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Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, 09 March 2023 – The Office of the Deputy Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Kayla Higgs to the post of Communications Officer in the Communications Directorate in the Office of the Premier and Public Policy.

Ms. Higgs holds: an Associate of Arts degree from Broward College (2014); a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Multimedia Studies with a minor in Communications; a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Florida Atlantic University (2017); an Academic Certificate in Data, Security and Privacy (2022) from the University of California- Irvine and is pursuing a Masters of Liberal Arts Degree in International Relations at Harvard’s Extension School.

Ms. Higgs is a skilled graphic designer and is certified in Social Media Marketing: Strategy and Optimization, as well as Records and Information Management.

With over five years of diverse experience, Ms. Higgs served in the posts of:  a Senior Administrative Assistant at the Turks and Caicos Collection (2022-2023); a Quota Capacity Analyst at Comcast (2019-2021) and a Human Resource Officer at Vitacost (2018-2019).

Throughout her undergraduate career Ms. Higgs interned at:  Caribbean National Weekly News (2017); the Hillary for America Campaign (2016); the re-elect Congress woman Debbie Wasserman Schultz Campaign (2016) and served as Press Secretary for Florida Atlantic University’s Student Government (2015-2016).

Commenting on her appointment Ms. Higgs stated:

“The constant advances in technology have opened up new channels for communication, which provide many opportunities to enhance the flow of information from various governmental ministries throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands.

It is a prestigious honour to return home with skills and talents to offer the newly established Communications Directorate within the Office of the Premier and Public Policy.

I am truly grateful to serve in a capacity that allows my passion for both communications and government to align.

I am confident that my diverse background and studies adequately equip me for an opportunity such as this.  I look forward to being a part of a team that delivers first class communications that is transparent, grounded in facts and promotes the interests of the Turks and Caicos Internationally.

I am personally committed to making valuable, efficient and beneficial contributions to the Communications Directorate and by extension, the Turks and Caicos Islands Government.

The constant prayers, words of encouragement and sound advice from my parents and loved ones throughout my ongoing quest to build a rewarding career in an industry I am passionate about has contributed to my life’s testimony that God is indeed faithful and His word is without void, just trust Him with your journey.”

Deputy Governor and Head of the Public Service Her Excellency Anya Williams in extending congratulatory remarks to Ms. Higgs stated:

It is with great pleasure that I extend congratulations to Ms. Kayla Higgs on her appointment as a Communications Officer in the recently established Communications Directorate in the Office of the Premier and Public Policy and officially welcome her to the Turks and Caicos Islands Public Service.

As we work to improve communication both internally across government and also externally to the public, we are certain that Ms. Higgs will be an asset to our team and considering her wide range of skills, will bring much needed expertise to our Communications Directorate.

We wish her well on her appointment and hope that she will have a productive and most rewarding public service career.


Congratulations Kayla!”

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#TurksandCaicos, May 21, 2024 – Ms. Patricia Arana has been sworn in on13 May 2024 as Resident Magistrate, Grand Turk.  She first joined the Judiciary of the Turks and Caicos Islands as Registrar of the Magistrate’s Court in April 2022.

Prior to taking up the position of Registrar of the Magistrate’s Court, she was the Deputy Registrar General at the Supreme Court of her native Belize in Belize City. She started her judicial career as a Magistrate in 2010 and was promoted to the position of Senior Magistrate in 2015. As Senior Magistrate, she worked in several districts in Belize, and acted as Chief Magistrate on several occasions.  She was also within that period, seconded for two years as Legal Counsel to the Financial Intelligence Unit of Belize.

Ms. Arana is a graduate of the University of the West Indies where she obtained a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) Degree, and a graduate of the Norman Manley Law School, Jamaica, where she obtained her Legal Education Certificate. There she distinguished herself when she received the H.H. Dunn Memorial Prize for Legal Drafting and Interpretation.

Regionally, Ms. Arana currently serves as an Executive Member of the Caribbean Association of Judicial Officers (CAJO) on behalf of the Judiciary of the Turks and Caicos Islands. She is also an active member of the Caribbean Association of Women Judges (CAWJ), and the National Garifuna Council (NGC) Orange Walk Branch.

