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TCI top model Brielle Swann graces the cover of Times of the Islands magazine - Jun 20, 2014 - 6:51:28 PM

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PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands  – Times of the Islands summer 2014 issue is set to hit newsstands and better retailers today! On the cover and in an eight-page editorial spread is TCI’s newest Top Model, Brielle Swann.

Having being named the FACE of the Turks and Caicos on Friday, May 2nd by industry experts at the Williams Auditorium in Providenciales, the Grand Turks native took the plunge in her first of many editorial photoshoots to come. The shoot, which took place at the award-winning Point Grace Resort - was the most picturesque location with its turn-of-the-century British Colonial architecture, lush tropical foliage, fantastic vistas and lavish furnishings; made the perfect backdrop for the safari themed spread.
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Judge Imposes Reporting Restrictions on Turks And Caicos Islands Media in Case Against Prominent Attorneys - Jun 10, 2014 - 11:46:15 AM

TURKS & CAICOS SUN - A High Court Judge in the Turks and Caicos Islands has imposed some serious and unusual restrictions on how the local media can report on a case involving two prominent lawyers.

On Monday June 9th, Sir James Bruce Robertson, a New Zealand Judge who was brought in specially to hear the case, ruled that the Turks and Caicos Islands media cannot even report the charges against 57-year-old Timothy Patrick O’Sullivan of the law firm Miller, Simons, O'Sullivan and 52-year-old Gordon William Kerr of the law firm Misick and Stanbrook.

According to the court order, the media can only print "the identity of the parties, the name of the judge and of counsel representing the parties and the date of any future hearings".
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Vandalism Halts TCI’s Programme to Trap Stray Dogs - May 20, 2014 - 4:05:25 PM

TURKS & CAICOS - The Department of Agriculture has suspended the trapping of stray dogs due to consistent theft and the deliberate destruction of the equipment used to humanely trap the animals.

The Ministry of Environment and Human Affairs says it deeply regrets the suspension of the programme, which is designed to reduce the number of stray and feral dogs on the islands. The programme also aims to reduce the risk to life and property as a result of accidents or public health issues resulting from disease or bites.

Chief Veterinarian, Dr. Mark Butler noted: “Vandalism has rendered all of our traps completely inoperable and prevent the continued removal of stray dogs...
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Miss Universe TCI 2014 to Spark Canada’s Luxury Pie Magazine’s 10th Anniversary Swimsuit Edition - May 18, 2014 - 11:18:48 PM

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Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands; Thursday, May 15th 2014 – Crowned April 26th, an evening that saw grace, glamour and beauty personified, Shanice Williams, Miss Universe Turks and Caicos 2014, Digicel TCI’s newest Brand Ambassador and Saint George Fashion House Muse Model is garnering the attention of numerous pageant, beauty and fashion publications, photographers and fashion designers around the Caribbean and the world.

Shanice Williams who wore the sash Miss Grand Turk won in spectacular style ahead of First Runner Up Codee Coalbrooke, Miss South Caicos and Second Runner Up Todeline Defralien, Miss Middle Caicos. Williams also won Miss Intellect, Best in Swimsuit/Best Body, Best Evening Gown, Miss Congeniality and Miss Photogenic. She is already labeled as a front runner at the 2014 Miss Universe Pageant by pageant experts...
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Sports media training offered to TCI Football Association - May 14, 2014 - 6:12:46 PM

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PROVIDENCIALES, Turks & Caicos Islands; Tuesday, May 13th, 2014 – Over the weekend, footballers within the Women’s National Team of the Turks & Caicos Islands Football Association (TCIFA) took part in Sports Media Training.

Sports Media Training is not exclusive to footballers, but a useful tool for all athletes, coaches or team executives. Preparing athletes for interviews and press conferences; monitoring athletes social media pages and educating them about the responsibilities associated therewith is all apart Sports Media Training, as it is vital in preparing today’s footballers to be on message on and off the field and how to present themselves positively...
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TCI's Billy Forbes signs pro soccer deal with San Antonio Scorpions - May 12, 2014 - 10:14:07 PM

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TURKS & CAICOS - The Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Library Services extends congratulations to Mr. Billy Forbes, former Soccer player for the Turks and Caicos Islands on his recent signing as a professional player.

Mr. Forbes was recently signed to the San Antonio Scorpions on an eighteen-month contract.  The San Antonio Scorpions is an American professional Soccer team based in San Antonio, Texas, United States. With this eighteen month contract Billy is now officially considered a professional Soccer player.

