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Beaches Turks & Caicos postpones reopening; four year legal matter with TCI Gov’t needs resolve

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#Providenciales, Turks and Caicos – October 9, 2020 – Beaches TCI regrets to announce that it has been forced to postpone the reopening of the hotel which was planned for October 14, 2020 until November 18, 2020.

Since 1995, Beaches has faithfully paid taxes in accordance with our Development Agreement(s) and other written governmental commitments. Beaches does not owe any taxes to the TCIG. In fact it is the TCIG which owe Beaches tax refunds on several items on which we have overpaid.  To be clear, Beaches is not asking for any favours nor any forgiveness from the payment of taxes as there is nothing to forgive. Indeed, we have never found ourselves in such a situation in any other jurisdiction in which we operate.

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Breaches of our Development Agreement(s) and other legally binding commitments have yet to be resolved for nearly 4 years, despite tireless efforts by Beaches.  The Board of Directors has therefore mandated that the re-opening of Beaches be postponed. 

Negotiations with the TCIG are ongoing and Beaches will continue to make every effort to have these matters fairly resolved.   There is absolutely no reason why this matter cannot be resolved before the end of October as the issues are not new and have been discussed time and time again for 4 years. Beaches is deeply concerned about the impact on its team and the wider community in the delayed re-opening particularly since this year has presented horrendous difficulties for so many. Beaches is ready, willing and able to start negotiations immediately.

TCIG’s inaction for nearly 4 years has forced Beaches to delay its re-opening.  To date, the TCIG has not demonstrated the same care and deep concern for the citizens and communities of the TCI, by allowing this matter to remain unresolved for so long.  We hope and trust that the TCIG will treat this matter with the speed, sincerity and good faith that it demands.    

We wish to emphasize that our commitment to the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands since Beaches opened its doors in 1995 has never waivered. Neither has our profound sense of responsibility as we fully recognize that Beaches is the most significant economic engine, ranging from being the largest employer, foreign exchange earner, taxpayer as well as generating 70% of the airlift to the Island.    Beaches fully recognizes that it is the people who are the lifeblood of any country and Beaches is first and foremost a partnership with the people of the TCI. 

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In the meantime, our team members have been fully trained over the last several months in the Covid-19 Beaches Platinum protocols which we have adopted to ensure that the entire hotel environment is safe for our team and guests.  

The Covid-19 pandemic has been the greatest challenge which the travel and hospitality industry has faced in our lifetime. We are mindful of the tremendous effect it has had on all stakeholders, including airlines, tour operators and travel agents. Our tour operators, travel agents and airline partners will be kept abreast of our reopening plans.

We are as anxious as our team members to get back to the job that we do so well. We recognize, as we have always done, that we are partners with the Government in the economic recovery of the TCI and we will do our part.

We are optimistic about the future. Together we have emerged from 911, devastating hurricanes, and other crises, better and more resilient.

WE WILL DO SO AGAIN. 

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TCI Premier and Delegation visit NCI in Jamaica

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#Manchester, Jamaica, 14 August 2022 – The Honourable Charles Washington Misick, Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands, and his delegation have arrived at the Northern Caribbean University (NCU) in Central Jamaica.The Premier will give the address at the second commencement ceremony and will be conferred with an Honorary Doctor of Commerce Degree.  The Premier completed high school at West Indies College which is now NCU more than 50 years ago.  Premier Misick and his delegation are on a four day visit to Jamaica.The Office of the Premier and Public Policy will bring commencement live on its Facebook page at 2PM EST.The Premier’s delegation includes: First Lady, Mrs. Delthia Russell-Misick; Hon. Arlington Musgrove, Minister of Immigration and Border Services; Hon. Rachel Taylor, Minister of Education, Labour, Employment and Customer Service; Mr. Wesley Clerveaux, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Labour, Employment and Customer Service; Ms. Althea Been, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Immigration and Border Services; Mr. Miquel Swann, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Office of the Premier and Public Policy; Mr. Edwin Taylor, Commissioner of Labour; and Mr. Bentley Johnson Aide De Camp.

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Polio is back; 65 million missed shots in another COVID fall out

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By Dana Malcolm

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#USA, August 4, 2022 – For the first time in almost a decade a new case of polio was recorded in the United States. The case which ended in paralysis emphasizes the danger the region faces as vaccination levels drop to 30-year lows.

The World Health Organization warned in early July explained that vaccination in the region of the Americas and the rest of world was dropping rapidly because of various spin off effects precipitated by the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Over 65 million infants missed out on basic vaccines in the last three years thanks to disruptions in routine healthcare, lockdowns and other circumstances. The effects are already being felt as once eradicated disease like measles and polio are once again emerging.

The Pan American Health Organization announced earlier this year the Americas are now facing another measles outbreak after having been declared free of the disease in 2016.

Dr. Jarvis Barbosa, Assistant director of PAHO said vaccination levels are now as low as they were in 1994 for measles and polio and Brazil has had several outbreaks of measles.

In the case of the United States an unvaccinated young adult developed the disease after contact with another individual vaccinated with a live version of the vaccine.

The breakout polio case in the US sent shockwaves across the country because of the severe nature of the disease. Polio is an extremely dangerous disease with no known cure. It causes paralysis in as many as 1 in 200 infected and that paralysis is permanent.

Normally very few school age children would be at risk in the Americas as the vaccine is required to start school but with the gap in vaccinations many more children are now at risk.

Polio was one of the most feared diseases of the 20th century, paralyzing and killing hundreds of thousands, especially children. Thankfully vaccinated individuals are not at risk and as such the WHO is advising that the best way to protect against polio is vaccination.

 

Photo Caption:  Child in Benin takes Polio vaccine, UNSDG

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New Rules for Turks & Caicos JPs

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By Dana Malcolm

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#TurksandCaicos, August 5, 2022 – Rules governing Justices of the Peace in the Turks and Caicos are now significantly stricter after the passing of the amendment to the Magistrates Amendment Bill in July 2022.

Despite the fact that Justices of the Peace are allowed the same powers as a magistrate previously the only requirement for their appointment was the discretion of the Governor and that they be under 65-years-old.

That power has now been transferred from the Governor to the Chief Justice.

Justices of the peace have always by law been allowed to receive complaints, sign charges and issue warrants for the apprehension of persons charged with criminal offenses. They can also issue search warrants summons and administer oaths.

Considering the potentially unchecked execution of these powers, the attorney general’s chambers lobbied for a change in the system.

“These are very wide powers and there is no framework for the supervision and regulation of the whole of justices of the peace in the Turks and Caicos Islands.”

The amendment rectified this and the Chief Justice now has the power to make binding rules and regulations governing the appointment of JPs, a code of conduct disciplinary action and orientation and periodic training for JPs.

In addition, to maintain separation of powers the governor will be stripped of the power to disallow laws made by resident magistrates. That power now belongs to the Chief Justice.

Rhondalee Braithwaite-Knowles, TCI Attorney General maintained that the amendment was short but necessary.

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