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Boat ramp problem to get Ministry of PPID fix

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Dana Malcolm

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#TurksandCaicos, September 29, 2023 – One major concern for Grand Turk fisherman and boaters has been addressed following a commitment from the Government to build a boat ramp for the community.

The commitment was made by Jamell Robinson, Minister of Physical Planning and Infrastructure Development during a recent town hall meeting alongside carnival cruises in Grand Turk.

The lack of a dock ramp for boaters and fishermen to use to get their crafts in has been a consistent complaint from residents in the capital, and when we asked about their concerns going into the town hall, it made the list again.

“Since the Government refused to provide small boat operators with an excursion dock or a proper ramp, I’ll be raising the issue to them of allowing boaters to use their excursion dock during inclement weather.”

One individual told us that during that meeting, the matter was settled as the minister confirmed the Government would be working towards the ramp.

When we spoke to the Minister of PPID he explained what they were planning.

“It is a boat ramp to allow the tour operators to easily launch their boats. I am confirming the cost which will have some indication of a timeline.”

There are dozens of fishermen and tour operators in Grand Turk, who act as facilitators of the tourism industry, either by hauling in the catch for upscale restaurants and local vendors or providing the boat excursions that would benefit from a resolve to the situation.

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UN Chief calls for greater Commitment to SDGs, only 17% on track

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Garfield Ekon

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#TurksandCaicos, July 19, 2024 – Countries across the globe are being called on by United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, to “double down” their efforts to achieve the 17 Sustainable Goals (SDGs) and set the world on a more sustainable path by 2030.

The UN Chief said failure to secure peace, and to confront Climate Change, and to boost international finance is “undermining development,” and the countries must “accelerate action” for the SDGs, and “we don’t have a moment to lose.

“Only 17% of the SDG targets are on track, and we need to go further and faster in three areas simultaneously. We must not let up on our promise to end poverty, protect the planet and leave no one behind,” he told a recent press briefing to present the SDGs 2024 Report.

Noting that the Report shows that the world is getting a “failing grade,” Mr. Guterres underscored that progress on over one third has stalled, or even regressed, and in a world of “unprecedented wealth” knowledge and technologies, the denial of basic needs for so many is “outrageous and inexcusable.

“At the same time, we have what it takes to breakthrough to a better future, and the Report carries some glimmers of hope.

A few examples, girls in most regions are now achieving parity with boys in education.  Many women are breaking more glass ceilings in politics, in business and beyond.  Internet access is up.  HIV infections are down.  New malaria vaccines are being rolled out that could save millions of lives,” he reported.

The Secretary-General also highlighted that renewables are booming, and already make up 30 per cent of the world’s electricity supply. The speed and scale of the change needed for sustainable development is still far too slow, he said, and the examples “I gave, prove that it is possible, but we need to go further and faster in three areas simultaneously.

“We need action for peace.  From Gaza to Sudan, Ukraine and beyond, it is time to silence the guns, to support the displaced, and to pivot from spending on destruction and war to investing in people and peace.  Second, we need action on the green and digital transitions,” he said.

Making an impassion plea for countries to put forward ambitious national Climate action plans in 2025, that align with the 1.5°C limit, cover the whole economy and double as investment plans, he said a “surge in investment” in expanding access to digital connectivity and the benefits of the digital economy, is needed, and  countries should make these transitions “inclusive and fully aligned” with broader efforts to achieve gender equality.

“We need action on finance.  Many developing countries lack the financial resources and the fiscal space to invest in their futures and the future of their people. We must step up efforts to deliver the SDG Stimulus.  That means doing much more to reduce debt pressures and debt servicing costs.  It means expanding access to contingency financing for countries at risk of a cash flow crisis,” the UN Chief said.

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Gilbert Selver matter makes TCI Cabinet agenda in June 12 meeting

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#TurksandCaicos, July 19, 2024 – Her Excellency the Governor Dileeni Daniel-Selvaratnam chaired the 19th meeting of the Cabinet on Wednesday June 12th, 2024, at the Office of the Premier on the island of Grand Turk.  All members of Cabinet were present.

At this meeting Cabinet:

  1. Approved a remission/exemption of stamp duty in respect of real property purchased by the National Insurance Board.
  2. Agreed to advise the Governor to approve the Planning Application GT 5281 in line with Section 39 (2) of the Physical Planning Ordinance 2021.
  3. Granted approval of the Chief Justice General Power to Make Rules to Court Ordinance 2022 and for the same to be submitted to the House of Assembly.
  4. Granted approval for various negotiations to be undertaken in relation to the Gilbert Selver matter.
  5. Granted approval for the Legal Profession (Admission and Other Matters) Procedures Regulations 2024 to be made under the Legal Profession Ordinance to govern the admission of attorneys at the Bar as well as connected purposes.
  6. Granted approval of the Fire Arms (Amendment) Bill 2024 to go to the House of Assembly.
  7. Granted approval for the following persons to be appointed to the Water and Sewerage Board: Permanent Secretary-Ministry responsible for Utilities-Chair, Chief Engineer or delegate-member ex-officio, Chief Environmental Health Officer or delegate-member (ex-officio), Director of Planning or delegate-member (ex-officio), Director of Environment & Coastal Resources or delegate-member (ex-officio), Government Economist or delegate-member (ex-officio) Akeem Missick-private sector-member, Larry Swann-private sector-member for a period of 1 year. It approved the appointment of the Secretary for a period of two (2) years effective 1 July 2024 Shanetta Thompson-Head of Secretariat-Ministry of Public Safety and Utilities.
  8. Approved the Health Professions (Amendment) Bill and Regulations and for the same to proceed to the House of Assembly.
  9. Noted the information paper from the Telecommunications Commissions on the regulatory regime.
  10. Noted the concerns being raised regarding boating services at Heaving Down Rock and identified steps to be taken in relation to this matter.

Further information on these matters will be provided by Ministers in due course.

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Grand Turk Donkeys heading to Jamaica; update in June 5 TCI Cabinet Meeting

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#TurksandCaicos, July 19, 2024  – Her Excellency the Governor Dileeni Daniel-Selvaratnam chaired the 18th meeting of the Cabinet on Wednesday June 5th, 2024, at the Office of the Premier on the island of Providenciales.

All members of Cabinet were present with the exception of the Attorney General Hon. Rhondalee Braithwaite-Knowles and the Minister of Public Safety.  Ms. Yaa McCartney attended in the capacity of Acting Attorney General.

At this meeting Cabinet:

  1. Granted approval for the Attorney General’s Chambers to commence settlement negotiations in regard to the outstanding compensation due to the Estate of an individual.
  2. Granted approval for the waiver of Import Customs Duties and all associated warehouses rent on a quantity of roll-off container sanitary tubs.  It also agreed to a review of the tariffs in respect to waste management.
  3. Granted approval for the acquisition through direct purchase of a plot of land at the southeast corner of the Enid Capron Primary school for the expansion of the campus and construction of an eight classroom Early Childhood Development Centre.
  4. Approved the Proposed Amendments to the Economic Substance Legislation, Regulations and Guidance Notes.
  5. Granted approval for Invest TC to enter into negotiations for a Development Agreement with Blue Conch Holdings IV Ltd.  for a branded luxury condo hotel and villa development.
  6. Received an update from the Ministry of Tourism regarding the transport of donkeys from Grand Turk to Jamaica.

Further information on these matters will be provided by Ministers in due course

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