The Ministry also extended congratulations to the Turks and Caicos Football Association for its role in Mr. Forbes’ soccer career.
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Turks and Caicos Integrity Commission - May 8, 2014 - 10:56:20 AM

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The Integrity Commission wishes to inform the public and, in particular, to remind Specified Persons in Public Life that June 30th 2014 is the deadline for filing Declaration under section 25 of the Integrity Commission Ordinance for the 2012- 2014 filing cycle. For this reason, and as part of its public education mandate to foster a better understanding of the statutory requirements on integrity and standard of conduct in public life, the Commission is pleased to present a series of Public Education Seminars throughout the Turks and Caicos lslands for Specified Persons in Public Life.

The Seminars will be held from the 12th to 23th of May, 2014 in each of the inhabited Islands. A special session will be held in Grand Turk for the Honourable Members of the House of Assembly on May 16, 2014 at 2.30pm at the House of Assembly Conference Room...
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Turks and Caicos Tourism: Eyes on Brazil - May 8, 2014 - 8:28:02 AM

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PROVIDENCIALES, Turks & Caicos Islands – Making a strong push to court Brazilian businesses and travelers as part of a strategic plan to develop the Latin American markets, the Turks and Caicos Tourist Board recently returned from a marketing and trade initiative in Brazil that culminated with a showcase at the World Travel Market Latin America (WTMLA).

After tourist arrivals from Brazil to Turks and Caicos grew by 95.5% year-on-year in 2013, from 605 tourists in 2012 to 1, 185 tourists in 2013, tourism officials are ramping up its presence in the cities of São Paulo, Rio de Janerio and Jundiaí. While the actual numbers may seem minuscule, the growth percentage is much to tout about and shows interest from this emerging market...
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Ministry Revives TCI Chapter of 100 Black Men - Apr 29, 2014 - 12:53:00 PM

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As part of ongoing efforts to empower the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI), the Department of Social Development and Gender Affairs, Ministry of Environment and Home Affairs, is reviving the TCI Chapter of 100 Hundred Black Men.

Public meetings and other activities have been planned in Grand Turk and Providenciales (see schedule below) and the Department urges existing members and other interested individuals to attend the meetings and get involved in the activities.

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(Video) Prime Minister Christie on TCI Sun TV news - Apr 18, 2014 - 10:38:11 AM

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TURKS & CAICOS - Watch a TCI Sun News report posted online on April 14th featuring the visit by Prime Minister of The Bahamas, the Rt. Hon Perry G. Christie.

Prime Minister addresses Value Added Tax (VAT) and the relationship between the two countries, Bahamas and Turks and Caicos.

Along on the trip was Minister of State for Finance Michael Halkitis, and
Minister of Labour and National Insurance & the Public Service, Shane Gibson.
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Bahamas PM attends Graham Thompson TCI opening - Apr 11, 2014 - 2:01:26 PM

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Remarks by the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie, M.P., Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas at the official opening of Graham Thompson's Chambers in Providenciales,Turks & Caicos Islands on April 9th, 2014:


I'm delighted to be here once again in the Turks & Caicos Islands and, in particular, this beautiful island of Providenciales. More than just neighbours, we are family. And whenever families are brought together like this, it's an occasion for celebration. It's no different this evening. Thank you for receiving my colleagues and I, with the warmth and hospitality reserved for family.

I'm especially delighted to be here to bring brief remarks on the occasion of the ceremonial opening of Graham Thompson's first office outside The Bahamas.

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TCI releases 2013 External Merchandise Trade Figures - Apr 9, 2014 - 3:15:09 PM

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TURKS & CAICOS - The Department of Economic Planning & Statistics, Ministry of Finance, Trade and Industry has published the 2013 External Merchandise Trade Figures. A copy is attached for your convenience.  

The figures indicate that despite the rather sluggish growth in 2012/13,  revenue from customs duties still accounted for more than a quarter of public sector recurrent revenue and continues to be the major recurrent revenue earner for the Turks and Caicos Islands. However, revenue from merchandise exports was $4,675 in 2012/13, when compared to $45,795 in 2011/12; which shows a decline of 97.6% in the revenue generated from exports.

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Illegal Haitian sloop intercepted in Providenciales - Apr 7, 2014 - 3:01:36 PM

TURKS & CAICOS - The Minister of Border Control and Labour Hon. Ricardo Don Hue Gardner would like to advise that at approximately 11:53pm on Sunday night and landed at South Dock at 2:00am today Monday April 7, 2014, an illegal Haitian sloop was intercepted by the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force Marine Branch and towed into South Dock, Providenciales.

The 15 females and 69 males on board have already been taken to the detention facility where they will be processed prior to being repatriated.
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Miss Universe Turks and Caicos Beauties Explores North and Middle Caicos‏ - Apr 2, 2014 - 3:45:19 PM

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Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands; Monday, March 31st 2014 – The beauties of the 2014 Miss Universe Turks and Caicos Pageant vying for the country’s coveted and most esteemed title put their high-heels aside, slipped on their sandals and toured the islands of North Caicos and Middle Caicos on Saturday, March 29th courtesy of B&B Service Station and the Festerama Committee.

