By Deandrea Hamilton
#TurksandCaicos, July 25, 2022 – Bird Rock point is a protected heritage and nature sanctuary. It is also where a consortium of smugglers like to make landfall. It is remotely located. Sparsely populated. Has a tricky rocky shore. And waters are usually rough. It makes it an unpopular site for tourists and residents and therefore an enormously ideal spot for nefarious activity.
There were a few things going on when media was invited to be debriefed on a training exercise which began on July 10. We witness a simulation where a frantic brother brought his profusely bleeding sister to be treated at the field hospital, which was set up and waiting. The woman, who convincingly played her role, was eventually escorted to the hospital for immediate medical care.
Members and new recruits of the TCI Regiment were learning how to handle an hysterical patient.
They were setting up barriers and perimeters and they were setting up camp; very inconspicuously in the coastal coppice cradling the Point.
Governor Nigel Dakin, fresh off summer holidays and marking another year in the territory this July was inspecting the operations and was impressed with the performance and grateful for the British military support.
Founding Commander of the Turks and Caicos Regiment, Ennis Grant confirmed there were over 50 men and women dispersed at the site in training mode.
“The exercise is going well, we have about 50 persons involved in the exercise, we have 18 new recruits and 24 marines who are currently involved. I think the troops are very enthused and they have been very enlightened.
We have a team from the Royal Dragoons, the British Military and the Commandoes who are assisting us have done an awesome job in putting this together,” said Ennis Grant, Lt Col TCI Regiment.
The training involved moving heavy debris, including vehicles using only brawn, no machines. It also involved endurance and sacrifice as modern amenities were absent as the marines and recruits spent the night in watch, crouched in bushes, watching and waiting. And synergy was vital; respect for authority and the chain of command, hospitality and diversity were among the observations made by this journalist was we were given carte blanche inspection as well.
“What I’ve noticed, and it doesn’t matter whether I look at the private sector or the government sector, every year we incrementally get better and I think building the Regiment as we are, every year just makes us a step better.”
Now, having experienced four hurricane seasons in the Turks and Caicos, the Governor explained, “Nothing withstands that first blast that we get but what we are building up now is the ability to respond ever quicker to the events as they unfold.”
The British contingent of sixteen members was welcomed by the (Acting) Governor, H.E. Anya Williams along with members of the National Security Secretariat ahead of training which stared on July 10. Hon Washington Misick, TCI Premier has paid a courtesy call and was pictured with the officers on July 15 at the Louise Garland Thomas High school in Long Bay, where most exercises were held.
The TCI Regiment members are now in possession of their own government issued firearms – Glock pistols – and the training experiences included: crowd management; diversity and inclusion; marking helicopter landing sites; weapons handling; battlefield casualty medical and hazard management.
Prestige Volunteers and Sandals Foundation Give Ianthe Pratt Primary School a Face Lift
PROVIDENCIALES, Turks & Caicos Islands: September 21, 2023— Prestige Nominees from Beaches Turks and Caicos (BTC) who serve as volunteers of the Sandals Foundation recently got down and dirty for a worthy cause as they transformed the Ianthe Pratt Primary School for the new academic year.
The team of volunteers repainted murals and walls, pruned trees, removed the rotting monkey bars in preparation for the installation of new ones, and provided well needed electrical repairs in the kitchen. Swings were also replaced and see – saws installed in the kindergarten and special needs playground.
One parent, Rosny Benjamin, who is also a team member of Beaches Turks and Caicos, expressed a sense of relief in knowing that his child would be learning and playing in a more comfortable and safer space. “The school has been providing a safe learning environment for hundreds of children here in Providenciales over the many years. To see my colleagues teaming up with the school administrators and the Sandals Foundation, to provide this well needed face lift is good. Children will now be able to enjoy a more comfortable play area for this school year,” Benjamin shared.
Neekimo King, Principal of the institution, highlighted her satisfaction with the work that was done. She also expressed gratitude for the long-standing relationship that the Sandals Foundation, through Beaches Turks and Caicos, has had with the institution. Said King: “Sandals Foundation and the Beaches Turks and Caicos have been our partners for many years. It was a joy to see the leaders from the resort helping to brighten the murals, preparing the play areas by repairing and replacing items for our children. This will undoubtedly help to improve the teaching and learning environment for our children and teachers for this new academic year.”
