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TCI: Premier Robinson addresses Taylor Bay Issue

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#TurksandCaicos, January 5, 2018 – Providenciales – Providenciales Turks and Caicos Islands 04 January: The Government of the Turks and Caicos Islands  would like to advise the country unequivocally, that the beach known as Taylor Bay has for long years been recognized as a public beach for the benefit and enjoyment of the general public.

The Taylor Bay beach parcels were originally principally contained within parcels 60400/9 & 10.   A search of the Land Register reveals that:

  • October 17, 1984 parcels 60400/9 & 10 were transferred from the Crown to Clearwater Holdings Ltd.
  • September 5, 1989 Worldwide Hotel Holdings Ltd. caused a Caution to be registered on the basis that it had purchased the parcels
  • November 2, 1989 Worldwide Hotel Holdings Ltd. changed its name to Paradise Cove Ltd.
  • March 4, 1991 parcels 60400/9 & 10 were transferred from Clearwater Holdings Ltd. to Paradise Cove Ltd.
  • October 3, 2007 parcels 60400/9 & 10 were transferred from Paradise Cove Ltd. to MWE Holdings Ltd., the shareholder of which is a BVI registered company
  • March 2, 2016 parcels 60400/9 & 10 were mutated into parcels 60400/394-398.

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It has long been established that the foreshore is owned by the Crown.   As such members of the public have the right of access to that area and enjoy the long and established use of the beach.

Parcel 60400/90 which is the area of land used to access Taylor Bay is also owned by MWE Holdings Ltd.   Although privately owned, it is also recognized that Parcel 60400/90 though privately owned has historically and long been used by residents of the island to access Taylor Bay and as such would be subject to a public right of way.   These positions are established common law positions which have supported by recent case law.

My Government is aware that an application for Development permission to erect a fence on Parcel 60400/90 was refused by the Planning Board.   This matter is now the subject of an appeal to the Planning Appeal Tribunal.    However, it does mean that at present any fence, barrier or other development is without lawful authority.

My Government hereby states categorically that public beaches are for the enjoyment of the public but must always be used in a responsible manner consistent with the laws of the Turks and Caicos Islands and also respecting the property rights of those who own adjoining and nearby properties.   Active and immediate steps are being taken by all relevant Departments to assess and then address the issues which have arisen in relation to beach access and to protect the interest of the public.

Once again, as already communicated by Hon Ralph Higgs, Minister with responsibility, we remind all persons seeking to enjoy Taylor Bay or any other beach, to do so in a dignified and respectful fashion and in a manner befitting our slogan “beautiful by nature”.   Turks and Caicos Beaches are known as being the Best in the World, bar none, let’s keep it that way.

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On coming to Office December 2016, my Government recognized the need to review and ensure public beach accesses.   Through the Ministry with responsibility for the Environment, an immediate moratorium was placed on applications for commercial activities as early as February 2017 having been in Office only about 2 months.  We will continue our critical work to ensure that there remain public access points to beaches throughout the Islands ensuring that our people are able to enjoy all of our beaches.  The Ministry of Environment is well ahead on this issue and will intensify its efforts.

Press Release: Premier Sharlene Robinson

 

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DIGICEL+ GIVES CUSTOMERS THE GIFT OF MORE SPEED THIS CHRISTMAS

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The fastest internet just got even faster…for the same great price

 

Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – 1st, December 2021 –  Digicel+ is gifting The Turks and Caicos Islands faster home fibre speeds for Christmas, and beyond. Fulfilling the brand promise of Simply More (more power, more speed and more reliability), customers will now benefit from up to 2x faster download speeds on broadband and bundle plans.

This is all about a better experience for customers, and not about the cost. This free upgrade gives Digicel+ customers an even better home fibre internet experience, for anyone, on any device. And as part and parcel of the digital lifestyle, Digicel+ is the gateway to a Smart Life, which means that state-of-the-art Smart Solutions like Smart Homes and Smart Security are no longer just concepts, but a powerful reality.

Addison Stoddard CEO of Digicel TCI said, “This Christmas, we’re excited to reward customers with a super slick, superfast, super reliable home fibre experience, underpinned by service delivery that is, of course, second to none. Our entry-level plans are the fastest on the island and this puts us head and shoulders above any other internet offering in the country.”

The upgraded packages now start with download speeds of 50Mbps, and go up to 300Mbps for the speed demons and heavy gamers out there. This allows the Turks and Caicos Islands to connect to the global knowledge economy, have amazing entertainment options, and power their personal and professional experiences, thanks to these new superfast internet speeds.

