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The Lady in Me and My Brother’s Keeper Mentorship Programmes 



#TurksandCaicos, March 27, 2023 – The Department of Social Development and Welfare, Ministry of Home Affairs, Transportation and Communication hosted its annual mentorship programme workshops on Grand Turk and North Caicos on February 23rd and 24th 2023 at the HJ Robinson High School for the boys and February 28, 2023, at the Salem Baptist Church Fellowship Hall for the girls. North Caicos The Lady in Me workshop was held on 17 February 2023 for the girls. Both programmes targeted at-risk adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 years old.

The themes for Grand Turk My Brother’s Keeper programme were “Walking with Purpose” and The Lady in Me -You are Royal. On North Caicos The Lady in Me Workshop was held under the theme “Taking Control of the Power to say NO.”

Our main objective for the workshops stemmed from childhood and adolescence years being critical periods of growth and development and the need to impact positive values, morals and thought processes in our young people. Therefore, it is pertinent that a lot of focus be placed on promoting our healthy physical, mental, emotional, and behavioral well-being. By examining the adolescence values, competencies, belief systems, inner feelings, motivations, critical thinking, and communication skills, they can build their self-awareness and interpersonal relationships to strengthen their self-esteem. Participants became more self-aware to create a sense of pride and enhance self-respect, self-worth, and self-esteem as they mature and improve personally and professionally.

Public figure influencers were chosen to educate and enforce these important development areas within our adolescents.

In Grand Turk, the presenter and topic areas for My Brother’s Keeper were:

Mr. Temard Butterfield – Positive Values and Attitude

Andre Morgan – Respect and Boundaries

Pastor Devron Thomas- Decision making and Consequences.

Police officer Francois – Conflict resolution

Leonardo Lightbourne – How to develop Healthy Self-Esteem

Pastor Terry Tanis – Dealing with family problems.

Mr. Leonardo Lightbourne – Planning for personal success

In Grand Turk, the presenter and topic areas for The Lady in Me workshop were: 

Pastor Ruth Ariza – Positive Values and Attitude

Mrs. Ashley Forbes – Respect for boundaries and authority 

Mrs. Tonya Greaves – Building and Maintaining Health Relationships

Mrs. Caroline Dickenson – Decision Making and Consequences

Mrs. Praveen Chassang – Personal Development

In North Caicos, the presenter and topic areas were: 

Ms. Synobia Forbes – Who Am I?

Ms. Denrika Youth and Jenna Waite – Self-Esteem, Self-Confidence, and Self- Love

​*Ms. Nichole Gardiner – Your sexuality, promiscuous behaviour, and its consequences

*Mrs. Kacy Higgs – Decision making and forgiveness

The participants actively engaged with the presenters. Most of adolescence felt the sessions were beneficial. A total of 50 adolescent girls and 15 adolescent boys were impacted.

The Lady in Me workshop in Providenciales will be held on 26 and 27 April 2023 at the Gustavus Sports Complex. A total of 100 girls is intended to be impacted. UNICEF will be sponsoring this programme.

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UN Sec-Gen has special Message on Nelson Mandela Day



Nelson Mandela showed us the extraordinary difference one person can make in building a better world.

And as the theme of this year’s Nelson Mandela International Day reminds us – combatting poverty and inequality is in our hands.

Our world is unequal and divided.

Hunger and poverty are rife.

The richest one per cent are responsible for the same quantity of planet-wrecking greenhouse gases as two-thirds of humanity.

These are not natural facts. They are the result of humanity’s choices. And we can decide to do things differently.

We can choose to eradicate poverty.

We can choose to end inequality.

We can choose to transform the international economic and financial system in the name of equity.

We can choose to fight racism, respect human rights, combat climate change, and create a world that works for all humanity.

Every one of us can contribute – through actions large and small.

I join the Nelson Mandela Foundation in urging everyone to perform 67 minutes of public service on Nelson Mandela International Day – one minute for each year he fought for justice.

Together, let’s honour Madiba’s legacy and turn our hands towards building a better world for all.

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AfriCaribbean Trade and Investment Forum (ACTIF2024) set to strengthen Africa-CARICOM linkages  



Speakers at ACTIF will include global superstars Viola Davis, Serena Williams, Didier Drogba and African and CARICOM Heads of States


Nassau, Bridgetown, Georgetown, May 28, 2024 – Excitement mounts as The Bahamas prepares to host the Afreximbank Annual Meetings (AAM) and the AfriCaribbean Trade and Investment Forum (ACTIF) from 12 – 14 June 2024 in The Bahamas. Themed “Owning Our Destiny: Economic Prosperity on the Platform of Global Africa,” ACTIF2024 is set to forge significant pathways for economic prosperity between Africa and the Caribbean.

Other distinguished speakers will include Heads of State from seven CARICOM countries, former Prime Ministers, Ministers of Trade, Economic Development and Finance, Dr. Roger W Ferguson, Former Vice Chair of the Federal Reserve, USA, Prof. Andreas Klasen, Professor of International Business and Director of the Institute for Trade and Innovation at Offenburg, and many more.

Professor Benedict Oramah, President and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Afreximbank, said: “We are witnessing shifts in the global economic landscape and the trade strategies of major economies, making it imperative for African and Caribbean nations to unite for mutual prosperity. The Afreximbank Annual Meetings and AfriCaribbean Trade and Investment Forum in The Bahamas will serve as a strategic platform to enhance our economic bonds. These events indicate a vibrant assertion of our shared destiny. We are poised to harness the dynamic economic growth within our regions, enhancing our collective resilience and prosperity.”

The event promises to be a pivotal platform for high-level discussions on economic development and regional integration.

Building on the successes of the inaugural AfriCaribbean Trade and Investment Forum held in Barbados in 2022 and the gathering last year in Guyana, this year’s Forum in The Bahamas will further elevate and expand upon the discussions and initiatives previously set in motion. ACTIF2023, which focused on strengthening economic bonds and creating new investment opportunities, sets a precedent for meaningful collaboration between Africa and the CARICOM nations.

Afreximbank invites industry leaders, trade organisations and other stakeholders in the CARICOM region to participate and attend.

Registration is now open at

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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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