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Immerse Bahamas continues promotion of The Bahamas at US-China Sister Cities Conference

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Freeport, Grand Bahama Island — During the month of October 2015, Immerse Bahamas represented The Bahamas at the 2nd Annual US-China Sister Cities Conference in Chicago, Illinois. The 2015 U.S.-China Sister Cities Conference connected business leaders, government officials, and citizen diplomats primarily from the U.S. and China. Immerse Bahamas was invited to participate as it works toward building strong sister city alliances with both the U.S. and China. The conference provided best practices and networking opportunities for continued success and growth throughout the sister city network.

With the upcoming ‘Investment & Trade Mission; Hubei China to The Bahamas’ set for Grand Bahama Island on 30th November 2015, it was an ideal opportunity to progress sister city discussions with Chinese Provinces, as well as US cities looking for business, cultural, educational, tourism, and humanitarian exchanges, throughout The Bahamas.

Chicago Mayor, Rahm Emanuel officially opened the conference by highlighting that Chicago Sister Cities International has been at the core of Chicago’s global outreach. “We understand the inherent value of Sister City relationships,” stated Mayor Emanuel. “To illustrate the growth of this relationship, in December 2013, I travelled to Beijing to sign the Gateway Cities Agreement. This agreement links Chicago with eight Chinese cities, as gateway points for investment. It expands trade and investment cooperation, strengthens communication, enhances trust, boosts economic development, and creates jobs.”

The economic impact as a result of the sister cities network was wildly touted, with many examples of major projects and business transactions that have occurred, as a result of sister cities ties. To support this, Sister Cities International (SCI) recently released Measures That Matter℠, presenting the major economic benefits of sister city relationships and their impact on the global economy from 2014. “Not only is the Sister Cities International network a leader in citizen diplomacy and peace building, but this data shows that our network is also of huge importance to the global economy as demonstrated through tourism, trade, and investment,” said Mary D. Kane, Sister Cities International President and CEO. For 60 years, SCI has formed thousands of strong, mutually beneficial sister city partnerships, with thousands of people to-people and municipal exchanges taking place each year.

The keynote speaker of the event, Jake Cefolia, Vice President, Atlantic and Pacific Sales, United Airlines, Inc., also enthusiastically shared the impact of these sister city relationships to the airline industry, and in particular, United Airlines strategic alliance and success in many of the secondary Chinese destination markets.

Immerse Bahamas, a Destination and Project Management Company, specializing in projects that benefit the entire community, was praised for its efforts to further expand and develop sister city relationships with The Bahamas throughout the world, by Chairman of Sister Cities International, Bill Boerum. With the announcement of a delegation from Hubei China set to visit The Bahamas for investment and trade opportunities, at the conference, further discussions were held on progressing sister city relationships with cities and provinces in China with Xie Yuan, Vice President, The Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries.

The Delegation for the Investment and Trade Mission on Grand Bahama Island will consist of executives from various Hubei enterprises with a mission to seek potential investment opportunities in The Bahamas and to promote bilateral trade, with representation in the areas of Agriculture; Light Industry; Pharmaceutical and Chemical Industry; High-Tech Industry; Mechanical Equipment; Urban Construction; Engineering Construction and Building Materials [including Property/Real Estate Development and Tourism]; Mineral Resources Exploration; and Automobile Industry. Interested parties may register at the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce.

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CWCF Flow TCI & CWCF completes upgrades

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#TurksandCaicos, January 20, 2022 – The Cable & Wireless Charitable Foundation (CWCF), in collaboration with Flow TCI, announced the completion of the first phase of its project to provide increased connectivity and broadband access to schools in the region, including TCI. The foundation recently announced the completion of three schools in the TCI during the Minister of Education’s national address at the Office of the Premier on January 13th.

Joanne Missick, Country Manager, Flow Turks & Caicos, expressed her excitement on the progress made by the CWCF, and released the following statement following the announcement.  “ We are pleased to be a valued partner of the Ministry of Education, and a dedicated corporate citizen of the Turks and Caicos, and this announcement serves to reaffirm our commitment to the education sector and to parents and students across the Turks and Caicos Islands. As students and teachers prepare to return to the classroom, physically and virtually, for the new school year, they will benefit from these latest technology upgrades. During the next phase of the project, in 2022, we look forward to connecting even more schools in the TCI.”

During the national address, Flow also highlighted three of its major undertakings executed in the last three years despite the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic. This included upgrading schools in the TCI from average speed of 6Mbps of broadband speed to 50Mbps, as part of its existing program to deliver increase digital access and connectivity to public schools at no further cost to the Ministry. Flow also doubled speeds for all home internet customers in the TCI and announced $4m in network upgrades to help to improve connectivity in the sister islands.

