Turks and Caicos, May 1, 2017 – Providenciales – An update on the CDB, Capital projects and how the UK elections is now affecting the TCI were all matters raised when the Hon. Premier Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson gave her report in Cabinet last week. On Wednesday 26th April 2017 His Excellency the Governor Dr. John Freeman chaired the 11th meeting of the Cabinet at the NJS Francis Building in Grand Turk. With the absence of the Deputy Premier, His Excellency faced many proposals for approval and discussions from cabinet members including Premier Robinson.
The Premier presented an update on the forthcoming meeting of the Board of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) in TCI this month. On May 24th and 25th, The TCI will host approximately 500 delegates at the 47th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the CDB. The Premier also stated that there has been progress on the capital projects program. As stated in her first 100 day in office report, the government earmarked a number of capital projects for further consideration and revamping.
In the absence of Deputy Premier Hon. Sean Astwood, the Premier revealed that Astwood participated in the signing of a MOU between the USA and members of the Caribbean Community on co-operation regarding the Development of an Advanced Passenger Information System (APIS). Additionally, as a result of the UK elections now carded for June, the Premier explained that the pre-Joint Ministerial Council, which was also scheduled for June, would now be postposed until July and every other planned activity involving the UK would subsequently be affected.
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Tropical Storm Owen in December?
By Shanieka Smith
December 8, 2022 – A low-pressure system observed in the Central Atlantic Ocean has led the National Hurricane Center to believe there is a 50 per cent chance a subtropical or tropical storm will develop. They reported on Tuesday, the system was 800 miles northeast of the Leeward Islands.
NHC said that by Thursday or Friday, the system should move northeastward, where it will interact with a mid-latitude trough, thereby limiting the chances of development.
The potential subtropical or tropical storm would become the 15th named storm of 2022 and will be called Owen.
Here is the very latest forecast:
Central Subtropical Atlantic
Showers and thunderstorms have increased since last evening near a
subtropical Atlantic about 850 miles east-southeast of Bermuda.
However, the system remains embedded within a frontal zone, which is
expected to become more pronounced later today as the low begins to
move east-northeastward at 20 to 25 mph toward colder waters and
interact with a mid-latitude trough. Therefore, while the system
could show some subtropical characteristics today, its chances to
fully transition to a subtropical or tropical cyclone appear to be
decreasing. Nevertheless, significant non-tropical development of
this low is expected during the next couple of days, and additional
information, including hurricane-force wind warnings, can be found
in High Seas Forecasts issued by the National Weather Service. The
next Special Tropical Weather Outlook on this system will be issued
by 9 AM EST Thursday.
* Formation chance through 48 hours…low…30 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days…low…30 percent.
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Minister Doubles Down on need for Population Plan, says TCIs facing EXTINCTION
By Dana Malcolm
#TurksandCaicos, December 8, 2022 – After a firestorm of comments from residents across the Turks and Caicos regarding recent announcements that third generation TCI residents would be able to apply for citizenship, Minister of Immigration Arlington Musgrove now doubles down on the need for an intentional population growth or local islanders could go extinct.
He is now summoning patience and clarifying that more than TCI descendants in The Bahamas are being considered in the plan.
Acknowledging the polarizing nature of the announcement Musgrove said, “The simple truth is that the population of our country is growing by leaps and bounds year on year, through accidental status, if you will, work permit holders attaining PRC who are then naturalized as BOTC. In the same token, Turks and Caicos Islander Status numbers have largely remained flat in comparative periods.”
He said through this type of naturalization the TCI is growing much too fast, at a rate of between four and five percent when the country should be maintaining a steady two percent rate.
“Even if we manage the rate down to two percent, it is projected that by 2040, the population will be near or about 50,000 with tight immigration control measures, but it is still estimated that Turks and Caicos Islanders will only be 15,000 in number, less than a quarter of the population, maximum.”
Describing this as unsustainable he cautioned that TCI citizens could disappear completely in the coming years. “As a people, based on today’s birth and death records, could be near extinction if certain steps aren’t taken. So, we are looking at how this can be balanced.”
Musgrove reiterated that the new policy is in an effort to ‘strengthen ties with the diaspora and to welcome them as the first option for population expansion for the future.’
The intention is to amend the law to give these grandchildren and great grandchildren the right to become Turks and Caicos Islanders.
He explained that data was currently being collated by the Immigration and Population Council, tasked with developing a policy for the controlled growth of the population.
Any proposals made by the council he said, would be taken to public consultation in time, but something needed to be done immediately.
“As a Government– we are of the view that it is better to increase the number of Turks and Caicos Islanders with descendants of our own flesh and blood in the first instance, and then by other means – be it local child birth to foreign parents, or by grant.”
In the two weeks since the announcement, residents have cited anxiety over criminal records, and the dangers they think may exist from opening the doors to the diaspora. To those concerns Musgrove said this, “The Government is not deaf to the concerns of our people. We understand that there is inherent risk in opening our country to further generations, but we must recognize that there is inherent risk in opening our doors to anybody.”
He made it clear this was open to all third generation TCI Islanders not just Bahamians and promised that immediate Turks and Caicos citizens would not be left out under any circumstances. He promised more incentives for young people to remain in the TCI ,as well as incentives to encourage childbearing among Turks and Caicos Islanders.
Not long now, North Caicos Airport has equipment and staff says Minister
By Dana Malcolm
#TurksandCaicos, December 8, 2022 – Long awaited upgrades are finally being put into the North Caicos airport starting with a new terminal according to Arlington Musgrove, Minister of Immigration and Border Services who confirmed staff and equipment for the facility.
“We’re sending out an IFP this week or early next week for the demolition and construction of a new terminal building.”
The minister explained that they had already acquired a firetruck and security guards were in the works for the new airport. In addition air traffic controllers are being trained and firefighters were being secured as well. He maintained this wouldn’t just be a government only airport as they were sending out multiple Invitations for Proposal.
“It’s not only the terminal building, there’s going to be an IFP for a Fixed Base Operator. The FBO is going to be privately owned, customs and Immigration will be there from the government.”
In terms of how long it would all take Musgrove, who is the Member of Parliament for the twin island district said this, “We’ll start next year for the FBO but the small terminal building, as soon as we get the tender ready that’s gonna start.”
The minister also mentioned the new developments for Dellis Cay, which he hoped would push traveller traffic on the islands.
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