By Dana Malcolm
#TurksandCaicos, February 20, 2023 – After a day of protest on Wednesday, employees from Parrot Cay were left puttering off to work once again at the end of last week in a tiny uncovered white boat becoming slowly waterlogged in the early morning rain.
Not only is the journey dangerous with the risk of hitting sand bars heightened, but residents say it is putting their jobs in jeopardy. The stranded ferry time cuts into their work hours, which means less take-home pay in an season burdened by historically high inflation.
Arlington Musgrove, Middle and North Caicos MP and Minister of Immigration told us it is Parrot Cay’s responsibility to take their staff to work and there was more than one option for travel.
“Parrot Cay has a responsibility to get their staff to work. That place in Sandy Point is a private marina and so is Parrot Cay. Parrot Cay can move their people from Belfield Landing which is a government port and it is not our responsibility to keep Parrot Cay Port or North Caicos Yacht Club marina cleared.”
It is the latest in a string of statements from the Member of Parliament, who had addressed the protestors’ concerns with responses since mid-week last week to Magnetic Media on the matter. Minister Musgrove, who was at the time in Nassau attending the CARICOM 44th Regular Meeting of Caribbean Heads of Government on Wednesday February 15 explained the government had refused approval to dredge the channel between Parrot Cay and North Caicos.
“The passage between North Caicos and Parrot Cay has been a problem for years. It’s a continuous dredging exercise that Parrot Cay is supposed to do in getting their staff over. Parrot Cay did send a letter over a few weeks ago asking for permission to dredge and keep the sand. But as you know, that’s not how our procurement process works.”
Fears for their safety on their daily sojourns to work drove North Caicos residents to take protest action – they were captured in photos and on video vocalising the dire need for “dredging to make passage safe”.
A boat was filmed in the distance, said to be stuck on a sandbar.
The Protesters, many of whom travel between North Caicos and Parrot Cay in order to get to work, say they are at risk using the shallow passage and are demanding that the Government start the dredging process to make the area appropriate for boat travel.
Musgrove said while Parrot Cat did not get permission to dredge and keep the sand their hands were not completely tied.
“In any event we gave them permission to do the emergency dredging. This will allow my people from North and Middle Caicos to cross the channel in a safe and efficient way.”
One resident shared their own experience with the passage.
“For years many have said that the passage is too shallow for boats to pass, which I can personally contest on my own experience while traveling with friends on a boat there, unfortunately we ended up hitting a sand bay and were stuck there until help arrived, and even then we all had to jump out of the boat to do so, luckily no one was hurt and the boat wasn’t damaged, but it could have easily happened.”
At this point, the work is stalled, with neither the Government or Parrot Cay taking on the necessary dredging.
Reginald Charles Appointed Assistant Director of Planning
#TurksandCaicos, September 29, 2023 – The Office of the Deputy Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands is pleased to announce Mr. Reginald Charles’ appointment to Assistant Director of Planning – Administration in the Physical Planning and Development Department within the Ministry of Physical Planning and Infrastructure Development.
Mr. Charles received an Associate’s Degree in Environmental Science from the Turks and Caicos Community College and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Management from the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom.
Mr. Charles joined the Turks and Caicos Islands Government in 2014 as an Environmental Health Officer with the Department of Environmental Health and was later promoted to Land Use Planner within the Physical Planning and Development Department. He was later appointed as the Secretary to the Physical Planning Board and advanced to the post of Environmental Compliance Manager. Until this appointment, Mr. Charles was the Assistant Director of Planning for a substantial period. He was able to gain valuable experience in the management and administrative functions needed to be successful in carrying out his tasks.
Mr. Charles, in commenting on his appointment, stated: “I am very excited to contribute to the success of my department, the Turks and Caicos Islands Government and my country. I have won the support of my colleagues, management, and staff, and they have helped to champion my cause, to which I am very grateful.”
