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Natl Security Council concedes; Research required on TCI crime underworld     



Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer


#TurksandCaicos, September 19, 2023 – Front line crime fighting will now be backed up by research based strategies specific to the Turks and Caicos as authorities struggle to track down offenders.

‘A medium to long-term strategic assessment of threats and required measures to tackle the challenges of transnational crime and gang-related activity’ was announced by the National Security Council on September 6th.

This research will likely involve investigations into the shipment of weapons and narcotics to and through the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Police have found evidence of both types of contraband bound for, or already in the Turks and Caicos in the past 12 months.

Understanding how those items are getting in could assist in creating effective strategies to stop them.

Though very guarded with information, the police had told Magnetic Media,

“There is intelligence that would suggest that TCI, like most if not all countries in the region, have a transnational threat about organized crime with inevitable associated financial crime and money laundering.”

More research on gangs in the local space would also be beneficial to crime fighting agencies.

“The police are striving to map and assess the number of gangs and the current assessment is that the potential number of gangs operating in TCI is not exceptionally disproportionate,” the Police said in a recent comment to Magnetic Media.

In a decade and a half, they’ve gone from trying to convince residents that there are no gangs in the country, to announcing that warring gangs from across the Caribbean were at fault for saddling the TCI with one of the highest murder rates in the world.

With over 40 killed from the murderous rampage began in September 2022 to this month, the emphasis is now admittedly a need for research into these criminal organizations and how to tackle them.

The NSC has not yet announced a timeline for the strategic assessment.


Beaches TCI Prestige Awards, an Intergalactic Experience



PROVIDENCIALES, Turks & Caicos Islands:   The Open Air Theatre at Beaches Turks and Caicos (BTC) was transformed into a dazzling and elegant intergalactic setting beckoning those who ‘dared to travel beyond the mundane.’ The event was the resort’s annual Prestige Awards celebrations. The venue exuded opulence with all the tapestries being accentuated by glittering chandeliers and lush floral arrangements. The spectacularly decorated venue with flashing lights was synonymous to that of the Oscars or Golden Globe Awards.

As team members arrived with their guests, they were greeted by photographers who lined the red carpet. They were interviewed and entertained by red carpet host, Antoinette Thomas who otherwise serves as the human resources recruitment and compliance specialist. Guests were dressed to the nines and they clearly understood the mission and came ready to represent the event’s theme, “Soaring to Excellence”. Gentlemen were dapperly attired in their suits and bedazzled blazers while the ladies were sophisticatedly attired in their flowing ball gowns.

The crowning moment of the evening saw Front Office supervisor Hardsen Martial being named Diamond Team Member of the Year. Said Martial, “this is one of the most rewarding periods of my career within this industry. Every team member here at BTC is challenged to be the best each day. I remained consistent, the guests recognised my professionalism and the management of the resort saw it fitting to present me with this award. I’m truly grateful for this recognition.”

Masters of Ceremony for the night were Patricia Smith and Obrien Forbes, both connoisseurs of the art. They navigated the ‘spacecraft’ safely through the awards ceremony, interspersed by performances and several jocular moments.

The Prestige Awards is the largest, resort-driven, team-member event that celebrates excellence and honours those who continually go beyond the call of duty. The Prestige Awards is a culmination of the monthly awards that acknowledge the hard work of staff members. General Manager, James McAnally in his welcome, commended all nominees and thanked the staff for being such excellent team players. Awardees received cash prizes, framed certificates, trophies and an assortment of gifts.

