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Sadly, Valentine’s Day Cup 2021 Cancelled



PRESS RELEASE: – (February 3, 2021) – It is with a heavy heart that the Valentine’s Day Cup committee decided to officially cancel the annual model sailboat race day event planned for February 13th, 2021. The necessary restrictions in place to control the Covid pandemic and keep folk safe preclude a gathering of any size – even on the beach.

Acceptance of the way our lives have drastically changed to make sure this pandemic gets under control is a bitter medicine but very important!

Instead of one great big race day of fun we will be active every month of 2021 in some way!! The good news is that we are getting more community member involved with our small events: sea trails, repair workshops, school projects and boat building. Being sure to respect the current regulations we held a boat building workshop in November, a repair workshop in December and sea trials on the beach in early January. Hopefully we can run another set of sea trials in late February if regulations allow.

School project set to roll – Combining our efforts with the Department of Culture, the VDC organization will continue the school projects begun last year at several high schools. Eighteen new boats are underway and in various stages of completion. EIGHTEEN NEW BOATS!! If you are interested in joining this project in some way please email Volunteers and sponsor are always welcome!!

Boathouse workshops continue – The Boathouse in Conch Bar is home to the 25 model sailboats of the VDC fleet, and it has become a great workplace. With strict attention to Covid safety regulations volunteers come, alone or with their bubblemates, and slowly the fleet is being repaired and refreshed. Tending to the fleet is a major activity to make sure they are ready to race! New sails, new rudders and tillers, new weatherboards, new rigging, hull work, and painting are all chores taken on by volunteers. Please do contact us at if you want to help!!

VDC Facebook page – To keep you engaged with the VDC we are posting a monthly article on our Facebook page! Updates will include interviews with sailors and boat builders sharing their stories and love of the model sailboats. For February we feature an interview with Pastor Gold Williams to showcase his amazing talent for boat building of all sizes and his passion for preserving TCI sailing culture. In March read about Captain Heather, winner of many VDC race events, captain of her own 60 ft sloop where she lives all summer in Canada and leader of the repair workshops when she is at her home on North Caicos each winter. In April we will feature Albert Higgs, local boat builder extraordinaire – builder of full size Caicos sloops, hand carved model sailboats and the beautiful gaff rigged model boats in the fleet. If you want to send us your story and pix, please do,!!

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Educational Aids Strengthen Learning Experience for Provo Students



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.



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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#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



#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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