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TCI: Ministry announces Job Fair to ensure Islanders get in at the Ritz Carlton on Grace Bay

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#TurksandCaicos, April 7, 2021 – The Ministry for Employment Services will be on site when the Ritz Carlton hosts a job fair on April 13, 2021.  In a report on the meeting with the resort’s executives the expectation for the hiring of Turks and Caicos Islanders was reiterated by the new minister and supported by the Ritz Carlton.

“The meeting was held to update the ministry on the progress of the development and the ongoing recruitment efforts. The team gave the ministry a walk through where they highlighted several initiatives needed in order to remain on schedule to open in June 2021. 

The Minister stressed that the government expects every effort is made to not just employ Turks & Caicos Islanders, but ensure that Turks and Caicos Islanders are developed to make up the majority of senior management,” informed the statement from the TCIG press office.  

The meeting was held on Thursday April 1 and attending were: Hon. Arlington “Chuck” Musgrove, Minister of Immigration, Citizenship, Labour and Employment Services; Edwin Taylor, Commissioner of Labour; Emilio Seymour, Customer Service Manager and Alpheus Smith, Assistant Commissioner of Labour. 

The Ritz Carlton was represented by Roberto Stipa Tenreio, Director Desarrollos Hotelco JWM limited; John Hazard, General Manager; Danitra Clare, Director of HR Operations and Andryell Misick, Senior Project Manager. 

“…it is the company’s goal is to make a big impact in the community and provide Turks & Caicos Islanders the opportunity to benefit from the new development. This he said will be done by providing direct employment through all areas of the resort.

Additionally, there will be opportunity for sub-contracted employment, mainly in the areas of laundry, housekeeping, maintenance and transport. The company promised to hold training for all potential vendors and subcontractors, to ensure they understand the high end luxury experience expected by their guests,” said Mr. Hazard during the official visit. 

In commenting on the upcoming job fair, Minister “Chuck” Musgrove stressed the importance of individuals registering with Labour and Employment.

“All interested persons should drop their resumes to the employment services department along with a copy of their Turks & Caicos Islands status card. If you are currently registered with the department, please send us an email to express your interest via email addressjobregistration@gov.tc.”

It is the Ministry’s idea to host the job fair, a venue is yet to be announced.

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Missing in House Meetings, BVI law requires By-Election soon

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By Dana Malcolm

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#BVI, August 4, 2022 – The British Virgin Islands will soon have a by-election to contest embattled former premier Andrew Fahie seat in the House of Assembly(HOA). Fahie will likely lose his seat in the coming weeks as the speaker of the house confirmed she will not be granting the ex-premier anymore leave to miss sittings of the House according to local media. 

Fahie is forbidden from leaving Miami while he awaits his court appearance on drug charges after being arrested along with fellow countrywoman, Olenvine Maynard in a DEA operation.

No member of the HOA is allowed to miss three consecutive meetings without leave from the speaker of the house in the BVI.  Once the time expires a by election will be triggered

Fahie has plead “not guilty” to the drug charges against him and remains in Miami at the home of his two daughters who along with his wife have had to surrender their passports.

The BVI narrowly avoided a partial constitutional suspension earlier this year after a UK led Commission of Inquiry found widespread instances of corruption in the government.

Dr Natalio D. Wheatley continues as Acting Premier of the British Virgin Islands.

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A pristine bay in Exuma contaminated in Diesel Spill, Bahamas Gov’t opens investigation

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By Dana Malcolm

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#TheBahamas, July 25, 2022 – Bahamian companies are making significant progress in their effort to clean up a 35,000 gallon fuel spill in some of the most pristine waters in the world: Exuma.

By Thursday afternoon 11,000 gallons had already been removed and the rest is expected to be siphoned out by Friday. The spill was noticed about 4am Wednesday morning during a fuel transfer which was on its way to Bahamas Power and Light (BPL).

Chester Cooper, in acting Prime Minister capacity at the time of the messy spill in his constituency.  Cooper flew into Exuma with a team of ministers and media to assess the damage.  Bahamian-owned, Sun Oil was the source of the diesel leak.

“It was on its way to BPL but ended up here in the cove. We are happy that it appears to be contained,” said Cooper, obviously concerned but expressing relief for the manageable scope of the spill.

In a statement shared with Bahamian media houses Sun Oil said ‘at 4am Wednesday morning crew members onboard the MT Arabian, a vessel contracted on behalf of Sun Oil Limited to deliver diesel fuel, discovered a leak during the discharging process. The crew deployed absorbent pads and containment buoys near the shoreline at sunrise.’

Cleanup is being led by the crew of the vessel with mechanical assistance from BPL whose trucks are holding the fuel.

Utilities Minister Alfred Sears gave this report last week on the cleanup efforts.

“Additional booms are on the way and additional pumps have been secured by BPL to accelerate the process of removal and it will be taken to a waiting ship.”

The fuel is contained to one area, thanks to the booms, said to be the bay of the Exuma Sailing Club.

In photos, while it does appear to be contained, the turquoise of the fuel free water is a jarring contrast with the now brown-black of the contaminated water and residents say the odor is equally putrid and far reaching.

Bahamian Reporter Marlena Leonard said she could smell the odor in the bus on her way to the site and residents told her they could smell it all the way in town.

Aerial images shared by the Bahamian Ministry of Works on Twitter are heartbreaking, showing the extent of the spill stretching from the bay to the open ocean.

Bahamians have taken to Twitter expressing distress, one said

“In the interest of my mental health, I am required to pretend that I did not see news about that oil spill in Exuma.”

Another said, “An oil spill anywhere in this country should spark outrage but something about seeing it happened in Exuma just feels different—“

The was a concerted effort by high ranking officials to see the scene and debrief the media. Officials from Sun Oil, BPL, the Ministry of Environment, Utilities Minister Alfred Sears, various other government officials and Acting Prime Minister Chester Cooper attended the scene yesterday morning. Prime Minister Philip Davis was in Miami at the time attending a CANTO telecommunications conference.

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Turks & Caicos and World trending up in COVID cases while Africa experiences big drop

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By Dana Malcolm

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#TurksandCaicos, July 15, 2022 – Covid-19 cases are trending up globally and in the Turks and Caicos. There were twenty one new cases between July 3rd to 9th and 61 positive cases on the island overall according to the most recent COVID-19 report. This is the highest reported total weekly case count  since the beginning of May.

They were eighteen new cases in Providenciales and three in Grand Turk. There was also one new hospitalization, thankfully there were no new deaths.

Global deaths on the other hand have a risen over 1,500 compared to two weeks ago

Brazil and the United States consistently record some of the highest case numbers in the Americas. The US had 722,000 new cases and Brazil had 396,000 new cases. Both countries along with Chile continue to record the highest death toll in the Americas.

The African region saw a major drop in cases a 33 percent decrease compared to the previous week, deaths were 17 percent lower.

Unfortunately the Eastern Mediterranean region including countries like Tunisia, Iran and Morocco saw a 78 percent increase in people who died due to Covid-19.

The BA.5 variant has not overtaken Omicron as the most dominant strain of the COVID-19 virus but infection linked to BA.5 are rising.

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