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TCI Ministry of Education Announces 2018 International Scholarship Awardees

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#Providenciales, August 13, 2018 – Turks and Caicos – The Ministry of Education, Youth, Culture and Library Services is pleased to publish the complete list of recipients of the 2018 Scholarship awards to complete tertiary level studies.  The Education Advisory Committee met during July to review all international applications received on or before the application deadline of 31st May, 2018.

The following seventy-two (72) international awardees were successful based on the identified priority areas, grade point averages and other policy related criteria. In total, the Educational Advisory Committee considered one hundred and thirty-five applicants (135) applications for further study, regionally and internationally. This year’s international awards budget increased by 55% compared to last year’s budget during the June-July 2017 sitting of the Board. Therefore, 29 more awards were approved this year when compared to last year during this time period. The Education Advisory Committee is currently awaiting CSEC results to decision the local awardees.

The Hon. Karen Malcolm, Minister of Education, Youth, Culture and Library Services, extends a profound thank you to all the members of the Education Advisory Committee for their dedication to complete this year’s review of applications, and subsequent list of awardees.

Hon. Karen Malcolm, Minister of Education, Youth, Culture and Library Services states“Congratulations to all recipients of a scholarship award this year. I urge you to continue to place a high value on education, which led to your selection, and strive for excellence. Remember that you have a responsibility not only to yourselves but to your country; to contribute to its development when you finish your studies and my Government remains committed to investing the resources to provide educational and employment opportunities for all Turks and Caicos Islanders. Education is a constant process of learning that offers limitless rewards for those that thirst for knowledge and are willing to endure and work hard to accomplish their goals. To the applicants who were not selected for a scholarship award this year, please try again next year. Do not give up, continue to work towards your goals.”

The Ministry urges applicants who may not have been successful to re-apply to the Secretariat for possible consideration in the future.

Award letters will be available from August 20th 2018 and can be picked up at the Ministry of Education in Grand Turk, the Department of Education in Providenciales, and District Commissioners Offices in South and North Caicos during normal working hours, 8:00am – 4:30pm.

See list of awardees below:

 

