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Message for the 2024 Atlantic Hurricane Season  



Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – Monday, 3rd June 2024:  Saturday, June 1, 2024, marked the beginning of the Atlantic Hurricane Season which will end on 30 NovemberIt was quite appropriate for the Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies (DDME) and its partners to seeks God’s protection for a safe Hurricane Season.  The team joined with Pastor Juan Montano and members of the Ephesus Seventh-Day Adventist Church, Long Bay, Providenciales for worship.

Ms. Allison Gordon, Director, DDME brought Remarks and Mrs. Patrina Pollard Harris, Training Officer, shared the Scripture Reading.  Other partners in attendance were Dr. Holly Hamilton, Director of Meteorology, TCI Airport Authority and Ms. Charlene Higgs, Director – Health, Disaster Education and Training.

Pastor Montano commended Team DDME for its family emergency management plan which provided step-by-step procedures on how to prepare.  He spoke on the topic “Preparation and God’s People”.  His key text came from St. Matthew 7:24-25 which addressed one’s attitude towards preparation: a wise man who built his house upon a rock.  This house did not fall when the winds blew because it was built on a rock.  He emphasised that we must be prepared to help our neighbours.  He reinforced the Church’s commitment to provide support to the work of the DDME. He stressed that it is wise for one to prepare for a storm or any adverse event; but most importantly, one must prepare for the coming of Christ.

The DDME’s theme for the 2024 Hurricane season is: “Proactive Resilience:  Thriving through the Hurricane Season with Preparation and Vigilance”.

This theme aligns with the forecast of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which is the main governing body that issues watches and warnings for much of the Atlantic Basin.  NOAA has stated that the stage is set for what could be the most active Atlantic hurricane season in recorded history.  The official forecast called for 17-25 total named storms, 8-13 hurricanes, and 4-7 major hurricanes.  It is, therefore, imperative for the people of the Turks and Caicos islands to continue to foster the mindset and culture of Proactive Resilience.  In order to survive and thrive through this Hurricane Season, the public is encouraged to be prepared and be vigilant.

Here are a few preparedness tips:

  • Have a family emergency plan and ensure that all members of your family are aware of the details of this plan.
  • Remember that your home is your primary shelter.  Reinforce it and secure it well.  However, if your home is vulnerable, you must know where the nearest emergency shelter is and the safest route to get there.  Make sure you take at least three (3) days’ supply of food and water with you to the shelter.
  • Trim trees that threaten buildings.
  • Have your “Grab and Go Kit” ready.  This should include, but not limited to, items such as non-perishable food, clothing, medication, flashlight, water, important documents and your child’s favourite toy.
  • Ensure property insurance is up-to-date.  If your property is not insured, now is the best time to get it done.
  • Download the DDME Alert App by either scanning the QR Code to be found on DDME Printed literature or from your Google Play or Apple Store.  Also get the latest weather updates from the TCIAA National Weather Service Facebook page


  • Thursday, June 6     –           Press Conference, Providenciales
  • Tuesday, June 11    –           State of Preparedness Meeting, Providenciales
  • Thursday, June 13   –           Volunteer Stakeholders Conference, Providenciales
  • Friday, June 28        –           Hurricane Preparedness Expo, Downtown, Providenciales

Disaster Resilience everybody’s business and requires the collaborate efforts of Government, Non-government, Private Sectors, ALL.

We pray for a safe hurricane season.  Despite the forecast, it only takes one storm, so Be Proactive!  Be Prepared! Be Vigilant!


Photo Captions:

1st insert: Pastor Juan Montano, Speaker at the Hurricane Preparedness Church Service held at the Ephesus Seventh-Day Adventist (SDA) Church in Long Bay, Providenciales on Saturday, 1 June 2024.

2nd insert: Attendees at the Church Service – Saturday, 1 June 2024 – Ephesus SDA Church (Left to Right)Mrs. Patrina Pollard-Harris, DDME; Ms. Charlene Higgs, Ministry of Health; Pastor Juan Montano – Ephesus SDA; Dr Holly Hamilton, TCIAA National Weather Service; Allison Gordon, Director-DDME.

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Sada Williams: Training alongside the best athletes in the world to become the pride of Barbados at Paris 2024





After participating in both the Youth Olympic Games Nanjing 2014 and the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, 400m runner from Barbados Sada Williams hopes that the help she has received through her Olympic Solidarity scholarship, and the ability to train in Jamaica, will take her to the top at Paris 2024.

Sada Williams will be cheered on by the whole of Barbados at the Olympic Games Paris 2024, but the athlete appears relaxed about shouldering the hopes of an entire nation. She has the chance to become the first woman from the eastern Caribbean island to finish on the podium at the Olympic Games, and only the second athlete, after Obadele Thompson claimed the 100m bronze medal at Sydney 2000.

