measures -essential if Greece is to continue receiving money under a bailout deal from the European Union and International Monetary Fund -- is likely to be more difficult in a strongly fragmented parliament, especially as many of the smaller parties that are likely to enter the legislature oppose the bailout. Greece, which is at the center of Europe’s debt crisis, is battling to stay afloat in the face of an unsustainable level of debt and an economy that has been in recession for years.


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Santorum’s decision came down to odds and his daughter RICK Santorum’s decision to drop out of the Republican presidential race came after he spent the holiday weekend evaluating the race with his family, who were grappling with the latest hospitalisation of his 3-yearold daughter Bella. Santorum’s path to the nomination hinged on three puzzle pieces falling neatly in place, multiple sources close to the campaign told CNN, a prospect that grew dimmer with each passing day. The campaign, eagerly looking ahead to a slew of conservative leaning states that vote in May, had hoped that Texas would adjust its proportional primary rules and award its treasure trove of 155 delegates on a winner-take-all basis -- but Texas Republicans dismissed the idea.

Santorum was also hoping that Gingrich, who has also been competing for the same conservative anti-Romney voters, would drop out of the race, something the former House Speaker shows no signs of doing. Finally, the campaign understood that a victory in Santorum’s home state of Pennsylvania on April 24 was crucial. Romney’s poll numbers have lately creeped up in Pennsylvania and his campaign was in the process of unleashing a more than $2 million negative ad blitz against Santorum across the state, but Santorum aides said they remained confident that they would pull out a win on their home turf. His campaign reported it was

nearly $1 million in debt last month and would have been forced to drain its campaign account to compete with Romney and his allies on the costly Pennsylvania airwaves, another factor in Santorum’s decision. “The Romney team was putting a lot of money out there,” said one Santorum adviser who did not want to be named discussing internal decision-making. “The budget was a factor.” Despite trailing in the delegate count, Santorum vowed as recently as last week to remain in the race until one candidate reached the 1,144 delegates needed to capture the nomination. However, during a conference call with his wife, Karen, campaign manager and staff before his

Santorum’s exit all but hands Romney the Republic title to compete against Obama at the next US election.

announcement on Tuesday, Santorum said the decision was based on personal and political factors, according to a Santorum source. A campaign adviser also said the financial state of the campaign probably played a role in the conclusion. “We made a decision over the

weekend that while this presidential race for us is over for me and we will suspend our campaign effective today, we are not done fighting,” Santorum said during his speech in Gettysburg on Tuesday. “We will continue to fight for those voices for those Americans who stood up and gave us that air under our wings.”


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Job Listings Services Auto sales real estate

FAST SALE

Is looking for a

Kitchen Helper To work 5 days 6501

per week salary $5.00 per hour.

CARIBBEAN TILE Is looking for a

FOR RENT

3-bedroom apartment $1100.00 per month it will be available May 1st.

contact: 946-4664 NOEL EWING

Gardener Tile Setter To work 6 days To work 5 days per week salary $6.00 per hour.

Contact: 241-4188 6508

per week salary $5.00 per hour.

contact: 244-0707 or 346-2014 6502

Kiwi Connections Ltd.

Unskilled Labourer – $5.00/hr – Must be able to lift heavy material of 100lbs+ – Must be able to work weekdays and weekends - days/nights with varying schedules

Fax: 946-4661

Email: tcnews@tciway.tc

Website: tcweeklynews.com

$300,000 o.n.o. CONTACT: 231-3788

Contact: 231-3788

Building for Sale

Six (6) One (1) Bedroom One (1) Bath. Located on Millinneum Highway.Contact Tel: 649 333 1723 or 649 246 6119 Email: capronis2005@ yahoo.com 6459

WILFREY & TONY BARBER SHOP & BEAUTY SALON Is looking for a

Hairdresser/ Cosmetologist to work 6 days per week salary $5.00 per hour.

Contact: 231-0882

TOP END

Is looking for a

• Must know different kinds of flowers • Must know how to treat flowers • Must know how to arrange and take care of flowers

Contact: 231-3788 STANLEY STAR CONSTRUCTION

Is looking to hire 2 high skilled

Finish carpenters/

furniture Must be able

between the hours of 10am-3pm

FLOWER GIRL

Flower CoOrdinatoR

Contact: 331-4417 6515

Call (649) 941-5613

946-4664

$650.00 per month Gated Community Furnished

to read drawings salary $8.5 per hour.

Applications accepted from Belongers / Turks & Caicos Islanders Only

FOR SALE

1.3 Acres Of Land Ocean Drive, Turtle Tail Semi-Hilltop

Apartment

Is looking for a

April 14 - 20, 2012

STUDIO APARTMENT FOR RENT

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SUPER D RESTAURANT NORTH CAICOS

contact:231-3687

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Is looking for 2

Labourers To work 5 days per week salary $6.00 per hour.

Contact: 231-0308

6511

Construction scaffold and roof tiles for sale CONTACT: 431-1591 OR 231-3788


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EMPLOYMENT / SERVICES / NOTICES Comfort Suites Ports of Call Resort

Groundsman

Bartender full time

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

• Looking for an outgoing individual who has had previous bartending experience. • A creative individual who can enhance the guest experience. • Accepting resumes at the front desk. No phone calls please.

FAX: (649) 946-4661 GRACE BAY SUITES Is looking to fill the following positions: • Cleaners • Maids • Life guard • Masseuse • Beach/ Pool Attendants • Bartenders • Front Desk Manager • Part-time & live-in positions available immediately Please deliver resume with salary expectations to Front Desk preference will be given to qualified Belongers

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HOUSEMAN

Requirements • Must have at least two years experience as a Gardener • Must be able to spend long hours in the sun, rain, varied weather and temperatures • High school diploma • Must work weekends and holidays • Must speak, read, write and understand the primary language (English) used in the workplace. • Must be able to read and write to facilitate the communication process. • Requires good communication skills, both verbal and written.

Ward’s Consultancy Acting on behalf of our clients: Faces and Fingers, Paula Jennings Ward is looking to fill the following positions:

Required for inside and outside cleaning duties: some heavy lifting

Turks Island citizens only need to apply in person to Tiersa Smith, Human Resources Manager at The Sands Resort located on Grace Bay Road, Providenciales, or via e-mail: Humanresource@thesandstc.com. Applications must be in by April 20th 2012. 6506

Hours will vary depending on occupancy levels. Evening and weekend shifts will be part of the schedule. Applicants must be able to speak, read and write English to a level that will enable communication with guests. Police clearance required for all applicants. Salary $6.00 per hour.

Email to alliedmanagement@ usa.net or 946-5866 6506

Cosmetologist – salary $200 per week

Domestic Worker – salary $5.00 per hour

contact: 332-5533

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EMPLOYMENT / SERVICES / NOTICES

FULL-TIME MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIST REQUIRED • Good interpersonal skills • Dependable with at least 4 years of post qualification experience • Maintaining confidentiality at all times • Performing phlebotomy • Experience in performing all basic medical laboratory tests

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

MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN Responsibilities • To skillfully and professionally perform all scheduled maintenance related jobs. • Account for time spent on individual works and actively seek further tasks when assigned tasks are completed. • To advise the Engineering Administrator when parts or supplies need to be reordered. • Perform weekly and monthly physical counts of all inventory stock and tooling and requirements. • Other duties as deemed necessary by the Engineering Administrator

Minimum education requirements: • Must have a Bachelors Degree in Medical Technology • Eligible for registration with the Health Practitioners board of the Turks & Caicos Islands • Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience

Send CV and certificates in confidence email: neffer.malcolm@gmail.com

FAX: (649) 946-4661

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Requirements • Must meet minimum professional qualification/certification in Plumbing/Electrical/ Mechanical and A/C related trades • Must have minimum of two years hands-on experience working on minor electrical, painting, plumbing and A/C • Must speak, read, write and understand the primary language (English) used in the workplace. • Must work weekends and holidays

ROOM ATTENDANT

VACANCY

Responsibilities • Carries out the following routine assignments: • Cleans occupied and vacant rooms on a nightly basis and according to the established policy and standards. • Maintains the cleanliness and orderliness of housekeeping storage closets according to the established procedures. • Conducts routine inspection of all assigned rooms for any discrepancy in the status report and immediately coordinate to Housekeeping department for appropriate action. • Requires to do turn down service at night according to the operations policy. • Attends to guest requests as needed. Requirements • Must have previous hotel housekeeping experience • Preferred skilled cleaner. Individual who likes to clean • Regular/Full Time position Only • Must speak, read, write and understand the primary language (English) used in the workplace. • Must work weekends and holidays

GROUP MANAGING DIRECTOR CONTINENTAL TRUST CORPORATION (TCI) LTD. is seeking to employ a qualified senior trust & estate Lawyer to serve as Managing Director and in-house counsel to the Company as well as Group Compliance Officer and Managing Director of the member firms of the MORRIS, COTTINGHAM Group of financial services companies. The successful applicant must have a Bachelor of Laws Degree from a commonwealth jurisdiction, a minimum of ten (10) years professional experience in and fully conversant with all relevant aspects of international Trust and company law and practice. The candidate must also be a self-motivated achiever with good leadership skills and the ability to supervise and communicate effectively. Exposure to and extensive experience in Anti-Money Laundering compliance and reporting issues is essential.

