FALL 2022

  • A Short Life October 1, 2022
    Captain Edward Lightbourn Story & Images Courtesy Antoinette Lightbourn Butz Captain Edward Lightbourn was my great-great-great uncle. I researched this article through many documents found on Bermuda and the Turks & Caicos Islands, particularly from a letterbook in my possession and a set purchased by the Bermuda Archives in 2018. Background Edward Lightbourn was born in the Heron Bay ...
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  • Investigating the Clues October 1, 2022
    The origins of Junkanoo — Part 2 By Christopher Davis, Alex Kwofie, Angelique McKay and Michael P. Pateman In the Summer 2022 issue of the Astrolabe, the authors detailed various legends of the origins of Junkanoo from European influences and mimicry to the Ahanta General, Jan Kwaw from Pokesu (today’s Princess Town) in Southwestern Ghana. However, the ...
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  • Arcing Upwards October 1, 2022
    South Bank’s new “suspended private villa” experience. By Kathy Borsuk ~ Images Courtesy Windward Life in the Turks & Caicos Islands is meant to be savored with each of your senses. Overarching is the vast expanse of ocean blue, with as many different expressions as the face of a beloved friend. Beams of golden sunshine are occasionally ...
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  • TCI Tech October 1, 2022
    Is a “Silicon Island” in the making? By Ben Stubenberg Can a small island nation renowned as a premier vacation destination for its spectacular beaches and turquoise water also become a world class hub for tech innovation—a “Silicon Island?” At first glance that seems improbable. After all, high end tourism drives TCI’s vibrant economy, not high tech. ...
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  • TCI Junkanoo Museum September 30, 2022
    Preserving island culture in the 21st century. By Abigail Parnell If you have ever attended the Turks & Caicos’ Island Fish Fry (now held in The Bight on Thursday evenings) or post-Christmas Maskanoo event, you’ve probably reveled in the irresistible rhythm of the drums, whistles, horns, and cow bells of Junkanoo. This festival of intoxicating sound and ...
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  • Surviving the Storm September 30, 2022
    The effects of Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease on TCI reefs. By Heidi Hertler, John Debuysser, Autumn Zwiernik, Katie Tanner, Alyssa Landi, Hayley Newman and Morgan Rose, The School for Field Studies Center for Marine Resource Studies, South Caicos Coral reefs are one of the most biologically diverse and ecologically productive ecosystems on the planet. They are aesthetically ...
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  • Farming Coral on Land September 30, 2022
    Gene bank pilot nursery started. By Don Stark and Alizee Zimmermann, Turks & Caicos Reef Fund Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD) arrived in the Turks & Caicos Islands in 2019. This Caribbean and Tropical Atlantic-wide disease has devasted reefs throughout the region. It has affected over 30 species of stony corals — the big reef building ...
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  • King Cotton September 30, 2022
    The fabric of our lives. By Bill Keegan and Betsy Carlson Competition had grown fierce. A burgeoning fitness industry in the 1980s had embraced man-made fabrics to the point where DuPont Corporation could not meet demand for its trademarked product — Spandex. In response, Cotton Incorporated recognized the need to remind consumers that cotton products are soft, ...
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  • Today, Yesterday, and Today September 20, 2022
    Looking back at life on the Islands “back in the day.” By Shelagh Barrington Shelagh Barrington is Kathi Barrington’s older sister. Kathi was editor of Times of the Islands from 1990 to 1993. On a recent visit to Providenciales, she had occasion to reminisce on those early golden days in the sun.  Today . . . It’s time for ...
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  • Ask Naqqi! September 20, 2022
    In-the-field botanist also fields questions. By Jody Rathgeb ~ Naqqi Photos By Tom Rathgeb Let’s say you’re outside, poking around the yard, and you encounter a bug you’ve never seen before. It’s sort of spidery, but with hairy pinchers and some long things that might be antennae. What is it? What do you do? Well, you might ...
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South Caicos was once a major exporter of salt harvested from its extensive salinas. Award-winning Master and Craftsman Photographer James Roy of Paradise Photography (myparadisephoto.com) created this vertical composition by assembling a series of six images captured by a high-definition drone which was a half a mile away from his position.

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