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Former Human Rights Commissioner is new president at TCI Labour Tribunal



#TurksandCaicosIslands – January 16, 2019 — The Turks and Caicos Islands Government would like to announce the appointment of Mrs. Mary Doreen Quelch-Missick RGN., BS., LL.B., (Hons.) MBA. MBE., JP, NP, OBE as the new President of the Turks and Caicos Islands Labour Tribunal.

Mrs. Missick’s appointment was approved by Cabinet at its 31st meeting on Wednesday, 18th December 2019 and is for a period three years with effect from 1 January 2020.

Mrs. Missick holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Miami School of Business in Miami, Florida; an LLB (Hons) from the University of Leeds Department of Law in Leeds, England; a Post-Graduate Diploma Bar Vocational Course (BVC) from the Manchester Metropolitan University in Manchester, England; a Bachelor’s Degree in Professional Studies (Cum Laude) from Barry University in Miami, Florida and is a qualified Registered Graduate Nurse (RGN) having obtained various qualifications from the University School of Nursing in Kingston, Jamaica and Morriston Hospital in Swansea, Wales.


Having extensive and wide-ranging experience, she has held several positions around the world, including:  the United States Army – 346th General Hospital, Perrine, Florida; Grand Turk Hospital, Turks and Caicos Islands (1980-1984); Dade County, Office of Health Services, Miami, Florida (1985-1999); Correctional Medical Authority, State of Florida (1993-1999); Law Training Pupilages: (2000-2002); Twa, Cochrane and Skatfield (7/2002-10/2002); Hallmark Trust, Providenciales (2003-2004); Ambergris Cay, Southern Shores, Providenciales, (2004-2005); National Insurance Board (NIB), Providenciales (2004-2007); Quelch-Missick and Associates, Providenciales, (2005-2008); Turks and Caicos Islands Human Rights Commission (Chairman 2008-2014 and Director 2014-2017); Turks and Caicos Islands Government Interim Government (2009-2012); Ministry of Home Affairs, Transportation and Communication, Change Manager (2017- 2019).

Her responsibilities have included serving as a Councilor during the Interim Government, providing advice and support to His Excellency the Governor on legislative reviews of existing laws, drafting new laws, reviewed policies and regulations and made recommendations for amendments. Mrs. Quelch Missick accompanied the Governor to the UK and attended the Eleventh Overseas Territories Consultative Council Joint Ministerial Council during her service, and was a part of the Constitution team to the UK for talks on the 2011 Constitution Order. The Constitution Order that gave rise to, among other notable provisions, the Mixed System of 10 Constituency Seats and Five At Large Seats which were eagerly embraced.

She was tasked with the responsibility for setting up the Office of the Human Rights Commission and served as Chairman/and Director. Under her direction and leadership, the TCI Human Rights Commission became a model and was highly recognized for its Outstanding Outreach Educational Programs with such an initiative being emulated by other Human Rights Institutions in other Overseas Territories. Because of its success, St Helena adopted the Structure and Operational format of the TCI HRC.


Most notably was her work on the OECS Family Law review especially in the areas of Domestic Violence and support for the protection for children, she was an advocate for the victims of violence and was known to be at times, a lone wolf in the wilderness, bringing to light some of the heinous nature of violence perpetrated against women, she created a live weekly television show “FOCUS” to highlight the societal ills plaguing the country and a quest for solutions. She worked with the former Police Commissioner Mr. Dave Rhyder, and other senior members of the RTCIPF to bring about the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Unit, a Unit that provided confidential support and advice to women traumatized by violence. She was awarded OBE from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 11 for her work in Human Rights and attended Buckingham Palace with her family to receive such an honour.

Mrs. Quelch Missick continued on her quest to educate the public on the Fundamental Rights and Freedoms and worked very closely with the former President, Labour Tribunal which saw joint visits throughout the islands conducting workshops to bring about an awareness of the Employment laws and the rights of Employees and Employers in the private sectors mainly the hotels and resorts. They both believed in the concept of Business and Human Rights and met with Director and Board members of the TCIHTA with the goal of fostering a continued dialog with hoteliers and employees that would have seen a sustained program of direct training and education to hoteliers on Employee/Employer rights.