Turks Island citizens only need to apply in person to Tiersa Smith, Human Resources Manager at The Sands Resort and The Regent Palms located on Grace Bay Road, Providenciales, or via e-mail: humanresource@thesandstc.com. Applications must be in by April 27, 2012.

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SENIOR TAX ANALYST

The successful candidate will report directly to the board of directors of the Company and will be expected to: advise clients on domestic and international Trust and Estate Planning and taxation matters, be conversant with U.S. FATCA legislation and regulations as well as U.S. reporting requirements for beneficiaries of trusts; direct the marketing and promotion of the Group’s professional services generally and develop the Group’s business worldwide. A considerable amount of client contact and relationship management is required in this position and the successful candidate must be a seasoned professional to manage this effectively in the best interests of the Company. Challenging ad hoc project and business consultancy work including commenting in depth on relevant legislation and regulation will also be required. Travel, occasionally on very short notice, will from time to time be required.

REQUIRED

Commonwealth Business Development Ltd seeks to employ a Senior Tax Analyst to serve as advisor to our clients on international taxation issues, including the application of the recent Turks and Caicos Islands – Canada Tax Information Exchange Agreement. Candidate should have at least 10 years of professional experience in international tax related matters.

A three year contract will initially be offered with an imminent to immediate starting date that may be extended in satisfactory circumstances. The salary level on commencement will be negotiable

In addition to the above, the successful applicant must have a Master’s-level university degree in taxation as well as further relevant professional qualifications (such as C.M.I. designation) or taxation experience.

CONTINENTAL TRUST CORPORATION (TCI) LTD. BRIEF PROFILE CONTINENTAL TRUST CORPORATION (TCI) LTD. is a Licenced Professional Trustee, based on the Capital Island of Grand Turk, in the Turks and Caicos Islands, that specializes in the provision of professional trustee services to a wide range of private international clients. It is also part of the MORRIS, COTTINGHAM Group of financial services companies, in affiliation with a network of associate firms worldwide in all aspects of international financial services.

Remuneration shall be on a percentage of consultancy fees billed. The candidate should also be willing to hire and train a Belonger personal assistant. Responsibility for payment of this assistant will be the sole responsibility of the Analyst. Furthermore, the Candidate must be willing to spend part of the year and potentially relocate to our or our clients’ other international offices.

Interested persons must address their application in writing to the following:

Sharon Simons Morris, Cottingham Wilma House Hibiscus Square, Pond Street P.O. Box 156 Grand Turk Turks and Caicos Islands E-mail: mcal-gdt@tciway.tc or Fax: 649-946-2503 Suitably qualified Belongers need only apply

Appropriately qualified Belongers are particularly encouraged to apply. Please send applications by email to:

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commonwealthbusiness@yahoo.co.uk with a copy to the Labour Department, Butterfield Square, Providenciales. Closing Date: October 22, 2010. 6544


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EMPLOYMENT / SERVICES / NOTICES

Candidates should apply to info@ bohioresort.com or PO Box 179, Grand Turk Please include a covering letter, resume and references with all applications.

6492

COLMELITA HANDFIELD

To work 5 days per week this candidate must live on North Caicos.

contact: 946-7705

6518

is looking for a

Scuba Instructor Must have at least 3 years experience any information contact: Maia Clare @ 343-9494 We are located downtown behind the ballpark 6500

With specialties including EANX and a strong customer service background. PADI/SDI preferred. Candidates must have STCW95, basic safety certification or be willing to obtain it at their cost. Previous live aboard experience and additional skills/ specialties are preferred email: jobs@ exploreventures.com 6548

Jill Swann

Lew 1 Shipping

Hairdresser Nail Technician

Is looking for a

Seeks a

Labourer

Seeks and experience English speaking, active teaching, status

Deckhand Seeks a

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

contact: 232-3122

To work onboard vessel Duties include but not limited to:

• • • •

Loading and off loading vessel Receiving and wrapping cargo Keeping deck work area clean Person must be willing to live on board vessel • Must have STCW Certificate

Contact: 941-5707

6517

@@ Minimum 10 years experience @@ International recognized culinary qualifications @@ Ability to supervise,train,motivate and mentor team members @@ Strong communication and interpersonal skills @@ Previous international work experience, ideally in the Caribbean

CHRIST IS THE ANSWER MINISTRY

CAICOS LIVEABOARD DBA

Is looking to fill he following positions:

6522

FOOD SERVICE MANAGER

IBO BEAUTY SALON

Musician

Salary $7.00 per hour contact: 649241-5563 or email: mauvette_2004@ hotmail.com 6545

FLORAL DESIGNER NEEDED Experienced Floral Designer and Receptionist Needed. Must have • knowledge of, passion for, and experience in, floral design; • customer service experience • computer knowledge. • Must be a team player

Interested persons should call 231-0009

6524

April 14 - 20, 2012

BUTTERFIELD GOLD GROUP OF COMPANIES

POSITIONS AVAILABLE One (1) Executive/Senior Procurement Officer

Primary Duties

Building Material Procurement Specialist Assistant to Chief Operating Officer and Vice President Operations Prepare and dispatch correspondence Assist with Financial Analysis, Budget & Project preparations Prepare various reports; take notes at meetings and prepare minutes Schedule management appointments

The Head Chef is responsible for directing the food operation of a local Steak House. Casual during the day – fine dining at night. The ideal candidate will apply deliver superior standards in food preparation, kitchen management and service.

Qualification, Experience & Abilities

Minimum of three (3) years work experience and knowledge in purchasing all types of building materials, including, but not limited to roofing prefab building structures for the Construction & Maintenance division for the company. A minimum of five (5) years work experience in an administrative position with duties including Project preparation, Report Writing and assisting with financial project management and evaluation. • Five (5) CXC subjects or equivalent Approve must provide certified courses and/or diplomas relevant to above duties. • Proficient in Microsoft Office • Applicant must have excellent communications skills, both oral and written. • Applicant must be able to work independently with minimum supervision. Applicant must be open to being on call outside of regular business hours to deal with and complete assigned tasks. Wages: Commensurate with experience starting from $2,250.00 per month

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: • 5-7 years’ experience as a Head Chef or Sr Sous Chef • Exceptional culinary knowledge with extensive experience preparing beef • Degree in Hospitality or Culinary Arts • Demonstrated ability to manage food and labour costs • Highly motivated and driven to excellence • Strong leadership skills with the ability to train, develop and motivate team members Suitably qualified candidates should apply in writing or by phone to the following:

Bridgette Thomas BNC Consulting Group, Ltd bthomas@bnccgroup.com phone: 649-332-2565 Closing Date: open until filled

Application forms available from Butterfield Gold Human Resource Department. Only applicants selected for interview will be notified.

Submit applications to by April 15, 2012 to:

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

Head Chef

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ONLY CANDIDATES MEETING MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS WILL BE CONTACTED

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IMMEDIATE OPENING


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PHONE: (649) 946-4664 Claymore Group Ltd. Is looking for a

April 14 - 20, 2012 FAX: (649) 946-4661

EMPLOYMENT / SERVICES / NOTICES

SAG CONSTRUCTION

ALLIED MANAGEMENT SERVICES LTD.

NURSE

Is required for several managed properties

Domestic Worker To work Monday – Friday. Must be honest and hard working. Salary $5.00 p.h.

Contact: 946-4109

6510

Qualifications:

• Required for property management company • Must have completed a degree course in Nursing and hold an internationally recognized registration • Fluent English written and spoken

Is looking for a

Mason To work 6 days per week

Duties:

• To give additional support services to elderly guests and disable • Irregular hours including night work and weekends Salary $800.00 per month plus share of nursing fees

Send resumes to alliedmanagement@ usa.net or to Labour Department

salary $9.00 per hour

6514

Contact: 231-6889

6500

PUBLIC AUCTION

Vacancy Notice Director Central Procurement Unit

SUMMARY OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

An exciting opportunity awaits you in the Turks & Caicos Islands Government Service for the post of Director Central Procurement Unit within the Government’s Central Purchasing Unit. The incumbent in this managerial position will have Departmental responsibility for the effective direction and oversight of the Central Purchasing Unit by ensuring adequate and timely procurement of supplies, materials and services for the Government of the Turks and Caicos Islands. He / She is expected to form links with major suppliers and secure contracts to ensure an efficient and effective Supply Chain Management System that provides the Government with value for money. The successful candidate will be responsible for providing leadership to staff in the Unit as well as implementing proper procurement systems for TCIG. The incumbent is also expected to generate results that are deemed to be effective, on time and in quality, when satisfactory levels of materials and services are maintained, economies of scales are achieved and the Department’s Budget is contained within its limits. Key performance metrics should be developed and agreed with the Permanent Secretary of Government Support Services. The position will be responsible for the establishment of strategic initiatives and employee performance and development of the CPU team. This role further requires the successful candidate to use analytical skills and visual dexterity especially when he/she is coordinating and ensuring the maintenance of new Management Information Systems to deal with Purchasing and Inventory Control. Strong leadership, relationship management and interpersonal skills are required for this position. Other duties include preparing Departmental budgets, analyzing purchasing history of all Departments as well as designing initiatives to achieve cost compression especially when conducting physical inventory checks. Experience in Strategic Sourcing, developing contracts with Suppliers, as well as tendering processes will be required. The role is responsible for ensuring that Government Policies and Procedures are followed, and where necessary, for recommending changes to these procedures to ensure compliance and best practice.

