PREMIER VISITED ONGOING GOVERNMENT PROJECTS ON SOUTH CAICOS

PREMIER VISITED ONGOING GOVERNMENT PROJECTS ON SOUTH CAICOS

The Premier and Minister of Finance, Investment and Trade Honourable Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson as Chair of the Capital Board, Minister for Education, Youth, Culture, Social and Library Services, Hon. Karen Malcolm and Executive Director for the Office of the Premier, Local Government and Community Affairs, Ronlee James visited the island of South Caicos on Friday, 18 September to review the progress of a number of ongoing and completed government projects advanced under the Capital Programme and the Community Enhancement Programme.

The following are ongoing capital projects in South Caicos:

  1. Rehabilitation of Regatta Village – the refurbishment of the bathroom facility is completed.
  2. Rehabilitation of Wharf – overall completion of the project is scheduled for March 2021.
  3. Community Centre - overall completion of the project is scheduled for September 2020.
  4. South Caicos Clinic - overall completion of the project is scheduled for September 2020.
  5. South Caicos Government Office Block - overall completion of the project is scheduled for January 2021.
  6. Morgue – all works completed except for the installation of the stainless steel counter tops and cabinets. Overall completion of the project is scheduled for September 2020.
  7. South Caicos Police Station – overall completion of the project is scheduled for July 2021.
  8. Sports Facility - overall completion of the project is scheduled for November 2020.
  9. Iris Stubbs Primary School – installation of a walkway roof and play field and equipment underway. Completion of the project is scheduled for September 2020.
  10. Marjorie Basden High School –  works to the resource centre and restroom facility are completed. Works are ongoing at the new two-storey block at the facility. Overall completion of the project is scheduled for April 2021.

The Premier as Minister with responsibility for the TCI Airports Authority and Port Authority also visited both the South Caicos Airport and Port Facility to view the progress of upgrades and rehabilitation works. Ongoing works to the South Caicos Terminal and combined services building - which will house firefighters - are progressing, starting with the demolition of the old terminal building which is now complete. The project which is included under the Airports Authority Capital Programme is scheduled to be completed in November 2021.

The South Caicos Port Facility is benefitting from upgrades to enhance security. These upgrades include the erection of security fencing and lights.

The Premier also received progress reports on the Community Enhancement Programme launched under the Office of the Premier, Local Government and Community Affairs. All projects amassed a spending of over $25,000 on the island through the Community Enhancement Programme including; 65 street naming signs posted throughout the southern (more populated) side of the island; the restoration of the Cow House; the erection of a flag pole; Turks and Caicos Islands flag; and, a welcome sign.

Under this programme, phase two (2) of the enhancement and rehabilitation of the Cow House are planned, which will see fencing and information signs about the history of the building erected and works are proposed to continue enhancement efforts to the Conch Ground Bay area which will include Cedar Park.

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New Chief Veterinarian Dr. Kevin Brown Has Joined Department of Agriculture Team

New Chief Veterinarian Dr. Kevin Brown Has Joined Department of Agriculture Team

The Department of Agriculture is extremely pleased to announce that a new Chief Veterinarian has joined its team.  Dr. Kevin Brown comes to the Turks and Caicos Islands with twenty (20) years of veterinary experience in Farm and Small Animal Clinical Practice, he has also worked extensively in the areas of managing animals in disasters, veterinary education, and animal welfare in 40 countries worldwide. Before becoming a veterinarian, he had a successful career in biology specializing in arid land ecology in which he has a PhD. He has worked with several NGOs promoting animal welfare and raising awareness to owners of pets and working animals through community engagement and participation.  

He is a strong believer in quality education and has delivered veterinary and para-veterinary workshops to international agencies such as the OIE (World Organisation for Animal Health), national veterinary health services, and to veterinary professional institutions around the world. 

Over the years he has developed an interest in the important role veterinarians play in understanding the inter-relationship between humans, animals and the environment, the One Health Approach, for a better and safer world. He is enthusiastic and looks forward to leading and working with his colleagues from the Animal Health Service Division to deliver internationally recognized services that promote the health and welfare of both animals and people that share these beautiful islands.

With such a wealth of experience from diverse backgrounds, the Director of Agriculture –Dr. Shelley Bridgewater says, “the new Chief Veterinarian is up to the challenge.  Dr. Brown has been strategically placed to work in the island of Grand Turk. Traditionally, the Chief Veterinarian has been based in the island of Providenciales, but as part of the department’s plans to address animal welfare issues in a timely and systematic manner, neighbouring islands such as South Caicos and Salt Cay will also benefit.  The Chief Veterinarian’s role would also be critical in spare heading livestock development programmes, compliance with trade in animal and animal products and producing livestock using good management practices that would reduce the use of antibiotics and other growth promoters. This is particularly important as the agriculture sector is growing and forms part of the development plans of the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Minister responsible for Agriculture Honourable Edwin Astwood, and Permanent Secretary Mrs. Desiree Lewis within the Ministry, expressed their gratitude to Dr. Brown for accepting the challenge and wish him well in his new role.

