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Flooding in Grace Bay; Rain and heat in the forecast



Providenciales, 19 Jun 2015 – Localized flooding on Grace Bay road slowed traffic to a crawl and submerged sidewalks after just a few minutes of heavy rain this afternoon. The welcomed dousing was another example of how quickly low lying areas can go from being one of the Caribbean’s most famous strips to being waterlogged and frustrating. There is a 40% chance of rain tonight and a 40% chance of rain tomorrow. Father’s Day in the islands will be sweltering, temperature forecast at 89° but with a real feel of, get this, 100° and rain chances at 59%. The Tropical Depression Bill, is over Missouri and Eastern Illinois (in the USA) and elsewhere in the tropics, it is quiet.

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Agreement Signed!  Next Foghorns and Three Times the Arrivals



#TurksandCaicos, October 13, 2021 – When the foghorns blare again at the Grand Turk Cruise Center it will be well into the Christmas season, but the scheduled arrival of the Carnival Freedom on November 28, will end a 20-month pandemic imposed pause on cruising, the economic life-blood, of the capital of the Turks and Caicos Islands.

“We have eleven meetings since May to make this happen.  I think it’s a huge, huge improvement on what we’ve had before, speaking to the value of the partnership of the Turks and Caicos Islands Government and Carnival and we look to have a long and fruitful relationship,” said Hon Washington Misick, Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands.

The Turks and Caicos Islands Government today, finally inked a deal with Carnival Corporation, which appeared hinged on the cruise company being granted the green light for an expansion to berthing at the Port, which opened in 2006 on the island of Grand Turk.

The signing of a new Development Agreement followed an October 7 Cabinet approval of the document; the brief ceremony was carried live on Facebook from the Office of the Premier in Grand Turk.

“Indeed as the Premier has stated, we met 11 times and many times in person, you were in every meeting and sometimes with members of Cabinet, the Attorney General and we worked on something that we will all be proud of for many years to come,” said Giora Israel, Senior Vice President Global Port & Destination Development.

Strongly intimated, by Premier Misick, that this expansion had been stalled.  Definitely stated, also by Premier Misick, it is full steam ahead for a resumption of cruising.

“We are confident that cruise ships filled with visitors will be back in time for the high season 21/22. We are not stopping there. Government is investing heavily in the improvement of the Cruise Port and infrastructure in Grand Turk including: Acquisition of a Property to be converted into a Vendors Market. $1.5m dollars has been allocated to refurbish and improve the property. Additional properties will be acquired and developed to accommodate vendors who depend on the cruise industry for their livelihood. 2-million dollars will be spent to construct a floating dock for the Water Sports Operators. We are providing up to $1 million in grants to eligible operators to help them prepare for the reopening of the Cruise Industry,” said the Premier during a National Address on September 23.

Three cruises to Grand Turk are booked for November and December 2021 and if all goes according to schedule – or better – the cruise calls on November 28, December 11, December 12 and December 26 will usher in a happier holiday season for the dozens of companies left in limbo with the crash of cruising in March 2020.

“I really want to thank our employees at the Port.  We have had employees who stayed here for the last two years working hard to maintain the port,” said Mr. Israel as he acknowledged the enthusiasm shown by the TCI Government to complete the deal; he added, “But I also want to thank the Community of Grand Turk.  We are a part of this community; we have been welcomed as a part of this community.  The Community has embraced us and we have embraced the Community, the business community and we need to look at this as a partnership,” expressed Mr. Israel during the live stream.

Outside of cruise tourism, Grand Turk draws dive enthusiasts from around the world and is increasingly experiencing popularity in the luxury villa market.  Nonetheless, these other distinctions for the island which is home to the Parliament and the Governor’s Residence, fall a distant second and third place to the thousands of cruise visitors travelling on four, five and six day itineraries; Cruising is what really brings the boom.

“We’ve had a long partnership of 20 years and this partnership is just getting better.  New horizon, new opportunities and when I look at this magazine, which is a magazine we issued when the port was opened, we expected that the biggest ship would be 1,800 passengers.  Within 90 days of today, we are expecting ships that will be able to carry three times the number of passengers…”

The Development Agreement gives Carnival Corporation the permissions and perimeters to begin a $25 million dock expansion project.  The Turks and Caicos Cabinet informed that the signatories represented:  the Crown, the Government of the Turks and Caicos Islands, Grand Turk Cruise Terminal Ltd and Carnival Corporation.

Details of the Agreement were not revealed, therefore the scope of the expansion remains unknown.   What has been made clear is upon completion of the new dock, the largest ships in Carnival’s fleet will be able to moor in Grand Turk with the high probability that cruise passenger and crew arrivals to the islands of Grand Turk and Salt Cay, will triple.





Carnival elation Dec 11

Carnival Freedom Nov 28, dec 26

Carnival freedom Dec 12

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TCI Health Minister pledges Urgency is Serving Mental Health



#TurksandCaicos, October 14, 2021 – Minister of Health and Human Services, Hon. Jamell Robinson says the Government will be making increased investment to tackle the issue of mental health.

