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Letter: 'Let them eat cake'

June 23, 2017
Letter: 'Let them eat cake' Marie-Antoinette (1755-93), the Queen consort of Louis XVI, is supposed to have said this when she was told that the French populace had no bread to eat. Marie-Antoinette understood little about the plight of the poor and could not have cared less. Turks and Caicos Islands Premier Sharlene...

Letter: No thank you, governor

June 14, 2017
Letter: No thank you, governor Dr John Freeman, the Honourable Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands, apparently thinks that my personal complaints and my expression of our people’s discontent with the current attorney general and the obstinate, oppressive and damaging manner that she has routinely employed in the...

Letter: From the Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands

June 12, 2017
Letter: From the Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands My attention has been drawn to a letter published by you on 7 June, which purports to be from a person named Edith Delancey. I have already indicated publicly that I would be ready to meet Ms Delancey if she does indeed exist, but that it is not my practice to respond to letters written under a pseudonym.

Commentary: JAGS McCartney, the first national hero of the Turks and Caicos Islands

June 10, 2017
Commentary: JAGS McCartney, the first national hero of the Turks and Caicos Islands On the last Monday in May of each year, the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) celebrates National Heroes Day. Unlike some countries in the region that have more than one national hero, the TCI so far has only one – the Right Honourable James Alexander George Smith McCartney (affectionately known...

Eleven Caribbean projects selected for European funding

June 8, 2017
Eleven Caribbean projects selected for European funding GOSIER, Guadeloupe -- The second selection committee for the Interreg Caribbean Program 2014-2020 has made public the list of the 11 regional projects eligible for European funding. Many countries in the Caribbean will benefit from these projects, as follows: 1. TEECA: Set up a trade facilitation team and...

Commentary: Professional development: Key to a company's sustainability

June 7, 2017
Commentary: Professional development: Key to a company's sustainability The professional development of a company’s employees is essential to its efficiency and productivity. With professional development, employees become more confident performing their various tasks, and do so with a sense of commitment, loving what they do, and respecting the organization’s culture.

Letter: Another FCO dud?

June 7, 2017
Letter: Another FCO dud? Webster’s Dictionary defines the word dud as something that does not do what it is supposed to do. The FCO’s website describes the “Role of the Governor” in Overseas Territories. “Governors have an important role to play to encourage accountability and to bolster the wider civil society...

Southwest Airlines announces details of new Caribbean service

June 3, 2017
Southwest Airlines announces details of new Caribbean service DALLAS, USA -- Southwest Airlines has published its initial flight schedule of nonstop service between Fort Lauderdale and Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, beginning November 5, 2017, subject to requisite governmental approvals. Southwest chairman and CEO Gary Kelly made the announcement...

CDB approves millions in loans and grants for ten borrowing member countries

May 31, 2017
CDB approves millions in loans and grants for ten borrowing member countries PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands -- On Monday, May 22, the board of directors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), met in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands. It approved the following projects in The Bahamas, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, St Kitts and Nevis...

Letter: Thieving because you can

May 29, 2017
Letter: Thieving because you can Employer practices with tips at hotel and restaurants in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) have spawned a lot of employee discontent. Some employers have withheld all or a portion of employee tips to cover administrative costs, operating expenses or losses. This is a poor business practice.

Climate change impacts to be discussed at CDB annual meeting in Turks and Caicos

May 11, 2017
Climate change impacts to be discussed at CDB annual meeting in Turks and Caicos BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has called attention to the work that remains to be done to strengthen the region’s resilience to climate change impacts. On May 24, 2017, the CDB will host a seminar to review the Caribbean’s gains in climate adaptation.

Turks and Caicos signs on to CARICOM Advance Passenger Information System

May 5, 2017
Turks and Caicos signs on to CARICOM Advance Passenger Information System BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Deputy premier and minister with responsibilities for the ministry of border control and employment, Sean Astwood, led a delegation from the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) to Bridgetown, Barbados, for the signing of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Advance...

Commentary: Politics is education, not tribalism

May 4, 2017
Commentary: Politics is education, not tribalism Rickey Singh, a popular Caribbean journalist, in an article in the Saturday Express titled “Promises of new Jamaican politics,” says that the PNP opposition leader in Jamaica, Dr Peter Phillips, made a plea for his people to pursue a new kind of politics to overcome ‘tribal divisiveness’ and rebuild...

Commentary: The American Health Care Act - is it really?

April 27, 2017
Commentary: The American Health Care Act - is it really? The AHCA, rejected by Republicans – and of course the Democrats – and currently under revision, seems not to have as its priority the health care of the American people. What it appears to be about, and in this order, is: tax cuts for the wealthy, concern for the insurance carriers, and last...

