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TCI: Airport firemen not forgotten, Premier addresses the group at re-opening of JAGS airport

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Grand Turk, August 3, 2019 – Turks and Caicos – Another few weeks and more of the work to refurbish the JAGS McCartney International Airport in Grand Turk will begin, said Hon Sharlene Robinson, who is also minister with responsibility for ports.

“This reopening ceremony marks the end of this era and my Government is thrilled to be a part of this moment. We know that this was a sore point for those visiting and residing in Grand Turk and we are so happy with the end product which was certainly worth the wait.”

A delightful re-opening service, held on Tuesday July 30, 2019 attracted country dignitaries and residents of Grand Turk to the site which suffered a severe pounding first in Hurricane Irma of September 7, 2019 and then Hurricane Maria, two weeks later.

“As Minister with responsibility, I know that over the life of this airport contract, we endured further challenges and I pause to thank TCIAA CEO Mr John Smith, the board and his team for the steady hand of leadership, that I knew and felt many times got weary during the process. I celebrate today with them and then of course with the people of Grand Turk and users/visitors to the island who had to endure the inconvenience of using only a portion of the airport and the exterior to access travel service.”

Premier Robinson addressed the long-standing issue of displaced fire fighters; who had been in a makeshift home due to damages wrought in 2008’s Hurricane Ike.

“My Government looks forward to completing the full redevelopment of this facility, the exterior works and the rebuilding of the Fire Hall which will commence in a few short weeks. I know that the fire fighters who have been displaced since hurricane Ike, are indeed excited by this news.”

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North Caicos will get better Roads in the New Budget Year says Premier

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By Dana Malcolm

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#TurksandCaicos, December 6, 2022 – With a Triple B+ credit rating and no debt to speak of, even if the government were to slow down development, the Turk and Caicos Islands will still have ample resources to carry out enhancements for all islands according to Washington Misick  TCI Premier.

The premier was speaking at a recent town hall meeting in North Caicos and replying to a question regarding when certain dilapidated roads on the island would be upgraded.

He maintained that the government had made plans to improve on the roadways.

“We are putting in this budget for 23/24 funding for a feasibility study for the road, that has to come, it’s a must!” He reassured them, explaining that better roads would allow North and Middle Caicos residents to have more centralized schools and resources.  Not to mention residents could more easily and safely drive, lowering the social cost on the government.

Misick, who is originally from North Caicos maintained that he wanted the entire country to have access to the developments.

“We are committed to investing heavily in roads,  as I said we have no debt. If you have no debt you have no credit.  Fortunately for the Turks and Caicos we have no debt but we have a Triple B+ credit rating and even with the massive investment we are making in the airport in Providenciales, institutions are tripping over themselves to lend the Turks and Caicos money.”

Still the Government has shown zero interest in taking up any of the potentially beneficial offers.

Recently the PNP government which has described itself as frugal returned a loan that had been procured from Republic Bank in Trinidad to assist with possible economic shortfalls associated with Covid-19.  Consistently registering ‘in the black’ and with an economy outperforming projections, the loan negotiated under the Sharlene Robinson led administration was deemed no longer necessary and retired.

E Jay Saunders, Finance Minister and Deputy Premier, at the time had said that “There was a cost to having this [loan] facility in place, even if it was not being utilized. So, as it was in our economic interest to retire it, we did so,”

At the time of the announcement, this news organisation, as did many others in  the country opined that the loan could have been used on any number of legacy problem areas including improving the public sector, enhancing public infrastructure, undergirding residents through more stimulus money or tackling of the waste management issues across the islands.

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SCOTIABANK TCI WINS ANOTHER MAJOR BANK OF THE YEAR 2022 AWARD

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#TurksandCaicos, December 6, 2022 – Scotiabank Turks and Caicos (TCI)  has been named Bank of the Year 2022 by internationally recognized UK-based banking publication -The Banker.

The award  celebrates increased product innovation, digital transformation and the widespread recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic and is contested by the leading financial institutions in the world.

The Bank of the Year 2022 award is the third major banking awards that Scotiabank TCI has captured this year including Global Finance Magazine (New York) Best Bank 2022 that was awarded in July and Best Digital Bank 2022 by the same publication in September.

Across Scotiabank’s global operations, similar Bank of the Year 2022 accolades have also been secured in Canada, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica.

Dr. Suzan Snaggs -Wilson, Managing Director, Scotiabank TCI said “our success, and by extension, this award, is the direct result of the bank’s decision to expand and accelerate our digital transformation over the past two years . This was a central part of both our COVID-19 response strategy and general modernization objectives as we worked to align our operations with customer trends that favour self-service and remote banking conveniences.”

Snaggs-Wilson noted that the Bank has made strategic investments in technology and innovation to better serve customers, and that gains in digital have and allowed it to fast-track the optimization of the many products and services as key financial enablers for customers.

She also thanked her team of  Scotiabank employees who she says “have kept focus on delivering friendly, high quality financial services and enabling the financial wellbeing of the Bank’s customers and without whom, the success of the Bank would not be possible.”

The Banker is the world’s longest-running international banking magazine, providing economic and financial intelligence for the world’s financial sector.

The Banker selects one winning bank for each of the 120 countries judged and ranks them on their ability to deliver results, improve strategic positioning and enhance service to customers. Over 1,000 applications are collected each year and judges select winners based on which bank they believe has made the most progress over the past 12 months.

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60 Million watched last season, Turks & Caicos on Netflix TOMORROW in Too Hot To Handle

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By Dana Malcolm

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#TurksandCaicos, December 6, 2022 – Turks and Caicos Islanders will be able to see some familiar spots on Netflix come December 7th as their islands are the backdrop for reality TV show Too Hot to Handle once again; this time for the show’s fourth season.

A consistent success last year’s season was watched by more than 60 million households worldwide.  The unscripted show focuses on a group of young adults dropped off in paradise who must all remain celibate for length of their stay in the Turks and Caicos or forfeit $100,000.

During season three, contestants were fooled into thinking they had auditioned for a totally different series and it seems the gag carried over into season four as well based on the trailer.  TV show host Mario Lopez and the Netflix production crew armed with a plane and several cars decked out with the name of a fake show “Wild Love” broke the news to contestants setting off what will likely be another hit season.

The newest season hits Netflix on December 7th in a format not unlike the uber popular Stranger Things with half the season dropping first and the other half made available to viewers at a later date.

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