Related Items:HE Peter Beckingham presents Rita Gardiner with award from Queen, rita gardiner awarded by the queen, Rita Gardiner recognized for her work with women and sports in U.K overseas territories Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, September 29, 2016 – The Governor, Peter Beckingham, presented the award of the British Empire Medal on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen to Mrs Rita Gardiner for her services to sport and women in the Overseas Territories, especially TCI, on 29 September.At the presentation ceremony which was attended by members of Mrs Gardiner’s family and friends the Governor said: “I am thrilled for Mrs Gardiner to receive this great distinction, and I am pleased to have the opportunity on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen to present this award to her. Rita has made a big contribution to society in Turks and Caicos. She has been instrumental for longer than I know in raising our profile in sport, and for ensuring our rightful place in the region and the Commonwealth. I saw first-hand in 2014 her enthusiasm for organising the Commonwealth Baton relay which landed in TCI on its way across more than 60 nations. Her support for Delano Williams is fantastic, and it is clear from meetings with them both that our first Olympian has benefited from her advice, guidance and enthusiasm. Rita travelled with Delano’s mother, with support from the Premier’s office, to Rio to watch Delano compete in the Olympic Games.“Finally we should not forget the work Rita has done to improve the lot of women in TCI society. Her path-breaking work as Director of the Gender Unit has been important in raising the profile of women in society, and she has been actively engaged in striving to reduce domestic violence. We should salute Rita for what she has achieved for TCI in sport and the promotion of women. The Award of a British Empire Medal is a wonderful recognition of her work, and she and her family and friends should take great pride in this important honor.”Commenting on her award, Mrs Gardiner said: “I am honored and delighted to be a recipient of this Award by Her Majesty. Coming in the same year as TCI’s first Olympic athlete, my good friend Delano Williams, took part in the Olympic Games this is a big recognition of the strides we have made as a sporting nation competing on the world stage. I am pleased to have played a part in that progress through my work with the Amateur Athletic Association and the Commonwealth Games Association. I am pleased too that my work in helping to promote and safeguard the place of women in society is recognized with this Award. This is an important and memorable day not only for me, but also for my wider TCI family. I am grateful for all the support I have received from so many people here and overseas.”In addition to receiving the British Empire Medal Mrs Gardiner will be entitled as a member of the Order Of the British Empire to use a special chapel in St. Paul’s Cathedral for baptisms of grandchildren. There is also a special service in St Paul’s in November for new members, and a Ceremonial Service in Spring 2017 to mark the Order’s Centenary. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
In yet another big-ticket purchase in the country’s real estate sector, Pune-based business tycoon Cyrus Poonawalla has bagged the iconic Lincoln House in Mumbai for a staggering price of Rs 750 crore.The deal is said to be the biggest ever property sale in the financial hub of the country. Located in the Breach Candy area of south Mumbai, the Lincoln House was owned by the US government and had housed its consulate for decades.The property, which was put up for sale by the US government for a massive price of Rs 850 crore in 2011, failed to find any takers until Poonawalla evinced interest in buying the sea-facing house that is built on two acres.”No builder was interested to buy Lincoln House,” Poonawalla told The Times of India.”There is no development potential on the plot because of its heritage value and other restrictions. So developers backed out,” he said.Built by the Maharaja of Wankaner in 1938, the Lincoln House currently comes under Grade III heritage category. The property was known as Wankaner House before the US renamed it as the Lincoln House in 1957 when it took the building on lease to house its consulate.Poonawalla said his family did not rope in any global property consultant or broker to clinch the deal.”The negotiations were initiated by my son Adar,” he said.Poonwalla is the country’s 11th richest person having a net worth of $6.6 billion (about Rs 43,700 crore) in 2015, according to Forbes.He is the chairman of the Pune-based Serum Institute, the country’s largest drug maker for snake bites, founded in 1966.The Lincoln House sale comes just within a week after noted industrialist Aditya Birla bought Jatia House in the city for Rs 425 crore.
The police recovered the floating body of a young man, who went missing five days ago, from a waterbody at Chandalkhil village in Brahmanbaria district town on Saturday morning.The deceased was identified as Rana Miah, 22, son of Abdul Kuddus, reports UNB.Locals spotted the body of Rana in the morning and informed police.Later, police recovered the body and sent it to sadar Hospital morgue for autopsy, said Nabir Hossain, officer-in-charge of sadar police station.