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Former Turks and Caicos premier's brother denies being on trial on corruption charges

March 24, 2017
Former Turks and Caicos premier's brother denies being on trial on corruption charges PROVIDENCIALES, TCI -- In a somewhat bizarre email to Caribbean News Now on Wednesday, Chalmers ‘Chal’ Misick, the brother of disgraced former Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) premier, Michael Misick, claimed that a reference to him as “being tried for corruption, misconduct, fraud...

Letter: Lloyd Best - a Caribbean icon

March 23, 2017
Letter: Lloyd Best - a Caribbean icon This week, the Lloyd Best Institute of the West Indies presents a Lecture Series in honour of, in my view, one of Trinidad and Tobago’s most intellectually stimulating and (perhaps because of this) also underrated thinkers. As a young Caribbean scholar I felt it necessary to share my own...

Investors lose millions in failed Turks and Caicos development

March 22, 2017
Investors lose millions in failed Turks and Caicos development PROVIDENCIALES, TCI -- More than 500 investors have reportedly been swindled out at least $70 million in a development in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI), with the majority of investors being from the US and UK.  The Caicos Beach Resort and Marina on South Caicos was to be...

Commentary: Character-based leadership: The game changer

March 18, 2017
Commentary: Character-based leadership: The game changer The idea of leadership has come in for much analysis and discussion recently. It has replaced management as a strategy for organizational and employee development, and has deeper dimensions, including areas such as winning the confidence and commitment of others, and stirring...

Commentary: Managing the boss with issues

March 9, 2017
Commentary: Managing the boss with issues As organizations become more complex, greater demands are made on ‘manager bosses’ to perform more proficiently, and realize the corporation’s vision. Those bosses who have not participated in management development programmes, will be left behind in their knowledge and skills, and this...

Commentary: When spiritual leaders backslide

March 1, 2017
Commentary: When spiritual leaders backslide Quite recently, there have been reports in particular Caribbean media, and other information sources, of some leaders of a religious/spiritual orientation not living up to expectations. And in instances, these activities have caused the legal authorities to become involved. Of course, these occurrences have...

Commentary: World War III: A war that would have no winners

February 27, 2017
Commentary: World War III: A war that would have no winners Just the other day, Mikhail Gorbachev, former president of the now defunct Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), warned that "The world is preparing for war”. And the 1990 Nobel Peace Prize winner, writing in a Time magazine opinion piece, “urge[d] the members of the United Nations...

Turks and Caicos premier accused of flip-flopping at OCTA forum

February 25, 2017
Turks and Caicos premier accused of flip-flopping at OCTA forum PROVIDENCIALES, TCI -- Newly elected premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI), Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson, has been accused by the opposition of accepting the chairmanship of the Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTA) while at the same time flip-flopping on supporting one of...

Commentary: Fostering meaning and transforming our lives

February 22, 2017
Commentary: Fostering meaning and transforming our lives In Psychology Today, Andy Tix states in a blog titled “Finding the meaning of life today”, that each of the roles we play provides opportunities for regular meaning making, and there are many ways to add meaning and significance in our daily lives if we look further, and that each of us has the...

Confirmed cases of dengue fever in Turks and Caicos

February 21, 2017
Confirmed cases of dengue fever in Turks and Caicos GRAND TURK, TCI -- The ministry of health, agriculture and human services in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) has advised that, during the period of February 17 - 20, 15 students and one teacher at the HJ Robinson High School in Grand Turk have reported symptoms consistent with dengue fever.

Letter: Mugged and robbed in the Turks and Caicos

February 20, 2017
Letter: Mugged and robbed in the Turks and Caicos My name is Tim Michalak and my wife Loreen was vacationing with three of her friends when she was pulled out of a van, dragged along the road and when her purse strap broke, was robbed of her possessions. She apparently only has superficial cuts, scrapes, and bruising. However the emotional effect...

Commentary: Is education itself a mishap?

February 16, 2017
Commentary: Is education itself a mishap? In the Caribbean, we have always valued education, and although we are not always sure what it means, we feel it is something beneficial to have. The argument is that education is a contested concept. It means different things to different people at different times. But whatever it is, it is seen...

Turks and Caicos to host CDB annual meeting

February 9, 2017
Turks and Caicos to host CDB annual meeting GRAND TURK, TCI -- The Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) will host the 47th annual meeting of the board of governors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). Dr William Warren Smith, CDB president, made the announcement on February 3, during an official visit with the country’s premier...

Commentary: The education mix-up

February 8, 2017
Commentary: The education mix-up When we speak of education, we have in mind a number of developmental activities linked to institutions and society designed to expose clients to greater knowledge, skills, and understanding to enable them to be better human beings, contribute to society’s culture and well-being, and...

