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Turks and Caicos Civil Service Welcomes New Teacher Appointments



#Providenciales, November 8, 2018 – Turks and Caicos – The Turks and Caicos Islands Civil Service is pleased to welcome and congratulate its new batch of teachers, notably, 8 new local primary school teachers that began their journey at the start of this new school year.

During the month of October, Deputy Governor and Head of the Public Service HE Anya Williams conducted a series of school visits which presented the opportunity to engage with both students and faculty. During her visits, HE Williams presented the new teachers with their very own “Teachers Starters Pack” which included: a lesson plan, a record book; chalk and eraser set; red pens to assist in marking; reward stickers to motivate their students and a number of other items that will assist in carrying out their duties.

Commenting on these appointments, the Deputy Governor stated; “We are pleased to congratulate all new teachers on their appointments, but would especially like to recognize our new local appointees:

  • Sharilyn Wilson-Lewis – Graduate Upper Primary Teacher (Eliza Simons Primary School)
  • Anthonica Clarke – Graduate Upper Primary Teacher (Eliza Simons Primary School)
  • Shanequa Forbes – Assistant Teacher (Eliza Simons Primary School)
  • Jerisha Durham –  Graduate Upper Primary Teacher (Ianthe Pratt Primary School)
  • Danielle Carroll – Graduate Upper Primary Teacher  (Ianthe Pratt Primary School)
  • Jewel Selver – Assistant Teacher (Ianthe Pratt Primary School)
  • Arean Louis – Graduate Upper Primary Teacher (Enid Capron School)
  • Deandrea Fulford – Graduate Lower Primary Teacher (Enid Capron School)

This is the largest batch of local teachers that we have recruited for some time and we are pleased to state that not only did most of these persons complete their studies at the Turks and Caicos Island Community College, but also that some of them were actually serving civil servants in other capacities that decided to take advantage of the training and educational opportunities available to them, to pursue other career choices such as the much needed area of Primary Education.

The Ministry of Education remains our largest and most vital employment sector and we continue to encourage persons to pursue the field of teaching as it is in heavy demand and often relies on overseas recruitment as we require more local teachers to fill the current demand, despite this being a key scholarship area.

As we continue to improve and to build new schools in the Turks and Caicos Islands, it is important that we work to match our employment demands locally.  The area of teaching continues to be a priority area for us as a country and we continue to work to improve the pay and well-being of teachers in these islands. In 2014, through the Pay and Grading Review, we provided primary school teachers with a 25% increase in pay, having upgraded teachers’ salaries from $25,000.00 to $35,000.00 per annum and Vice Principals and Principals by over 50% from $29,000.00 to $45,000.00 per annum, but there is of course still much more to do .

Earlier this year, I had the pleasure to meet with the newly formed Teachers Association. We discussed some of the challenges in the teaching sector and ways in which we can encourage more persons to pursue the field of teaching. Challenges raised included salary, long term benefits, teacher to student ratios, infrastructure and equipment. Most of these areas are currently being addressed as most schools, particularly those damaged during last years’ hurricanes are slated for repairs in the current financial year and in the case of student teacher to ratios, additional teachers and teaching assistants are being proposed to assist, while the construction of the new primary school from the EU fund, should also assist in providing more classroom space to ease in overcrowding.

We welcome these new teachers to the public school education sector and hope that they will find their tasks to be rewarding.  We also extend our sincerest thanks and gratitude to all teachers throughout the islands on the amazing job that they do every day in helping to educate, nurture and develop the future minds of the Turks and Caicos Islands.”


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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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