#TurksandCaicos, May 24, 2018 – Providenciales – The Turks & Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association’s (TCHTA) annual Taste of Tapas culinary showcase sold out last week as supporters came to dine on an array of delectable bites from the island’s leading restaurants and chefs.
Hosted by the award-winning Shore Club on Long Bay Beach, the Friday night extravaganza was all glitz and glam as food enthusiasts came together to raise over $24,000 for Team TCI to travel to Miami, Florida this summer to compete in the annual Taste of the Caribbean culinary competition.
“We are overwhelmed by the support that we receive each year for Taste of Tapas and the TCI Culinary Team,” said Chief Executive Officer of the TCHTA, Stacy Cox, in her welcome remarks at the event. “This year’s event was sold out. This goes to show the amount of support we are getting from the community as we prepare to compete and represent the Turks & Caicos Islands at the Taste of the Caribbean.”
A product of the TCI Hospitality Adventure’s Lit’l Chefs Camp, the annual Taste of Tapas event has grown tremendously each year, drawing hundreds of supporters which has aided Team TCI in delivering several winning titles for the destination.
“I couldn’t be more proud of this team,” Cox noted, “The commitment and drive to win and put TCI on the culinary map amazes me year after year. The training the team endures leading up to the competition including this year’s Taste of Tapas has truly paid off and has allowed Team TCI to stand proudly alongside veteran teams across the Caribbean.”
Spearheaded by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), Taste of the Caribbean is an annual event that highlights the art of Caribbean cooking as it brings together top chefs and bartenders from the region to compete for honours in a variety of food and beverage competitions. This year Team TCI will be led by Executive Chef Edwin Gallardo of Seven Stars Resort and will feature Joseph Charles, Wilkiens Martin, Derrick Carter, Christin Greene, Aristotle Florida, Vadivel Raju and Lit’l Chefs Inga Stubbs and Kevin Missick, supported by Executive Chefs Colin Watson and Lauren Callighen.
At Friday’s event supporters heard remarks from Her Excellency Deputy Governor, the Honorable Anya Williams, who expressed her gratitude to the Hotel and Tourism Association for their continuous efforts, and for creating new avenues to showcase the destination.
Supporters were entertained by the contestants of “Perform on Point”, a high school American Idol-styled competition, whose five finalists have toured the islands over the last two weeks showcasing their talents and earning votes that will aid in purchasing instruments for music classrooms across all schools in Turks & Caicos. Event goers were also regaled with the stylings of Sir Maurice Clarke, whose soothing sounds of saxophone and flute set the mood for all to enjoy.
“I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to our hosts, The Shore Club on Long Bay Beach, the participating restaurants, our silent auction donors, and to the young contestants of Perform-On-Point for entertaining us throughout the event. Most of all, thank you to all of the supporters that came out and helped to make the night amazing.” the CEO said.
The auction tables were also a big hit at the event as supporters bid for top prizes provided by Royal West Indies, Beach Enclave, Frenz Deck , Villa del Mar, VIP Flyers Club – Fast Track Departure Service, COMO Parrot Cay, Windsong, The Sands, Sailrock, CAYA Hico Media, Bianca Sands and Beaches.
Amanyara, Beaches, Parrot Cay, Sail Rock, Infiniti Restaurant, Kalookis, Parallel 23, Seven, Stelle, Sui-Ren and The Pavilion were this year’s participants.
Cox is encouraging supporters to mark their calendars for the upcoming “Taste of Team TCI” which is scheduled for July 20th at the Seven Stars Resort & Spa, where individuals can experience the team’s winning dishes upon their return.
For more information about the upcoming event, interested persons and organizations are encouraged to call the TCHTA office on 941-5787 or visit their social media pages.
King Charles calls for greater attention to records being broken, a wake up call.
“Records are now being broken so often, that we are perhaps becoming immune to what they are really telling us;” this is the concern expressed by His Majesty King Charles, regarding the direction the world is going due to climate change effects.
Charles says the world must hit the pause button and process what the constant recording breaking really means.
He emphasized his concern, referring to recent record-breaking events such as the last northern hemisphere summer, which came with the warmest global average temperature on record, and Canada’s most severe wildfire season on record, with 18 and a half million hectares of land burned and terrible losses of life and property, in common with Greece, the United States, and many other countries, which also resulted in the release of large amounts of greenhouse gases, worsening the climate crisis.
Additionally, Charles III also spoke of other drastic events.
“Repeated cyclones batter vulnerable island nations like Vanuatu and Dominican. India, Bangladesh and Pakistan have been experiencing unprecedented floods, and East Africa is suffering a decades-long drought.”
To beat this self-induced fate, the king expressed that efforts should be made to “rapidly repair and restore” what he described as “nature’s unique economy, based on harmony and balance,” the “ultimate sustainer.”
Otherwise, the world’s economy and survivability “will be in peril,” he added.
The king continued to highlight the outcomes of human action during the climate crisis, saying, “We are taking the natural world outside balanced norms and limits and into dangerous uncharted territory.”
He continued to express that the rate at which human actions are going is too fast for nature to keep up with.
“We are carrying out a vast frightening experiment of changing every ecological condition all at once, at a pace that far outstrips nature’s ability to cope,” he also said, later highlighting the importance of being nature-positive in our efforts toward a zero-carbon future.
Charles III further referred to public finance being insufficient funding for the climate crisis. However, with the private sector and a better, fairer International financial system, combined with the innovative use of risk reduction tools, he says the trillions needed can be mobilized in the order of four and a half to five trillion annually to drive the needed transformation.
