PRESS RELEASE: House Of Assembly - CONSTITUTIONAL REVIEW COMMITTEE MEETING SCHEDULE

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THE OFFICE OF THE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY
CONSTITUTIONAL REVIEW COMMITTEE
Public Notice No. 2 of 2014

The Constitutional Review Committee has held its first meeting today 5th September 2014, in the West Committee Room, Hon. N. J. Francis Building, Grand Turk

Six (6) out of the (7) Members were in attendance and the Chairman expressed his delight in the attendance of members and their willingness to serve. Members expressed their excitement and eagerness to begin work.

The Committee discussed the Terms of Reference and prepared a schedule of meeting for Public Consultation.

Schedule for Public Meetings:

Grand Turk – 16th September 2014
Private meetings for Civic Groups, Churches and Associations
10:00a.m. – West Committee Room – Hon. N. J. S. Francis Building

Public Meeting
6:30 p.m. at the Ona Glinton Primary School Auditorium 

Salt Cay – 17th September 2014
10:00 a.m. at the Salt Shed

Providenciales – 18th September 2014
Private meetings for Civic Groups, Churches and Associations
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Hon. Hilly Ewing Building, Leeward Highway 

6:30p.m. Public Meeting
Gustavus Lightbourne Sports Complex 

South Caicos – 25th September 2014
6:30p.m. at the Regatta Village 

Bottle Creek, North Caicos – 30th September 2014
6:30p.m. – Adelaide Omeler Primary School

Middle Caicos – 1st October 2014
10:00a.m – Middle Caicos Community Center 

Kew, North Caicos – 1st October 2014
6:30p.m at the Hubert James Primary School

 

The Committee invites and welcomes written submissions. However please note that the deadline for these submission will be 30th September 2014, these submissions can be emailed to the following email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or drop off to the Office of the House of Assembly, Grand Turk, the Office of the Premier, Hon. Hilly Ewing Building, Providencales or the District Commissioners Office throughout the Islands.

The Committee also welcomes private meetings with Churches, Civic Groups and Associations etc. This arrangement can be made by contacting Mrs. Tracey I. Parker, on 338-3759, 232-1472 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Committee is required to complete all consultation and to produce a Final Report by November 15th, 2014. It is encouraging all residents to be a part of this important process by availing yourselves of the opportunities available for consultations on the proposed dates.

 

Daniel Malcolm
Chairman

PRESS RELEASE: Turks and Caicos Islands completes UK hospital fact finding mission

The Turks and Caicos Islands Government (TCIG) top health officials returned to office from an intense fact finding trip to the UK, Monday, 8 September 2014.

The group visited medical facilities around London in order to understand the role of the National Health Service (NHS) Trusts in managing the costs and value associated with Public Private Partnership.

Meetings were held at the Department of Health, North Middlesex University Hospital, and Queen Mary’s Hospital with representatives from, National Audit Office, NHS National Property Services, NHS Contracting and Public Finance Unit.

These meetings focused on clinical services performance management, contract management and proper touring of the facilities.

The Minister stated; “It is the responsibility of TCIG to explore all options in regards to our health care system, and through our special relationship with the UK, we were able to visit these medical facilities around London.

“We were able to visit mental health, elderly and special needs facilities that successfully outsource management through Public Private Partnerships. These were just two of many examples that could potentially be implemented in TCI.

“Overall, the visit was an excellent learning experience for the team. We intend to continue utilizing relationships like these to improve on TCIG’s product.”

Team Members Included:

  • The Honourable Porsha Stubbs-Smith, Minister for Health and Human Services
  • Mrs Desiree Lewis, Permanent Secretary, The Ministry of Health and Human Services
  • Ms Athenee Harvey, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance
  • Dr Nadia Astwood, Director of Health Services Development, The Ministry of Health and Human Services
  • Mrs. Zaneta Burton, Chief Executive Officer, National Health Insurance Board
  • Mr Stephen Batts, Adviser to Permanent Secretary, The Ministry of Health and Human Services

ENDS

NEWS RELEASE: The Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies - Upgrading of the CDEMA Disaster Education Kit Pilot Study

The Ministry of Education in collaboration with the Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies (DDME) and Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) will be rolling out a Pilot Study for the Upgrading of CDEMA Disaster Risk Education Kit on Thursday and Friday 11th – 12th September 2014. The schools participating in the pilot study are the HJ Robinson High School, The Eliza Simons and the Ona Glinton Primary School.

The kit comprises a number of tools and resources for teaching and learning about Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) and provides guidance on mitigating Disaster Risks in the Education Sector. Some of the components of the Disaster Management Education Kit were first developed in 1996 and are in need of upgrading to (i) reflect more current thinking and recent advances in the disaster management discipline and (ii) refine and/or strengthen the treatment of the regional strategic cross-cutting themes of climate change, gender and Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). Further, the CDEMA Participating States and Coordinatring Unit have also developed newer educational resources that should be integrated into the kit.

The Classroom testing and observation will take place over a period of one and a half days. Teachers from the schools that participated in the baseline study will utilize the resources from the kit in actual lessons. The consultants will observe the lesson on site. They will also gather feedback from the teachers and students in short interviews (individual or group) after the lesson.

A teachers’ panel has also been set up to review the upgrade resources and to return their comments on the practicability and teacher/student friendliness. They will also be adding any recommendations to strengthen the kit to make it more relevant to the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Prior to Turks and Caicos Islands Schools being selected to take part in the study the project saw the involvement of CDEMA, DDME and the Education Department. The activities were done in phases once the schools were selected. The phases involved the following:

  1. Baseline data collection and analysis.
  2. Preparation of a revised Disaster Education Kit with new/upgraded resources for teachers (guided by the results of the baseline analysis).
  3. Field testing of the new/upgraded teacher resources in pilot countries.
  4. Finalization of the new Disaster Education Kit, based on the results of the field testing.

On completion of the surveys focus group interviews were set up with teachers and students and conducted by the consultants of Sustainability Frontiers.

This Pilot Study will benefit the TCI in the following ways:

  • The integration of Disaster Education in the school curriculum for teachers and students
  • Using Education as a tool for the Disaster Risk Reduction.
  • Using knowledge, innovation Education to build a culture of safety and resilience at all levels as mandated by UNSIDR
  • Raise the level of Disaster Risk Awareness in schools
  • A culture of Preparedness in schools
  • Using the future generation to reinforce the message of Disaster Preparedness
  • Help to build resilience in the education System

The CDEMA Disaster Education Kit for Caribbean Schools is a part of a collection of resources for the education sector that is specifically targeted at the primary and secondary school levels.

The Upgrade of the CDEMA Disaster Education Kit Pilot Study is being carried out by Sustainability Frontiers and is being led by Dr David Selby and Dr Fumiyo Kagawa.

ENDS

For further information please Contact:

Andrea Been

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Telephone #: 649 946 2801 Extension 11904

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