General Manager, James McAnally, saluted the volunteers for providing well needed resources for the school. “The annual prestige project serves as a platform for the nominees to find a project each year to work as a team to accomplish. Since the pandemic had put a pause of this event for the company, this project serves as a special restart for the school community and the resort at large. While we continue to give back as a resort, this teamwork is one of the major factors for us as a resort as we continue to maintain our mission of building better communities and leaders here in the Turks and Caicos Islands.”
Public Relations Manager, Orville Morgan noted: “As the Sandals Foundation continues to give back to our communities through the support for the environment, community development and education, we are pleased to have helped in providing a facelift for this school. These leaders were deliberate in selecting this project as this has provided a motivational factor for the company in allowing our leaders to give back to the local communities. While they all worked as a team, each participant was motivated in sharing their collective expertise to improve the education environment for the students.”
Header: The team of volunteers from the Beaches Turks and Caicos resort gather for the prestige nominees Sandals Foundation community project at the Ianthe Pratt Primary school
1st insert: Chef Alwayne Spence, replaces his culinary tools with that of a paint brush as he shows off his painting skills on one of the play structures at the Ianthe Pratt Primary school by the Beaches Turks and Caicos prestige nominees Sandals Foundation community project.
2nd insert: Audie Johnson, housekeeping supervisor shows her creativity as she clears shrubs from an area at the Ianthe Pratt Primary school during the Beaches Turks and Caicos prestige Sandals Foundation community project
3r insert: Learning and Development Manager Phildreka Mayham (left) and Bernard Florvil, Tiler in the Maintenance department team up to share the responsibility of painting the murals within the kindergarten and special education play area at the Ianthe Pratt Primary school during the Beaches Turks and Caicos prestige awards Sandals Foundation community project
Beaches TCI Prestige Awards, an Intergalactic Experience
PROVIDENCIALES, Turks & Caicos Islands: The Open Air Theatre at Beaches Turks and Caicos (BTC) was transformed into a dazzling and elegant intergalactic setting beckoning those who ‘dared to travel beyond the mundane.’ The event was the resort’s annual Prestige Awards celebrations. The venue exuded opulence with all the tapestries being accentuated by glittering chandeliers and lush floral arrangements. The spectacularly decorated venue with flashing lights was synonymous to that of the Oscars or Golden Globe Awards.
As team members arrived with their guests, they were greeted by photographers who lined the red carpet. They were interviewed and entertained by red carpet host, Antoinette Thomas who otherwise serves as the human resources recruitment and compliance specialist. Guests were dressed to the nines and they clearly understood the mission and came ready to represent the event’s theme, “Soaring to Excellence”. Gentlemen were dapperly attired in their suits and bedazzled blazers while the ladies were sophisticatedly attired in their flowing ball gowns.
The crowning moment of the evening saw Front Office supervisor Hardsen Martial being named Diamond Team Member of the Year. Said Martial, “this is one of the most rewarding periods of my career within this industry. Every team member here at BTC is challenged to be the best each day. I remained consistent, the guests recognised my professionalism and the management of the resort saw it fitting to present me with this award. I’m truly grateful for this recognition.”
Masters of Ceremony for the night were Patricia Smith and Obrien Forbes, both connoisseurs of the art. They navigated the ‘spacecraft’ safely through the awards ceremony, interspersed by performances and several jocular moments.
The Prestige Awards is the largest, resort-driven, team-member event that celebrates excellence and honours those who continually go beyond the call of duty. The Prestige Awards is a culmination of the monthly awards that acknowledge the hard work of staff members. General Manager, James McAnally in his welcome, commended all nominees and thanked the staff for being such excellent team players. Awardees received cash prizes, framed certificates, trophies and an assortment of gifts.
