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Contractors finally secured for Provo Landfill; New Managers start in March

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Dana Malcolm

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#TurksandCaicos, January 19, 2024 – “It’s a good day. It is a day that we have been waiting for for a long time.”

Those were the words coming from Kyle Knowles, Wheeland’s Elected Representative and the Government’s lead on Solid Waste Management for the Turks and Caicos Islands as he spoke during the January 18 press conference, introducing the company expected to fix his constituency’s biggest issue, the Wheeland Dump.

Of TCI Green Ecological Corporation Limited, who secured the $2.9 million contract, he said, “We do count it a pleasure to have new partners on the ground with us– in order to get it right we needed to find the right partners. We needed to make sure that in executing we dotted all our I’s and crossed all our T’s and got value for dollar.”  he stressed, .

The Member of Parliament, who lives in Wheeland, has first hand experience of the years of horrors – just like all of the other residents – of the smoke, smell, and proximity of the Providenciales Landfill, aka, the Dump.

With the onboarding of TCI Green Ecological, that should change, or so the MP hopes.

“The environmental hazards, health risks, and all of the things that have concerned you are shortly going to be addressed and to my estimation, alleviated once and for all.” he continued “We do understand that patience was running thing but again bear with us as we– move forward to reforming solid waste in the TCI.”

As head of the Solid Waste Taskforce, Knowles thanked Ministry of Health technocrats for their work and referenced the ongoing Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) Solid Waste Consultation which is about 60 percent complete.

“Upon Completion, the CDB will provide a comprehensive tender of a solid waste management building design for the Turks and Caicos. Again, where we are right now is addressing the short and medium challenges that plague us at the Provo dump site,” he continued “We have to deal with the current issues and manage the medium issues while we look to the long-tern issues and I think it’s important for us to internalize it and make sure that this government sees it through.”

Shaun Malcolm, TCI Minister of Health, was also at the event and explained what the waste numbers looked like locally.

“As of April 2019, the Department estimates a daily solid waste production of approximately 335 tons a day. However, the site, covering approximately 66 acres, has the potential for expansion to accommodate the growing waste management needs of our community,” he said.

The hiring of TCI Green Ecological Corporation Limited ends a six year gap where there was no dedicated manager for the landfills in both Providenciales and Grand Turk.  This new deal, to the disappointment of some residents, will not include Grand Turk.

Minister Malcolm did however mention an upcoming recycling partnership between the government and Carnival Cruises for the Capital, which is also distressed by the long standing issues attached to poor solid waste management there.

The new contractors will take over the Providenciales Landfill on March 5.

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“Mad Max” Convicted of Murder

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#TurksandCaicos, April 23, 2024 – Blue Hills resident KENDALL RONDRE DEAN has been convicted of murdering JOSHUA SWANN.

Mr. Dean, also called “Maddie”, “Mad Max”, and “Dre”, was found guilty by a nine-member jury yesterday (April 22nd) in the Grand Turk Supreme Court.

Following the verdict, Mr. Dean was remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison, pending sentencing on 10th June 2024.

Based on the evidence presented, Mr. SWANN of Five Cays was shot multiple times about the body on Sunday, August 8th, 2021, while at North West Point, Providenciales.

Mr. Swann was transported to the Cheshire Hall Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries.

Detectives of the Serious Crimes Unit received a report, and following intensive investigations and interviews, Mr. Dean was arrested and subsequently charged.

Shortly after the verdict, Deputy Commissioner of Police Rodney Adams said, “This conviction demonstrates the RTCIPF’s commitment to bringing to justice those who cause the most harm throughout our communities using illegal firearms.

“This is an example of the effective coordination of the various units across the Force in supporting the lead detective in bringing about this conviction. The RTCIPF is grateful for the information provided by witnesses who came forward.

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Airports Authority aims for 24-hour airport and announces Scholarship programme

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#TurksandCaicos, April 19, 2024 – In an attempt to move to 24-hour-a-day operations Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority (TCIAA) is steadily recruiting Air Traffic Controllers to work at the Providenciales/Howard Hamilton International Airport, according to Godfrey Smith, TCIAA CEO, reporting to the Appropriations Committee.

