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Robert Been Jr expresses interest in running ‘At Large’ again on the PDM ticket

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Robert Been Jr talks to Magnetic Media about interest in running in the next General Election of the Turks and Caicos Islands at his Been's Global office at Turquoise Point Plaza, Grace Bay, Providenenciales

NOVEMBER 15, 2020 – Turks and Caicos Islands – Make no mistake, Robert Been Jr is interested in running in the upcoming General Election and is hoping to secure the nod of approval for one of the At Large spots on the PDM ticket.

“I believe I owe it to the people who supported me in the last election to re-offer this time around; as you know I fell short by just 21 votes in 2016.  I want to continue to represent my main messages of anti-violence, a modernised government and empowerment of younger people of the Turks and Caicos.”

Been, a law degree holder, believes it is important for young professionals to be involved in the electoral process.

“We must have fresh, young faces and I believe I have a lot more to offer this time. The coronavirus pandemic has brought challenges for so many families, which includes younger islanders.  I found that my passion to help people has led to many people being drawn to me for assistance.  If I wasn’t helping the unemployed to improve on job letters and resumes, I was steering individuals toward job opportunities. I found myself ensuring that jobs left vacant by expat workers who had to leave the country, were filled not by more expats but by indigenous people who lost their jobs in this public health and economic crisis.  For me, serving is a labour of love.”

Robert Been is now 33-years old.  In the 2016 run-off, he was the sixth most popular candidate overall.

“I have submitted my application to the PDM to be a candidate in this election. Right now the candidates’ committee process is still ongoing.”

Since the 2016 polls, Been has expanded Been’s Global, a company he started in 2015.  Been’s Global is a property developer of vacation rentals.

“I have been reinvesting in the Turks and Caicos and demonstrating my confidence in our economy and our people.  I have created jobs, assisted others in their professional advancements and Been’s Global has sponsored a number of charities and people-building initiatives.”

The husband and father informs, that to some it may have appeared that he was quiet or disinterested in trying again for political office, but Robert Been says that is far from true.

“For those who thought my intention was not to run in this election, I wanted to take this opportunity to clear the air.  To be honest, I have never stopped working since the elections of 2016, I have always been in touch with people and people have always been in touch with me.  Social media is not really my thing, but I believe the activities which have seen my support have crossed party lines to prove that I am interested in seeing all people of the Turks and Caicos Islands succeed.”

The victorious 2016 campaign of the PDM Party was helped by a then under-30-year old Robert Been and the youth who followed him have an expectation, he says.

“I made a promise to ensure that the youth perspective is represented at the national level.  I do not take that commitment lightly.  Young professionals, who are educated and skilled, want to have a say and they also want access to opportunities to be high wage earners or entrepreneurs who are able to thrive in their home country.  When electors across the country cast their votes for me, it proved that they agree with the idea of younger generations of Turks and Caicos islanders having a place in parliament.  This time around, with the support of the youth and more seasoned voters, I believe I can get there.”

Robert Been was unable to confirm when the People’s Democratic Movement will make its candidate selection; instead there was a message for his early supporters.

“What I can say is thank you to those who have been reaching out to me and encouraging me to give it another try. I am grateful for the support and I am hoping I can count on that continued backing at the PDM party level and then again at the national level when the General Election is called.”

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TCI Red Cross Hits New Heights with 3rd Annual Red Hot Challenge Success  

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June 13, 2024: PROVIDENCIALES, TURKS AND CAICOS: The TCI Red Cross recently hosted their successful 3rd Annual Red Hot Challenge, a testament to the organization’s commitment to community engagement and humanitarian efforts.

This year’s event, held at the National Stadium in Providenciales, brought together over 13 teams in a thrilling display of sportsmanship and skills. The Beaches Marlins emerged victorious, with the Amanyara Cruisers in second place and the Beaches Pirates in third.

Speaking on the event, TCI Red Cross Director Candianne Williams said, “Year after year, the Red Hot Challenge fundraiser has grown more successful, and we really could not have done it without the support we have received from our participating teams, sponsors, volunteers and supporters.”

She continued, “When we started the Red Hot Challenge series of fundraisers, our goal was not only to raise funds for the work we do here at the Red Cross but also to create an event that would bring together the community in a spirit of unity, support, and fun-filled camaraderie.”

This year’s event showcased an active lineup of exciting competitions, which included traditional favorites like arm wrestling and tug-of-war, alongside engaging challenges such as football tosses, planks, spoon relay races, egg tosses, water balloon tosses, sprint races, and soccer kicks.

Williams added, “The games were not only interactive for the participants but also fun, and I extend my heartfelt congratulations to the Beaches Marlins on winning first place in this year’s competition, as well as the Amanyara Cruisers on their second place and the Beaches Pirates on coming in third, respectively.”

Keneisha Thompson, the Turks and Caicos Athletics Association representative, emphasized, “We commend the teams for their participation, especially as this is the only event in the TCI for sporting participants. Their dedication this year, from organizing the rules to meeting the teams and executing the event, is truly remarkable.”

The annual Red Hot Challenge stands as a cornerstone of the organization’s acclaimed ‘Red Hot’ fundraising series, serving as a pivotal event in the TCI Red Cross’s fundraising initiatives. This series has witnessed the success of two corporate sports days and two fashion extravaganzas. These events not only raise crucial funds but also foster community engagement and support for the humanitarian work of the TCI Red Cross.