Addison Stoddard continued, “It’s more of what our customers expect; more of what they want and it’s another way that we can be a part of our customers’ digital lives – at home, on the go, anywhere and everywhere. Simply put, Digicel+ is simply more.”

Over the past two years, the COVID-19 pandemic has solidified the importance of having a steady, powerful and reliable home internet connection, mainly due to many schools going online and parents working remotely. Now, with even faster internet speeds, customers get the best home fibre experience every time. This provides opportunities for MORE working, MORE schooling, MORE gaming, and MORE streaming with Digicel+.

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Guys, Have 2 Minutes? Here’s How to Check Yourself for Testicular Cancer

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Testicular cancer is a rare form of cancer for men in The Bahamas.  It is highly curable — if you know it’s there!

 

November 30, 2021 – Men…how often do you perform a self-exam to check yourselves for testicular cancer?

While it’s a relatively rare form of cancer, young men aren’t exempt – in fact, testicular cancer occurs most often in young and middle-aged men. The good news is, it can usually be treated successfully.

The most common symptom of testicular cancer is a lump on your testicle. But that’s not the only sign of this disease.

Men who have testicular cancer may experience several different kinds of symptoms, says oncologist Timothy Gilligan, MD, a Medical Oncologist at Cleveland Clinic who specializes in treating testicular cancer.

Testicular cancer most frequently strikes men younger than age 44, and is the most commonly diagnosed cancer for men ages 15 to 34. It is almost always curable if found early, Dr. Gilligan says, and it is usually curable even when at a later stage. So it’s important to know signs and symptoms.

Here, Dr. Gilligan says, are five possible signs of testicular cancer you might not know about:

5 Testicular Cancer Symptoms That Aren’t a Lump  – Know what to look for and catch it early

  1. A feeling of heaviness or pressure in your scrotum.
  2. Change in testicle size or firmness.Certain types of testicular tumors can reduce testosterone or increase estrogen in the body, which can result in a change in testicle size or firmness.
  3. Swollen legs.When a tumor spreads to the lymph node, it can constrict blood flow in the veins and result in a blood clot. The clots often occur in the legs, which causes them to swell. You might even experience blood clot symptoms such as pain and difficulty breathing.
  4. Lower back pain and shortness of breath.These are symptoms of advanced testicular cancer, meaning the cancer has spread to lymph nodes behind your stomach. Shortness of breath also may signal that the cancer has spread to your lungs, which may make it harder for air to move in and out.
  5. Breast growth or tenderness.In rare cases, hormone changes also can cause breast tenderness or growth of breast tissue. Some tumors can secrete high levels of a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG), which stimulates breast development.

If you experience any of these symptoms, make an appointment with your doctor right away, Dr. Gilligan says. If your physician diagnoses you with epididymitis or orchitis and the symptoms do not resolve quickly with antibiotics, request an ultrasound to evaluate for a testicular tumor.

“While up to 95 percent of men with testicular cancer are cured, it’s important to get care quickly if you’re experiencing symptoms because testicular cancers usually grow fast,” Dr. Gilligan says. “If there is disease, the earlier it is treated, the greater than chance for success.”

 

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PDM Deputy Leader lends to Beach Vending Bill debate from outside Parliament

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By Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer

 

#TurksandCaicos, November 30, 2021 – The Opposition party says the new Beach and Coastal Vending bill does not provide adequate protection for TCI vendors.

This came from Deputy Leader of the PDM Robert Been, in an open letter to the Speaker of the House of Assembly earlier today.

The Deputy Leader who claimed to be in direct contact with vendors in Sapodilla say while there are several provisions for penalties against the vendors in the bill it does not ‘adequately address the protection of vendors rights.’

The PDM referenced incidents of abuse from homeowners against vendors and said, “These homeowners, very often, insult and threaten vendors which is humiliating…There needs to be, in the law, something that clearly penalizes any overreaching harassment by property owners…situated near vendors.”

The Opposition deputy leader also said the Premier’s claim that the reshuffle of vendors will not affect their earnings was ‘misleading’ and ‘held no truth.’ They added that the section of roadway cited for the relocation was a known hazard and tourists would likely not frequent the area.

The PDM had several other requests to make the bill a more viable one for vendors. Been insisted that the government produce a timeline for the temporary relocation and allocate funds for a stimulus in case of loss of earnings on the vendors’ part. They also requested to see compulsory marketing for the vendor markets and questioned the lack of any clear avenue for redress should the government default on its promises.

Finally the PDM Deputy Leader called for CCTV cameras to be installed at every vendor site for both the protection of vendors and their wares and objectivity in conflict resolution.

The office of the Premier has not yet responded to the letter. The bill will be debated in the House today (November 30).

 

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