TCIG – Ministry of Education, Youth, Sport & Library Services
International Scholarships  / Grants awarded for Higher Education for the Academic Year 2018/19
No. Surname Name First Name Program of Study Level Region
1 Pardo Esperanza Veterinarian Medicine Doctorate USA
2 Watkins Nichole Physical Therapy Bachelors USA
  2 Total awards to National scholars
3 Ellis Makayla Psychology Bachelors CAN
4 Selver Akia Accounting Bachelors CAN
5 Williams Dache Applied Human Nutrition Bachelors CAN
  3 Total awards for the region of Canada
6 Clerveaux-Forbes Darlene Human Resource Management Masters CAR
7 Ewing Xavier Computer Information System Bachelors CAR
8 Garland Sakile’ Natural Sciences CAPE CAR
9 Harris Inderia Midwifery Certificate CAR
10 Smith Anthea Family Law Bachelors CAR
11 Smith Jordan Information Technology Bachelors CAR
12 Youth Denricka Psychology Bachelors CAR
  7 Total awards for the region of the Caribbean
13 Archbold Miranda Chemistry,Physics, Biology and Mathematics A’Levels UK
14 Astwood Steven Accounting & Finance Bachelors UK
15 Been Deshaya Biomedical Science Bachelors UK
16 Belliard Desemona ACCA Certified Accountant (Chartered) Certification UK
17 Capron Gabreann Special Education Needs & Disabilities Masters UK
18 Dames Deardrea Criminology Bachelors UK
19 Dickenson Elton Accounting & Finance Bachelors UK
20 Dickenson Royette Education: Learning, Technology & Society Masters UK
21 Elliot William Business Management Bachelors UK
22 Ewing Alexander Education (Learning, Technology & Society) Master’s UK
23 Forbes Deronte Forensic Science Bachelors UK
24 Forbes Tyra Animal Management Advance Level UK
25 Forbes Dorianna Education Post Graduate Certificate UK
26 Francis Sharnella Estate Management Bachelors UK
27 Fulford Da-Sheena Counselling Children & Young People (Education) Masters UK
28 Hall Loren Marketing Bachelors UK
29 Hardware Ushannia Law Bachelors UK
30 Jones Brielle Accounting & Finance Bachelors UK
31 Joseph-Pratt Melody Law LLB Bachelors UK
32 Lubin Gemely Education Masters UK
33 McCartney Imterniza LLB Law (Online) Bachelors UK
34 Malcolm Walter Civil Engineering Bachelors UK
35 Missick Lemelko Law LLB Bachelors UK
36 Missick Romaine Health Service Administration Masters UK
37 Moore Jennifer Culinary Arts Mgmt. Bachelors UK
38 Rigby Arjah Law with American Studies Bachelor’s UK
39 Roberts Yelena Human Resource Mgmt. Masters UK
40 Robinson Jodian Literacy Learning & Literacy Difficulties Masters UK
41 Robinson Royshania Forensic Science & Criminal Investigation Bachelors UK
42 Skippings Timothy Aviation Bachelors UK
43 Williams Bernadette Employment Relations & Human Resources Mgmt. Masters Degree UK
44 Williams Darnae International Air Travel & Tourism Mgmt Bachelors UK
45 Williams Gabriell Law with Criminology Bachelors UK
46 Williams Josselin Business Accounting (Anti Money Laundering ACAMS) Certification UK (based)
  34 Total awards for the region of the United Kingdom
47 Arthur Reanecia Biological Science Bachelors USA
48 Bassett Artavia Fiance/Investment Masters USA
49 Been Roshawn Finance Masters USA
50 Braithwaite Khristopher Human Resource Management (online) Masters USA
51 Cox Kayon Finance Masters USA
52 Cox Roshawn Computer Science Bachelors USA
53 Forbes Norkeia Biological Science Bachelors USA
54 Gardiner Devante Business Management Bachelor’s USA
55 Gardiner Jachelle Psychology Associates USA
56 Gardiner Latanya Hospitality Masters USA
57 Garland Angelo Kinesiology Masters USA
58 Gaskin Tare Biochemistry and Computer Science Bachelors USA
59 Glasgow Kharise Counselling/Psychology Bachelors USA
60 Guerrier Akia Business Administration Bachelors USA
61 Greene Christin Culinary Arts, Hospitality Management Bachelors USA
62 Handfield Kivarno Sport Management Bachelors USA
63 Howell Angelica Computer Science Bachelors USA
64 John Rashaun Aviation Private Pilot USA
65 Jones Asante Sports Management Bachelors USA
66 Lightbourne Arnissa Hospitality and Project Management Bachelors USA
67 Malcolm Roshaun Business Adminstration – Mgmt Masters USA
68 Mills Candesha Global Tourism & Sustainable Economic Development Masters USA
69 Smith Erin Piloting Commercial USA
70 Thomas Rayna Social Work Bachelors USA
71 Williams Brianna Health Service Administration Bachelors USA
72 Wilson Kywana Psychology Masters USA
  25 Total awards for the region of the United States

 

 

 

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Multi-Agency Immigration Operations Across Providenciales

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#TurksandCaicos, October 22, 2021 – Law enforcement officers from across the Turks and Caicos Islands have been active together across Providenciales again this week, targeting unlawful migrants. Joint teams of Officers from Immigration Enforcement Unit and Intelligence and Forgery Units and the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force have undertaken intelligence-led road checks and operations to businesses across the island.

Marines from the Turks and Caicos Islands Regiment have also been deployed to coastlines across Providenciales as part of multi-agency effort to tackle illegal migration to the Turks and Caicos Islands.       

The Marines, who were supported by Officers from Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force, conducted surveillance and checking of persons and vehicles in the area.

