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JASMIN WALKIN APPOINTED AS DISTRICT COMMISSIONER – NORTH CAICOS

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#TurksandCaicos, April 6, 2023 – The Office of the Deputy Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Jasmin Walkin to the post of District Commissioner with responsibility for the island of North Caicos in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Transportation, Broadcasting, Energy and Utilities and Telecommunications Commission.

Mr. Walkin holds a Bachelor of Education degree in History from the College of the Bahamas and a Master of Science degree in Education, with a concentration in Education Leadership from Walden Universtiy where he graduated in the top 15% of his class in January 2016.

Mr. Walkin served as a History Teacher for ten years at the Raymond Gardiner High School where he specifically asked to be placed from 2006 until 2016; six of which he also served as a Head of Department.

In 2017 Mr. Walkin was appointed as the Special Needs Education Officer responsible for pioneering the new Special Education Policy of 2016, in which several new program initiatives were launched.

Following a brief hiatus from the public service, Mr. Walkin returned to the role of Special Needs Education Officer in October 2021 where he continued extensive work in Special Education helping to strengthen the education services offered to special needs children; represented the TCI at several regional and international conferences and programs and helped to expand public and private sector partnerships in this area.

Commenting on his appointment Mr. Walkin stated:

“To be afforded the opportunity to serve as the District Commissioner for the island of North Caicos, is certainly one of the greatest honors of my life.

Growing up in North Caicos, I can recall the high level of respect and distinction the community held for the office of the District Commissioner and the trust that was placed in the person holding the office and I hope to earn that trust once more.

To the people of North Caicos, my mother and father did not raise me alone. It was you, the village who helped to mold me into the man I am today.

I do not believe Jas Walkin would be who he is today if he wasn’t raised in North Caicos. Hence, I am here to serve you, to represent you, and to ensure that you have full access to the services of the Turks and Caicos Islands Government.

You have taught me how to serve my country at many different levels, and I have done that. Now I am coming home to serve my island.

Through God’s grace and guidance, and with your support, let us make North Caicos not only “the Garden Island”, but also the “Envy of the Turks & Caicos Islands”.

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

“I am pleased to officially announce and to congratulate Mr. Jasmin Walkin on his appointment as the new District Commissioner with responsibility for the island of North Caicos.

We express our profound thanks to the former District Commissioner Ms. Cynclair Musgrove for her service to the island of North Caicos from November 4th, 2015 to March 31, 2023.

The District Commissioner post is responsible for: ensuring the outer islands state of preparedness and appropriate response to natural and other disasters; assisting in the provision of government services and support to the outer islands and is responsible for the effective oversight and management of works programs to ensure that critical works are carried out on island.

Mr. Walkin with over fifteen years of government experience has demonstrated his ability to lead and we are certain will work to ensure that the responsibilities of this role are effectively carried out for the benefit of the island of North Caicos.

Congratulations DC Walkin and all the best in your new role!”

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TCI GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES JUDICIAL APPOINTMENT

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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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US CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION

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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’

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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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