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Grandstanding at best – Hon. Jameka Williams

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#TurksandCaicos, September 21, 2021 – Response to Mr. Robert Been Jr. – People’s Democratic Movement All Island Candidate 2016 and 2021 “Where is the Wo’k you promised PNP?”

Like some of you, I have the opportunity to read the statements that has been published by Mr. Robert Been asking the government where is the work. I can only describe this as a classic case of grandstanding. The issues highlighted by Mr. Been are areas of concern in our country, however these issues did not begin yesterday nor did they became a concern seven months ago. I’d like to remind Mr. Been that these same concerns were there during his former governing party the PDM. The previous government did nothing to address these concerns in their four year tenure. Where was your voice then Mr. Been? As a matter of fact, where was your voice the four years prior?

As it relates to education, the issues with spaces in Schools has been heightened as a lot of families can not afford the cost of private institutions since the pandemic, so there is now a high demand for seats in the public schools. Our government is working closely with the private Institutions with a subsidy program to address those needs. Again, this issue existed under the former government before the pandemic but they made no attempt to address it. In addition under your former administration, schools were closed for over one year with no plan on sight for its reopening. Our children have regressed and many repeating to catch up on the year lost.

On September 1, 2021 our government announced the new protocols and measures as it relates to Covid 19. Yes, there are concerns being expressed by the citizens and business owners as it relates to the impact of those decisions. I would like to inform you to that these decisions were not made alone. Stakeholders were engaged in these conversations and I have also accompanied the Hon. Jamel Robinson to sit downs with various groups of business owners to provide feedback, listen and take recommendations.

Countries around the world are imposing stiffer penalties and measures to help with the control of Covid 19 virus and the TCI is no different. We’ve seen reports published of cancellations that we believe are flawed to bully the government into reversing the decisions made. Our government has a responsibility to protect life and livelihood. There are decisions that are sometimes tough to make but it is our responsibility to make them no matter how unpopular. In time, the people of this country will see the benefit of those decisions concerning what’s happening around the world in even more developed countries as it relates to COVID-19.

Mr. Been, I would like for you to know that the island of Grand Turk was in a state of devastation since the storm of 2017 under the tenure of your government. There was an outcry for years by its residents. The cruise industry is at a standstill. However, I’d like to inform you that during our budget debates this current government has passes 8.3 million dollars for all the islands with 3 million ring fenced for Grand Turk alone in works and cash grant injections. The Ministry of Planning and Infrastructure Development has as of September 1, 2021 rolled out its contract program for works around the islands particularly in the Nation’s Capital.

Since the closer of the cruise sector in Grand Turk, the former administration had little to no engagement with Carnival partners on a plan to jump start that industry. It is extremely commendable that our government took the initiative to host a town hall meeting with all persons involved in the cruise industry in June 2021. Additional the Premier is in constant dialogue with Carnival Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean has now expressed an internet in having Grand Turk as one of their destinations.

Mr. Been, it is widely rumored that you may have an interest in Leadership of the PDM during the next convention. You are a personal friend of mine and I wish you well on your endeavors as this is a noble profession. However, my advice to you would be to offer solution based arguments so that the electorate sees your strength and potential instead of pointing fingers and grandstanding. Admittedly you mentioned that the elections are over. But are they really for you? As a government we do not have all the answers but I assure you that the decisions made are in the best interest of all of us including you. Hold on, better days are ahead.

 

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Experience Excellence at the 2024 Christie’s International Real Estate Masters Circle & Agents Summit

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June 24, 2024

 

We are thrilled to announce our participation in the prestigious 2024 Christie’s International Real Estate Masters Circle & Agents Summit, set against the iconic backdrop of Beverly Hills. This remarkable event represents an unparalleled opportunity for our team to immerse ourselves in a treasure trove of educational resources, cutting-edge tools, and invaluable networking experiences.

At this summit, we will be at the forefront of the latest developments in the luxury real estate sector. We are eager to learn from industry leaders and experts, gaining insights that will enable us to elevate our services to new heights. From innovative marketing strategies to state-of-the-art technology, we will be exploring a myriad of ways to enhance our clients’ experience.

Connecting with our global network and the foremost figures in the luxury real estate world will allow us to exchange ideas and collaborate on best practices. This global interaction is essential for us to continue to provide our clients with exceptional service, informed by the latest trends and global market dynamics.

The knowledge and connections we gain from this event will not only empower our team but also reinforce our commitment to delivering excellence in every aspect of our business. By attending the Masters Circle & Agents Summit, we are not just investing in our growth but in the continued satisfaction and success of our clients.

We look forward to translating this enriching experience into unparalleled service and extraordinary results for our esteemed clientele. Stay tuned as we bring back the finest insights and innovations from Beverly Hills, setting new standards in luxury real estate.

Thank you for being part of our journey. We are dedicated to exceeding your expectations and achieving new milestones together.

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Three Generations Bring Books to Life at Oseta Jolly Primary School

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 Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, June 12, 2024 — What could be better than a Reading Road Trip experience where vacationers get to visit a local school to read to children? A Reading Road Trip featuring three generations of family members! This unique experience recently unfolded when travel agent and Chairman’s Royal Club (CRC) member Renee Rice and her family vacationed at Beaches Turks and Caicos.

A key highlight of their vacation was the highly anticipated visit to Oseta Jolly Primary School. In honour of the school’s 50-year anniversary, the family donated approximately fifty (50) pounds of school supplies. Renee was joined by her husband Bruce, daughters Cheyenne, Brigitte, and Marily, and grandchildren Kyla, Kinsley, Banks, Jackson, and Evey. The group was also accompanied by a team of Sandals Foundation ambassadors.