Mrs. Quelch Missick brings her years of experience in various fields, she remains knowledgeable and resourceful and looks forward to the task ahead.

Commenting on her posting, she stated: “I am honoured to be given the opportunity to once again serve the people of my country, this time, in the capacity of President, Labour Tribunal. I aim to do my utmost best in upholding the mission, goals and objectives of the Labour Tribunal and look forward to discharging its Statutory functions in accordance with the Employment Ordinance. I seek to dispense justice fairly and expeditiously and look forward to working with the Tribunal staff, members and assessors for whom, continue to work tirelessly to ensure that Employees and Employers receive a fair and equitable outcome.”

Hon. Vaden Williams, Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Labour and Employment Services with responsibility for the Labour Tribunal stated: “It is my esteem pleasure to congratulate Mrs. Missick and welcome her as the new President of the Turks and Caicos Islands Labour Tribunal. As you know the position has been vacant for some time and Employees and Employers have unsettled matters to resolve. Mrs. Missick has served the people of this county well in her previous capacities and I am sure that she will continue to serve the Employees and Employers with fairness giving her experience, expertise and talent.

On behalf of my entire Ministry I reiterate my sincere congratulations on Mrs. Missick’s success and wish her well during her tenure as President.”

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Statement From Hon. Fred Mitchell, MP Minister of Foreign Affairs On the Passing of Colin Powell



#TheBahamas, October 18, 2021 – I learned this morning  of the death of Colin Powell, the American general and diplomat. I worked with him as Foreign Minister in my first term, particularly on issues related to Haiti.

Yesterday in the CARICOM meeting, I recalled while discussing Haiti his role in the crisis of that time. I recall his life, times and work as generally thoughtful and considered. He was also an example of Caribbean success in America, one to emulate. He was the son of Jamaican parents. He was an example of success as a Black man in America. I am saddened by his passing.

On behalf of the Prime Minister the Hon. Philip Davis, the government and people of The Bahamas, and in my own behalf, I extend condolences to the United States of America and his family.



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Agreement Signed!  Next Foghorns and Three Times the Arrivals



#TurksandCaicos, October 13, 2021 – When the foghorns blare again at the Grand Turk Cruise Center it will be well into the Christmas season, but the scheduled arrival of the Carnival Freedom on November 28, will end a 20-month pandemic imposed pause on cruising, the economic life-blood, of the capital of the Turks and Caicos Islands.

“We have eleven meetings since May to make this happen.  I think it’s a huge, huge improvement on what we’ve had before, speaking to the value of the partnership of the Turks and Caicos Islands Government and Carnival and we look to have a long and fruitful relationship,” said Hon Washington Misick, Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands.

The Turks and Caicos Islands Government today, finally inked a deal with Carnival Corporation, which appeared hinged on the cruise company being granted the green light for an expansion to berthing at the Port, which opened in 2006 on the island of Grand Turk.

The signing of a new Development Agreement followed an October 7 Cabinet approval of the document; the brief ceremony was carried live on Facebook from the Office of the Premier in Grand Turk.

“Indeed as the Premier has stated, we met 11 times and many times in person, you were in every meeting and sometimes with members of Cabinet, the Attorney General and we worked on something that we will all be proud of for many years to come,” said Giora Israel, Senior Vice President Global Port & Destination Development.

Strongly intimated, by Premier Misick, that this expansion had been stalled.  Definitely stated, also by Premier Misick, it is full steam ahead for a resumption of cruising.

“We are confident that cruise ships filled with visitors will be back in time for the high season 21/22. We are not stopping there. Government is investing heavily in the improvement of the Cruise Port and infrastructure in Grand Turk including: Acquisition of a Property to be converted into a Vendors Market. $1.5m dollars has been allocated to refurbish and improve the property. Additional properties will be acquired and developed to accommodate vendors who depend on the cruise industry for their livelihood. 2-million dollars will be spent to construct a floating dock for the Water Sports Operators. We are providing up to $1 million in grants to eligible operators to help them prepare for the reopening of the Cruise Industry,” said the Premier during a National Address on September 23.

