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Salt Cay produces world-class leader; Garland at the helm of Outback Steakhouse® TCI

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Stephen Garland, Managing Partner - Outback Steakhouse TCI

#Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – Wednesday July 25, 2018 – Stephen Garland is the new Managing Partner of Outback Steakhouse® Turks and Caicos Islands and says, the restaurant is exactly what the islands need and Mr. Garland is referring to much more than the mouthwatering menu.

Mr. Garland at new restaurant in Providenciales

“Their strong principles and beliefs, like taking care of our People, #Outbackers, Customers, Suppliers and Our Community is the path for yearly growth… I have done extensive training in every position from the front-door, host station to dish washer.  Outback has designed workbooks for every position to keep Outbackers focused and the books will give us clear direction and understanding of our responsibilities.”

Mr. Garland, who spent eight weeks in training in Ft. Meyers, Florida in preparation for the new restaurant opening in Providenciales was particularly impressed, he said, with detail of the food and beverage offering on the menu cards.

The Bahamas can also be proud of #StephenGarland, who has an extensive background in hotel, restaurant and hospitality management in Freeport, Grand Bahama where he was raised.

“I attended Hawksbill High School, where I was a part of the first culinary learning experience. Being the oldest boy, my father made me work after school to help to provide for our family.  I started work at the age of twelve and this took me to the famous Xanadu Beach Hotel, where I worked in a formal Five-Star restaurant as a bus boy. Over the years, my career path took me to the Lucayan Golf and Country Club, where I was eventually promoted to Assistant Restaurant Manager.

I was on staff when the Westin and Sheraton at Our Lucaya came to life, also in Freeport and in six months, I was managing restaurants again.  I managed food and beverage at their convention center and catering areas; up to 150 people were managed by me at the property.”

Garland, whose family moved from Salt Cay over 50 years ago explained that, “I have always had a yearning to relocate back to the Turks & Caicos where I would be able to teach others what I had learnt within the Hospitality Industry of The Bahamas.”

Stephen Garland
Managing Partner
Outback Steakhouse TCI

The dream became a reality in January 2006, when Stephen relocated to the Turks and Caicos Islands.  Despite his varied and extensive experience in hotel and restaurant management, Garland says he started from the ground up.

“I started as a waiter and worked my way back up the ladder to management level. I have worked at properties like Grace Bay Club, where I was head server and assistant restaurant manager.  I was a part of the grand opening of the Gansevoort Resort where I was promoted from Assistant Restaurant Manager to Assistant Food & Beverage Manager…”

Opportunities continued to come knocking and eventually, Stephen found himself as a leading manager at the West Bay Club; another stand-out #GraceBayBeach property.

Mr. Garland, who has now returned from the two-month training in the United States shared that it was an intense experience which has equipped him in Understanding Food Costs, Shift Management Leadership, Ordering, Receiving, Processing Transactions, Storage and Food Safety, Preparation Procedures, Point of Sale systems and Inventory Accuracy.

It is arguable that when Joseph Alexander Garland and his wife, Cicely Idle Been-Garland packed up to move to The Bahamas in the 1960’s, they imagined their oldest son would return to the Turks and Caicos.  And it was probably a far-flung notion that the Salt Cay couple thought their boy would become a leader in the culinary industry in not one, but two countries.

Stephen Garland has done that and adds to the long list of #SaltCay natives and descendants who have defied the odds.  Named Manager of the Year in 2003 in The Bahamas, Garland humbly concludes about his dynamic new role at #OutbackSteakhouse® Turks and Caicos that…

“I am just so delighted to be a part of this wonderful establishment.”

Outback Steakhouse® Turks and Caicos will open to the public on Tuesday August 21, 2018 at #RegentVillage East, near Jai’s Jewelry Store.

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Joint Operations Result in Interception of Illegal Migrants in Providenciales

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#RoyalTCIPolice, #Providenciales, June 10, 2024 – The Royal Bahamas Defence Force intercepted an illegal sloop transporting SIXTY-SIX (66) irregular migrants on the evening of June 9th, 2024.

The detained group, comprising FIFTY-FIVE (55) males and ELEVEN (11) females, was
intercepted in TCI waters and handed over to the TCI Immigration Task Force for processing.

On June 8th, the Marine Branch of the RTCIPF intercepted a blue and white fibreglass boat
carrying thirty-two (32) irregular migrants.

The boat was spotted 27 miles east of South Caicos and found to be transporting twenty-six (26)
males and six (6) females. The irregular migrants were handed over to Immigration for
processing.

These successful interdictions came following information obtained from a US Customs and
Border Force aircraft.

A joint operation conducted on June 7th has led to the detention of irregular migrants in Blue
Hills. Acting on the information received, authorities detained forty-eight (48) individuals
running along a beach.

Officers conducted extensive searches of surrounding areas, and tragically, the body of a female
was found at Pigeon Pound. Further investigations are ongoing, but it is believed the incident is
linked to a vessel attempting to enter the country illegally.

Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police (Specialist Tactical Operations) Mat Newton states, “I
wish to thank all law enforcement agencies for their invaluable assistance in intercepting illegal
sloops attempting to enter the TCI. Your dedication and collaboration have been instrumental in
ensuring national security and protecting our borders. Our Radar, Marine and Drone units, the
TCI Regiment, the Immigration Task Force, and the Customs Department conducted the
operations.

“The RTCIPF strongly condemns the attempts to enter the TCI illegally. Such actions violate the
law and pose severe risks to life, especially in adverse weather conditions.

“We urge those facilitating and encouraging these illegal attempts to consider the severe
consequences. Do not risk your life or the lives of others by embarking on such perilous
journeys.

“I am also grateful to those people from our communities who report suspicious activity relating
to illegal migration and would urge the public to continue keeping us informed.”
The RTCIPF asks the public to notify the closest police station, contact 911, the Serious Crime
Unit at 231-1842, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477 to anonymously provide any information on
illegal entry into the TCI.

Additionally, individuals are encouraged to download the Crimestoppers P3 app to share
information anonymously.

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TCI Sport delegation visits the Cayman Islands and Barbados with key sport leaders

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TCI Sports Commission delegation traveled to the Cayman Islands and Barbados to visit with key Sport leaders. The TCI delegation included the Sports Commission Director, Mr. Jarrett Forbes, Deputy Director, Mr. Alvin Parker, and Facility Manager for Providenciales, Mr. Darian Forbes. The aim of the travel was to visit major facilities, with priorities being pool facilities, and discuss sport development strategies.

The team had the pleasure of being hosted by the Deputy Chief Officer for Sport, Dr. Dalton Walter, and the Director of Sports, Mr. Kurt Hyde in the Cayman Islands; who facilitated the facility tours and shared valuable information on Sports Development. Meetings were held with Deputy Chief Officer Ms. Joan West and Technical Director for the Cayman Islands Aquatics Sport Association, Mr. Jacky Pellerin, on the Cayman Islands’ new 50-meter and 25 meter 10 lanes Mrytha pool facility, as well as with Ms. Shakeina Bush from the National Olympic Office on National Federation development and funding opportunities. The Sports Commission delegation was also grateful for the courtesy call with the Minister of Sport for the Cayman Islands, Hon. Isaac Rankine, and the Chief Officer Ms. Teresa Echenique.

During the Barbados leg of the exploratory travel, the Sports Commission team was hosted by the Director of the National Sports Council, Mr. Neil Murrell, and the Assistant Director of Sports, Mr. Ryan Toppin. The TCI team toured the National Sport Council facilities and visited the Barbados National Olympic Association. Significant to the TCI’s plan to develop an aquatic center, the TCI Sports Commission visited the Barbados Aquatic Sport Association and met with former National Olympic Academy Director, Mr. Dave Farmer, and the President and Second Vice President of the Barbados Swim Association, Mr. Robert Armstrong and Mr. Nicholas Mathis. Insights were shared regarding swimming pool design, development and maintenance as well as pool programming strategies to ensure the growth and sustainability of swimming in the islands.

The TCI delegation also visited other stadium facilities such as Track and Field, Football and Cricket, and other major facilities in Basketball and Boxing. The TCI Sport Commission officials had great discussions with both the Cayman Islands and Barbados sports officials surrounding the development of coaches, athlete development pathways, and strengthening relationships with National Sport Governing Bodies.

Director of Sports, Mr. Jarrett Forbes, said, “We were very grateful for the hospitality and support extended by our Caribbean colleagues. Their support affirmed the commitment and unity among the Caribbean community to develop sports in the region.”

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Male Charged With Murder

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#TurksandCaicos, June 7, 2024 – A 29-year-old male has been charged with the murder of BUTLER BRAVE PROPHETE. KERLY AGENOR, of Dock Yard, Providenciales, was charged today (June 06th) following advice from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. In addition to the murder, the accused faces the following charges:

  • Possession of a Firearm
  • Possession of Ammunition
  • Discharge of a Firearm
  • Discharge of Ammunition

The charges against Mr. AGENOR state that on March 05th, 2024, in Providenciales, he murdered Mr. PROPHETE, Contrary to Section 3 of the Offenses Against the Person Ordinance Chapter 3.08.

At the time of his death, Mr. Prophete, 22, of Wheeland, Providenciales, was exiting his workplace on the Lower Bight and was shot dead.

Mr AGENOR remains in custody pending a Sufficiency Hearing.

In a brief statement, Superintendent in charge of Crime, Safeguarding, Public Protection, and Intelligence Dean Holden said: “I wish to thank the officers of the Serious Crime Unit for their dedication and commitment in bringing this case to a charge. Further, I wish to reassure the public and families that the RTCIPF is committed to bringing prosecutions against perpetrators and, when possible, closure to persons who have lost loved ones to these senseless homicides”.

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