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“It Cannot be Right” PDM demands Settlement with Selver



Dana Malcolm 

Staff Writer 


#TurksandCaicos, May 2, 2024 – The People’s Democratic Movement is expressing its displeasure following a Court of Appeal ruling that stripped land from an Islander to place it back in the hands of the government. They’re calling for a redo.

“I call upon the Government to not leave this one in the hands of The Crown Land Unit and to instruct the Crown Land Unit to reach a settlement with Mr. Gilbert Selver, because despite what the Court says about the government taking possession of the property and buildings, Cabinet should go in a different direction, one that protects our people’s interest,” said Edwin Astwood, Opposition Leader, after TCIG published a statement highlighting the win, as they described it.

Selver had been offered the two plots at prices of $30,800 and $ 73,000 respectively before the Crown Land Ordinance of 2012 came into effect. Selver attempted to accept in 2013 after the ordinance which would have impacted the contract.

Initially, The Supreme Court, led by Justice Carlos Simmons had awarded Selver with the 2 parcels and left a different parcel to the crown, a decision which the government contested. The Appeals Court overturned that ruling indicating that his late acceptance and the new ordinance nullified the contract They’ve awarded the land and its buildings to the government to be vacated in 90 days and Gilbert Selver must pay all of the government’s legal fees.

Astwood described the ruling as far from a ‘win’ and refuted the government’s claim that “the principles of justice and fairness” are being upheld by this ruling.

“No Turks and Caicos Islander should be content or in any way agreeable with this ruling. Mr. Selver is a Turks & Caicos Islander Businessman who has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in developing these properties, and If allowed to be executed, this ruling will greatly hurt the position of this Native Turks & Caicos Islander businessman” Astwood contended.

The Opposition leader says the ruling paints the recently amended Crown Land Ordinance in a menacing, rather than liberating light.

“It cannot be right, and called transparent and accountable crown land practices, when we have in place an informal settlement unit that is seeking ways to regularize persons, the majority of whom are not Turks and Caicos Islanders, who are squatting on government and have constructed entire settlements, adhering to no building codes, no health codes, no electrical codes, No standards of any. But the government is seeking ways to regularize them, while in the same breath, taking everything from a Turks and Caicos Islander through the use of the Crown Land Ordinance,” Astwood said.

He claims that the ruling proves the law is disproportionately skewed against locals.

“It is telling me that only Turks & Caicos Islanders are subject to the laws in the country, others can build where they want, when they want, how they want, and nothing will be done to them.  Additionally, after breaking the laws the government is seeking to regularize you. This cannot be right.”

Land is a sensitive subject in the archipelago, with residents finding it expensive and arduous to obtain legally while over 500 acres and counting have been captured by squatters. In addition, it was the reportedly dirt-cheap sale of land to foreign investors that contributed to the UK-led shutdown of the country’s government and constitutional suspension in 2009. That shutdown left the country with a strict land ordinance which made it an even scarcer commodity. That ordinance is slowly being amended following a consultation between the UK and TCIG but  Astwood wants faster progress.

“The Government must table a Bill in parliament to amend, or repeal, and replace the Crown Land Ordinance, with land laws that are serving our people in the context and environment that we live in today,” he said.

The opposition leader is also calling on TCIG to return Crown Land to a Ministerial portfolio to make land more accessible.


TCI Red Cross Hits New Heights with 3rd Annual Red Hot Challenge Success  



June 13, 2024: PROVIDENCIALES, TURKS AND CAICOS: The TCI Red Cross recently hosted their successful 3rd Annual Red Hot Challenge, a testament to the organization’s commitment to community engagement and humanitarian efforts.

This year’s event, held at the National Stadium in Providenciales, brought together over 13 teams in a thrilling display of sportsmanship and skills. The Beaches Marlins emerged victorious, with the Amanyara Cruisers in second place and the Beaches Pirates in third.

Speaking on the event, TCI Red Cross Director Candianne Williams said, “Year after year, the Red Hot Challenge fundraiser has grown more successful, and we really could not have done it without the support we have received from our participating teams, sponsors, volunteers and supporters.”

She continued, “When we started the Red Hot Challenge series of fundraisers, our goal was not only to raise funds for the work we do here at the Red Cross but also to create an event that would bring together the community in a spirit of unity, support, and fun-filled camaraderie.”

This year’s event showcased an active lineup of exciting competitions, which included traditional favorites like arm wrestling and tug-of-war, alongside engaging challenges such as football tosses, planks, spoon relay races, egg tosses, water balloon tosses, sprint races, and soccer kicks.

Williams added, “The games were not only interactive for the participants but also fun, and I extend my heartfelt congratulations to the Beaches Marlins on winning first place in this year’s competition, as well as the Amanyara Cruisers on their second place and the Beaches Pirates on coming in third, respectively.”

Keneisha Thompson, the Turks and Caicos Athletics Association representative, emphasized, “We commend the teams for their participation, especially as this is the only event in the TCI for sporting participants. Their dedication this year, from organizing the rules to meeting the teams and executing the event, is truly remarkable.”

The annual Red Hot Challenge stands as a cornerstone of the organization’s acclaimed ‘Red Hot’ fundraising series, serving as a pivotal event in the TCI Red Cross’s fundraising initiatives. This series has witnessed the success of two corporate sports days and two fashion extravaganzas. These events not only raise crucial funds but also foster community engagement and support for the humanitarian work of the TCI Red Cross.

