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Norm & Jeffrey:  Making A Difference one bag of trash at a time; Selfless Duo commit to a cleaner TCI



By Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer


Norman Rogers

#TurksandCaicos, June 6, 2022 – ‘Everyday unless it rains’ is how often Norman Rogers walks along the roadways of Providenciales, often he wears a shirt with large red letters that any passerby will be able to read. It says “One Man Can Make A Difference.” It’s the same shirt that Norm wears proudly, turning to show the camera over Zoom during our interview. It’s a gift, he explains, from a young man he has deeply inspired with his daily routine, because Norm isn’t just walking, he’s cleaning up the Turks and Caicos.

Norman and his wife first visited the islands in 2002, fell in love with the turquoise water and moved here shortly after, but it wasn’t until his heart attack in 2003 that Norm, an avid birdwatcher, decided to start walking along one of the TCIs uninhabited islands in the mornings and to get his body moving. That’s when he noticed something.

“The litter on the island was getting in the way of the birds.” he explained “And so I started carrying around a garbage bag whenever I started to go out there to take photos of the birds.”

That was the start of what has become a legacy of environmentalism on the islands. Norm has been picking up litter on a regular schedule for the last 16 years, but in 2020 with the advent of quarantines and lockdowns amidst the Coronavirus pandemic he set out walking further and further in either direction of his home each day and didn’t like what he was seeing; he knew he had to expand, and now his current routes are simply incredible.  They are organized so as to cover as much ground as he can.

“I’ve got 17 different sections that I clean up and some of them get done every two weeks, some every three weeks and some every four weeks.”

In the four weeks since he has been working a fairly new route in the direction of Governor’s road he has managed to haul in an astonishing 85 bags of trash. Even more surprising is that he has not done this route every day, since he maintains his original routes as well.

“I go out every day from 7:15 to about 9:30 the only days I don’t go out are when it’s raining or occasionally I take a day off,”  he explained, “In life I’ve been told that one person can’t make a difference and I thought that I could.”

His total bags each day on this new route range between four and seven but he says this is only because no one has cleaned this area up in a while. Norman says the trick is getting Islanders to maintain the clean. That’s where Jeffrey Nicolas comes in.

The other half of this environmentalist duo Jeffery met Norm at the gym and was so inspired by the older man’s tenacity that he started organizing larger cleanups on his own. And with the help of the Rotaract Club, Jeffery has organized tens of islanders to do their part in cleaning up and he also advocates for recycling with large hotels and locals, holding talks with the Hotel Association to see how the littering issue can be resolved. He maintained that recycling was both beneficial to the environment and to hoteliers.

“We’re Beautiful by Nature we have to keep in Clean by Choice” he said seriously. Norm added his own spin “We wanna keep it beautiful by nature but not desecrated by man.”

The men both agree that the most sustainable way to rid the Turks and Caicos of litter is to start working at the source.

Jeffrey Nicolas

Norman explained, “We would like to promote not littering to begin with, the government is doing a good job of cleaning up some areas but at the same time there’s things that we need to do to help ourselves. To me it starts with Education, we need to teach the kids in school…start with the young.”

Jeffrey added, “We need to start to conditioning the minds of the people, I think all of us love Turks and Caicos we’re just not aware of the problem because a lot of the time we’re not looking on the side of the road until it becomes like a little dump.”

Jeffery explains that not only do Islanders need to be educated on the issue more preventative infrastructure like bins on the highway needs to be put into place.

“You’re driving and you throw a bottle out the window because you have nowhere to put it thinking it’s just one bottle but it adds up. I’ve done cleanups in Blue Hill and Five Cays, where in one day we get up to 50 bags”

For those who don’t know where to start the men say spend five or ten minutes cleaning up the area in front of your home, food businesses cleaning up their trash would also be a good start they say especially since a great deal of the trash they recover are food containers which eventually make their way into the oceans.

The biggest takeaway from duo is that one man, maybe two CAN make a difference.

You can make a different on your yard on your street, in your community and on your island; it only takes starting.

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13th Annual Wine Cellar Golf & Fishing Tournament (WCGFT) Check Presentation Ceremony – 5th April, 2023



#TurksandCaicos, April 10, 2024 – We are proud to announce that this year’s proceeds from the 13th WCGFT were presented to 3 youth-oriented organizations: Edward Gartland Youth Centre, TCI Amateur Athletic Association (TCIAAA) and TCI Swimming Federation (TCISF).

The Edward Gartland Youth Centre is a non-profit organization providing a space of learning for the youth of Providenciales with activities ranging from tutoring to sports and recreation, arts and craft and so much more.

TCIAAA and TCISF just represented the Turks & Caicos Islands in the CARIFTA Games in Grenada, 2024. We are proud of their achievements and happy that we could help in time.

The Charities were presented cheques totaling $70,000:

Edward Gartland Youth Centre:          $35,000

TCIAAA:                                            $20,000

TCISF:                                                $15,000

This brings the total donated by the WCGFT and its Sponsors to $530,000. We look forward to giving even more next year.

This concludes this year’s 13th WCGFT Event and Cheque Presentation. We would like to thank our sponsors and organizers who were key in our efforts to give back to the youth of the TCI Community.

We look forward with great anticipation to next year’s event.

Thank you all.


