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Immigration Officer Deandra Dames Receives Star Award

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Providenciales, 04 Nar 2016 – Immigration Officer, Ms. Deandra Dames was the first ever winner of the newly created Star Awards category – Hospitality Hero. This award goes to a frontline employee in the Public Service who exemplifies our nation’s ongoing commitment to great service, who extends a “wow” factor to our visiting guests and who rise to unexpected occasions to a positive and memorable resolution. The selection process included observation of officers’ zeal and cordiality as they interacted with the travelling public, their punctuality, attendance, and passenger feedback.

Ms. Dames joined the Public Service on November 1, 2005 as an Assistant Immigration Officer. Prior to that she served as a teacher at the Doris Robinson Primary School in Middle Caicos and worked with two private sector organizations in the Turks and Caicos Islands. When questioned as to the reason why she wanted to become an Immigration Officer after working in the private sector she cheerfully responded; “I really wanted to work in an area that will help to protect my country’s borders and to welcome genuine visitors to enjoy true paradise.”

Head of the Civil Service, Deputy Governor Anya Williams added; “On behalf of the entire public service I would like to both recognize and congratulate Ms. Deandra Dames on her stellar service as an Immigration Officer at the Providenciales Airport which was recently recognized at the Star Awards.

“The quality of the immigration function at the Providenciales Airport has significantly improved during the last few years, with positive comments continuously being received from tourist that traverse through the airport. Ms. Dames has certainly played a key role in this as she continuously demonstrates a zeal for her job and is fully cognizant of the importance of her role. We are certainly grateful to her and her colleagues for their continued service and would like to encourage them to continue serving with pride and excellence.”

Given that Immigration Officers are the first to greet visitors to the Turks and Caicos Islands, the Minister of Border Control and Employment said; “I am elated that an Immigration Officer was selected as the first ever Hospitality Hero at the annual Star Awards event. No doubt this highlights the importance of the service that staff at the Immigration Department render to our country on a daily basis.

“I have had personal experience of the warm welcome home extended to me by Ms. Dames and I have no doubt she is deserving of such an award. For this, I extend my hearty congratulations to her. I also wish to commend other serving officers for the work that they do in welcoming guest to our beautiful shores and encourage them to give of their best at all times. ”

Ministry officials including the Minister of Border Control and Employment, Permanent Secretary Mrs. Clara Gardiner and Director of Immigration, Mr. Larry Mills attended this event to celebrate with Ms. Dames on this crowning moment in her public service career.

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Tim and Henry to the Rescue: A Harrowing Search and Rescue Mission Highlights Need for Marine Vessel in Grand Turk

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#TurksandCaicos, July 12, 2024 – At approximately 2:45 pm on July 12th, a 911 emergency call came in from the police department in Grand Turk, informing Ed Forbes of a distressing situation. Four young adult tourists had gone out on paddle boards off Cork Tree Beach in Grand Turk, when one of them fell off the board and could not get back on. Evidently, they underestimated the wind speed and their own brute strength.

Ed Forbes, co-owner of Exclusive Escapes Grand Turk, played a pivotal role in coordinating the rescue. Responding swiftly to the emergency call, he immediately reached out to the local search and rescue team. His prompt actions and calm demeanor were instrumental in mobilizing the necessary resources.

Within 20 minutes or so, Tim from Emerald Escapes, along with Henry and Kindry from Blue Water Divers, were on the scene. Their experience and swift response were crucial in ensuring the safety of the stranded paddleboarders. Working seamlessly together, they managed to locate and rescue all four individuals without any need for medical attention.

However, this incident also underscores a critical issue that has long plagued Grand Turk: the need for a dedicated marine vessel for search and rescue operations and cruise passengers incidents. Despite numerous promises made to concerned citizens over the years, this vital resource remains unavailable.

The swift response of Tim, Henry, and Kingdry highlights the community’s resilience and dedication, but it also brings to light the gaps in emergency preparedness that could be addressed with better equipment and support.

