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Row over Grand Turk infrastructure reaches fever pitch in Parliament

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Providenciales, 12 Feb 2016 – A row over what has and has not been done for Grand Turk broke out in the House of Assembly this week and it still remains unclear when the Capital will begin to see more distinctly the repairs and infrastructural enhancements so many are clamoring for.

Hon. Edwin Astwood: “Madame Speaker for three and a half years we have been complaining about the state of Grand Turk, and yes nothing has been done. I would say it has gotten worse. Madame Speaker this is the worse I have ever seen Front Street in my life and in the front of the House of Assembly has about a foot of water, right there. The seawall, what are you all doing, we are supposed to be fixing the seawall but what you just put a wall that should be around someone’s house and put it in the front of the sea with the force of waves that are coming in…the waves are coming over that wall now, that wall will soon be down. It’s only the sand that is holding up; please fix these things right. Grand Turk is falling apart.”

He added, “We had visitors here from Canada, the CPA and I must say I did not meet them, I did not come this morning to meet them, cause what am I gonna show them? This is my town, this is the capital, this is how the Capital looks and we are inviting people to this Capital.”

Hon Edwin Astwood is the representative for Grand Turk South and chided the PNP Administration for the fact that the House of Assembly still has issues with its air conditioning, and that the House of Assembly also had no water on the morning the Canadian Parliamentarians visited.

“…And you here bragging about what you’ve done and bringing Ministerial statement after Ministerial statement, this is nothing this is only words. I am tired of these events,” charged Astwood, MP.

Astwood said the Government must do what it was elected to do, that it must perform and commanded the Rufus Ewing led team to “stop misleading the people.”

Well the other side took exception to this passionate presentation, the Premier responded with equal fervor.

Hon. Rufus Ewing, Premier: “…putting a seawall is not an overnight fix, it is not something we can say this is a problem and just go out there and erect a seawall. You need engineering Madame Speaker, the facts, engineering and them put money behind it that alone will cost over $20 million, at minimum to properly address the seawall in Grand Turk and that is part of what the $60 million loan from the CDB is going toward this year. So don’t stand there as if we are not doing anything; going on emotions.”

It was last week that the Director of Road Safety and Transport advised that Front Street in Grand Turk would now be a one way thoroughfare.

Specifically, it was communicated that “going north from the Tourist Board Office onto West Road straight down to the end of West Road by Mitch Rolling House is now a one way street effective February 1, 2016.”

During House debate this week, both the Elections and the Political Activities amendment ordinances were passed.

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Educational Aids Strengthen Learning Experience for Provo Students

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PROVIDENCIALES, Turks & Caicos Islands: Scores of students in Providenciales will benefit from back-to-school supplies donated by Sandals Foundation Ambassadors at Beaches Turks and Caicos resort, strengthening the instructional process in four schools at the start of the new school term.

More than 2,000 students from Ianthe Pratt, Enid Capron, Oseta Jolly and the Thelma Lightbourne Primary Schools were presented with a generous supply of educational materials including notebooks, pens, pencils, rulers, sharpeners, knapsacks, reading material, sports gear and musical instruments from members of the philanthropic arm of the family all-inclusive resort. While sharing the gratitude for the gifts received, the leaders at the various institutions lauded the efforts of the more than 20 volunteers on hand.

Neekimo King, Principal of the Ianthe Pratt Primary School shared, “Beaches Turks and Caicos and the Sandals Foundation over the years have adopted our institution as their own. These reading books will go a far way in increasing our library stock and improving literacy among the students while the physical education and the guidance counseling units have received lots of materials to bolster the learning experience for our students.”

Sophia Garland, Principal of the Enid Capron Primary School was equally elated as she expressed how beneficial resources will be for the teaching and learning process.

“These supplies, including the books, will definitely aid in increasing literacy amongst the students and the many teaching aids that we have been received will create an environment that is conducive for teaching and learning.”

In sharing with the schools, James McAnally, General Manager at Beaches resort noted, “Sandals Foundation and the resort remain committed to the development of the education of our children, the environment and the communities in which we operate. These four government operated primary schools were identified for these supplies to help in fostering their academic and extra-curricular growth.”

McAnally continued, “A big thank you to the Sandals Foundation Ambassadors who came out and helped with making these distributions possible.”

Vice principal of the Oseta Jolly Primary School, Diana Dean, also expressed gratitude noting, “With these tools, I am sure the students will be excited about learning and the teachers will be better equipped to deliver the lessons.”

The Sandals Foundation and Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort have long been supporters of education and community development in Turks and Caicos, donating to a number of schools and youth sports programmes. Since 2011, the organisations have been assisting students at Ianthe Pratt, Enid Capron Primary Schools and other schools across the islands in their holistic development by providing educational supplies and the opportunity for Sandals and Beaches resorts guests to meaningfully engage with the students through a weekly literacy enhancement programme, hosted in partnership with Island Routes Tours – Reading Road Trip.

 

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Header: Staff and students from the Enid Capron Primary School share a moment for the cameras with members of the Sandals Foundation team as the school received educational items from the Beaches Turks and Caicos and the Sandals Foundation.

Insert: James McAnally, General Manager, Beaches Turks and Caicos (front left) makes a presentation to members of the Ianthe Pratt Primary School recently with sporting gear and educational items looking on are members of the Sandals Foundation team, Sesame Street Character

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PRESS STATEMENT: MINISTRY OF EDUCATION

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#TurksandCaicos, January 27, 2023 – The Ministry responsible for Education confirms that a recent report of alleged sexual abuse was brought to the attention of authorities at a particular school. For the protection of the child, we will not divulge details of this matter. We do acknowledge that there were issues experienced which resulted in less than appropriate response to the incident.

 The Ministry is continuing its investigation of the incident, in its totality and has since requested a comprehensive report on the response from all involved. Several meetings, visits and discussions were held. The key is to ensure that the minor involved is afforded additional counselling and care and that other students within the institution are also afforded the relevant support needed. The Student Support Services has been active in coordinating this response which is currently in operation.

 As an immediate further action, the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) entities will convene and existing protocols will be reviewed and investigations conducted to determine the consistency of the response, exactly where the established protocols were not followed and the subsequent actions to be taken.

 The Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Social Services considers its responsibility for the Safeguarding of children of utmost importance. In so doing, the Ministry of Education has instituted a number of measures over the years to ensure that allegations of abuse to children in schools are treated with urgency. The creation of the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) was created to ensure that teachers, leaders, Social Workers, and Police can respond to allegations with the child’s safety and protection as the core consideration. Child safeguarding remains the Ministry’s primary concern.

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UB Statement: Portia M. Smith Building Under Assessment

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#The Bahamas, January 27, 2023 – In response to concerns expressed, University of The Bahamas released a notification on Thursday 26th January 2023 that effective immediately the Portia M. Smith Building at the Oakes Field Campus is closed until further notice as a precautionary measure.

Immediate steps have been taken to engage the Ministry of Environmental Health to conduct a thorough assessment of the building. In the interim, personnel assigned to Portia M. Smith have been instructed to work remotely to maintain the continuity of operations. A further communication will be issued once the assessment has been completed as we continue to provide timely updates.

Please be assured that the health, safety, and welfare of members of the University community and the general public are paramount and we are working with urgency to address this matter.

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