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The Ministry of Border Control and Employment Services Launches TCI Status Merit-Based Points System Survey and Online Consultation

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#Providenciales, December 1, 2018 – Turks and Caicos – The Turks and Caicos Islands’ Government seeks to adopt a merit based point system in accordance with the Turks and Caicos Islander Status Ordinance 2015, and for a modern, transparent and fair application of a pre-defined protocol in the treatment of applications.

The Turk and Caicos Islander Status Ordinance 2015, Sections 12 and 13 establishes a Turks and Caicos Islander Status Commission with the responsibility of reviewing applications for the grant of Islander Status, otherwise then by marriage, and for making recommendations to the Governor for the grant of such status.

In reviewing such applications, sections 4(7)(i) and 4(9) of the cited ordinance require the Commission to consider whether or not an applicant meets any prescribed criteria, as may be set by the Governor, as guidelines for the evaluation of the degree to which an applicant’s personal and professional attributes proves valuable to the Turks and Caicos Islands.

This approach will clearly outline the needs and requirement of the country for persons seeking to obtain permanent status as a Turks and Caicos Islander.

Similar point and merit based systems are currently being used by a number of countries like the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Canada to regulate and coordinate the composition and growth of their populations in order to meet and satisfy the economic and immigration needs and goals of their nations.

The Ministry of Border Control and Employment Services therefore invites the public, to review and provide feedback to the values, attributes and considerations for a merit based system by undertaking a survey.

 

Benefits

The key outcomes of the new system will be:

  • Better identifying and attracting of migrants who have the most to contribute to the Turks and Caicos Islands;
  • A more efficient, transparent and objective application process;
  • Improved compliance and reduced scope for abuse.

 

Purpose of survey

The survey seeks to gain an understanding of those attributes and values that the public deems to be most beneficial to the long term development and growth of the population in having persons qualify to be granted Turks and Caicos Islander Status.

The survey seeks to rank those values that the public deems as the priorities to be considered in a merit based system.

The survey seeks to understand the needs and attitudes of person towards the systems of citizenship and ways to gain status in the TCI.

Furthermore, the survey is designed to rank and extrapolate the value persons place on the tiers and levels as indicators and educators of entry to immigration.

 

Duration

The survey will be online for three weeks starting December 1st – 21st, 2018.

Method

The survey will be the primary method of collection of public opinions.

The survey will also be printed and distributed at the DC offices of the outer islands and in the Grand Turk and Providenciales Customer Service Centers for persons without online access.

In addition to the survey persons are invited to send comments/opinions in relation to the proposed points system to the following email address that will be accessible during this consultation period:
tcistatusconsultation@gov.tc

 

Target audience

The survey and methods will be targeted to all citizens in the TCI.   In particular, the survey seeks the input of Turks and Caicos Islanders and those having obtained Turks and Caicos Islander Status prior to the commencement of the Turks and Caicos Islander Status Ordinance 2015.

 

Let Your Voice Be Heard

To access the survey please click the link below:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/islanderstatus

 

Press Release: TCIG

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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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