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“Love on Me” Girls Empowerment Summer Session



#TurksandCaicos, July 5, 2024 – The Department of Gender Affairs within the Ministry of Home Affairs, Transportation and the Telecommunication Commission in collaboration with the Department of Youth is thrilled to announce the launch of the “Love on Me” Girls Empowerment Summer Sessions. This July, young girls from ages 12 to 18 will have a unique opportunity to attend the “Love on Me” empowerment session, a transformative two-day programme designed to inspire, educate, and empower girls across the Turks and Caicos. This is a unique opportunity for your daughters to feel inspired and empowered, and we can’t wait to see the growth and confidence they will gain from this experience.

Running from:

  • 8th– 9thJuly in North Caicos at the Adelaide Oemler Primary School,
  • 11th-12thJuly in Providenciales at the Salvation Army, and
  • 16th-17thJuly in Grand Turk at the H.J Robinson High School

This dynamic series will showcase presentations that offer a supportive and nurturing environment for girls to remember to love themselves more. Personal growth and self-discovery. These sessions include:

  • My Shape does not Shape me
  • Overcoming Hurt
  • Queens Talk
  • Walk with pride
  • See me

“Love on Me” is a comprehensive programme focused on various aspects of empowerment, providing participants with the tools and confidence they need to navigate their teenage years and beyond. The sessions will cover a wide range of topics including self-esteem, mental health and body positivity. Each day will bring a new presenter, from motivational speakers and health professionals to successful women from throughout our communities, ensuring that the girls receive diverse perspectives and expertise. You can rest assured that this program is designed to cover all aspects of empowerment, leaving no stone unturned in your daughters’ growth and development.

One of the highlights of the “Love on Me” session is the inclusion of interactive sessions, where participants will engage in activities designed to build confidence and foster a sense of community. These hands-on experiences encourage teamwork, creativity, and critical thinking, helping the girls discover their unique strengths and abilities. By the end of the two days, each participant will be equipped with the tools to continue their journey of self-empowerment and growth.

Registration for the “Love on Me” girls empowerment sessions is now open, and spots are limited. Parents and guardians are encouraged to enrol their daughters early to secure a place in this life-changing programme. With limited spots available, we urge you to act quickly to secure a place for your daughter in this unique opportunity for growth and empowerment. Don’t miss out on this chance for your daughter to embark on a journey of self-discovery and empowerment.

The Department thanks Business Solution, The Ritz Carlton Hotel, Coco Cola Company, IGA Supermarket, Sun Oil Limited, the District Commission Office of North and Middle Caicos, Adelaide Oemler Primary School, and H.J. Robinson High School for their contributions to what is expected to be a successful workshop.

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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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