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TCI: Caicos Express Airways heightens sanitary measures; flexible ticketing helps travellers

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#Caicos Express Airways Statement (March 18, 2020) –  Caicos Express Airways would like to inform its customers and the travelling public that every measure to ensure air transport with the Turks and Caicos based airline, continues to be a professional, affordable, flexible and safe experience in the wake of the global pandemic, COVID-19.

We are pleased to announced that two of our three destinations continue to report zero cases of the coronavirus, which keeps risks low for travel with Caicos Express Airways.

Caicos Express fleet, File photo

Several important measures have been added to our regular routine of keeping our aircraft spotless and service of a world-class standard.  Caicos Express Airways is currently:

  • Disinfecting each aircraft following every flight, this means the use of recommended disinfectant sprays like Lysol
  • Using disinfectant on all seats, seat belt straps and buckles, window panes, doors, handles and any area within our cabin and at our counters where it is likely hands would have made contact with a surface.
  • Staff has been successfully trained to comply with new requests by Health Departments of the various destinations which are served by Caicos Express Airways.
  • Staff at our ticket counters; at check-in stations; our cargo and baggage handlers; as well as our pilots and flight crew are using requisite hand sanitizers following service of every customer and following each flight.
  • Staff members are advised and have been complying with heightened requirements to remain at home if experiencing flu-like symptoms.

Caicos Express Airways is pleased with the level of precautions being exercised by all destinations we service.  We are thankful for the Health Officials of each country – Turks and Caicos, Haiti and Dominican Republic – where we have observed health protocols to ensure the safety of travelers and flight crews.

Caicos Express ticket counter, Providenciales International Airport, PLS – File photo

Our airline continues to offer customers the most flexibility when it comes to traveling, including:

  • Tickets which are valid for one year from date of purchase
  • No charge on travel changes

Given the crisis people around the world are facing as a result of the outbreak of COVID-19, we understand that travel cancellations are a real possibility and may result in changes to our airline schedule.

You can count on Caicos Express Airways to inform of any and all flight changes, and you are encouraged to follow us on Facebook at Caicos Express Airways; which is updated regularly.

We reiterate the message of Health Officials, which is proven to stop the spread of COVID-19; that is:

  • Vigorous handwashing, at least 20-minutes, with soap and water or
  • Use of hand sanitizer with at least 70% alcohol content
  • Avoid touching your face, surfaces and others
  • Practice social distancing; ie, space of three to three and a half feet between you and another individual
  • If you cough or sneeze; do it in your sleeve or on a tissue which you dispose of immediately and then wash your hands
  • Avoid travelling if experiencing flu-like symptoms

Caicos Express Airways also takes this opportunity to remind the travelling public that ticket payments can and should, at this time, be made online. Our portal has proven safe, reliable and efficient.  Visit www.CaicosExpress.com.

Let us work together to limit the spread of COVID-19.  Stay with Caicos Express Airways for safe travels.

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Educational Aids Strengthen Learning Experience for Provo Students

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PROVIDENCIALES, Turks & Caicos Islands: Scores of students in Providenciales will benefit from back-to-school supplies donated by Sandals Foundation Ambassadors at Beaches Turks and Caicos resort, strengthening the instructional process in four schools at the start of the new school term.

More than 2,000 students from Ianthe Pratt, Enid Capron, Oseta Jolly and the Thelma Lightbourne Primary Schools were presented with a generous supply of educational materials including notebooks, pens, pencils, rulers, sharpeners, knapsacks, reading material, sports gear and musical instruments from members of the philanthropic arm of the family all-inclusive resort. While sharing the gratitude for the gifts received, the leaders at the various institutions lauded the efforts of the more than 20 volunteers on hand.

Neekimo King, Principal of the Ianthe Pratt Primary School shared, “Beaches Turks and Caicos and the Sandals Foundation over the years have adopted our institution as their own. These reading books will go a far way in increasing our library stock and improving literacy among the students while the physical education and the guidance counseling units have received lots of materials to bolster the learning experience for our students.”