The category winners are as follows:

  • Diamond Team Member of the Year Award- Front Office supervisor Hardsen Martial
  • Platinum Team Member of the Year Award – Learning & Development Clerk Alex Bernadin
  • Mover and Shaker of the Year Award – Security supervisor Rammeshee Thompson
  • Legendary Team Member of the Year Award – Concierge supervisor Richard Rowe
  • Circle of Joy of the Year Award –                          Houseman Gener Mondelus
  • Earth Guardian of the Year Award –    Guest Experience manager Patricia Smith
  • Sandals Foundation Sentinel of the Year Award –          Spray Technician Lloyd Wisdom
  • Standing Ovation Award – Assistant Food & Beverage Director Ancell Williams
  • Money Maker Award –               Spa therapist Swean Wright-Frazer
  • Heart of the House Award –         Finance Administrator Walner Registre
  • The People’s Choice Award –                                   Butler Melissa Codner
  • Pace Setter of the Year Award –         Assistant HR Manager Roxanne Wade
  • All Rounder of the Year Award – Assistant Steward Manager Dionne Lawson
  • Founder’s Circle Award –              Chef Eric “Fortune Cookie” Johnson
  • MVP of the Year Award –           Restaurant Manager Shereka Dobson
  • The ‘A’ Team of the Year Award –                                      Grounds Department

Commenting on the success of the evening’s event, Tanya Swann, director of sales, noted that the outcome of the programme exceeded her already very high expectations. “To say we soared to excellence for the Prestige Awards would be an understatement. This event was beyond excellent. Thanks to the hard work of the human resources department, under the management of Owenta Coleby and all other departments that gave very strong support to ensure that our colleagues had a memorable night.”

Owenta Coleby, HR manager, stated that it was only fitting that team members be given the best because they are expected to give of their best. “I am very pleased with the success of the event,” she stated. “At Beaches Turks and Caicos, we work hard and play hard. We are already preparing to deliver an awe- inspiring, jaw dropping Prestige Awards for 2024.”


Photo Captions:

Header: Beaches Turks and Caicos Prestige winners share a moment with General Manager (centre seated) at the culmination of the resort’s prestige awards

1st insert: Member of the Beaches Turks and Caicos resort Grounds department, Spray Technician Lloyd Wisdom (left) and Assistant Manager Kemar Jones accept their reward from General Manager James McAnally as they were crowned A-Team of the year at the resort’s annual prestige awards

2nd insert: Front Office Supervisor, Hardsen Martial (left) who was crowned Diamond Team member of the year accepts his accolades from General Manager James McAnally at the resort

3rd insert: Members of the Beaches Turks and Caicos Entertainment team show off their skills in one of the activity during the resort’s annual prestige awards celebrations

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Invest TCI Participates in USA-Caribbean Investment Forum 2023, Fostering Partnerships for Sustainable Development



#TurksandCaicos, September 24, 2023 – Invest Turks and Caicos proudly announces its participation in the USA-Caribbean Investment Forum, held on September 15-16, 2023, at the New York Marriott Marquis in New York City. This prestigious event, hosted by The Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (CAIPA), brought together a diverse array of investors, entrepreneurs, and stakeholders united by a common goal: to explore and capitalize on the wealth of opportunities available within the Caribbean region.

Representing Invest Turks and Caicos at the event were CEO Angela Musgrove and Legal & Compliance Officer, Judith Campbell. Their presence exemplified Invest Turks and Caicos’ commitment to facilitating investment and promoting the growth of the Turks & Caicos Islands.

A pivotal moment during the forum was the enlightening address delivered by the Hon. E. Jay Saunders, Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance, Investment & Trade of the Turks & Caicos Islands. Hon. Saunders passionately discussed the imperative need for the diaspora to invest and engage in business within their countries of origin, underlining the numerous benefits and potential that come with investing in the Caribbean. His insightful remarks were met with great enthusiasm and appreciation from the attendees.

Commenting on their participation, CEO Angela Musgrove stated, “The USA-Caribbean Investment Forum has been an exceptional platform for Invest Turks and Caicos to showcase the exciting investment opportunities that our islands offer. It also provided an opportunity to discuss how we may increase partnerships and opportunities for the attraction of diaspora investments.  We are committed to forging meaningful partnerships that drive sustainable development in the Caribbean region, and this event has been instrumental in advancing our mission.”