• 1997 Honda Accord • 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier • 1998 Honda Civic

(Fantastic Sound System: 2 Pioneer speakers (12”), audio pipe can and pioneer radio) To be held at Provo Water Company, Grace Bay Road, Providenciales, (first right after Prestigious Property) on Friday 20th April 2012. Cash Sale Only. No Warranties, No Returns. For enquires prior to date of said auction please contact The Supreme Court Office Tel: 9464215 (Sealed Bids accepted prior to Auction) This Advertisement is Authorized by Shuntal Gibson Bailiff of the Supreme Court, Providenciales

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Vacancy People’s Telecoms Company Ltd. has a vacancy for a

Field Technician QUALIFICATION AND SKILLS • Bs Mechanical Engineering. BS Information Technology. Advanced formal training in Telecommunications • Must be competent and knowledgeable and able to maintain the infrastructure – hardware and software - integral to a complex Wireless Communications Network • Must have a working knowledge of Communications, Electronics, Digital Radios, Satellite Systems, 802.xx Systems, Vehicle Location Equipment, Customer Premise Equipment, Marine Radio, Specialty Telecommunications Personal Devices

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

RESPONSIBILITIES: • Use measuring and diagnostic tools to test, adjust, and repair Electronic Equipment. • Read Work Orders that describe equipment failures • Must be able to liaise with Equipment Manufacturers/Operators to resolve equipment related problems inclusive of the ability to read schematic drawings and other written specifications. • Visit nodes and sites within a network to identify and resolve network performance issues or outages to ensure such unforeseen issues are resolved in the quickest possible time to ensure the network up-time is maintained at or near 99.999% • Perform regular maintenance work on clients Communication Devices as well as periodic work to maintain the wireless networks. • Must be able to build and maintain secure websites and mail server systems. • Candidate must be able to work long hours and on demand • Salary negotiable

The position requires the incumbent to possess a Bachelors Degree in Accounting and Purchasing Management or related field with at least five (5) years experience at a senior management level. in the field of procurement management. SALARY: $44,820 to $47,790 per annum For persons recruited outside the Turks and Islands a two or three year extendable contract is offered. Other benefits offered in addition to basic salary include Transportation and Telephone Allowance, Housing Allowance, end-of-contract gratuity of 15% of salary; return passage for family of up to two children under the age of 16 years, duty free on the shipment of personal effects imported within six months of appointment. Applicant’s resume including contact number or email address, two letters of reference and a police certificate should be sent to the Permanent Secretary, Office of the Public Service Management, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands. Fax (649) 946-1582. Email: recruitment@ gov.tc Extension: 10318

ONLY SUITABLE CANDIDATES WILL BE ACKNOWLEDGED

On the following items

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Turks and Caicos Islander Applicants preferred. Stubbs Diamond Plaza #66 Sibonne Rd. Unit #3 Email: kay@acltci.tc

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EMPLOYMENT / SERVICES / NOTICES

Job Opportunities

Parrot Cay Resort and COMO Shambhala have vacancies for the following positions: Managerial Position

Cost Controller

The successful candidate will be responsible for controlling cost throughout the Resort, and must be able to monitor and maintain control of Departmental weekly, monthly, yearly budgets. Have sound knowledge of inventory control and proper requisitions procedures within all departments of the hotel. Focus should concentrate on Food and Beverage areas and the proper allocation of requisitioned and transferred items. All items purchased, received, and requisitioned must be properly accounted for in the Sun Financial System. MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES • Ensure that all products requisitioned and departmental transfers are accurately entered into the System • Ensure that all products received are coded and entered to the correctly account on a daily basis. • Maintain a par level for inventory items and set up and maintain an Inventory Control Process • Rotate stock regularly and ensure that monthly inventories are done timely and accurately on a monthly basis. • Prepare necessary reconciliations statements and must work closely with the accounts department on all financial matters • Produce an accurate usage chart to review proper product levels – monthly • Maintain a high level of professionalism and efficiency as well as directing and inspecting delivery from local suppliers to maintain acceptable product levels. • Maintain appropriate Accounting records and must work closely with all department heads regarding reconciliation of items ordered, received, transferred and expensed • Prepare departmental cost reconciliations as required QUALIFICATIONS The individual must possess the following: • Must have an Associate Degree or a higher level of education • Must have at least 2 years of previous experience as food and beverage cost controller • Must be competent in the use of the following computer applications: Microsoft Excel and Word. Preference for knowledge of other accounting or inventory control related software such as Sun Systems, Sage Accpac ERP or Micros Inventory Control.

Assistant Housekeeper MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES • He/she must have the ability to Manage and direct the overall operations of the Department. • Must be able to develop specific goals, policies and strategies for the day to day running of the department as well as implementation through correct planning, organizing and training. • Must maintain the Resort high standards, quality with the ability to maximize profitability at all times.

• Control labour costs by ensuring that all employees are productive. • Control Housekeeping operating stocks • To ensure all areas of the beach villas are clean: including bedrooms, public areas. • Must inspect and look after all bedrooms and guest areas on a daily basis. • To ensure guest laundry operate to correct standards. • Must have the ability to provide training for new and existing employees when necessary. QUALIFICATION & EXPERIENCE • At least two to three years experience as an Assistant Housekeeper within the Hospitality Industry, knowledge of Five Star Resort Standards will be a plus. • Must have excellent communication, organizational and managerial skills. • Must have a passion for service • Proven ability as a good team player with the skills to effectively function in a multi-cultural environment. • Must have excellent problem solving skills with exceptional Leadership capabilities.

Laundry Manager MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES • Must have the ability to train and develop the team to be consistent with their standards. • Must be able to effectively run and operate a commercial laundry. • The ability to monitor all laundry equipment and to make sure that proper maintenance is carried out when necessary. • Must maintain a fully functional laundry at all times that is capable of serving all departments in the hotel as well as the Private Homes and a valet section responsible for laundering and pressing of guest clothes. • Must be able to schedule staff accordingly to cover all shifts, as we operate a 24 hours a day. • You will also oversee the in house seamstress, maintain high quality linen and drive linen inventories. QUALIFICATION AND EXPERIENCE: • Must be computer literate with excellent communication skills • At three years operational experience of a commercial laundry • Must be detail oriented and must comply with all Company standards • Must have the ability to train staff when necessary. • Must have strong leadership capabilities with the ability effectively manage and motivate all staff members. Events and Special Service Manager MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES • Lead the brainstorming process to develop event themes (as & when required). • Research potential event locations and vendors and make recommendations. • Secure, direct and supervise contracted event vendors. • Create, manage the event planning and orchestrate the event as schedule.

• Manage the design and production of special event printed materials, i.e. invitations, signage, programs, journals, etc – on a case by case basis as required by client. • Pricing of rooms and F&B (subject to review with Hotel/ General Manager & FB Mgt & Finance). • Maintain budget accounting and reporting for special events. • Reconcile and submit vendor invoices for payment (if any as per requirements). • Prepare event-related invoices. • Analyzing sales figures and forecasting future sales volumes to maximize profits. • Maintaining awareness of market trends in the industry. Qualification and Experience • At least two years sales and event planning experience within hospitality • Working knowledge of opera system version 5, computers and Microsoft office suite with proficiency in excel and word. • Must have technical/functional skills. • Must have excellent communication and organizational skills • At least a Bachelors degree in Business, Sales and Marketing or Hospitality • Able to multi-task several projects at once and establish priorities amongst competing interests. • Proactive problem solver.

Other Managerial Positions Information and Technology Manager Beach House Manager Recreation Manager

OTHER POSITIONS Spa Therapist Specializing in Acupuncture and Shiatsu Spa Therapist Resort Butler Yoga Teacher Laundry Supervisor Pilates Instructor Chef de Partie A/C Technician Recreation Attendant Gardeners Line Chef Spa Therapist Demi Chef F & B Server Head Baker Commis Chef Sous Chef Private Villa Chef Executive Pastry Chef Private Residence Attendant Carpenters Spa Attendant Electrician Night Spa Receptionist K9 Dog Handler Security Officer Plumber Vector Control Attendant Kitchen Steward Laundry Attendant Turndown Attendant Evening Turndown Attendant Public Area Attendant Room Attendant Pool Attendant Canteen Cook

Salaries for these positions will be paid base on qualification and experience. Please note that all application must be submitted with a valid Police Record, two reference letters from previous employers or a notary public and current educational certificates. Only suitable candidates will be contacted for an interview. Forward your resume to the Human Resources Department at the following address:

Human Resources Manager Parrot Cay Resort and COMO Shambhala P.O. Box 164 Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands Ph: (649) 946 7788, Fax: (649) 946 7749 Email: joel.richards@parrotcay.como.bz or keva.forbes@parrotcay.como.bz


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EMPLOYMENT CORE RESOURCES LTD.

