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Celebrity athletes host basketball camp in Turks and Caicos through Lawrence International



#Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – August 8, 2019 – Three professional sports stars are making an investment toward youth development in the Turks and Caicos and they are doing it through Lawrence International; a non-profit organization which provides education, sports and recreational programmes around the world with the help of celebrities.

The NBA’s Damian Lee, point guard with the Golden State Warriors; the Qatar Basketball Federation’s Dominic Wright and founder of Lawrence International, retired NFL running back, Matthew Lawrence will speak one on one with Turks and Caicos media on Friday, about the impact being made at basketball camp.

The theme for the Turks and Caicos installment of the Celebrity Basketball Camp, which runs August 5-9 at the Graceway Sports Centre is ‘Do the Impossible.’

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Winston Pasuris the extraordinary housekeeping leader at BTC



#Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, November 28, 2022 – Winston Pasuris, a 23 year veteran housekeeping supervisor at Beaches Turks and Caicos (BTC) resort lives by the mantra, a leader in the hospitality industry in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way, especially to the team he or she leads.

Arriving in South Caicos at the age of six months, this consummate professional, started his career at BTC in November 1999 following prior years of experience on cruise vessels. Winston’s vision of staying on land and caring for his children was the main reason for him to walk away from life on the high seas and walk through the doors of the resort as a housekeeping supervisor.

A single father who beams whenever he talks about his children, Pasuris prides himself on  providing the best service to not only the guests at the all-inclusive family resort, but those he leads.
“Being asked to lead a team calls for patience, discipline and lots of training. Each leader is tasked with being a team player firstly, then to be a conscious leader before being afforded the responsibility of leading a team. Each day on the job is an opportunity to learn something new and apply what I have learnt in the courses that are offered to all resort team members,” Pasuris shared.

While sharing his growth within the industry, Pasuris was quick to point out the many leaders who have mentored him throughout his journey and the value added component each has contributed to his development.

“I’ve had the support and guidance of three very strong leaders within the company whose leadership styles I have emulated and incorporated into my day to day management. Shawn DaCosta who currently serves as the Chief Operations Officer; Adrian Whitehead who is currently the general manager at Sandals Royal Bahamian, and Sharon Fagon, current hotel manager here at Beaches Turks and Caicos. Each has a different style of leadership, but all three have groomed me into becoming the leader I am today,” Pasuris added.

For his part, James McAnally, general manager at Beaches Turks and Caicos, shared that Pasuris has been a great asset through the years, noting, “Winston is a stellar leader whose demeanour and work ethic has allowed those he leads to be empowered, comfortable and shine through their own growth. He is one of those persons you want to have around you in challenging times as he will remain focused on the tasks at hand and be willing to recommend solutions.”

Carey Turnquest, French Village manager added, “A gentle giant is this man who oozes confidence and always with a calm demeanour. Winston is always willing to help the team to turn opportunities into success as he helps in making this environment most comfortable for his colleagues and guests alike.”

Advancement within the hospitality industry with Beaches Turks and Caicos is at the fingertips of each team member as the opportunity for growth remains at the forefront for the organisation. Pasuris continues to grow while being empowered by those who have mentored him, as he remains committed to help in empowering those he has been tasked to lead.

Said Pasuris, “My biggest challenge within the organisation is whenever I am faced with hurdles that I can’t overcome on my own as I like to find solutions. I have learnt, however, to depend on my team and this for me makes it my biggest strength, as I have learnt that in order to be the best at what I do, I can rely on the full support of my team and the management of the company.”

Reflecting on the personal support he has also come to count on from the BTC team, Pasuris highlighted the passage of a hurricane back in 2017. “During the hurricane, the management team provided the opportunity for team members who may face challenges with their homes to stay on resort. This allowed me to have my young son also with me during what turned out to be a scary time.  This is just one of the reasons why I remain very appreciative of the value this organisation has for, and how it supports its team members,” Pasuris said.

Housekeeping manager, Jennifer Lee shared, “Winston is one of those leaders who is more than capable of adapting to any environment and never allows situations to have him daunted. During difficult times, he is one of the first to mobilise his team to find solutions to any challenge that we may face as a department. This quality is very important especially within this industry and I am happy Pasuris is a part of our team.”

