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Three Days to Opening, Courtney and Arleigha named flag bearers for TeamTCI



By Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer


#TurksandCaicos, July 25, 2022 – A delegation from the Turks and Caicos Islands has officially landed in Birmingham England in preparation for the Commonwealth games.

The team includes Rebecca Bernardin, Yanique Haye-Smith; Angelo Garland; Courtney Missick; Ifeanyichukwu Otuonye; Ken Reyes; Wilkenson Fenelon; Arleigha Hall and Rohan Shearer.

Athletes will participate in several events across athletics swimming and cycling including the women’s 800m & 1500m; women’s 400m hurdles; men’s 400m; 4x100m relay & 4x400m relay; men’s long jump; women’s 50m backstroke; 50m butterfly & 50m freestyle and the men’s 50m freestyle; 100m backstroke; 100m freestyle & 50m backstroke

Godfrey Been, President of the Commonwealth Games Association had stern but encouraging words for the athletes at a press conference last week prior to their departure.

“Today is your day, you have been chosen to represent the Turks and Caicos.  This is an awesome task for you and it’s an awesome task for the country to get behind you, so as you’ve been doing over the last few years and months I want you to continue to put this country first. Be serious in everything you are doing, do your best, do it correctly.”

Alvin Parker, Deputy Director of Sports, encouraged them to do their best knowing that the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands are supporting them and behind them all the way.

“Although we are small, this is a big crowd cheering and rooting for you who loves you no matter the outcome. Whether we are winning or we are losing we are one.”

Rachel Taylor, Minister of Sport thanked the Association and coaches for their work in readying the athletes and called on everyone, private partners and the government included, to ‘put our money where our mouths are in terms of supporting the athletes.

Athletics Coach Randy Ford thanked the private sector for their investment in sport noting that when they gave money to sports they were investing in the human resources of the Turks and Caicos‘s islands. He used Ifeanyichukwu Otuonye as an example. Otuonye placed 9th in the long jump in the last Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast.

“When you are a nation of a little under 40,000 people and you can place 9th in the Commonwealth it’s a significant achievement.” he maintained

The Commonwealth Games will see more than 5,000 athletes from 72 nations compete at Alexander Stadium from July 28 to August 8. Patron of the Games, Queen Elizabeth will miss the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony to be held on July 28 and streamed live.

For the Turks and Caicos Islands, Courtney Missick and Arleigha Hall are named the flag bearers.

A contingent of about 30 Turks and Caicos‘s islanders will be at the Games, including Rachel Taylor, the Minister of Sports.


Two Deaths on Monday July 8, Police report on Sudden Death and Unresponsive Male



#TurksandCaicos, July 19, 2024 – Officers of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force are actively investigating separate sudden deaths that occurred in South Caicos and Providenciales.

On Monday, July 8th, 2024, shortly after 10 a.m., the Police Control Room received a call reporting that a male employee had fallen from the fourth floor of a Resort in South Caicos.

Officers and medical personnel were dispatched, and upon arrival at the resort, officers were told that the employee was fixing an air-conditioning unit when he fell off a ladder.  The male was transported to the South Caicos Clinic for treatment but was pronounced dead at 11:47 AM.

The deceased has been identified as a 47-year-old Indian national, whose name is being withheld at this time, pending the next of kin being informed.

The second incident occurred shortly after noon in Providenciales.

Officers of the RT&CIPF responded to a report made at a Resort located along Lower Bight Providenciales. Upon arrival at the scene, officers observed a male lying on his back on the beach, surrounded by a group of people performing chest compressions. The victim had been removed from the water after being discovered floating.

The 52-year-old victim was rushed to the Cheshire Hall Medical Center via ambulance but sadly passed away.

The RT&CIPF extends condolences to the family and friends of the deceased men

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TCI Cabinet agrees to subsidise South Caicos international flights in May 29th meeting



#TurksandCaicos, July 19, 2024 – Her Excellency the Acting Governor Anya Williams chaired the 16th meeting of the Cabinet on Wednesday May 29th, 2024, at the Office of the Premier on the island of Providenciales.

All members of Cabinet were present with the exception of Governor H.E. Dileeni Daniel-Selvaratnam.

At this meeting Cabinet:

  1. Approved the Statutory Bodies 4th Quarter Special Purpose Financial Report for FY 2023-2024.
  2. Approved the 4th Quarter Financial Report for the Turks and Caicos Islands Government and agreed for the report to be published on the government’s website.
  3. Granted approval under Refurbishment Policy for a duty concession on the importation of construction, materials, furniture, fixtures, and fittings for the Palms Resort.
  4. Granted approval of the request from the Ministry of Public Safety to access the Contingency Fund to support immediately required security arrangements.
  5. Did not support the request for the waiver of Import Customs Duty.
  6. Granted approval for the disposal of 73,000 cubic yards/meters of silt that will be dredged from the seabed during the South Dock Redevelopment Project.
  7. Granted approval for amendments to the Electricity Ordinance and approved Draft Control of Capital Investment Policy which would allow for advance approval of any significant capital expenditures by a public supplier.
  8. Granted approval for the reappointment of the following persons to the Electricity Board for a period of one (1) year commencing May 21, 2024: John Ariza-Chairman, Master Electrical, Richard Harvey-Member, Electrical Contractors, Menelik Astwood-Member TCICC, James Fulford-Member Electrical Contractors, Director of Planning-Dainer Lightbourne-ex-officio, Energy and Utilities Commission-Delano Arthur-ex-officio and Permanent Secretary (MPSU) Mrs. Bridgette Newman ex-officio, and Shanetta Thompson appointed as Secretary for a period of 2 years.
  9. Granted approval for a long-term lease over Parcels 10506/29 South Suburbs, Grand Turk for the development of a cruise stop over resort type facility.
  10. Noted the findings of the Registrar and approved an interim settlement to be paid in respect of Interim Certificate of Taxation re: CL 42/21 Thanbyrase Srikanth et al v Director of Immigration et al-Cost Certificate)
  11. Granted approval of the Draft District Administration Bill 2024 and noted the stakeholder consultation plan that was scheduled to be conducted throughout the islands.
  12. Noted the previous approval for the budget reallocation within the DMMO Experience Turks and Caicos to fund the minimum revenue guarantee (MRG) in respect to international airlift to the island of South Caicos

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

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Proposed Amendments for Business Licensing in TCI heard at June 4 Cabinet Meeting  



#TurksandCaicos, July 19, 2024 – Her Excellency the Acting Governor Anya Williams chaired the 17th meeting of the Cabinet on Tuesday June 4th, 2024, at the Office of the Premier on the island of Providenciales.

All members of Cabinet were present with the exception of Governor H.E. Dileeni Daniel-Selvaratnam, Attorney General Hon. Rhondalee Knowles and the Ministers of Home Affairs and Public Safety and Utilities.  Ms. Yaa McCartney attended in the capacity of Acting Attorney General.

At this meeting Cabinet:

  1. Received a presentation from the Ministry of Finance on the proposed amendments to Business Licensing which was being put forward as a result of the consultations that had taken place and agreed next steps.

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