April 14 - 20, 2012

/ SERVICES / NOTICES

Is seeking applicants to fill the position of a

SMALL HOTEL REQUIRES

HEAD

Client Relations Officer

PHILIPPE MAMET Is seeking a

HOUSEKEEPER

in North Caicos

Basic Requirements: • Language skills essential English & French • Minimum 15 years hotel experience • Basic computer skills required • Must have own vehicle • Must be prepared to work long hours, weekends and holidays • Pleasant personality essential • Good understanding of front desk operation in case of emergency

Essential Requirements: • Education at least a Bachelor’s Degree in communication Studies • Knowledge of the language of law, especially as it relates to contracts • Knowledge of business and public administration • Knowledge of research methods and possess excellent research and analytical skills(at least 3 years experience) • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with a customer service focus • Competent in the use of commonly used computer applications and be able to use those programs to create word documents, spreadsheets, databases and presentations • Attention to detail and flexibility to manage multiple projects • Highly detail oriented and organized in work • Ability to act and operate independently with minimal daily direction from manager to accomplish objectives Salary is negotiable

Please mail CV to P.O. Box 446, Providenciales 6523

Domestic

Worker To work 6 days per week salary $5.00 per hour interested persons may.

contact: 231-2995

GOVERNMENT VACANCY

Applications along with 2 character references, a police record and a testimonial from the most recent place of work must be emailed to:

The Director Core Resources Ltd. Suzie Turn Plaza Leeward highway, Providenciales Turks & Caicos Islands All applications must be sent by April 19th, 2012 to coreresources@gmail.com

FAX: (649) 946-4661

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DEPARTMENT: PLANNING

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*Please note only short listed applicants will be contacted to attend interviews

FINANCIAL CONTROLLER REQUIRED

A long standing integrated Financial Services & Commercial Group requires a very experienced financial controller to assist the Finance Director in the following areas: We are looking for a financial services accounting professional (CA/CPA/CGA/AMA) with at least 19 years experience to administer our financial and accounting function. The individual must possess proven experience in establishing and implementing auditing and control systems and procedures in a changing and dynamic financial & commercial environment. Also experience in automotive, retail, law firm accounts utilities and client asset portfolio management. Proven expertise in all facets of financial statement preparation, treasury investments and ability to report to the Board of Directors level is essential. The ability to supervise, train and manage junior staff and support personnel in accounting systems and procedures is required. Accountable for practice management and development, including client billing and recovery of receivables and expanding fee base of existing clients. Management of ad hoc assignments such as cashflows, budgeting and due diligence. Hours of works will vary with job demands and future growth of the business. Compensation will be determined upon the chosen candidate’s relevant work experience and professional qualifications and group medical coverage will be provided. Demonstration of sufficient knowledge, flexibility, experience and work ethic to command the position of Deputy Finance Director after one year is a pre-requisite.

DIRECTOR OF PLANNING SUMMARY OF DUTIES AND RESPONBILITIES: An exciting opportunity awaits you in the Turks & Caicos Islands Government Service for the post of Director in the Planning Department. The incumbent in this position is responsible for managing the Planning Department. He / She will provide support to the Permanent Secretary for the administration and operation of the system of planning in the Turks and Caicos Islands as stipulated in the Physical Planning Ordinance. Duties include reviewing and approving planning applications and other requests for the use or development of land; supervising staff; procuring technological equipment, software and machinery for execution of the physical planning work; collaborating with key stakeholders to sensitize them and gain buy in and support for the development and implementation of planning policies for the Islands. The successful candidate must also promote and enforce the orderly development of lands in the Turks and Caicos Islands through the National Physical Development Plan and is also expected to review the Physical Planning Ordinance, TCI Development Manual and Building Codes as well as other regulatory instruments for the operation of the Planning System. QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE The position requires the incumbent to have a Masters Degree in Urban Planning and Development or a related field with eight (8) years on the job experience to acquire the necessary competencies to effectively respond to the challenges of the job, five (5) of which must be at a senior management level. RENUMERATION PACKAGE: SALARY: $44,820- $47,790 Serving officers should apply through their Heads of Department. For persons recruited outside the Turks and Islands a two-year contract is offered. Other benefits offered include a Housing Allowance, Telephone Allowance, an end-of-contract gratuity of fifteen percent of salary; return passage for family of up to two children under the age of sixteen years as well as duty free on the shipment of personal effects imported within six months of appointment. For more information on the Job Description, please contact the Office of the Public Service Management; Telephone 649-946-2801, Extension: 10321. All resumes with contact information and two letters of References as well as a Police Certificate should be addressed to the Permanent Secretary, Office of the Public Service Management, Church Folly, Grand Turk. Facsimile: 946-1582 or Email: recruitment@gov.tc

Interested and qualified persons should forward resumes in strictest confidence to:

McCollum & Newlands, P.O. Box 678 Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands

APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 17th 2012

ONLY SUITABLE CANDIDATES WILL BE ACKNOWLEDGED 6532

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EMPLOYMENT / SERVICES / NOTICES

LIVEABOARD SCUBA VESSEL Seeks a

Captain With a current 500 ton (ITC) Master’s License with full STCW-95 who is also a certified scuba diver (Dive Master preferred). Must have substantial experience on vessels greater than 100 ft. Strong customer service background and fluency in English is required previous live aboard experience preferred.

Please email CV to: jobs@ exploreventures.com

HELP WANTED

TOP END

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Is looking to hire 1 high skilled

35 FAX: (649) 946-4661 Universal Product Recycling Is looking for a

1 Handyman

Finish carpenters/ furniture Must be able to read drawings salary $9.00 per hour contact: 247-4068 between the hours of 10am-3pm 6550

– duties include general maintenance, must have own transportation, good carpentry & masonry skills

1 Nanny – duties include housekeeping, cooking and meal preparation, must have a minimum of 5 years experience Both positions applicants must be prepared to work flexible hours and 6 days per week Salary $5.50 per hour

Domestic Worker

Contact: 231-5084 or email: sales@ turksandcaicosproperty.com 6564

Contact: 441-6669

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

GOVERNMENT VACANCY Vacancy Notice

Veterinary Assistant

DEPARTMENT: HER MAJESTY PRISON

PRISON OFFICER

SUMMARY OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

SUMMARY OF DUTIES AND RESPONBILITIES: An exciting opportunity awaits you in the Turks & Caicos Islands Government Service for the post of Prison Officer. The incumbent in this position assists in providing a safe, secure location for offenders of society; ensuring that security measures are satisfactory by checking cells, bolts, locks, grills and reporting to the Senior Officer any weakness/es detected in the security arrangements. The Officer is also expected to count inmates to ensure that the physical count corresponds with the numbers on record; make sure prohibited articles are not bought into Her Majesty’s Prison; search all inmates prior to and after each visit as well as anytime as directed by the Senior Officer in charge. Additional duties include supervising an inmate or group of inmates on Wings and in the performance of their task/s and provide guidance accordingly. The incumbent is also expected to escort inmates to Work Parties, the Health Centre and any place as directed by the Prison’s Management Team. The Officer must also ensure that inmates’ complaints and requests are taken and addressed appropriately whether personally or by referring the inmate to a Senior Officer.

An exciting opportunity awaits you in the Turks & Caicos Islands Government Service for the post of Veterinary Assistant within the Environmental Health Department. The incumbent in this position will enforce the animal health and animal welfare regulations for the Department of Agriculture in the Turks and Caicos Islands. He/ she will be expected to work in the Animal Welfare Programmes involving the inspection of commercial breeders, pet shops, kennels, animal shelters and related facilities for proper licensure and compliance with animal health ordinance and regulations. The successful candidate provide clinical and regulatory services and veterinary public health services that will contribute to the production and importation of safe food of the animal origin and the control of zoonotic diseases to ensure the protection of the health and safety of the public. Other duties include conducting the investigation of alleged violations of Animal Health Ordinances and Regulations; Assisting with clinic duties and surgical operations; Assisting in animal disease surveillance, Assistance in the monitoring of the importation of animals and other associated regulatory functions. He/ she would also be expected to perform any other duties as may be required.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

The position requires the incumbent to have a high school diploma or equivalent. The candidate must be physically fit with a good medical history. The candidate must possess excellent communication skills both written and oral. Applicants must be prepared to work hours that may include night shifts. Candidates must be hardworking, trustworthy and a team player and must be able to work under stress and operate calmly.

