#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|
Vessels sink with 900 barrels of fuel in Trinidad
By Shanieka Smith
#Trinidad, December 2, 2022 – The Ministry of Energy and Energy Resources in Trinidad reported on Wednesday that a ship carrying 900 barrels of diesel fuel had sunk in the Gulf of Paria. The six crew members on board were rescued and received medical assessment.
The statement revealed that the barge owned by Trinity Liftboat Services Limited was trying to demobilise Trinity Heritage Petroleum Company’s North Field when it capsized.
After receiving an SOS from a vessel in their North Field, Heritage sent out a response team. An investigation into the incident has started, however, the main focus is to redeem the barge without making any oil spills.
The owners of the sunken vessel said “there are no injuries recorded. (The vessel) now sits on the seafloor no longer posing a risk to any of Heritage Petroleum’s platforms or installations.” They said the captain made a good decision to abandon the ship so that the crew members could be rescued and transported back to base.
Digital coin created for Caribbean’s Dominica as island partners with Huobi
By Shanieka Smith
December 2, 2022 – The Commonwealth of Dominica has partnered with cryptocurrency exchange Huobi, to issue its own national cryptocurrencies, Dominica Coin (DMC), and Digital Identity Documents (DID), already reports indicate a surge for the Huobi token.
This new collaboration with Dominica will bring the Caribbean one step closer to being a global cryptocurrency exchange centre. Huobi also announced its intention to move headquarters from Seychelles to the Caribbean.
It was explained, “The deal is noteworthy partly because of its connections to crypto billionaire Justin Sun, founder of the Tron blockchain where the Caribbean island’s new token will initially reside.”
Dominica Coin (DMC) and digital identity documents (DID) will be issued by Huobi Prime via the TRON network (a project dedicated to building the infrastructure for a truly decentralized Internet); both will serve as credentials for the future metaverse platform based in Dominica. DIDs can be used for cryptocurrency Know Your Customer verification, applying for loans, and opening bank accounts on the island.
The DMC is not yet ready for launch, but The HT token is up 15% over the last 24 hours to $7.12. It’s up 40% over the past seven days.
As one of the first Caribbean islands to adopt the citizenship-by-investment policy, the Dominican government is seeking to delve into the metaverse and Web3 technology as a means to boost the country’s development.
Imminent Worldwide Measles Threat; 25 Million CHILDREN miss First Dose
By Dana Malcolm
December 2, 2022 – Forty million children are at risk of Measles as what the World Health Organization is describing as an “imminent threat” takes shape. A joint report between the WHO and the U.S. Centres for Disease Control revealed that a record number of children missed their measles dose with 25 million children missing their first dose and 14.7 million children missing their second dose in 2021 alone.
Nine million cases of measles were recorded last year, twenty-two countries experienced large and disruptive outbreaks and 128,000 deaths occurred, the report says.
“The paradox of the pandemic is that while vaccines against COVID-19 were developed in record time and deployed in the largest vaccination campaign in history, routine immunization programmes were badly disrupted, and millions of kids missed out on life-saving vaccinations against deadly diseases like measles,” said Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General.
Measles is easily one of the most contagious viruses in the world and while many people think itchy spots when they think of the disease it can cause pneumonia, seizures and brain damage in about 30 percent of infected individuals.
Herd immunity will not work with this disease, say experts, unless 95 per cent of people or more are vaccinated; only 71 per cent of children in 2022 are fully vaccinated.
“Measles anywhere is a threat everywhere” the report said, emphasizing that no WHO region has achieved and sustained measles elimination.
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