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Experience Turks and Caicos hosts Tourism Career and Entrepreneurship Fair in South Caicos  

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PROVIDENCIALES, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS (January 23rd, 2024) – Students of the Majorie Basden High School in South Caicos were given the opportunity to explore careers in the tourism industry when the Tourism Career and Entrepreneurship Fair took place on Monday, January 22nd, 2024 from 11 am to 3 pm at the South Caicos Community Centre.

Experience Turks and Caicos hosted the Tourism and Entrepreneurial Career Fair to expose students to numerous career opportunities and encourage entrepreneurship within the tourism industry.

The students interacted with the exhibitors to learn about the different careers of those present:

  • Department of Tourism Regulations
  • Invest TCI
  • TCI Airports Authority
  • Department of Environment and Coastal Resources (DECR)
  • Department of Fisheries and Marine Resource Management
  • Turks and Caicos National Trust
  • Chili’s Catering & Takeout
  • Sailrock Resort
  • Salterra Resort

The Honourable Jameka Williams, the Government’s Appointed Member, praised Experience Turks and Caicos for giving students of South Caicos exposure to careers in the tourism industry.

“South Caicos TCIs fishing capital, is one of the most peaceful islands with little to no hard crime. This island offers you some of the friendliest people and showcases a picture of true island living. South Caicos is a success waiting to explode with two major hotel properties (Sailrock Resort and Salterra Resort) and a new airport that can accommodate international flights. It is our time in South Caicos to not only position ourselves for success but to ensure the people on this island are first for all considerations as we continue to grow,” she said in her address.

Urging the students to get the necessary qualifications, Ms. Williams told them to make sure to return to South Caicos as the opportunities are endless.  She said the government, through Invest TCI, offers free cash grants of up to $30,000 for small and medium-sized businesses.

“I would like to encourage the youth of South Caicos to prepare yourselves to take advantage of the opportunities available now and in the future.  As a people, we tend to complain about the opportunities afforded others, but we must also position ourselves to take what is ours. I would like to commend the organisers of Experience TCI for this timely event as it gives the people of South Caicos an opportunity to prepare for the continued success of this island,” she said.

Also addressing the students was Ms. Racquel Brown, Change Manager and Interim CEO of Experience Turks and Caicos who told the students there was a world of opportunity awaiting them in tourism.

Sharing her journey, Ms. Brown said she wanted to study law but ended up studying geology.

“You might say what does that have to do with tourism? Tourism is everyone’s business and, in the Turks, and Caicos Islands, everyone here is involved directly or indirectly in the tourism industry. I share with you what my study area was because it allowed me to assist in developing products, for example, attractions and sites, to enhance the guest experience. I say to all of you that you may be into doing TikTok, into doing graphics, into doing snorkeling, you may like to fish, cook or do tours, the world is your oyster, please do not limit yourself,” she urged.

In his address, Mr. Norman Saunders, the former Hon. Chief Minister of the Turks and Caicos Islands, spoke about the history of the tourism industry in the Turks and Caicos Islands and his role in determining the development of the tourism industry back in 1972 after the closure of the Salt Industry in 1964.

He said that the economy needed a boost after the closure of the Salt industry and they decided to focus on tourism following a tour of the Caribbean to learn about the development of the tourism industry from other islands. Listen to excerpts of his address HERE.

The next Tourism and Entrepreneurial Career Fair is scheduled to take place in Providenciales on February 1st, 2024 at Graceway Sports Centre.

 

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Header:  Students of the Majorie Basden High School listen intently to Rose Seymour, Environmental Officer from the Department of Environmental and Coastal Resources at the South Caicos Tourism Career and Entrepreneurship Fair

1st insert: Students get information on facilities available for entrepreneurs from Invest TCI

2nd insert: A Manager from Sailrock Resort in South Caicos talks to the students about careers at the hotel

3rd insert:  The Hon Jameka Williams, Government’s Appointed Member, Mr. Norman Saunders, former Chief Minister of the Turks and Caicos Island and Ms. Racquel Brown, Change Manager/Interim CEO, Experience Turks and Caicos

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TCI Police Confirm Passenger Death after Emergency Landing at PLS

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#TurksandCaicos, March 4, 2024 – On Wednesday (February 28) evening, TCI Police report that they were summoned to the Providenciales International Airport for an emergency landing around 6:12pm.

A female passenger who fell ill during a flight while on route to Charlotte, North Carolina from the Dominican Republic was taken from that plane and transported to the Cheshire Hall Medical Center where sadly, she died.

