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Felix Morley Community Centre Programmes Now Launched!

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Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, 10 November, 2023 – The Felix Morley Community Centre (FMCC), now under the management of the TCI Sports Commission, was built years ago, to provide a safe space with enriching activities to the Five Cays community. Due to extraneous variables, the FMCC has not been able to maximise its full purpose, which is being aspired towards with the launch of the new programmes.

On Thursday, October 26th, the FMCC Programmes Launch was held, where the new operations of the Community Centre and the slate of programmes and activities that will be available were revealed.

Programmes offered at the centre:

  • Dance – Ms Faith Bowens
  • Basketball – Mr. Philip Roker
  • Karate – Sensei Sandro
  • Rugby – Mr. Andrew Phillips
  • Youth Yoga – Mr. David Bowen
  • Boxing – Mr Jimkelly Joseph and Mr Gary Lightbourne

According to the Director of Sports Jarrett Forbes, “We made a commitment to the Minister, Hon Rachell Taylor, to bring to life, her vision for the centre…The greatest assurance of a wholesome environment for our youth is for the Community, as a village, to preserve what we have here today. The Sports Commission will be counting on the Community of Five Cays to help the Felix Morley Community Centre grow from strength to strength.”

These programmes are just the beginning as the Programmes team is formalizing plans and agreements with additional instructors who are willing to commit their time and expertise to the empowering of communities. As the centre continues to develop, activities for the elderly will come on stream, ranging from modified fitness programmes to social games. Over the coming nine to twelve months, plans are on the way to repair the gazebos along the beach; install a multi-sport artificial field; install a shaded kid’s playground; and develop a full courtyard.

The Sports Commission is pleased to partner with the Department of Youth, which will be delivering a slate of youth development programmes through the Computer Lab such as:

  • Computer classes
  • Literacy and numeracy
  • Toast Masters
  • Grooming Sessions with Ms. Alicia Swann

Among those present at the launch were the Governor Her Excellency Dileeni Daniel-Selveratnam, Deputy Governor Her Excellency Anya Williams, Hon. Rachel Taylor, Permanent Secretary Cheryl-Ann Jones, Director of Sports Jarrett Forbes, Deputy Director of Sports Alvin Parker and Director of Youth Jasmine Thomas. Refreshments and food were sponsored by Beaches Turks and Caicos.

H.E. Deputy Governor Anya Williams shared, “I want to commend the TCI Sports Commission for the work that they’ve done on this but also the Ministry of Education but in particularly the Minster of Education Hon Rachel Taylor who has taken this as a personal initiative. I would also like to thank everyone who’s been involved in the private sector.

“A lot of people ask “Why Five Cays?”, especially at a time right now when they know this community has had its share of challenges, particularly in terms of crime, but I say “Why not Five Cays?”. I believe that it is important for us to not run away from problems, but to go directly to them and try to develop solutions as to how we work to address them. I believe one of the best ways to address some of the challenges we are facing today with youth is to provide other opportunities and avenues for them to utilise their talents and skills and look at other programmes. This is a great opportunity not just for his constituency but for the entire Turks and Caicos Islands.

Hon. Rachel Taylor shared, “Today marks yet another milestone and testament to the widespread commitment to nurturing the potential of our young people. The credit for today lies not just with The Government but with our community known as the Turks and Caicos Islands”.

The assistance of donor Mr Thom Barnes has come in handy with fitting out the computer lab, for which he donated approximately $43,000. Hon. Taylor expressed, “I would like to take the opportunity as MP for the constituency, to say a special thanks to Mr Thom Barnes. I also want to say that in the community of Five Cays, we continue to grieve the loss of our young men. The intentionality of this centre is to address the concerns that we have. We believe if our young people tap into the opportunities now, we won’t have these challenges when they become adults. So, parents, the consistency of the programmes depends on you. As much as we want to build out the programmes, if we don’t have the children here we wouldn’t be able to offer such programmes.”

How to register for FMCC Programmes?

Registration forms can be found at the FMCC which is open daily. Once signed, the forms can be submitted to the Registration desk at the centre.

How to Book the FMCC?

If you would like to offer a programme, rooms at the centre can be rented at no cost. If there is anyone or a group who would like to reserve a room at the FMCC for a private event, this would be granted based on availability.  The standard Sports Commission booking procedure would be followed which is to contact our Facilities Manager in Providenciales. Sports Commission usage rules and guidelines for visitors and participants at the Felix Morley Community Centre will be strictly enforced.

More information on reserving facilities can be found on the Sports Commission website: https://www.gov.tc/sports/venues/fees.

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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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