New Turks & Caicos Islands Police Force Commissioner announced by Governor
Her Excellency The Governor has today announced Mr. Edvin Martin as the next Commissioner of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force (RTCIPF). The appointment follows a rigorous open recruitment campaign that included a stakeholder the panel, a separate community panel, and consultation with the Hon. Premier Charles Washington Misick.
Commenting on the appointment, the Governor said: “Following a competitive recruitment process, I have appointed Mr. Edvin Martin as the next Commissioner of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force. Mr. Martin brings a strong set of leadership skills and regional operational experience, having led the Royal Grenada Police Force. With a distinguished career and commitment to public safety, I am confident that Mr. Martin will lead our force with integrity, innovation, and a firm focus on building trust with communities across our islands. I would like to thank Commissioner Trevor Botting for his dedicated service to the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands over the last six years.”
Commenting on his appointment, Mr Martin said: “It is with excitement, I accept this prestigious position to lead the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force (RTCIPF) as its Commissioner of Police. I look forward with optimism to leading the men and women of the RTCIPF in confronting the law enforcement challenges and applying practical, proactive strategies to ensure the safety and security of all citizens and visitors to the shores of Turks and Caicos Islands. I am honoured to take forward this tremendous opportunity to serve the people of this beautiful nation by leading the police force into an era of modern policing. I am fully aware of the dynamic, complex, diverse, and multi-dimensional nature of the local and global criminogenic environment. This era demands a police force that must ensure safety and security by working collaboratively with colleague officers, and stakeholders to ensure that communities are free of the fear of crime. Be assured, I am committed to
delivering on this intention.”
Mr. Martin was, until June 2023, the Chief of Police of the Royal Grenada Police Force. He served in that role for five years and in the police force for 37 years. He is currently serving as the lead of the CARICOM Crime Gun Intelligence Unit as part of the CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security. He is a former President of the Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police and obtained an MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Durham University in 2016, where he studied under the UK Chevening Scholarship program.
Mr. Martin will take up his post at the beginning of February 2024.
Invest Turks and Caicos’ Business Support Unit Partners with RBC (Royal Bank) Bahamas Ltd. and CIBC FirstCaribbean to host Financial Literacy for MSMEs Training
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, December 5th, 2023 – Invest Turks and Caicos’ Business Support Unit, in conjunction with partners RBC (Royal Bank) Bahamas Ltd. and CIBC FirstCaribbean, successfully conducted a comprehensive Financial Literacy for MSMEs Training at the Blue Haven Resort on November 28th, 2023. This initiative aimed to empower business owners with essential insights into financial statements, the significance of meticulous recordkeeping, and the specific requirements outlined by leading banks for prospective commercial clients. Attended by fifteen participants comprising both established business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs, the session proved to be a pivotal learning experience.
Ms. Shanice Williams, the proprietor of LLS Consulting, expressed her appreciation, stating, “I extend my gratitude for putting together an exceptional training session. The presenters delivered a wealth of well-digested information that has proven highly valuable for me and my recently established business. I’m delighted to have been part of this and eagerly anticipate future sessions.”
Mrs. Nancy Missick-Rolle, CEO of Executive Tours, shared her positive experience, “I found the training very beneficial for improving my financial literacy. The presenters were well-versed and articulate in their delivery, making the material relatable and extremely practical. The BSU did an excellent job managing the event and advising the group of the programs and services available for assistance.”
Ms. Shanice Swann, Interim Branch, and Country Manager at RBC (Royal Bank) Bahamas Ltd. expressed her pleasure in facilitating the training seminar. She stated, “It was a pleasure to facilitate a training seminar on the topic of financial statements in conjunction with the Business Support Unit at Invest TCI. This session was an enriching experience that entailed engaging with vibrant small and medium-sized businesses within the islands and cherishing their invaluable feedback on the topic. A popular quote that sticks with me is, ‘Success is not always about greatness, but it is contingent on consistency.’ The participation of business owners in seminars like these solidifies their unwavering dedication to sculpting a consistent path toward success.”
Curley Been, Manager, Business Banking, CIBC FirstCaribbean, stated, “Participating in the Financial Literacy for MSMEs on November 28th, 2023, was truly enjoyable. In our dynamic economy, there are more opportunities than ever for individuals to become business owners and contribute to TCI’s growth. Understanding how to navigate this entrepreneurial journey, secure financing, and achieve growth is crucial for business success. As a representative of CIBC FirstCaribbean, I felt honored to present on the topic of ‘Making Your Business Bankable’ for both existing self-employed individuals and upcoming new business owners. We trust that the insights shared were beneficial to all attendees and eagerly anticipate future collaborations with InvestTCI on upcoming events.”
Mrs. Anissa Adderley, Director of the Business Support Unit, underscored the significance of partnerships between financial institutions and MSMEs. She stated, “The importance of partnerships between financial institutions and MSMEs cannot be underestimated. We are delighted to have partnered with RBC and CIBC FirstCaribbean to provide our MSMEs with this informative, interactive, and impactful training that will benefit their businesses and help them make more informed business decisions. MSMEs must prioritize financial education to allow them to reap the maximum benefits for both their businesses and the wider economy. MSMEs are the lifeline of our economy, and ensuring that they are resilient and sustainable is our core objective.”
The BSU invites business owners to take advantage of its face-to-face and e-learning training programs. The training is offered free of charge, and the information provided is vital to ensuring the success of their businesses. For further details, please contact the BSU at (649) 338-4787 or via email@example.com.
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