By Dana Malcolm
#TurksandCaicos, July 25, 2022 – The Crown land consultancy review that was commissioned in January will be available any day now according to premier Washington Misick.
“I am pleased to say that to date the consultants have carried out face to face and virtual discovery interviews with a wide range of stakeholders — we will be presented with a report at the end of July.”
Misick explained that the two consultants jointly hired by the Turks and Caicos Islands Government and the UK had looked at several key issues which residents and stakeholders had raised.
“They looked at a number of issues clustered under the following broad headings: residential land conditional purchase leases, commercial land, crown land, the crown land unit, disposal processes, illegal occupation and marine and Coastal land.”
The Consultants will use these findings to inform their recommendations which are highly anticipated. The distribution of Crown Land has become a bone of contention for islanders in the past decade and Misick noted that the main concern was the availability of residential land on terms to which Turks and Caicos Islanders agreed.
While it was not guaranteed that any changes would be made to the existing policy Both Misick and Governor Nigel Dakin have in the past expressed confidence that the consultation would bring actionable change to the way the Crown Land system operates in the Turks and Caicos.
Premier Misick had initially said, “This is an exciting first step to implementing improvements in the Crown land management system that will benefit all Turks and Caicos Islanders and improve access to Crown land across our island chain.”
The Governor was also convinced that a review of the policy was needed. He said he anticipated the recommendations which would come from it and maintained that the recommendations would be quickly followed by implementation. Among the hopes for the government was, to action an affordable housing program under the rebooted Department of Housing.
Opposition leader Edwin Astwood has supported that Crown Land management should be back in the hands of Islanders, under a Ministry in the TCIG.
Invest TCI Participates in USA-Caribbean Investment Forum 2023, Fostering Partnerships for Sustainable Development
#TurksandCaicos, September 24, 2023 – Invest Turks and Caicos proudly announces its participation in the USA-Caribbean Investment Forum, held on September 15-16, 2023, at the New York Marriott Marquis in New York City. This prestigious event, hosted by The Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (CAIPA), brought together a diverse array of investors, entrepreneurs, and stakeholders united by a common goal: to explore and capitalize on the wealth of opportunities available within the Caribbean region.
Representing Invest Turks and Caicos at the event were CEO Angela Musgrove and Legal & Compliance Officer, Judith Campbell. Their presence exemplified Invest Turks and Caicos’ commitment to facilitating investment and promoting the growth of the Turks & Caicos Islands.
A pivotal moment during the forum was the enlightening address delivered by the Hon. E. Jay Saunders, Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance, Investment & Trade of the Turks & Caicos Islands. Hon. Saunders passionately discussed the imperative need for the diaspora to invest and engage in business within their countries of origin, underlining the numerous benefits and potential that come with investing in the Caribbean. His insightful remarks were met with great enthusiasm and appreciation from the attendees.
Commenting on their participation, CEO Angela Musgrove stated, “The USA-Caribbean Investment Forum has been an exceptional platform for Invest Turks and Caicos to showcase the exciting investment opportunities that our islands offer. It also provided an opportunity to discuss how we may increase partnerships and opportunities for the attraction of diaspora investments. We are committed to forging meaningful partnerships that drive sustainable development in the Caribbean region, and this event has been instrumental in advancing our mission.”
Invest Turks and Caicos remains dedicated to promoting investment, economic development, and partnerships within the Turks & Caicos Islands. The participation in the USA-Caribbean Investment Forum 2023 marks another step towards achieving these goals and contributing to the sustained development of the Caribbean region.
For more information about Invest Turks and Caicos, please visit www.investturksandcaicos.tc
TCIFA to Host First Annual Awards Gala In Aid of Youth Development
#TurksandCaicos, September 24, 2023 – The Turks and Caicos Islands Football Association (TCIFA) will be hosting the Inaugural Awards Gala Ball, honoring members of the Turks and Caicos Islands Football Community who have demonstrated leadership, vision, dedication and outstanding achievement under the theme “Continuing a Legacy of Excellence.” The event will take place on Friday, October 13th at the Shore Club Ball Room, featuring a Welcome Reception and four-course Awards Dinner; promising to be an exciting evening. Seats and tables are opened to the general public for purchase.
The Awards Gala will serve as one of TCIFA’s biggest fundraising initiative in support its Youth Development Programs, and is expected to become an annual celebration. Currently, football grassroots/ youth programs are conducted on the islands of Providenciales, Grand Turk, South Caicos and North/Middle Caicos. TCIFA is a non-profit organization whose mission is to develop football throughout the entire Turks & Caicos Islands, encouraging positive youth involvement in society. In order to meet its mission, and provide for the Youth Development Football Programmes, the FA relies heavily on its fundraising efforts, and community support.
