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Kacey Lewis appointed Principal Architect & Head of Public Works Project Management Division

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#TurksandCaicos, November 22, 2022 – The Office of the Deputy Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Kacey Lewis to the post of Principal Architect and Head of the Public Works Project Management Division in the Ministry of Physical Planning and Infrastructure Development.

Mr. Lewis holds an Associate of Arts Degree from the College of the Bahamas and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Architectural Studies from Florida International University in Miami, Florida.

Having joined the Turks and Caicos Islands Government as a Draftsman in 1999, Mr. Lewis in 2006 was promoted to the post of Assistant Architect; a post he held for 7 years before being promoted to the post of Project Architect in 2013 and to the post of Project Manager in 2018, a post he has held for the last four years.

Commenting on his appointment Mr. Lewis stated: “I am grateful for the opportunity to progress in my professional field.  Not only am I grateful, but humbled by the confidence in me to operate in a managerial role. I do not take this promotion lightly and promise to continue to serve my people and country to the best of my ability. I believe that this is a move in the right direction and applaud the authorities for empowering and promoting our young and aspiring Turks and Caicos Islanders to be a part of the positive change in the development of our country. I look forward to serving in this new capacity.”

Deputy Governor and Head of the Public Service Her Excellency Anya Williams in extending congratulatory remarks to Mr. Lewis stated: “It gives me great pleasure to officially congratulate Mr. Kacey Lewis on his appointment as the new Principal Architect and Head of the Public Works Project Management Division in the Ministry of Physical Planning and Infrastructure Development.

Mr. Lewis began his public service career 20 years ago in an entry level position in the Public Works Department and has worked diligently over the years to obtain numerous promotions, now culminating in him being appointed to as the Head of the Project Management Division.

The Principal Architect and Head of the Project Management Division is responsible for the design of all Government architectural works, across the islands, and is required to oversee, inspect and monitor project progress to ensure quality assurance and quality controls are maintained.

The post holder is also responsible for preparing capital budgets, for effectively managing same to ensure financial prudence and for providing managerial oversight and control of the Division staff and resources.

Mr. Lewis is an ardent worker who has been instrumental in the delivery of a number of key government projects over the years and has proven his ability to lead.

I wish him well on his new appointment and know that he will do exceptionally well.

Congratulations on your well-deserved promotion Kacey!”

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Barbados bestows Humanitarian Award on PAHO director Dr. Carissa Etienne 

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By Shanieka Smith

Staff Writer

 

#Barbados, November 25, 2022 – The newest recipient of Barbados’ Humanitarian Award is outgoing Pan American Health Organization Director, Dr Carissa Etienne.  The government of Barbados grants this award to frontline workers who were instrumental during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Upon receiving the award, Dr. Etienne expressed her gratitude for the recognition, noting, however, that she was more grateful for the opportunity to have served on the island. She also praised Prime Minister, Mia Mottley for her diligence in leading the country and regional involvement during the pandemic.

Humanitarian medals were also given to Frontline workers who risked their own safety to ensure the needs of the public were met. Those who held supporting roles on the frontline received humanitarian lapel pins, and those who made generous donations were given humanitarian plaques.

Dr. Etienne highlighted one major lesson from the pandemic, “we are only safe when the weakest among us is also safe”.

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Bahamas and Turks & Caicos Immigration Ministers make appearance on TCI Radio Talk Show

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By Dana Malcolm

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#TheBahamas, November 25, 2022 – “We have a humanitarian concern of course but we can only absorb so much” was how Fred Mitchell, Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Public Service in The Bahamas addressed the issue of the UN constantly nudging Caribbean countries about the deportation of migrants and recommending that it not be done.

He was speaking Thursday November 24 with Cheryl and Zhavargo on First Edition which airs on RTC FM.

While acknowledging that the UN offices likely ‘have to do what they do’ Minister Mitchell  explained that the current irregular migrants trying to get into the Bahamas did not fit the bill of ‘refugees’ as defined by the UN.

“We have a treaty obligation that says that if people have a fear of persecution in their home country that we have an obligation to take them in as asylum seekers. The people who come through on these boats from the south of us are not asylum seekers. They are afraid of poverty and that’s a difficult issue but in a legal sense we’re not obligated to embrace people on that basis.”

He cited a study that had found, on any given day there were around 7,000 illegal migrants in The Bahamas trying to get to the US maintaining that his chain of islands had to take a stand on the issue.  The Foreign Affairs minister acknowledged that  TCI was in an identical situation, citing also the the cultural effects of irregular migration.

“There is a cleavage which has developed in our own society over this; people are very concerned that we could lose our identity if we do not get on top of it.”

Earlier this year Arlington “new sheriff in town” Musgrove, Minister of Immigration and Border Services in the Turks and Caicos had described statements calling on surrounding countries to do more to assist persons fleeing Haiti as “reckless and misguided.”

“Haiti has a population of 11.6 million people. How could any small developing state like the Turks and Caicos Islands assist that number of people or even the smallest fraction of them? We have a population of some 47,000 persons, and our health care, education and other social systems remain fragile and could never withstand an influx of refugees. This would be a risk to our very own livelihood,” he had said.

He was interviewed in the same show on Thursday prior to Mitchell and expressed a similar determination to crack down on illegal migration.

“I want to stress this. If we catch anyone harbouring illegals, it could be my mommy, she’s going up. We cannot tolerate this. We’re catching the sloops so my Haitian brothers and sisters should stress to them don’t waste your money we’re sending you back.”

Turks and Caicos, this year passed a law, doubling fines and prison times for individuals harbouring illegal migrants.

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Former Bahamian Cabinet minister defends record amid ongoing police investigation

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By Shanieka Smith

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#TheBahamas, November 25, 2022 – Former Youth, Sports and Culture Minister, Lanisha Rolle is reportedly currently under investigation due to several allegations that came up during her tenure; she however knows nothing of this alleged criminal investigation.

After the minister resigned – unceremoniously –  in February 2021 with little explanation, the ministry was locked down by the Prime Minister for an audit of the National Sports Authority, which fell under her ministry.

Auditor General Terrance Bastin revealed that unauthorised contracts had been issued, some of which were later forwarded to the NSA for payment. Three cheques to contractors were also found, which were paid to individuals and then collected by a senior ministry official.

Despite the allegations, Rolle said she upheld cabinet standards and good governance during her tenure. She added that a minister is not always aware of “everything in a ministry at any given time.”

Rolle said she has not yet been approached by the RBPF regarding the audit findings.  Having served as a member of the Police Force for 11 years herself, Rolle told a crush of media on Wednesday (November 23) that she continues to trust that they will follow the legal process and in due time, the truth of her innocence will be revealed.

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