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BTC Celebrates International Women’s Day, Embrace Equity



PROVIDENCIALES, Turks & Caicos Islands: Embrace Equity was the theme for International Women’s Day 2023. With this in mind, the leadership core of the Beaches Turks and Caicos (BTC) resort embarked on a drive to encourage its team members, especially the women, to embrace equity for all. This mission seeks to help the world to recognise that each person has different circumstances and allocates the exact resources and opportunities needed to each for an equal outcome.

General Manager James McAnally shared, “As a resort we recruit and promote based on merit and this has been clear with our leadership structure. We are currently empowering our women leaders with 70% of our supervisors and close to 60% of our managers being females. As leaders within this industry, the women who have been tasked with managing the workforce have provided unparalleled guidance to the almost 1800 team members.”

While the team at Beaches Turks and Caicos celebrate training and growth, the influence of the women leaders has created a mentorship programme that has helped in molding the lives of younger women leaders. Director of Sales, Groups and Conventions at the resort, Tanya Swann in sharing her vision for the programme added, “Every woman needs another woman to be the support and mentor at different times in their life. Having a strong friend will always give you a chance to know that there is someone who understands the challenges or success being experienced. Here at the resort, we have a bond where women leaders provide guidance for younger women in the industry and this has been working for us in helping to groom younger leaders within the resort, as empowered women, empower other women.”

Hotel Manager, Sharon Fagon noted, “Within this industry, women have broken the bias and have embraced equity in how we lead. While empowering my team members, I am firm and fair in dealing with everyone and this experience has allowed the team to value and appreciate my role as a leader. I continue to mentor and train other young leaders especially women to strive for the highest positions within the industry and know that they can achieve whatever they set their minds to doing.”

While agreeing that there is need for change within the work force, Human Resources Manager Owenta Coleby added, “. At BTC we continue to effect change in our society and the workforce by empowering a strong team of women leaders within this industry through our mentorship programme.

Audie Johnson, supervisor in the housekeeping department while admitting that being a strong woman leader is possible, it takes hard work to achieve what is needed to survive. “As women leaders we have to be mindful of not getting too complacent in what we do in our work areas or our communities. We must be conscious of the fact that we are working as a team and there is no one person who can create major change without the support of those around us. Let us be patient as we grasp every learning opportunity and help to build others.


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International Community must address conflict between Israel and Iran



Garfield Ekon

Staff Writer

With tensions between Israel and Iran at an all-time high, a United Nations affiliated group is urging for calm and dialogue as their violent actions can cause tragic devastation on innocent civilians.

According to Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL), an organisation that is dedicated to promoting peace through civilian-led initiatives, “it is a clear indication that the greatest victims of war are innocent civilians. 

How could those lost lives ever be brought back? What could compensate for the outcry of children and the anguish of the youth in devastated dwellings?,” the group noted in a media statement, adding that  the international community should  take “decisive measures” to address the conflict.

It is also advocating for the establishment of “comprehensive international laws” to safeguard peace for future generations. “HWPL remains steadfast in its commitment to fostering dialogue and reconciliation, offering hope for a peaceful resolution to the conflict between Israel and Iran,” the group said.

HWPL is a non-profit organisation, with a mission to promoting peace through education, and advocacy. It has a global network spanning over 170 countries. The organisation works to build bridges of understanding and cooperation, striving towards a world free from conflict and violence.

According to reports in various international media outlets, Iran and its militant partners on April 13 initiated a large-scale attack against Israel through launching several hundred ballistic missiles and drones. The international society expressed concerns over the possibility of war between the two states, since Tehran’s direct attack on Israel was unprecedented.

Experts have pointed out that the attack on Israel was Iran’s response to an airstrike on the Iranian embassy in Syria on April 1, which killed seven military advisers including three senior commanders.

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CTO’s Sustainable Tourism Conference Presents Dynamic Study Tours to Promote Sustainable Practices



The Caribbean Sustainable Tourism Conference (STC 2024), slated for April 22-24, 2024 in Grenada, will feature a series of exclusive study tours aligned with the conference theme, The 5 Ps – People, Planet, Prosperity, Purpose and Partnership. These tours have been thoughtfully curated to offer participants an enriching and unique opportunity to delve into innovative sustainability practices and glean insights intended to catalyze transformative action for a more resilient and sustainable Caribbean.

STC 2024 is jointly hosted by the Caribbean Tourism Organization in collaboration with the Government of Grenada, through the Grenada Tourism Authority, and will welcome a wide range of participants, including government officials, tourism professionals, environmentalists, members of the media and researchers.

This valuable addition to the conference will allow participants to visit various sites and interact with local communities, gaining firsthand knowledge of best practices in sustainable tourism management, conservation efforts, and community engagement. 

Study Tour Options:

  • The Underwater Sculpture Park/Grand Anse Artificial Reef Tour: Led by Aquanauts Grenada, guests dive into the intricate ecosystem of the Underwater Sculpture Park and Grand Anse Artificial Reef and learn about sustainable practices aimed at protecting and preserving these vital marine habitats.
  • Grand Etang Nature Tour: Dr. Guido Marcelle, an esteemed botanist, guides participants through the lush rainforests surrounding Grand Etang Lake to explore Grenada’s rich biodiversity and gain valuable insights into rainforest conservation efforts.
  • The Rasta Roots Expedition: Immersive Journey into Rastafari Culture and Lands: Led by Ras Ginga, an elder of the Nyahbinghi Tribe, guests experience the Rastafari culture firsthand, learning about organic living practices and farming practices of Grenada’s Rastafari community, complete with a taste of local culinary delights.
  • Mt. Parnassus Plantation and Cocoa Pod Botanicals: Experts Michael Jessamy and Tricia Simon guide participants through the cocoa and spice plantation, uncovering innovative applications of these crops in cosmetics and health products.

The conference’s diverse program, comprising presentations, panel discussions, workshops, study tours and networking opportunities, aims to foster collaboration and facilitate knowledge sharing to advance sustainable tourism in the Caribbean region.

Event sponsors and partners include interCaribbean Airways; Royal Caribbean International; Silversands Grenada; Six Senses La Sagesse, Grenada’s newest resort; and LINK Strategic Partners, an international strategic communications and community engagement consulting firm with offices across the U.S. and in Manchester, England.

 Visit for further information about the conference and registration details. To learn more about the Grenada Tourism Authority, visit

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RTCIPF Observes World Down Syndrome Day



On March 21st, 2024, the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force joined the international, regional and local communities in observing World Down Syndrome Day. 

Officers showed their support by wearing brightly coloured and mismatched socks to raise awareness. 

The head of the Safeguarding and Public Protection Unit, Assistant Superintendent of Police Grantley Williams, Training Manager Mrs Odessa Forbes and Media Relations Officer Denyse Renne visited the SNAP Centre and interacted with the students.

In a message to the TCI community, the RTCIPF noted that stereotypes perpetuate stigma and hinder inclusion, preventing individuals from reaching their full potential. 

Instead, the RTCIPF calls for individuals to foster an environment of acceptance and support where everyone is valued for who they are. 

By breaking down barriers and challenging misconceptions, we can create a more inclusive society where individuals with Down Syndrome are empowered to live fulfilling lives and contribute meaningfully to their communities and, by extension, the TCI. 

As law enforcement officers, we must protect and serve all members of society, regardless of their abilities. 

Let’s work together to ensure that individuals with Down Syndrome are treated with dignity and respect and that their rights are upheld.

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