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TCI Cabinet Meeting September 27, Approves Change to House Members Retirement Allowance

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#TurksandCaicos, November 24, 2023 – Her Excellency the Governor, Dileeni Daniel-Selvaratnam, chaired the 25th meeting of Cabinet on Wednesday 27 September 2023 at the Premier’s Office on Providenciales.

All Members were present except Hon. Malcolm and the Attorney General.

At this meeting Cabinet:

  • Approved recommendations proposed by the Turks and Caicos Commonwealth Parliamentary Association to amend the Retiring Allowance (Legislative Service) Ordinance, and amendments to transport and travel policies.
  • Approved a 50% remission of Share Transfer Duty Payable by Hadley investments II Ltd in its acquisition of C.B. Holdings Limited.
  • Approved the terms of a settlement between the TCIG and Holiday Villages (Providenciales) Ltd DBA Club Med in relation to an outstanding tax amount.
  • Received an update on the current state of the Turks and Caicos Islands 2023 Census.
  • Approved amendments to the National Insurance Board (NIB) and National Health Insurance Plan (NHIP) to facilitate the implementation of the National Insurance Shared Services Project.
  • Approved virements from the Space Planning Project for the purchase and installation of a new air conditioning system for the Hon. Hilly A. Ewing Building and funding to facilitate an offer on a parcel of land for a new NIB office complex on Providenciales.
  • Approved the appointment of Mrs. Romaine Misick-Smith as Chief Executive Officer to the National Health Insurance Plan for a period of three months, or until a permanent CEO is appointed, with effect from 21 September 2023.
  • Approved the designation of the Notary Public Training course offered by the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College in collaboration with the Eugene Dupuch Law School in Nassau, Bahamas, to provide training for Notaries Publics as the prescribed training referenced in the Notary Public Ordinance 2020.
  • Approved the TCIAA hiring temporary hires on a fixed term basis for a period of three months to complete repair and maintenance works scheduled for FY2023/2024.
  • Approved for:
  1. a) All functions of the Collector of Customs and the Director of Immigration to be vested in the Director General.
  2. b) Enabling language to be inputted into the legacy legislation frameworks and the drafting of a new Ordinance to give the TCI Border Force the sole responsibility for the administration of the Customs & Immigration Department Ordinance.
  3. c) The updating of the reporting structure in the relevant Ordinances enabling the Director General to report directly to the Minister responsible for the Turks & Caicos Islands Border Force.
  4. d) The updating of the reporting structure in the relevant Ordinances enabling the Director of Inland & Director of Ports to report directly to the Director General.
  5. e) The amending of the Customs Ordinance to give enabling powers to Immigration Officers to act in the capacity of Customs Officers by amending the Customs Ordinance.
  • Noted the awarding of the contract following the recommendation of the Procurement Board:
  • PN 005667, TR 23/09, Border Force Improvement Project – Generator House and Fencing

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Tim and Henry to the Rescue: A Harrowing Search and Rescue Mission Highlights Need for Marine Vessel in Grand Turk

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#TurksandCaicos, July 12, 2024 – At approximately 2:45 pm on July 12th, a 911 emergency call came in from the police department in Grand Turk, informing Ed Forbes of a distressing situation. Four young adult tourists had gone out on paddle boards off Cork Tree Beach in Grand Turk, when one of them fell off the board and could not get back on. Evidently, they underestimated the wind speed and their own brute strength.

Ed Forbes, co-owner of Exclusive Escapes Grand Turk, played a pivotal role in coordinating the rescue. Responding swiftly to the emergency call, he immediately reached out to the local search and rescue team. His prompt actions and calm demeanor were instrumental in mobilizing the necessary resources.

Within 20 minutes or so, Tim from Emerald Escapes, along with Henry and Kindry from Blue Water Divers, were on the scene. Their experience and swift response were crucial in ensuring the safety of the stranded paddleboarders. Working seamlessly together, they managed to locate and rescue all four individuals without any need for medical attention.

However, this incident also underscores a critical issue that has long plagued Grand Turk: the need for a dedicated marine vessel for search and rescue operations and cruise passengers incidents. Despite numerous promises made to concerned citizens over the years, this vital resource remains unavailable.