Karen Whitt of the Hartling Group, who serves as Chair of the TCIRC Fundraising Committee, commended the participants, stating, “Congratulations to all of the participants; you are all winners for supporting this year’s Red Hot Challenge. The event’s success is a testament to the unwavering commitment of our community to support the vital work of the Red Cross in the Turks and Caicos Islands.”

This year’s team lineup featured the Beaches Marlins, Amanyara Cruisers, Beaches Pirates, NSS Destroyers, CHHS Eagles, Waterloo Worriers, The Palms, Royal TCI Police Enforcers, Louise Garland High School, NCS, The Sands, and The Source. Proud sponsors of the team included The Strand and The Marlin Limited, with Powerade joining as the official drink sponsor of the games.

The next Red Hot Challenge is scheduled for Saturday, May 3, 2025, at the National Stadium on Providenciales. For more information on the TCI Red Cross and its activities, please visit their website at https://www.redcross.org.tc/ and follow their social media accounts: Turks and Caicos Red Cross on Facebook and @TCIRedcross_ on Instagram.

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EXPERIENCE TURKS AND CAICOS ROLLS OUT EXQUISTE TURKS AND CAICOS

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Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, 13th June 2024– Experience Turks and Caicos is set to roll out a new initiative designed to promote immersive tourism in the islands.
Titled ‘Exquisite Turks and Caicos’, this immersive tourism programme, conceptualised by the Strategic Development Unit, collaborates closely with industry partners to curate and deliver on niche product offerings and services to enhance our visitors’ overall experience.
 
Focused on adding significant value in education, culture, history, eco-friendliness, entertainment, engagement, and affordability, the programme has identified priority areas through which new or existing micro and small businesses can partner. The programme targets businesses that are land-based, water-based (excluding dive and charters), and involved in the promotion of the cultural arts, nature and wildlife, gastronomy, agriculture and heritage. The goal of Exquisite Turks and Caicos is to ensure that the traveller will walk away not only having an exquisite experience, but a learned one that will be treasured always.
 
“Immersive Tourism is about creating compelling and interactive visitor experiences through strategic partnerships with local vendors. It goes beyond traditional sightseeing and offers travellers a deeper connection to the destination’s culture, history, and environment,” says Mr. Courtney Robinson, Strategic Development Manager.
 
“‘Exquisite Turks and Caicos’ is our commitment to our pillar of Inclusive Growth which ensures that everyone in the Turks and Caicos Islands benefit from the tourism industry through the enhancement of our offerings. It extends beyond the warm smiles, white sandy beaches or picturesque landscapes; it is a promise to curate and deliver on experiences that create memories, that resonate with the soul of every traveller,” he added.
 
Mr. Robinson will visit Grand Turk, North Caicos, Middle Caicos and South Caicos to meet with business owners about the programme.

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Joint Operations Result in Interception of Illegal Migrants in Providenciales

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#RoyalTCIPolice, #Providenciales, June 10, 2024 – The Royal Bahamas Defence Force intercepted an illegal sloop transporting SIXTY-SIX (66) irregular migrants on the evening of June 9th, 2024.

The detained group, comprising FIFTY-FIVE (55) males and ELEVEN (11) females, was
intercepted in TCI waters and handed over to the TCI Immigration Task Force for processing.

On June 8th, the Marine Branch of the RTCIPF intercepted a blue and white fibreglass boat
carrying thirty-two (32) irregular migrants.

The boat was spotted 27 miles east of South Caicos and found to be transporting twenty-six (26)
males and six (6) females. The irregular migrants were handed over to Immigration for
processing.

These successful interdictions came following information obtained from a US Customs and
Border Force aircraft.

A joint operation conducted on June 7th has led to the detention of irregular migrants in Blue
Hills. Acting on the information received, authorities detained forty-eight (48) individuals
running along a beach.

Officers conducted extensive searches of surrounding areas, and tragically, the body of a female
was found at Pigeon Pound. Further investigations are ongoing, but it is believed the incident is
linked to a vessel attempting to enter the country illegally.

Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police (Specialist Tactical Operations) Mat Newton states, “I
wish to thank all law enforcement agencies for their invaluable assistance in intercepting illegal
sloops attempting to enter the TCI. Your dedication and collaboration have been instrumental in
ensuring national security and protecting our borders. Our Radar, Marine and Drone units, the
TCI Regiment, the Immigration Task Force, and the Customs Department conducted the
operations.

“The RTCIPF strongly condemns the attempts to enter the TCI illegally. Such actions violate the
law and pose severe risks to life, especially in adverse weather conditions.

“We urge those facilitating and encouraging these illegal attempts to consider the severe
consequences. Do not risk your life or the lives of others by embarking on such perilous
journeys.

“I am also grateful to those people from our communities who report suspicious activity relating
to illegal migration and would urge the public to continue keeping us informed.”
The RTCIPF asks the public to notify the closest police station, contact 911, the Serious Crime
Unit at 231-1842, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477 to anonymously provide any information on
illegal entry into the TCI.

Additionally, individuals are encouraged to download the Crimestoppers P3 app to share
information anonymously.

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