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Marie Prospere Prospers well with BTC Growth for 27 Years…



#Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, October 29, 2022 – A veteran in the hospitality industry and at the Beaches Turks & Caicos, Marie Noguesse Prospere continues to grow with the resort she has come to value, and firmly believes it is the biggest game-changer in the tourism industry for the Turks & Caicos islands.

A stable leader in the resort’s rooms division, Prospere believes that although her earlier years saw her train in administration, culinary arts and as a medical assistant, she is confident she landed her dream career when she joined the Beaches family in 1995.

“Although my first experience in the area of housekeeping was prior to Beaches when someone entrusted me with the opportunity to care for their living area, Beaches is really where I have honed my craft and cemented myself in the profession,” she shared.

A leader who remains steadfast in her quest to provide the best service not only to visiting resort guests but also to her fellow team members, Prospere is mindful of her responsibility to always give more than what is expected. “Being given that early opportunity has influenced my mindset through the years whenever I have to help in training those I supervise. Beaches has seen to my growth and development and I believe in giving everyone around me an opportunity.  I have been a room’s division supervisor at Beaches for more than 10 years now and though I remain firm, fair and friendly, I am always ready to help to groom those who show the interest to grow within the industry,” Prospere shared.

Having received her initial formal housekeeping training in Haiti, Marie migrated with her husband, a pastor, and their children to Providenciales back in 1987 and became a naturalized Islander.

“Since being a part of the Beaches team, I have been exposed to extensive on the job training but also training in Supervisory Management, Customer Service, Basic First Aid, and I secured my Train-the-Trainer Certification that has enhanced my leadership abilities, allowing me to impart my knowledge and years of experience to those around me.  My biggest drive each day is to motivate my team and let them know that their contribution is integral to the success of the entire Beaches team. I firmly believe that it often takes an understanding leader to drive the success of a team and that is who I try to be each day in my area of the rooms division,” Prospere continued.

Housekeeping Manager, Delretha Allen was quick to share her praises, remarking that, “Marie is a stellar leader and motivator who remains humble and committed to all tasks. She is someone who leads by example and is never shy in taking responsibilities or assisting in the grooming and development of those around her. Beaches Turks and Caicos is better off in having Marie as one of the most dedicated leaders who has remained pivotal to the growth and development of the housekeeping team.”

During the resort’s recently concluded Housekeeping Week celebrations, General Manager, James McAnally praised Marie for her commitment and dedication not only to her profession, but also to Beaches Turks and Caicos.  McAnally stated, “Marie is an amicable and dedicated leader who has unreservedly given herculean effort to the housekeeping department and continues to lead by example. With the highest level of consistency, Marie has shown guests and her colleagues the ethos of our founder and late Chairman, the Honourable Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, by giving each guest (and team member) more than what he or she expects.”

While sharing that BTC empowers its team members to grow professionally, Prospere highlighted the value added assets that the resort also provides. “The opportunity for volunteerism has allowed team members to give back to the communities and I embrace this wholeheartedly.  This is one of the most pivotal reasons that I enjoy my job, and I welcome and embrace the opportunity to give back while I work as a member of the housekeeping team here at Beaches Turks and Caicos,” Prospere ended.

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CHTA President Praises Jamaica’s Hurricane Preparedness, Assures Ongoing Support



KINGSTON, Jamaica– President of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), Nicola Madden-Greig, has praised the strength of local and regional public-private sector partnerships, while congratulating tourism stakeholders across Jamaica for their strong level of preparedness in weathering the dangerous Category 4 Hurricane Beryl, which impacted the island this week.

“Jamaica was spared the worst of the hurricane and we have now returned to regular business operations,” said Madden-Greig, who rode out the storm at her office in Kingston. She reported that Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay and Ian Fleming International Airport in Ocho Rios opened today, while Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston will open on Friday, July 5, after minor repairs are completed.

“We have no reports of any guests being injured during the passage of the storm, and the majority of the hotels and the tourism industry in general have emerged unscathed,” Madden-Greig added.

However, she expressed concerns for the south coast of the island, where many local communities were impacted, along with several independent hotels and villa operations.

“We will be including these operators in our disaster relief efforts, particularly in the Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth area,” she noted, explaining however that she had little doubt that this resilient community will rebound in the shortest possible time.

