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TCI Observes World Suicide Prevention Day 2023  

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Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – Thursday, 7th September 2023: Suicide prevention remains a universal challenge. Every year, suicide is among the top 20 leading causes of death globally for people of all ages. It is responsible for over 800,000 deaths, which equates to one suicide every 40 seconds.

Every life lost represents someone’s partner, child, parent, friend or colleague. For each suicide approximately 135 people suffer intense grief or are otherwise affected. This amounts to 108 million people per year who are profoundly impacted by suicidal behaviour. Suicidal behaviour includes suicide, and also encompases suicidal ideation and suicide attempts. For every suicide, 25 people make a suicide attempt and many more have serious thoughts of suicide.

Here in the Turks and Caicos Islands, clinic-level data of the Department of Behavioural Health Services captures an upward trend in suicide attempts by females ages 18-35. However, the known risk factors for suicide are being male, age 35-60, unemployed, living alone, depressed and experiencing financial struggles. The most common method of suicide is hanging.

Generally, suicide is the result of a convergence of genetic, psychological, social and cultural and other risk factors, sometimes combined with experiences of trauma and loss. People who take their own lives represent a heterogeneous group, with unique, complex and multifaceted causal influences preceding their final act. Such heterogeneity presents challenges for suicide prevention experts. These challenges can be overcome by adopting a multilevel and cohesive approach to suicide prevention.

Preventing suicide is often possible and you are a key player in its prevention! You can make a difference – as a member of society, as a child, as a parent, as a friend, as a colleague or as a neighbour. There are many things that you can do daily, and also on World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD), to prevent suicidal behaviour. You can raise awareness about the issue, educate yourself and others about the causes of suicide and warning signs for suicide, show compassion and care for those who are in distress in your community, question the stigma associated with suicide, suicidal behaviour and mental health problems and share your own experiences.

It takes work to prevent suicide. Research suggests that suicide prevention efforts will be much more effective if they span multiple levels and incorporate multiple interventions. This requires the involvement of interventions that occur in communities and involve social and policy reforms, as well as interventions that are delivered directly to individuals. To reach our common goal in preventing suicidal behaviour we as the public, we as organisations, we as legislators and we as members of society must work collaboratively, in a coordinated fashion, using a multidisciplinary approach.

In observance of this year’s Suicide Prevention Day, the Department of Behavioural Health Services will be hosting the following activities:

  • Airing of mental health public service announcements during the month of September
  • Conducting Mental Health check-ups, 11- 21st September
  • Lighting of candle near a window at 8:00pm 10th September in support of survivors of suicide and for the memory of lost loved ones

For information about these activities or for help with depression or suicidal thoughts visit our websites (https://www.facebook.com/TCIDBHS  and https://www.gov.tc/dmhsd/) or contact the Department of Behavioural Health Services on the following numbers:

338-3613 Grand Turk

338-3616- Providenciales

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Experience Excellence at the 2024 Christie’s International Real Estate Masters Circle & Agents Summit

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June 24, 2024

 

We are thrilled to announce our participation in the prestigious 2024 Christie’s International Real Estate Masters Circle & Agents Summit, set against the iconic backdrop of Beverly Hills. This remarkable event represents an unparalleled opportunity for our team to immerse ourselves in a treasure trove of educational resources, cutting-edge tools, and invaluable networking experiences.

At this summit, we will be at the forefront of the latest developments in the luxury real estate sector. We are eager to learn from industry leaders and experts, gaining insights that will enable us to elevate our services to new heights. From innovative marketing strategies to state-of-the-art technology, we will be exploring a myriad of ways to enhance our clients’ experience.

Connecting with our global network and the foremost figures in the luxury real estate world will allow us to exchange ideas and collaborate on best practices. This global interaction is essential for us to continue to provide our clients with exceptional service, informed by the latest trends and global market dynamics.

The knowledge and connections we gain from this event will not only empower our team but also reinforce our commitment to delivering excellence in every aspect of our business. By attending the Masters Circle & Agents Summit, we are not just investing in our growth but in the continued satisfaction and success of our clients.

We look forward to translating this enriching experience into unparalleled service and extraordinary results for our esteemed clientele. Stay tuned as we bring back the finest insights and innovations from Beverly Hills, setting new standards in luxury real estate.

Thank you for being part of our journey. We are dedicated to exceeding your expectations and achieving new milestones together.

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Three Generations Bring Books to Life at Oseta Jolly Primary School

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 Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, June 12, 2024 — What could be better than a Reading Road Trip experience where vacationers get to visit a local school to read to children? A Reading Road Trip featuring three generations of family members! This unique experience recently unfolded when travel agent and Chairman’s Royal Club (CRC) member Renee Rice and her family vacationed at Beaches Turks and Caicos.

A key highlight of their vacation was the highly anticipated visit to Oseta Jolly Primary School. In honour of the school’s 50-year anniversary, the family donated approximately fifty (50) pounds of school supplies. Renee was joined by her husband Bruce, daughters Cheyenne, Brigitte, and Marily, and grandchildren Kyla, Kinsley, Banks, Jackson, and Evey. The group was also accompanied by a team of Sandals Foundation ambassadors.

This is just one of many contributions Rice and her family have made to schools in the Turks and Caicos, their home away from home. These generous donations have been facilitated through the partnership between the Sandals Foundation and the U.S.-based nonprofit Pack for a Purpose initiative. This partnership allows guests staying at Beaches or Sandals resorts to bring educational supplies for local communities, making a meaningful impact.

