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Turks and Caicos Islands Post Cabinet Meetings Statement



#Providenciales, July 13, 2018 – Turks and Caicos – His Excellency the Governor, Dr John Freeman, chaired the 15th meeting of the Cabinet on Monday, 9 July 2018, at the Hon. Hilly Ewing Building on Providenciales.

All Ministers were present.

At this meeting Cabinet:

  • Approved the waiver of customs storage fees on personal effects imported by Supreme Court Judge, Justice Shiraz Aziz, in accordance with Regulation 4 of the Customs (Government Transit Shed and Queen’s Warehouse Rent) ( Amendment) Regulations 2016;


  • Approved the appointments of the Rev. Claire Robinson and Mr. Mervin Cox to the TCI National Hurricane Recovery Task Force (NRTF) as representatives of the clergy and private sector respectively.  Cabinet further agreed that the Director of Health Services should be appointed as an ex-officio member of the NRTF;


  • Advised His Excellency the Governor to approve the appointments of Mr. Robert Stubbs as Chairman of the National Health Insurance Board (NHIB) with effect from 1 August 2018 and Mr. Leonardo Ralph Patrick as a Member of the NHIB with effect from 14 July 2018 in accordance with Section 16 (1) of the National Health Insurance Amendment) Ordinance 2017;


  • Advised His Excellency the Governor to approve, for forwarding to the House of Assembly for approval, the following Bills to ensure TCI’s compliance with Financial Action Task Force recommendations to meet international standards to combat money laundering and terrorist financing – Banking Amendment Bill 2018; Financial Services Commission (Amendment) Bill 2018; Companies (Amendment) (No.2) Bill 2018; Prevention of Terrorism (Amendment) Bill 2018; Proceeds of Crime (Amendment) Bill 2018; Financial Intelligence Agency (Amendment) Bill 2018; Customs (Amendment) Bill 2018; Miscellaneous (Amendment) (Offences) Bill 2018;


  • Endorsed proposals by the Ministry of Infrastructure, Housing and Planning to standardise the TCIG vehicle fleet;


  • Approved, subject to budgetary provision having been made, the draft Agriculture Policy Implementation Plan as the official document to guide agricultural development in TCI;


  • Noted an information paper from the Hon. Deputy Premier and Minister for Border Control and Employment on a proposed partnership agreement between the Ministry of Border Control and Employment and the Ministry of Education, Youth, Culture and Library Services to promote the employment of TC Islanders returning to TCI after completion of their studies;


  • Discussed the state of progress on the Lighthouse Road project on Grand Turk which it was agreed the Hon. Minister of Infrastructure, Housing and Planning would take forward with his Ministry;


  • Received an up-date by the Hon. Deputy Premier on the political situation and unrest in Haiti and possible implications for TCI;


  • The Hon. Premier up-dated Cabinet on her discussion with the Prime Minister of the Bahamas on the situation in Haiti;


  • The Hon. Minister of Tourism, Environment, Heritage and Gaming asked about banking services on North and Middle Caicos and called for steps to hasten the establishment of banking facilities there;


  • The Hon. Minister of Infrastructure, Housing and Planning up-dated Cabinet on measures to address the problems of water supply on Grand Turk.  The Hon. Premier asked the Hon. Minister to bring a full up-date on the situation to the next meeting of Cabinet;


  • Her Excellency the Deputy Governor reported that during their recent visit to TCI to asses possible UK military assistance in the event of another hurricane hitting TCI, the UK’s Military Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) team had highlighted serious concerns about water supply and reserve stocks of water across TCI during this hurricane season;


  • His Excellency the Governor confirmed that Cabinet had approved by round-robin the following – the re-appointment of members of the Public Health and Environment Board; proposals put forward by the Ministry of Education on TCI Internship Policy; and a request by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Transportation and Communication to draw funding for HM Prison from the Contingency Fund;


Further information on these matters will be provided by Ministers in due course.




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Polio is back; 65 million missed shots in another COVID fall out



By Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer


#USA, August 4, 2022 – For the first time in almost a decade a new case of polio was recorded in the United States. The case which ended in paralysis emphasizes the danger the region faces as vaccination levels drop to 30-year lows.

The World Health Organization warned in early July explained that vaccination in the region of the Americas and the rest of world was dropping rapidly because of various spin off effects precipitated by the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Over 65 million infants missed out on basic vaccines in the last three years thanks to disruptions in routine healthcare, lockdowns and other circumstances. The effects are already being felt as once eradicated disease like measles and polio are once again emerging.

