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Beaches Turks and Caicos guests enjoy transformative excursion to Enid Capron Primary School



Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, October 5, 2023When families visit Sandals or Beaches resorts, they of course anticipate a memorable get-a-way with their loved ones. But what many may not be aware of, is the fact that many of these guests who make the Caribbean their home away from home, do not only leave an impression of their footprints in the sand. More importantly, through a partnership with the Sandals Foundation and United States based non profit – Pack for a Purpose initiative, many of the guests have an opportunity to leave an indelible impression upon the hearts of children, their parents and other members of the community. The Turks and Caicos Islands is no exception.

The partnership with Pack for a Purpose provides an opportunity for guests staying at Beaches or Sandals resort to make a meaningful contribution by packing and bringing up to five (5) pounds of educational supplies for local communities.

Recently, twin sisters Robbie Ginn and Renee Rice, both of whom are travel agents and members of the Chairman’s Royal Club (CRC), traveled with their families to Beaches Turks and Caicos and seized the opportunity to bring a number of school supplies.

The family, accompanied by Sandals Foundation volunteers of Beaches Turks and Caicos (BTC), made a courtesy call upon Enid Capron Primary School where all their gifts were donated.

The resort staff led the devotion, teaching the kids a valuable lesson on honesty through songs and dramatization. It was an interactive session that allowed students to demonstrate principles of integrity.

CRC Robbie Ginn, who spoke on behalf of the family, affirmed,“We should always seek to do good and help those who are in need because it is only through our love and kindness that we will help to make this world a better place.”

Principal, Sophia Garland and Vice Principal, Nelene Swann were on hand to receive the donation on behalf of the school. They thanked the family and the team of volunteers for having considered them. Garland expressed her appreciation for all the help that the institution has received from the Sandals Foundation throughout the years.

“Just this morning a parent contacted me and expressed some challenges. Not knowing exactly where the help would come from, I told the parent to send the child, we will work something out. This help is right on time,” Garland pointed out.

Public Relations Manager, Orville Morgan, in reflecting on the success of the visit shared, “These are exactly the kinds of relationships that we seek to foster between donors of the Sandals Foundation and the community. The guests love to come in and see first-hand, the beneficiaries of their donations and of course it provides a wonderful opportunity for persons to express their heartfelt gratitude when they meet the benefactors.”

Enid Capron Primary has seen “Christmas” in September, thanks to the generous donation of CRCs Robbie Ginn, Renee Rice and family. It is activities such as these that inspire hope in the lives of many.


Energy & Utilities Commissioner says new legislation will help to stabilize energy costs in Turks & Caicos Islands



Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – Thursday, 30th November 2023: The Energy and Utilities Department (EUD) of the Turks and Caicos Islands, today reminds the public that the comprehensive Renewable Energy Legislation is currently before the House of Assembly and that the Legislation not only addresses the existing challenges posed by fuel price volatility but also lays the foundation for a sustainable and resilient energy future for the TCI.

In a recent press release, FortisTCI cited global factors such as production cuts and increased demand for fuel, leading to a surge in market prices. The EUD acknowledging these challenges thanks our power supplier for its proactivity when it comes to informing consumers of any changes in the cost of electricity.  Further, the Government of Turks and Caicos wants residents and guests to know that it is committed to taking proactive measures that will transform the energy landscape through robust Renewable Energy Legislation. 

In that vein, Delano Arthur, the new Energy and Utilities Commissioner looks forward to working with FortisTCI in the upcoming days to find innovative and collaborative solutions to reduce the cost of Fuel and Energy in the Turks and Caicos Islands.  This initiative aims to not only mitigate the impact of volatile fuel prices but also secures a sustainable, reliable and affordable energy future for all of us.

 Key components of the Renewable Energy Legislation include:

  • Integrated Resource Plans: A formal planning process to prioritise renewable energy in addressing evolving energy needs.
  • Competitive Tendering Process: Government-run initiatives to promote healthy renewable energy competition, achieve low-cost energy, and meet Paris Agreement goals.
  • Administrative and Regulatory Measures: Establishing clear processes and responsibilities for all players who are in the renewable energy market.
  • Licensing and Safety Standards: Comprehensive licensing provisions to ensure accountability and safety standards for renewable energy systems.
  • Net Billing Program: Allowing building owners to self-generate and sell surplus electricity back to the grid.

