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Beaches Turks and Caicos Celebrate Autistic Students through Innovative Tie and Dye Activity at the Thelma Lightbourne Primary School






#TurksandCaicos, May 21, 2024 – Approximately ten team members from the resort’s kid’s camp, entertainment, and public relations departments engaged students and teachers in tie and dye activities to creatively showcase and engage students in appreciating the strengths and unique characteristics they each hold. The activity provided a dynamic space for inclusion was students on the spectrum were given also able to take part in the art and craft project.

Executive Director of the Sandals Foundation, Heidi Clarke shared, “Across the Caribbean, the Sandals Foundation seeks to create holistic learning environments for students. This activity – spearheaded by the Resort team, is a delightful way of not only raising awareness to autism but empowering all students to be considerate and appreciative of the differences that make us all – as humans unique.”

Special Education teacher of the school, Mikilah Forde while welcoming the partnership expressed her excitement with the opportunity for the students to learn a new skill. “The Beaches Turks and Caicos resort team taught all the students, including the special education students the art of tie and dye. Each student had the opportunity to help in inspiring their own unique design and at the end of the session, the level of satisfaction was evident,” Forde shared.

Grade six student of the institution, Alyssa Lewin expressed delight in playing an active role in the creative process. “I was excited to see all the designs that we were taught today. I was pleasantly surprised that they were able to not only show us how to do the designs but to allow us to be involved in making them. I feel good now knowing that this shirt that I will be wearing has my own design. This was my hand-made design. It feels good.”

Kayanne Ajarie from the kid’s camp department on resort noted, “As a Sandals Foundation Ambassador, I was delighted to come and share with these students. I enjoyed seeing them tap into their creativity as we provided the expertise to help them bring their own designs to life. Children learn best when they are involved in the process, and I am delighted we were able to bring this hands-on experience.”


Photo Captions:

Header: Beaches Turks and Caicos team of Jodian Banton (left) Public Relations Coordinator and Kayanne Ajarie go through the process of applying the dye to shirts at the Thelma Lightbourne Primary school while students look on during the Sandals Foundation Autism Awareness activity at the school

1st insert: Alyssa Lewin (left), grade six student at the Thelma Lightbourne Primary School shows off her final project to her teacher Francine Dorvil during the recently held Beaches Turks and Caicos and Sandals Foundation Autism Awareness activity at the school

2nd insert: Thelma Lightbourne Primary school students, (l-r), Liasia, Tachline, and Makayla show off their tie and dye designed shirts done with the support of the Sandals Foundation team from Beaches Turks and Caicos at a recently held Autism Awareness activity held at the school

3rd insert: BTC’s Kayanne Ajarie with Lanyah

4th insert:  Thelma Lightbourne Primary school head of Special Education Mikilah Forde poses with a student who had a shirt designed by the Sandals Foundation team from Beaches Turks and Caicos during an Autism Awareness activity

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Tim and Henry to the Rescue: A Harrowing Search and Rescue Mission Highlights Need for Marine Vessel in Grand Turk



#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





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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(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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