Speaking on April 8th Smith said a cabinet paper would be sent soon requesting six more Air Traffic Controllers to make round the clock operation at the Provo International possible and to open the airport in Grand Turk till 12 a.m.

Currently, 17 posts are filled and seven are vacant.

Smith was candid with his responses to recent industrial action from ATCs which led to resignations and firings.

“What we have to do is find systems to mitigate such actions and that has to start with filling these jobs, putting people in that want to work and doing right by people – and we always try to do right by our staff. Persons may not think that we are but we always do – we ain’t pick no fight,” he said in the meetings held at the NJS Francis building ahead of the National Budget Communication.

Smith indicated that recruitment was an issue across the board, ‘we need to find ways to recruit a little bit better’ he told the committee. Also in need of a push was capital spending or projects according to the CEO, who said the agency had ‘not been very good’ at meeting that mark but insisted they had recognized the issue and could do better.

A very important key performance indicator drawn up by the TCIAA is increasing passenger satisfaction at the Howard Hamilton International Airport. For the TCIAA part of this means a 30 percent increase in seating by Q2 of this year.

When queried on if they could even handle this increase the CEO said,

“The fact of the matter is we already have the capacity there. What we need is to make the service a bit better.”

Staff shortages have become such a frustrating issue that the TCIAA is instituting a scholarship program created by Authority Chairman, Selvyn Hawkins

“What the board wants to do is basically allocate $25,000 annually for a scholarship and they’ve approved it already.”

This process would cover tuition and all other costs for one student.

The student would return as a summer intern and other breaks to work at the TCIAA and upon graduation, assume a role at the company.

“We identify a particular skill we need, we go after it and we build capacity that is in a nutshell the nexus of the program,” Smith said.

The Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority (TCIAA) is allocated $49 million this financial year; over $20 million goes to salaries.

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Flow TCI offers Gigabyte Speeds to Customers

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Company delivers fastest speeds nationwide and boosts service reliability

 

PROVIDENCIALES, TURKS AND CAICOS, APRIL 19th, 2024 – More connections, faster speeds and greater support for customers. This is the promise from communications and entertainment provider, Flow TCI, as it embarks on an initiative to provide households with enhanced connections, greater overall reliability and now, for the first time, speeds up to one gigabit person second.

FLOW TCI Country Manager, Joanne Missick shared: “Our customers are at the heart of everything we do. We listen to our customers and want to exceed their demands, so we are focused on delivering unmatched value with customer centric products and services that are future proof. Flow subscribers on our Fibre Extreme package can now access up to one gigabyte speeds and subscribers on our Fibre Plus and Fibre Max package, as of April 1st, are also now benefitting from up to 5x more speeds.”

This is third speed boost for Flow customers in the last two years. This comes under the umbrella of the the Company’s recently launched “Working for You” campaign, where technicians are going into the neighborhoods across the island to conduct repairs, decommission copper cables, and increase the brand’s visibility in local communities.

“To date several neighborhoods have been served by technicians and the company will continue to go across the islands to ensure each neighborhood receives personal attention. We recognize that over the past few months some customers have experienced issues with the quality and delivery of our services. This is not what we stand for. Flow remains committed to providing technology and innovation that enables growth and positively impacts lives”, says, newly appointed Head of Technical Operations, Simeon Thomas.

Thomas adds, “We have been closely monitoring and reviewing every aspect of our network and there is room for improvement across each of the islands. Where we find shortcomings, we are taking concrete actions and assigning our technicians to rapidly make all necessary adjustments and improvements for our customers”.

Flow has made significant investments in expanding and modernizing its infrastructure and delivering a more robust and reliable network paving the way for the country’s digital transformation.

For more information on speed increases visit https://www2.discoverflow.co/turks-and-caicos/price-adjustment-speed-increase on our website.

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