A Diploma in Animal Health and Veterinary Public Health, Diploma in Agriculture or an Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology or any related field. The incumbent is also expected to have at least four (4) years working experience to acquire the competencies to perform the job effectively.

SALARY: $28,512 - $32,292 per annum

RENUMERATION PACKAGE:

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

SALARY: $18,900 – $20,520 PER ANNUM Serving officers should apply through their Heads of Department. Other benefits offered include a Duty Allowance and Housing Allowance. Housing Allowance will be paid to applicants recruited within the family islands excluding Grand Turk. For more information on the Job Description, please contact the Office of the Public Service Management; Telephone 649-946-2801, Extension: 10318. All resumes with contact information and two letters of References as well as a Police Certificate should be addressed to the Permanent Secretary, Office of the Public Service Management, Church Folly, Grand Turk. Facsimile: 946-1582 or Email: recruitment@gov.tc

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 17th April 2012

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Applicant’s resume including contact number or email address, two letters of reference and a police certificate should be sent to the Human Resource Director , Office of the Public Service Management, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands. Fax (649) 946-1582. Email: recruitment@gov.tc Extension: 10318 ONLY SUITABLE CANDIDATES WILL BE ACKNOWLEDGED 6529

Application Deadline: April 19th 2012


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EMPLOYMENT / SERVICES / NOTICES

FAX: (649) 946-4661

Finance Manager

Applications are invited for the position of Finance Manager Location - Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands Educational requirements Bachelor’s degree in accounting or other relevant subject. Professional requirements Certified Public Account or UK Chartered Accountant qualified (or equivalent) with a minimum of 4 years post qualification experience in auditing Business experience requirements Applicants should have a minimum of 15 years in a broad range of financial management roles at a senior level. Experience in the following areas would be a significant advantage: financial and management accounting, business acquisitions and disposals, corporate restructurings, regulatory reporting, strategic financial and business planning, ability to interpret complex legal documentation. Salary Range $50,000 to $75,000 per annum based on experience. Belongers only need apply. Please submit applications to:

British Caribbean Bank Limited Phone: 649-941-5028 info@bcbtci.com P.O. Box 270 Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands

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Leeward Limited Wishes to recruit

Facilities Manager

VACANCIES OCEAN CLUB RESORTS IS LOOKING FOR QUALIFIED, EXPERIENCED APPLICANTS FOR:

MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN Experience required in all areas of general maintenance including but not limited to: AC repair, plumbing, electrical, carpentry, and painting. Must be detail oriented, able to work with limited supervision, and fluent in written and spoken English.

• Ensure the physical structures and support services of the company’s property portfolio function effectively; indentify, develop and implement improvements to the portfolio including new business opportunities; manage legal issues. • Manage and develop relationships with commercial and residential stakeholders; analyse and review proposed and on-going development; ensure prescribed covenants are upheld. • Develop and implement operational procedures, establishing quality targets and maintaining records of operations; provide a safe working environment; provide leadership and line management of operational staff, manage subcontractors and suppliers. • Establish budgets and maintain cost control to meet financial targets. • Market the company, producing graphic materials as required; manage IT and communication systems.

Requirements & Qualifications

GARDENER

• Age 30 to 55 • Bachelors Degree in an appropriate discipline plus a BIFM recognized qualification in Facilities Management

Must be physically capable of hard manual outdoor labour. Previous experience preferred.

HOUSEMAN

Experience 10 years operational and commercial experience in Facilities Management with 5 years in a management position. Must have experience in: • FM project management, commercial property and property law • Construction of MEP, HVAC and landscaping; space planning, CAD, architectural, engineering and infrastructure design; data, PABX and security network management • Business development, planning and administration; cost control, accounts payable and accounts receivable; marketing and graphic design • Must display strong customer service, verbal and written communication skills. Must have strong IT skills with advanced proficiency in AutoCAD, Microsoft Office, Visio and Server 2003. Must be able to work without supervision. Salary range $3,750 - $4,250/month depending on experience.

Responsible for assisting the Operations Department with cleaning in all areas of the resort. Strenuous physical labour requires one who is able and willing to perform heavy lifting, and other physically demanding functions. JANITOR – Responsible for assisting all departments with cleaning in all areas of the resort. Strenuous physical labour requires one who is able and willing to perform heavy lifting, and other physically demanding functions. All applicants must be able to present a clean Police Record if offered a position. Wage commensurate with experience. Individuals must be willing to work holidays and weekends on a flexible schedule dictated by business demands.

Please drop off resumes at the Ocean Club Front Desk, to the attention of the Human Resource Manager, or via email to diane@oceanclubresorts.tc Only those receiving an interview will be contacted.

Key Responsibilities to:

All applications must be made by 21 April 2012 and should include career history, qualifications and the names and contact details of at least two references. Belongers only need apply. Applications should be sent to: leeward@tciway.tc , PO Box 148 Providenciales, or faxed to 946-5674. 6527

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EMPLOYMENT / SERVICES / NOTICES

The Meridian Club On Pine Cay Turks & Caicos Islands British West Indies

Massage Therapist/ Spa Technician At The Meridian Club on Pine Cay.

Salary: Remuneration based on commission + accommodation on Pine Cay. Duties: To provide massage treatments to guests (Swedish, Swedish Deep Tissue, reiki, visceral manipulation, hot stone massage) as well esthetics, waxing, pedicure and manicures. Assist with the preparation and presentation of healthful foods. Qualifications Required: - Successful candidate will have completed a minimum of 1200 hour massage therapy program and have a minimum of 5 years experience at 4-5 star operations. - Must possess some culinary skills - Must be willing to reside on Pine Cay on a full time basis. - Must have pleasant personality, clean and neat personal appearance and enjoy working with people. - Must be able to speak and read English. - Must be able to work flexible hours.

FAX: (649) 946-4661

VACANCY Applications are invited for the position of

Senior Risk Manager The applicant must possess the following: • Graduate Degree / Professional Qualifications in Finance / Management / Banking • At least 10 years of working experience in demonstrated financial and/or analytical functions with a variety of complex, multi-faceted projects. • Management experience in risk assessment of varying commercial and corporate entities. • Extensive knowledge on several or all of the following: asset liability management, liquidity management, corporate governance, financial modeling, corporate restructuring, audit and compliance with regulatory bodies. • Ability to present recommendations at a board level: loan structuring as well as workout strategies for non-performing accounts inclusive of implementation of receiverships and liquidations Belongers need only apply.

Starting Date: June 2012 Contact Information: Send resume with your contact information (mailing address, e-mail address, phone number) by e-mail to manager@meridianclub.com or by fax to 941 7010. Please also include 3 references with contact information and how you know this person. Additional Information: All qualified applicants will be interviewed. 6560

VACANCY BNC Consulting Group is actively seeking suitably qualified Belongers to fill the following immediate openings outlined below. If you are a team player with a strong work ethic, and you are available to work evenings, weekends and public holidays, you are encouraged to apply. Compensation commensurate with education and experience.

• Head Chef • Chef de Partie • Commis Chef (2) • Breakfast Chef • Pastry Chef • Mixologist • Landscaping/Insect Repellant Closing Date: April 16, 2012

Suitably qualified candidates are encouraged to apply in writing or by phone to the following:

Bridgette Thomas BNC Consulting Group, Ltd website: www.bnccgroup.com email: bthomas@bnccgroup.com phone: 649-332-2565

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Please Submit Application to: P.O. Box 270 Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands

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EMPLOYMENT / SERVICES / NOTICES

NOTICE OF PUBLIC AUCTION SALES

J & S Flower Shop Is looking for a

FirstCaribbean International Bank (Bahamas) Ltd as Chargee pursuant to the Registered Land Ordinance hereby gives Notice that it will cause to be sold by Public Auction the following scheduled properties outside the offices of Miller Simons O’Sullivan, Second Floor, The Beatrice Butterfield Building, Butterfield Square, Providenciales at 10:00 a.m. on 11 May 2012. driveway, car parking, limited landscaping, BBQ area and a surrounding security fence and wall. The property is located in the Major Hill district of Bottle Creek.

1. Title No. 60505/250, Blue Hills & Stamers Run, Providenciales

Registered Proprietor: Samuel Jules

Comprising 0.26 acre parcel with bare land containing indigenous bush and small trees. The property is located between Blue Hills and the northern part of Kew Town and is accessed by turning on Bible Street, the second turning on Blue Hills Road, heading towards the T-junction and taking the northern hand turn to the end of the road and the property is the last lot on the left below the ridge land.

Registered Proprietor: Chal Misick

Comprising a two bedroom condominium unit on the second floor of the St Charles condominium development on Horsestable Beach with a floor area of 1,580 square feet and an oceanfront covered balcony extending top 272 square feet. The condominium consists of a master bedroom suite including closet space and master bathroom with the second en-suite bedroom designed as a lockout unit, entrance foyer, powder room, living/dining room and kitchen.