“There’s no pressure, really,” says Williams. “I know Barbados will be proud of me regardless of the outcome, and I couldn’t be happier to represent them at the Games.”

Aside from earning a medal in Paris, Williams is also hoping to break the 48-second barrier and record a personal best. The 26-year-old’s upward trajectory certainly suggests she is capable of this, with her bronze medals at the 2022 and 2023 World Athletics Championships coming either side of a gold medal at the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Williams believes her recent performances have been helped by a move to Jamaica, where she trains in the same group as multiple Olympic medallist Shericka Jackson.

“I have training partners who are some of the best athletes in the world – training and competing with them is really great. It pushes me and us to be better athletes. In Barbados, I didn’t really have that type of competition or training group.”

Olympic Solidarity support

Williams’s move from Barbados to Jamaica was supported by an Olympic Solidarity scholarship, which provides financial assistance to athletes through monthly grants.

“The scholarship has provided me with the necessary funding to train and compete here in Jamaica. It’s also given me the opportunity to travel to various meets around the world, and to compete in and prepare for major competitions, such as the Commonwealth Games and Olympic Games.”

The scholarship has also shown Williams that coming from a small country with fewer resources for sport does not have to be a barrier to success.

“It shows me that there are people out there who believe in me and my potential,” she says. “They want to see me succeed at the highest level while representing my country. So, I’m truly grateful for that opportunity.”

Lessons from the Olympic Games

Paris 2024 won’t be Williams’s first appearance at the Olympic Games. Her time at Tokyo 2020 was “bittersweet”, after she failed to progress from the 400m semi-finals. But Williams also learnt a lot from her very first Olympic experience in 2014. Aged 16, she competed at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, reaching the 400m final.

When Williams was a teenager, there was no female athlete from Barbados whose success she could look to replicate. But now she is a source of inspiration for the next generation from her home country. She is hopeful Barbados can one day rise to the levels of neighbouring Jamaica and become an athletics powerhouse.

“I always hope that I’m inspiring young athletes from Barbados, whether I compete locally or internationally,” she says. “I always want the best for track and field in Barbados. I want other athletes in Barbados to believe that they can excel at the highest levels without needing to leave the country. It would be really nice to have the same facilities and resources as Jamaica or the United States in Barbados.”

Over 1,300 athletes supported through Olympic Solidarity

A total of 1,331 athletes from 159 National Olympic Committees (NOCs), covering 26 sports, received Olympic Solidarity scholarships for Paris 2024. Olympic Solidarity aims to ensure that talented athletes of all backgrounds have an equal chance of reaching and succeeding in the Olympic arena by providing crucial funding to help finance their Olympic dreams. With a particular focus on athletes and NOCs most in need, individual scholarship-holders receive financial support through monthly grants that contribute to their preparation and qualification for the Games, whether in their home country or at a high-level training centre abroad.

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Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, 14th June 2024 – Sponsored by F Chambers and Islands Printing, and in conjunction with the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, on June 4, 2024 saw a keenly contested Primary Schools Spelling Bee.

After an intense competition, we are thrilled that Marbelli Costillo of these amazing sixteen (16) spellers emerged victorious as the top speller. Marbelli represented Provo Christian School. We are extremely proud of each and every one of the spellers who showcased their exceptional spelling skills and represented their schools with excellence.

To the spellers we can say that your hard work, determination, and dedication have truly paid off. Your commitment to learning and your passion for language have set you apart as outstanding spellers and students.

Congratulations once again to all the participants. Keep reaching for the stars and never stop exploring the power of words!

Sixteen (16) spellers from across the country competed for the coveted title of Champion Speller, they included:

Adelaide Oemler Primary: Amber Gonzales and Coach Stafford Salmon

Alpha Christian Academy: Elaynie Regis and Coach Heather Robertson

B.E.S.T. Institute: Sydney Kay Brisbane and Coach Tanisha Rigby

C Hubert James Primary: Tivon Wright and Coach Uldean Harris-Wright

Community Christian Academy: Khamora Coalbrooke and Coach Glenda Jones

Eliza Simons Primary: Kevaun Lamoy Lewis and Coach Althia Rocke

Enid Capron Primary: Herifer Fermin and Coach Elizabeth Vandenburg

Ianthe Pratt Primary: Karessa Wynter and Coach Daniela Carroll

Iris Stubbs Primary:  Hernadgeka Pierre and Coach Debrica Davids-Beckford  
International School of the TCI: Lola Jimenez and Coach Iman Rudi-Bonotti

