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Beaches honours top performing employees at Prestige Awards 2022



#TurksandCaicos, April 1, 2022 – On Thursday, March 24th 2022, Beaches Turks and Caicos recognized well over 100 of its outstanding employees at the 2022 Prestige Awards.

The annual awards celebration honours the resort’s top performing employees and again this year workers were treated to a spectacular evening of dance, music and glamour showcasing the best of the resort’s talented employees.

The award ceremony recognised and rewarded individuals in 14 categories (41 Nominees) who have worked diligently and whose performance has consistently made a positive impact on the quality of services offered at the world’s leading all-inclusive family resort.

General Manager, James McAnally stated; “Our team members are the lifeblood of what we do here at Beaches Turks and Caicos and the Prestige Awards is just one of the many ways we get to show appreciation.”

 “Our team members go above and beyond to provide a five-star luxury service to our guests and stakeholders and we appreciate them for all they do, not just our winners but our nominees and every single member of the Beaches Turks and Caicos family.”

The night’s ultimate winner was Simone Woodfine, superstar bartender who won the coveted Diamond Team Member of the Year Award.

Juniel Olivar of Cost Control department won the Platinum Team Member of the Year Award.

Other big winners included Monalisa Missick, Human Resources Department who won the Heart of the House Award.

Fedeline Julien of the Kids Camp department won the Pace-Setter of the Year Award.

Kid’s Camp celebrity Maxine Salmon won the Sandals Foundation Sentinel of the Year Award for her outstanding contribution to the Sandals Foundation – the philanthropic arm of Sandals and Beaches Resorts.

Ashley Cooper of the gift shop won the Money Maker Award or Highest Revenue Earner Award.

In addition to engraved trophies and certificates, winners took home fantastic prizes vacations, gift cards and generous cash prizes.

The event, which was divided into five award segments, was punctuated with spectacular performances by Team Member Lynn Delancy, Managers Dance Group and the Creative Viva dance troupe.

It was hosted by Julianna Musgrove, Learning & Development Manager alongside Ghislaine Boutoulle, Executive Assistant Manager.

Attendees were treated to a cocktail hour which preceded the event and a celebratory after party.


Prestige Award Winners

Team Member Department Type of Award
Eric Soriano Entertainment Mover and Shaker of the Year
Swean Wright-Frazer Spa Legendary Team Member of the Year
Merline Deetjen Housekeeping Circle Of Joy Award of the Year
Bernard Florvil Maintenance Sandals Earth Guardian Team Member of the Year
Maxine Salmon Kids Camp Sandals Foundation Sentinel of the Year Award
Deidra Russell Cost Control Standing Ovation Award
Lucnise Ulysse Photo Shop Money Marker Award of the Year
Fedeline Julien Kids Camp Pace- Setter  of the Year
Jean Pierre Watersports MVP of the Year Award
Rayon Wiggan Front Office All- Rounder   Team Member  of the Year
Simone Woodfine Bar Diamond Team Member of the Year
Juniel Olivar Cost Control Platinum Team Member of the Year
Misland Costume Grounds People’s Choice Award
Monalisa Missick Human Resources Heart of the House Award



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Jamaica Rum Festival Endorsed



#Jamaica, June 27, 2022 – Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, endorsed this year’s fourth staging of the Jamaica Rum Festival at the Aqueduct in Rose Hall, St. James, on Saturday (June 25).

Ms. Grange, who officially opened the event, noted that rum, and spirits in general, has deep cultural significance in Jamaica, spanning centuries.

“From the cane fields, where our enslaved ancestors worked, through to today, where we have the best rum in the world… we have a lot to be proud of,” she added.

For his part, Tourism Director, Donovan White, commended the organisers of the festival, which attracted a significant number of patrons, including visitors from overseas.  He said the Ministry of Tourism, through the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) and Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), was pleased to be a partner in the event that showcased top quality products by local rum purveyors.

Minister Grange, representatives from the Tourism Ministry’s agencies, and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, were presented with limited edition Wray and Nephew White Overproof Rum.


Contact; Okoye Henry

Release: JIS


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49th Independence Anniversary Celebrations Kick Off with National Pride Day



#TheBahamas, June 27, 2022 – Under the theme: “Proud to Be Bahamian”, the National Independence Secretariat is set to kick off the 49th Independence Celebrations on Friday, July 1, 2022.

