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TCI NIB informs of new procedures; includes e-payments to beneficiaries

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#TurksandCaicosIslands – March 18, 2020 — The Turks & Caicos Islands National Insurance Board wishes to advise you – our customers- that we have been monitoring and preparing for a possible COVID-19 outbreak.

We wanted to share with you our plans to mitigate potential interruptions in our services. As circumstances change, we continue to adapt our plans to address the safety of our customers and employees. For the time being, we will continue to maintain our regular business hours. We will follow the Ministry of Health’s recommended precautionary protocol and will adjust our business hours as the ministry guides. We have taken steps to pay pensions early for March; pensions will be paid on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

As we continue to monitor the impact and progress of the COVID -19 pandemic, we are continuing to adapt our plans to ensure the continuity of our vital services. To this end, we have established an email account dedicated to receiving benefit claims. Please email your applications with all the supporting documents to NIBClaims@tcinib.tc.

Kindly refer to our website for further details. Under the current circumstances, it will be difficult to issue cheques. All beneficiaries who are currently receiving a payment from the NIB by cheque, or will be submitting a claim, are required to provide a bank account number to facilitate direct deposits.

As always, the health and safety of our customers and colleagues is our top priority. Management has implemented precautionary measures to protect against the spread of the virus.

Sick employees are required to stay at home.

We have also provided all staff with sanitization products and protective gear. We have put in place enhanced cleaning measures, including periodic cleaning during business hours in heavily trafficked areas, including reception, restrooms, and staff work stations.

While our offices are open to serve our customers, we understand that in the current environment, some customers would prefer not to visit an office. Additionally, it is also our aim to minimize foot traffic in our offices.

Please feel free to contact us on telephone numbers 649-946-1048/9 in Grand Turk, and 649 941- 5806/5906 in Providenciales; or by email at nib@tcinib.tc. with your queries.

This is uncharted territory for us, but the NIB remains committed to serving you. After the twin storms in 2017, we were one of the first institutions to mobilize and reopen our doors after the “all clear,” and we are committed to taking the necessary actions to help support our customers and staff during this challenging time.

The National Insurance (Benefits) Regulation makes provision for the payment of a sickness benefit to persons under quarantine provided all other conditions for the benefit are met.

Applicants must have the requisite contribution payments and supporting medical certificate or other documentation from the Public Health Department, mandating the segregation. We encourage you to closely monitor and be guided by recommendations and instructions from the Ministry of Health.

Stay safe, and may God keep us all in His protective care.

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Tim and Henry to the Rescue: A Harrowing Search and Rescue Mission Highlights Need for Marine Vessel in Grand Turk

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#TurksandCaicos, July 12, 2024 – At approximately 2:45 pm on July 12th, a 911 emergency call came in from the police department in Grand Turk, informing Ed Forbes of a distressing situation. Four young adult tourists had gone out on paddle boards off Cork Tree Beach in Grand Turk, when one of them fell off the board and could not get back on. Evidently, they underestimated the wind speed and their own brute strength.

Ed Forbes, co-owner of Exclusive Escapes Grand Turk, played a pivotal role in coordinating the rescue. Responding swiftly to the emergency call, he immediately reached out to the local search and rescue team. His prompt actions and calm demeanor were instrumental in mobilizing the necessary resources.

Within 20 minutes or so, Tim from Emerald Escapes, along with Henry and Kindry from Blue Water Divers, were on the scene. Their experience and swift response were crucial in ensuring the safety of the stranded paddleboarders. Working seamlessly together, they managed to locate and rescue all four individuals without any need for medical attention.

However, this incident also underscores a critical issue that has long plagued Grand Turk: the need for a dedicated marine vessel for search and rescue operations and cruise passengers incidents. Despite numerous promises made to concerned citizens over the years, this vital resource remains unavailable.

The swift response of Tim, Henry, and Kingdry highlights the community’s resilience and dedication, but it also brings to light the gaps in emergency preparedness that could be addressed with better equipment and support.