CDB to discuss regional productivity, tourism industry reform at annual meeting

April 25, 2017
CDB to discuss regional productivity, tourism industry reform at annual meeting BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) will release two major studies to support the region’s economic growth agenda at the 47th annual meeting of its board of governors. The flagship event will be held in the Turks and Caicos Islands from May 24-25, 2017.

PANCAP hosts youth meeting to discuss ending AIDS by 2030

April 20, 2017
PANCAP hosts youth meeting to discuss ending AIDS by 2030 PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) will host a meeting of youth leaders from 19 Caribbean countries on April 21 and 22, 2017 in Port of Spain, Trinidad. The focus of the forum will be a discussion on the role of youth in the national and...

Commentary: Needed: A code of ethics for hospitality entertainers?

April 19, 2017
Commentary: Needed: A code of ethics for hospitality entertainers? Throughout the Caribbean, the hospitality industry is regarded more than ever as one of the main revenue earners, and employment providers. Some countries take this for granted, as they have experienced the service sector to a greater extent than others. But if the hospitality industry is not...

Commentary: The importance of professional development in teaching

April 18, 2017
Commentary: The importance of professional development in teaching Teachers need to become partners in and ultimately responsible for their own learning. The process whereby this is achieved is through professional development. Professional development is an ongoing, continuous process. Teachers should be desirous of constantly improving themselves.

Turks and Caicos governor challenges anonymous author of open letter

April 13, 2017
Turks and Caicos governor challenges anonymous author of open letter PROVIDENCIALES, TCI -- In a statement on Tuesday, David Moore, the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) governor’s press secretary responded to an email communication, described as 'open' by the sender, from an individual called Edith Delancy, which makes a number of allegations and...

Open response to Turks and Caicos Islands governor

April 13, 2017
Attacking the messenger and denying the message without proper investigation is routine operating procedure for the British FCO. Turks & Caicos Islanders are familiar with this FCO tactic and David Moore’s comments are typical of the FCO by accusing a TCI citizen of...

Demand for luxury properties throughout Caribbean region report significant growth in 2016

April 12, 2017
Demand for luxury properties throughout Caribbean region report significant growth in 2016 SEATTLE, USA -- The Expedia group, the world’s largest online travel agency, has reported that travel demand to luxury properties throughout the Caribbean increased in 2016. When compared to 2015, overall demand for four and five-star rated properties throughout the Caribbean...

BVI business consultants may soon bid on EU projects

April 11, 2017
BVI business consultants may soon bid on EU projects ROAD TOWN, BVI -- British Virgin Islands business consultants will soon have the opportunity to bid on regional and international projects under the European Union (EU) portfolio. Consultants in the BVI, and other Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT) who are inducted into the Chapter of...

Open letter to Dr John Freeman, governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands

April 11, 2017
The inaugural speech that you delivered to the Turks and Caicos Islands House of Assembly on October 17, 2016, was encouraging to those of us who fully understand the true economic value and importance of inward investment to the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Turks and Caicos health insurance scheme faces 'serious issues and significant liabilities'

April 10, 2017
Turks and Caicos health insurance scheme faces 'serious issues and significant liabilities' PROVIDENCIALES, TCI -- Commenting on a recent report on the management of the National Health Insurance Board (NHIB) by the chief internal auditor, Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) Governor Dr John Freeman noted that serious mismanagement of the NHIB or of other statutory boards could...

Letter: The PDM's ball and chain

April 6, 2017
Letter: The PDM's ball and chain In times gone by, it was not uncommon to restrain the movements of a jailhouse prisoner by attaching an 18” 85lb steel ball and a 24” length of steel chain to his ankle. The ball and chain significantly reduced the prisoner’s mobility and ensured that wherever he went, he went there slowly.

Commentary: Tales from South Caicos

April 5, 2017
Commentary: Tales from South Caicos South Caicos is an admired and cherished island. It is often referred to as ‘the Fishing Capital’ of the Turks and Caicos Islands. And it is now growing into a formidable competitor in the hospitality industry. The island has produced many prominent politicians including a Speaker of the...

Letter: Rodents, roaches and Invest Turks and Caicos

March 31, 2017
Letter: Rodents, roaches and Invest Turks and Caicos Last week I read an article in the Turks & Caicos Weekly News about Invest Turks and Caicos and the CEO, Mr John Rutherford, hosting “a rebranding launch and network reception” to “launch their new brand”. Presumably this is an attempt to improve the business image of the TCI...

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