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Premier salutes FortisTCI on round the clock work to restore electricity and visits 14 resorts after June 4 black out

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#Providenciales, June 14, 2019 – Turks and Caicos – There were salutes to hospitality industry professionals, hotel and resort operators, the TCI Airports Authority team and the FortisTCI crew which worked with guests and to restore electricity after a severe black out crippled Grace Bay for 24 hours on June 4 and June 5, 2019. 

“I regret the experience that tourists endured and I am pleased that the Resorts and those tending them did everything in their powers to ensure the comfort of our visitors as much as possible. I pause also to salute the workers in the Hospitality industry who too would have played an instrumental role in guest comfort. We appreciate the difficult circumstances that persons would have found themselves in and without answers. We thank you for your commitment to professional and courteous service,” said premier Sharlene Robinson on the official Facebook page of the Office of the Premier.

Premier Robinson threw her confidence behind FortisTCI as a reliable utility company.

“I expressed my sincerest gratitude to the hardworking men and women who worked around the clock to troubleshoot and eventually restore the electricity to all areas. Their efforts at times go thankless but as Premier, I salute them for carrying out their task efficiently and effectively. We are pleased that no one was hurt during the carriage of duties and continue to wish them well.”

Chairperson of the Turks and Caicos Islands Tourist Board, Adelphine Pitter joined the Premier on the visit to FortisTCI and to over a dozen resort properties affected by the power failure.

“Also on Thursday, June 5th 2019 Mrs Pitter and I visited some 14 Resort properties along the Grace Bay strip in Providenciales that were impacted by the power outage. We had the opportunity to speak with management and staff as well as interact with a few guests and we are pleased with efforts during what could only be described as a difficult time.

The airport was also affected by the prolonged power outage.

“Finally, as a result of the blackout the TCI Airports Authority also met a challenge that was quickly rectified causing only a short delay in flight operations. I salute the Team there at the Airports Authority and say again as I said to you: job well done!”

FortisTCI explained that the failure of two switches at the main power plant led to the first short-lived and then a second, prolonged electricity outage.  The second switch, which was out of commission for nearly 24 hours and called a “critical path switch” is what feeds electricity to the Grace Bay Substation. The ‘critical path switch’ was replaced and resulted in power restoration to all areas including Grace Bay, Leeward Palms and Leeward – the three areas were longest without electricity.

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Police De-Briefing with TCI Governor Daniel-Selvaratnam

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#TurksandCaicos#Anti-Crime, February 23rd, 2024 – De-briefing Acting Commissioner of Police Christopher Eyre held a meeting with Her Excellency the Governor Dileeni Daniel-Selvaratnam and Member of Parliament for Grand Turk North, the Hon. Otis Morris, today (February 21st ) at Police Headquarters, Airport Road, Providenciales.

The debriefing was to discuss concerns raised by residents during last evening’s Anti-Crime Town Hall meeting at the H.J Robinson High School, Grand Turk. Commissioner Eyre expressed his deep appreciation to Her Excellency and Hon Morris for their attendance, saying that work was already underway to address the community concerns.

Commissioner Eyre said: “I acknowledge the challenges raised and wish to assure you that the Executive of the RTCIPF remains steadfast in ensuring the TCI is safe. We listened to your concerns, and I assure you that rebuilding trust and strengthening community-policing relations are top priorities.“

The RTCIPF has taken a holistic approach in the fight against crime. Increased visibility, greater stakeholder collaborations and ongoing dialogue forums to appraise you will occur. We are accountable to you.”

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Too much secrecy with Airport Tax increase says former Deputy Premier Sean Astwood

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Dana Malcolm
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#TurksandCaicos#Tax, February 23rd, 2024 – “The TCIAA should not be allowed to announce and implement new or increased taxes or fees in this already difficult financial climate without more details,” says Sean Astwood, Former Deputy Premier regarding the increase in the  Airport Development Fee from $20 to $35 describing the increase as not proactive but premature.

Astwood said there were a number of questions that he believed every Turks and Caicos Islander should ask and have the right to know the answers to including ‘Why now?’

The Opposition PDM member pointed out that only one airport has international flights and it would soon undergo a change in structure, paired with the ‘unexplainable’ delay in the completion of the airport in South Caicos and the possibility of ongoing negotiations in relation to the one in North Caicos, he queried: ‘Why not wait to see what amount or step may be needed in facilitating services in these Airports before a hike in fees?’

“In this climate, taxpayers must have more information and the benefit of a complete picture from not just the TCIAA Chiefs but from the Premier himself. The people must know what the current earnings of the TCIAA is; how has the management of the Airports increased to warrant such a large increase; how much does it cost to operate all of these airports; what is the estimated increase in revenue and how will these monies be used,” the former DP said.

He also questioned the avalanche of resignations that had recently affected the TCIAA

“I have serious concerns with the Premier’s oversight of this matter knowing that the TCIAA is no doubt experiencing a major problem with the vast number of Turks and Caicos Islanders resigning from their positions including high level positions. This alone requires a more in-depth investigation.”

Astwood also demanded information about the ongoing canopy project at the Providenciales/Howard Hamilton International which should have been completed in less than six months but was running on two years.

“TCIAA has quickly developed a reputation for big spending recently and stalled projects. We need answers as taxpayers. Why now? How much do you intend to raise? How will it be used? The people deserve a response. In a “proactive” step, this information must be provided to the public before this increase is implemented,” he ended.

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Justice system instructed to improve coordination 

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Dana Malcolm
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#TurksandCaicos#Violence, February 23rd, 2024 – Violence exploded in the Turks and Caicos between January 26 and February 2nd, and with signs pointing to the involvement of recently released convicts the National Security Council is on a mission to reduce the risk of flare ups when offenders rejoin society.

The Police Force, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, and other criminal Justice partners have now been instructed to review how they coordinate with each other and complete their specific roles to support case progression. Assessments about public safety in respect to offenders during bail hearings are also to be given keen attention.

The NSC is also planning to engage with the Judiciary as part of this review to help with delivering verdicts in a timely manner,

Called after the January 26 killing in Grand Turk which allegedly involved a former inmate, the meeting gathered law enforcement and other partners so that the NSC could get a sense of how effectively they were working with each other to ‘secure criminal justice outcomes.’

“The NSC— sought briefings on the effectiveness of liaison between the RTCIPF, the office of the DPP and wider criminal justice agencies in respect of case progression, including the assessments made to public safety that inform representations at bail hearings,” a statement revealed.

The information detailing the January 30th NSC meeting was released on February 2nd.

With senior leadership from the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force (RTCIPF), the TCI Regiment, TCI Border Force, HMP and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in the room, the NSC looked into two incidents involving recently released inmates.

Two days after the meeting the NSC chairs had to be briefed again about another incident involving a former inmate where two men were left dead on February 1.

The Council headed jointly by Washington Misick, TCI Premier and Dileeni Daniel Selvaratnam, TCI Governor says the risk reduction strategies discussed in the meeting NSC will seek to address HMP exit arrangements and risks to public safety.

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