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PDM promises to rescind new Immigration & Status laws

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The PDM says if the electorate puts the Peoples Democratic Movement in the governance seat, then they will rescind and revamp the newly passed and instituted Immigration and TCI Status Laws.

Dwayne Taylor is the PDM’s Campaign Manager who today resists statements by the Minister of Border Control that point to him being concerned about the well being of the indigenous islander.

Magnetic Media spoke to Taylor today who said Minister Donhue Gardiner continues to dodge questions on the hot button issue.

“Obviously he’s avoiding the question, and when I saw even the press statement that he brought out, about him having a meeting with the Haitian counsel here in Turks and Caicos, and the measures they’re putting forth in trying to deal with boarder control, I think that not only is it counter productive, I think it’s ultra-vires.”

It has been put to Magnetic Media before; concern that child born in the Turks and Caicos to women with legal status, can then claim citizenship. The problem with this provision is that legal status, to many, means even work permit holders. Taylor said there are even items in the Constitution which concern the PDM.

“Ah, also in the constitution you have where, after, I think it’s after five to ten years, that British overseas territory citizens living in Turks and Caicos, they can get citizenship. That should never be.” The Opposition party is not in agreement with the Governor of the territory having a say in who becomes a citizen.

“And the governor is who appoints the chair, now that should never happen. When it comes to any citizenship in any country, the only person who suppose to be dealing with that are the citizens of that country, not the natives, not the residents, the citizens of that country. Citizenship is not a right, it’s a privilege, and so nobody, it happens no where in the world.”

The new legislation allows a five person panel to be assembled; two from each of the major political parties and one seat for the Governor. Add to this, Dwayne Taylor, who is a former parliamentarian explained that over 200 changes were made to the law during House of Assembly debate on the bills; he called it unprecedented and says the litany of changes are the result of the ordinance lacking true consultation and because the drafts were rushed.

“Imagine that, over two hundred, that is so unprecedented in any, uh, legislative counsel, House of Assembly for a government of the day, to bring a piece of legislation to the house and all of those amendments, that speaks volumes, that tells you that is not a piece of legislation that is not indicative of the people’s wishes in the Turks and Caicos Islands.”

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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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