The trade association leader was encouraged with the reports emanating from the Cayman Islands, which confirmed no major impact on the sector there. “We are thankful to God for sparing us for the most part, and we are now resolved to getting our industry back on track, while serving communities (especially those in the Grenadines) who are in dire need at this time,” said Madden-Greig.

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CARICOM raising profile and priority of its Migration Policy; curbing challenges ‘a tall order’



Garfield Ekon

Staff Writer


The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is committed to work with Member States and other stakeholders to implement a “forward-thinking regional migration policy,” according to its Assistant Secretary General, Alison Drayton.

Addressing the opening of a recent three-day workshop titled “Towards a Regional Approach to a Migration Policy in the Caribbean,” in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, she said it is evident that the Region has been facing, and will continue to face, various challenges that affect the lives and livelihoods of Caribbean citizens.

“Namely, due to Climate Change, which has amplified displacements and the need for persons to migrate from areas that threaten their livelihoods or limit their opportunities to prosper and provide for their families,” the ASG told the forum, adding that the Climate Change and natural disasters remain “key drivers of displacements in the Region.”

“With the frequency and magnitude of events likely to increase in the future, this has contributed to many regional States facing demographic decline, which has impacted their workforce, our younger population seeking job opportunities outside the Region, and many key sectors being negatively impacted,” she stated.

The CARICOM official underscored that tackling the challenges would be “a tall order,” hence the Regional body’s commitment that would help address various aspects of Regional migration and human mobility as determined by Member State priorities.

Lauding the Government of Trinidad and Tobago for hosting the workshop, and the and valuable technical contributions made by the United Nations (UN) Migration Group and financial contributions from the United States Department of State, the European Union, and the Inter-American Development Bank, she said  the their efforts have been significant.

The contribution made by International Organization for Migration (IOM), has advanced the policy, with provision of consultancies to coordinate the Community’s work through the Regional Approach to Migration Policy (RAMP) Steering Committee and development of the framework, she highlighted.

For Trinidad and Tobago’s National Security Minister, the Hon. Fitzgerald Hinds, his country is also committed to contributing to the development of a regional migration policy framework that reflects the priorities of the people of the Caribbean Community.

“As we embark on this journey together, let us harness the expertise, the insights and the experiences that we already have among us as we gather here today to shape the policy framework that is in front of us,” the Minister said, adding that the current migration realities “should prepare us for future challenges.”

The technical workshop brought together National Focal Points from the CARICOM Member States, and representatives of relevant regional and international organisations, building on IOM’s Migration Governance Indicator (MGI) assessments, and other consultations held with national Governments of CARICOM Member States in 2023.

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Government Earmarks $300M for Post-Hurricane Dengue Mitigation



#Kingston, Jamaica, July 19, 2024 – The Government has earmarked $300 million to ramp up dengue mitigation activities, inclusive of fogging, treatment of mosquito breeding sites, removal of bulky waste and drain cleaning, in the aftermath of Hurricane Beryl.

Addressing the House of Representatives on Tuesday (July 16), Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, said the funds have been allocated to the Ministry of Health and Wellness, which will spearhead vector-control activities over the next six weeks.

He further informed that the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) and National Works Agency (NWA), “are technically involved in this dengue mitigation [exercise] by trying to clear the environmental conditions that would create the growth in the vector”.

Mr. Holness highlighted the potential for a significant increase in the dengue vector, the Aedes aegpyti mosquito, which breeds primarily in containers, consequent on  the hurricane’s passage.

“We know that many communities are being plagued by the increase in the mosquito population… and other vectors [such as] roaches, rats and flies. Therefore, the cleanup and removal and clearing of waterlogged areas is of critical importance,” he emphasised.

The Prime Minister noted that the hot summer conditions, along with rainfall, will further contribute to heightening the possibility of an increase in these vectors and the transmission of diseases.

As such, he appealed to Jamaicans to properly store water in covered containers and destroy mosquito breeding sites around their homes.

“I urge all homeowners who are storing water and… leaving the containers open, that an easy way to control the growth of the mosquito population in your households is to cover the containers,” Mr. Holness said.

He pointed out that the NSWMA will shortly announce a schedule for the removal of bulky waste from homes.

Prime Minister Holness further indicated that the NWA will be actively cleaning various gullies.

Dengue symptoms include fever, headache, and joint and muscle pains. These are often resolved through rest and adequate hydration along with the use of paracetamol to treat the accompanying fever.


Contact: Chris Patterson

Release: JIS

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