Invest Turks and Caicos remains dedicated to promoting investment, economic development, and partnerships within the Turks & Caicos Islands. The participation in the USA-Caribbean Investment Forum 2023 marks another step towards achieving these goals and contributing to the sustained development of the Caribbean region.

For more information about Invest Turks and Caicos, please visit

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TCIFA to Host First Annual Awards Gala In Aid of Youth Development



#TurksandCaicos, September 24, 2023 – The Turks and Caicos Islands Football Association (TCIFA) will be hosting the Inaugural Awards Gala Ball, honoring members of the Turks and Caicos Islands Football Community who have demonstrated leadership, vision, dedication and outstanding achievement under the theme “Continuing a Legacy of Excellence.” The event will take place on Friday, October 13th at the Shore Club Ball Room, featuring a Welcome Reception and four-course Awards Dinner; promising to be an exciting evening. Seats and tables are opened to the general public for purchase.

The Awards Gala will serve as one of TCIFA’s biggest fundraising initiative in support its Youth Development Programs, and is expected to become an annual celebration. Currently, football grassroots/ youth programs are conducted on the islands of Providenciales, Grand Turk, South Caicos and North/Middle Caicos. TCIFA is a non-profit organization whose mission is to develop football throughout the entire Turks & Caicos Islands, encouraging positive youth involvement in society. In order to meet its mission, and provide for the Youth Development Football Programmes, the FA relies heavily on its fundraising efforts, and community support.

In attendance to the Awards Gala, will be The President of Concacaf and Vice-President of FIFA, Victor Montagliani. The event will also see the presence of international football celebrities Davis Dein and Andrew “Andy Cole.”

David Barry Dein, former Co-Owner and Vice-Chairman of Arsenal Football Club, was instrumental in convincing some of the world’s greatest talents to join the club, and transforming it into what it is today, on and off the pitch. Arsenal is seen as an example of a leading club in world football and is admired around the world. Dein was also a one of the major architects of the FA Premier League in 1992, reshaping the structure and finances of English football; and a former Vice-Chairman of the Football Association (The FA). Additionally, he spent some time as President of the G-14 group of European football clubs sitting on various committees within FIFA and UEFA, including UEFA’s Club Competition Committee and Executive Committee. In 2010, Dein was appointed as international President of England’s 2018 World Cup Bid.

Dein continues to remain active on the football scene, providing his views on the future of football around the world, whether it be via interviews, conferences, or public speaking engagements.

Andrew “Andy” Cole is a former English professional striker, playing from 1988-2008. He spent six years with Manchester United after being transferred from Newcastle United, and won nine trophies including the Treble of the Premier League, FA Cup and UEFA Champions League in 1999. He also played in the top division of English football for Arsenal, Blackburn Rovers, Fulham, Manchester City, Portsmouth and Sunderland, as well as in the Football League for Bristol City, Birmingham City, Burnley and Nottingham Forest. He is the fourth-highest goal-scorer in Premier League History with 187 goals, and held the Premier League records for most goals scored in a 42-game season (34) before year 2023, and fastest to score 50 goals (65 matches), as well as being the first player to top the Premier League’s goalscoring charts and assist charts in the same season in their own right in 1993-4.

Cole has the distinction of being one of the few players in England to have swept all possible honors in the English game, including the PFA Young Player of the Year awards, as well as coveted UEFA Champions League title. Cole was also capped 15 times for the England National Team between 1995 and 2001, scoring once against Albania in a 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifier.

Cole announced his retirement from football, ending his 19-year career, in November 2008.

To secure seats/tables, contact the TCIFA offices at (649)941-5532, or WhatsApp (649)333-0244.

For more information, please contact TCIFA Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Candia Ewing at 941-5532 or


TCIFA National Academy

Venetian Road


Turks and Caicos Islands

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