This is just one of many contributions Rice and her family have made to schools in the Turks and Caicos, their home away from home. These generous donations have been facilitated through the partnership between the Sandals Foundation and the U.S.-based nonprofit Pack for a Purpose initiative. This partnership allows guests staying at Beaches or Sandals resorts to bring educational supplies for local communities, making a meaningful impact.

The donated items included pencils, folders, crayons, markers, washable paint, and activity pads. Vice Principal Sharonica Grant accepted the items on behalf of the school, expressing her gratitude. “We thank you for visiting us to help us celebrate our golden year. Your time with us is invaluable. Our students had a blast during the reading sessions, and they will continue to benefit from the school supplies after you’re gone,” she shared.

Marilyn Burke, one of Rice’s daughters and a Special Education Coordinator for the Oxford City Schools in Alabama, chose to read to the Special Needs class with her daughter Kinsley. In line with the Sandals Foundation’s theme of promoting food security and healthy nutrition, they spent time teaching the children about the benefits of eating fruits and vegetables. Special Education teacher, Tevynn Lewis remarked, “my children always enjoy having visitors, and we are always happy to welcome people from our community who are willing to share with our children. It was evident that they enjoyed the stories that were shared.”

A heartwarming moment occurred when eight-year-old Evey James took charge of a group of six kindergarteners, reading to them, explaining concepts, and guiding them through their worksheet and colouring activity.

Orville Morgan, Public Relations Manager, was thrilled with the success of the event. “I am happy we were able to make this Reading Road Trip a reality despite the unfavourable weather earlier in the day. The students enjoyed the visit, and the family has already formed bonds with the children, promising to return next year. These are the moments that I live for. I was particularly impressed by how well the teens and grandkids handled themselves. They were very much in control of things while being patient and comical in their interactions,” he noted.

For 15 years, the Sandals Foundation has positively impacted communities across the Caribbean through the pillars of education, community development, and environmental conservation. The Rice family’s visit to Oseta Jolly Primary School is a testament to the lasting and meaningful connections that can be formed through such initiatives.

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Header: Oseta Jolly vice principal Sharonica Grant (3rd right) accepts the gifts from Renee Rice

1st insert: These boys share a keen moment with their work sheet

2nd insert: Evey James, grand daughter of Renee Rice goes through the paces with students during one of the activities at the Oseta Jolly Primary School

3rd insert: One of the students at the Oseta Jolly Primary shares his creative skills with one of Renee’s granddaughter

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Minister of Tourism leads delegation to CTO Caribbean Tourism Week in NYC

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MoT and Experience Turks and Caicos sponsor Smart Destination Management Luncheon, Experience Turks and Caicos Co-Chair interviewed on CBS News

 

Minister with Stacy and Donna

PROVIDENCIALES, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS (June 18th, 2024) – Minister of Tourism, the Hon Josephine Connolly led a delegation comprising representatives from the Ministry of Tourism, Experience Turks and Caicos and the Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association to the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s (CTO) Caribbean Week in New York from June 17th to 21st.

The delegation comprised Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Mr. Wesley Clerveaux, Assistant to the Minister, Ms. Leandrea Missick, Mr. Alvin Hegner, co-Chair of Experience Turks and Caicos Ms. Trina Adams, Chief Marketing Officer of Experience Turks and Caicos, Ms. Laura Dowrich, Public Relations Manager of Experience Turks and Caicos and Mrs. Stacy Cox, CEO of the Turks and Caicos Hotels and Tourism Association.

This year’s Caribbean Week was centred around the CTO’s 35th anniversary theme “Connecting the Globe, Celebrating Diversity” and included events designed to spark conversation aimed at driving development within the Caribbean tourism industry.

Interviews at media market

Experience Turks and Caicos and the Ministry of Tourism sponsored the Smart Destination Management luncheon on the final day. In her welcome address at the luncheon, Minister Connolly spoke of Experience Turks and Caicos’ use of data to drive strategies and inform the tourism industry in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

“Our vision for Experience Turks and Caicos is to be a trailblazer in the realm of Smart Destination Management. While we are still in the nascent stages of this journey, our aspirations are clear and compelling. We aim to harness the power of technology, innovation, and collaboration to enhance the visitor experience, protect our natural and cultural assets, and ensure sustainable growth for our islands,” she said.

Speakers for the discussion were Nicola Madden-Greig, President of the Caribbean Hotels and Tourism Association, Jeremy Jones, Corporate Director, Resort Operations, Jamaica, Sandals Resorts International, Carl Gordon, Director, Government Strategies Growth, MasterCard and Chelsea Collier, Founder, Digi. City.

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While in New York, Experience Turks and Caicos Co-Chair Mr. Hegner was interviewed on CBS News on the issue of the five Americans who were held for the possession of ammunition.

Mr. Hegner reassured the American public that the relationship between the Turks and Caicos Islands and the US remains strong and the destination remains welcoming and peaceful to all.

Mr Hegner also welcomed the removal of the mandatory minimum 12-year sentence for persons guilty of firearm offenses.

On Friday, June 14, 2024, the House of Assembly unanimously approved the bill, which clarifies that where the court finds exceptional circumstances in cases of illegal possession of firearms and/or ammunition, they can impose a fine, a custodial sentence, or both a fine and a custodial sentence.  The amendment was put in place to address marginal cases of exceptional circumstances for both residents and visitors and ensure the sentence is proportionally consistent with those circumstances.

Header: Min of Tourism, the Hon Josephine Connolly with TCI delegation

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