CONTACT: Desmond Williams,, Wine Cellar Golf & Fishing Tournament

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Provo Water Company Boosts Water Distribution Infrastructure in Providenciales with Key Improvement Initiatives



PROVIDENCIALES, TCI, APRIL 9, 2024: Provo Water Company (PWC) remains steadfast in its commitment to enhancing the water distribution network in Providenciales by making significant progress on various improvement projects while innovatively addressing short-term distribution challenges.

The company is currently working on two projects to enhance water distribution on Providenciales. The first project will see the installation of a new city water transmission main line from the TCWC Production Plant along June Plum, Gardenia Way, Kakeka Streets, and Garden Loop to the Leeward Highway, extending from the Long Bay Hills Drive junction to the roundabout near Crackpot Kitchen. This pipeline upgrade will provide increased water supply to the network and is expected to be completed by the end of May 2024, enhancing water reliability and ensuring better service for the community.

The second project, which is set to be completed by the end of September 2024, will focus on upgrading the fittings at major water junctions along the Leeward Highway. These improvements to the water supply network’s central artery will increase water flow to the Suzie Turn Reservoir, and enhance water availability and quality for customers located west of Turtle Cove.

These projects not only tackle the current water distribution issues causing nightly restrictions but are also essential components of PWC’s long-term strategy to support the island’s population growth and flourishing tourism industry. In the immediate term, the organization has resourcefully repurposed a newly built water tank located in the Industrial Park area. Originally designated for a future project, the water company has utilized the new tank as an additional source to replenish the Suzie Turn Reservoir, addressing the water supply issues that began in March.

In response to the new development, Managing Director Robert Hall stated, “We are pleased to have found a way to utilize this water tank as a temporary aid in addressing the high-water demand. The activation of this tank reaffirms our commitment to fulfilling the water requirements of our community in response to the growing demands of our customers and stakeholders.”

Situated in the heart of the Industrial Park area, the new tank boasts a capacity of 1.5 million gallons. This tank will work hand in hand with the Suzie Turn Reservoir to meet the water supply needs in the northern and southwestern areas of Providenciales, bridging the gap until ongoing projects deliver a lasting solution.

Once the two current projects have been completed, the new water tank will serve a critical role in a future project and in safeguarding Providenciales with an emergency water supply during crises like hurricanes and other natural disasters.

“This water system investment speaks volumes about our proactive approach to directly addressing water challenges. Through expanding storage capacity and optimizing distribution efficiency, we are well-positioned to deliver reliable, high-quality water services to our customers,” Hall said.

He also added that, amid these efforts, advocating for water conservation practices is crucial. Small actions, such as fixing leaks, using water-efficient fixtures, and practicing mindful water consumption, can play a significant role in safeguarding our valuable water resources.

In addition to these initiatives, the organization will continue to optimize and promote its robust educational campaigns and community engagement programs aimed at raising awareness about water conservation and the importance of sustainable water practices. By empowering individuals with knowledge and tools to make informed choices about water usage, Provo Water Company aims to foster a culture of responsible water stewardship that benefits both the environment and future generations.

“As we move forward, we remain committed to serving our community and look forward to the positive impact that these new initiatives will bring to this island.” Hall concluded.

For additional details about Provo Water Company and its water efficiency and conservation initiatives, visit its website, and social media pages at @ProvoWaterCompany for tips and announcements, or contact our customer service team at


Pic: Provo Water Company’s Managing Director, Robert Hall, and team working to expand water storage capacity to optimize distribution efficiency.

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Saxons Brass Section Thanks CWCO for Continued Commitment



NASSAU, BAHAMAS (April 9th, 2024) Behind the vibrant costumes and electrifying beats of Junkanoo parades are committed members, mentors, and supporters such as Consolidated Water (Bahamas) Ltd. (CWCO). In a heartfelt acknowledgment of years of generous support, the Saxons Superstars’ brass section, High Voltage Brass, recently visited the water supplier to present a plaque of appreciation.

Jeremy Adderley, speaking on behalf of High Voltage Brass, said, “Without CWCO’s support, we would not have had the brass costumes needed to compete and secure our two-straight victory. Their support also helps us as we plan lessons for our young members to enhance their musicianship skills, not just for Junkanoo but for college and beyond.”

Adderley highlighted that the plaque is a token of High Voltage Brass’ immense gratitude for CWCO helping the Saxons Superstars keep culture alive and for being a steadfast partner in developing future leaders.

He added, “Every year, it is a struggle to make it to Bay Street. Many of our members are eager to participate, despite their circumstances, and every year our group continues to grow. Thanks to CWCO’s generosity, we look forward to continuing to grow and succeed alongside their great team and establishment.”

Henderson Cash, CWCO’s General Manager, said, “Receiving this plaque from the Saxons Superstars is a profound honor for us at CWCO. It symbolizes the strong relationship we’ve built over the years, rooted in mutual respect and a shared commitment to preserving Bahamian heritage.

“Our support for the Saxons Superstars’ brass section is emblematic of our broader mission to invest in our community’s vibrancy and the potential of its young people. We are deeply committed to continuing this support and fostering the traditions that make our culture so unique.”


Photo Caption: The Saxons Superstars’ brass section, High Voltage Brass, recently visited Consolidated Water (Bahamas) Ltd. (CWCO) to present a plaque of appreciation.

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