ICT Education Officer in the Ministry of Education, Mr. Eugene Grant said: “Due to the most recent upgrades from Flow and the Cable and Wireless Charitable Foundation, we were able to enhance the connectivity at three of our schools. This is just in time. January came and the Minister announced that schools will have to resume virtually because of the spike in cases across the country and thanks to the contribution from Flow we were able to extend that connectivity to all our classrooms at the Ianthe Pratt Primary, Charles Hubert James, and Raymond Gardiner. Right now, all of our teachers at these schools can sit and have full contact virtually with their students.”

In attendance at the press conference was Flow Senior Leadership representative, Minister of Education, Labour, Employment and Customer Services, Hon. Rachel Taylor, Director in the Ministry of Education, Mr. Edgar Howell, Deputy Director in the Ministry of Education, Mr. Mark Garland, Education Officers, Members of the Executive Government (Cabinet) and officials from the Ministry of Health.

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KB Home Center fined $6,000 for Hiring Haitians illegally

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By Deandrea Hamilton

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#TurksandCaicos, January 19, 2022 – “New sheriff in town”, Minister of Immigration Arlington Musgrove in a statement Tuesday doubled down on his public pledge to end illegal migration, and a popular retail store has been convicted with hiring illegal migrants; they’ve paid a fine of $6,000 for the breach.

KB Home Center locations off Leeward Highway and Five Cays were found to have three Haitians working without permission; all workers were detained and repatriated back to Haiti, said the statement.

Tito Forbes heads the Immigration Task Force and said the operation was informed by the Immigration Intelligence Unit.  It led to a detailed investigation, he said, the result of which is conviction of “a business here in Providenciales for employing illegal workers.  Businesses that employ illegal workers are a huge part of our challenge.  Migrants risk their lives trying to get to TCI because they think they can find work and live here illegally”.

Ananda Ltd Trading or KB Home Center was charged and plead guilty to three counts of employing a prohibited person.  The company was sentenced at court to a fine of $2,000 – or 30 days imprisonment – on each count.

Minister Musgrove said, the TCI is working hard to combat illegal migration, and businesses offering employment to illegal migrants are only harming the efforts of our country in tackling this issue.

The public is reminded that it is an offence to harbour or assist illegal persons and that persons found guilty engaging in such activities are liable to a fine of US$20,000 or a term of imprisonment of four years, or both in accordance with the Immigration Ordinance 2018 Revised or any law.

 

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Crime Wave just as bad as COVID wave, Residents demanding action

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By Dana Malcolm

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#TurksandCaicos, January 19, 2022 – “We need to take action against this crime immediately!” Was the call from one TCI resident over the weekend shared via social media and he is not alone. The consensus is that crime in the country seems out of control.

Residents are sharing their experiences and expressing frustration that no one official is facing the public during what is a doubly hard season; a spike in COVID which had the TCI inching ever so close to 1000 active cases and crime sprees where criminals are hitting multiple spots per night and there is a return of home invasions.

“Six armed men came here and robbed the store. They also robbed the Rooster Black next door and the Laundromat next door,” explained the man, a customer at one of the stores hit by a late afternoon heist on Saturday January 15.

The young man was making the comment to a cell phone camera, expressing his shock at the stream of crimes.  That video was later shared and it spread like wildfire on the weekend.

Another resident voiced a friend’s harrowing experience in a social media voice note.

“Four guys [went] inside the house with masks and everything and the pointed guns at [her] mommy, her husband and all the family. They took all the phones, the computers, everything.”

There is an air of fear as violent incidents, robberies and home invasions rise amidst weak communications from the Royal TCI Police Force.

The Force eventually confirmed there were at least five home invasions in the Turks and Caicos between Thursday January 13 and Friday January 14 alone.

So far two suspects have been arrested Lorenzo Caesar, aged 36, and Stevenson Morris, aged 46 have been charged with aggravated burglary in connection with at least one of the robberies on Thursday. A teen, only 17 years old was also held with a firearm and ammunition over the weekend, after reportedly “shooting up at the club”.

Still residents are not convinced of their safety and confidence in the Police is on shaky ground, yet again.

As residents grappled with the report of such a young gun crime perpetrator, there came word of two people being fired upon on Sunday in Five Cays.  Both were rushed to hospital.  There has been no statement on the alleged ambush from authorities; but it seems both survived the hail of bullets.

In another public opinion, it said most concerning was that more dangerous gun wielding criminals were not being apprehended. The individual noted on social media that cutlass and machete using criminals were the “least of [the TCI’s] concerns when gunmen were on the loose”

It has been nearly a month since Premier Washington Misick promised to address crime in the New Year and two weeks since his National Security Council (NSC) meeting which he promised would be followed by a statement on crime.

In the past month, there have been four murders, at least three shootings and numerous armed burglaries of businesses, homes and individuals.

As the list of incidents grows longer there is no guidance, condemnation for the brutal acts or general updates forthcoming from the NSC, Police, Governor or the elected Government.

 

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