A dedicated marine vessel would significantly enhance the efficiency and safety of rescue operations, ensuring that responses to such emergencies are even more effective.

Ed Forbes
Concerned Citizen

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Invest TCI Opens New Office in Grand Turk

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Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – July 11th, 2024—Invest Turks and Caicos Islands (Invest TCI) proudly announces the launch of its new office in Grand Turk, located at the Digicel Building on Old Airport Road. The grand opening of the new location occurred on Friday, July 5th, 2024, under the theme “Empowering Enterprises in the Capital.”

The establishment of the new office marks a significant milestone in Invest TCI’s growth strategy. The primary objective of the expansion is to provide enhanced services and support to the business community in Grand Turk. By increasing operational capacity, Invest TCI aims to facilitate sustained growth and success for enterprises within the country.  Beyond economic advancement, this initiative is set to yield substantial community benefits, including the creation of employment opportunities.

The grand opening ceremony attracted a diverse range of attendees, including recipients of the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) programme, members of the business community, government officials, and Invest TCI staff. The event was moderated by Mr. Keno Forbes, Vice President of Investor Services. Special remarks were delivered by the Premier, Hon. Charles Washington Misick, who congratulated the InvestTCI team on their hard work and encouraged the community to take advantage of the benefits offered by the new office. He reiterated the government’s commitment to creating a supportive environment for businesses in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Additional remarks were provided by Invest TCI Chairperson, Ms. Cindy Ewing; Business Advisor, Ms. Lashena Simmons; Director of the Business Support Unit, Mrs. Anissa Adderley; and Vice President of SME, Ms. Alexa Cooper. Their contributions highlighted the collaborative effort and dedication that have driven the success of Invest TCI initiatives.

Expressing her enthusiasm for the new office, Invest TCI CEO, Mrs. Angela Musgrove, stated, “Our vision is clear and compelling: to further empower Invest Turks and Caicos Islands, the agency offers incentives and support that enable more efficient and innovative practices. We are committed to helping businesses thrive, and in doing so, we are helping our entire community.”

Invest TCI recognizes the integral role that Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises play in the economic and social development of the Turks and Caicos Islands. Through its Business Support Unit, the agency provides comprehensive support services to startups and existing entrepreneurs, ensuring they have the tools and resources to succeed.

The grand opening of the new office in Grand Turk represents a significant step forward in Invest TCI’s mission to support and empower businesses across the islands. The agency looks forward to fostering economic growth and development and ensuring a prosperous future for all.

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LAST AMERICAN TOURIST SENTENCED TO A FINE OF $1500.00 OR SIX MONTHS IMPRISONMENT IN DEFAULT, SHE’S ALSO SENTENCED TO 23 WEEKS IMPRISONMENT SUSPENDED FOR ONE YEAR

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(Thursday, July 11th, 2024) Turk and Caicos Islands – The last of five American tourists arrested in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) for being in unlawful possession of  ammunition could finally leave the TCI today, Thursday, July 11th, 2024.

Sharitta Grier 46 pleaded guilty on 25th June to having two rounds of.38 ammunition in her bags, at the Howard Hamilton International Airport in Providenciales on Monday 13th May, 2024, when leaving the Turks and Caicos Islands after a surprised Mother’s Day vacation trip, from her daughters.

Her Ladyship The Hon. Ms. Tanya Lobban-Jackson agreed with senior defense counsel, Ms. Sheena Mair of F-Chambers that there are exceptional circumstancés in Grier’s case, by this, the court departed from the mandatory minimum sentence of twelve years imprisonment and ordered a lighter sentence of $1500.00 or Six months imprisonment if fine is not paid. She’s also sentenced to 23 weeks imprisonment suspended for one year.

Holding for the office of the Director of Public Prosecution via link was Dr. Angela Terry Brooks, deputy director of the DPP’S office.

The prosecution office did oppose exceptional circumstances and invited the court to impose the mandatory minimum sentence of twelve years imprisonment.

A more detailed court report will follow.

Wilkie Arthur
Court Correspondent
Eagle Legal News Media

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