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TCI Swimmer Wins Two 1st Places at “Race for the Conch”

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#TurksandCaicos, July 14, 2023 – TCI star swimmer Tajari Williams dominated this year’s “Race for the Conch” Eco-SeaSwim with back-to-back overall first place finishes in both the 2.4 mile (Ironman distance) and 1 mile races on Saturday June 24 in Grace Bay.  Williams won the races by a wide margin over several competitive swimmers from abroad vying to snag a conch trophy.

In the equally competitive 1/2 mile race, American Brecken Curren took first place followed by local swimmers, Dan Redmond and Sean Walters, with excellent second and third place finishes.  Americans Sarah Harrington and Anne Hart won the Women’s Division in the 2.4 mile and 1-mile races respectively, while Annika Curren took first in the 1/2 Mile Women’s Division.

Other TCI swimmers displayed competitive prowess in the 1-mile event.  In addition, twenty local youngsters 10 and under participated in a spirited 100 meters Children’s Swim.

A record 151 swimmers took part in the 13th annual event founded in 2010 by Co-Directors Ben Stubenberg and Chloe Zimmermann. Once more, Rickie’s Flamingo Cafe provided the venue for the start and finish on the beach.

Co-Director Stubenberg stated, “All of us were excited to see Tajari lead from the start and stay in front of the pack right to the finish.  And then to be followed up with superb showings by Dan and Sean in the 1/2 mile,” Zimmermann added, “We could not be more pleased with our TCI swimmers, as well as all the wonderful swimmers who flew in for the race.  TCI is only growing as a destination for international open water swim racing and providing an outstanding competition venue for local swimmers.”

Stubenberg and Zimmermann, expressed delight with the higher than expected turn-out. About half of the swimmers returned from last year, most from the US, but several from Canada, UK, and Latin America. Many of the swimmers have been returning year after year since the inception to enjoy the festive atmosphere, warm TCI welcome, and solid organization.

All swimmers received a conch medal carved by local artist Stanford Handfield, while the top three male and female swimmers in the 2.4 mile, 1 mile, and 1/2 mile races received handmade conch trophies embedded into wooden plaques created by local artist Lucie Stubbs.

The Race Directors pointed out that this race could not happen without dedicated volunteers who knew exactly what to do to make the race successful from transport and registration to buoy placement and timing and many other essential tasks.  They also complimented generous local sponsors and service providers who also made the race possible: Ocean Club East, Grace Bay Club, Projetech, SURFside Ocean Academy, Whole Health, Graef, Silver Palm Charters, Luxury Experiences, Hartling Group, Natural Trade Distribution, Finishing Touch, Marco Travel, Caicu Naniki Vacation Adventures, Stream2Sea sunscreen, Red Cross, Big Blue, LMNT electrolytes, Island Roasters Coffee, Business Solutions, Kix Creations, TC Crystal Water, the TCI Philippine Community, and Paradise Photography. Race Directors also expressed their appreciation to the TCI Sports Commission, DECR, Provo Ambulance Service, Marine Police, and Royal Police for their excellent support.

The “Race for the Conch” is a TCI registered non-profit. Proceeds from the race go mainly to the Provo Children’s Home, as well as Reef Fund, Hope Foundation, and Red Cross.

Next year’s race will take place on June 29, 2024.  Website for race information: www.ecoseaswim.com

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Tim and Henry to the Rescue: A Harrowing Search and Rescue Mission Highlights Need for Marine Vessel in Grand Turk

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#TurksandCaicos, July 12, 2024 – At approximately 2:45 pm on July 12th, a 911 emergency call came in from the police department in Grand Turk, informing Ed Forbes of a distressing situation. Four young adult tourists had gone out on paddle boards off Cork Tree Beach in Grand Turk, when one of them fell off the board and could not get back on. Evidently, they underestimated the wind speed and their own brute strength.

Ed Forbes, co-owner of Exclusive Escapes Grand Turk, played a pivotal role in coordinating the rescue. Responding swiftly to the emergency call, he immediately reached out to the local search and rescue team. His prompt actions and calm demeanor were instrumental in mobilizing the necessary resources.

Within 20 minutes or so, Tim from Emerald Escapes, along with Henry and Kindry from Blue Water Divers, were on the scene. Their experience and swift response were crucial in ensuring the safety of the stranded paddleboarders. Working seamlessly together, they managed to locate and rescue all four individuals without any need for medical attention.

