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FortisTCI hosts Third Annual Youth Energy Roundtable

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Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands (Friday, August 25, 2023) – FortisTCI hosted its third annual Youth Energy Roundtable on Thursday, August 17, 2023, showcasing the brilliance and critical thinking skills of seven college and university students enrolled in the company’s Student Summer Employment Program (SSEP).

The event marked another milestone in FortisTCI’s unwavering commitment to empowering the youth to participate in discussions about the future of energy and championing innovative thinking within the energy sector.

This year’s roundtable was held at the Company’s headquarters in Providenciales under the theme, “Youth as Change Agents.” The seven student panelists presented well-researched findings and eloquently articulated perspectives on topics related to the energy transition.

In the first segment of the program, student panelists Evadne Gardiner, Abi-Gaye Miller, Giovanni Astwood, and Jonathan Robinson led the conversation on ‘The Energy Workforce of the Future,’ with insightful support from FortisTCI energy experts. The company’s Senior Vice President of Operations, Devon Cox, Director of People and Culture, Environment, Health, and Safety, Marcus Francis, Vice President of Finance, Corporate Services and CFO, Aisha Laporte, and Manager of Learning and Development, Robyn Forbes served on the panel discussions. The topics focused on ‘Future-proof skills for the Energy Sector’ and also highlighted the importance of generational diversity within the industry.

The second segment featured SSEP panelists Danyielle Worgs, Avri Forbes, and Saphina Blaise, whose contributions delved into sustainable solutions to modernize the grid,’ with a particular focus on ‘Battery Energy Storage Technology,’ and ‘The Role of Youth in a Just Energy Transition’. These student panelists shared the stage with FortisTCI Vice President of Innovation, Technology, and Strategic Planning, Rachell Roullet, Manager of Engineering and Substation Operations Maintenance, Hortnel Johnson, Director of Legal Services, Compliance and Assistant Company Secretary, Alexandria Missick, and Director of Energy Production, Alvejes Desir.

Her Excellency, Governor Dileeni Daniel-Selvaratnam, was also in attendance, along with Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance, Investment and Trade, Hon. E. Jay Saunders, and Minister of Home Affairs, Public Utilities and Transportation, Hon. Otis Morris. Commenting on the students’ performance at the event, Hon. Morris stated: “The future of Turks and Caicos is surely bright. It is refreshing to see so many young students showcasing their talent and capability to be part of the energy conversation. These students are indeed change agents, and we look forward to the change they will bring about for the sustainable energy future of the TCI for generations to come.” Hon. Morris also commended FortisTCI for investing in the country’s youth and providing them with opportunities through the FortisTCI SSEP program and the roundtable event.

FortisTCI President and CEO Ruth Forbes reinforced the purpose of the event, which was developed in 2021 as a capstone project to enhance the Company’s summer employment program and get students involved in discussions about the future of energy in the TCI. During her remarks, she stated: “We believe in the value these young people bring to the table. We know they are keen to make meaningful contributions, with the right opportunities. We believe in their capacity to challenge the status quo, speak up, and stand out when it matters. We believe in their power to effect change. We believe that the time is always right to do right by our youth and give them the opportunities to shine. That is what the roundtable is about.”

The third annual Youth Energy Roundtable builds upon the success of previous years and reaffirms FortisTCI’s reputation as a leader in nurturing innovation, empowerment, and collaboration with the youth.

 

 

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  • Header: L-R: FortisTCI Vice President of Innovation, Technology, and Strategic Planning, Rachell Roullet, FortisTCI Vice President of Finance, Corporate Services and CFO, Aisha Laporte, SSEP panelists Jonathan Robinson, Giovanni Astwood, Evadne Gardiner, Saphina Blaise, FortisTCI President and CEO, Ruth Forbes, Minister of Home Affairs, Public Utilities and Transportation, Hon. Otis Morris, SSEP panelists Abi-Gaye Miller, Avri Forbes, Danyielle Worgs, and FortisTCI Senior Vice President of Operations, Devon Cox.

 

  • 1st insert: L-R: FortisTCI Director of People and Culture, and EHS, Marcus Francis, SSEP panelists Abi-Gaye Miller, Evadne Gardiner, FortisTCI Senior Vice President of Operations, Devon Cox and People and Culture Coordinator, Levenia Bishop.

 

  • 2nd insert:: L-R: Elected Member of Parliament, Hon. Randy Howell, FortisTCI President and CEO Ruth Forbes, and husband, Keno Forbes, Minister of Home Affairs, Public Utilities and Transportation, Hon. Otis Morris, Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance, Investment and Trade, Hon. E. Jay Saunders, and Her Excellency, Governor Dileeni Daniel-Selvaratnam.

 

  • 3rd insert: L-R: FortisTCI Vice President of Finance, Corporate Services and CFO Aisha Laporte, SSEP panelists Jonathan Robinson, Giovanni Astwood, and FortisTCI Manager of Learning and Development Robyn Forbes.

 

  • 4th insert: L-R: FortisTCI Vice President of Innovation, Technology and Strategic Planning Rachell Roullet, SSEP panelists Danyielle Worgs, Avri Forbes, FortisTCI Manager of Engineering and Substation Operations Maintenance Hortnel Johnson, and Moderator Romello Williams.

 

  • 5th insert: L-R: FortisTCI Director of Energy Production Alvejes Desir, SSEP panelist Saphina Blaise, FortisTCI Director of Legal Services, Compliance and Assistant Company Secretary Alexandria Missick and FortisTCI Senior Human Resource Officer Wisland Toussaint.

 

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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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