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TCI now with four COVID-19 patients; first two cases infected contacts

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#TurksandCaicosIslands – March 28, 2020 — Contact tracing of Turks and Caicos first two cases of COVID-19 results in an increase of positives of coronavirus for the UK overseas territory; the TCI now has four infected individuals.

“We still don’t have any confirmed deaths but we now have four, rather than two, confirmed cases.  We learned that yesterday evening,” said Nigel Dakin, Turks and Caicos Islands Governor in a national update on radio this morning.

“You know this virus spreads, it spreads from person to person.  The more you follow the laws, but also the spirit in which the laws are drafted, the safer you will be and the safer your immediate family will be.  And in these islands, if family can stay safe, society can stay safe.”

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The Turks and Caicos, since 5 a.m., has been in a 24-hour national lock down. 

The ‘stay at home order,’ was on Monday March 23, passed with a batch of other temporary regulations in the House of Assembly, which give the governor Emergency Powers. 

The most drastic of the measures prohibits the free movement of residents for 21 days, unless to access essential services. Add to the full lock down, is a nightly curfew.

“For clarity, what we mean by this is that each night, from 8pm to 5am, the rules that you have followed over the last two nights apply.  Be at home.  Only those essential front line services – involved in direct work during the hours of curfew – or those involved in preparing our supermarkets – may be on the roads,” explained Governor Dakin.

Arrested on night #1 on TCI curfew enacted as public health measure amidst COVID-19 concerns

There were several arrests and vehicle confiscations from night one of the curfew, which is being enforced by the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police.

“The police have to use their judgement and will.  Don’t expect to be able to say you are going to get ‘gas’ when you have anything other than close to an empty tank.  I say this for the 1% who we know will not follow any guidelines and will just be permanently selfish, looking to stretch the rules to suit themselves.”

Police Commissioner Trevor Botting leads night #1 curfew in TCI

His Excellency reminded that senior citizens, disabled persons and essential workers are in a special category; able to access grocery stores between 6am and 8am. The 24-hour lock down remains in place in the Turks and Caicos Islands until April 14, 2020.

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FLOW CUSTOMERS BENEFIT FROM INCREASED SPEEDS

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New upload speeds to improve online gaming, video conferencing & Online Voice Calls

 

PROVIDENCIALES, TURKS AND CAICOS, JUNE 24, 2022 – Flow TCI wishes to remind customers of a broadband speed increase to our existing broadband plans, which took effect on April 25th, 2022. An incremental rate increase for the new higher speed plans has taken effect.

The rates were increased by US$4 for the following plans and the download and upload speeds will increase by the following allotments:

All customers will be migrated from all previous fixed broadband plans to the new broadband Fibre to the Home plans. The new speeds will improve the overall broadband experience for all customers for online gaming, voice over IP calling, video conferencing, and social media usage.

For more information on our new Fibre to the Home plans, visit https://discoverflow.co/turks-and-caicos/broadband-overview for more details.

 

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2022 Hurricane Preparedness Exposition

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“Mission Ready – Pledge to Prepare; Be Smart Take Part”

 

#TurksandCaicos, June 23, 2022 – The Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies (DDME) will be hosting its 3rd Hurricane Preparedness Exposition on 1st July 2022 from 10:00 am at the Town Centre Mall, Parking Lot, Downtown, Providenciales.

The Hurricane Preparedness Expo will feature booths from over twenty-five different agencies, partners and public safety officials this year. The event provides critical stakeholders with roles in disaster management an opportunity to interact with the public, demonstrate their services, and guide individuals and businesses on how they can prepare for this hurricane season.

The goal is to ensure residents are ready should a hurricane impact our region by offering a one-stop shop for the general public to gather helpful information and ask their hurricane and storm-related questions.

We ask all residents to come out and participate in this preparedness event. The event is free, fun and educational with tons of giveaways, including the chance to win a Graceway Smart Supermarket Hurricane Supplies Shopping Spree on 1st July 2022.

This venture also encompasses the principles of Public-Private Partnership, as it demonstrates the Disaster Risk Reduction commitment of the private sector in the Turks and Caicos Islands. It also highlight’s the Public Sector Department’s determination to ensure all major entities are involved in its goal of building a resilient country.

The Hurricane Preparedness Expo will be on Friday, 1st July 2022, at the Town Centre Mall, Parking Lot, Downtown, Providenciales, from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. We look forward to your participation.

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PDM Slams Gov’t over Airport Shut Down

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By Dana Malcolm

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#TurksandCaicos, June 24, 2022 – The People’s Democratic Movement criticised the government for the recent shutdown at the Providenciales International Airport, maintaining that the strike was a repeat of “past actions that have not been addressed by the government of the day.”

There have been firefighter strikes under both the PDM (August 2019) and PNP (May 2021, June 2022) Administrations.

National Chairman of the PDM Ezra Taylor maintained that the strike was “indicative that their issues are not being addressed sufficiently. He expressed that if the issue was economic they should go to the House of Assembly and resolve it.

“While the government continues to brag about an economic boom in this country the citizens continue to feel economic pressure… compensation to our people is still marginal.”

Describing the firefighters as professionals Deputy Leader Robert Been said, “just like any other department, they deserve proper wages and proper working environments. It appears that the 15% salary increase wasn’t equal across the board. I am sure the firefighters communicated this before making their decision to strike. These kinds of situations can and could have been avoided by proper communication and mutual agreements by parties involved.”

The Turks and Caicos Islands Airport Authority has maintained there was no communication of the strike beforehand. Been said another group, the security officers, might soon be striking as well.  The TCIAA has confirmed this. Been lambasted the Deputy Premier.

“It makes me question the Deputy Premier when he makes statements about us living our best lives in Turks and Caicos.  I’m of the view that he’s just fascinated with the lyrics of the song because nothing has change to approve the lives of our people.” He further called on the government to, “Please take care of your people, please visit your department and find out issues, challenges, and concerns they may have to avoid repeats of today’s event.”

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