However, this incident also underscores a critical issue that has long plagued Grand Turk: the need for a dedicated marine vessel for search and rescue operations and cruise passengers incidents. Despite numerous promises made to concerned citizens over the years, this vital resource remains unavailable.

The swift response of Tim, Henry, and Kingdry highlights the community’s resilience and dedication, but it also brings to light the gaps in emergency preparedness that could be addressed with better equipment and support.

A dedicated marine vessel would significantly enhance the efficiency and safety of rescue operations, ensuring that responses to such emergencies are even more effective.

Ed Forbes
Concerned Citizen

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Invest TCI Opens New Office in Grand Turk

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Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – July 11th, 2024—Invest Turks and Caicos Islands (Invest TCI) proudly announces the launch of its new office in Grand Turk, located at the Digicel Building on Old Airport Road. The grand opening of the new location occurred on Friday, July 5th, 2024, under the theme “Empowering Enterprises in the Capital.”

The establishment of the new office marks a significant milestone in Invest TCI’s growth strategy. The primary objective of the expansion is to provide enhanced services and support to the business community in Grand Turk. By increasing operational capacity, Invest TCI aims to facilitate sustained growth and success for enterprises within the country.  Beyond economic advancement, this initiative is set to yield substantial community benefits, including the creation of employment opportunities.

The grand opening ceremony attracted a diverse range of attendees, including recipients of the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) programme, members of the business community, government officials, and Invest TCI staff. The event was moderated by Mr. Keno Forbes, Vice President of Investor Services. Special remarks were delivered by the Premier, Hon. Charles Washington Misick, who congratulated the InvestTCI team on their hard work and encouraged the community to take advantage of the benefits offered by the new office. He reiterated the government’s commitment to creating a supportive environment for businesses in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Additional remarks were provided by Invest TCI Chairperson, Ms. Cindy Ewing; Business Advisor, Ms. Lashena Simmons; Director of the Business Support Unit, Mrs. Anissa Adderley; and Vice President of SME, Ms. Alexa Cooper. Their contributions highlighted the collaborative effort and dedication that have driven the success of Invest TCI initiatives.

Expressing her enthusiasm for the new office, Invest TCI CEO, Mrs. Angela Musgrove, stated, “Our vision is clear and compelling: to further empower Invest Turks and Caicos Islands, the agency offers incentives and support that enable more efficient and innovative practices. We are committed to helping businesses thrive, and in doing so, we are helping our entire community.”

Invest TCI recognizes the integral role that Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises play in the economic and social development of the Turks and Caicos Islands. Through its Business Support Unit, the agency provides comprehensive support services to startups and existing entrepreneurs, ensuring they have the tools and resources to succeed.

The grand opening of the new office in Grand Turk represents a significant step forward in Invest TCI’s mission to support and empower businesses across the islands. The agency looks forward to fostering economic growth and development and ensuring a prosperous future for all.

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LAST AMERICAN TOURIST SENTENCED TO A FINE OF $1500.00 OR SIX MONTHS IMPRISONMENT IN DEFAULT, SHE’S ALSO SENTENCED TO 23 WEEKS IMPRISONMENT SUSPENDED FOR ONE YEAR

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(Thursday, July 11th, 2024) Turk and Caicos Islands – The last of five American tourists arrested in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) for being in unlawful possession of  ammunition could finally leave the TCI today, Thursday, July 11th, 2024.

Sharitta Grier 46 pleaded guilty on 25th June to having two rounds of.38 ammunition in her bags, at the Howard Hamilton International Airport in Providenciales on Monday 13th May, 2024, when leaving the Turks and Caicos Islands after a surprised Mother’s Day vacation trip, from her daughters.

Her Ladyship The Hon. Ms. Tanya Lobban-Jackson agreed with senior defense counsel, Ms. Sheena Mair of F-Chambers that there are exceptional circumstancés in Grier’s case, by this, the court departed from the mandatory minimum sentence of twelve years imprisonment and ordered a lighter sentence of $1500.00 or Six months imprisonment if fine is not paid. She’s also sentenced to 23 weeks imprisonment suspended for one year.

Holding for the office of the Director of Public Prosecution via link was Dr. Angela Terry Brooks, deputy director of the DPP’S office.

The prosecution office did oppose exceptional circumstances and invited the court to impose the mandatory minimum sentence of twelve years imprisonment.

A more detailed court report will follow.

Wilkie Arthur
Court Correspondent
Eagle Legal News Media

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