A dedicated marine vessel would significantly enhance the efficiency and safety of rescue operations, ensuring that responses to such emergencies are even more effective.

Ed Forbes
Concerned Citizen

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Invest TCI Opens New Office in Grand Turk

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Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – July 11th, 2024—Invest Turks and Caicos Islands (Invest TCI) proudly announces the launch of its new office in Grand Turk, located at the Digicel Building on Old Airport Road. The grand opening of the new location occurred on Friday, July 5th, 2024, under the theme “Empowering Enterprises in the Capital.”

The establishment of the new office marks a significant milestone in Invest TCI’s growth strategy. The primary objective of the expansion is to provide enhanced services and support to the business community in Grand Turk. By increasing operational capacity, Invest TCI aims to facilitate sustained growth and success for enterprises within the country.  Beyond economic advancement, this initiative is set to yield substantial community benefits, including the creation of employment opportunities.

The grand opening ceremony attracted a diverse range of attendees, including recipients of the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) programme, members of the business community, government officials, and Invest TCI staff. The event was moderated by Mr. Keno Forbes, Vice President of Investor Services. Special remarks were delivered by the Premier, Hon. Charles Washington Misick, who congratulated the InvestTCI team on their hard work and encouraged the community to take advantage of the benefits offered by the new office. He reiterated the government’s commitment to creating a supportive environment for businesses in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Additional remarks were provided by Invest TCI Chairperson, Ms. Cindy Ewing; Business Advisor, Ms. Lashena Simmons; Director of the Business Support Unit, Mrs. Anissa Adderley; and Vice President of SME, Ms. Alexa Cooper. Their contributions highlighted the collaborative effort and dedication that have driven the success of Invest TCI initiatives.

Expressing her enthusiasm for the new office, Invest TCI CEO, Mrs. Angela Musgrove, stated, “Our vision is clear and compelling: to further empower Invest Turks and Caicos Islands, the agency offers incentives and support that enable more efficient and innovative practices. We are committed to helping businesses thrive, and in doing so, we are helping our entire community.”

Invest TCI recognizes the integral role that Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises play in the economic and social development of the Turks and Caicos Islands. Through its Business Support Unit, the agency provides comprehensive support services to startups and existing entrepreneurs, ensuring they have the tools and resources to succeed.

The grand opening of the new office in Grand Turk represents a significant step forward in Invest TCI’s mission to support and empower businesses across the islands. The agency looks forward to fostering economic growth and development and ensuring a prosperous future for all.

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LAST AMERICAN TOURIST SENTENCED TO A FINE OF $1500.00 OR SIX MONTHS IMPRISONMENT IN DEFAULT, SHE’S ALSO SENTENCED TO 23 WEEKS IMPRISONMENT SUSPENDED FOR ONE YEAR

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(Thursday, July 11th, 2024) Turk and Caicos Islands – The last of five American tourists arrested in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) for being in unlawful possession of  ammunition could finally leave the TCI today, Thursday, July 11th, 2024.

Sharitta Grier 46 pleaded guilty on 25th June to having two rounds of.38 ammunition in her bags, at the Howard Hamilton International Airport in Providenciales on Monday 13th May, 2024, when leaving the Turks and Caicos Islands after a surprised Mother’s Day vacation trip, from her daughters.

Her Ladyship The Hon. Ms. Tanya Lobban-Jackson agreed with senior defense counsel, Ms. Sheena Mair of F-Chambers that there are exceptional circumstancés in Grier’s case, by this, the court departed from the mandatory minimum sentence of twelve years imprisonment and ordered a lighter sentence of $1500.00 or Six months imprisonment if fine is not paid. She’s also sentenced to 23 weeks imprisonment suspended for one year.

Holding for the office of the Director of Public Prosecution via link was Dr. Angela Terry Brooks, deputy director of the DPP’S office.

The prosecution office did oppose exceptional circumstances and invited the court to impose the mandatory minimum sentence of twelve years imprisonment.

A more detailed court report will follow.

Wilkie Arthur
Court Correspondent
Eagle Legal News Media

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