Onboard a ferry from Providenciales to North Caicos, the excitement begun as the contestants anticipated their second off island trip during sixteen weeks of appearances, coaching sessions, rehearsals and other activities in preparation for the big competition nights. The week before the North Caicos and Middle Caicos adventure, the contestants visited Grand Turk and took part in a grand motorcade and enjoyed themselves at a beach party at Governor’s Beach...
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Tsunami evacuation signs produced in TCI - Apr 1, 2014 - 4:12:05 PM

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The Department of Disaster Management & Emergencies partnered with the Turks and Caicos Islands Red Cross Branch to produce temporary Tsunami Evacuation Signs for the regional exercise on Grand Turk last Wednesday March 26, 2014.  The signs which were produced as part of the Red Cross’ Disaster Risk Reduction Programme were placed along the route to the highest points in Grand Turk, Nookie Hill and the Green Door.

“The Turks & Caicos Islands Red Cross is delighted to assist the DDME in the production of these signs. We are an organization focused on increasing the resilience of our communities which is our main goal” stated Mrs. Lormeka Williams, Director...
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TCIFA to host CONCACAF grassroots football workshop - Mar 31, 2014 - 7:07:18 PM

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PROVIDENCIALES, Turks & Caicos Islands - The Turks & Caicos Islands Football Association (TCIFA) will be hosting a CONCACAF Grassroots workshop in early April 2014. The TCIFA, through CONCACAF, is putting on this initiative in the Turks & Caicos Islands to further strengthen the TCIFA’s youth development programmes, whilst educating its stakeholders.
The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football, commonly known as CONCACAF, is the continental governing body for association football in North America, Central America and the Caribbean, to which the TCIFA is a member.
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TCI Tsunami Drill update issued by DDME - Mar 26, 2014 - 6:45:33 PM

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TURKS & CAICOS - The Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies (DDME) has reported on the progress of the earthquake and tsunami drill that took place on Grand Turk today, March 26, 2014.

At 6:17 am today March 26, 2014, the DDME issued a message to begin the Exercise based on a scenario that an earthquake in the AZORES-CAPE ST. VINCENT RIDGE had triggered a tsunami that would impact the TCI within a few hours.

Evacuation orders were issued at 10:00am and the alarms sounded. The DDME reported the use of several alerting methods. These included, the bells at the St Mary’s Pro Cathedral Anglican Cathedral and St Thomas Anglican Church and the Police Sirens as well as emails.


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Contestants announced for TCI Top Model 2014 - Mar 25, 2014 - 2:09:11 PM

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PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands  – Its was ‘A Day where Beauty was Personified’ at the reflecting pool on the grounds of the glamorous and ultra-exclusive Regent Palms Resort on Providenciales over the weekend. Saturday, March 22nd featured the ‘Digital Dolls’, the nine contestants vying to become the Face of the Turks & Caicos, TCI Top Model 2014!

The event, themed ‘A Dolls World @ The Regent Palms Resort Spa - saw appearances by Samentha Etienne, TCI Top Model 2013; a parade of fashions offered at the Regent Palms Resort worn by Turks & Caicos models that have rocked the catwalks in Los Angeles, New York and London; and Junior Models donned in pristine white, strutting their stuff!...
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DEMA Warns of Thimble Jellyfish Outbreak - Mar 19, 2014 - 4:27:58 PM

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TURKS & CAICOS - The Department of Environment and Maritime Affairs (DEMA) would like to caution swimmers, snorkelers and divers to the possible presence of thimble jellyfish also known as sea lice, in the Grace Bay and Northwest Point areas of Providenciales. 


Thimble jellyfish (Linuche spp.) vary in size from approximately 0.5 inch, up to approximately 1.5 inches in diameter. The stings do not usually cause immediate pain. Contact with the jellyfish can cause a reaction known as “sea bather’s eruption,” which can result in painful itchy welts, usually at waistbands and bikini lines where the clothing comes into close contact with skin. The jellyfish swim in swarms that are identified by brownish clouds of small thimble-like organisms. Swimmers are therefore advised...
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TCI’s Integrity Commission to Share Unique Experience at Anti-Corruption Conference - Mar 14, 2014 - 12:15:15 AM

TURKS & CAICOS - The Director of the TCI’s Integrity Commission Mr. Eugene Otuonye Q.C. will be among several leading figures from the Caribbean and the rest of the world discussing the path “Towards a Corruption-Free Caribbean” in the Cayman Islands between March 17 and 21, 2014.

Mr. Otuonye will join the likes of Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. The Hon. Ralph Gonsalves; the Hon. Perry Christie, Prime Minister of the Bahamas, Dr. the Hon. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigerian Minister of Finance and a host of other regional Ministers of government, theologians, academics and subject area experts at a series of meetings and the 2014 conference on corruption organised by the University College...
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