In its efforts to promote pride and unity throughout the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, the Secretariat is encouraging a National Flag Raising Ceremony be held at all Government, and private corporate offices.

This ceremony should be staged at 9am on the Friday, simultaneously.

Bahamians are urged to wear the national colours of aquamarine, gold and black and assemble together as the National Flag is being hoisted and to sing the National Anthem, followed by a prayer.

The Secretariat is also encouraging participants to capture the event in photos and or videos, for posting on social media platforms, and inclusion in the national jubilee booklet and documentary next year.

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Photo Caption: Sienna Evans beautiful costume was created by Patrice Lockhart. Special thanks to Commonwealth Fabrics for their generous donation of the Androsia fabric used in the gown.


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Education Ministry Recommits to Expanding Uniformed Groups in Schools



#Jamaica, June 27, 2022 – The Ministry of Education and Youth remains committed to increasing the number of uniformed groups in schools.  This is in keeping with its thrust to fulfill this mission under the Safety and Security in Schools Programme, Portfolio Minister, Hon. Fayval Williams, has said.  She further noted that “it is a part of our series of measures to improve discipline among students.”

Mrs. Williams was speaking during the Council of Voluntary Social Services’ (CVSS) uniformed groups church service on Sunday (June 26).  The service was held at St. Luke’s Anglican Church in Cross Roads, Kingston.

Mrs. Williams remarks came against the background of what she said were “heightened concerns” in recent months over incidents of violence in schools across Jamaica and calls for a more concerted effort to provide civic and character education for students.  She noted that several initiatives within the Ministry to address these concerns were being expanded, among them support for uniformed groups in schools.

“The Ministry has been supporting uniformed youth groups in the development of a Three-Year Strategic Plan and [Memoranda of Understanding] with individual groups which will, at one and the same time, advance the missions of the groups and the mandate of the Ministry to these groups,” Mrs. Williams added.

The Minister pointed out that these cohorts, including Girl Guides, Brownies, Boys Brigade, Cub Scouts, Cadets and Pathfinders, “have played an invaluable role in shaping the character and awakening the social conscience of our young people for decades.”

“It has been well-established that students who participate in clubs are more out-going as they are engaged in activities that support socialisation with their peers. These students tend to be more comfortable in group settings where communication and team-work are necessary. This is a valuable asset as it will also benefit these students outside of the school setting,” she stated.

Mrs. Williams said the activities engaged in at meetings also complement classroom learning and emphasise social, emotional, and physical development.

Additionally, she said they provide opportunities for informal learning and life experiences.

“Uniformed youth groups represent a cohort of the nation’s youth that is organised around a set of core values, such as honour, discipline, service, loyalty, commitment, integrity, perseverance, industry and spiritual fortitude,” the Minister emphasised.

She noted that while most are based in schools, units may also be organised at church and community levels.

“Indeed, we know that the church has been a main source through which many new members are recruited. There is a challenge, however, and that is, over the past few years, there has not been as robust an interest in these groups as in previous decades,” Mrs. Williams indicated.

She said it was acknowledged that the society’s youth now have many more interests and distractions, “but we should still try to encourage them to see the value in participating in groups such as these”, while citing an “urgent need” for volunteer adult leaders.

The Minister also noted that older and more traditional groups, such as Boys Scouts and Girl Guides, are international in scope and maintain linkages with the worldwide movements.

“Support from these fraternal organisations has, however, diminished over the years, and local organisations must find the resources to sustain operations and pay the required affiliation fees. So once again, it is important that we, in the local community, pitch in to provide the needed support,” she added.

In this regard, the Minister commended members of the uniformed groups and CVSS for ongoing efforts to forge long-term alliances that facilitate mutual support and joint action.

Further, she said, for representing the concerns of the social sector, including disadvantaged and vulnerable groups, at the regional and international levels.

“We, as a collective, continue to dedicate ourselves to creating a supportive and safe environment for our students to learn and experience as much as possible to become productive members of society,” Mrs. Williams stated.


Contact: Douglas McIntosh

Release: JIS


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