The swift response of Tim, Henry, and Kingdry highlights the community’s resilience and dedication, but it also brings to light the gaps in emergency preparedness that could be addressed with better equipment and support.

A dedicated marine vessel would significantly enhance the efficiency and safety of rescue operations, ensuring that responses to such emergencies are even more effective.

Ed Forbes
Concerned Citizen

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Invest TCI Opens New Office in Grand Turk

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Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – July 11th, 2024—Invest Turks and Caicos Islands (Invest TCI) proudly announces the launch of its new office in Grand Turk, located at the Digicel Building on Old Airport Road. The grand opening of the new location occurred on Friday, July 5th, 2024, under the theme “Empowering Enterprises in the Capital.”

The establishment of the new office marks a significant milestone in Invest TCI’s growth strategy. The primary objective of the expansion is to provide enhanced services and support to the business community in Grand Turk. By increasing operational capacity, Invest TCI aims to facilitate sustained growth and success for enterprises within the country.  Beyond economic advancement, this initiative is set to yield substantial community benefits, including the creation of employment opportunities.

The grand opening ceremony attracted a diverse range of attendees, including recipients of the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) programme, members of the business community, government officials, and Invest TCI staff. The event was moderated by Mr. Keno Forbes, Vice President of Investor Services. Special remarks were delivered by the Premier, Hon. Charles Washington Misick, who congratulated the InvestTCI team on their hard work and encouraged the community to take advantage of the benefits offered by the new office. He reiterated the government’s commitment to creating a supportive environment for businesses in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Additional remarks were provided by Invest TCI Chairperson, Ms. Cindy Ewing; Business Advisor, Ms. Lashena Simmons; Director of the Business Support Unit, Mrs. Anissa Adderley; and Vice President of SME, Ms. Alexa Cooper. Their contributions highlighted the collaborative effort and dedication that have driven the success of Invest TCI initiatives.

Expressing her enthusiasm for the new office, Invest TCI CEO, Mrs. Angela Musgrove, stated, “Our vision is clear and compelling: to further empower Invest Turks and Caicos Islands, the agency offers incentives and support that enable more efficient and innovative practices. We are committed to helping businesses thrive, and in doing so, we are helping our entire community.”

Invest TCI recognizes the integral role that Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises play in the economic and social development of the Turks and Caicos Islands. Through its Business Support Unit, the agency provides comprehensive support services to startups and existing entrepreneurs, ensuring they have the tools and resources to succeed.

The grand opening of the new office in Grand Turk represents a significant step forward in Invest TCI’s mission to support and empower businesses across the islands. The agency looks forward to fostering economic growth and development and ensuring a prosperous future for all.

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LAST AMERICAN TOURIST SENTENCED TO A FINE OF $1500.00 OR SIX MONTHS IMPRISONMENT IN DEFAULT, SHE’S ALSO SENTENCED TO 23 WEEKS IMPRISONMENT SUSPENDED FOR ONE YEAR

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(Thursday, July 11th, 2024) Turk and Caicos Islands – The last of five American tourists arrested in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) for being in unlawful possession of  ammunition could finally leave the TCI today, Thursday, July 11th, 2024.

Sharitta Grier 46 pleaded guilty on 25th June to having two rounds of.38 ammunition in her bags, at the Howard Hamilton International Airport in Providenciales on Monday 13th May, 2024, when leaving the Turks and Caicos Islands after a surprised Mother’s Day vacation trip, from her daughters.

Her Ladyship The Hon. Ms. Tanya Lobban-Jackson agreed with senior defense counsel, Ms. Sheena Mair of F-Chambers that there are exceptional circumstancés in Grier’s case, by this, the court departed from the mandatory minimum sentence of twelve years imprisonment and ordered a lighter sentence of $1500.00 or Six months imprisonment if fine is not paid. She’s also sentenced to 23 weeks imprisonment suspended for one year.

Holding for the office of the Director of Public Prosecution via link was Dr. Angela Terry Brooks, deputy director of the DPP’S office.

The prosecution office did oppose exceptional circumstances and invited the court to impose the mandatory minimum sentence of twelve years imprisonment.

A more detailed court report will follow.

Wilkie Arthur
Court Correspondent
Eagle Legal News Media

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