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TCIG Successfully Host First Youth Expression: “Essay Rap and Poster Competition”




IMG_3303Providenciales, 05 Mar 2015 – The Department of Mental Health and Substance Dependence (DMHSD) hosted its first annual Youth Expression: Essay, Rap and Poster competition under the theme, “Help for today, hope for tomorrow”. The event was held on Monday, March 02, 2015 at the Gustavus Lightbourne Auditorium, Providenciales.

Dr. Alicia Malcolm, Director, DMHSD stated “The event was aimed at creating awareness about the important public health issue of underage drinking and to encourage individuals and families to get help for alcohol or drug related problems.

“All in attendance were fortunate enough to witness an array of talented performers who showcased not only their artistic ability, but also demonstrated their leadership in the fight against alcohol and drug abuse.”

Winners for the various categories were a follows:

Art/Poster competition:

Category 1 (Grades 2 & 3)

1st Place- Jonathan Hosey (Shinning Stars)

2nd Place – Xavier Malcolm (Ona Glinton Primary)

3rd Place – Samarii Missick (Ona Glinton Primary)

Category 2 (Grades 4-6)

1st Place- Daveon Durham (Enid Capron Primary School)

2nd Place- Fredline Morency (Enid Capron Primary School)

3rd Place- Raheem Hall (Iris Stubbs Primary School)

Essay Competition

1st Place- Rashaundra Cooke (Marjorie Basden High)

2nd Place- Claudenise Jean (Marjorie Basden High)

3rd Place- Htenneb Williams ( Wesley Methodist School)

Rap Competition

1st Place- Luywine Francis (H J Robninson High)

2nd Place- Joel Occius (Marjorie Basden High)

3rd Place- Natalia Rigby (Marjorie Basden High)

Judges included: Bennett Williams, Charlotte Chapman and Dwight Outten- Art Competition,

Lynette Higgs, Tatianna McTaire and Edwin Taylor-Essay Competition

and Romaine Pinnock, Twiston Forbes and Sophia Thomas- Rap Competition.

Contestants were judged in general for creativity, originality, interpretation of the theme and overall presentation.

The Department wishes to thank all the schools that participated and everyone who helped to make the event a success.

Special thanks also goes out to the following sponsors:

Do It Center, Caribbean Management, Islandcom, Provo Water, Lew 1 Shipping, First Caribbean, K K & T Rentals, and Royal Jewels

For highlights of this event, visit the Department’s Facebook page at Or should you wish to contact us via telephone we can be reached on the following numbers: 338-3613-Grand Turk, 338-4737- Providenciales, 338-6301 South Caicos.

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CTO Gears Up for SOTIC 2023 in Turks and Caicos Islands



#TurksandCaicos, August 18, 2023 – Preparations for the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s much-anticipated State of the Industry Conference (SOTIC) are well underway, with the program set to take place at The Shore Club Turks & Caicos on Providenciales from October 9-13, 2023.

CTO’s business meetings and destination media briefings will precede the official conference program, which features panel discussions spanning diverse themes – from tourism investment and financing to aviation competitiveness and the burgeoning film industry.  CTO’s popular Caribbean Youth Congress also makes its return this year.

Neil Walters, CTO’s Acting Secretary General, anticipates a plethora of meaningful discussions and industry networking to unfold in Turks and Caicos.  “SOTIC has traditionally been the CTO’s flagship event held in the Caribbean, and with its return this year under the leadership of our newly appointed Secretary General Dona Regis-Prosper, we are confident the forum will set the stage for sharpening our industry’s collective vision to become even stronger and more effective in positioning the Caribbean as the world’s leading destination for leisure as well as business travel.”

Josephine Connolly, Minister of Tourism for the Turks and Caicos Islands, shared her pride in hosting the return of SOTIC after a hiatus of five years, stating, “The selection of Turks and Caicos reflects our dedication to hospitality and excellence.  As the first major event being held under our new destination marketing and management organization, SOTIC is a significant opportunity for us to collectively shape the narrative of our region’s growth in a post-COVID environment.”

“As Minister of Tourism and Vice Chair of the group of British Overseas countries and territories within the Caribbean Tourism Organization, your presence at SOTIC 2023 holds immense importance,” said Minister Connolly, as she extended a heartfelt invitation to delegates.

Minister Connolly looks forward to showcasing the captivating beauty of the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Territory’s dedication to sustainable tourism development.  She underscored the potent impact of coordinated action and regional collaboration that conveys a strong message of unity to stakeholders within and beyond the region’s borders.

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Environmental Health Department Recognizes Caribbean Mosquito Awareness Week 2023



Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands May 12, 2023 – Mosquito Awareness Week is fast approaching, and its an important initiative which was established with the approval of CARICOM in 2014 to raise awareness about the link between mosquitoes and the diseases they transmit and to strengthen initiatives aimed at eliminating mosquito breeding sites. Caribbean Mosquito Awareness Week will be observed this year from May 8th – 14th, 2023 under the theme “Small bite, big threat” and slogan “Beat the buzz: Prevent, Protect, Control”.

The Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is present in the Turks and Caicos Islands, can spread diseases such as Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika.

During the Month of May, the Environmental Health Department will be discussing ways to control vector populations and prevent the spread of diseases. This can include using insect repellent, eliminating breeding grounds, and properly disposing of waste.

Vector Control Awareness Month in the TCI is an extension of Mosquito Awareness Week, recognizing the threat posed by mosquitoes and is a reminder that we all have a role to play in preventing the spread of vector-borne diseases. Let’s work together to keep our communities healthy and safe.

For additional information, please contact the Environmental Health Department on 1649-338-2143/44.

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Social Services hosts Special Event for TCI Younger Ladies



By Dana Malcolm

Staff writer



#TurksandCaicos, May 2, 2023 – Another edition of the government’s mentorship program “The Lady in Me” was held this week. This time young ladies in Providenciales were the ones being treated. The program targets at-risk adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 years old.

Photos of the beautiful setup shared with our news team show branded gifts waiting for the girls as they spent the two-day event sponsored by UNICEF focusing on how to cultivate healthy physical, mental, emotional, and behavioral well-being.

Students from various schools arrived in uniforms immaculately pressed for the event put on by the Department of Social Services.

Acting Governor Anya Williams was in attendance and expressed faith that the initiative would cause true change.

“It was a pleasure to share with them my insight into the importance of making the right decisions in their youth, which will help to shape their futures and why they should see and value themselves as their greatest asset and to hear from them their goals, aspirations and the challenges that are currently being experienced by our younger generations,” she said.

In introducing the program the Government had said it was aiming to help participants: “examine the adolescence values, competencies, belief systems, inner feelings, motivations, critical thinking, and communication skills,” in order to “build their self-awareness and interpersonal relationships to strengthen their self-esteem— to create a sense of pride and enhance self-respect, self-worth, and self-esteem as they mature and improve personally and professionally.”

The Department said the event was expected to impact 100 girls.

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