Sophia Garland, Principal of the Enid Capron Primary School was equally elated as she expressed how beneficial resources will be for the teaching and learning process.

“These supplies, including the books, will definitely aid in increasing literacy amongst the students and the many teaching aids that we have been received will create an environment that is conducive for teaching and learning.”

In sharing with the schools, James McAnally, General Manager at Beaches resort noted, “Sandals Foundation and the resort remain committed to the development of the education of our children, the environment and the communities in which we operate. These four government operated primary schools were identified for these supplies to help in fostering their academic and extra-curricular growth.”

McAnally continued, “A big thank you to the Sandals Foundation Ambassadors who came out and helped with making these distributions possible.”

Vice principal of the Oseta Jolly Primary School, Diana Dean, also expressed gratitude noting, “With these tools, I am sure the students will be excited about learning and the teachers will be better equipped to deliver the lessons.”

The Sandals Foundation and Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort have long been supporters of education and community development in Turks and Caicos, donating to a number of schools and youth sports programmes. Since 2011, the organisations have been assisting students at Ianthe Pratt, Enid Capron Primary Schools and other schools across the islands in their holistic development by providing educational supplies and the opportunity for Sandals and Beaches resorts guests to meaningfully engage with the students through a weekly literacy enhancement programme, hosted in partnership with Island Routes Tours – Reading Road Trip.

 

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Header: Staff and students from the Enid Capron Primary School share a moment for the cameras with members of the Sandals Foundation team as the school received educational items from the Beaches Turks and Caicos and the Sandals Foundation.

Insert: James McAnally, General Manager, Beaches Turks and Caicos (front left) makes a presentation to members of the Ianthe Pratt Primary School recently with sporting gear and educational items looking on are members of the Sandals Foundation team, Sesame Street Character

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PRESS STATEMENT: MINISTRY OF EDUCATION

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#TurksandCaicos, January 27, 2023 – The Ministry responsible for Education confirms that a recent report of alleged sexual abuse was brought to the attention of authorities at a particular school. For the protection of the child, we will not divulge details of this matter. We do acknowledge that there were issues experienced which resulted in less than appropriate response to the incident.

 The Ministry is continuing its investigation of the incident, in its totality and has since requested a comprehensive report on the response from all involved. Several meetings, visits and discussions were held. The key is to ensure that the minor involved is afforded additional counselling and care and that other students within the institution are also afforded the relevant support needed. The Student Support Services has been active in coordinating this response which is currently in operation.

 As an immediate further action, the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) entities will convene and existing protocols will be reviewed and investigations conducted to determine the consistency of the response, exactly where the established protocols were not followed and the subsequent actions to be taken.

 The Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Social Services considers its responsibility for the Safeguarding of children of utmost importance. In so doing, the Ministry of Education has instituted a number of measures over the years to ensure that allegations of abuse to children in schools are treated with urgency. The creation of the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) was created to ensure that teachers, leaders, Social Workers, and Police can respond to allegations with the child’s safety and protection as the core consideration. Child safeguarding remains the Ministry’s primary concern.

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Murder Victim Identified

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#TurksandCaicos, January 27, 2023 – The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force have identified Ervin Glinton of Sand Bar Street, Five Cays, as the male who was shot dead on January 24th .

Based on preliminary reports, at around 3pm, the Police Control Room  received a call from a resident stating that gunshots were being heard in Five Cays.

RTCIPF officers responded to the given location at Reece Street and found Glinton’s lifeless body lying face down on the ground, with what appeared to be gunshot wounds.

The public is being advised to notify the closest police station or to contact Crime Stoppers and give any information regarding this murder or  any illegal activity anonymously.

Please note, that Crime Stoppers calls are answered in Miami and in Houston by Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers which is a non-profit and not a police agency.

The calls are anonymous and cannot be traced in the United States or the TCI.

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