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TCI  Jr. Humanitarian, to host Youth Empowerment and Mentorship Conference

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#TurksandCaicos, March 31, 2022 – In partnership with the East Bay Resort, South Caicos and the Departments of Youth Affairs and Culture, Turks and Caicos Islands Jr. Humanitarian 2022 Mr. Arean Louis will hosts the first ever AOL Youth Empowerment and Mentorship Conference 2022. Mr. Louis, a native of South Caicos, has planned to provide the youth of South Caicos with valuable knowledge from a host of professionals from all aspects of public and private sectors.

Host, Mr. Arean Louis shared that “The main focus of this conference is to encourage youth development through exposure and to teach the benefits and importance of dream building, personal responsibility, positive self-image, responsible conduct, respect for themselves and others, educational achievement and cultural enrichment.”

To achieve these golds, the committee members have a plethora of workshop and mentors that are ready and fired up to meet the youth throughout the community of South Caicos and to begin the process of empowering future minds. This will include, but not limited to, Etiquette Training with Lady Delthia Misick, Cultural Enrichment with the Department of Culture, Youth Empowerment with Mrs. Jasmine Thomas, STEM Workshop with Mr. Lekensay Missick founder of the Math Lab, Pretty Careers, Grooming and Mastering a Skill in the beauty industry with Ms. Nakia Wilson, Being a Humanitarian with Mr. Stan Hartling CEO of the Shore Club and Level Up! with Ms. Karen Whitt.

Owner of East Bay Resort, South Caicos Mr. Micheal Tibbetts shared that “East Bay Resort is delighted to be the host sponsor for the AOL Youth Conference 2022. By hosting the conference, we hope to provide a welcoming space for the teens to share ideas, learn new skills and develop leadership qualities. Investing in our local youth today will generate a better skilled workforce for the future and inspire the next generation of leaders.”

Director of Cultural, Ms. Ludwina Fulford shared that “It brings us great joy to partner with Mr. Arean Louis for this very powerful initiative. Whenever we have an opportunity to partner with different stakeholders within the community, particularly when it comes to providing positive activities for our youth to be engaged in, we count it a privilege. We must see our youth as our future leaders, our policy engineers and technocrats who will become trailblazers, and open new pathways for improving the quality of life for future generations. I wish to commend Mr. Louis and his team for the great work that they do and wish him every success in this and other projects that he undertakes.

In addition, the Director of Youth Affairs shared that “The Department of Youth Affairs is elated to be partnering with Mr. Arean Louis our former Youth Ambassador and his team. It is imperative that we give our youth the necessary tools to succeed in life. Empowering young people means to create and support enabling conditions that not only feed their drive and creativity but give them knowledge that guides them to act on their own behalf. Mr. Louis is a glaring example of empowering youth in our nation. He is showing young people what it means to advocate and empower our future generations.

The event is scheduled to take place on April 11th – 16th, at the Luxurious East Bay Resort, in South Caicos.

 

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FLOW CUSTOMERS BENEFIT FROM INCREASED SPEEDS

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New upload speeds to improve online gaming, video conferencing & Online Voice Calls

 

PROVIDENCIALES, TURKS AND CAICOS, JUNE 24, 2022 – Flow TCI wishes to remind customers of a broadband speed increase to our existing broadband plans, which took effect on April 25th, 2022. An incremental rate increase for the new higher speed plans has taken effect.

The rates were increased by US$4 for the following plans and the download and upload speeds will increase by the following allotments:

All customers will be migrated from all previous fixed broadband plans to the new broadband Fibre to the Home plans. The new speeds will improve the overall broadband experience for all customers for online gaming, voice over IP calling, video conferencing, and social media usage.

For more information on our new Fibre to the Home plans, visit https://discoverflow.co/turks-and-caicos/broadband-overview for more details.

 

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2022 Hurricane Preparedness Exposition

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“Mission Ready – Pledge to Prepare; Be Smart Take Part”

 

#TurksandCaicos, June 23, 2022 – The Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies (DDME) will be hosting its 3rd Hurricane Preparedness Exposition on 1st July 2022 from 10:00 am at the Town Centre Mall, Parking Lot, Downtown, Providenciales.

