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TCI Ministry of Education Communication Strategy under construction



#TurksandCaicos, August 21, 2022 – One of the critical reform strategies emanating from the Ministry of Education, Labour, Employment & Customer Services Executive Retreat held in May 2022 sought to strengthen the Ministry’s Communications, Branding and Public Relations capabilities. The agreed output was the development of a Strategic Communication & Public Relations Policy that would provide a comprehensive blueprint to guide and bolster the Ministry’s communication efforts with our internal and external stakeholders.

To achieve this, the Ministry has mobilised a working group inclusive of a representative from each Department and Statutory Agency within its remit, that is tasked with the drafting of this policy. To support the working group and ensure a robust and comprehensive Communications Policy, capacity development in the dynamic area would be essential, to hone capacities and broaden knowledge and skills.

Through partnership with the National Security Secretariat, the Ministry of Education was able to share the services of a hired consultant Dr. Livingston White to facilitate a Training Workshop on Strategic Communications Planning & Public Relations exclusively for the Ministry of Education’s Team.

This Training & Development session took place on July 13th, 2022, and twenty-five members of staff participated in the hybrid session which allowed staff to participate face-to-face and virtually.

Facilitator, Dr. Livingston A. White is a senior lecturer and director (2018-2021) at the Caribbean School of Media and Communication (CARIMAC), at The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona Campus where he teaches courses in Communication Analysis and Planning, Social Marketing/Health Communication and Communication Research Methodology both at the undergraduate and graduate level.

Additionally, he has conducted research and facilitated numerous workshops on communication. These include workshops on effectively communicating during crisis conducted for Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) in the Bahamas, the British Virgin Islands and Barbados, as well as for the Department of Disaster Management & Emergencies, Ministry of Tourism, Heritage, Environment and Gaming, Turks & Caicos.

Vivian Easton Tyson, a local journalist with more than 20 years’ experience in hard news, entertainment, and sports writing was invited to make a presentation and facilitate discussions. Having a representative from the local media houses was important in this process, as engagement with stakeholders provides useful information to understand expectations, challenges, and other insights to inform our policy.

The Minister of Education, Labour, Employment and Customer Services, Hon. Rachel M. Taylor, noted the workshop training as “vital, because effective communication is fundamental to my Ministry’s programmes. It allows us to build relationships with stakeholders, avert misunderstandings and enables the Ministry to build a solid respectable image.”

The Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ms. Keisha Taylor lauded the programme as one which promotes “positive relationships between colleagues, media and other stakeholders as well as pro-social behaviours through the development of social and emotional skills.”

She also noted that, direct and open communication is fundamental to the Ministry’s communications Strategy and that effective communication is more than just pronunciation, intonation, or articulation, it enables the building of relationships, trust, unity, understanding, accountability and clarity of goals, objectives, and purpose.


Washington MISICK challenged, and holds onto Leadership of the PNP



#TurksandCaicos, February 24, 2024 – Magnetic Media can report that WASHINGTON MISICK has emerged and remains LEADER of the governing Progressive National Party.It has been a contentious battle today at the PNPs National General Congress (NGC) for party leadership with interest coming from: Jas Walkin, the party’s 2021 campaign manager who this week publicly withdrew his bid; Dameko Dean, former Wheeland candidate who had published an article revealing his quest to lead the PNP and E Jay Saunders who today unsuccessfully challenged MISICK for the role.Saunders has tried for leader before and has served as the party’s deputy leader, at the pleasure and selection of Washington Misick since June 2019.The run for party leader was a risky maneuver by Saunders, son of former PNP Party leader and Chief Minister Norman Saunders.Delegates cast votes, giving E Jay Saunders 58 votes and Washington Misick 88. The elder statesman convincingly retaining delegates’ confidence.It is also reported that, based on the PNP Constitution, Saunders needed 70% support from delegates in a preliminary run off.  He was unable to secure that much backing.A constitutional motion to change the selection process of the deputy leader to a delegate vote reportedly failed.It is therefore unclear what the immediate future, politically is for Saunders whose party and government roles are hinged on Washington Misick’s prerogative to have him or someone else in these posts.However Misick is already promoting a strict focus on uniting the party following the NGC meeting held at the Shore Club.

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TCI Community College staff struck and robbed, another chased in car by attackers



Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer 


#TurksandCaicos, February 23, 2024 – Attacks against several of its staff members last week have forced the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College to reassess its security.

“The college is robustly ending in immediate steps to review and reinforce our campus security protocols,” said a February 16 letter to staff seen by Magnetic Media.

The letter puts the date of the incidents as February 15th at one of its Providenciales campuses.

In the first,  a male member of staff was attacked and his car stolen after he left a meeting. When Magnetic Media queried police about the event, they released additional details of the robbery.

We were told around 9:15 pm, Thursday February 15, a 39-year-old male and his colleagues were leaving the TCI Community College Campus, Princess Drive, Providenciales, when a group of men surrounded his vehicle.

The man, noticing that one of the men had stopped at the rear of the vehicle, approached him to investigate and was struck on the head. In the immediate aftermath, the assailants escaped in the victim’s car, leaving the TCICC staff member injured at the scene.

The victim was transported to the Cheshire Hall Medical Center by police officers, and up until news production time, the car had not yet been recovered.

Following this incident, the Community College also revealed that a car chase had taken place.

A female member of staff this time, was chased down by suspected criminals as she left the campus. The employee managed to outdrive the people pursuing her and arrive safely at her destination, but she was described as shaken.

Now both, police officers and campus administration are urging residents to remain vigilant, especially when heading into their cars at night.

Safety tips that can help residents avoid attack, robbery, injury, or worse include:

  • Stay alert when heading to your vehicle; don’t be distracted by your phone; pay attention to your surroundings.
  • if you see anything or anyone suspicious, do not investigate on your own; go back and get a security guard or similar personnel to assist.
  • Have your keys ready in your hands before approaching your car, so you can enter the safety of your vehicle immediately.

The police have not yet arrested anyone for the robbery attack against the employee.

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Royal TCI Police share CAREER DAY Highlights



#TurksandCaicos, February 23, 2024 – On Thursday, 8th February 2024, between 9 am – and 2 pm, the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force attended a Career Day event at the Enid Capron Primary School, Five Cays, Providenciales.

Under the theme “Be aware, choose a career”, the RTCIPF showcased the many career options available in policing.

Members of the Community Policing Unit, Safeguarding and Public Protection, Anti-Gang and Drugs Unit, Marine Branch, Traffic Enforcement, Air Support Unit and Mechanical Department were present.  Officers answered questions posed by the young, impressionable minds.

Insp Ensa Wilson lectured students on various topics, including: “Good Touch, Bad Touch”, alerting adults to inappropriate situations and the importance of calling 911.

Students were asked questions following the lecture and were given RTCIPF tokens.

Sgt. Kavin Mars, along with PC Fitzlewis McDonald and Kiyon Doughty of the Anti Gang and Drug Unit, freestyled “Don’t Huff, Don’t Puff, Don’t Do That Stuff” and warned students of the dangers –health and legal – of using drugs.

Superintendent (Community Policing and Divisions) Dwight Gardiner commended the school’s initiative and applauded the representation of officers present.

Supt. Gardiner said: “Career Days often highlight the importance of community policing and underscore law enforcement’s vital role in fostering trust, collaboration, and safety within neighbourhoods.

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