Commentary: Trump's political ideas: A cursory view

February 1, 2017
Commentary: Trump's political ideas: A cursory view Whenever a political figure enters the political arena and attracts significant support, along with the attention of the popular press, immediately those with an interest in politics try to examine and analyse the basis of his or her ideas, why they seem to captivate such a large portion of the...

Two more Haitian migrant vessels intercepted in Turks and Caicos

January 31, 2017
Two more Haitian migrant vessels intercepted in Turks and Caicos PROVIDENCIALES, TCI -- As police and immigration officials in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) continue to search for bodies that may still be in the waters of the North West Point area of Providenciales from an illegal Haitian migrant vessel that capsized last Tuesday, two more illegal Haitian vessels...

Commentary: The Turks and Caicos Islands - The beginning of a new era

January 31, 2017
Commentary: The Turks and Caicos Islands - The beginning of a new era The Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) has a very fascinating history. The islands were believed to be first settled by the Amerindians who were later disposed of by the Spaniards. Following this, several nations controlled the islands with no official settlement taking place. For a number of years...

Commentary: Will President Trump be good for Caribbean tourism?

January 28, 2017
Commentary: Will President Trump be good for Caribbean tourism? The short answer: “yes”. If that is, he is able to do what he says he will in putting Americans back to work, with good paying jobs. While unemployment was 4.7% in December, there are many that have given up looking for work and are not included in the above statistic. And who would gladly...

Twelve Haitian migrants found dead in the Turks and Caicos Islands

January 26, 2017
Twelve Haitian migrants found dead in the Turks and Caicos Islands PROVIDENCIALES, TCI -- On Tuesday, the bodies of twelve Haitian migrants were found in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI), where the search for survivors and other possible victims was expected to resume on Wednesday. Police found at least five of the bodies ashore after...

Commentary: Is a culture of democracy lacking in the Caribbean?

January 26, 2017
Commentary: Is a culture of democracy lacking in the Caribbean? In the Caribbean we tend to think that democracy came with universal adult suffrage. And we have been exercising this with varying levels of participation. Voting at elections has not only become a tradition, but an expectation, part of our civic duty. But is voting alone reflective of democratic...

Commentary: Marjorie Basden - A stalwart in education in the Turks and Caicos Islands

January 23, 2017
Commentary: Marjorie Basden - A stalwart in education in the Turks and Caicos Islands Mrs Majorie Lightbourne-Basden was born in South Caicos on August 1, 1924. She attended the pre-school of the late Miss Mary Robinson. She also attended pre-school headed by the late Mrs Euphemia Lockhart. At the age of seven, she entered the Government All Age Primary School. 

Commentary: POTUS 45, a Republicrat?

January 21, 2017
Commentary: POTUS 45, a Republicrat? Ignore the fact that also ran Hillary Clinton received more votes -- 65,844,954 (48.2%) than winner President Donald J. Trump -- 62,979,879 (46.1%); but although she trumped Trump by almost three million votes, that’s just not the way presidential elections are decided in America.

Commentary: Theresa May and the shared society

January 18, 2017
Commentary: Theresa May and the shared society Many political leaders, on assuming governmental responsibilities, seek to refine and incorporate the ideas they campaigned on into a working philosophy which is intended to give the government a clear policy focus on which to formulate social and economic programmes, and give meaning...

Letter: Cut Floyd Seymour some slack and 'get over it'

January 14, 2017
Letter: Cut Floyd Seymour some slack and 'get over it' In response to the statement made regarding the appointment of Floyd Seymour as chief executive officer of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) National Health Insurance Plan (NHIP), I say it is time to “get over it”. As a people we like to find fault for no reason at all. Yet In fairness to Mike Misick...

Commentary: Taking charge and navigating our lives

January 12, 2017
Commentary: Taking charge and navigating our lives Many of us live a life of cramped existence. We allow our environment to determine our thoughts and destiny, and so become caged in our circumstances. We won’t permit ourselves to transcend what surrounds us, even though evidence exists concerning another way we can live our lives.

Vessel with 84 Haitian migrants intercepted in Turks and Caicos

January 7, 2017
Vessel with 84 Haitian migrants intercepted in Turks and Caicos PROVIDENCIALES, TCI -- A motorized wooden boat from Haiti was intercepted at approximately 11:30 am on Thursday 23 miles southeast of Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) with 84 illegal migrants aboard. The vessel was spotted by officers of the Royal Turks and Caicos...

Commentary: Paul Stephenson Higgs, Sr. - Turks and Caicos unsung hero

January 5, 2017
Commentary: Paul Stephenson Higgs, Sr. - Turks and Caicos unsung hero The Hon. Paul Stephenson Higgs was born in Bottle Creek, North Caicos, on 2nd February, 1898. He was married to Brenetta E. Williams of Bottle Creek and the father of four sons and four daughters. Hon. Paul Higgs attended the Bottle Creek Primary School (now Adelaide Oemler...

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