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Checkmate Inc announces Turks and Caicos Unity Festival plans

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#Providenciales, July 12, 2018 – Turks and Caicos – Checkmate Inc. Signature Events, the top production and entertainment outfit in the Turks and Caicos, has further expanded its reach across the Caribbean by introducing to the people a festival encompassing their Caribbean roots, music, food and culture.  This festival tagged the “#TCIUNITYFESTIVAL” aims to showcase the beautiful culture and traditions of Turks and Caicos.  The spirit of the Islands – that captures the very essence of what it means to be from “Tucks” – is abundant and spans the various islands across the entire archipelago. Providenciales, affectionately known as “Provo” has been selected as the backdrop to bring the spirit of TCI to life!

 

THE OBJECTIVE

The objective of this event is to unite individuals and groups from all walks of life who live in the various communities across the Turks and Caicos Islands. This event will celebrate their history, diversity and cultural expressions – while giving them the opportunity to experience the rich traditions and cultures woven through the fabric of the Caribbean. We are creating an atmosphere to celebrate each other’s similarities and revel in our differences; to come together as brothers and sisters  and bask in a feeling of unity and family. #TCIUNITYFESTIVAL allows for visitors and first-time guests from all around the world to come and have a taste of authentic Caribbean living through a festival reminiscent of our several-centuries long traditions.

 

THE VENUE

This festival is set to take place during November 15th – 17th, 2018 on the tranquil isle of Provo at Grace Bay and the Downtown Ballpark – to be beautifully transformed into the perfect setting where live musical performances from various local, Top Caribbean and Internationals artists can be enjoyed in a relaxed and ambient atmosphere. The layout of the venue will lend itself to providing all the expected amenities in a clean and comfortable setting. Patrons will be able to enjoy the creations of numerous vendors dishing up mouth-watering local and regional cuisine – all conveniently laid out on the Festival grounds.

 

EVENT LINEUP

The Festival is gear up to be the event of the year with a three-day action packed schedule of events:

November 15th, 2018 

Welcome Cocktail reception, Rip the Runway Unity Fashion Show, Miss Unity Beauty Contest and Local Talent

 

November 16th, 2018

The Beres Hammond Tourism Awareness Concert with DJ Private Ryan and Local Talent

 

November 17th, 2018

The Premiere’s Cup Domino Tournament, DJ Private Ryan’s Float Parade and Local Talent, Caribbean-Set Battle of the Bands

Through this line-up of events, the Turks and Caicos Unity Festival aims to foster an atmosphere suited to partying while reveling in the country’s and wider region’s beauty and unmatched talent.

 

PACKAGES

The organizers of this Unity Festival, Checkmate Inc Productions and Entertainment Signatures Events will also be making various packages available for all those looking to attend – our aim is to make this event a memorable one. We will be providing special FlyAway packages, inclusive of air and ground transportation and hotel accommodations. Car rentals are also available for attendees who would like to manage their own experience. All of our packages can be tailored to your individual travel needs.

 

TICKETS AND VIP TABLES

Checkmate Inc. also offers interested parties the chance to partner on this event as segment sponsors of the festival. We will also be making cocktail packages available for guests at the festival as well as packages on tickets and tables, all in a bid to ensure that first-time guests and visitors to the event enjoy a fully immersive and interactive experience of the lively and undiluted culture of the Caribbean.

For further enquiries or additional information about the event, you can visit www.checkmateinc.co

 

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The Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment (CPEA) Results

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#TurksandCaicos, June 28, 2022 – The Ministry of Education, Labour, Employment and Customer Services extends sincere congratulations to all primary school students from both Government and Private primary school who were successful in the 2022 Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment (CPEA).  The Ministry encourages all the students  to continue doing their best to achieve academic and personal excellence as they transition to high school.The Minister of Education, the Honourable Rachel Marshall Taylor stated, “I am immensely proud of the performance of our children in the recent sitting of the CPEA.  I congratulate each of you because, despite the challenges we faced during the last two years, you’ve done well.  We are creating an environment to enable your success. You must be willing to work hard if it is your desire to be successful.  I wish you well in your journey through  high school.”

The Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment was administered by the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC), to students completing Grade 6 throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands on May 12 and 13, 2022.

A total of four hundred and sixty (460) candidates were entered for the assessment in Language, Mathematics, Social Studies and Science. Of the 460 candidates; Fifteen (15) withdrew and eighteen (18) candidates were absent during the administration of the assessment. Therefore, four hundred and twenty-seven (427) students were assessed.

The assessment scores represent a combination of the internal (School-Based Assessment) assessment and the external assessment which consisted of multiple-choice items assessing literacies in the four subject areas. Each paper carried a maximum of 75 marks for an overall total of 300 marks. The internal assessment carried a total of 200 marks.