The Pan American Health Organization announced earlier this year the Americas are now facing another measles outbreak after having been declared free of the disease in 2016.

Dr. Jarvis Barbosa, Assistant director of PAHO said vaccination levels are now as low as they were in 1994 for measles and polio and Brazil has had several outbreaks of measles.

In the case of the United States an unvaccinated young adult developed the disease after contact with another individual vaccinated with a live version of the vaccine.

The breakout polio case in the US sent shockwaves across the country because of the severe nature of the disease. Polio is an extremely dangerous disease with no known cure. It causes paralysis in as many as 1 in 200 infected and that paralysis is permanent.

Normally very few school age children would be at risk in the Americas as the vaccine is required to start school but with the gap in vaccinations many more children are now at risk.

Polio was one of the most feared diseases of the 20th century, paralyzing and killing hundreds of thousands, especially children. Thankfully vaccinated individuals are not at risk and as such the WHO is advising that the best way to protect against polio is vaccination.


Photo Caption:  Child in Benin takes Polio vaccine, UNSDG

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New Rules for Turks & Caicos JPs



By Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer


#TurksandCaicos, August 5, 2022 – Rules governing Justices of the Peace in the Turks and Caicos are now significantly stricter after the passing of the amendment to the Magistrates Amendment Bill in July 2022.

Despite the fact that Justices of the Peace are allowed the same powers as a magistrate previously the only requirement for their appointment was the discretion of the Governor and that they be under 65-years-old.

That power has now been transferred from the Governor to the Chief Justice.

Justices of the peace have always by law been allowed to receive complaints, sign charges and issue warrants for the apprehension of persons charged with criminal offenses. They can also issue search warrants summons and administer oaths.

Considering the potentially unchecked execution of these powers, the attorney general’s chambers lobbied for a change in the system.

“These are very wide powers and there is no framework for the supervision and regulation of the whole of justices of the peace in the Turks and Caicos Islands.”

The amendment rectified this and the Chief Justice now has the power to make binding rules and regulations governing the appointment of JPs, a code of conduct disciplinary action and orientation and periodic training for JPs.

In addition, to maintain separation of powers the governor will be stripped of the power to disallow laws made by resident magistrates. That power now belongs to the Chief Justice.

Rhondalee Braithwaite-Knowles, TCI Attorney General maintained that the amendment was short but necessary.

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Young People in TCI are having sex, Rapport wants to ensure they’re doing it safe



By Deandrea Hamilton & Dana Malcolm

Editorial Staff


#TurksandCaicos, August 5, 2022 – Young people in the Turks and Caicos are very sexually active and while there are no concrete statistics, the newest members of the Rapport all said “Yes” to the question about whether there is rampant sexual activity.

“As a young person I totally agree that they are having a lot of sex,” Arean Louis said.

This is particularly concerning given wider statistics point to a very young age group which is still contracting HIV/Aids.

“Caribbean statistics are showing that between the ages of 15 and 25 those have the highest amount of HIV rates.”

A five person delegation was this past  week representing the Turks and Caicos Islands at the International Aids Conference, staged in Montreal, Canada July 29 – August 2, 2022.

Young adult members of Rapport TCI all agree that youth in the TCI must be made aware of HIV and other STIs. Arean Louis, Denae Dennie and Arielle Neely spoke to Magnetic Media on their way to the International AIDS Conference.

All three agreed that our young people are having a lot of sex.

“I would say that our young people are having sec the only thing that I would say is I hope that they are letting their partners know their sexual history, their status, and that they’re being safe.” Dennie said.

Louis added, “As we talk about HIV and AIDS in the Turks and Caicos Islands we most definitely need to bring awareness to our young people because there is no set age— kids nowadays just like to experiment.”

He stressed safe sex, using protection and abstinence to maintain sexual health.

“What we aim to do is keep them safe here, we’re tired and we don’t want to see anymore STD and STI new cases in the Turks and Caicos.”

Dennie says she still thinks there is fear surrounding HIV but with education and protection, the world can get to zero new cases and it was something she was looking forward to.

The final member Arielle Neely explained that there were not enough tools and resources to educate youth.

“There are not enough tools or enough record to educate them. Our parents think they’re doing a good job by telling us don’t have sex but telling us don’t have sex isn’t enough. You have to teach us about birth control planned parenthood.”

The three members had high hopes for Rapport and stressed that they need more members to make an effective change on sexual health in the TCI.

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