2. Title No. 60719/87 Cheshire Hall & Richmond Hill, Providenciales

Registered Proprietor: Gregory Raymond Pinder and Lisa Phillips-Pinder

Comprising 0.74 acre vacant canal-front residential parcel. The property is located on Water View Street, previously Boggy Creek Drive, in Discovery Bay.

3. Title No. 60400/284, Norway & Five Cays, Providenciales

Registered Proprietor: BNA Ltd.

Comprising 1 acre of primarily undeveloped waterfront parcel with dense mature native vegetation and small trees and a partially completed deteriorated block structure. The property is located on Chalk Sound Road, approximately half a mile beyond the Silly Creek Estate junction on the northern side of the road. The property has a view of the Chalk Sound National Park.

4. Title No. 60713/90/K9, Cheshire Hall and Richmond Hill, Providenciales

Registered Proprietor: Ivan Gregory Kennessey

Located in the Queen Angel Development comprising of studio, one, and two bedroom villas, which can be found in the Turtle Cove area. The property is Unit A201, a second floor one-bedroom corner unit in Building A. Unit A201 has a 1,275 unit entitlement and 1,275 square foot gross external area. The unit is fully furnished and has been recently renovated and upgraded. It comprises one bedroom, one bathroom, open kitchen/living/dining area, utility closet and storage space. The unit also has use of the resort facilities including the communal swimming pool and deck.

5. Title No. 60802/81, The Bight & Thomas Stubbs, Providenciales

Registered Proprietor: Manville Gardiner

Comprising 0.32 acre parcel containing a two-storey building with eight self-contained one and two bedroom apartments. The property is located on the Lower Bight Road.

Registered Proprietor: Finbar Grant

Comprising 0.59 acre parcel with a two-storey detached residence, a guest suite and a single-storey guesthouse and is located in the residential sub-division in Discovery Bay. The two-storey detached residence has four/five bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, library, a substantially complete cinema room, laundry room, kitchen, breakfast room, family room and a separate office. The guest suite contains a bedroom, bathroom and a kitchenette. The single-storey guesthouse contains a studio with a bedroom and bathroom and a separate efficiency unit with a bathroom, bedroom and kitchenette. The property also contains a swimming pool and a concrete boat dock.

Registered Proprietor: Whale Watchers Ltd

Comprising 0.96 acre parcel containing a partially complete commercial development located on Front Street, Grand Turk with the potential to be used for office or residential units.

Registered Proprietor: Hugh Williams and Kimberly Ewing Williams

Comprising 0.89 acre parcel with a partially complete residential building on a residential lot in the Long Bay area. Neighbourhood is residential although sparsely developed. Property is on the south side of an unpaved cul-de-sac in Long Bay Hills residential sub-division. The property is elevated at its roadside section and the land slopes down steeply in a south-easterly direction.

13. Title No. 60609/24, Norway & Five Cays, Providenciales

Registered Proprietor: Claudine Pratt

Comprising 0.32 acre parcel containing a partially complete two-storey apartment development. The lower level is completed and contains two self-contained one bedroom units and the upper level is completed to beam level. The property is located on the Lower Bight Road.

Located on the south-western tip of Providenciales, in the area known as Norway & Five Cays. A two story house on 1.03 Acres of land. The house is not yet completed with only snagging items, minor finishing items and some site works left to be completed. Once completed the gross floor area of the residence will be 2,435 square feet. The property benefits from approximately 120 linear feet of iron shore frontage onto the Chalk Sound with impressive 180 degree views being enjoyed to the west.

7. Title No. 60900/217, Leeward Going Through, Providenciales Comprising 0.65 acre parcel containing a residential home with an adjoining one bedroom apartment. The residential home contains three bedrooms, two bathrooms, kitchen and dining area, living room and a screened-in rear porch. The property is located within the Leeward Palms residential sub-division. Registered Proprietor: Garnett and Rosemary Jolly

Comprising 0.62 acre parcel with a gated townhouse development consisting of ten two-storey two bedroom townhouses, with a small swimming pool, deck, gazebo, marl

WINDSONG RESORT Is looking to fill the following positions:

Housekeeping Supervisor

– salary negotiable based on experience

Gardener

– salary $5.50 per hour All applicants must be willing to work 6 days per week

Contact: 941-7700

6564

Keneisha Bakery is looking for a

14. Title No. 60505/42 Blue Hills and Stamers Run, Providenciales

Registered Proprietor: James Rigby

This property is located in a prominent position on the Blue Hills Road close to the downtown area. The property comprises of 0.77 acre lot which supports a singlestorey commercial building. The property lies a short distance from Millennium Highway and within approximately one hundred yards of the north shore. The existing building on the site extends to approximately 2,400 square feet and it provides a range of retail, storage, and ancillary accommodation.

8. Title No. 51108/106, Bottle Creek North, North Caicos

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12. Title No. 61110/25, Long Bay Hills, Providenciales

Registered Proprietor: Manville Gardiner

contact: 941-3168

11. Title No. 10304/142, 143, 144, Central, Grand Turk

Registered Proprietor: Pelican Holdings Ltd.

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

10. Title No. 60719/110 Cheshire Hall & Richmond Hill, Providenciales

6. Title No. 60802/77, Cheshire Hall & Richmond Hill, Providenciales

Florist

9. Title No. 50500/249 K8 Whitby, North Caicos

Domestic

Worker To work 6 days

15. Title No. 60701/26 Cheshire Hall & Richmond Hill, Providenciales

per week salary $5.00 per hour.

Registered Proprietor: Mara Rigby

This property comprises a two-storey commercial and residential apartment building which is positioned on the Blue Hills coastal road. The main building provides ground level commercial space with ancillary store rooms, offices and bathroom facilities. The upper level comprises a three bedroom apartment. In additional there is a detached single storey one bedroom apartment plus a detached storage building. The buildings have a gross floor area of approximately 4,632 square feet.

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Contact: 232-5538

WARD’S CONSULTANCY

Essco Ltd. as Chargee pursuant to the Registered Land Ordinance hereby gives Notice that it will cause to be sold by Public Auction the following properties outside the offices of Miller Simons O’Sullivan, Second Floor, The Beatrice Butterfield Building, Butterfield Square, Providenciales at 10:00 a.m. on 11 May 2012. 1. Title No. 10203/68 North West Suburbs, Grand Turk

Registered Proprietor: Otis Chuck Morris

3. Title No. 10203/198 North West Suburbs, Grand Turk

Registered Proprietor: Otis Chuck Morris

Comprising 0.45 acre parcel with bare land containing dense indigenous bush and trees in a cul de sac called Cactus Close. The property is accessed from North Wells Road or North Creek Road and is midway between the western ocean shore and North Creek.

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April 14 - 20, 2012

Blake has eyes firmly fixed on sprint double at Olympics – But coach Mills yet to decide IF HE has the final say on the matter, IAAF World 100m champion Yohan Blake would contest the 100m/200m double at the JAAA Olympic Trials in June, as well as the quadrennial games in London later in the year. Blake was expected to run the 200m at last year’s Trials but after placing second to former World record holder Asafa Powell in the 100m and securing his place on the team to the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, the decision was taken for him to forego the longer race. But after an eye-popping 19.26 seconds at a late season meet in Brussels last year, the second fastest time ever, only behind his training partner Usain Bolt, the debates started as to whether he should attempt the double. In an interview on Monday during a fun day he put on for members of his Bogue Hill community, Blake told the Jamaica Observer if he had the choice to make, he would run the double, but deferred to coach Glen Mills, who he said was “the man”, as far as making the final decisions. When asked who made the final decision on who runs what events, Blake told the Observer. “Coach Mills

Amir Khan and Lamont Peterson (left) will have a rematch on May 19.

Lamont Peterson says Amir Khan can only fight one way Jamaican Yohan Blake would not mind running both the 100M and 200M at this year’s Olympics.

makes that decision, he’s the man,” but added that based on the type of training he has been doing in the lead up to the season opening 100m run at this weekend’s fifth UTech Classic at the National Stadium, Blake said it appears Mills could be preparing him for the double. Blake, who was the youngest world 100m champion at age 21 last year, opined that it would be a waste if he was not allowed to contest the 200m. “After what I did last year, I am sure coach Mills would not want

that to go to waste, but I don’t know what he has in mind, as he has not said anything to me about it yet,” he also said. He all but ruled out any participation in the 4x400m relays, saying even without the 200m to run, he would have enough work to do at the Olympics. Additionally, he said it would not be fair if he or Bolt were allowed to contest the 4x400m ahead of the men who would contest the 400m at the National Trials. (Jamaicaobserver. com)

Ronaldo hat-trick in Real derby win; Man Utd lose in EPL CRISTIANO Ronaldo grabbed his seventh hat-trick of the season as Real Madrid won the capital derby against Atletico 4-1 Wednesday. The emphatic victory restored Real’s four-point lead over Barcelona, who had closed up with a 4-0 drubbing of Getafe the previous night. Ronaldo’s incredible scoring season continued as he put Jose Mourinho’s men ahead on 25 minutes with a thunderous free kick from 25 meters out that dipped over the wall and left goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois stranded. Karim Benzema wasted a great chance to put Real further ahead before Colombia striker Radamel Falcao’s fine header on 55 minutes drew Atletico level in the Bernabeu. But Ronaldo proved the inspiration again as he turned in the penalty area before shooting home on 68 minutes with another swerving, dipping shot. Gonzalo Higuain was pulled down to win Real a penalty and Ronaldo struck it home for his 52nd goal this season with seven minutes left -the 40th in 32 league games for the Portugal star, equalling the record he set last year with six matches still to play.