Karen Whitt of the Hartling Group, who serves as Chair of the TCIRC Fundraising Committee, commended the participants, stating, “Congratulations to all of the participants; you are all winners for supporting this year’s Red Hot Challenge. The event’s success is a testament to the unwavering commitment of our community to support the vital work of the Red Cross in the Turks and Caicos Islands.”

This year’s team lineup featured the Beaches Marlins, Amanyara Cruisers, Beaches Pirates, NSS Destroyers, CHHS Eagles, Waterloo Worriers, The Palms, Royal TCI Police Enforcers, Louise Garland High School, NCS, The Sands, and The Source. Proud sponsors of the team included The Strand and The Marlin Limited, with Powerade joining as the official drink sponsor of the games.

The next Red Hot Challenge is scheduled for Saturday, May 3, 2025, at the National Stadium on Providenciales. For more information on the TCI Red Cross and its activities, please visit their website at and follow their social media accounts: Turks and Caicos Red Cross on Facebook and @TCIRedcross_ on Instagram.

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Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, 13th June 2024– Experience Turks and Caicos is set to roll out a new initiative designed to promote immersive tourism in the islands.
Titled ‘Exquisite Turks and Caicos’, this immersive tourism programme, conceptualised by the Strategic Development Unit, collaborates closely with industry partners to curate and deliver on niche product offerings and services to enhance our visitors’ overall experience.
Focused on adding significant value in education, culture, history, eco-friendliness, entertainment, engagement, and affordability, the programme has identified priority areas through which new or existing micro and small businesses can partner. The programme targets businesses that are land-based, water-based (excluding dive and charters), and involved in the promotion of the cultural arts, nature and wildlife, gastronomy, agriculture and heritage. The goal of Exquisite Turks and Caicos is to ensure that the traveller will walk away not only having an exquisite experience, but a learned one that will be treasured always.
“Immersive Tourism is about creating compelling and interactive visitor experiences through strategic partnerships with local vendors. It goes beyond traditional sightseeing and offers travellers a deeper connection to the destination’s culture, history, and environment,” says Mr. Courtney Robinson, Strategic Development Manager.
“‘Exquisite Turks and Caicos’ is our commitment to our pillar of Inclusive Growth which ensures that everyone in the Turks and Caicos Islands benefit from the tourism industry through the enhancement of our offerings. It extends beyond the warm smiles, white sandy beaches or picturesque landscapes; it is a promise to curate and deliver on experiences that create memories, that resonate with the soul of every traveller,” he added.
Mr. Robinson will visit Grand Turk, North Caicos, Middle Caicos and South Caicos to meet with business owners about the programme.

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TCI Sport delegation visits the Cayman Islands and Barbados with key sport leaders



TCI Sports Commission delegation traveled to the Cayman Islands and Barbados to visit with key Sport leaders. The TCI delegation included the Sports Commission Director, Mr. Jarrett Forbes, Deputy Director, Mr. Alvin Parker, and Facility Manager for Providenciales, Mr. Darian Forbes. The aim of the travel was to visit major facilities, with priorities being pool facilities, and discuss sport development strategies.

The team had the pleasure of being hosted by the Deputy Chief Officer for Sport, Dr. Dalton Walter, and the Director of Sports, Mr. Kurt Hyde in the Cayman Islands; who facilitated the facility tours and shared valuable information on Sports Development. Meetings were held with Deputy Chief Officer Ms. Joan West and Technical Director for the Cayman Islands Aquatics Sport Association, Mr. Jacky Pellerin, on the Cayman Islands’ new 50-meter and 25 meter 10 lanes Mrytha pool facility, as well as with Ms. Shakeina Bush from the National Olympic Office on National Federation development and funding opportunities. The Sports Commission delegation was also grateful for the courtesy call with the Minister of Sport for the Cayman Islands, Hon. Isaac Rankine, and the Chief Officer Ms. Teresa Echenique.

During the Barbados leg of the exploratory travel, the Sports Commission team was hosted by the Director of the National Sports Council, Mr. Neil Murrell, and the Assistant Director of Sports, Mr. Ryan Toppin. The TCI team toured the National Sport Council facilities and visited the Barbados National Olympic Association. Significant to the TCI’s plan to develop an aquatic center, the TCI Sports Commission visited the Barbados Aquatic Sport Association and met with former National Olympic Academy Director, Mr. Dave Farmer, and the President and Second Vice President of the Barbados Swim Association, Mr. Robert Armstrong and Mr. Nicholas Mathis. Insights were shared regarding swimming pool design, development and maintenance as well as pool programming strategies to ensure the growth and sustainability of swimming in the islands.

The TCI delegation also visited other stadium facilities such as Track and Field, Football and Cricket, and other major facilities in Basketball and Boxing. The TCI Sport Commission officials had great discussions with both the Cayman Islands and Barbados sports officials surrounding the development of coaches, athlete development pathways, and strengthening relationships with National Sport Governing Bodies.

Director of Sports, Mr. Jarrett Forbes, said, “We were very grateful for the hospitality and support extended by our Caribbean colleagues. Their support affirmed the commitment and unity among the Caribbean community to develop sports in the region.”

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