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Crime Down slightly but Commissioner says ‘We can do better’



Providenciales, 18 Mar 2015 – The Year 2014 Shows a slight reduction in crime and a lower detection rate by Police. However, it was disturbing though not surprising to learn that there has been an incredible spike in crimes against tourists over three years.

The year 2012 showed 23 crimes against guests; a big leap of 113 in 2013 and another climb with 168 cases recorded for last year against our visitors.

Theses are figures released today for the past two years by the executive of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force.

Last year 3,247 crimes were recorded. The average rate of crime announced as nine per day in 2014. Detection was at 24%.

In 2013 the rate was the same with a 28% detection record which ASP Rodney Adams described as good when compared internationally.

When it comes to burglaries, 2013 was busier with that sort of investigation. The figures: 838 Burglaries for 2014; 867 for 2013 and 802 for 2012.

Drug offenses were up last year; 92 cases in 2014 compared to 71 cases in 2013.

There was a decrease in firearms cases and robberies remained the same at 79.

As for what is happening in 2015; crime is trending up. There were 316 cases in January and 283 reports in February. Last year the same period saw 292 cases in January, with 242 crimes February 2014.

As for the status of the two police jeeps involved in last week’s speed chase ending on Leeward Highway; one is repairable, the other a write off.

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Ministry of Immigration and Border Services and the Labour Tribunal visited Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland



#TurksandCaicos, September 24, 2023 – The Ministry of Immigration and Border Services and the Labour Tribunal visited Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland between the 4th to 8th September 2023. The Ministry was represented by Deputy Permanent Secretary Mr. Pascal Bacchus and Madam President, Mrs. M. Doreen Quelch Missick represented the Labour Tribunal.

This initiative was geared towards exposing the TCI to the workings of the Labour Tribunal in different jurisdictions, primarily, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. For FY 23-34, training of staff was identified as one of the Key Program Strategies of the Ministry and as such, this exposure provided the opportunity for participants to observe best practices, standards and policies in employment dispute resolution.

A number of key similarities and differences were observed in both jurisdictions. Moreover, a number of nuances were observed which can enhance the TCI commitment to resolving disputes equitably. All jurisdictions have provisions to resolve disputes through conciliation before reaching the Labour Tribunal stage. However, Northern Ireland has an additional layer in their dispute resolution mechanism and that is Judicial Mediation.  It is envisaged that these observed best practices will be adopted and implemented to form part of the decent work agenda ensuring social justice for all. Participants were also given the opportunity to observe live Labour Tribunal Matters being adjudicated upon.

The agencies visited were;

  • Labour Relations Agency – Northern Ireland
  • Office of the Industrial Tribunals and Fair Employment Tribunal – Northern Ireland
  • Equality Commission – Northern Ireland
  • Workplace Relations Commission – Republic of Ireland
  • Law Centre – Northern Ireland

Commenting on this visit and collaboration, Minister for Immigration and Border Services with responsibilities for the Labour Tribunal Hon. Arlington Chuck Musgrove opined, “My Ministry and Government continues to upskill staff to ensure better service delivery to our citizens and those who work and reside among us. As our country continues to grow and develop, there will always be disputes between employers and employees. Hence, both the collaboration and training are timely, to ensure that disputes are resolved to the highest standards and to ensure equity for all involved.”

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Header: Deputy Permanent Secretary Pascal Bacchus and Tribunal President Mrs. M. Doreen Quelch meet Ms. Geraldine McGahey (Chief Commissioner) and Mr. Eoin O’Neil (Director of Legal) of the Equality Commission of Northern Ireland.
1st insert: Deputy Permanent Secretary Pascal Bacchus and Tribunal President, Mrs. M. Doreen Quelch meets with members of the Law Centre of Northern Ireland.
2nd insert: Deputy Permanent Secretary Pascal Bacchus and Tribunal President Mrs. M Doreen Quelch meet Mr. Don Leeson, Chief Executive of the Labour Relations Agency of Northern Ireland.
3rd insert: Deputy Permanent Secretary Pascal Bacchus and Tribunal President Mrs. M. Doreen Quelch visited the Office of the Industrial Tribunal and Fair Employment Tribunal of Northern Ireland.

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Beaches Turks and Caicos Summer Internship Scores A+



PROVIDENCIALES, Turks & Caicos Islands:  More than 95% of the participants who started the Beaches Turks and Caicos (BTC) Summer Internship Programme received their certification for participation in the recently concluded event at the conference room at the resort.

Youth Ambassador and Internship Coordinator for the Department of Education, in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) Arielle Neely, was the guest speaker at the event. She encouraged participants to maintain their network and apply what they have learnt. She also urged them to continue communicating with the organisation in order to benefit from work experience opportunities during the holiday periods.

Neely’s advice to the youth was not limited to internship or work. She also took the time to affirm them by offering wise words of counsel to build their self – esteem. Her passion for young people was evident as she implored them not to put limits on themselves. She shared, “ensure that you do the right thing during your growing process.”

Having been a beneficiary of BTC Internship Programmes herself, Neely, now has a platform to use the conglomeration of skills and training that she received to help positively impact young people.

Some of the participants testified of the benefits they have had. Donique Matthews, a second-year medical student of the University of Havana, Cuba, worked in the human resource department. Though not in her area of specialization, she acknowledged that she learnt the importance of building human relations and maintaining quality customer care.