LAMONT Peterson says Amir Khan is incapable of altering his gameplan for their May rematch and that his British rival is mentally “all over the place”. American Peterson beat Khan on a split decision last December, after which Khan claimed he had been robbed of his WBA and IBF lightwelterweight belts. And Peterson added that Khan’s pronouncements had only succeeded in piling extra pressure on himself. “He’ll do what he always does, he always fights the same,” said Peterson. “He’s either straight forward or straight back. That’s the way he fights, he’s not going to change it. “The way the fight went the first time, I was pretty comfortable with it. I won the fight so I really don’t want to change anything.” Khan’s trainer Freddie Roach has promised his charge will employ different tactics for the return bout at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on

19 May. In the first fight, Khan found himself fighting off the ropes for sustained periods, allowing the challenger to work to the body and eventually leading to a two-point deduction for pushing. But while Peterson admits the choice of referee could prove crucial, he is confident he is versatile enough to adapt whoever is chosen. Veteran official Joe Cortez, who has a reputation for preventing inside fighting, is widely expected to take charge of the rematch. Peterson, 28, told BBC Sport: “His strategy [in the first fight] was to hit and move and I didn’t allow him to do it. It won’t be any different this time. He’ll hit and move and I’ll stay close and smother him. “If the ref knows the difference between a foul and a push, then I’ll be OK with that. But if he doesn’t know the difference between a push and an elbow, I’ll have a problem with that.

Kumar Sangakkara bags double Wisden honour

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates yet another goal in his incredible scoring run for Real Madrid.

He moved one ahead of Lionel Messi’s La Liga tally, though Barcelona’s three-time world player of the year has reached 61 goals in total this season. Ronaldo, the world’s most expensive player, then set up substitute Jose Callejon to complete the home scoring as Real secured their second 4-1 win of the season over Atletico. “We were a little tense because Barcelona won yesterday and we were forced to win, so mission accomplished. We have to win our remaining games to increase

our chances of winning the title,” Ronaldo said after the match. “The team is in good form, confident and ready for its next game. I’ve been one booking short of a suspension for two months, but I’m behaving myself.” In the English Premier League title race, leaders Manchester United were stunned 1-0 at struggling Wigan Wednesday to give chasing Manchester City a glimmer of hope. Defending champions United had gone into the night’s fixtures with an eight-point lead and with the title all but conceded by their city rivals.

SRI LANKA’S Kumar Sangakkara on Wednesday, was chosen as one of the Five Cricketers of the year as well as Leading Cricketer in the world for 2011 in the 2012 edition of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack. The former Sri Lanka captain, one of the leading batsman in the world of cricket and also a world-class wicketkeeper, became the first player to win both awards since Wisden, cricket’s bible’, started naming a leading cricketer of the year in 2004. Sangakkara scored 2267 runs in all international cricket during 2011, and became the only batsman to scored above 1000 runs in Tests and ODIs in a single year on three separate occasions. The left-hander also led Sri Lanka to the World Cup finals but were beaten by India in Mumbai. Off-field, Sangakkara received worldwide praise for delivering a heartfelt MCC Cowdrey Lecture at Lord’s which raised eyebrows back home when he called for the end

Kumar Sangakkara was chosen as one of the Five Cricketers of the year as well as the leading cricketer in the world for 2011 and 2012 by Wisden.

of political influence in Sri Lankan cricket. Sangakkara’s considered one of the best Test playing batsman with over 9000 runs in 108 Tests with 28 centuries at an average of 55 plus. Since 1864, Wisden has been publishing every year and is considered as “Cricket’s Bible”.


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Sports National

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Josh for Sports

The TCI CARIFTA Bermuda disaster WHO IS RESPONSIBLE? It seems that we will never learn! The more I find out, the less I know. There are more questions than answers. The more I try to teach my fellow TCI Sporting Society [specifically the TCAAA], the dumber I get. For they seem to learn absolutely nothing. SQUANDERING OF OUR SPORTING TREASURE For the life of me, it is totally inconceivable to fathom the logics behind the decision [intention] to exclude national record holder Delano Williams from competing in the 100M at the just concluded CARIFTA Games in Bermuda. To me it seems that those responsible were/are suffering from a brain concussion or some false delusion about what it means to compete to win. Why would a country not enter its fastest sprinter in the shortest race in an international competition is totally beyond me. FUEL TO THE FIRE Mr. Williams defeated the World Youth Champion of Jamaica no less than four consecutive times back-to-back in both the 100M and 200M in Jamaica. Delano was denied the opportunity to be crowned sprint champion of the Caribbean when he was excluded from the 100M at this regional event. This is inconceivable. This is tantamount to an inexcusable blunder and a so-call “cardinal sin”. Furthermore to know that the world youth champion won this race that Delano did not enter leaves many questions to be asked and answered. WHY? Was this a conspiracy? Would somebody please tell me why? INVESTIGATION DEMANDED I’m personally calling upon the relevant authorities to investigate this grave injustice. It’s an injustice to Delano’s confidence—building process, it’s also an injustice to the people of the TCI to be denied the opportunity to claim [for the first time in history] bragging rights to the fastest U-20 sprinter in CARIFTA I’m calling on the Sports Commission, the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Education, the Interim Government, the British Olympic Committee and the IAAF to investigate the TCAAA for this moral blunder. And thus let the chips fall where they may. CONGRATULATIONS I must still congratulate our medal winners. ADDING INSULT TO INJURY To add insult to injury, the TCI 4X400M, U-20 relay team was scrapped by the coaches when Delano’s coach decided that it was too cold for our champion to run the 4X400M, thus denying our country the chance to win another medal. Even if Delano was not permitted to run the 4X400M, we had at least five other athletes who could have and would have ran if they were permitted to run. That was the height of disrespect to those athletes as well as to our country.

By Joshua Gardiner Furthermore the 4X400M had many other countries participating. Delano is not a baby. He is the fastest 200M sprinter in the world for his age and must be able to compete under all conditions under the sun except in a lightening storm. London is much colder than Bermuda. I personally competed in pouring rain at the Florida Relays in 1970 in the tripe jump at age 18 for S. Illinois University. Can you imagine Usain Bolt not running because of the cold after hours, days, months and years of preparation? PSYCHOLOGICAL DAMAGE Sports competition is 25% physical preparation and 75% psychological preparation. He who is best prepared wins. When you try to shelter athletes from the natural elements you destroy their self-confidence, which is psychological prowess. ANOTHER MIS-MANAGEMENT 4X400M Never in my life have I known that the fastest man on a relay team runs leg #2. Normally he anchors. I do not blame Delano, I blame his handlers/coaches. ANOTHER MEDAL SQUANDERED In the person of Ifeanyi Otuonye we have been blessed with a young man ranked #3 in the British Junior Commonwealth, which consist of some 53 countries all over the world, representing a total population of a minimum of 2.5 billion people. Why did he not medal in the Caribbean when he beat them all, including Canada, India, half of Africa etc? HERE’S WHY His first two jumps were executed in the absence of his coaches. Why? There are no excuses. On his last attempt [third], his coach instructed him and he fouled from the board, reaching a distance that would have given him the gold. And, his person coach from Munro College was TCI’s Assistant Coach, please somebody tell me why? I TOLD YOU SO PROPHESY FULFILLED TERAY SMITH: Teray Smith whose father is a TC Islander represented the Bahamas at the Games. He was partially responsible for them winning the 4X100M U-20 relay, plus a bronze medal in the 200M. I foretold that many of our athletes will represent other countries because we don’t know when water is boiling or conch is done. FINAL PREDICTION If we don’t straighten up and fly right we will lose Delano and many others. Let the chips fall where they may.

