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TCI Premier gives half; House dissolved but still no General Election date

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#TurksandCaicosIslands – December 24, 2020 – “I have met with the Governor and I have advised him to have the House of Assembly dissolved today, 24 December…our legislative work has been done and so the people will get to decide on who will form the next legislator,” said Sharlene Robinson, Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands.

With bated breath residents waited for more from the Premier, who was flanked by her parliamentary colleagues, but the morsel of a date for the next national poll was not served by the premier and PDM party leader.

“The date for general elections however, will be announced in short order.”

For those, who have been demanding a date for months, namely the Opposition PNP; the dissolution of parliament without an accompanying date was a disappointment. 

The Premier explained, “We thought it important to let you the people go enjoy your holidays first.  Now that the House has been dissolved, it means the clock has truly begun to tick.”

There was also very little in the way of clues about the date to be announced; only that, as the constitution allows, it would happen within 90 days.

“And the people of the Turks and Caicos will get to decide their government by the end of the first quarter…But exactly when the next vote will be, will be announced after the Merry Christmas,” she smiled.

Prior to the announcement, the Premier listed accomplishments of her administration including Child Safety legislation, Cooperative Credit Union legislation and measures to protect the financial services sector and reputation of the TCI. 

Now a caretaker government, the cabinet ministers and members of parliament were praised for their performance.

“I want to thank my colleagues here who have faithfully served this nation in the last four years and whose counsel and wisdom  I have depended on during my tenure as Premier.   At another time, in another place, I will surely declare that one good term, deserves another.  But just for now, let me state that I am proud of this team, OI want to also publically thank their families who have  made sacrifices of their own – the wives and husbands, sons and daughters who labored in the national vineyard for and on behalf of the people of the Turks and Caicos.   Sometimes we do not stop long enough to appreciate the contribution of families, but indeed these communities of the islands are in essence one big family.”

Premier Robinson, who informed the press conference held at the Office of the Premier in Providenciales on Christmas Eve would be her final for 2020; she and her team are optimistic about the New Year and certain of a re-election.

“Through the grace of God, we have a feeling that 2021 will be a great year because we are confident that the people of the Turks and Caicos will vote to don’t stop the movement.  Let us not lose our gains and remember, ‘Don’t stop the Movement’. God bless you.”  

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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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