Speaking from North West Point, the Regiment’s Commanding Officer, Lt. Col. Ennis Grant, said, “The Turks and Caicos Islands Regiment has deployed to lead coastal patrols where intelligence tells us illegal migrants are likely to try to enter the Turks and Caicos Islands.  Working in partnership with agencies, including the Marine Branch and operational units of Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force, and Immigration Taskforce, means unlawful migrants are far less likely to be able to enter our Islands undetected.”

The multi-agency activity has been coordinated and overseen by Immigration Compliance and Enforcement Unit Manager Tito Forbes, who said, “This is not a one-off exercise. Tackling illegal migration is a key priority across all agencies and joint operations are repeated regularly.  The public will see Officers out in their communities frequently and we are grateful for their cooperation”.

The Minister of Immigration and Border Services, Hon. Arlington Musgrove, said, “We know the community is concerned about the threat of illegal migration, so this should reassure residents that this is something we take extremely seriously.  Unlawful migrants should take note – agencies across TCI are out patrolling our communities. I repeat that If you should not be in TCI you should leave, or risk being detained and repatriated”.

The Acting Governor, H.E. Anya Williams added, “As we continue to focus on National Security as one of our strategic priorities, we are implementing a joined up approach across government between our Joint Law Enforcement Agencies:  the Police, Immigration and the TCI Regiment to ensure that our borders are protected and that illegal migration is addressed both off and onshore by carrying out various enforcement activities at businesses and in the community.  I commend our officers on the work that they are doing and wish them much success as we strive to improve and further expand our law enforcement activities.”

Businesses are reminded that employing an illegal worker is a criminal offence, punishable by a fine of up to $10,000 or to a term of imprisonment of two years, or both.  Members of the public with information about illegal migration or illegal working are encouraged to contact CrimeStoppers, which can be done completely anonymously, on 1-800-8477.

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Development Agreement with Carnival Cruise Line Signed

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#TurksandCaicos, October 22, 2021 – After twenty-one months, the Grand Turk Cruise Center will receive cruise ships at its facility starting in early December 2021, which is welcomed news to the inhabitants of the island of Grand Turk who have experienced prolonged economic inactivity in the cruise sector, which employs some 30% of the resident population and supports small businesses and entrepreneurs.

Additionally, the Government of the Turks and Caicos, under the leadership of the Honourable Premier C. Washington Misick, on Wednesday, 13th October 2021 signed an agreement with Carnival Corporation, highlighted by a $25 million new investment in the Grand Turk Cruise Center. This investment will include the extension of the dock facility to accommodate larger ships and improvements to the reception facilities.

The Government – being acutely aware of the plight of taxi and ground transportation operators, shore excursions,  restaurants and bars, local craft and souvenir shops, jewelers and many more businesses, all of whom benefit from the cruise sector either directly or indirectly – expressed its commitment to prepare the sector for an imminent reopening. This agreement, including the investment in the cruise center, follows the Government’s efforts to accelerate negotiations that began when Hon. Premier Misick came into office in February 2021, at a time that marked approximately one year since the pause of cruise tourism arrivals to Grand Turk.

Since the advent of the Covid-19 pandemic, many economies of the world have been thrown into a state of flux as forced lockdowns saw economies dwindle.  Among the many sectors, the travel industry worldwide and the cruise tourism industry more specifically were disproportionately affected.  However, with wider acceptance of a vaccine, the cruise industry foresees a rebound of the sector.

The cruise sector is the private sector’s lifeblood of Grand Turk. It is estimated that in March 2020 when the cruise port closed, over 1,450 persons were employed in cruise tourism with employee wage income totaling over $26.8 million per annum. The sector was on a growth trajectory with direct cruise tourism expenditure expected to surpass $86.5 million and estimated passenger and crew arrivals to Grand Turk expecting to exceed 1.2 million annually.