In the Turks and Caicos Islands, Ms. Arana has since her appointment in 2022, served in various capacities: ADR Administrator and lately a member of the Mediation Committee, a member of the Breach Process Rules Committee, Justice of the Peace Vetting Panel, Justice of the Peace Disciplinary Panel, and Election Adjudicator.

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#TurksandCaicos, May 20, 2024 – The Governor’s Office can confirm that Her Excellency the Governor Dileeni Daniel-Selvaratnam and the Honourable Premier Charles Washington Misick will this morning receive a US Congressional delegation, who have requested a meeting to discuss the recent arrests of US nationals for possession of ammunition offences.

The US delegation, which arrived yesterday evening, was met by Protocol officials and is due to depart this afternoon.

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PDM 10 All-Island Candidates a Surprising Slate dubbed ‘the Avengers’



Dana Malcolm 

Staff Writer 

The Turks and Caicos Islands need saving according to Edwin Astwood, Opposition Leader and he’s assembled his ‘Avengers’ to do it; a team of 10 district candidates who were unveiled on Monday, May 6 to contest the 2025 general elections. 

“We the PDM want to be those champions for you. We want to be your avenging team to lift the country back up,” said Astwood who is the incumbent for ED 2, Grand Turk South.

The Candidates in question were all allowed to speak:

ED 1 Grand Turk North candidate George Lightbourne, former PNP member and minister now stands ratified by the PDM and said “I am fully aware of the issues affecting our people and fully prepared to tackle them.”

ED 3 South Caicos candidate Hynetta ‘Karen’ Forbes made a vow, “To you the people of South Caicos I promise to be a positive change and an advocate for empowerment for all— to make up for the lack and neglect we have endured over the years.”

ED 4 candidate, contesting North and Middle Caicos, Denaz Williams said “I believe in good representation so try me and I guarantee you will love me.”

ED 5 Leeward and Long Bay hopeful Keith Cox said “I want to make sure my efforts go to the betterment of Leeward and Long Bay, it’s time for a change.”

ED 6 candidate for The Bight, Audric Skippings, who returns from his loss in 2021 said “I pledge to be the voice of the people, the driving force behind positive change, and the chairman of progress in our district.”

ED 7 candidate for Cheshire Hall and Richmond Hill, is Rose Higgs who swore  “I am committed to serve as someone committed to changing politics and how some politicians behave after we elect them into power, I am your Beacon of Hope, I am going to parliament!”

ED 8 Blue Hills candidate Anthony Walkin maintained “The ideas I have for the constituency will change Blue Hills— no longer will you be suffering” he swore. 

ED 9 candidate for Five Cays, popular firebrand church pastor and businessman is how many know the energetic Bryant Cox, now approved on the PDM ticket he promised “ED9 it’s our time, I stand before you a man of action ready to work for you.”

Finally, ED 10 candidate for Wheeland Vaden Delroy Williams, who lost to newcomer Kyle  Knowles, now-Minister of Public Safety and Utilities by only a few votes in 2021, said “I am back because you have asked me to come back—because of the love I have for my people…”

They join the already announced all-island candidate team of Robert Been, Ruth Ariza, Karen Malcolm, Sean Astwood, and Ralph Higgs.

Sean Astwood, the former Five Cays members and deputy premier in the Sharlene Robinson administration, had missed the PDM’s all-island slate announcement on March 22; during the constituency candidates roll out had his say.

“Returning to politics was not an easy decision for me and I didn’t make it lightly— I came back because I believe we have a responsibility to stand up for what is right,” said Astwood.

Opposition Leader Edwin Astwood was especially excited to unveil the array of candidates having been the sole elected representative for the past four years. 

“Being in the fight alone these three and a half years wasn’t easy— I was in this battle alone but now you gave me 15 people, they had trouble when it was just me so imagine now with this team coming,” he exclaimed.

Astwood was the only PDM representative to be re-elected in February 2021 when the current PNP Administration gave them a historic walloping, storming their way to victory 14 to 1. Seven of those 2021 candidates including the party’s leader have returned to fight again in the upcoming elections which are constitutionally due in early 2025.

Ezra Taylor, National Party Chairman is convinced that the ‘rescue team’ will serve the Turks and Caicos to its fullest potential.

“Real representation, meritocracy, and honest engagement with our people will be the order of the day in the governance of the Turks and Caicos islands,” he continued “Our candidates embody the values that define us as a country, integrity, compassion, and a relentless dedication to the common good.”

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