The donated items included pencils, folders, crayons, markers, washable paint, and activity pads. Vice Principal Sharonica Grant accepted the items on behalf of the school, expressing her gratitude. “We thank you for visiting us to help us celebrate our golden year. Your time with us is invaluable. Our students had a blast during the reading sessions, and they will continue to benefit from the school supplies after you’re gone,” she shared.

Marilyn Burke, one of Rice’s daughters and a Special Education Coordinator for the Oxford City Schools in Alabama, chose to read to the Special Needs class with her daughter Kinsley. In line with the Sandals Foundation’s theme of promoting food security and healthy nutrition, they spent time teaching the children about the benefits of eating fruits and vegetables. Special Education teacher, Tevynn Lewis remarked, “my children always enjoy having visitors, and we are always happy to welcome people from our community who are willing to share with our children. It was evident that they enjoyed the stories that were shared.”

A heartwarming moment occurred when eight-year-old Evey James took charge of a group of six kindergarteners, reading to them, explaining concepts, and guiding them through their worksheet and colouring activity.

Orville Morgan, Public Relations Manager, was thrilled with the success of the event. “I am happy we were able to make this Reading Road Trip a reality despite the unfavourable weather earlier in the day. The students enjoyed the visit, and the family has already formed bonds with the children, promising to return next year. These are the moments that I live for. I was particularly impressed by how well the teens and grandkids handled themselves. They were very much in control of things while being patient and comical in their interactions,” he noted.

For 15 years, the Sandals Foundation has positively impacted communities across the Caribbean through the pillars of education, community development, and environmental conservation. The Rice family’s visit to Oseta Jolly Primary School is a testament to the lasting and meaningful connections that can be formed through such initiatives.

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Header: Oseta Jolly vice principal Sharonica Grant (3rd right) accepts the gifts from Renee Rice

1st insert: These boys share a keen moment with their work sheet

2nd insert: Evey James, grand daughter of Renee Rice goes through the paces with students during one of the activities at the Oseta Jolly Primary School

3rd insert: One of the students at the Oseta Jolly Primary shares his creative skills with one of Renee’s granddaughter

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Minister of Tourism leads delegation to CTO Caribbean Tourism Week in NYC

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MoT and Experience Turks and Caicos sponsor Smart Destination Management Luncheon, Experience Turks and Caicos Co-Chair interviewed on CBS News

 

Minister with Stacy and Donna

PROVIDENCIALES, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS (June 18th, 2024) – Minister of Tourism, the Hon Josephine Connolly led a delegation comprising representatives from the Ministry of Tourism, Experience Turks and Caicos and the Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association to the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s (CTO) Caribbean Week in New York from June 17th to 21st.

The delegation comprised Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Mr. Wesley Clerveaux, Assistant to the Minister, Ms. Leandrea Missick, Mr. Alvin Hegner, co-Chair of Experience Turks and Caicos Ms. Trina Adams, Chief Marketing Officer of Experience Turks and Caicos, Ms. Laura Dowrich, Public Relations Manager of Experience Turks and Caicos and Mrs. Stacy Cox, CEO of the Turks and Caicos Hotels and Tourism Association.

This year’s Caribbean Week was centred around the CTO’s 35th anniversary theme “Connecting the Globe, Celebrating Diversity” and included events designed to spark conversation aimed at driving development within the Caribbean tourism industry.

Interviews at media market

Experience Turks and Caicos and the Ministry of Tourism sponsored the Smart Destination Management luncheon on the final day. In her welcome address at the luncheon, Minister Connolly spoke of Experience Turks and Caicos’ use of data to drive strategies and inform the tourism industry in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

“Our vision for Experience Turks and Caicos is to be a trailblazer in the realm of Smart Destination Management. While we are still in the nascent stages of this journey, our aspirations are clear and compelling. We aim to harness the power of technology, innovation, and collaboration to enhance the visitor experience, protect our natural and cultural assets, and ensure sustainable growth for our islands,” she said.

Speakers for the discussion were Nicola Madden-Greig, President of the Caribbean Hotels and Tourism Association, Jeremy Jones, Corporate Director, Resort Operations, Jamaica, Sandals Resorts International, Carl Gordon, Director, Government Strategies Growth, MasterCard and Chelsea Collier, Founder, Digi. City.

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While in New York, Experience Turks and Caicos Co-Chair Mr. Hegner was interviewed on CBS News on the issue of the five Americans who were held for the possession of ammunition.

Mr. Hegner reassured the American public that the relationship between the Turks and Caicos Islands and the US remains strong and the destination remains welcoming and peaceful to all.

Mr Hegner also welcomed the removal of the mandatory minimum 12-year sentence for persons guilty of firearm offenses.

On Friday, June 14, 2024, the House of Assembly unanimously approved the bill, which clarifies that where the court finds exceptional circumstances in cases of illegal possession of firearms and/or ammunition, they can impose a fine, a custodial sentence, or both a fine and a custodial sentence.  The amendment was put in place to address marginal cases of exceptional circumstances for both residents and visitors and ensure the sentence is proportionally consistent with those circumstances.

Header: Min of Tourism, the Hon Josephine Connolly with TCI delegation

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