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FortisTCI hosts Energy Transition Round Table on heels of legislative changes supporting Renewable Energy

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#TurksandCaicos, November 14, 2023 – On Thursday November 9, Premier Honourable Charles Washington Misick attended the Fortis TCI Energy Transition Roundtable under the theme: Advancing the Conversation.  The Minister with responsibility for Utilities, Honourable Otis Morris, joined Premier and brought brief remarks.  Other Cabinet members in attendance were the Minister for Physical Planning and Infrastructure, Honourable Jamell Robinson and the Minister for Tourism, Environment, Culture and Religious Affairs, Honourable Josephine Connolly.

FortisTCI decided on a stellar cast to discuss the Turks and Caicos’ efforts toward a sustainable energy future, including:  Bob Rowe, Senior Advisor at Guggenheim Partners and Venture Partner at The Westly Group, will be a featured speaker at our Energy Transition Roundtable set for tomorrow, November 9, 2023. Mr. Rowe will delve into the topic: “Evolving the Regulatory Compact: A Partnership Between Government and Utilities.”

His presentation was touted as on that would, “underscore the pivotal roles that governments, policymakers, and utility leaders play in crafting an appropriate and equitable regulatory framework.  He will discuss how these entities can collaborate to facilitate the energy transition while simultaneously meeting demand and fulfilling the expectations of multiple stakeholders.”

Philip Moeller, Executive Vice President, Business Operations Group and Regulatory Affairs at the Edison Electric Institute, was also an invited guest and  is an expert who presented on the topic: ‘Evolving the Regulatory Compact: A Partnership Between Government and Utilities’ at our event.

Moeller’s session was designed to dissect governments, policymakers, and utility leaders’ collaborative roles in developing a fitting and equitable regulatory framework.  It will delve into how these entities can work together to facilitate the energy transition while meeting the demand and satisfying the expectations of multiple stakeholders.

Additionally, the session was an opportunity to exchange regulatory best practices from around the globe, offering valuable insights for our stakeholders.

Terry Travis, Managing Partner and Co-founder of EVNoire, centered on  ‘Accelerating Multi Modal

Electrification in the Caribbean.’

According to a FortisTCI social media post, Travis planned to explore the expansion opportunities for electrifying the transportation sector in the Caribbean and the role of utilities in fostering an ecosystem that supports EV adoption across the region.  He’ll also share lessons we can learn from other parts of the world.

And from the company’s pool of experienced executives, would come Ruth Forbes, the President and CEO of FortisTCI to deliver the opening remarks at the November 9, 2023 Energy Transition Roundtable.

Mrs. Forbes is recognized as one of the few female CEOs in the utility sector serving the Caribbean region, having led FortisTCI in intensifying its focus on achieving a supportive regulatory environment for the energy sector.

The roundtable was an invitation only event.

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STATEMENT FROM THE HONOURABLE C. WASHINGTON MISICK, PREMIER TURKS AND CAICOS GOVERNMENT

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#TurksandCaicos, May 22, 2024 – As Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands, I assure our American friends that the Turks and Caicos Islands prioritizes hospitality, cultural exchange, and mutual respect.  You will find our doors open and our hearts eager to share the warmth and beauty of our homeland.  We value the trust and confidence travelers from around the world place in us when they choose the Turks and Caicos Islands as their destination.  Transparency and accountability are paramount in our operations, ensuring that our decisions are made lawfully and in the best interests of all residents and visitors.

The Turks & Caicos Islands welcome over one million visitors each year, more than half of whom are American.

Respect for the rule of law and an independent judiciary are key tenants of our justice system, and all persons are equal in the eyes of the law.  Judges are permitted to use their discretion in sentencing individuals who have been convicted of violating our Firearms law. In fact, in cases that occurred prior to the five cases that have generated media coverage, the mandatory 12-year minimum sentence has never been imposed by the Court because judges determined in each case that exceptional circumstances warranted shorter sentences.

Our justice system is designed to uphold the rights and freedoms of all individuals, regardless of their place of origin, while maintaining the security and integrity of our Islands.  Our judicial and law enforcement institutions are dedicated to impartiality and consistency in enforcing our laws.

Recent events have underscored the importance of adhering to the principles of justice and accountability.  Let me be clear: In the Turks and Caicos Islands, the law stands firm and applies to everyone equally, without exception.  Our commitment to the rule of law is unwavering and remains a cornerstone of our democratic values.

We are committed to providing a safe and enjoyable experience for all citizens, residents and visitors.

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EXCLUSIVE!  Police black CID Vehicle shot up by bandits in Five Cays

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Wilkie Arthur

Court Correspondent

 

#TurksandCaicos, May 15, 2024 – It was an uneasy night on Tuesday May 14 for some residents of Five Cays, Providenciales owing to continuous, serious fire power with gun shots blaring in various areas of the community.

Some say they heard shots in Granny Hill and reported a man walking around with a gun, randomly shooting at unidentifiable targets. Some say shots were heard behind the Enid Capron Primary School.  Some say they heard gun shot sounds coming from a residential area as well.

The most compelling accounts, however, were on reported events in another area called “The Wells”; a community in the depths of Five Cays and South Dock.

Criminals took on law enforcement in a gun battle involving the armored truck and a CID vehicle.

No members of the Royal TCI Police were hit.

Not the same for the other side.  One person was hit, a young man not known to police and it’s not clear if he was one of the men shooting at the police or an innocently caught in the crossfire.

The man was arrested as a possible suspect.  He is also in hospital with an “entrance and exit” gunshot wound.

During the shootout in The Wells, the CID vehicle was shot at repeatedly, disabling its movement as gunfire damaged the engine. Concerning to us, these shootings were at different times and locations but came in rapid succession; one right after the other, I was told.

Most described the sounds as coming “from some big guns.”

Police the morning after allowed me in to see up close.

Video, photos feature my EXCLUSIVE, close-up look at the damage done by criminals; it is clear high powered rifles were used by these suspects still at large.

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Charred Remains Found in Back Seat of Completely Burnt Vehicle

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Wilkie Arthur

Freelance Court Correspondent

 

#TurksandCaicos, May 21, 2024 – A gruesome discovery was made around midday today (Sunday, May 19th, 2024) when police and fire rescue teams responded to a call at a location on Blue Hills Back Road, off Millennium Highway. The area, situated next to the Fortis Sub-Station, is accessible via a long, secluded dirt road.

Upon arrival, authorities found a vehicle completely engulfed in flames. The vehicle was later removed by police after being alerted by an anonymous source to its burnt-out location. Local residents indicated that the fire had been ignited around 2-3 a.m. earlier that morning, but authorities were not notified until later in the day.

Residents could not provide details about the individual inside the vehicle or even discern its color due to the extensive damage caused by the fire. Videos of the discovery location are available, but footage of the vehicle itself will be provided once it has been located. The vehicle was reportedly still burning when police arrived at the scene.

Official Royal TCI Police Report:

Media Release – May 19th, 2024: Active Investigation Officers of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force (RTCIPF) are currently on the scene of a vehicle fire in the Blue Hills, Providenciales area. Acting on received information, officers arrived at the location along North Side Close and discovered a burnt vehicle with what appeared to be a body inside.
The RTCIPF is conducting a thorough investigation to determine the circumstances of this incident. As this is an active investigation, more details will be provided to the public as they become available.

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