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Big Names Join The Junior Achievement TCI Sponsor Roster



#TurksandCaicos, November 5, 2021 – Eight corporate giants have pledged support to this year’s Junior Achievement Turks & Caicos Company Program with more businesses knocking at the organization’s door in support of this life-defining initiative.

Following the official relaunch on September 23rd at Grace Bay Club, students enrolled in the program have been placed in the hands of their capable mentors with the excitement quickly building as teams push to get ahead of their competitors.

The flagship Company Program pairs school groups with local businesses whose team members will guide the Achievers through the process of planning, forming, and operating companies that produce a service or product to present to market. The program empowers high schoolers by providing them the practical skills necessary for managing a business venture.

Director Angela Musgrove shared “The response we have received from the corporate community has been truly overwhelming. After matching our schools with sponsors, we found there were even more companies looking to lend a hand. This speaks volumes to us, and we could not be more thankful to these businesses who are willing to share their personnel and resources and pour into the futures of these Junior Achievers. The students are excited, and so is our Board of Directors.”

Once grouped, the teams are provided with education on entrepreneurship, marketing, and financial literacy in a joint forum led by authorities in those respective industries. The groups then begin the work of building their business plans, forming company charters, and electing officers.  The program runs through to February when these fully realized businesses will present final company reports to a panel of esteemed judges.

Meetings are held weekly between the sponsors and their assigned school group, paired as follows:


COMO Parrot Cay – Raymond Gardiner High SchoolIgHig

Building Materials Ltd/Do it Center – Edward Gartland Youth Centre

Beaches Resort Villages & Spa – Louise Garland Thomas High School

Projetech Construction Management – Louise Garland Thomas High School

TCI Financial Services Commission – Clement Howell High School

Grace Bay Car Rentals – Maranatha Academy Hight School

The Strand – Wesley Methodist High School

FLOW TCI – Marjorie Basden High School


The students participating in the JA Company Program will surely be set up for success in their future ‘real-world’ business endeavors as exercises in report preparation, public speaking, and salesmanship will help to build their business acuity.

An exciting trade show is scheduled for December 4th, 2021, when the Achievers will display and sell their wares to the public. The Turks & Caicos community is encouraged to make plans to attend, and to support the students along the way by following their progress on the Junior Achievement TCI social media platforms.


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Caribbean News

Barbados bestows Humanitarian Award on PAHO director Dr. Carissa Etienne 



By Shanieka Smith

Staff Writer


#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”.

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Bahamas News

Bahamas and Turks & Caicos Immigration Ministers make appearance on TCI Radio Talk Show



By Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer


#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.

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Bahamas News

Former Bahamian Cabinet minister defends record amid ongoing police investigation



By Shanieka Smith

Staff Writer


#TheBahamas, November 25, 2022 – Former Youth, Sports and Culture Minister, Lanisha Rolle is reportedly currently under investigation due to several allegations that came up during her tenure; she however knows nothing of this alleged criminal investigation.

After the minister resigned – unceremoniously –  in February 2021 with little explanation, the ministry was locked down by the Prime Minister for an audit of the National Sports Authority, which fell under her ministry.

Auditor General Terrance Bastin revealed that unauthorised contracts had been issued, some of which were later forwarded to the NSA for payment. Three cheques to contractors were also found, which were paid to individuals and then collected by a senior ministry official.

Despite the allegations, Rolle said she upheld cabinet standards and good governance during her tenure. She added that a minister is not always aware of “everything in a ministry at any given time.”

Rolle said she has not yet been approached by the RBPF regarding the audit findings.  Having served as a member of the Police Force for 11 years herself, Rolle told a crush of media on Wednesday (November 23) that she continues to trust that they will follow the legal process and in due time, the truth of her innocence will be revealed.

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