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Miss Teen Turks and Caicos Organisation Inc. Press Release
PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands (September 18, 2014) – The event of the summer is finally here, as the nine contestants of the 1st Annual Miss Teen Turks and Caicos competition prepare to showcase their personality, poise, finesse, grace and charm during three days of exciting activities that will conclude on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at the Williams Auditorium, Providenciales at 8:00PM.

The “flawless ladies,” as they are known: Davetria Robinson, Miss Teen East Caicos; Mary Fulford, Miss Teen Grand Turk; Mitiana Simons, Miss Teen Middle Caicos; Liéacha Smith, Miss Teen North Caicos; Joanna Previl, Miss Teen Parrot Cay; Alicia Duncanson, Miss Teen Pine Cay; Uxslene Andre, Miss Teen Providenciales; Shanaz Gardiner, Miss Teen Salt Cay; and Malique Ferrette, Miss Teen West Caicos have been training for two months and are all equally ready to wear the crown.

Organizers say they have put together a series of activities and events that they hope will leave a great lasting impression on attendees. According to Oehleo Higgs, President and Creative Director of the Miss Teen Turks and Caicos Organisation Inc. (MTTCO), “We hope to accomplish a production that is filled with drama, awe and excitement; similar to what we usually see when watching Miss Universe or Miss America on television. We want to audience to feel fully immersed in the experience as they cheer their favorite contestant along.”

This Saturday, September 20, 2014 the Miss Teen Turks and Caicos contestants will display their strength and fitness in the first ever “Wrightfully Fit’s Miss Teen Turks and Caicos Lifestyle and Fitness Competition” at Long Bay Beach (Shore Club) starting at 11:00AM. The winner of this non-judged, special category will be announced at the grand finale.

On Friday, September 26, 2014 all roads lead to the Bight’s Children Park as ‎the Miss Teen Turks and Caicos Contestants join the Department of Youth Affairs for a Grand Motorcade. The general public is invited to join the contestants’ float and to bring their flags, rags and dress in their national colors. Motorcade starts at 10:00AM from the Miss Moonies Parking Lot in Long Bay.

Finally, on Saturday, September 27, 2014 the public is invited to attend the Miss Teen Turks and Caicos Final Competitions and Coronation Night as MTTCO presents, “Summer Solstice – The Hottest Day of Summer”. ‎ Hosted by the dynamic Angelourdes Toussaint and David Ellis, the night will see the nine radiant contestants vie in National Costume, Talent, Swimwear and Evening Gown Competitions before being cut to the Top 5, who will then move on to the Final Question.

Doors will open at 7:00PM for pre-entertainment, cocktail hour and red-carpet photos; the main event begins at 8:00PM with an explosive opening number. Tickets for the Final Competitions and Coronation Night are available at: Blue Haven Resort, FOTTAC and Homie’s Restaurant. General admissions: $55; Premium: $75; and for VIP/Group Lounge (specialized services) persons are asked to call (649) 431-3692 for more information.
The festivities will wrap-up with an after party at Zanzi Lounge featuring Prime DJs among other entertainment.

To date, the Miss Teen Turks and Caicos 2014 partners and sponsors are the Department of Youth Affairs, University College of Providenciales, Blue Haven Resort, Wrightfully Fit Fitness Center, Josh and Nina Green, Gilley’s Enterprises, The Beach House, Cay Light Media, Other People’s Affairs, Floral Couture Lounge, Zanzi Lounge, Rent-A-Buggy, The Wine Cellar, Island Vibez, E & V Equipment, Precious Memories Forever, Paradise Smile, Prime DJs, Neeka Roper, Serendipity Makeup, Turks and Caicos Sun, 88 Jamz, 93.9FM, Executive Tours, Turks and Caicos Cultural Department, Turks and Caicos Community College, Karam & Missick, Jeritt Jermel, Islandcom, Tropical Auto Rental, Dazzlin’.

The 1st Miss Teen Turks and Caicos will compete at the Miss Teen Universe pageant scheduled for February 1 – 7, 2015 in Guatemala.

For more information please like our Facebook Page: ‘Miss Teen Turks and Caicos’ follow us on Instagram: @missteentci or

Bahamas News

Press Release: Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) Bahamas



February 3, 2023 – ILM Bahamas Centre held its Certificate Presentation Ceremony for Cohort 7.  The cohort consisted of fourteen (14) Senior Immigration Officers from the Department of Immigration.  This Cohort was a hybrid of in-person and online learning. Four of the Immigration Officers were from the Family Islands (Grand Bahama, Abaco, Berry Islands and Eleuthera).

Present at the ceremony were:  The Hon. Keith Bell, Minister of Labour and Immigration, Madam Justice J. Denise Lewis-Johnson, Permanent Secretary Ms. Ceceila Strachan, Executive Chair of NTA Ms. Agatha Marcelle, Executive Director of NTA Mr. Terry Murray, Director of Immigration Mrs. Keturah Ferguson, Deputy Director of Immigration Mr. Dwight Beneby, Ms. Esther McKinney Office Manager at the Department of Immigration.

