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Beaches TCI Opens after 14 Week Closure



image004#TurksandCaicos, December 16, 2017 – Providenciales – At 9:30am on Thursday, December 14th Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort- the Caribbean’s Luxury-Included® vacation for everyone and family-focused brand officially opened its doors to welcome guests and staff after a 14 week closure to facilitate post-hurricane repairs due to damages sustained from Hurricane Irma.

“We know how important vacation time is and so we’re just delighted that Beaches Turks & Caicos is not only reopening its doors ahead of pace, but we’ve introduced some amazing new features making this award-winning resort better than ever,” said Gordon “Butch” Stewart, Founder and Chairman of Sandals Resorts International.   “The entire resort has been refreshed and our staff is eagerly awaiting the arrival of our guests.”

Emphasizing ‘better than ever’ the resort opened after months of massive renovations as the entire property was refurbished, driveways repaved, foyers redesigned and rooms redecorated.

The first group of guests was welcomed to the property with much fanfare by the resort’s management team, concierge and entertainment department to music and live characters set on the backdrop of glaring decorations to ring in the holiday season.

David Ellis Director of  Entertainment said, “Here at Beaches Turks and Caicos, we want our guests to feel at home and to know that they are home, our entertainment team is all about making our new and returning guests feel welcomed and showing them that we’re glad they’ve decided to choose us again.”

Meanwhile, the hotel’s management team emphasized the involvement of the hotel’s staff in getting the resort to this stage, highlighting how many of them worked tediously to undertake the needed renovations.

Managing Director Donald Dagenais commented; “We are happy to be opening our doors to guests once again, something that wouldn’t be possible in such a timely manner without the assistance of our resilient staff.   While many of our employees were faced with personal issues of their own after the passing of such a disastrous storm, it is their presence, their commitment, their dedication and their support that led us to this day.   Words cannot express our level of gratitude and today we are open better than ever.”

image005Despite the hotel’s closure, staff members received 55% of their salaries throughout the duration, the hotel hosted its annual Staff Christmas Party, will be hosting a Kids Christmas Party for children of employees and the hotel’s management team has committed to providing bonuses to all employees this holiday season.   Dagenais noted, “this was our way of saying thank you.’

Leading up to the reopening, the Training Department conducted a three week re-orientation exercise for the hotel’s 1,900 employees with the energetic Dr. Phillip Brown, Regional Training Director for Sandals Resorts International as facilitator to ensure that guest standards are upheld.

Julianna Musgrove Training Manager noted, “All of our team members were required to take part in this training where they were informed on best company practices, and received refresher training courses on their respective areas.   We are confident that our team members are ready to take on the new challenges that the new season will bring and that they are committed to providing guests with more than he or she expects.”

Meanwhile the excited was also seen on the faces of beaming team members. Donell Williams Concierge Agent at BTC said; “I’m really excited to get back into the groove of things here at Beaches Turks and Caicos.   We had a difficult few weeks seeing what the hurricane did to the resort and what the storm did to our livelihoods but today I am excited to be here and to see my old guests and work with some new ones.”

Besides renovations, Beaches TCI has also rolled out new features to its 5-Star Global Gourmet™ offerings to include Beaches’ first Indian restaurant, Bombay Club, bringing the total number of restaurants to 21, two brand new food trucks at the waterpark – from Mr. Mac, serving mac & cheese and Curls ‘n Swirls for a taste of the island’s most delicious ice cream.

Families will also have the opportunity to take part in new culinary adventures happening every night, such as a fish fry on Wednesdays and weekly beach parties featuring live entertainment and cuisines from around the world.   Additionally, accommodations across all five of the resort’s villages have been improved and the lobbies and public areas have new finishing touches.   Accommodations start at $333 per adult/per night.

Press Release:  Beaches Resort



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The fastest internet just got even faster…for the same great price


Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – 1st, December 2021 –  Digicel+ is gifting The Turks and Caicos Islands faster home fibre speeds for Christmas, and beyond. Fulfilling the brand promise of Simply More (more power, more speed and more reliability), customers will now benefit from up to 2x faster download speeds on broadband and bundle plans.

This is all about a better experience for customers, and not about the cost. This free upgrade gives Digicel+ customers an even better home fibre internet experience, for anyone, on any device. And as part and parcel of the digital lifestyle, Digicel+ is the gateway to a Smart Life, which means that state-of-the-art Smart Solutions like Smart Homes and Smart Security are no longer just concepts, but a powerful reality.

Addison Stoddard CEO of Digicel TCI said, “This Christmas, we’re excited to reward customers with a super slick, superfast, super reliable home fibre experience, underpinned by service delivery that is, of course, second to none. Our entry-level plans are the fastest on the island and this puts us head and shoulders above any other internet offering in the country.”

