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Industry Stars shine at 11th Annual Turks and Caicos Hotel Tourism Association awards

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#Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, Monday, March 1st 2020 – The 11th annual Turks and Caicos Hotel & Tourism Association’s Star Awards took place on February 27th in the vibrant surroundings of Treasure Beach, Beaches Resort Villages & Spa. In true form, scores turned out in vast numbers to celebrate the stars of the hospitality industry being honoured for their remarkable achievements in 2019.

Hon Sharlene Robinson, Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands was keynote speaker at the awards show staged at Treasure Beach of Beaches Resort Villages & Spa

Nothing was spared to deliver an unrivaled evening of fine dining, pomp and circumstance. Award winners and attendees alike were treated to a robust and tantalizing dinner spread with entertainment by Prime DJs and the Beaches Entertainment Team. The country’s dignitaries were out in numbers to celebrate the achievements of these special individuals. Notably, HE the Governor Nigel Dakin, Premier, Honourable Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson, HE Deputy Governor Anya Williams, Hon Akierra Missick on behalf of Hon Washington Misick and Deputy Leader of the Progressive National Party, E Jay Saunders.

TCHTA CEO Stacy Cox said, “It is clear that Turks and Caicos at large understands and appreciates the hard work of these individuals who are the heart and soul of the industry. There’s no doubt that it is indeed the people who make brand TCI what it has become. What Turks and Caicos continues to achieve in this industry is due to these men and women who meet and surpass challenges every day and push the boundaries of excellence each time they step into their roles.”

TCHTA organising team

A highlight of the evening was the keynote address delivered by the Premier, Honourable Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson, who reminded event goers and awardees that they are the key to the sustainability of the island’s primary industry and are valued beyond measure. She heralded the achievements of the sector and the dedication of those who assure its success.

Accolades and awards were presented in nine categories:

Housekeeper of the Year – Supervisor of the Year – Manager of the Year – Employee of the Year – Bartender of the Year- TCHTA’s Regional Stars – Civil Servant of the Year – Taxi Driver of the Year – Fan Favourite of the Year

Beaches Resort Entertainment kept the night ‘lit’

TCHTA President Todd Foss shared, “This year’s Star Awards was a sold-out event, which speaks to the way the community wants to show its support and cheer for these amazing stars. The TCHTA is proud to provide this platform and we’re grateful to our members, sponsors, committee and everyone who believes in and continues to support this effort.”

Attendees spoke of their delight at the intricate décor, the exquisite dining and the entertainment provided by the Beaches team, which included a surprise fire dancing experience to close out the night. Fancies were tickled throughout the evening by the comedic and engaging entertainment provided by the event’s co-emcees, Ms. Deandrea Hamilton and Mr. David Wallace.

TCHTA Stars on the Beach under a star-filled sky at Treasure Beach, Beaches Resort Turks and Caicos Islands for the 11th Star Awards

The TCHTA is thankful to the sponsors who also acted as presenters of the night’s awards: Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort Villages & Spa, FortisTCI, Turks & Caicos Islands Ministry of Tourism, Carnival Corporation & PLC, CSC Insurance Brokers, KB Homes, Kalooki’s Grace Bay, Digicel and Southwest Airlines.

Appreciation is also extended to the many companies that generously donated giveaway prizes for the evening, with special thanks to the Sands on Grace Bay whose two-night ocean view suite was the grand prize for the event.

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Issue of commemorative stamp in two denominations to celebrate the bicentenary of the Saint Thomas Anglican Church on Grand Turk

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Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos, 4 April 2024 – The Turks and Caicos Islands Postal Services is pleased to announce the issue of a commemorative stamp in two denominations of ten ($10.00) dollars souvenir sheets and fifty (0.50) cents sheetlets depicting the Saint Thomas Anglican Church on Grand Turk.

The Stamps were produced and issued for the commemoration of the Saint Thomas Anglican Church on Grand Turk bicentenary celebration which took place on the 21st of December 2023.

The stamps will be on sale to the public from Monday the 8th of April 2024 at the George Brown Post Office Building on Airport Road, Providenciales and the Grand Turk Post Office at the Peter Williams Building on Church Folly.

