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Turks and Caicos Post Cabinet Meeting Statement



#Providenciales, November 26, 2018 – Turks and Caicos – His Excellency the Governor, Dr John Freeman, chaired the 26th meeting of the Cabinet on Monday, 19 November 2018, at the Hon. Hilly Ewing Building on Providenciales.

All Ministers were present except the Minister of Education, Youth, Culture and Library Services

At this meeting Cabinet:

  • Agreed to the “Treatment of All-Inclusive Resorts” paper to advance the Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism (Taxation) (Amnesty) Bill 2018 to the House of Assembly.


  • Received a paper presented by the Hon. Premier, as Minister of Finance, on the draft consultancy report on the redevelopment and modernization of South Dock, Providenciales. Cabinet noted the recommendations of the Board of Directors of the TCI Ports Authority in relation to the report;


  • Approved the appointment of Mr. Ricardo D. Gardiner as the Opposition’s appointed Member on the Local Government Review and Modernization Committee;


  • Approved the draft Home Owner’s Policy which includes incentives to first time and existing homeowners to be implemented with effect from 1 April 2019;


  • Approved the appointment of the Commissioner of Labour as the Registrar of Trade Unions in accordance with Section 5 of the Trade Unions Ordinance;


  • Agreed to the Jury (Amendment) Bill 2018 for advancement to the House of Assembly.


  • Received as up-date from the Hon. Premier on the TCI National Disaster Recovery Task Force on the work of the Task Force;


  • Advised His Excellency the Governor to agree to execute the framework agreement on compensations for compulsory acquisition of land by the Government.


  • Noted the financial performance of the TCI Statutory Bodies for the period April – June 2018 as reported by the Accountant General in the 1stQuarter Financial Report 2018/19 submitted in accordance with Section 148 (1) of the Public Finance Management Regulations;


  • Agreed for Invest TCI and Attorney General’s Chambers to commence negotiations, on a conditional basis, between TCIG and Windward Long Bay Ltd. on the proposed South Bank Resort and Marina Project;


  • Approved a draft TCIG Increment Policy paper governing the implementation of increments for the TCI Public Service;


  • Received an update from the Premier and the Ministry of Finance on the critical work outstanding with regards to the EU Code of Conduct Group: the COCG’s response to TCIG’s latest correspondence, policy decisions made and the upcoming legislation to be presented to Cabinet;


  • Received an update from Her Excellency the Deputy Governor on the visit of the EU Ambassador visit last week.

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


Press Release: TCIG Press Office



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TCI Premier and Delegation visit NCI in Jamaica



#Manchester, Jamaica, 14 August 2022 – The Honourable Charles Washington Misick, Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands, and his delegation have arrived at the Northern Caribbean University (NCU) in Central Jamaica.The Premier will give the address at the second commencement ceremony and will be conferred with an Honorary Doctor of Commerce Degree.  The Premier completed high school at West Indies College which is now NCU more than 50 years ago.  Premier Misick and his delegation are on a four day visit to Jamaica.The Office of the Premier and Public Policy will bring commencement live on its Facebook page at 2PM EST.The Premier’s delegation includes: First Lady, Mrs. Delthia Russell-Misick; Hon. Arlington Musgrove, Minister of Immigration and Border Services; Hon. Rachel Taylor, Minister of Education, Labour, Employment and Customer Service; Mr. Wesley Clerveaux, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Labour, Employment and Customer Service; Ms. Althea Been, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Immigration and Border Services; Mr. Miquel Swann, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Office of the Premier and Public Policy; Mr. Edwin Taylor, Commissioner of Labour; and Mr. Bentley Johnson Aide De Camp.

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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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