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Sharlene Robinson Does “the Right and Proper thing” and resigns as PDM Party Leader

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#TurksandCaicos, March 1, 2021 – Former Turks and Caicos Islands Premier, Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson, has resigned as leader of the People’s Democratic Movement (PDM). After the February 19, 2021, general elections that saw the opposition Progressive National Party (PNP) collect a whopping 14 out of 15 seats in the House of Assembly, Cartwright-Robinson said in a statement that she will defend the people’s rights and respect their wish for a new direction. Cartwright-Robinson officially handed in her resignation as leader of PDM on 20 February 2021, a position she has held since December, 2012.

Although Cartwright-Robinson says she is retiring from active politics, she states that she will “personally back the government in following through on its promise to give each voter $2,000 for 3 months and to giving Civil Servants a portion of their salaries for a stimulus, in addition to the policies we had ready set in motion to ensure that people do not fall through the cracks which include the completion of the current stimulus of $600 for TC Islanders only and for the payment of the $200 household grocery assistance in place of the package of groceries determined logistically to be difficult and then delayed because of elections.”

According to the former Premier, she phoned the newly elected Premier, Washington Misick, to wish him the very best. “I will urge the new government to continue to look out especially for the most marginal among us, and for those who have been beaten down by this pandemic. Our Party’s mission of lifting people up, must now be co-opted by this new government – for if it is and if it does it will be in the interest of all the people we came into politics to fight for,” she said.

Cartwright-Robinson also stated that, although the difficult results “will put this [PDM] movement on pause, it cannot be stopped – for it is a movement that is bigger than any one of us; one that continues to enjoy a good legacy.”

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Gilbert Selver matter makes TCI Cabinet agenda in June 12 meeting

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#TurksandCaicos, July 19, 2024 – Her Excellency the Governor Dileeni Daniel-Selvaratnam chaired the 19th meeting of the Cabinet on Wednesday June 12th, 2024, at the Office of the Premier on the island of Grand Turk.  All members of Cabinet were present.

At this meeting Cabinet:

  1. Approved a remission/exemption of stamp duty in respect of real property purchased by the National Insurance Board.
  2. Agreed to advise the Governor to approve the Planning Application GT 5281 in line with Section 39 (2) of the Physical Planning Ordinance 2021.
  3. Granted approval of the Chief Justice General Power to Make Rules to Court Ordinance 2022 and for the same to be submitted to the House of Assembly.
  4. Granted approval for various negotiations to be undertaken in relation to the Gilbert Selver matter.
  5. Granted approval for the Legal Profession (Admission and Other Matters) Procedures Regulations 2024 to be made under the Legal Profession Ordinance to govern the admission of attorneys at the Bar as well as connected purposes.
  6. Granted approval of the Fire Arms (Amendment) Bill 2024 to go to the House of Assembly.
  7. Granted approval for the following persons to be appointed to the Water and Sewerage Board: Permanent Secretary-Ministry responsible for Utilities-Chair, Chief Engineer or delegate-member ex-officio, Chief Environmental Health Officer or delegate-member (ex-officio), Director of Planning or delegate-member (ex-officio), Director of Environment & Coastal Resources or delegate-member (ex-officio), Government Economist or delegate-member (ex-officio) Akeem Missick-private sector-member, Larry Swann-private sector-member for a period of 1 year. It approved the appointment of the Secretary for a period of two (2) years effective 1 July 2024 Shanetta Thompson-Head of Secretariat-Ministry of Public Safety and Utilities.
  8. Approved the Health Professions (Amendment) Bill and Regulations and for the same to proceed to the House of Assembly.
  9. Noted the information paper from the Telecommunications Commissions on the regulatory regime.
  10. Noted the concerns being raised regarding boating services at Heaving Down Rock and identified steps to be taken in relation to this matter.

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

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Grand Turk Donkeys heading to Jamaica; update in June 5 TCI Cabinet Meeting

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#TurksandCaicos, July 19, 2024  – Her Excellency the Governor Dileeni Daniel-Selvaratnam chaired the 18th meeting of the Cabinet on Wednesday June 5th, 2024, at the Office of the Premier on the island of Providenciales.

All members of Cabinet were present with the exception of the Attorney General Hon. Rhondalee Braithwaite-Knowles and the Minister of Public Safety.  Ms. Yaa McCartney attended in the capacity of Acting Attorney General.

At this meeting Cabinet:

  1. Granted approval for the Attorney General’s Chambers to commence settlement negotiations in regard to the outstanding compensation due to the Estate of an individual.
  2. Granted approval for the waiver of Import Customs Duties and all associated warehouses rent on a quantity of roll-off container sanitary tubs.  It also agreed to a review of the tariffs in respect to waste management.
  3. Granted approval for the acquisition through direct purchase of a plot of land at the southeast corner of the Enid Capron Primary school for the expansion of the campus and construction of an eight classroom Early Childhood Development Centre.
  4. Approved the Proposed Amendments to the Economic Substance Legislation, Regulations and Guidance Notes.
  5. Granted approval for Invest TC to enter into negotiations for a Development Agreement with Blue Conch Holdings IV Ltd.  for a branded luxury condo hotel and villa development.
  6. Received an update from the Ministry of Tourism regarding the transport of donkeys from Grand Turk to Jamaica.

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

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Demolition coming as South Base to Undergo Testing for Asbestos

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Turks and Caicos, July 18th, 2024 – The Turks and Caicos Islands Government would like to advise the public of Grand Turk, that a consulting firm has been contracted to carry out testing of the buildings on the South Base Compound for the presence of asbestos.  A week of testing began Wednesday, July 10. This is to ensure compliance with health and safety regulations and to protect workers, residents, and the public from possible asbestos exposure risks once comprehensive works on the base commence.

This is the initial consultation necessary to determine the methodology for the demolition and disposal of derelict buildings in the assessed area.  It is believed that low-risk micro-fibres are present in some of the buildings, owing to the period of construction and the types of materials used during that era.  Testing will confirm whether asbestos is present and if so, at what levels.

As a precautionary measure, signs have been erected to advise the public to avoid entering any of the dilapidated structures; as building materials containing asbestos, if disturbed, can release tiny asbestos fibres into the air.  Currently only the consultants are authorised to traverse the buildings until further notice.

Residents of Grand Turk have for years demanded that Governments address the unsightly area. The requests were mainly in relation to the aesthetics of the buildings. However, the interventions were deferred at various times for varying reasons.

The South Base is a huge compound, by island standards, with an area containing over twenty-one (21) building sites. It was formerly used as a United States Government base, and then as administrative offices by the Turks and Caicos Islands Government. Some of the structures were renovated and are in acceptable condition, whilst others were destroyed over the years by hurricanes and normal wear and tear. 

The South Base, which has mostly been left as a decrepit and ghostly development of obsolete structures is finally being remedied. The area, which is a main thoroughfare for tourism and commerce when cleaned up, will provide space for numerous governmental and civilian uses.

Residents of Grand Turk sharing the optimism of a prospective demolition should adhere to this notification and any precautionary warnings erected for their health, safety, and well-being.

Subsequent phases of the works will be published via a public tendering.

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