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JetBlue resumes TCI flights in August; 31 commutes from NY and Ft Lauderdale

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#Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – July 17, 2020 — The ‘Do Not Travel’ order is lifted by the US Department of State for Americans who want to journey abroad and on July 22, the Turks and Caicos reopens to international travel for the first time since shutting down in March due to the public health threat of the coronavirus.

Flight frequency and visitor arrivals will be significantly reduced and landings at the Providenciales International Airport (PLS) will ramp up in August, with the addition of JetBlue flights.

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From New York’s JFK International Airport, JetBlue will deliver 31 flights to the PLS in August.  JetBlue has scheduled eight flights from the Ft Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport; commuting on Tuesdays and Saturdays only at this stage.

Jet Blue was the first US airline to make mask wearing mandatory; instituting the measure since April.

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A survey published on July 15 by the Mooresville Tribune evaluated seven airlines’ policies and practices in this post-Covid19 era. 

NY based Jet Blue fell right in the middle of the stack with an overall, ‘B-‘ grade. 

On travel flexibility, JetBlue earned a ‘B’ scoring the above average grade when it decided to be more liberal with date changes, which reduced the likelihood of attracting additional fees.

Although the survey results were a ‘C’ grade for JetBlue on Health and Safety, the airline on Monday confirmed its “in-flight social distancing measures will continue to be in place until September 8th.”

The report on Simple Flying explained the middle seats on JetBlue’s larger jet aircraft and aisle seats on smaller planes will remain empty until the fall.

Lighter loading of flights is recommended by US Authorities, however carriers are left to their own devices on when, how and if they will apply the advice.

JetBlue will temperature check customer-facing crew and like American Airlines, passengers are informed in advance of the flight load and given the option to travel on a less busy service if available.

Face coverings are mandatory on all flights and JetBlue informs that if a customer arrives without one, a face mask will be provided.

JetBlue’s first flight back to PLS arrives on August 1 from JFK; it is scheduled to land at 11:23 a.m.

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Two Deaths on Monday July 8, Police report on Sudden Death and Unresponsive Male

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#TurksandCaicos, July 19, 2024 – Officers of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force are actively investigating separate sudden deaths that occurred in South Caicos and Providenciales.

On Monday, July 8th, 2024, shortly after 10 a.m., the Police Control Room received a call reporting that a male employee had fallen from the fourth floor of a Resort in South Caicos.

Officers and medical personnel were dispatched, and upon arrival at the resort, officers were told that the employee was fixing an air-conditioning unit when he fell off a ladder.  The male was transported to the South Caicos Clinic for treatment but was pronounced dead at 11:47 AM.

The deceased has been identified as a 47-year-old Indian national, whose name is being withheld at this time, pending the next of kin being informed.

The second incident occurred shortly after noon in Providenciales.

Officers of the RT&CIPF responded to a report made at a Resort located along Lower Bight Providenciales. Upon arrival at the scene, officers observed a male lying on his back on the beach, surrounded by a group of people performing chest compressions. The victim had been removed from the water after being discovered floating.

The 52-year-old victim was rushed to the Cheshire Hall Medical Center via ambulance but sadly passed away.

The RT&CIPF extends condolences to the family and friends of the deceased men

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TCI Cabinet agrees to subsidise South Caicos international flights in May 29th meeting

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#TurksandCaicos, July 19, 2024 – Her Excellency the Acting Governor Anya Williams chaired the 16th meeting of the Cabinet on Wednesday May 29th, 2024, at the Office of the Premier on the island of Providenciales.

All members of Cabinet were present with the exception of Governor H.E. Dileeni Daniel-Selvaratnam.

At this meeting Cabinet:

  1. Approved the Statutory Bodies 4th Quarter Special Purpose Financial Report for FY 2023-2024.
  2. Approved the 4th Quarter Financial Report for the Turks and Caicos Islands Government and agreed for the report to be published on the government’s website.
  3. Granted approval under Refurbishment Policy for a duty concession on the importation of construction, materials, furniture, fixtures, and fittings for the Palms Resort.
  4. Granted approval of the request from the Ministry of Public Safety to access the Contingency Fund to support immediately required security arrangements.
  5. Did not support the request for the waiver of Import Customs Duty.
  6. Granted approval for the disposal of 73,000 cubic yards/meters of silt that will be dredged from the seabed during the South Dock Redevelopment Project.
  7. Granted approval for amendments to the Electricity Ordinance and approved Draft Control of Capital Investment Policy which would allow for advance approval of any significant capital expenditures by a public supplier.
  8. Granted approval for the reappointment of the following persons to the Electricity Board for a period of one (1) year commencing May 21, 2024: John Ariza-Chairman, Master Electrical, Richard Harvey-Member, Electrical Contractors, Menelik Astwood-Member TCICC, James Fulford-Member Electrical Contractors, Director of Planning-Dainer Lightbourne-ex-officio, Energy and Utilities Commission-Delano Arthur-ex-officio and Permanent Secretary (MPSU) Mrs. Bridgette Newman ex-officio, and Shanetta Thompson appointed as Secretary for a period of 2 years.
  9. Granted approval for a long-term lease over Parcels 10506/29 South Suburbs, Grand Turk for the development of a cruise stop over resort type facility.
  10. Noted the findings of the Registrar and approved an interim settlement to be paid in respect of Interim Certificate of Taxation re: CL 42/21 Thanbyrase Srikanth et al v Director of Immigration et al-Cost Certificate)
  11. Granted approval of the Draft District Administration Bill 2024 and noted the stakeholder consultation plan that was scheduled to be conducted throughout the islands.
  12. Noted the previous approval for the budget reallocation within the DMMO Experience Turks and Caicos to fund the minimum revenue guarantee (MRG) in respect to international airlift to the island of South Caicos

Further information on these matters will be provided by Ministers in due course.

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Proposed Amendments for Business Licensing in TCI heard at June 4 Cabinet Meeting  

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#TurksandCaicos, July 19, 2024 – Her Excellency the Acting Governor Anya Williams chaired the 17th meeting of the Cabinet on Tuesday June 4th, 2024, at the Office of the Premier on the island of Providenciales.

All members of Cabinet were present with the exception of Governor H.E. Dileeni Daniel-Selvaratnam, Attorney General Hon. Rhondalee Knowles and the Ministers of Home Affairs and Public Safety and Utilities.  Ms. Yaa McCartney attended in the capacity of Acting Attorney General.

At this meeting Cabinet:

  1. Received a presentation from the Ministry of Finance on the proposed amendments to Business Licensing which was being put forward as a result of the consultations that had taken place and agreed next steps.

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