The Renewable Energy Legislation serves as a mitigation against volatile fuel prices. By transitioning to cleaner energy sources and fostering a diverse renewable energy infrastructure, these Islands aim to reduce dependency on fossil fuels. The competitive tendering process introduced in the legislation ensures the selection of the most cost-effective renewable energy solutions, contributing to energy affordability and stability.

As the Islands invest in renewable energy, the increased share of clean, locally produced electricity provides a stable alternative to fluctuating fuel prices. The Net Billing Programme further incentivises distributed energy generation, offering a predictable path for building owners to contribute to the grid and receive compensation, thus reducing reliance on traditional fuel sources.


For further information, please contact:

Delano R. Arthur


Energy and Utilities Department

Turks and Caicos Islands Government


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CARICOM Sec Gen speaks on Gender Based Violence



Rashaed Esson


Staff Writer 


“Everyone must continue to invest in preventing violence against our women and girls (VAWG). It is an investment in our shared future,” were the words of Dr. Carla N. Barnett, CARICOM Secretary-General, as she reiterated the need for solutions against VAWG.


She called attention to VAWG as she gave a speech surrounding the annual campaign “16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence,” which runs from November 25 to December 10, 2023.


Barnett expresses the well-known fact that VAWG is one of the most prevalent issues affecting all corners of society.


“VAWG remains one of the most pervasive forms of human rights violations in the world and cuts across all races, cultures, genders, and educational backgrounds,” she maintained, as she continued to point out the sad reality that this is still a major issue despite regional and global policies.


“Despite the existence of regional and global policies and legislation to combat VAWG, weak enforcement and discriminatory practices remain significant barriers to ending VAWG.”


The Secretary-General highlighted statistics for VAWG, bringing attention to how serious and embedded this issue is in society.


She said that globally, 736 million women—nearly one in three—have experienced violence—physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence, non-partner sexual violence, or even both.


For the Caribbean region, she said surveys conducted between 2016 and 2019 inform us that one in two women experience intimate partner violence, which is higher than the global average. 


In continuation, Barnett expressed that the campaign calls everyone to action against VAWG, including “development partners, civil society organizations, women’s organizations, youth, the private sector, and the media.”  Also, world governments are being asked to share how they are investing in gender-based violence prevention.


Ending her address, the Secretary-General urged everyone to wear the color orange for the duration of the campaign, as well as on the 25th of each month, “as a symbol of hope for a brighter future where women and girls live free from violence.”

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Sea Patrol Vessels Approved by Cabinet, October 11 Meeting



#TurksandCaicos, November 25, 2023 – Her Excellency the Governor, Dileeni Daniel-Selvaratnam, chaired the 26th meeting of Cabinet on Wednesday, 11 October 2023 at the Governor’s Office, Providenciales.

All Members were present except the Hon. Josephine Connolly.

At this meeting Cabinet:

  • Approved the Consultation Report on the Proposed Amendments to the Turks and Caicos Islands Immigration Ordinance with amendments and agreed for the amended document to be brought back to Cabinet for final approval for onward submission to the House of Assembly.
  • Approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Turks and Caicos Islands Government (TCIG) and Geta Crew Holding Ltd. for a mixed use development project on the island of Grand Turk, with the view of entering into a Development Agreement as per the Encouragement of Development Ordinance and the National Investment Policy.
  • Approved the renewal of rental lease agreement, for various Government offices, between TCIG and Waterloo Property Management, Grand Turk.
  • Approved the awarding of the following contracts:
  • PN 005694, TR 23/13, Furniture and Equipment for NJS Francis Building; and
  • PN 005696, TR 22/10, Purchase of Patrol Vessels.
  • It noted the update from Her Excellency the Governor regarding the upcoming visit of UK Ministers to the Turks and Caicos Islands.

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