The guest speaker at the ceremony was Dr. Donald M. McCartney a Leadership and Management Consultant with Motivation Incorporated Bahamas and the United States. He was a former senior public servant.  He was also a First Assistant Secretary in the Ministry of Public Service with responsibility for the Northern Bahamas. He was also a former educator and professor at various colleges in the United States.

In his address to ILM Cohort 7, Dr. McCartney spoke about having the courage to lead and that leadership goes beyond SELF.  It’s not about you or your ego but rather more about contributing to nation building. He said, “We must be prepared to take the bold steps that would not lead us into the abyss of despair but on the road that leads us to lift up our heads to the rising sun and press onward to the mountaintop experience, which will lead us to become the proud and productive people we were destine to be.”  He also expanded on the four fundamental virtues: COURAGE, TEMPERANCE, JUSTICE AND WISDOM.  Additionally, he expanded on the focus and influence of courage, on the ego and discipline.

The Hon. Keith Bell, Minister of Labour and Immigration brought brief remarks on the occasion.  Some of the highlights of his speech were that Immigration is one of the highest revenue earners, challenges within the Department of Immigration such as lack of autonomy from the Public Service as compared to the other armed forces. He also talked about that the fact that the top tier is going to be retired within two years and this would be an opportunity for many of the graduates of this Cohort 7 to gain upward mobility.

He also stated that there needs to be a complete overhaul of the Immigration Act, and a review of the Asylum Bill.  Furthermore, he discussed the inevitable need for the relocation of the Department of Immigration from its current location. Lastly, he stated that we must tread a delicate balance between enforcing the law and being humane, in regards to shanty towns.

It is noteworthy that the ILM Centre at the National Training Agency recently obtained a Centre upgrade.  The ILM Centre Bahamas now hold the statue of Direct Claim Status with City and Guilds of London. Additionally, the Centre is now registered with the National Accreditation and Equivalency Council of the Bahamas (NAECOB) for all of its current course offerings. The ILM Department is lead Miss Pamela Gomez as the ILM Centre Coordinator. Registration is now open for Level 2 Certificate in Leadership and Team Skill and Level 3 Certificate in Leadership and Management. Our mission statement is, “Helping people, organizations, and economies develop their skills for growth.”

For more information, contact the ILM Centre Bahamas located in the Gladstone Road Business Centre by calling 461-6021 or 461-6008.

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Sugar and salt tax campaigns gaining steam 



By Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer 



February 7, 2023 – A global battle on sugar and salt is ramping up as the United States joins The Bahamas and Barbados in creating proposals for historic sugar and salt laws.

The country’s Agricultural Department for the first time in history, proposed a cap on the amount of sugar to be allowed in school meals.

The World Health Organization has found that North America and the Caribbean have the highest rates of childhood diabetes in the world and based on the International Diabetes Federation’s Diabetes Atlas we also have the second highest prevalence of Diabetes overall for all global regions at 14 percent  or 51 million people with a projected 24 percent increase in just 22 years.

Barbados, the United States, Canada, Haiti, Mexico, Belize and St. Kitts and Nevis are all suffering from incredibly high rates of diabetes.

Barbados and The Bahamas announced sugar taxes last month; the hope is to reduce the importation and sale of sugar and salt rich foods.

Advocates across the Caribbean including Jamaica, Trinidad, and others have been campaigning for sugar taxes in their own countries with support from the public.

Now the proposed nutritional rules for the United States would set firm boundaries on how much salt and sugar can legally be added to meals, setting a new standard as most food imports for countries like The Bahamas are from the US.

The plan for the US is expected to be rolled out by 2025.

The rules, are unapologetically an attempt to cut down incidences of diabetes and other diseases fueled by unhealthy diets, according to media reports.

For now, the quantities on sugar and salt additives is an idea waiting wider consultation.

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Texas bans TikTok from government agencies 



By Dana Malcolm 

Staff Writer

#USA, February 7, 2023 – Chinese owned TikTok has officially been banned from Government devices in another US State following the passing of a new law banning the social media app on Federal devices in December.  Texas Governor Greg Abott made the decision for his state following Virginia, Maryland, Alabama and Utah.

In a statement posted to his website Abbott said “The security risks associated with the use of TikTok on devices used to conduct the important business of our state must not be underestimated or ignored.”

He also claimed the app was harvesting significant amounts of data from users’ phones, maintaining the ban was necessary to  protect Texas’ sensitive information from threats.

The ban on downloading and use will apply to both state and personal devices with internet connectivity  that are used to conduct state business including cell phones, laptops, tablets and desktops.

It also prohibits residents from conducting state business with devices that have TikTok or other ‘prohibited technology’ enabled on them and bans any device with this technology from entry and use in sensitive areas, locations or meetings. The ban must be in effect by February 15 in all state agencies. There was no indication it would affect devices, personal or otherwise, not used to conduct state business.

The ban comes amidst increased tensions between the country and the Republic of China over a spy balloon that was sent into US airspace by China and then shot down by the US.

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