In attendance to the Awards Gala, will be The President of Concacaf and Vice-President of FIFA, Victor Montagliani. The event will also see the presence of international football celebrities Davis Dein and Andrew “Andy Cole.”
David Barry Dein, former Co-Owner and Vice-Chairman of Arsenal Football Club, was instrumental in convincing some of the world’s greatest talents to join the club, and transforming it into what it is today, on and off the pitch. Arsenal is seen as an example of a leading club in world football and is admired around the world. Dein was also a one of the major architects of the FA Premier League in 1992, reshaping the structure and finances of English football; and a former Vice-Chairman of the Football Association (The FA). Additionally, he spent some time as President of the G-14 group of European football clubs sitting on various committees within FIFA and UEFA, including UEFA’s Club Competition Committee and Executive Committee. In 2010, Dein was appointed as international President of England’s 2018 World Cup Bid.
Dein continues to remain active on the football scene, providing his views on the future of football around the world, whether it be via interviews, conferences, or public speaking engagements.
Andrew “Andy” Cole is a former English professional striker, playing from 1988-2008. He spent six years with Manchester United after being transferred from Newcastle United, and won nine trophies including the Treble of the Premier League, FA Cup and UEFA Champions League in 1999. He also played in the top division of English football for Arsenal, Blackburn Rovers, Fulham, Manchester City, Portsmouth and Sunderland, as well as in the Football League for Bristol City, Birmingham City, Burnley and Nottingham Forest. He is the fourth-highest goal-scorer in Premier League History with 187 goals, and held the Premier League records for most goals scored in a 42-game season (34) before year 2023, and fastest to score 50 goals (65 matches), as well as being the first player to top the Premier League’s goalscoring charts and assist charts in the same season in their own right in 1993-4.
Cole has the distinction of being one of the few players in England to have swept all possible honors in the English game, including the PFA Young Player of the Year awards, as well as coveted UEFA Champions League title. Cole was also capped 15 times for the England National Team between 1995 and 2001, scoring once against Albania in a 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifier.
Cole announced his retirement from football, ending his 19-year career, in November 2008.
To secure seats/tables, contact the TCIFA offices at (649)941-5532, or WhatsApp (649)333-0244.
For more information, please contact TCIFA Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Candia Ewing at 941-5532 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Medical Council of Jamaica Announces more CME hours for Doctors
KINGSTON, September 19, 2023 (JIS) – Medical doctors will be required to complete two additional hours of Continuing Medical Education (CME) specifically dedicated to mental health and wellness in order to renew their practising certificates come January 2024.
The Medical Council of Jamaica (MCJ) noted that this critical update forms part of its commitment to advancing the healthcare system and ensuring doctors are well-equipped to meet the prevailing mental health demands.
“This increase moves the total required CME hours from 20 to 22, enhancing doctors’ ability to address the mental health implications of the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. The decision to introduce these additional CME hours is driven by the Medical Council of Jamaica’s commitment to prioritise the well-being of both patients and healthcare professionals,” the MCJ stated.
The Council reasoned that COVID-19 has highlighted the pressing need for mental health support, with healthcare workers facing unprecedented challenges, experiencing increased stress and witnessing the emotional toll the pandemic has taken on patients.
To support doctors in meeting the new CME requirement, MCJ Registrar, Professor Howard Spencer, shared that the Council will provide access to a range of accredited providers and resources offering relevant mental health and wellness courses.
“The Medical Council of Jamaica encourages all doctors to proactively engage in these additional CME hours well in advance of the renewal deadline in early 2024, to ensure a seamless continuation of their practice,” he emphasised.
The Council added that the focus on mental health and wellness will empower doctors with the knowledge and skills to provide comprehensive and compassionate care to patients experiencing challenges in this area.
Commenting on the new requirement, Consultant Psychiatrist and Public Health Specialist, Dr. Earl Wright, underscored that the additional CME hours are a win-win for doctors.
“It’s not only enhancing the doctors’ care of the patient but doctors need to take care of themselves also. This will help to prevent doctor burnout. Doctors are sometimes under severe stress for long periods of time. So enhancing the doctors’ ability to take care of themselves, they’re also enhancing their ability to take care of all their patients,” he remarked.
For more information about the new CME requirement, visit www.jamaicamedicalcouncil.org.
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