Based on the Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment scoring, the following results are reported:

–         Developing Competence: 0-40%

–         Competent: 41-80%

–         Advanced Competence: 81-100%

For country-specific purposes the scoring has been modified as follows:

–         Developing Competence: 0-40%

–         Near Competence: 41-60%

–         Competent: 61-80%

–         Advanced Competence: 81-100%

Of the four hundred and twenty-seven (427) candidates who were assessed, twenty-six (26) or 6.08% are developing competence; one hundred and seventy-five (175) or 40.98% are near competence; two hundred and one (201) or 47.07% are competent, and twenty-five (25) or 5.85% demonstrated advanced competence.

Fifty-four percent (52.92%) of the candidates who sat the assessment scored grades in the range 61-100% demonstrating Competence or Advanced Competence in the literacies that students should acquire on completing primary school.  When the candidates who demonstrated Near Competence are added, the overall pass rate for the country is 93.9% representing 401 candidates

While the Covid-19 pandemic and the resultant move to virtual teaching and learning have no doubt impacted the candidates, the performance of the cohort is commendable.

Analysis by School

Sixteen primary schools (9 public and 7 private) entered candidates for the CPEA . Nine (9) schools have candidates who demonstrated Near Competence, Competence or Advanced Competence. Eleven of the sixteen schools have one or more candidates who demonstrated Advanced Competence.

A’Navia Mantock of the Ona Glinton Primary School and Vivian Parker of the Provo Christian School have both demonstrated Advanced Competence scoring 450 marks out of the possible 500 marks.

Below is The CPEA Results – Order of Merit by School – Rank by Score

 

Score             Percent

Eliza Simons Primary School

Johanna Jean                                               401                 80.2

Adeena Gilbert                                            399                 79.8

Kaymia Jacques                                           399                 79.8

Ona Glinton Primary School  

A’navia Mantock                                        450                 90.0

Mavarii Selver                                             428                 85.6

Gabrille Stern                                              427                 85.4

Faith Preparatory

Matthew Ramjeawan                               415                 83.0

Kendruy Sanchez                                       398                 79.6

Kennedy Batchelor                                   350                 70.0

Iris Stubbs Primary School

Terrance Mitchell                                       422                 84.4

Keyasia Lightbourne                                  382                 76.4

Theana Joseph                                            378                 75.6

Adelaide Omeler Primay Schoool

Mathline Belony                                         394                 78.8

Sharwinna St. Elroy                                   363                 72.6

Tyerah James                                               359                 71.8

Charles Hubert James Primary School

Danae Hernandez                                      433                 86.6

Mirsendy Obei                                            353                 70.6

Tykeem Gardiner                                       324                 64.8

Doris Robinson Primary School

Alexavier Forbes                                         337                 67.4

Enid Capron Primary School

Akayla Seecharau                                       422                 84.4

Carlisha Pierre                                             376                 75.2

Taisha Louis                                                 369                 73.8

Ianthe Pratt Primary School

Sarah Forbes                                               432                 86.4

Eshton Cherizard                                        398                 79.6

Nehemie Fenelus                                       396                 79.2

Oseta Jolly Primary School

Conroy Whittaker                                      397                 79.4

Daewayna Hall                                            392                 78.4

Janeli Gustave                                             382                 76.4

B.E.S.T. Institute

Antwan Ford                                               442                 88.4

Davia Stubbs                                               437                 87.4

Osshonn Saintil                                           428                 85.6

Community Christian Academy

Kalean Seymour                                         416                 83.2

Charles-Michael Forbes                            402                 80.4

Ojed’harlie Jolissaint                                 370                 74.0

Elite School

Murian Georgeson                                     368                 73.6

Edrina Louis-Giles                                       354                 70.8

David Lorestil                                               347                 69.4

Provo Christian School

Vivian Parker                                               450                 90.0

Mickayla Daniel                                          434                 86.8

Roniel Diaz                                                   411                 82.2

Richmond Hill Preparatory

David Forbes                                               425                 85.0

Felisha Lafleur                                             413                 82.6

Nataliyah Musgrove                                  402                 80.4

Shining Stars Preparatory

Johathan Blythe                                          439                 87.8

Rhon-Anjae Champagne                          438                 87.6

Jireh Walkin                                                 421                 84.2

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A Natural Racing Experience Thrills Senses, Protects the Marine Environment and Producers Winners

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By Dana Malcolm

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#TurksandCaicos, June 27, 2022 – Human beings have been enamored with the ocean since the beginning of time and the robust tourism product of the Turks and Caicos is proof of that,  but only a few of us venture away from the sand to swim long, lovely laps in the ocean.

