Providenciales, TCI, July 29, 2016 – It was a true tear jerker Thursday when a North Caicos family proved that it tells a beautiful story when islanders pull together to fulfill a dream. The Higgs Family, which is one of the prime investors in North Caicos yesterday announced that in honor of their founding fathers, they would open a hotel and call it Silver Bay Resort and Promanade. Pastor Lewis Walkin, a part of the lineage roused the audience in support of the investment of Core Resources.
“We’ve finally found somebody in North Caicos, who put their money where their mouth is. I’m also happy because we know that action speaks louder than words. I don’t have to say much more, but I just want North Caicos to know that this project will benefit the people of North and Middle Caicos.”
Featuring Bottle Creek facing rooms, outdoor upstairs deck, pool, marina, promenade and twelve suites, Ralph Higgs CEO and Chairman of Core Resources was moved to tears as he expressed that he wished his parents were around to witness some of the strides of the company and announced that he is a man of the soil who has for nearly 40 years believed that this day was bound to come. “It will create employment for the people of North and Middle Caicos obviously, it will create business opportunities because in the complex once it’s completed, we’ll have opportunities for persons who want to pursue small business. They can come because we don’t want to run water sports operations, we don’t want to run art and craft spaces that we’re gonna have in the hotel. There will be other opportunities for persons, people from the community to get involved in small business. We’ll do that for you, I promise.”
Higgs thanked long time confidants and businesses and relatives which supported and now again support this newest Core Resources project, among them CIBC First Caribbean; its country manager Larry Lawrence was there and spoke highly of the business prowess of Higgs and Core, “and your growth has not been over night, it has been over time. And that makes a difference because success is not normally over night, it takes time. So I certainly welcome you to continue that model and this is just your latest venture, and if the past is any indication of what’s in the future, this also will be a success. I almost don’t see or hear from Ralph because somebody who competently adjusts Ralph meets on a daily basis, and she’s here with me today, Karen.”
Songs, poetry and an unveiling of the design… a moment of silence led by Tourism Minister Hon Porsha Smith, who wished the family well; she remembered former business partner and big brother to Ralph Higgs, the late Conrad Higgs. “It is indeed a pleasure for me to be here with you this morning on this significant day for the people of North Caicos and the Turks and Caicos Islands, to celebrate the groundbreaking of yet another remarkable initiative here on this beautiful island of North Caicos. The Turks and Caicos islands have truly come a long way in the development of tourism.”
Construction will not take place right away, though the ground is partially cleared, and created on it is a beeline to the coastal view of what will soon be Silver Bay Hotel view. Mr. Higgs, who is due to announce another big move in North Caicos very soon, said there is a process which also means residents will get to say if they do not want the project. Ralph Higgs encouraged openness and explanation and assured that if not for the regulated procedures, Core Resources would be ready to build tomorrow. Construction is projected to begin in three to six months. Silver Bay will be located in Windsor, Bottle Creek next door to their fuel station.
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
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.
“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
Facts laid out in Beach Vending Bill Debate by Tourism Minister Connolly
By Dana Malcolm
#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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