The upgraded packages now start with download speeds of 50Mbps, and go up to 300Mbps for the speed demons and heavy gamers out there. This allows the Turks and Caicos Islands to connect to the global knowledge economy, have amazing entertainment options, and power their personal and professional experiences, thanks to these new superfast internet speeds.

Addison Stoddard continued, “It’s more of what our customers expect; more of what they want and it’s another way that we can be a part of our customers’ digital lives – at home, on the go, anywhere and everywhere. Simply put, Digicel+ is simply more.”

Over the past two years, the COVID-19 pandemic has solidified the importance of having a steady, powerful and reliable home internet connection, mainly due to many schools going online and parents working remotely. Now, with even faster internet speeds, customers get the best home fibre experience every time. This provides opportunities for MORE working, MORE schooling, MORE gaming, and MORE streaming with Digicel+.

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Guys, Have 2 Minutes? Here’s How to Check Yourself for Testicular Cancer



Testicular cancer is a rare form of cancer for men in The Bahamas.  It is highly curable — if you know it’s there!


November 30, 2021 – Men…how often do you perform a self-exam to check yourselves for testicular cancer?

While it’s a relatively rare form of cancer, young men aren’t exempt – in fact, testicular cancer occurs most often in young and middle-aged men. The good news is, it can usually be treated successfully.

The most common symptom of testicular cancer is a lump on your testicle. But that’s not the only sign of this disease.

Men who have testicular cancer may experience several different kinds of symptoms, says oncologist Timothy Gilligan, MD, a Medical Oncologist at Cleveland Clinic who specializes in treating testicular cancer.

Testicular cancer most frequently strikes men younger than age 44, and is the most commonly diagnosed cancer for men ages 15 to 34. It is almost always curable if found early, Dr. Gilligan says, and it is usually curable even when at a later stage. So it’s important to know signs and symptoms.

Here, Dr. Gilligan says, are five possible signs of testicular cancer you might not know about:

5 Testicular Cancer Symptoms That Aren’t a Lump  – Know what to look for and catch it early

  1. A feeling of heaviness or pressure in your scrotum.
  2. Change in testicle size or firmness.Certain types of testicular tumors can reduce testosterone or increase estrogen in the body, which can result in a change in testicle size or firmness.
  3. Swollen legs.When a tumor spreads to the lymph node, it can constrict blood flow in the veins and result in a blood clot. The clots often occur in the legs, which causes them to swell. You might even experience blood clot symptoms such as pain and difficulty breathing.
  4. Lower back pain and shortness of breath.These are symptoms of advanced testicular cancer, meaning the cancer has spread to lymph nodes behind your stomach. Shortness of breath also may signal that the cancer has spread to your lungs, which may make it harder for air to move in and out.
  5. Breast growth or tenderness.In rare cases, hormone changes also can cause breast tenderness or growth of breast tissue. Some tumors can secrete high levels of a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG), which stimulates breast development.

If you experience any of these symptoms, make an appointment with your doctor right away, Dr. Gilligan says. If your physician diagnoses you with epididymitis or orchitis and the symptoms do not resolve quickly with antibiotics, request an ultrasound to evaluate for a testicular tumor.

“While up to 95 percent of men with testicular cancer are cured, it’s important to get care quickly if you’re experiencing symptoms because testicular cancers usually grow fast,” Dr. Gilligan says. “If there is disease, the earlier it is treated, the greater than chance for success.”


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PDM Deputy Leader lends to Beach Vending Bill debate from outside Parliament



By Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer


#TurksandCaicos, November 30, 2021 – The Opposition party says the new Beach and Coastal Vending bill does not provide adequate protection for TCI vendors.

This came from Deputy Leader of the PDM Robert Been, in an open letter to the Speaker of the House of Assembly earlier today.

The Deputy Leader who claimed to be in direct contact with vendors in Sapodilla say while there are several provisions for penalties against the vendors in the bill it does not ‘adequately address the protection of vendors rights.’

The PDM referenced incidents of abuse from homeowners against vendors and said, “These homeowners, very often, insult and threaten vendors which is humiliating…There needs to be, in the law, something that clearly penalizes any overreaching harassment by property owners…situated near vendors.”

The Opposition deputy leader also said the Premier’s claim that the reshuffle of vendors will not affect their earnings was ‘misleading’ and ‘held no truth.’ They added that the section of roadway cited for the relocation was a known hazard and tourists would likely not frequent the area.

The PDM had several other requests to make the bill a more viable one for vendors. Been insisted that the government produce a timeline for the temporary relocation and allocate funds for a stimulus in case of loss of earnings on the vendors’ part. They also requested to see compulsory marketing for the vendor markets and questioned the lack of any clear avenue for redress should the government default on its promises.

Finally the PDM Deputy Leader called for CCTV cameras to be installed at every vendor site for both the protection of vendors and their wares and objectivity in conflict resolution.

The office of the Premier has not yet responded to the letter. The bill will be debated in the House today (November 30).


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