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Applications to be Registered as Independent Candidates for TCI General Election 2020

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#TurksandCaicosIslands – December 30, 2020 – The Integrity Commission of the Turks and Caicos hereby Notifies the General Public that:

Under the Constitutional Mandate of the Integrity Commission, with the dissolution of the House of Assembly, the Commission hereby advises that all persons interested in becoming registered as Independent Candidates, are invited to visit the offices of the Integrity Commission in Franklyn Missick’s Building in Grand Turk or our Providenciales office at Unit 204 Cabot House at the Graceway Plaza, Leeward Highway, to pick up an application packet.

In lieu of visiting our offices, persons are invited to visit the website of the Commission at www.integritycommission.tc. (link) where under the Political Activities header, there is a Form for the “Registration as an Independent Candidate” (FORM 1 A).

The application form (Form IA), has to be completed as specified under S 69(1) of the Political Activities Ordinance which is also available on the Commission’s website.

All interested persons are also guided, that they should familiarize themselves with S. 69(2)(3) (6)(7) and (8) of the Political Activities Ordinance prior to completing the form.

All are advised that under subsection (6) the latest persons may apply to be registered as an Independent Candidate is five days after the Election Proclamation. (ie: 5 days after the election date has been announced)

Persons applying to be Registered should also familiarize themselves with the Constitution of the TCI, in particular Sections 49 and 50. A link to the Constitution is available on the Commission’s website under the “History” of the Commission.

PRESS RELEASE, TCI INTEGRITY COMMISSION

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Sugar and salt tax campaigns gaining steam 

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By Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer 

 

 

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 

Staff Writer 

 

 

#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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