The category winners are as follows:
- Diamond Team Member of the Year Award- Front Office supervisor Hardsen Martial
- Platinum Team Member of the Year Award – Learning & Development Clerk Alex Bernadin
- Mover and Shaker of the Year Award – Security supervisor Rammeshee Thompson
- Legendary Team Member of the Year Award – Concierge supervisor Richard Rowe
- Circle of Joy of the Year Award – Houseman Gener Mondelus
- Earth Guardian of the Year Award – Guest Experience manager Patricia Smith
- Sandals Foundation Sentinel of the Year Award – Spray Technician Lloyd Wisdom
- Standing Ovation Award – Assistant Food & Beverage Director Ancell Williams
- Money Maker Award – Spa therapist Swean Wright-Frazer
- Heart of the House Award – Finance Administrator Walner Registre
- The People’s Choice Award – Butler Melissa Codner
- Pace Setter of the Year Award – Assistant HR Manager Roxanne Wade
- All Rounder of the Year Award – Assistant Steward Manager Dionne Lawson
- Founder’s Circle Award – Chef Eric “Fortune Cookie” Johnson
- MVP of the Year Award – Restaurant Manager Shereka Dobson
- The ‘A’ Team of the Year Award – Grounds Department
Commenting on the success of the evening’s event, Tanya Swann, director of sales, noted that the outcome of the programme exceeded her already very high expectations. “To say we soared to excellence for the Prestige Awards would be an understatement. This event was beyond excellent. Thanks to the hard work of the human resources department, under the management of Owenta Coleby and all other departments that gave very strong support to ensure that our colleagues had a memorable night.”
Owenta Coleby, HR manager, stated that it was only fitting that team members be given the best because they are expected to give of their best. “I am very pleased with the success of the event,” she stated. “At Beaches Turks and Caicos, we work hard and play hard. We are already preparing to deliver an awe- inspiring, jaw dropping Prestige Awards for 2024.”
Header: Beaches Turks and Caicos Prestige winners share a moment with General Manager (centre seated) at the culmination of the resort’s prestige awards
1st insert: Member of the Beaches Turks and Caicos resort Grounds department, Spray Technician Lloyd Wisdom (left) and Assistant Manager Kemar Jones accept their reward from General Manager James McAnally as they were crowned A-Team of the year at the resort’s annual prestige awards
2nd insert: Front Office Supervisor, Hardsen Martial (left) who was crowned Diamond Team member of the year accepts his accolades from General Manager James McAnally at the resort
3rd insert: Members of the Beaches Turks and Caicos Entertainment team show off their skills in one of the activity during the resort’s annual prestige awards celebrations
Invest TCI Participates in USA-Caribbean Investment Forum 2023, Fostering Partnerships for Sustainable Development
#TurksandCaicos, September 24, 2023 – Invest Turks and Caicos proudly announces its participation in the USA-Caribbean Investment Forum, held on September 15-16, 2023, at the New York Marriott Marquis in New York City. This prestigious event, hosted by The Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (CAIPA), brought together a diverse array of investors, entrepreneurs, and stakeholders united by a common goal: to explore and capitalize on the wealth of opportunities available within the Caribbean region.
Representing Invest Turks and Caicos at the event were CEO Angela Musgrove and Legal & Compliance Officer, Judith Campbell. Their presence exemplified Invest Turks and Caicos’ commitment to facilitating investment and promoting the growth of the Turks & Caicos Islands.
A pivotal moment during the forum was the enlightening address delivered by the Hon. E. Jay Saunders, Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance, Investment & Trade of the Turks & Caicos Islands. Hon. Saunders passionately discussed the imperative need for the diaspora to invest and engage in business within their countries of origin, underlining the numerous benefits and potential that come with investing in the Caribbean. His insightful remarks were met with great enthusiasm and appreciation from the attendees.
Commenting on their participation, CEO Angela Musgrove stated, “The USA-Caribbean Investment Forum has been an exceptional platform for Invest Turks and Caicos to showcase the exciting investment opportunities that our islands offer. It also provided an opportunity to discuss how we may increase partnerships and opportunities for the attraction of diaspora investments. We are committed to forging meaningful partnerships that drive sustainable development in the Caribbean region, and this event has been instrumental in advancing our mission.”
Invest Turks and Caicos remains dedicated to promoting investment, economic development, and partnerships within the Turks & Caicos Islands. The participation in the USA-Caribbean Investment Forum 2023 marks another step towards achieving these goals and contributing to the sustained development of the Caribbean region.
For more information about Invest Turks and Caicos, please visit www.investturksandcaicos.tc
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