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Turks & Caicos Celebrates 30 Years of American Airlines



By Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer


#TurksandCaicos, December 21, 2022 – Thirty years ago, in 1992 American Airlines became the first major commercial airline to operate daily flights to Providenciales, Turks and Caicos in a partnership formed thanks to the pooling of funds by tourism interests at the time.  That selfless decision became the launch pad for an international airport, an enviable economy and opened the door to what is now one of the most sought after tourism destinations in the Caribbean region.

Chloe Zimmerman is a longtime tourism player and owner of Marco Travel; when was asked who were the major tourism investors that were instrumental in bringing the company into the TCI back then, she trumpeted: Everyone!

“… the money was put by everybody, mainly locals participated it was amazing,” said Zimmerman.

In recognition of this 30 years of partnership, The Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority commemorated those first flights in a ceremony on Sunday. Attending the thank you event were Anya Williams, TCI Deputy Governor; Stacy Cox, TCHTA Chief Executive and the Board’s president, Trevor Musgrove along with staff of the TCI Tourist Board and TCIAA and Arlington Musgrove, Minister of Immigration and Borders Services with responsibility for airports.

“Yesterday, we celebrated with American Airlines as they marked 30 years of service to Turks and Caicos. This coincides with the start of the TCHTA, as we commemorate 30 years as an association. Our 1992 Board of Directors played an integral part in finalizing this historical collaboration, and the Turks and Caicos community rallied as a whole to make it happen.

AA has been an exceptional partner to these islands and we look forward to another 30 years with added routes and continued excellence in service,” informed the TCHTA on its Facebook page on Monday December 19.

This past July, a formal meeting was held with government executives from the Ministry of Tourism.  It was during that session, that Josephine Connolly, Minister of Tourism said, “American Airlines has been servicing this destination for almost 30 years and as our leading airline partner, with direct flights from seven United States cities to Providenciales (PLS), we look forward to more routes, connecting travellers to our shores. To do so, teamwork and a true partnership is what we will continue to strive towards, to ensure that we remain the number one destination in the Caribbean, if not the world.”

Today, American Airlines is responsible for linking the Turks and Caicos Islands to over half a dozen, major US cities including:  Miami, Boston, Charlotte, Dallas, Chicago, New York and Philadelphia.

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Paid internship opportunity in Energy Data Collection,  Application DEADLINE is April 19



April 19, 2024 – The Caribbean Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE) in cooperation with the Energy and Utilities Department (EUD), Ministry of Public Safety and Utilities (MPSU), is looking for a motivated intern to work in close collaboration with regional and national institutions to survey and collect energy-related data that will be used to create the Energy Report Cards (ERCs) for the Turks and Caicos Islands. A stipend for the intern will be provided by CCREEE.

The intern will be based at the EUD/MPSU. The internship program will provide students and/or young professionals with a unique opportunity to work with the energy sector institutions and stakeholders in TCI, gain practical experience in the energy sector, and contribute to the knowledge management functions of the Regional Energy Information System within the CARICOM Energy Knowledge Hub (CEKH).


The CCREEE in collaboration with the EUD/MPSU will collect specified data and information that will be used to develop the TCI Energy Report Cards which will be made accessible through the CARICOM Energy Knowledge Hub (CEKH). The hub may be accessed by registering at The Energy Report Cards will also offer important support to the CCREEE work program, including support for energy planning and the development of sustainable energy projects.


  • Bachelor’s degree or on course for completion of one by December 2024.
  • Interest in the energy sector and willingness to learn about the socio-economic, technical and environmental aspects of the energy landscape; studies in sustainable energy, environmental sciences or related fields are an asset but not a National or resident of one of the relevant countries.
  • Proficiency in English.


The internship will run for a period of eight (8) weeks from May 27 to July 19, 2024.


The intern applicant should send their application (motivation letter and CV) on or before April 19, 2024 to and copy

 Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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Earth Day 2024: Planet vs Plastics – A Call to Action for Reducing Plastic Waste



As Earth Day approaches on April 22nd, the DECR is rallying the community to join the global movement towards reducing plastic waste and safeguarding our planet’s future.

Plastic pollution remains one of the most pressing environmental challenges of our time, threatening the health of our oceans, wildlife, and ecosystems. With an estimated 8 million tons of plastic entering our oceans every year, the need for action has never been more urgent.

This Earth Day, the DECR urges you to take meaningful steps towards reducing plastic consumption and waste. From single-use plastics like straws and bags to microplastics that infiltrate our ocean and food chain, every piece of plastic avoided makes a difference.

By embracing reusable alternatives, recycling responsibly, and advocating for policies that prioritize sustainability, we can all play a role in mitigating the plastic crisis. Together, we can create a cleaner, healthier planet for future generations.

Join us this Earth Day in committing to reduce plastic waste and protect our precious environment. Together, we can make a difference.

Tune into the DECR’s social media by following us on Instagram @DECR_TCI or on Facebook at DECR Environmental Education & Outreach Group.

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Senior Teacher Endorses Robot to Assist in Educating Infant and Primary School Students



KINGSTON, April 17 (JIS):
Senior Teacher at Alpha Infant School, Sabrina Raymond-Hunter, has endorsed the ‘ICHEETAH’ robot, a smart educational AI-powered tool that will advance the way young children learn and interact with technology.
The robot, developed by CHEETAH Toys and More, LLC, is designed to engage and educate children at the infant and early-primary levels of education in a fun and interactive manner, supporting their cognitive development and preparing them for future academic success.
Speaking at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank on April 16, Mrs. Raymond-Hunter recognised the potential of this cutting-edge technology and its ability to enhance the learning experience for young children.
“I am really excited about this product. I was able to get this into my classroom of 23 students and they are super excited about this. We have had it for three weeks and this is a game changer,” she said.
The Senior Teacher, who also serves as the school’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Designate, added that the students’ learning has been enhanced since incorporating the technology into her teaching.
“It has enhanced it a lot because you know the boys, especially, once they are happy and find something that is fun, they will want to do it. My boys started off a little bit rocky, but since they got this robot, they are spelling, identifying words and reading,” she noted.
Having yielded positive results from utilising the technology, Mrs. Raymond-Hunter is encouraging other schools who are not yet on board to do so.
“I’m encouraging all the other schools to get on board, and if for any reason you need a demonstration, come to Alpha. I’ll show you exactly how we use it to get our students on board and on level with everyone else. Learning should be fun, and with iCHEETAH it definitely is,” she shared.
The robot is outfitted with several interactive features, including voice recognition, games, and educational content, making learning engaging and exciting for young learners.

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