#TurksandCaicos, March 22, 2021 – The Turks & Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association welcomed a new Board of Directors during its bi-annual elections this week. By way of a virtual process, members nominated and consequently elected the Executives and Directors that will lead the body for the next two years.
At the virtual AGM held on March 18th, members learned that Trevor Musgrove of Discovery Tours & Adventures emerged victorious as the newly elected President of the TCHTA.
Mr. Musgrove, having served on the Board as a Director for the past six years is no stranger to the diligence and commitment serving in this role requires, and he is excited to get started in this new capacity.
In his acceptance address to members, he stated “I love these Turks and Caicos Islands and I will channel this passion into my new role. We have an opportunity to take the TCHTA to new heights, and I intend to take advantage of every opportunity to do just that.”
The new President shared his immediate goals with the association’s members. Among those: Fostering an environment that will increase the local community’s confidence in the TCHTA while sending a clear and strong message that the association supports its colleagues works to build an industry that is beneficial to all stakeholders.
Now in year four of its 2017-2022 Strategic Plan, the association continues its pledge to drive the industry and brand Turks and Caicos to new levels. Mr. Musgrove will be supported by the Executive Team and Directors for the 2021-2023 term:
Executive Officers: Vice President – Tapahari Tibble, COMO Parrot Cay; Treasurer – Colin Sterling, CSC Insurance Management; Secretary – Mona Beeson, The Sands at Grace Bay.
Directors: Karen Whitt, The Hartling Group; James McAnally, Beaches Turks & Caicos; Tendra Musgrove, COMO Parrot Cay; Yolander Forbes, Seven Stars Resort & Spa; Kashmie Ali, Sailrock Resort; Adam Twigg, The Source Ltd; Stewart Howard, Turks & Caicos Collection; Wilbert Mason, Ocean Club Resorts, and Paul Telford, The Shore Club.
Musgrove takes over the Presidency from Todd Foss of the Inn at Grace Bay who served in the capacity from 2019 and will now ascend to the seat of Chairman along with Past President Nikheel Advani of Grace Bay Resorts, while Stacy Cox continues in her role as CEO of the association.
In his departure speech to members, former President Todd Foss expressed his congratulations to Trevor, applauding his bravery for accepting the position in the midst of the uncertain times being experienced by the industry due to the pandemic. He reflected on their time spent working on the Board together over the years and extended his support and confidence to the incoming President. “Trevor’s commitment and passion for the this country and for the association shines through everything he says and does. I am proud to call him a friend and comrade and have enjoyed the work we have accomplished together as a part of the TCHTA. He will do an exceptional job as President and I am excited for the association’s future achievements with Trevor at the helm.”
On February 25th, the 2019-2021 Board of Directors were gifted with tokens of appreciation for their time and service to the TCHTA. The newly elected Directors will be formally introduced to media on Tuesday, March 23rd at 10am.
Barbados bestows Humanitarian Award on PAHO director Dr. Carissa Etienne
By Shanieka Smith
#Barbados, November 25, 2022 – The newest recipient of Barbados’ Humanitarian Award is outgoing Pan American Health Organization Director, Dr Carissa Etienne. The government of Barbados grants this award to frontline workers who were instrumental during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Upon receiving the award, Dr. Etienne expressed her gratitude for the recognition, noting, however, that she was more grateful for the opportunity to have served on the island. She also praised Prime Minister, Mia Mottley for her diligence in leading the country and regional involvement during the pandemic.
Humanitarian medals were also given to Frontline workers who risked their own safety to ensure the needs of the public were met. Those who held supporting roles on the frontline received humanitarian lapel pins, and those who made generous donations were given humanitarian plaques.
Dr. Etienne highlighted one major lesson from the pandemic, “we are only safe when the weakest among us is also safe”.
Bahamas and Turks & Caicos Immigration Ministers make appearance on TCI Radio Talk Show
By Dana Malcolm
#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.
JAMAICA: Government Revenues Soar
#Kingston, November 25, 2022 – There has been a jump in Government revenue collection, with tax revenues for the first six months of the fiscal year exceeding budget by $35 billion.
Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, said that the out-turn is as a result of higher-than-expected economic performance.
“The first quarter growth came out at 5.7 per cent… and all categories of revenue are over budget. Revenues from income and profits are up by nearly 13 per cent or $10 billion,” Dr. Clarke said.
In addition, he noted that revenues from production and consumption are up by seven per cent or $7 billion and revenues from international trade are up by 15 per cent or $18 billion. Revenues from motor-vehicle licences for the first six months of this year are 16 per cent higher than budgeted.
Dr. Clarke was speaking in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (November 22) where the First Supplementary Estimates for 2022/23 were approved.
The approval reflects a revised expenditure of $971 billion, from the previously approved budget of $912 billion for the financial year.
Minister Clarke said the First Supplementary Estimates come within the context of positive overperformance of the economy.
“As a result of this revenue overperformance… we are able to come to this Parliament six months after and put a Budget that proposes $60 billion in new expenditure,” Dr. Clarke said.
The largest component of the supplementary budget is the allocation for public-sector salaries and wages in keeping with the restructuring of compensation.
“We are allocating $16 billion there and there is another $2 billion to the Ministry of Health and Wellness and then about $3 billion for statutory deductions, making a total of $21 billion,” the Minister said.
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