It is indeed a pleasure to have Dr. Kevin Brown with us and we look forward to the contributions he will make in our Beautiful by Nature Turks and Caicos Islands.”

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PREMIER CONDEMNS DEFACING OF JAGS MCCARTNEY MONUMENT SITE

PREMIER CONDEMNS DEFACING OF JAGS MCCARTNEY MONUMENT SITE

 

The unpatriotic and senseless actions of careless and disrespectful individuals responsible for the crude defacing of the proposed monument site is unacceptable. Efforts to enhance the communities of the Turks and Caicos Islands should be celebrated and cherished, not defaced with such crude imagery and language.

 

The erection of the JAGS McCartney statue in the Nation’s Capital, recognizing one of our country’s earliest contributors to the development of this great nation and the only named National Hero in the Turks and Caicos Islands, the late Most Honourable JAGS McCartney, is a place that should be reverenced by all.

 

Honourable JAGS McCartney has made great contributions to education and to the development of politics in the Turks and Caicos Islands and the growth of our nation – this monument structure, in his honour should be treated with the utmost respect and care and will stand as a symbol of National Pride. 

 

Although it is disappointing to see an initiative that is supposed to invoke positivity and national pride, defaced in such a way, we will not let this irresponsible act take away from the significance of placing a statue in honour of our country’s only named National Hero. This initiative is a joint effort between the Turks and Caicos Islands Government and a private sector contributor, Mr. Franklyn Missick. I would like to pause here to thank Mr. Missick for his contribution to the preservation of the history of the Turks and Caicos Islands.

 

The Office of the Premier, Local Government and Community Affairs through its Community Enhancement Programme will see the continuation of efforts to promote national pride in the installation of another JAGS McCartney monument at the JAGS McCartney International Airport in Grand Turk and in  Providenciales.

 

To those individuals who seek to destroy and deface public and private property, your actions show the lack of pride and patriotism for the history of the Turks and Caicos Islands. These actions are not acceptable and the perpetrators will be found and brought to justice. 

 

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Together let’s celebrate World Maritime Day September 24, 2020

Together let’s celebrate World Maritime Day September 24, 2020

 

September 24th, 2020, the Turks and Caicos Island together with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the global maritime community celebrate World Maritime Day under the theme "Sustainable Shipping for a Sustainable Planet".

According to the new Director of Maritime Department Ms. Thecla Joseph; ‘This year’s theme is an excellent opportunity to raise awareness on the work of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and its Member States in achieving the targets of the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It will provide opportunities for leaders from various sectors, including shipping, to both reflect on the work done and further plans towards a sustainable future’.

 

Through its efforts in educating future leaders of the maritime sector and in particular its emphasis on the role of women, the IMO is putting toward a holistic agenda in developing a sustainable and adoptable environment for the sector.

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all of us, with impacts on our lives, economies, societies, tourism in particular, the shipping industry and seafarers where numerous job losses have been experienced.  In the midst of this challenge, shipping remains the leading facilitator of the global economy, carrying more than 80% of global trade and has demonstrated to be the most reliable, efficient and cost-effective method of transporting goods. The TCI Government take this opportunity to recognize the shipping industry and applaud seafarers in their ability in delivering our essential goods including medical supplies, materials and basic foods critical in our response and recovery to Covid19.

 

The Department of Maritime and Shipping plays a major role in ensuring that shipping activities is done in a sustainable manner. Our commitment is to continue ensuring that the regulatory framework and measures are in place for the safety and security of shipping as well as the protection of the marine environment. The Department in fulfilling these responsibilities, requires collaborative efforts and cooperation from all stakeholders  within government, civil society and shipping industry, working together to enhance the overall maritime sector. 

 

Speaking on this international day, Hon. Ralph Higgs, Minister with responsibility for Maritime and Shipping stated; "The government of the TCI gladly joins the rest of the world in this celebration. As a tourism based economy, we are conscious of the value of maritime business in all its forms. The growth and development of our people is closely tied to ensuring this key sector is sustained."

 

As we celebrate World Maritime Day, the TCI Government recognizes the importance and future role of shipping and the maritime sector in our economic recovery post COVID-19 and future sustainable growth.

 

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The Ministry of Immigration, Citizenship, Labor & Employment Services, in collaboration with the Department of Registration and Citizenship are hereby inviting the following members of the general public to visit or contact the Customer Service Center in Grand Turk and Providenciales. The telephone numbers are (649) 338 2982 /4121 for Grand Turk and Providenciales respectively or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as it relates to the collection of BOTC Passports and Permanent Resident Certificates.

 

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