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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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Environmental Health Department Recognizes Caribbean Mosquito Awareness Week 2023



Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands May 12, 2023 – Mosquito Awareness Week is fast approaching, and its an important initiative which was established with the approval of CARICOM in 2014 to raise awareness about the link between mosquitoes and the diseases they transmit and to strengthen initiatives aimed at eliminating mosquito breeding sites. Caribbean Mosquito Awareness Week will be observed this year from May 8th – 14th, 2023 under the theme “Small bite, big threat” and slogan “Beat the buzz: Prevent, Protect, Control”.

The Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is present in the Turks and Caicos Islands, can spread diseases such as Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika.

During the Month of May, the Environmental Health Department will be discussing ways to control vector populations and prevent the spread of diseases. This can include using insect repellent, eliminating breeding grounds, and properly disposing of waste.

Vector Control Awareness Month in the TCI is an extension of Mosquito Awareness Week, recognizing the threat posed by mosquitoes and is a reminder that we all have a role to play in preventing the spread of vector-borne diseases. Let’s work together to keep our communities healthy and safe.

For additional information, please contact the Environmental Health Department on 1649-338-2143/44.

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Social Services hosts Special Event for TCI Younger Ladies



By Dana Malcolm

Staff writer



#TurksandCaicos, May 2, 2023 – Another edition of the government’s mentorship program “The Lady in Me” was held this week. This time young ladies in Providenciales were the ones being treated. The program targets at-risk adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 years old.

Photos of the beautiful setup shared with our news team show branded gifts waiting for the girls as they spent the two-day event sponsored by UNICEF focusing on how to cultivate healthy physical, mental, emotional, and behavioral well-being.

Students from various schools arrived in uniforms immaculately pressed for the event put on by the Department of Social Services.

Acting Governor Anya Williams was in attendance and expressed faith that the initiative would cause true change.

“It was a pleasure to share with them my insight into the importance of making the right decisions in their youth, which will help to shape their futures and why they should see and value themselves as their greatest asset and to hear from them their goals, aspirations and the challenges that are currently being experienced by our younger generations,” she said.

In introducing the program the Government had said it was aiming to help participants: “examine the adolescence values, competencies, belief systems, inner feelings, motivations, critical thinking, and communication skills,” in order to “build their self-awareness and interpersonal relationships to strengthen their self-esteem— to create a sense of pride and enhance self-respect, self-worth, and self-esteem as they mature and improve personally and professionally.”

The Department said the event was expected to impact 100 girls.

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What’s at LJMMA? President explains snazzy equipment 



Dana Malcolm 

Staff Writer 



#TheBahamas, March 27, 2023 – Situated on a Cay of its own, the LJM Maritime Academy (LJMMA) is the Bahamas’ only school of its kind and with sponsorships from Campbell Shipping, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Carnival Cruises, Disney Cruises, and more it boasts an extremely well-equipped campus. The Turks and Caicos Community College (TCICC) is now partnering with the LJMMA to bring those amenities to TCI students through TCICC.

Brendamae Cleare, President of the institution, joined in on a maritime stakeholder meeting introducing the partnership to the Turks and Caicos’ residents on Tuesday, March 21, detailing everything that the LJMMA had to offer.

“We have– classrooms, workshops, a bridge simulator room, a crane simulator, an engine simulator and we also have a GMDSS simulator and radar simulator as well,” she explained.

The simulator building was commissioned to the tune of $30 million and is only in phase one. Also included alongside the fancy simulators, which give students hands-on experience with the boat engines and cranes that they will work with in the future, there are temporary administrative offices, libraries, nurse’s stations and more.

Other buildings on the Cay include, a firefighting simulator and the school even has lifeboat simulators, which mimic what it would be like pushing the lifeboat off the side of a huge vessel and maneuvering it in the ocean.

The Maritime Academy was birthed in 2011 when executives at Campbell Shipping including Lowell J. Mortimer (which is the only Bahamian-owned shipping company Cleare says), realized that there were no Bahamians working on their ships and were determined to change that.

“We had the college of the Bahamas, which is now the University of the Bahamas. We had a technical and vocational institution. We had banking and tourism colleges, but nothing like maritime but [we said] why not maritime?”

And the LJMMA so was born, named after its founder Mortimer. In its first year, it fielded over 180 applications and accepted just over 40 students. It is semi-regimented, which means strict rules for students, just as they would have to abide by on vessels.

The institution is accredited by the National Accreditation and Equivalency Council of the Bahamas, the Bahamas Maritime Authority, the Institute of Materials, Minerals, Mining and others.

Cleare said the vision of the school was to become a globally recognized institution of excellence, in maritime education and training.

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