The Hurricane Preparedness Expo will feature booths from over twenty-five different agencies, partners and public safety officials this year. The event provides critical stakeholders with roles in disaster management an opportunity to interact with the public, demonstrate their services, and guide individuals and businesses on how they can prepare for this hurricane season.

The goal is to ensure residents are ready should a hurricane impact our region by offering a one-stop shop for the general public to gather helpful information and ask their hurricane and storm-related questions.

We ask all residents to come out and participate in this preparedness event. The event is free, fun and educational with tons of giveaways, including the chance to win a Graceway Smart Supermarket Hurricane Supplies Shopping Spree on 1st July 2022.

This venture also encompasses the principles of Public-Private Partnership, as it demonstrates the Disaster Risk Reduction commitment of the private sector in the Turks and Caicos Islands. It also highlight’s the Public Sector Department’s determination to ensure all major entities are involved in its goal of building a resilient country.

The Hurricane Preparedness Expo will be on Friday, 1st July 2022, at the Town Centre Mall, Parking Lot, Downtown, Providenciales, from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. We look forward to your participation.

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Worst time to be a Woman; a Haitian crises

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By Deandrea Hamilton

Magnetic Media 

 

#TurksandCaicos, June 24, 2022 – I know many of us are frustrated by the reports of illegal vessels breaching our waters, landing on our shores, costing us in repatriation expenses and overwhelming our small states and we’re not wrong to be bent out of shape by it.  However there are many facets to this maddening issue to sound alarms and from what I’m told and because of what I have noticed, the number of women increasingly taking the risk to runaway confirms the heartbreaking truth that abuses of this vulnerable group are escalating in frequency and violence.

A teenager, pregnant jumped from a balcony in Blue Hills (TCI) in desperation to escape pursuing law enforcers; it was dark, she could have died, she was hospitalized then sent back.

Turks and Caicos Police ‘stop & search’ operations are capturing many women; women who are trying to get to a job site in the many illegal jitneys moving around the town.

Sure it is all illegal, however it remains gut wrenching that these skittish ladies would have started the day on the hustle for a little cash only to be caught, with no document affirming legal status breaking the law. They will be deported and life will change, likely for the worse.

Haiti’s instability is driving the exodus of Haitian people.  The plummeting quality of life is pushing the “irregular migrants” as they are labelled to board boats, take to the ocean in pitch black conditions, driven by a desperate home.

Some make it, some do not.

The only death recorded or reported at the TCI detention center in years was this month; it was a Haitian woman. We don’t know what went wrong. But a journey toward a better life ended with the loss of hers.

I come from a set of nations – The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands – which have ensured I have a place.  Whether that’s school or college or a job or as an entrepreneur, room was made for me and laws are in place to enable and empower me. Not only do I have bread to eat, but I get to choose the type of bread I want to eat and can share it.

I am blessed. Truly.

But for my Haitian sisters, when you see their faces and the sadness in their eyes. When the human spirit is so shattered that it creeps into the dankest of places which is utter hopelessness, we should sit up and stand up.  This should capture our attentions.

In fact we should know, that for the hundreds we do encounter, there are countless more out there, unseen and trying to survive without being fortified by a force field of love, rule of law and simple decency.  There are too many more relentlessly buffeted by exploitation and circumstances outside of their control.

I suspect, this is the absolute worst time to be a woman or girl in Haiti. Just the worst.

Whether it is the recent memorial held to remember 11 Haitian women who perished at sea in early May trying to get in, undetected to Puerto Rico or a new and emerging report on describing the sexual abuse of Haitian women working at a factory; given sickening ultimatums:  Sex for their salary; an exploitation which usually draws throngs of people to vociferous protests in more developed countries; to this news however, there is silence and little reaction that we can see.

I declare that these women are significant.  They are valued despite the trials and tribulations of their homeland.  Within this dispensation, a post Black Lives Matter world, the darker complexion of many of their skins no longer means they are disposable.

And united, it means, women wherever we are can link hearts and hands to partake in and contribute to a shared stance of solidarity.  We can do it for the voiceless anywhere we want, we are women and though muted by the many dramas and truamas unfolding in our own lives, communities and countries, we still hear these voices crying and screaming out and we will help.

Just watch and see.  Women of Haiti, help is on the way.

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