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18 People celebrated as favorites for 2015



m thompsonProvidenciales, 05 Jan 2015 – Turquoise Morning TV show, which is a Magnetic Media production which airs to 24 countries in the Greater Caribbean and key cities in the US enters 2016 recounting its favorite ‘people, places and plans’ of 2015.

It is a stellar list of the people who made the show and made 2015 an unforgettable year.
On the list of 18 people is NBA Champion and Bahamian, Mychal Thompson who opened the intriguing Bahamian sports walk at the Thomas A Robinson National Stadium; Hotel magnate and CEO, Adam Stewart of Sandals Resorts International; ground breaking politician and business woman, the late Dr. Rosita Butterfield, who died due to illness in early 2015; for his leadership in the biggest Turks and Caicos marketing adventure: Premier Hon Dr Rufus Ewing.

Other gems from the country’s number one industry who made the list: Turks and Caicos Hotel & Tourism Executive, Stacy Cox; esteemed General Manager of the Regent Palms, Karen Whit and 2014s Tourism Director of the Year for the Caribbean, Ralph Higgs.

Also in our line-up of favorite people is: Garnet Reid, Jamaican and founder of the Caribbean Hall of Fame; Ronnie Butler, MBE – Bahamian singing legend who is most known for his hit song, Burma Road; Elanor Fin-Fin Krawsonoski, super duper public relations manager at Beaches Turks and Caicos; Tellis Bethel, the Deputy Commodore of the Royal Bahamas Defense Force who launched out as author this year to write on the history of the waters between The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos; Rev Bradley Handfield who also took on a new role in the literary world and hails from North Caicos; his children’s folklore is called ‘Auntie Fannie Mattie & the Talking Potatoes’.

The TCI said farewell to cherished national song author, talk show host and Gospel minister, Rev Dr Conrad Howell and there was delight, particularly for Eight Mile Rock, Grand Bahama as they continued to watch home girl, Ginger Moxey of Immerse Bahamas soar as an independent business woman and leader of the Grand Bahama edition of Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival.

And what would 2015 have been without attention paid to at least one major sports figure from the TCI – Delano Williams makes the cut as one of our favorite people in 2015 and is poised to do even more this year as he was an automatic qualifier on team Great Britain for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games which are set for Rio in Brazil.

If you want to go back to the great ‘people of 2015’ with us, then subscribe to our YouTube Channel – Magnetic Media TV – you get access to over 400 Turquoise Morning episodes and hundreds of TV news reports and interviews.

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Government Considers Vaccine Requirement for New Admissions to Infirmaries



#Jamaica, December 7, 2021 – Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, says the Government is considering a vaccine requirement for new entrants to the island’s infirmaries, once admissions resume.

“What we are looking to do is that once we start to readmit persons to the infirmaries, one of the conditions that will be laid out is that new cases coming into the infirmaries must be fully vaccinated before they are admitted,” he said in an interview with JIS News.

“We have to do that to safeguard the population in our infirmaries,” he pointed out.

He said that the Ministry is also looking at allowing visits to facilities by fully vaccinated family members during the Christmas season.

“Last year, we partnered with Digicel and we used technology as a means of allowing loved ones to communicate with their relatives inside of the infirmaries. This year, we are looking to see if we can do it on a limited, face-to-face basis, once we have agreed… where people, who would want to visit their relatives in the infirmaries… must be fully vaccinated,” he said.

“I also want to stress that they must come with a negative COVID test that is [taken within] 72 hours, and we will limit visits based on appointments,” he pointed out.

“So, you would make your appointments, you would come at the time given and we will be creating areas such as the therapeutic park [being built at the Trelawny Infirmary], as a means of allowing loved ones [to visit] during the festive season once we have worked out the protocols. That is the approach we will be taking,” the Minister outlined.

Mr. McKenzie said the Government will always be sympathetic to the plight of the poor, noting that those with loved ones inside the infirmaries can be assured that they are being cared for by a committed and dedicated team of professionals.

He said that while 70 per cent of the island’s infirmary staff has already been vaccinated, every effort is being made to get the remaining 30 per cent on board, noting that taking the vaccine has proven to be the most effective way to keep the COVID-19 pandemic under control.


Contact: Garwin Davis

Release: JIS



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Minister Bartlett Elected Chair of Inter-American Committee on Tourism



#UnitedStatesofAmerica, December 7, 2021 –  Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, has been elected by acclamation as the new Chairman of the Organization of American States (OAS) Inter-American Committee on Tourism (CITUR).

Minister Bartlett came out ahead of the candidates from Paraguay and Ecuador for the chairmanship at a meeting on Tuesday (November 30).  Both countries will now serve as Vice Chair of the CITUR.

Chair of the OAS’ Inter-American Council for Integral Development, Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States (US), Audrey Marks, congratulated Minister Bartlett on behalf of the member states.

“I wish you… much success in the work that you will be leading as we begin deliberations to prepare the draft work plan based on the Declaration of Paraguay towards the reconstruction and rebuilding of tourism post coronavirus (COVID-19),” she said.

Minister Bartlett, in his response, called on all member states to work together to complete the plans and policy programmes that they had started.   This, he said, “would require a greater sense of innovation, as we cannot continue with things as they are”.

“We must now seek to find new ways to deal with new disruptions that seem destined to follow this pandemic,” he added.

Minister Bartlett thanked member states for the confidence placed in him by way of his election to the chair of the committee.  He pledged to be a strong, fruitful, and vibrant chairman and called for the support of each member state.

“We have so much to do, and I know the Americas are depending on us to chart the way to recovery and to thrive after recovery,” he said.


Contact: Derrick Scott

Release: JIS



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Facts laid out in Beach Vending Bill Debate by Tourism Minister Connolly



By Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer


 #TurksandCaicos, December 7, 2021 – Tourism Minister Josephine Connolly says the policy that birthed the controversial Beach and Coastal Vending bill was conceived under the PDM administration.

Connolly was speaking in the House of Assembly on November 30 when she made the claims.  She said the policy had been around since 2020 and had been in circulation among tourism stakeholders and publicly via the DECR up to June this year.

“The bill was circulated in 2020 up to three times. In June of this year the policy was again circulated. And the DECR held meetings to discuss the policy and some of the changes.”

Connolly claimed that the policy which had been drafted by the previous administration and had then been intentionally ignored by them.

“…Mr Speaker, I met on my desk a draft policy on beach vending prepared by the previous government. It had sat there gathering dust, not because it was not needed but because the previous government did not want to deal with it,” the Minister said after laying the Bill for its second reading.

Connolly insisted however that she was up to the task of seeing the bill through.

“They let it slide; leave it for the next guy, but I am the next guy and I am not shy.”

She went on to reference a specific issue affecting vendors. She said currently, vendors only needed a business license to operate on the beach. This resulted in vendors tying up several booths and denying other vendors a chance.

She claimed the bill would fix this as each vendor would only be allowed one license to operate on the beach, thus increasing fairness.



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