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14 New Mentees Welcomed to the TCREA Real Estate Mentorship Program

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#TurksandCaicos, February 20, 2023 – Fourteen bright and eager teens have been officially selected for Round Two of the TCREA Mentorship Program.

After the success of the program’s initial phase, the Committee, spearheaded by TCREA Ambassador Trevor Musgrove, dove straight ahead with plans to open the opportunity to more students.

“It was a no-brainer”, said Musgrove. “The program felt like it was over in just a blink, and we thoroughly enjoyed sharing this profession we love so much with the Mentees. Once the final certificates were presented to the first group, we immediately began planning for this year.”

When the Mentorship Program launched in 2022, TCREA selected ten teens for the inaugural group who were led through the sessions by six Mentors. The ten were comprised of students from Providenciales and North Caicos. When applications opened for the 2023 session, the Committee was pleased to have received submissions from Grand Turk and South Caicos this time around.

“When the Ministry first met with Mr. Musgrove and his team, two of our non-negotiables for endorsing the program was that it would be open to teens in all islands and that Community College students would also be considered,” shared Honourable Rachel Taylor, Minister of Education, “We reinforced our commitment to ensuring that we would support any young person interested in exploring the program. As such, we are delighted to facilitate the travel of the sister island participants so that they can take full advantage of the exciting live sessions this program offers”.

With that continued support, the TCREA team was empowered to select four additional students for January 2023, resulting in a diverse group of young men and women:

  • Clement Howell High School – Emmanuel Morancy, Adriauna Williams
  • Raymond Gardiner High School – J-Neyo Agenor, Caleea Robinson
  • Marjorie Basden High School – Phanaica Alcina
  • Maranatha Academy – Jessica Dormeus, Celeste Tape
  • British West Indies Collegiate – Tyler Hall, Ja’Mya James
  • Louise Garland Thomas High – Kevins Fleurimont
  • H J Robinson High School – Samarth Parvani, Jajuan Harvey (G)
  • Wesley Methodist High School – Jenny Mesilien, Elijah Simmons

The successful Mentees experienced their first live session on Saturday, February 4th where they met their Mentors and were led through the program’s orientation, and an introduction to the Real Estate ethics and principles.

Along with Director Trevor Musgrove, the program’s Mentorship Committee includes Blair MacPherson of REMAX; Vernica Delancy and Dedra Gray of Keller Williams; Sean O’neill of The Agency; Nina Siegenthaler, Manfred Smith, and newest Mentor addition, Lisa Lopes of Sotheby’s.

For the next 5 months, the teens will enjoy interactive learning sessions, open house exercises, education in sales and marketing techniques, and site visits while building their knowledge of one of the country’s largest and most lucrative industries.

The TCREA Board of Directors is delighted to continue this initiative in hopes that it will pique even more interest from Turks and Caicos school leavers who may not have explored the idea of delving into this lucrative and highly respected industry.

The community is encouraged to follow the program’s Facebook page, @tcreamentors, and support the participants along their journey.

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Washington MISICK challenged, and holds onto Leadership of the PNP

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#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

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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

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#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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