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Williams: I slept through Hurricane Ike so I won’t be troubled by a storm over my passport DELANO Williams, the 18-year-old Caribbean sprinter whose dream of running for Britain in this summer’s Olympics has added fuel to the controversy over eligibility, insists that his decision to switch allegiance from the Turks and Caicos Islands should be beyond criticism. Williams applied for a British passport on January 22 and received it nine days ago, despite visiting Britain only once for a short holiday. The next time he visits these shores will be in June to compete in the athletics trials when he will try to win a place in Britain’s team for London. But while the Plastic Brits storm has engulfed the likes of hurdler Tiffany Porter (born in the United States), long-jumper Shara Proctor from Anguilla and Cuban-born triple jumper Yamile Aldama, Williams has the perfect response to those who criticise his decision. ‘If I want to go to an Olympics, this is what I need to do. I cannot go with Turks and Caicos,’ he said last week as he prepared to compete at the CARIFTA Games in Bermuda, on Sunday and Monday. ‘I’m taking the road that will get me there and my goal, in my heart, is to make the British team.’ The Turks and Caicos, an island chain with a population of just 45,000, are not eligible to take part in the Olympics in their own right. But they are a British Overseas Territory, as are the Falklands, Gibraltar and 11 other places, and under British legislation passed in 2002, all citizens of those territories are eligible for British passports. Williams says he considered applying for a passport in 2010 in order to compete for Britain at the Youth Olympics in Singapore. Only a procedural issue about needing to qualify on British soil rather than at home - as he had meant he could not attend that event and so did not need the passport. But his continued progress has made his London 2012 ambitions become rapidly realistic - and some critics raised eyebrows at the speed with which his passport was secured. ‘Maybe when I did finally apply for a passport this year, it went faster than normal because people want to help me, I don’t know for sure,’ said Williams. ‘But it’s available to me as a Turks and Caicos citizen.’ As for the criticism of his change of allegiance, he insisted politely: ‘Sir, I don’t let it concern me. I cannot control it. It’s going to happen but I cannot focus on negativity.’ Williams set a personal best in his favoured event, the 200m, of 20.53sec in February. By comparison, 20.56sec would have been good enough to reach the 200m final at last year’s World Championships and to finish sixth at the Beijing Olympics four years ago. ‘I aim to run 20.0 or 20.1 at the trials,’ he said, displaying a confidence that must concern his

TCI’s most famous ambassador Delano Williams would run for a chance to represent the UK at this year’s Olympics.

potential British rivals in the 200m, James Ellington and veterans Marlon Devonish and Christian Malcolm. Williams was born and raised in the Turks and Caicos, the land of his father, a petrol station manager called Livingston. Delano’s mother, Ruthe, is a beauty salon owner from Haiti, although she has lived in Turks and Caicos for 22 years. Their son has lived, studied and trained on a third Caribbean island, Jamaica, since 2008. But he ended up living in Jamaica only as a result of one of the most destructive weather events in history. Hurricane Ike caused billions of dollars of damage and claimed hundreds of lives across the Caribbean and America in 2008. Williams’s school was destroyed and his education was indefinitely threatened, which is why one of his teachers, Neil Harrison, who is himself Jamaican, was able to persuade Williams’s mother that her son might prosper at a Jamaican boarding school with a good record in sport, Munro College. Harrison was about to take up a new post there, and Williams went with him, aged 14, paid for by a scholarship from the Turks and Caicos government. ‘I had to leave behind my twin sister, Ashley, who is also my best friend,’ said Williams ‘And I had to leave my mum, who cried and cried. But we speak every day and you have to take life’s opportunities to get on.’ Harrison told me: ‘I knew if I could take Delano to Jamaica and provide a decent education and facilities, we could harness his talent. The sky is the limit. ‘He has a tremendous ability and the beauty of it is he also has a range of events from the 100m to 400m, although his specialty is the 200m.’ Williams admits that his mother had concerns about Jamaica. ‘She had heard negative things about it, that it’s a bad place,’ he said. ‘She was worried I’d get killed in gang violence. But I won’t. My school is on a hill, very quiet. It’s all good.’

His attitude, in general, seems ‘all good’, too, as relaxed as he is polite. He even managed to sleep through Hurricane Ike back in 2008. ‘I knew it was coming and I guess we had concerns about what would happen,’ he said. ‘But then I got sleepy and I didn’t want no drama so I went to bed. And when I got up, the place was wrecked, although my house wasn’t damaged too bad.’ Whatever happens this summer, Williams says he will complete his studies at Munro College, where he has one more full year to go. His girlfriend of three months, Amelia, 19, is studying law and journalism at a nearby sister establishment, and the quality of his course is such that he is seriously considering declining an offer to join Usain Bolt’s training group - because it would mean moving, and changing his educational plans. ‘I know I want to work in sports management one day, maybe help to run sport in Turks and Caicos to give something back,’ he said. ‘I live by three Ds - discipline, determination, dedication - and I’ll do my best to achieve my dreams. ‘When Neil first bought me to Jamaica I knew I’d need to get serious, to train hard every day and work hard on my studies. I owe it to myself to work the hardest I can.’ On the prospect of facing a London showdown with Bolt, who is set to be the global icon of this summer’s Games, he added: ‘I’ve dreamed that a lot, on many occasions, and I can achieve it, even though there are faster guys out there than me right now. ‘If I don’t make the 2012 final then I promise you I’ll be in the 2016 final for Great Britain and instead in 2012 I’d settle for a place in the GB relay teams, fighting to win realistic medals.’ If he does make the London Games, it will bring back memories of his first visit to Britain, to attend an awards ceremony in 2010. ‘I really liked the girls in their black sweaters and their eye-liner,’ he said. ‘But it was extremely cold. Oh my God, it was cold.’ (Dailymail. co.uk)


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CARIFTA 2012:

Williams defends

200M title – Handfield and U-20 4X100M team win bronze

DELANO Williams, TCI’s sprint king, defended his 200M title over the holiday weekend at the 2012 CARIFTA Games in Bermuda. He then ran the second leg of the U-20 4X100M race to carry TCI to a bronze medal. High jumper Kivarno Handfield also medalled when he finished third with a leap of 2.05M. SPRINT DOUBLE DILEMMA Williams, who dominated the junior sprint events over the last few months in Jamaica where he is attending school, seem to have been a sure fit for the sprint double gold at the Games, but he was advised to only run the 200M. He acknowledged that the decision was made by his coach and the TCAAA. He won his 200M race with a time of 20.83 seconds, while Teray Smith, who represented TCI in the past, but,

Kivarno Handfield won a bronze in the high jump event

is now competing for the Bahamas, finished third in a time of 21.18s. Commonwealth Youth Games bronze medallist Ifeanyi Otuonye finished fourth in the long jump, but started off the 4X100M race while Williams, who is known to anchor the event, ran the second leg with Angelo Garland running the third and Shyon Parker the anchor. Team TCI finished in a time of 41.48 seconds. Smith’s team won the race.

Handfield, who has been a dominant factor on the local scene in basketball, especially at the last school’s championship where he claimed the MVP award, felt he could have done better. His jump of 2.05M evened his personal best and he felt he should have reached 2.10M. Williams will now focus on qualifying for the UK to participate at this year’s Olympics.

Delano Williams retained his 200M title at CARIFTA Games

Bambarra Series:

TCI Flamingos whip visiting Doggies 52-5 THE TCI Flamingos continued their unbeaten run at Meridian Field with a comprehensive 52-5 win over New York team the Brockport Doggies in Game one of the Bambarra Series on Wednesday night. Played in front of a huge home crowd, the larger Brockport side tried to keep the ball tight and it was a ferocious contest up front as the two packs battled for ascendancy. After 20 minutes the scores we’re still tied and it was only a late break down the right wing by debutant Luis Turbyfield in a fantastic solo effort that broke the deadlock. Turbyfield beat his man and the ensuing cover tackles to race for the corner before dotting down under the posts. His try

was converted giving the Flamingos a seven point lead into the wind. This score unleashed the floodgates as Doggies tired and the Flamingos started to spin them wide. Having a phenomenal performance in his first game at centre Paul McKenzie broke numerous tackles to score under the posts, before captain Blair Mason snaffled loose ball from a ruck and outsprinted the cover to score in the corner. The try was unconverted, but the Flamingo’s went into the half time 19-0 up. The 2nd period saw the Flamingos playing down wind, but the Brockport Doggies boosted by TCI’s reserves Harry Turbyfield and Jahmal Missick, showed they were still up for the game.

Reserve player Alex Williams made his national debut with two tries.

Paul McKenzie was named man-of-the-match

Newcomer Luis Turbyfield opened the scoring with a great solo effort.

They rumbled their way up-field and came close to scoring before losing possession, and with another break on the outside, McKenzie was away again and dotted down under the posts. The Doggies fought valiantly but could not contain the speed and pace of the TCI backs, and once substitutes Alex William and Eduardo Villaneuva came on in the last 20 minutes it became oneway traffic. Debutant Lincoln Outten swooped on some loose passing from

the Doggies and scored, and then Alex Williams showed his extreme pace and swerve to run in two tries; one, a result of a simple backline move from quick ruck ball, the other, a length of the field effort set up by Villanueva. A late consolation try to Mike Lay of the Doggies was cancelled out by the ever present McKenzie swooping to steal the ball from a tackle and scoring his third try under the posts. The game was won up front by the TCI forwards

who matched the Doggies pack, and then the TCI backs did the damage on the scoreboard. The final score was 52-5. Flamingos: Tries: Paul McKenzie (3), Alex Williams (2), Luis Turbyfield (1), Lincoln Outten (1), Blair Mason (1), Conversions: Gareth Butler (4), Simon Taylor (2) Doggies: Try’s: Mike Lay (1)


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