Three cruises to Grand Turk are booked for November and December 2021 and if all goes according to schedule – or better – the cruise calls on November 28, December 11, December 12 and December 26 will usher in a happier holiday season for the dozens of companies left in limbo with the crash of cruising in March 2020.

“I really want to thank our employees at the Port.  We have had employees who stayed here for the last two years working hard to maintain the port,” said Mr. Israel as he acknowledged the enthusiasm shown by the TCI Government to complete the deal; he added, “But I also want to thank the Community of Grand Turk.  We are a part of this community; we have been welcomed as a part of this community.  The Community has embraced us and we have embraced the Community, the business community and we need to look at this as a partnership,” expressed Mr. Israel during the live stream.

Outside of cruise tourism, Grand Turk draws dive enthusiasts from around the world and is increasingly experiencing popularity in the luxury villa market.  Nonetheless, these other distinctions for the island which is home to the Parliament and the Governor’s Residence, fall a distant second and third place to the thousands of cruise visitors travelling on four, five and six day itineraries; Cruising is what really brings the boom.

“We’ve had a long partnership of 20 years and this partnership is just getting better.  New horizon, new opportunities and when I look at this magazine, which is a magazine we issued when the port was opened, we expected that the biggest ship would be 1,800 passengers.  Within 90 days of today, we are expecting ships that will be able to carry three times the number of passengers…”

The Development Agreement gives Carnival Corporation the permissions and perimeters to begin a $25 million dock expansion project.  The Turks and Caicos Cabinet informed that the signatories represented:  the Crown, the Government of the Turks and Caicos Islands, Grand Turk Cruise Terminal Ltd and Carnival Corporation.

Details of the Agreement were not revealed, therefore the scope of the expansion remains unknown.   What has been made clear is upon completion of the new dock, the largest ships in Carnival’s fleet will be able to moor in Grand Turk with the high probability that cruise passenger and crew arrivals to the islands of Grand Turk and Salt Cay, will triple.





Carnival elation Dec 11

Carnival Freedom Nov 28, dec 26

Carnival freedom Dec 12

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CARPHA Team undertakes Assessment of Guyana’s National Surveillance System for Non-communicable Diseases



October 14, 2021 – The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) conducted a technical mission to Guyana from September 22nd – 25th, 2021 to undertake site visits as a part of an ongoing assessment of six (6) Member States’ systems for the national surveillance of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and their risk factors. This activity was implemented in collaboration with the Ministry of Health Guyana through an Agence Française de Développement (AFD) – funded project.

The aim of the assessment s to provide evidence in support of the development of a Regional Surveillance System for NCDs, a priority under the regional health framework Caribbean Cooperation in Health IV (2016-2025).

During the mission, the CARPHA technical team reviewed the capacity of existing surveillance mechanisms in Guyana to collect, analyse and report on the NCDs and risk factor indicators proposed for the regional surveillance system. These indicators were recommended by a multi-stakeholder meeting series convened in 2020 under the AFD project, which reviewed global, regional, and sub-regional mandates, targets and practices in surveillance for the prevention and control of NCDs.

The CARPHA Team along with senior officials from the Ministry of Health conducted visits to two (2) health centres, the National Cancer Registry, Ministry of Health Surveillance, and Statistics Unit.  The results from the overall assessment will be presented to the Ministry of Health Guyana and will also be reviewed alongside results from similar assessments in Anguilla, Aruba, Jamaica, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Suriname to inform the finalisation of the regional surveillance system design through a regional stakeholder meeting.

The regional NCDs surveillance system would facilitate the reporting and availability of data to inform policy development, planning, and tracking of progress towards meeting for targets NCDs at Regional and National levels.

Through funding from the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), CARPHA is leading the Region in Strengthening Strategic Intelligence and Partnership Approaches to prevent and control NCDs and Strengthen Regional Health Security in the Caribbean. This project, signed in 2019 with a value of €1,500,000.00, demonstrates the commitment of the Government of France and the French people to supporting the public health priorities of the Caribbean Community through CARPHA.

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