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TCI: Mike Clerveaux New Hazard Mitigation & GIS Specialist

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#Providenciales, March 20, 2019 – Turks and CaicosMThe Turks and Caicos Islands civil service is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Mike Clerveaux to the post of Hazard Mitigation & GIS Specialist within the Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies (DDME).

For the past three years, Mr. Clerveaux held the post of Hazard Mitigation Officer within DDME.  Prior to joining DDME, Mr. Clerveaux spent over 6 years as a Land Use Planner at the Department of Planning, with responsibility for reviewing planning applications while promoting integrated development planning through spatial interpretation of the macro-economic and sectoral policies to ensure their consistency with the principles of sustainable development. He has approximately eight years of experience in the field of GIS, Urban and Regional Planning and Disaster Management.

Prior to officially joining the DDME, Mr. Clerveaux played a critical role in assisting the DDME in advancing its mandate by working as a National Instructor for establishing the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) in the TCI, Deputy Leader of the Turks and Caicos Search & Rescue Taskforce (TSART) and member of the Damage Assessment Team and Communities United in Response to Emergencies (CURE).

In his new role, Mr. Clerveaux will be responsible for the administration of the Department’s Hazard Mitigation & Planning Programme. His duties will cover but are not limited to analyzing hazard data for the implementation of national pre-disaster planning and prevention measures and recommending mitigation measures to support sustainable development and planning in the country.

Mr. Clerveaux holds a MSc Built Environment (Specialization in Geomatics) and a BSc Urban & Regional Planning, both from the University of Technology, Jamaica and a Diploma in Secondary Education (Specialized in Industrial Arts) from Mico Teachers College, Jamaica. He also has completed a wide range of professional development courses which include Leadership Development; Financial Management and Reporting; Building GIS Applications in Support of Disaster Risk Management; Damage Assessments & Needs Analysis (DANA); Emergency Operations Management; GIS Management and Hurrevac (for the tracking of storms); and a Certificate in Business Continuity Management from H. Lavity Stout Community College, British Virgin Islands.

Deputy Governor Anya Williams in congratulating Mr. Clerveaux on his new role, said; “I am pleased to congratulate Mr. Clerveaux on his recent promotion; his second in the last few years!  Mike demonstrates a high level of professionalism in carrying out his duties and has always done so.  He is highly committed to the area of Disaster Management and preparedness and should be commended for his work in this area, where he continues to excel.”

Mr. Clerveaux in responding stated; “I look forward to serving in this new capacity and working with all stakeholders to advance the Disaster Management agenda in the Turks and Caicos Islands.  It is a privilege to continue to be a part of the Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies team in this key position as we plan for and reduce the impact of potential hazards on our shores.”

Press Release: TCIG

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It’s the 10GB of Christmas with Digicel

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#TurksandCaicos, December 1, 2022 – Digicel rewards customers with more this Christmas and all throughout 2023 with 10GB any use data every month.

The holiday season is a time for being thankful, so Digicel has taken on an attitude of gratitude and is thanking customers by rewarding them with more from now until the end of 2023.

Through Digicel’s exclusive Christmas plans, customers will get 10GB of data every month, for all of 2023, when they buy and stay on the plan. This also goes for new customers who have bought a SIM and/or those who take advantage of the Ultimate Christmas Combo to get a brand new discounted Samsung A23 smartphone and Christmas plan.

Customers can look forward to more data; more minutes; more rewards and prizes with Pick & Win in the MyDigicel app; more speed, reliability and coverage on the fastest network; and more savings and discounts on our devices and SIMs.

Addison Stoddard, CEO of Digicel Turks & Caicos said, “We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again, it’s the Christmas that keeps on giving at Digicel, so we’re offering our customers the gift that keeps on giving when they sign up and stay on any of our Christmas plans; whether it be a 3, 7 or 30 Day Prime Plus Bundle. Every month, new and existing customers who activate a Christmas plan this holiday season will get 10GB any use data, on us, when they remain on the plan all year long. For us, it’s all about continuing to put our customers first, and thanking them for every interaction they have with us.”

Customers can also win more in the MyDigicel app through Pick & Win, the new gamified way to be rewarded for any interaction with Digicel. Whether it’s switching to join the Digicel family, buying a plan, or paying bills in full and on time, customers will get the chance to Pick & Win lots of cool prizes

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Cruise Trippers bought big with Carnival Cruise Line on Cyber Monday

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By Dana Malcolm

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December 1, 2022 – Cyber Monday isn’t just for electronics!  Potential vacationers broke a Carnival Cruises Cyber Monday record for bookings, purchasing 50 per cent  more tickets than 2019’s pre-pandemic shopping day.

The cruise line announced the record bookings on Tuesday, November 29th.

The company cited a successful launch campaign of the new Carnival Celebration which visited Grand Turk recently and the three additional ships joining the fleet over the next 18 months, as major ticket pushers.

“The Cyber Monday sale activity showed consumer demand across the fleet, and we were particularly pleased with the booking activity for Carnival Venezia’s new year-round service from New York, and our new extended six-month program for Carnival Magic out of Norfolk,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.

“Our very successful naming ceremony for Carnival Celebration on November 20 and all the media coverage it generated clearly kept Carnival top of mind as vacationers got started on their holiday shopping yesterday.”

They say the pent-up demand for cruising has manifested in multiple ways in 2022, as Carnival was the first major cruise line to have its entire fleet back in operation and it now has more rooms than it was sailing in 2019.

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The 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season comes to an end

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By Shanieka Smith

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December 1, 2022 – The 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season has come to an end after 14 named storms. Two of these developed into major hurricanes, Hurricanes Fiona and Ian.  Still the death toll was over 300 and damage costs are nearing $55 billion.

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) described the Season as one of the most unique. The pause in storms that occurred during the season was a rare occurrence that scientists believe was due to lowered atmospheric moisture and increased wind shear over the Atlantic Ocean.

“The 2022 seasonal activity fell within NOAA’s predicted ranges for named storms and hurricanes in both our pre-season outlook and updated outlook,” said the lead hurricane forecaster at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, Matthew Rosencrans.

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