Ona Glinton Primary: Malachi Warlock and Coach Jacqueline Henry

Oseta Jolly Primary: Edley Charles and Coach Tevyon Lewis

Precious Treasures International School: Jaden James and Coach Monique Fletcher

Provo Christian Academy: Marbelli Castillo and Coach Terry-Ann Roberts

Richmond Hill Preparatory: Dabria Thomas and Coach Veranick Burrick-Sinclair

Shining Stars Preparatory: Danae Leslie and Coach Aldith Campbell

The top Three winners were

Winner  Marbelli Castillo, Provo Christian School

1st Runner Up Jaden James, Precious Treasures International School

2nd Runner Up Lola Jimenez, International School of the Turks & Caicos

The following prizes were sponsored by Sponsors F Chambers, Island Printing & TCI Paint

Grand Prize/Winner: MacBook Air

1st Runner Up Prize: Apple iPad Mini

2nd Runner Up Prize: Apple iPad Mini

Top 7 of final 10: Asus Memo Tablet

Remaining Participants: $50 gift certificates

Complimentary Trophies for everyone

The Champion Coach received a Lenovo laptop sponsored by the Department of Education

A special thank you is extended to all volunteers who helped to make the competition a success:

CHAIRPERSON Ms Jacqueline Henry

SCORERS Ms Evadne Williams and Mr David Bowen

JUDGES Mrs Claudette Dean, Pastor Pedro S Williams and Mrs. Latoya Skippings

PRONOUNCERS Ms Shelaine Been and Ms. Kawanza Morley

TIMEKEEPER  Mr. Jermaine Fulford

Profound thank you is extended to Ms. Tanya Swann, Director of Sales and her team of Groups and Conventions at Beaches Turks and Caicos for coordinating the hosting of the event at the resort and providing complimentary snacks.

Commenting as Lead Sponsor: Mark Fulford Managing Partner of F Chambers said “It’s good to see a growing participation in the TCI National Spelling Bee. This year we saw 16 schools compete and the energy and healthy spirit of competition grew as well. As sponsors we will continue to work with the Ministry of Education to raise the caliber of this prestigious event. It is always a pleasure to give back and we salute our corporate friends at TCI Paint who joined hands with us again to make all the donations a reality. Congratulations to the 2024 winner……and all the participants on a Job well done. It is evident that a lot of work was put in and simply making it to the National Spelling Bee deserves recognition.”

Minister of Education, Hon. Rachel Taylor extended congratulation to all sixteen (16) schools who participated in this year’s National Spelling Bee. They are all winners and have represented their schools well! Special commendation to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners whose efforts have aided in their victory. Through this event, our young spellers experience the joy of learning new words, understanding their pronunciation and meanings, enhancing their spelling skills, and enriching their vocabulary. I extend my heartfelt congratulations to the brave young ladies and gentlemen chosen to represent their schools. I also express sincere gratitude to the teachers, members of the Education Department led by Mrs. Sarah Kennedy and our private partners for their dedication to the success of this event. My Ministry views these events as crucial for the overall development of our children.

The Ministry and Department of Education event coordinator, Mrs. Sarah Kennedy commended the participants for not only demonstrating their spelling prowess but also their ability to handle pressure with grace. “We applaud your achievements and the dedication you have shown to honing your spelling skills. Each one of you is a shining example of the values we hold dear for the future for our beautiful by nature islands”.

She also expressed heartfelt gratitude to the coaches and parents who have provided guidance, support, and encouragement to our spellers throughout their preparation for this competition. Your unwavering belief in their abilities has played a vital role in their success.

Turks and Caicos Islands National Primary School Spelling Bee continues to promote success  and again we say thanks to the sponsorship of the leading corporate sponsors, F Chambers and Island Printing, TCI Paint, FLOW, Radio Turks & Caicos and Beaches Turks & Caicos.

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Life Sentence for “Mad Max”



#TurksandCaicos, June 18, 2024 – KENDALL RONDRE DEAN has been sentenced to LIFE IMPRISONMENT for the murder of JOSHUA SWANN.  Mr. Dean, also known as “Maddie,” “Mad Max,” and “Dre,” was sentenced on June 10th, 2024, to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 30 years.

A nine-member jury found Mr. Dean guilty on April 22nd in the Grand Turk Supreme Court.  Based on the evidence presented, Mr. SWANN of Five Cays was shot multiple times about the body on Sunday, August 8th, 2021, while at North West Point in Providenciales.

Mr. Swann was transported to the Cheshire Hall Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries.  Detectives of the Serious Crimes Unit (SCU) received a report, and following intensive investigations and interviews, Mr. Dean was arrested and subsequently charged.

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