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TCI Gov’t launches round two of employee cash grant

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Beauty salons were happy to reopen following the March-April lockdown; new stimulus for those outside of hospitality sector who lost income

CASH GRANTS PAYABLE TO ELIGIBLE EMPLOYEES WITH TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDER STATUS – DATABASE FOR SUBMISSIONS OPENS TODAY

#TurksandCaicos, November 23, 2020 — The Turks and Caicos Islands Government has today, Saturday, 21st November, 2020, opened the database to accept online submissions from employees within various economic sectors in the Turks and Caicos Islands who were impacted by the economic downturn, a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Coronavirus Employee Stimulus Cash Grant #2 is another offering within a suite of grants that the Turks and Caicos Islands Government has been providing to assist residents and businesses that have been impacted financially due to reduced economic activity during the worldwide pandemic. 

The Coronavirus Employee Stimulus Cash Grant #2 is opened only to employees with Turks and Caicos Islander Status. It will provide cash grants of $600.00 to eligible employees who can provide evidence that they were employed at least one month prior to the lockdown that occurred on March 26, 2020. 

In this database, the applicant will see two options and will be asked if he/she is applying for the first time. The first-time grant is offered to employees operating in sectors other than the Hospitality and Tourism Sector.  Meanwhile persons working within the Hospitality and Tourism Sector will receive a second grant if they hold Turks and Caicos Islander Status.

Applications will be received online by the Ministry of Finance as of today, 21st November, 2020 until 5th December, 2020; unless otherwise directed by the Permanent Secretary of Finance.

Applicants are advised that incomplete applications will not be processed.  Therefore, it is important that you ensure that you read the instructions on how to fill the application to understand clearly what is needed, inclusive of the evidence to be provided.

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Please note that the following sectors are excluded from benefitting from this cash grant:

–           TCI Public Service

–           TCI Statutory Bodies

–           TCI Bodies of Good Governance

–           TCI Constitutional Bodies

–           Hospital, health care or medical facilities

–           any water, electricity, telecommunications (including internet services) or other sector encompassing the provision of electronic communications including print and electronic media

–           Waste disposal and sanitation companies and

–           Self-employed persons

It is important to reiterate that an applicant must be able to provide proof of Turks and Caicos Islander Status.  The TCI Status Card Number is the preferred means, but there are other forms of verification and validation.

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Bahamas News

Sugar and salt tax campaigns gaining steam 

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By Dana Malcolm

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February 7, 2023 – A global battle on sugar and salt is ramping up as the United States joins The Bahamas and Barbados in creating proposals for historic sugar and salt laws.

The country’s Agricultural Department for the first time in history, proposed a cap on the amount of sugar to be allowed in school meals.

The World Health Organization has found that North America and the Caribbean have the highest rates of childhood diabetes in the world and based on the International Diabetes Federation’s Diabetes Atlas we also have the second highest prevalence of Diabetes overall for all global regions at 14 percent  or 51 million people with a projected 24 percent increase in just 22 years.

Barbados, the United States, Canada, Haiti, Mexico, Belize and St. Kitts and Nevis are all suffering from incredibly high rates of diabetes.

Barbados and The Bahamas announced sugar taxes last month; the hope is to reduce the importation and sale of sugar and salt rich foods.

Advocates across the Caribbean including Jamaica, Trinidad, and others have been campaigning for sugar taxes in their own countries with support from the public.

Now the proposed nutritional rules for the United States would set firm boundaries on how much salt and sugar can legally be added to meals, setting a new standard as most food imports for countries like The Bahamas are from the US.

The plan for the US is expected to be rolled out by 2025.

The rules, are unapologetically an attempt to cut down incidences of diabetes and other diseases fueled by unhealthy diets, according to media reports.

For now, the quantities on sugar and salt additives is an idea waiting wider consultation.

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Bahamas News

TCI Office in Bahamas identified 

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By Dana Malcolm 

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#TurksandCaicos, February 7, 2023 – An office space has already been identified for an all-new TCI Immigration office in The Bahamas according to Arlington Musgrove, Minister of Immigration and Border Services.

Musgrove told Magnetic Media that the ministry was “almost there” in regard to securing the space; it indicates the Government is moving full speed ahead with plans for the passing of the new Immigration Bill which will allow third-generation TC Islanders citizenship, even as the public awaits consultations on it.

The announcement of the bill had caused some skepticism among islanders, some of whom wanted the government to focus on keeping TC Islanders at home instead of recruiting others.  Musgrove however had made it clear that the TCI was in a population crisis and would need to slow down PRC naturalisation rates and naturalise people with historical, familial and cultural connections to the land or risk going ‘extinct’.

The office will work to deepen the relationship between the two sister countries even more and help increase the TCI’s population offsetting the need for masses of external labour according to the government.

When passed, the rule will apply to third-generation islanders everywhere, not only in The Bahamas giving them a free ticket to come home.

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Caribbean News

The Shore Club makes Travel + Leisure 

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By Dana Malcolm 

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#TurksandCaicos, February 7, 2023 – The Shore Club is the perfect place to escape the cold with your family according to well-known travel magazine, Travel + Leisure at least.  The Turks and Caicos resort was featured in the worldwide magazine’s January feature last month.

“It’s hard to overstate the grandness of our accommodations,” travel writer Hannah Selinger gushed as she described the luxurious Shore Club experience that retails for around $750 per night.

The resort owned by Stan Hartling, 2021 TCI Humanitarian of the Year, was lauded for its use of local materials including coral harvested in Long Bay on which the property resides.  The writer was particularly impressed with the expansive space and multiple amenities at the resort which even when significantly booked “never feels even remotely full”.

She described the food and the entirety of her experience as ‘extremely satisfying’.

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