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#TurksandCaicos, November 28, 2022 – Armed with their new Colt M5 Carbines and Glock Sidearms the Marines were exercising in North Caicos: small team tactics, 4 person contact drills, patrol harbors and, importantly for their counter irregular migration work, covert observation posts.
(The Governor was describing video he shared on his Instagram page.)
With new weapons now delivered the tenders are out for specialist vehicles and the Regiment’s first boats so they can work defending our borders in support of our Maritime Police and our allies, The Bahamas and US Coast Guard.
The exercise didn’t end quite as had been briefed. Those who have served will know what I’m about to say.
After boarding the buses believing the hard work was over they (of course) stopped some miles short of the dock and so the Marines then had to dig deep and start a final “tab”, on tired legs, that wasn’t expected.
It’s an old trick but a good one, as much a mental as a physical test: never assume the day or nights work is over!
Im proud of them, they have come a long way, quickly, and that only happens through leadership.
So concurrent to this exercise, and 4,000 miles away, Officer Cadet Rigby was passing off the square at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst to join five of his colleagues who are already alumni of the Academy.
The Regimental Sergeant Major accompanied by Tracy Knight, TCI’s London Representative, was there to watch the spectacle and the Regiment got a special mention in the commentary.
Leadership in a Regiment has to run through it from top to bottom.  Our Non-Commissioned Officers – the Corporals – continue to develop. This is a Force built on small teams of four and their roles are vital.
Finally a thanks to Sergeant Major Hood of the UK’s Rifles Regiment bringing operational experience and training expertise to our Islands.
Skill transfer, and junior leader development, is what his role is all about, and like the Marines he works with, he’s doing a great job for US.
Meanwhile I look forward to the Regimental Christmas Ball where I hope we can properly say thank you to the magnificent employers who release their staff to serve their Territory.

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Bahamas and Turks & Caicos Immigration Ministers make appearance on TCI Radio Talk Show



By Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer


#TheBahamas, November 25, 2022 – “We have a humanitarian concern of course but we can only absorb so much” was how Fred Mitchell, Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Public Service in The Bahamas addressed the issue of the UN constantly nudging Caribbean countries about the deportation of migrants and recommending that it not be done.

He was speaking Thursday November 24 with Cheryl and Zhavargo on First Edition which airs on RTC FM.

While acknowledging that the UN offices likely ‘have to do what they do’ Minister Mitchell  explained that the current irregular migrants trying to get into the Bahamas did not fit the bill of ‘refugees’ as defined by the UN.

“We have a treaty obligation that says that if people have a fear of persecution in their home country that we have an obligation to take them in as asylum seekers. The people who come through on these boats from the south of us are not asylum seekers. They are afraid of poverty and that’s a difficult issue but in a legal sense we’re not obligated to embrace people on that basis.”

He cited a study that had found, on any given day there were around 7,000 illegal migrants in The Bahamas trying to get to the US maintaining that his chain of islands had to take a stand on the issue.  The Foreign Affairs minister acknowledged that  TCI was in an identical situation, citing also the the cultural effects of irregular migration.

“There is a cleavage which has developed in our own society over this; people are very concerned that we could lose our identity if we do not get on top of it.”

Earlier this year Arlington “new sheriff in town” Musgrove, Minister of Immigration and Border Services in the Turks and Caicos had described statements calling on surrounding countries to do more to assist persons fleeing Haiti as “reckless and misguided.”

“Haiti has a population of 11.6 million people. How could any small developing state like the Turks and Caicos Islands assist that number of people or even the smallest fraction of them? We have a population of some 47,000 persons, and our health care, education and other social systems remain fragile and could never withstand an influx of refugees. This would be a risk to our very own livelihood,” he had said.

He was interviewed in the same show on Thursday prior to Mitchell and expressed a similar determination to crack down on illegal migration.

“I want to stress this. If we catch anyone harbouring illegals, it could be my mommy, she’s going up. We cannot tolerate this. We’re catching the sloops so my Haitian brothers and sisters should stress to them don’t waste your money we’re sending you back.”

Turks and Caicos, this year passed a law, doubling fines and prison times for individuals harbouring illegal migrants.

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