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INAUGURAL TURKS & CAICOS BUSINESS OUTLOOK SET FOR JUNE 7  

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#TurksandCaicos, (MAY 27, 2024) – The inaugural Turks & Caicos Islands Business Outlook (TCIBO) will take place at Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa  on Friday, June 7. Under the theme Opportunities for Growth and Inclusion for all TCI Stakeholders, this groundbreaking event will gather thought-leaders from various sectors to deliberate on the future economic landscape of TCI.

The event, from 8:30 am to 4 pm, will be moderated by Deandrea Hamilton, CEO & Consultant of Magnetic Media and Drexwell Seymour, Managing Partner of HLB TCI Limited.

“I am expecting that through this event all of us begin to see the opportunities that are available here in TCI and begin to embrace those opportunities. For example, tourism continues to be mainstay and is growing at a rapid rate. But many of us who are involved in the business side of tourism need to take the risk,” said Mr. Seymour.

“I’m not sure why we are not taking the risk. Perhaps we are just comfortable with the way things are going right now, afraid to take the risk, or see certain finance roadblocks. I know that access to capital is a big issue here because many people feel like the banking system doesn’t help them. However, we need more entrepreneurs who will not be afraid to take the risk and access the capital they need,” he added.

The TCIBO opening ceremony will feature the National Anthem and National Song performed by students of the A Louise Garland High School, followed by a prayer led by Pastor Wilbert Jennings, President of the TCI Christian Council.

A highlight of the event will be the keynote address by Premier Honourable Charles Washington Misick, who is expected to set an optimistic tone by emphasizing the need for collaboration to drive sustainable growth and inclusivity in TCI.

The morning session includes presentations on business growth, featuring insights from Angela Musgrove of Invest TCI and Paul Pirie, CEO of TCI Finance. Their discussion, entitled Catalyst for Growing Business, will explore strategies to enhance the business environment in the TCI.

Tourism will also be a key focus, with the Honourable Josephine Connolly, Minister of Tourism, presenting Strategies to Deliver and Measure Success. A subsequent presentation will have industry leader Stacy Cox, CEO of Turks & Caicos Hotel & Tourism Association, disuss innovative investment strategies to shape the future of tourism throughout our islands.

A session entitled Committed to Health & Innovation, will feature Dennis Deveaux, CFO of Doctors Hospital Health Systems and Dr Denise Brathwaite-Tennant, CEO of TCI Hospitals. They will share their visions for advancing healthcare services and infrastructure in TCI.

The Honourable Jameel Robinson, Deputy Premier, Minister for Infrastructure & Housing, will tackle the critical issues of infrastructure and housing in his session, A Bold Agenda: Addressing Infrastructure and Housing Challenges.

An energy panel discussion—Energy Transition: Managing The Transition To A Cleaner Future—will feature Delano Arthur from the Commission Energy and Utilities and Ruth Forbes, President & CEO of Fortis TCI.

The afternoon session will feature aa presentation on accessing capital,with Kerryl Lyn King-Henry, Country Manager and Area Vice President, Turks & Caicos RBC. Lastly, a session on the TCI-Bahamas diaspora, entitled Embracing A New Mindset of Collaboration, will include Andrea Vernay Mills and Lyndon Gardiner, Chairman and Founder, InterCaribbean Airways.

A networking lunch will provide attendees with an opportunity to forge new connections and strengthen existing ones.

The inaugural Turks & Caicos Business Outlook promises to bring together diverse stakeholders in a shared vision of prosperity for all TCI stakeholders. To register, visit www.tclevents.com.

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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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