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First remarks of New UK Prime Minister, Keir Starmer of the Labour Party; Wins 412 seats in Landslide Victory



#UnitedKingdom, July 5, 2024


“I have just returned from Buckingham Palace… Where I accepted an invitation from His Majesty the King…

To form the next government of this great nation.  I want to thank the outgoing Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak.

His achievement as the first British Asian Prime Minister of our country… The extra effort that will have required…  Should not be underestimated by anyone.

We pay tribute to that today… And we also recognise the dedication and hard work he brought to his leadership.

But now our country has voted, decisively… For change.  For national renewal. And a return of politics to public service. When the gap between the sacrifices made by people…

And the service they receive from politicians…Grows this big.

It leads to a weariness in the heart of a nation.

A draining away of the hope, the spirit, the belief in a better future… That we need to move forward, together.

Now, this wound…This lack of trust…

Can only be healed by actions not words… I know that.

But we can make a start today… With the simple acknowledgment…

That public service is a privilege.

And that your government should treat every single person in this country… With respect.

If you voted for Labour yesterday… We will carry the responsibility of your trust, as we rebuild our country.

But whether you voted Labour or not… In fact – especially if you did not…

I say to you, directly…My government will serve you.

Politics can be a force for good – we will show that.

And that is how we will govern.

Country first, party second.

Yet, if I’m honest… Service is merely a pre-condition for hope.

And it is surely clear to everyone… That our country needs a bigger reset…

A rediscovery of who we are.

Because no matter how fierce the storms of history… One of the great strengths of this nation…Has always been our ability to navigate a way through to calmer waters.

And yet this depends upon politicians… Particularly those who stand for stability and moderation – as I do… Recognising when we must change course.

For too long now… We have turned a blind eye as millions slid into greater insecurity.

Nurses, builders, drivers, carers… People doing the right thing

Working harder than ever… Recognised – at moments like this, before.

Yet as soon as the cameras stop rolling… Their lives are ignored.

I want to say very clearly to those people – not this time.

Changing a country is not like flicking a switch… And the world is now a more volatile place.

This will take a while.

But have no doubt that the work of change begins – immediately.

Have no doubt – that we will rebuild Britain… With wealth created in every community.

Our NHS back on its feet, facing the future. Secure borders…Safer streets… Everyone treated with dignity and respect at work.

The opportunity of clean British power…Cutting your energy bills for good.

And, brick by brick… We will rebuild the infrastructure of opportunity…

The world class schools and colleges…The affordable homes that I know… Are the ingredients of hope for working people…

The security that working class families like mine… Could build their lives around.

Because if I asked you, now… Whether you believe that Britain will be better for your children… I know – too many of you would say: no.

And so my government will fight, every day… Until you believe again.

From now on… You have a government unburdened by doctrine… Guided only by a determination to serve your interests…To defy, quietly…

Those who have written our country off.

You have given us a clear mandate… And we will use it to deliver change… To restore service and respect to politics… End the era of noisy performance…

Tread more lightly on your lives… And unite our country.

Four nations… Standing together again… Facing down, as we have so often in our past…

The challenges of an insecure world…Committed – to a calm and patient rebuilding.

So with respect and humility… I invite you all… To join this government of service…

In the mission of national renewal. Our work is urgent…

And we begin it today.

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



#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





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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(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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