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#TurksandCaicos, April 3, 2023 – The Office of the Deputy Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Kayon Cox as the new Registrar General in the Registrar Generals Office in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Transportation, Broadcasting, Energy and Utilities and Telecommunications Commission.

Ms. Cox a former Turks & Caicos Islands Scholar, has:  an Associate of Science (AS) Degree in Business Studies from the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College; a Bachelor of Science (BSc.) Degree with Distinction in Business Administration from Johnson and Wales University in North Miami, Florida and a Master of Science (MSc.) Degree in Sustainability and Business from the University of Leeds, which was fully funded under the United Kingdom International Scholarship Chevening Program.

Ms. Cox is currently certified in Compliance and Risk Management as well as Advanced Human Resources.

She is a member of the Environmental Science Society (EnviroSoc) and the Sustainability Society (SusSoc), where she is currently utilizing the knowledge and skills gained to contribute to solving a wide range of issues surrounding: climate change, energy, resource use, land use, conservation, business and lifestyles.

During the the last 6 years she has mastered many fields in industries ranging from: purchasing/logistics, accounting, banking and has also served as an Assistant HR Manager at a five-star resort.

On April 1, 2019 she was appointed as a Registrar within the Regiatrar Generals Office.

Commenting on her appointment Ms. Cox stated:“I am honored to be able to serve the Turks and Caicos Islands Government and the general public in the capacity of Registrar General and Head of the Registrar Generals Office.

My previous appointment as a Registrar provide me with an opportunity to learn from extraordinary leaders and put me in a position to contribute to projects such as:  the digitization of the birth, death and marriage records, as well as conducting research to facilitate the implementation of future bedside birth registrations.

One of the things that has stood out to me during my career growth was that I have felt the most fulfilled when I was able to bring about positive change to my work environment, while still contributing to improving the lives of the

The eagerness that I feel to bring about positive change and new ideas through this new appointment is simply unexplanatory.

God has been good to me in bringing me thus far, and I am excited to see all of the great things I will accomplish in this role with his continued guidance and protection over my life.

I am ready for the challenge and I am excited to work with the team to implement new initiatives that will seek to provide a seamless and more customer-friendly process for our customers.

Customer service and service delivery will be our main priority; hence, we plan to run a yearlong data entry project that will seek to get our digitized records into the system one by one, which will improve our timelines to deliver a more efficient service to the general public, as it will allow us to generate a person’s information on our system using particulars as simple as person’s names.

This will minimize manual searches for information in the registry books, and will reduce the amount of time spent searching for records one at a time.

I look forward to delivering positive change in the Office of the Registrar General as we seek to deliver first class customer service to the general public of the Turks and Caicos Islands.”

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

“It gives me great pleasure to officially announce and to congratulate Ms. Kayon Cox on her appointment to the post of Registrar General in the Registrar Generals Office.

We recognize and express our thanks and appreciation as well to our former Registrar General Ms. Sigrid Lightbourne for her over 30 years of service to the Turks and Caicos Islands Government and pray that she continues to rest in eternal peace.

As we work to improve service delivery across the Turks and Caicos Islands, the investments that are being made in systems and resources in the Registrar Generals Department is extremely critical in helping to provide efficient services to members of the general public that require timely access to records of birth, death and marriage in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Ms. Cox a former Scholar, has demonstrated a strong commitment to helping achieve these objectives and is wished well on her appointment.

Congratulations on your well-deserved promotion Ms. Cox.”

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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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