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TCI: The TCHTA Welcomes a New Board of Directors

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#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.

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Rich Nations told to pay for Climate Change, Mia Mottley bring another charged speech to World Leaders

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By Shanieka Smith

Features Writer

 

#Barbados, June 25, 2022 – Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Mottley, unapologetically laid the blame for the climate crisis on wealthy nations.  She said it is long past time for them to compensate countries undergoing the effects of climate change.  Motley expressed her thoughts and made the request in New York, where she joined a panel on sustainable development at the Global Citizen NOW summit with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Bill Nye.

“We’ve been carrying the costs on our balance sheet of your behaviour…”We’re not asking for the world.  We’re saying:  Look, put some money down and help us,” she said.

Barbados is battling rising sea levels, which threaten the water supply and encroach on coastal communities.  The World Health Organization has also warned that sea-level rise and changing weather could put immense pressure on freshwater resources.  However, this has not been a result of Barbados, which accounted for less than 0.01 per cent of global carbon dioxide emissions in 2020.

Mottley expressed that the reason for the issues of climate change is the G20 nations, including the US, UK, China, Russia and the EU.  The countries that have released the vast majority of the emissions heating the planet.

“That’s what”s put us in this position,” she said.

To emphasize the effects of climate change on the island, she added, “Can you imagine going to a restaurant next to a place full of sargassum seaweed smelling?”  “You’re not gonna go!”

Meanwhile, the heavy polluters are better equipped to deal with the consequences of climate change, and smaller developing nations in the Caribbean are forced to battle climate extremes with very few resources.

“It would be not so bad if we had 25, 30 years to adapt.  Instead, we’ve got 12-13 years, according to everyone,” she said.  This is approximately 144 months.

Motley said that mitigating the issue is not simple and that it comes with obstacles like Covid-19 and Russia-Ukraine. She said, however, that we have to “push past the pain.”

She added, “the issue is, will we get there fast enough to save those of us on the front line?”

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138 illegals add to the over 900 migrants captured by TCI Joint Forces

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#TurksandCaicos, June 25, 2022 – RTCIPF Marine Operations Centre and partners continue to work together to protect our borders and keep TCI secure.

During the evening of Wednesday 22nd June 2022 the RTCIPF Marine Operations Centre identified a target of interest and immediately started to track the vessel around 5 miles North West of Providenciales travelling at around 7 knots.

The operator immediately updated colleagues within the Royal Turks and Caicos Marine Branch who made their way to the location and intercepted a vessel containing irregular migrants. Following a delicate, coordinated operation with the necessary stabilization of the vessel which was unsafe, severely overcrowded and the occupants were without life vests, the RTCIPF Marine Unit was joined by a second RTCIPF Marine crew and a third vessel crewed with TCI Regiment to support the delicate operation.

The vessel was carefully offloaded at sea to ensure the safety of the occupants and then the boat was towed to South Dock where it arrived around 4:45am with a total of 138 persons, 98 males and 40 female including 1 juvenile, who were then taken into custody by the Immigration Department. One male needed immediate medical attention in relation to a leg injury sustained.

Superintendent Martyn Ball said, “Again working with partners we have safely intercepted another vessel that was desperately overcrowded, unsafe and risked the lives of those on board. It continues to demonstrate the professionalism and dedication of the RTCIPF Marine Unit, working together with colleagues in the Marine Operations Centre, TCI Regiment, TCI Immigration and Health to save lives and keep our borders here in the Turks and Caicos Islands safe.

In the last couple of months over 900 individuals on 9 dangerous and unseaworthy vessels have been intercepted here in the TCI.

I would appeal to anyone if you have any information relating to such activity that you call CrimeStoppers free and anonymously on 1-800-8477, not only will you be saving lives but also supporting our national security here in the Turks and Caicos Islands.”

 

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International joint forces seize $99 Million in Cocaine in Caribbean Sea

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By Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer

 

The US Coast Guard, and ships from the Netherlands made drug busts in the Caribbean Sea over the last few weeks resulting in a cumulative seizure of 5,237 pounds of cocaine.  The Coast Guard says the illegal narcotics which were offloaded at Base Miami Beach last Friday value $99 million.

The drugs were seized in the international waters of the Caribbean Sea by crews from: Coast Guard Cutter Donald Horsley, His Netherlands Majesty’s Ship Friesland, His Netherlands Majesty’s Ship Groningen.

Coast Guard Commanding officer of the Thetis, which transferred the drugs to the base in Miami, Justin Nadolny praised the partnership between themselves and the Netherlands which led to the massive seizure.

“Interdicting drug traffickers on the open ocean is challenging work and every interdiction is complex and unique,” he said. “This offload is a testament to the teamwork and devotion of every crew assigned to carry out this mission, and it showcases the strength of the valuable international partnerships united to combat transnational organized crime.  The fight against drug cartels in the Caribbean Sea requires unity of effort in all phases from detection, monitoring, and interdictions, to criminal prosecutions by international partners and U.S. Attorneys’ Offices in districts across the nation.”
The Turks and Caicos also have an agreement with the US Coast Guard signed in recent months which allows for tighter partnerships between the two countries (and the Bahamas) in the fight against illegal migration and drug trafficking in the county’s waters.

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