 The Postal Services is pleased that it was able to accommodate the request of Cannon Mark Kendall by securing the production and issuance of the stamps. Further, the Postal Services is pleased to be associated with the Saint Thomas Anglican Church on Grand Turk in its achievement of such a momentous milestone.

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The Ministry of Education welcomes the UNICEF to the Turks and Caicos Islands

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The UNICEF Eastern Caribbean Area Office is continuing its efforts, in collaboration with the UNESCO subregional office for the Caribbean, to support member countries in the transforming Education Agenda.  Dr. Gale Rigobert was hired to conduct consultation in the Overseas Territories. 

The lead consultant, Dr. Gale Rigobert, is no stranger to Education Change in the region.  She will be visiting the islands during the period April 9th to 13th to conduct the Turks and Caicos leg of this project.  While in the Turks and Caicos, she is expected to meet with several groups and stakeholders as well as key Government Officials.

The objectives of the consultation will be to identify country priorities for the transforming Education Agenda and align efforts with regional governance agencies and development partner technical and financial support.

In particular there has been increasing concerns about the extent to which COVID 19 has exacerbated pre-existing inequalities in the education system, thus deepening learning loss and the attendant global learning crisis, with the understanding that the most vulnerable groups experienced the most disproportionate disadvantage. While learning loss and knowledge gaps pre-occupy many, there are other seemingly latent issues that have significant bearing on the learning experiences of students as well.

The above concern motivated a special summit in September 2022 and by extension the transforming education agenda.  The Transforming Education Summit in September sought to renew the global commitment to education as the greatest public good.  It pursues to mobilise ambition, action, solutions and solidarity to deliver on existing commitments, to leverage a reimagining of education to help recover pandemic-related learning losses and revitalise efforts to achieve SDG 4 between now and 2030.

Hon. Rachel Taylor Minister responsible for Education noted that, ‘we are looking forward to the visit of the consultant. Her visit will allow us to gather valuable data on learning loss in TCI and this will assist in the development of initiatives to close those gaps.

Cherylann Jones Permanent Secretary for the Ministry endorsed the sentiments of the Minister and noted that the meetings will also provide an opportunity to discuss other areas of support for the Education Sector of Turks and Caicos and strengthen the existing relationship.

The Opening Ceremony will be held at the Shore Club on Wednesday, April 10, 2024 at 9:30am.  The consultation aims to give governmental agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), civil society organizations (CSOs), academic institutions, the private sector, and youth representatives an opportunity to share their opinion of education for the future.

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CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH 2024 “BUILDING A HOPEFUL FUTURE, TOGETHER”

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The Department of Social Development and Welfare in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Transportation, and Telecommunications joins the rest of the world in recognizing the month of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.  During this time, a commitment is made to re-examine strategies to support children and families’ well-being in raising awareness for preventing child abuse and neglect. This year, as we seek to raise awareness and consciousness in protecting and securing the welfare of all children in the TCI and around the world, we join in promoting the theme, “Building A Hopeful Future, Together”. What does this look like? Reaffirming our commitment to collaborating with our partners, stakeholders, and community members to make sure all children and families have the tools and assistance they need to reach their full potential. Acknowledging the vital connection that exists between every child’s safety and reaching a happy and bright future. 

 The Honorable Minister with responsibility for Social Development and Welfare, Honorable Otis Morris remarked, that the theme “Building A Hopeful Future, Together” emphasizes the crucial need of our TCI communities, stakeholders, partners, and well-wishers collaboration in support of our children and families to promote nurturing, stable environments that will ignite the catalyst in preventing child abuse and neglect and build bridges to a prosperous, sustainable future. The month of April is dedicated to raising awareness about child abuse prevention and providing a platform for people to unite in support of the goal that all children have safe and healthy homes to thrive. As the Minister, I am leading the charge in taking a stand against child abuse and neglect and also providing the resources, manpower and sustenance to continue community awareness against child abuse and neglect. I applaud the Department of Social Development and Welfare for the progress they have made in child abuse prevention and for the undying passion they havedisplayed in the fight against child abuse and neglect. As a community, we all have a part to play in preventing child abuse and neglect. Child Abuse is everybody’s business, let us do our part in preventing child abuse and neglect.

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