Valedictorian of the cohort, Grevoney Dean, was based in the animations department. He expressed his appreciation for learning in that area “I have found my passion,” Dean stated. He views animation as an integral component in helping to ensure that the Beaches brand provides family entertainment. “This is my second year in the internship programme and I intend to maintain my ties with the organisation and hope this will result in full time employment.

Aspiring real estate entrepreneur, Dassy Lacoste, who graduated as salutatorian and a student of the Turks and Caicos Institute of Professional Studies (TCIPS), worked in the food and beverage department. She boasted about the wonderful opportunity to meet new people and develop her problem solving and communication skills.

James McAnally, general manager, noted that Beaches is always willing to develop the human capital of the nation. “Though the interns may not have been assigned to organisations or departments that are directly related to their interests or studies, the benefit of work experience in any field is undeniable. I commend the young people who completed the programme and salute the hard working staff of Beaches Turks and Caicos that made it all happen,” McAnally stated.

Human Resource Manager, Owenta Coleby, praised the efforts of her team in ensuring yet another successful internship programme. She highlighted that participants should not view this simply as an opportunity for earning money but that they should build on every skill set and seek to learn from the team members responsible for training. “The training that is provided at Beaches Turks and Caicos is world-class which they receive at no cost to them. In fact, we pay them for being willing to show up for training because we know that an investment in our young people today, is an investment in the Turks and Caicos Islands for tomorrow.”


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Header: Coordinator of Internship within the Ministry of Education in the Turks and Caicos Islands, and former summer intern with Beaches Turks and Caicos, Arielle Neely shares with the audience techniques on how to gain from the experiences gained during the internship programmes

1st insert: Donique Matthews (right) successful intern with the Beaches Turks and Caicos resort accepts her certificate from Amin McCartney, Deputy Permanent Secretary within the Ministry of Education during the graduation exercise at the conference room at the resort.

2nd insert: Section of the audience where graduates were in rapt attention to the presentation

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Prestige Volunteers and Sandals Foundation Give Ianthe Pratt Primary School a Face Lift  



PROVIDENCIALES, Turks & Caicos Islands: September 21, 2023— Prestige Nominees from Beaches Turks and Caicos (BTC) who serve as volunteers of the Sandals Foundation recently got down and dirty for a worthy cause as they transformed the Ianthe Pratt Primary School for the new academic year.

The team of volunteers repainted murals and walls, pruned trees, removed the rotting monkey bars in preparation for the installation of new ones, and provided well needed electrical repairs in the kitchen. Swings were also replaced and see – saws installed in the kindergarten and special needs playground.

One parent, Rosny Benjamin, who is also a team member of Beaches Turks and Caicos, expressed a sense of relief in knowing that his child would be learning and playing in a more comfortable and safer space. “The school has been providing a safe learning environment for hundreds of children here in Providenciales over the many years. To see my colleagues teaming up with the school administrators and the Sandals Foundation, to provide this well needed face lift is good. Children will now be able to enjoy a more comfortable play area for this school year,” Benjamin shared.

Neekimo King, Principal of the institution, highlighted her satisfaction with the work that was done. She also expressed gratitude for the long-standing relationship that the Sandals Foundation, through Beaches Turks and Caicos, has had with the institution. Said King: “Sandals Foundation and the Beaches Turks and Caicos have been our partners for many years. It was a joy to see the leaders from the resort helping to brighten the murals, preparing the play areas by repairing and replacing items for our children. This will undoubtedly help to improve the teaching and learning environment for our children and teachers for this new academic year.”

General Manager, James McAnally, saluted the volunteers for providing well needed resources for the school. “The annual prestige project serves as a platform for the nominees to find a project each year to work as a team to accomplish. Since the pandemic had put a pause of this event for the company, this project serves as a special restart for the school community and the resort at large. While we continue to give back as a resort, this teamwork is one of the major factors for us as a resort as we continue to maintain our mission of building better communities and leaders here in the Turks and Caicos Islands.”

Public Relations Manager, Orville Morgan noted: “As the Sandals Foundation continues to give back to our communities through the support for the environment, community development and education, we are pleased to have helped in providing a facelift for this school. These leaders were deliberate in selecting this project as this has provided a motivational factor for the company in allowing our leaders to give back to the local communities. While they all worked as a team, each participant was motivated in sharing their collective expertise to improve the education environment for the students.”



Header: The team of volunteers from the Beaches Turks and Caicos resort gather for the prestige nominees Sandals Foundation community project at the Ianthe Pratt Primary school

1st insert: Chef Alwayne Spence, replaces his culinary tools with that of a paint brush as he shows off his painting skills on one of the play structures at the Ianthe Pratt Primary school by the Beaches Turks and Caicos prestige nominees Sandals Foundation community project.

 2nd insert: Audie Johnson, housekeeping supervisor shows her creativity as she clears shrubs from an area at the Ianthe Pratt Primary school during the Beaches Turks and Caicos prestige Sandals Foundation community project

 3r insert: Learning and Development Manager Phildreka Mayham (left) and Bernard Florvil, Tiler in the Maintenance department team up to share the responsibility of painting the murals within the kindergarten and special education play area at the Ianthe Pratt Primary school during the Beaches Turks and Caicos prestige awards Sandals Foundation community project

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