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Solid Waste Management improvement throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands

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#TurksandCaicos, April 22, 2022 – Hon. Kyle Knowles MP and Solid Waste Task Force Chairman is elated to announce the beginning of dialogue for the improvement of Solid Waste Management in the Turks and Caicos Islands via the newly established Solid Waste Task Force of which he has been appointed chairman. With Jasmin Walkin as Deputy Chairman, the Task Force consists of staff from the Ministry of Health and Human Services, the Environmental Health Department and the Public Works Department.

The multi-disciplinary task force conducted a site visit today at the Wheeland Landfill in an effort to gather the information that will effectively resolve pressing issues affecting the community. In order to determine the best immediate course of action to address the ongoing solid waste situation, the team analyzed the condition of the site and explored the best ways of confronting existing problems at the site. Problems such as onsite burning, odour control, and some operational procedures including security and best practices for trash disposal were analyzed.

Some methods of investigation explored were air quality testing, wind direction monitoring, mapping of the entire site including active and inactive sections and the collection of baseline data through the investigation of current operational procedures for all sites. The discussion has been fruitful and several assignments will be carried out by members to support the team’s concerted effort for improvement.

The Ministry of Health and Human Services has also embarked on an Integrated Solid Waste Management Project co-funded by the Caribbean Development Bank to provide strategic planning and design of an improved Solid Waste Management System that will benefit all islands.

Hon. Knowles and the Ministry of Health and Human Services are committed to improving country wide Solid Waste Management and safeguarding the health and wellbeing of Turks and Caicos Islands residents.

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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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