Summer 2020 Archive

  • TCI in World War II June 25, 2020 The Fauna, Part I, 1942 By Captain Eric Wiberg, Boston, MA What is remarkable about the sinking and the loss of the Fauna off the Turks & Caicos Islands is that her destination was the TCI, and her survivors spent nearly three weeks essentially circumnavigating the Islands in a lifeboat and a local sailboat over the course ... Read more about this post
  • Foodways, Life and Archaeology June 25, 2020 How ancient people cooked on Providenciales. Story & Photos By Dr. Andy J. Ciofalo Food is a social lubricant, which means it brings us together, gets people talking and is a central point of gatherings, holidays and life. Do you remember cooking your last meal? The way you sliced, pounded, boiled or roasted the vegetables damaged small ... Read more about this post
  • Lessons from Lockdown June 25, 2020 Times of the Islands contributors share their experiences. Whether ending up on- or off-island, regular Times of the Islands contributors faced “shelter at home” requirements due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. We asked them to share their thoughts and experiences during this major disruption to our usual way of life.  Life and freedom are precious By Kelly Currington I ... Read more about this post
  • Sanctuary June 24, 2020 South Bank development recommences construction. By Kathy Borsuk During Turks & Caicos’ four-month COVID-19 lockdown, when borders were closed and residents encouraged to shelter in place, I, like many others, took to the roads by foot and bicycle. Especially in the early weeks when restrictions were more severe, the early morning and late afternoon “exercise hours” had ... Read more about this post
  • Away from it All June 24, 2020 An investment in TCI real estate offers the ultimate in social distancing. By Kathy Borsuk ~ Photos By Gary James, Provo Pictures I, like many other expatriate residents and TCI citizens, was gifted with a four-month “vacation in paradise,” thanks to the global COVID-19 pandemic. In a wise move by the Turks & Caicos Islands Government, the ... Read more about this post
  • The Rainbow Effect June 24, 2020 By Kelly Currington ~ Photo By Beatrix Neuhaus The year 2020—a new decade—started off with a bang! There were celebrations, friends and excitement for the year ahead. Plans were in place for travel and adventures with family and friends; what a magnificent year it would be! Little did we know that a silent storm was brewing ... Read more about this post
  • Hidden in Plain Sight June 24, 2020 Taking a closer look at the Islands’ trove of natural treasures. Story & Photos By Carmen Hoyt, Waterfront Assistant, The School for Field Studies, Center for Marine Resource Studies, South Caicos What if I told you I knew where to find treasure? After all, the history of the Turks & Caicos Islands is rich with pirate lore ... Read more about this post
  • National Treasure June 24, 2020 It’s time to appreciate our coral reefs. By Melissa Heres, Waterfront Assistant, The School for Field Studies For visitors and residents of the Turks & Caicos Islands, the sea—and particularly the reefs surrounding the islands—serves as a source of food, a protective barrier from storms and waves, and a symbol of natural beauty. Sitting on the shoreline, ... Read more about this post
  • It’s Not Just Dirt, It’s Soil! June 24, 2020 Learning to compost on South Caicos. By Anna-Handte-Reinecker, Program Assistant, The School for Field Studies, Center for Marine Resource Studies, South Caicos We often forget to appreciate the soil beneath our feet. Soil, which is a complex combination of organic and inorganic matter, supports life as we know it. Simply put, without soil, neither plants nor animals ... Read more about this post
  • As Far as the Eye Can See June 23, 2020 When it comes to anemones, there’s more than meets the eye. By Ben Farmer, Waterfront Assistant, The School for Field Studies, South Caicos Anemones, perhaps the most frequently mispronounced animals in the sea, are fascinating creatures. The vibrant colors and swaying tentacles characteristic of anemones are staples in the backdrop of tropical coral reefs and tide pools ... Read more about this post
  • Works Best Undisturbed June 23, 2020 While we face confounding times, in the bush it’s business as usual. By B Naqqi Manco, TCI Naturalist I was that kid in the class who, when group projects were assigned, conjured every conceivable reason to work independently. In a genetic culmination of my mother’s “get out of the way so I can get it done correctly” ... Read more about this post
  • Stewards of the Sea June 23, 2020 Ten years of environmental advocacy. By Don Stark, Co-Founder and Chairman, TCRF On May 10, 2020, the Turks & Caicos Reef Fund (TCRF) began its eleventh year as the only environmental advocacy non-profit in the Turks & Caicos Islands. Founded in 2010 by Don Stark and David Stone, TCRF has worked tirelessly as an advocate for the ... Read more about this post
  • Hurricane Season 2020 June 22, 2020 Atlantic region expected to be active. By Paul Wilkerson ~ Photos By Marta Morton, www.harbourclubvillas.com Although hurricane season officially starts on June 1, by mid-May Tropical Storm Arthur was already moving along the Outer Banks of North Carolina. What are we to take away from this early start to the season?  Is it unusual to have named ... Read more about this post
  • “The Big Boat” June 22, 2020 Jeffrey Handfield’s vision changed the course of TCI history. By Pastor Bradley Handfield ~ Images Courtesy Handfield Family Jeffrey Lemond Handfield was a visionary man chosen by his Creator to do something special for his country, particularly the islands of Providenciales, North Caicos and Middle Caicos. My father, Jeffrey Handfield, was born in 1930, nine years before the ... Read more about this post
  • A Time to Reflect June 22, 2020 The lockdown brought to light TCI’s many positive qualities. By Bernadette Hunt, Broker/Owner Turks & Caicos Property Like many successful businesspeople, I spent much time working, travelling and socializing. Sometimes I was so busy, I didn’t always appreciate my surroundings or lifestyle. TCI’s strict lockdown and country closure to control the Coronavirus pandemic was an opportunity for ... Read more about this post

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Photographer Marta Morton was enjoying another spectacular sunset when she spotted this lovely scene—a picture-perfect clump of Old Man Cacti and the pastel colours of what she later learned were crepuscular rays (see page 18). For more of Marta’s images, turn the pages of this issue and visit www.harbourclubvillas.com.

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