By Dana Malcolm
#TurksandCaicos, March 23, 2023 – As college month continues, the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College (TCICC) has rolled out a brand-new maritime program to take full advantage of the employment opportunities created by the blue economy which are abundant in the country.
The College hosted a Maritime consultation on March 22nd under the theme, ‘Exploring Certification Opportunities Within the Blue Economy: The TCI Perspective’ to introduce the project and hear from residents.
Describing it as a strategic move Kevin Baxter, Dean of TVET shares that the collaboration was an effort to meet skills gaps. He said that with the fourth Industrial Revolution upon us, marine skill sets were changing, and the college’s offerings had to adapt to provide the most skilled graduates.
“Training institutions like the TCICC must provide appropriate expertise and knowledge to create a future ready maritime workforce to meet the needs of diverse stakeholders.”
He maintained that the MOU with the LGM Maritime Academy would propel the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College to new heights.
, President of the LGM Maritime Academy, joined in on the session via zoom. She explained that LJMMA which is housed on its very own Cay, just off of Nassau, was created out of a desire to see Bahamians take part in the massive shipping industry in their own country.
Prior to LJM Maritime Academy, Bahamians would have to go to New York, to the tune of $30,000 a year, Cleare explained, to become trained in the field. She described the Academy, which Turks and Caicos Islanders will now have access to, as a sleeping giant in the field.
Rachel Taylor, Turks and Caicos Minister of Education said: “We must ensure that our people capitalize off of the opportunities to certify themselves so they can be equipped to be able to deliver in the blue economy sector.”
Lormeka Williams, Director of Environment and Coastal Resources is keen on this maritime education developing a greater desire for protection of the natural environment; emphasizing that Turks and Caicos is among the most vulnerable countries to climate change.
“It is pivotal that the tourism industry be staffed with well trained professionals, knowledgeable professionals from our tour guides for taxi drivers, who celebrate the natural heritage of our islands and act as environmental stewards.”
She expressed pleasure at the MOU and said the country was looking forward to the influx of well-equipped professionals to elevate our industries.
The program will certify both new and experienced blue economy workers in the country.
Washington MISICK challenged, and holds onto Leadership of the PNP
#TurksandCaicos, February 24, 2024 – Magnetic Media can report that WASHINGTON MISICK has emerged and remains LEADER of the governing Progressive National Party.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.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.
TCI Community College staff struck and robbed, another chased in car by attackers
#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.
Royal TCI Police share CAREER DAY Highlights
#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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