In his message for World Mental Health Day, observed under the theme “Mental Health In An Unequal World,” he said it was fitting for the focus to be on the way persons who suffer from the disorder are treated.

While noting that finances are not the only factors affecting persons living with chronic illnesses and mental health disorders, he said mental health is a fundamental element to “overall health and livelihood.

“It must be recognised and treated by all Turks and Caicos residents of the, with the same urgency as physical health. We must continue to ensure that mental health remains an important part of our public health mission-we will make certain that the mental health project that was started, is seen to completion. We will ensure that where necessary, increased funding is made available for outreach and support programmes,” the Minister said

He disclosed that a special needs support group for parents, guardians and caregiver will be implement, adding that mental issue is a “longstanding problem” that has been tackled for decades by various professionals, and it must be part of all citizens to lend support and care, where they can.

The Minister stressed that the COVID-19 pandemic has “triggered us” to ponder more about individual health and wellbeing and brought to the forefront that while some enjoy the beauties of life, others cannot.

“Not all of us have the same experience while accessing necessary services, such as healthcare, and what resonates most is the difference in health outcomes for different people, sometimes,” he outlined.


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National Heritage Month 2021 Address by Hon. Josephine Connolly



Theme:  Foundations of the future fueled by our forbearers
#TurksandCaicos, October 13, 2021 – Each year, in the month of October, the Turks and Caicos celebrates Heritage Month.  It is an event that seeks to bring to the forefront what makes this beautiful by nature country an idyllic place to live, work and do business. It further quickens us to become cognizant of our traditions, or the values that are passed down from preceding generations through families or through institutional memory.

As we celebrate National Heritage Month 2021, we do so with pride and the collective responsibility that we all have in celebrating who we are as a people, forged through hard work and industry, determined wills and the unbreakable spirit of our forefathers and mothers who have so firmly laid the foundation on which today we can enjoy.
It is the vision of my Ministry and by extension — the Government of the Turks and Caicos Islands to indelibly etch into the minds of our people, the treasure we have inherited. The recognition of National Heritage Month seeks to impress upon the hearts of our people the significance of working together to achieve greatness for these small but beautiful islands today and beyond.  And so, as we celebrate National Heritage Month, I encourage you to become more aware of our past whilst preparing ourselves to embrace a solid, secure and sustainable future.
During this year’s heritage month, we pause to pay tribute to the pioneers who have stood proudly, represented and contributed to the establishment of our identity and embedded the foundations of a proud culture to these beautiful by nature Turks & Caicos Islands.
The theme chosen for these celebrations: Foundations of the future, fueled by our Forbearers, seeks to bring a kaleidoscope of colours, sounds and movements that are not individually reflective, but collectively impactful. Everyone can identify with various elements of the culture and give special significance to each showcase our heritage from the indigenous local dishes to historical practices such as fishing, boat building and our various crafts. The TCI continues to build up and re-vitalize these historical practices developed by our forefathers.
I rise on this platform, on this day, not only in recognition of our past but also to pledge my commitment to you my people, to build this nation, to launch a campaign of nationhood, a campaign to protect our culture and promote national pride for our country, our symbols and our people. There are many nations and many cultures living in the Turks and Caicos Islands. While we welcome and embrace all, we must not permit our culture and our symbols to be overshadowed by any other culture. It is my Government’s intention to strengthen culture within the Turks and Caicos Islands by ensuring that our culture is at the forefront by providing a platform to showcase, recognize and implement policies to protect and maintain our culture. We must ensure that our culture is instituted within our school’s curriculum. We must promote the transmission of culture and heritage through formal and non-formal education as a safeguarding measure. My Government will increase promotion of local visual arts in public spaces, especially at ports of entry and exit, engage planning committees on each Island to support structure planning and cultural events and increased community engagement of cultural activities.
Today I am filled with pride as a Turks and Caicos Islander as I witnessed the patriotism displayed by many Turks and Caicos Islanders, who in recognition of the honour of this month, are proudly flying our national colours. Today I declare that this symbol of our people and our nation must not wait until National Cultural and Heritage Month to be displayed, but that our flag should be flown in front of every building, every school and every medical facility as a national symbol.
Considering the impact that COVID 19 has on our lives, we have been forced to change the mode of our presentations. But we must remember, that our forefathers were men and women of adjustment. Not only did they adjust to the vagaries of the weather, they also had to adjust to the various types of treatment that was levied on them as in the salt industry. Thus fueled the determination to create a culture that is unique for us.
We invite you to join in the activities that have been planned for all of our enjoyment via the Department of Culture and Heritage’s Facebook page.
If you are not following us, now is the perfect time to begin. All events will be streamed live.  More information about the specific activities for each island will be shared on Facebook and other media outlets so stay tuned and we look forward to celebrating with you.
It is my pleasure as Minister of Culture & Heritage to officially declare this 2021 National Heritage Month open!!

May God bless us all!!!!

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