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Premier Speaks to ScotiaBank recent announcements

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#TurksandCaicosIslands – Thursday, June 7, 2018 – Today, the Deputy Premier, Hon Sean Astwood and I met with the Managing Director and the Regional Compliance Head to discuss the Bank’s upcoming initiatives. We were informed that the Bank intends to consolidate its operations into one Center which is located on Leeward Highway. This meant that the Branches at Grand Turk and in Grace Bay will be consolidated to this location. On receiving this News, I contacted the Leader of the Opposition who was given the opportunity to also speak with the Bank’s Representatives at the same time.  

We were informed that this is a continuation of what has already happened in the Bahamas and now Cayman Islands, BVI and the Turks and Caicos Islands and was the Bank’s direction to direct its customers more to use the heavily invested technological systems while allowing staff to focus on strategic goals.

We outlined our concerns to the Bank for its staff, its customers in light of the recovery and challenging internet services, the message being sent to the general public of these Islands and the Nation’s Capital specifically. We also requested of the Bank that its representatives meet with the public of Grand Turk and allow them to share their concerns and to advise on how the services will continue. This request has gone forward for consideration.

We do understand that this is a corporate decision and are grateful that the dates were staggered. We are aware of the staff challenges and the fact that the decision has been made from the highest office in Canada. However we believe that this is a rather unfortunate decision that could not come at a worse time.

I am aware that the Bank would have also today met with the Acting Governor and the Labour Commissioner today. We will continue our discussions with the Bank and critical stakeholders on this issue to see how we might be able to avert this decision, failing which, then how we may be able to assist with minimizing the impact of th closure of the physical space on the communities in Grand Turk.

PRESS RELEASE FROM

Hon Sharlene L Cartwright Robinson

Premier & Minister of Finance

The Turks and Caicos Islands

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OFFICIAL STATEMENT from Carnival Cruise Line

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#TurksandCaicos, May 26, 2022 – Earlier this morning, Carnival Freedom’s emergency response team quickly activated and extinguished a fire inside the ship’s funnel while the ship was in Grand Turk.All guests and crew are safe, and the ship’s guests were cleared by local authorities to go ashore. We continue to assess the situation. Carnival Freedom left Port Canaveral on Monday on a five-day cruise.

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Governor Nigel Dakin on Carnival Cruise Line Fire

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#TurksandCaicos, May 26, 2022 – Magnetic Media can again Update:  Emergency teams including TCI Regiment members were on standby, ready to act once 911 alerted about the fire on board Carnival Freedom, says Nigel Dakin, TCI Governor.The assistance was, however not required as the crew communicated having the situation under control.The question is now, whether the fire has rendered the vessel inoperable. Will it be healthy enough to continue its itinerary.At this hour the Deputy Governor and the Home Affairs Minister are en route to the Grand Turk Cruise Center. The DDME is accompanying them as well, said the governor.“…we remain poised to help if needed, including responding to any requests that may be made by Carnival in support of passengers,” said Governor Dakin.Carnival Cruise Line has also since issued a statement.

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Carnival Freedom suffers fire damage while at port

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#TurksandCaicos, May 26, 2022 – Magnetic Media can report, information is fluid and changing as we give a update on the incident at the Grand Turk Cruise Port.Cruise passengers sharing photos and videos Stateside have given an up close perspective on this fright at sea, which greets us on this Thursday morning.Guest images show that it is the Carnival Freedom, exhaust stack ablaze in a menacing fire that had passengers scrambling to safety.The Carnival Freedom cruise ship which set sail from Port Canaveral, Florida suffered this disaster onboard; no word on what becomes of the voyage given the damages caught on cell phone cameras.While some information is changing, steady is the report that no one is hurt.Tweeted by ‘Chester 4×4’ the video is now making social media rounds and has been picked up by mainstream media in Florida.Officials had not spoken to the alarming matter up to the time of this post.

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