The 41-year-old woman had been escorted to the hospital by police units; we are told that CPR was performed on the passenger.

Police in that statement on Wednesday informed, s a post mortem will determine the cause of death.

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Police hear major concerns from GT residents

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Dana Malcolm

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#TurksandCaicos, March 4, 2024 – Given the opportunity to liaison with the top brass of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force, residents came prepared with the concerns that have been plaguing them for years, from detective work to 911 issues.

”Y’all didn’t say anything new, we keep hearing the same thing and we keep getting the same result,” was the complaint from the very first resident who spoke; but her biggest concern was the force’s detective work.

The resident said she was not averse to sharing information with the police, far from it.

“Someone sent me a video where a young man was sitting on a bed putting two bullets in a gun— and he called two names, he said one bullet for one of these people.”

After sending the video to the police the woman says, incredulously, the police asked her to find the room where the young man was so they could go and collect the gun. Her frustration was:  “It seems like the police put more of the burden on the community to provide them with information instead of going out there.”

In response to the concern, Dean Holden, Superintendent of Crime expressed that the police had had success recently, and over time because of community intelligence and would do better at working to communicate that success so residents were assured that they were making a difference.

A concern raised by another resident was the disconnect between 911 operators and Grand Turk residents.

“Once you call 911 operators they don’t know addresses in Grand Turk. I called the 911 operator, this was right by the police station, she didn’t even know where I was,” explained a resident sharing details of a car accident weeks prior.

The complaint has been an enduring one. Magnetic Media has received similar complaints regarding other serious incidents like fires and murders.

Oswald Skippings, Former Chief Minister demanded a more proactive approach to crime fighting with which Dileeni Daniel Selvaratnam, TCI Governor agreed. He didn’t just put the blame on the police, drawing the Governor and parents into the limelight outlining that they too had a part to play in the prevention of crime.

“There is a need for the government to reach down to unemployed residents, especially the youth and it’s easy because we have a small native population. We need to go under the trees, by the bars wherever these people associate and reach out to them.”

On the panel listening to the concerns were Micheal Woodbine, Superintendent of Prison; Dean Holden, Superintendent of Crime and SPPU; Rodney Adams, Deputy Commissioner; Chris Eyre, Acting Commissioner; and Dileeni Daniel Selvaratnam, TCI Governor.

The meeting was called after the public slaying of a young man in Grand Turk on February 8, 2024.

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Not Enough Police in Grand Turk; Residents are vocal in Anti-Crime Town Hall Meeting 

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Dana Malcolm 

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#TurksandCaicos, March 4, 2024 – Residents of Grand Turk, while appreciative of the recent police Anti-Crime Town Hall meeting on February 21, say they’re concerned about the number of officers being deployed to the nation’s Capital.

One resident who spoke to the police officers during the event brought statistics.

”I want to speak to what I see happening in Grand Turk. In the ongoing capacity carrying study. It has been noted that the population in Grand Turk is around 72 to 7300 – that works out to about 927 persons per square mile.”

The resident maintained that 927 persons per square mile on an island like Grand Turk was in the police’s favor and much could be done for crime fighting using both humans and technology. Citing the millions of visitors that visit the island’s shores each year, residents lamented that there was no police enforcement to go along with that.

”There’s very little to mitigate the industry that’s keeping this island afloat,” the resident continued, demanding more attention for the capital.

”We live here, we see the change, probably the parliamentarians don’t see it but we see it and we expect that as citizens to have more than three police officers working the night shift.”

Other residents were in agreement, expressing frustration at the blind eye that they say is often turned to the capital.

“Why did it have to get to this point, that there had to be a shooting basically at the high school in order for people to [realize] that 20 or 15 or 28 officers just doesn’t cut it,” said one longtime resident

He complained that nine years ago, having moved to Grand Turk there were over 40 officers but with the increase in killings in Providenciales officers were stripped from Grand Turk. Now residents say they want them back.

Earlier, during the meeting police had promised that the increased presence in Grand Turk would not be temporary and they were exploring ways to increase the Force complement.

Hosting the meeting were executives of the Royal TCI Police including new Acting Commissioner Christopher Eyre; Dean Holden, Superintendent and Rodney Adams, Deputy Commissioner.  Attending were Her Excellency, the Governor Dileeni Daniel-Selvaratnam and Otis Morris, Minister of Home Affairs and the Member of Parliament for Grand Turk North, the  Hon. Otis Morris.

The meeting was held at H.J. Robinson High school.

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