Deputy Governor and Head of the Public Service, Her Excellency Anya Williams, in extending congratulatory remarks to Mr. Charles, stated:
Mr. Charles is a hardworking and dedicated public servant who has previously served in various capacities in the public service: Environmental Health Officer in the Environmental Health Department and as a former Land Use Planner and Environmental Compliance Manager in the Planning Department. In 2020, he was appointed Secretary to the Planning Board and has previously acted as Assistant Director of Planning.
Mr. Charles has had a progressive public service career, which we are proud of, and we are sure he will do well in this new role.
Congratulations on your well-deserved promotion Reginald!
Talestra Dixon Appointed s Registrar
#TurksandCaicos, September 29, 2023 – The Office of the Deputy Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands is pleased to announce Ms. Talestra Dixon’s appointment to the Registrar post in the Registrar General’s Department within the Ministry of Home Affairs, Transportation, Public Safety and Utilities.
Ms. Dixon completed her secondary education at the Raymond Gardiner High School in North Caicos and received two scholarships from the Ministry of Education. Ms. Dixon earned an Associate Degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management from the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College. She later achieved a Bachelor’s Degree in Labour Employment Relations from the University of the West Indies in Barbados.
Ms. Dixon joined the Turks and Caicos Islands Government in 2021 as an Assistant Compliance Investigative Officer in the Citizenship and Naturalization Department—a post she held until this most recent appointment.
Ms. Dixon, in commenting on her appointment, stated: “I am delighted and grateful for the opportunity to begin this new journey within the public sector. My goal is to attain the mission, vision, and values of the civil service by assisting in creating strategies, policies and procedures that would continue to provide an efficient and effective work environment and its products, along with providing good customer service to all.”
Deputy Governor and Head of the Public Service, Her Excellency Anya Williams, in extending congratulatory remarks to Ms. Dixon, stated:
Ms. Dixon is one of our young professionals who recently joined the service and has already started to make a good name for herself. She adds to the team of Ms. Kayon Cox as Registrar General to assist in taking the Registrar General Department to the next level as we progress towards digitizing our services.
Congratulations on your promotion, Ms. Dixon!”
Leonardo Glasgow Appointed Assistant Director of Planning
#TurksandCaicos, September 29, 2023 – The Office of the Deputy Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands is pleased to announce Mr. Leonardo Glasgow’s appointment to Assistant Director of Planning – Enforcement in the Physical Planning and Development Department within the Ministry of Physical Planning and Infrastructure Development.
Mr. Glasgow received an Associate’s Degree in Building and Design Technology from the Turks and Caicos Community College and a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Technology from Nottingham Trent University in the United Kingdom.
Mr. Glasgow recently returned home from the United Kingdom after taking study leave for a year to pursue and complete a Master’s Degree in Property Development and Planning, also from Nottingham Trent University.
Mr. Glasgow joined the Turks and Caicos Islands Government in 2016 as a Planning Technician within the Physical Planning and Development Department. He was later appointed as a Land Use Planner and held that post until this most recent appointment. He played a vital role in developing the National Physical Development Plan.
Mr. Glasgow, in commenting on his appointment, stated:
“I must firstly thank God through whom all my success is attributed. I am constantly reminded of Philippians 4:6: “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”
This appointment humbles me, and it is an honour to be given the opportunity to lead and develop my department as I strive to be a better leader by being the best public servant I can be.”
Deputy Governor and Head of the Public Service, Her Excellency Anya Williams, in extending congratulatory remarks to Mr. Glasgow, stated:
Mr. Glasgow has given over seven years of service to the Planning Department. He has specialized skills in building and design, architecture, and property development. He has recently returned to the service following his Master’s of Property Development and Planning degree in August 2023, assisted by grant funding from the Public Service Professional Development Fund.
I am proud of Mr. Glasgow’s accomplishment and know he will do exceptionally well in this new role.
Congratulations on your well-deserved promotion Leonardo!
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