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TCIG purchases building from Keri Holdings Ltd for Aged Care Facility in North Caicos  



Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – Thursday, 27 June 2024: The Deputy Premier and Minister of Physical Planning and Infrastructure Development, Hon. Jamell Robinson, wishes to address the public, on the recent purchase by the Turks and Caicos Islands Government, of a building from Keri Holdings Ltd, (the former Miss B’s Building) located on block and parcel 51000/11, on the island of North Caicos.

The building had initially been identified by the Ministry of Health and Human Services, with the intention to rent the same, for use to open an aged care facility for the elderly population of North and Middle Caicos. This decision was critical in nature, considering an increasing ageing population on the Islands who are left, at times, without proper care and reduced quality of life as their family members relocated to Providenciales and other islands and countries for employment opportunities.

Following high-level discussions among the Government and other relevant stakeholders, it was determined that the most viable option to achieve the highest quality, 24-hour continuous medical and other care and to demonstrate value for money, was to purchase the building outright, as opposed to renting as initially planned. Additionally, the facility is intended to provide short-term respite housing for the elderly and adults for short periods (of up to two weeks), allowing relatives to travel outside of the Islands, with the assurance that their loved ones will be well taken care of.

Provisions will be made to facilitate a male ward, critical room, nursing station, an isolation room, staff room, beauty salon, courtyard, kitchen, dining and storage, recreation, offices, reception area, an examination room and training room, laundry room, sterilisation and clothing closet.

It is important for the public to note, that prior to the purchase of this and all other buildings by the Government, a due diligence exercise is conducted by the technocrats from the Public Works Department, the Estates Management Department, the Valuations Department, and the Attorney General’s Chambers, to obtain the following information to inform the Government’s decision to move forward:

  1. The conduct of a conditions survey to determine the state of the building.
  2. The conduct of an independent valuation executed by the Department of Valuation, Turks and Caicos Islands Government (TCIG), which is responsible for the conduct of all valuations for both leasehold and freehold titles of properties across not only the Turks and Caicos Island Government but within Turks and Caicos as a whole.

The basis of these valuations is Market Value, which is defined in the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Valuation Global Standards as “the estimated amount for which an asset or liability should exchange on the valuation date between a willing buyer and a willing seller in an arm’s length transaction, after proper marketing and where the parties had each acted knowledgeably, prudently and without compulsion.”

In the valuation exercises market approach principal is utilised, which is defined by the RICS Valuation Global Standards, as “an approach that provides an indication of value by comparing the subject asset with identical or similar assets for which price information is available.”

  1. The conduct of a structural assessment by an independent consultant, to determine structural soundness of the building.

In the case of Keri Holdings, the above was executed, and it is important to note, that the building was purchased within the valuation amount, stated in the valuation report $1.3mil, and not $1.6mil, as is being alleged.

Retrofitting works need to be carried out to design the building for its intended purpose, and money is available in the Ministry of Health and Human Services budget to cover this cost.

We understand the negative press surrounding this purchase; however, we hope that the facts provided have clarified the purchasing process and demonstrated transparency for this transaction.

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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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