“It just somehow makes everybody a little friendlier; everyone is a lot happier when they swim in the ocean.” A founder of the annual Race for the Coch Eco Sea Swim, Ben Stubenberg, confessed that after swimming in the open water many people don’t want to go back to a pool because the (sea) water is “so perfect.”

This view may have a little something to do with the huge turnout for the Eco-Sea Swim races held on Saturday June 25 (2022).

Stubenberg, a swim instructor and avid open sea swimmer himself opened up to Magnetic Media about what it feels like to drive your body through the pristine waters, unencumbered, pushing your own physical limits for the most exhilarating exercise experience.

“All of your senses are engaged and you feel a connection with nature that you don’t get from standing on land.” He said, “This is something that you feel because there’s really no limits; its as far as you can go, it’s quite unlike a pool.  This is salt water, you float better…it’s engaging with nature in a way that you can’t otherwise do when you’re swimming in a pool.”

In its 12th year, “Race for the Conch” Eco-Sea Swim is a registered non-profit in the Turks & Caicos Islands. The organizers explained that proceeds from sponsorships and race fees go to support The Provo Children’s Home, local learn-to-swim programs, the Reef Fund, and initiatives to support special needs children in the family islands.

The 2022 staging pulled in 135 swimmers in its biggest ever showing, 13 of whom were children from the Turks and Caicos. Adult, teen and even preteen swimmers came from the US, Canada, The Bahamas, and the Turks and Caicos to participate in four races:  A 2.4 mile; a 1 mile; a half mile, and a 100m kiddie race.

The top-ranked adults for the 2.4-mile races were Joseph Shields for the men and Alicia Uhl for the women.

Lenin Hamilton Jr and Taylor Schiffern won the one mile for men and women respectively and  Lenin Hamilton Jr and Celia Wolf topped the half-mile.

Over the years, organizers have maintained that they wanted to have a more environmentally conscious race.

“We decided that as part of the race we wanted to have a commitment to a more ecologically friendly race that was more in line with our philosophy of trying to make the earth and the ocean a better place…we take that part of it very seriously. It’s not just something added on because it sounds ‘trendy,” said Stubenberg.

There are several ways the organizers set out to do this.

Only reef-friendly sunscreen is allowed on the beach and they provide ‘Stream to Sea’ sunscreen created by a local partner company called ‘Whole Health”. Race for the Conch Eco Sea Swim also serves its refreshments in biodegradable containers, often the rehydration drinks are coconut water coming straight from coconut trees, with no packaging needed.

Additionally, even the coveted conch trophies and medals are made by local artist Stanford Handfield crafted from actual conch shells from the TCI’s slice of the Atlantic Ocean.

Though the race is not yet totally eco-friendly, Stubenberg hopes Race will evolve to having a  zero carbon footprint very soon.

 

Photo credit:  Photo by Paradise Photography

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Over 3000 Vehicles can be fined for wrong or no license plates says, DMV Director

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By Deandrea Hamilton

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#TurksandCaicos, June 27, 2022 – The grace period for incorrect license plates or vehicles partially outfitted with the new Turks and Caicos Islands license plates is over.  The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) last week issued a notice which warned that vehicle owners need to either collect their plates, order the proper plates or put on the license plates they already have at the front and rear of vehicles.

“Vehicles that are currently carrying plats that do not fit the description as outlines are not in compliance with the Road Traffic Ordinance.  Licensees are therefore asked to contact the Department of Motor Vehicles  to obtain the correct license plates immediately, failure to do so may result in drivers being ticketed,” said the notice.

Wilbur Caley, Director of the DMV said there are estimated to be over 18,000 motor vehicles in the islands and some 15,400 plates have been issued, with only around 180 plates to be collected in Grand Turk  and a few still waiting for their owners in Providenciales.

“Some of those or a majority of the remaining 3000 have not come in to renew or license their vehicles and are currently driving around with a red or other colour or no plate on their vehicle.”

This is against the law and carries a $300 fine, said Caley.

“We have sufficient plates to issue to persons.  WE have approval to issue temporary plates where we don’t have the substantive plate in stock,” explained the Director.

This is important to state as there was a time when the Road Safety Department could not keep pace with the demand for license plates once the new ones were introduced in 2019.  Road Traffic police officers would stop motorists without plates, view paper work to ensure there was payment and a licensed driver was awaiting their new plates, but now that grace period is over.

“There are a number of vehicle owners driving around that have not come in to have their plates changed.  We have stock to issue those plates.”

Office hours at the department are Monday through Thursdays, 8:30am – 3:30pm and on Fridays, the offices closes earlier at 3pm.

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