The halt of the sector was a major negative economic impact for Turks and Caicos, and news of the reopening is a significant positive development to aid the recovery of tourism and the larger economy.  As the cruise industry resumes operations in Grand Turk, the Government of Turks and Caicos is focused on working with the community to deliver an exceptional overall experience for cruise guests, and ensure the safety and security of both visitors and residents in Grand Turk.

“As part of our overall restart efforts, we are very excited to be returning to Turks and Caicos later this year, and to once again be able to treat our guests to the beauty and wonder surrounding our home in Grand Turk,” said Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation. “We continue to be grateful for our long-standing partnership with Turks and Caicos, and look forward to working together on the expansion of the Grand Turk Cruise Center, which will bring more guests to one of our most popular destinations while providing ongoing positive economic impact to the people of Turks and Caicos and the communities in which they live.”

Hon. Premier Misick added: “As a community, we welcome the long-awaited resumption of cruising in Turks and Caicos, and we are delighted to be working closely with Carnival Corporation to continue to invest in the future of the Grand Turk Cruise Center. We look forward to long-lasting strategic alliances and joint initiatives with partners that will foster the economic growth of the Turks and Caicos Islands, creating opportunities for households across the country, making it possible for individual workers and entrepreneurs to earn more, and to achieve a higher standard of living and where businesses thrive and grow.”

 

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Turks and Caicos Delegation visits Puerto Rico Haino Port in DR

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#TurksandCaicos, October 22, 2021 – The Minister of Immigration and Border Services Hon. Arlington Musgrove and Minister of Home Affairs Hon. Otis Morris, along with Ports Authority Chairman, Urban Francis and officials from their ministries, including the Acting Deputy Permanent Secretary Chawa Williams, Head of Secretariat Jenika Laporte, Director of Ports Delton Jones, and Director of EMS, Garvin Thomas returned from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on the 17th of October 2021, following meetings with management and staff of Puerto Rio Haino (HIT) focusing on trade and ports development opportunities and prospects.

Puerto Rio Haino is a very successful twenty (20) years old port concession that facilitates global trade with the Dominican Republic. HIT is very keen to share its experience with ports in the Caribbean through port operations, collaboration and trade development, capitalizing on its comparative advantage and scale.

HIT’s strategic objectives are consistent with the government’s desire to transform the TCI’s ports and diversify trade to reduce the cost of living and doing business in the TCI.

Reflecting on the outcomes of the meetings with HIT, Hon. Musgrove said “I am pleased with the outcome of the various meetings with the team from the HIT. The information received will undoubtedly add value to the TCI’s position in the wake of our Ports redevelopment project, and plans by my Government to diversify our Trade Sector. We are grateful to have been accommodated and anticipate fostering of an ongoing relationship of mutual exchange of information, best practices and assistance.”

Hon Morris added, “I am grateful for the opportunity to have accompanied the Minister to these meetings and particularly realizing the relevance of the Ports redevelopment and its importance in cross Border Trade, and I am eager to be a part of the decisions to positively impact the lives of our people.”

Ports Authority Chairman Francis elaborated “I am thankful to both Hon. Musgrove and Hon. Morris for the opportunity to participate in these meetings. The knowledge will be helpful not only in our redevelopment project but also in our Port Security and Safety enhancement plans, and our capacity building initiatives among staff.”

Areas discussed during the visit to HIT included: staff development in areas such as port security and safety, port container scanner, port digitalization and customs single window, port certification and adoption of global standards, port dredging and environmental issues and trade development opportunities focusing on developing new source markets for the TCI to take advantage of the manufacturing sector in the Dominican Republic and its global trade volumes and links which could drive down freight rates.

Hon. Musgrove observed that the discussions during the visit highlighted a number of areas for possible collaboration between the HIT and the TCI. He proposed the formation of a Joint Working Group of officials from the TCI and HIT to prioritize areas for collaboration and develop a work plan to appraise these opportunities.

The visit also afforded the TCI delegation the opportunity to observe the operations of Puerto Rio Haino.

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