MINISTER OF HOME AFFAIRS HOST BLOCK-LAYING CEREMONY FOR THE NEW POST OFFICE IN PROVIDENCIALES

Hon. Vaden Delroy Williams participated in the block laying for construction of the new $1.5 million post office here in Downtown Providenciales.

The ceremony which was attended by Her Excellency, Acting Governor Anya Williams; Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands Hon. Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson; Hon. Goldray Ewing Minister of Infrastructure, Housing and Planning, Hon. Edwin Astwood Minister of Health, Agriculture, Sports and Human Services and the Postmaster General Mrs. Elizabeth James.

As a culturally historical site, this block laying marks a new and exciting chapter in this very important institution. This new facility will represent a significant investment in the Downtown area, continuing the commitment of the Government to develop the Downtown area, as an important and central hub for business and government activity.

Hon. Williams outlined the importance of Government updating and enhancing the Post office facilities by stating; “We should be in a position to capitalize on the lucrative and rapidly growing e-commerce industry. If other large developed countries have not abandoned post offices, why should we?

“It is also very important to know that although many private delivery services are operating in the Turks and Caicos, there is still a very strong demand for post office boxes and the postal services in this country. We have seen this from the activity at the temporary location in the Town Centre Mall and the boxes in Grace Bay. We cannot run away from technology. We must embrace it.”

The construction of this new post office, will integrate the latest technology and new features that are available in postal services around the world.

The Post Office will be full computerization, a sorting room with mail sorting facilities, credit card machine service, a stamp shop, and up to 3,000 more mail boxes. There are also plans for a stamp machine which will make postal services accessible after working hours.

Hon. Williams also took the time to thank the staff of the post office for the work that they have been doing, especially under the present conditions and reminded them that better days are ahead.

He assured the public that in addition to the excellent facilities, they are committed to offering quality customer service and ensuring that the post office remains relevant, reliable and competitive.

This project launches one of the many new capital projects which this government will be embarking on during the next few months and years. These plans embodies an ambitious development plan for the entire Turks and Caicos Islands as we continue to modernize this beautiful by nature country.

BEATING PLASTIC POLLUTION TO SAVE OUR IGUANAS

On June 5th every year, the World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations and thousands of global communities and organizations celebrate World Environment Day.

This year, the theme of the Day is “Beat plastic pollution” – a call for action for the world to work together to address one of the great environmental challenges of our time and raise global awareness of the need to reduce the heavy burden of plastic pollution on people’s health and the threat it poses to the environment and wildlife. 

Through on-going projects, BEST and Darwin, the Turks & Caicos National Trust (TCNT) sponsored a trip to Half Moon Bay and Little Water Cay to celebrate World Environment Day.

A group of students from Long Bay High School, along with some teachers, participated. These students had initially been surveyed by TCNT’s Public Awareness Officer in February to gauge their knowledge of the dangers facing our Rock Iguanas.  These students will be surveyed again at the end of the project in 2020, to complete the education component of the project. 

The excursion gave students the opportunity to learn about iguanas’ habitat first-hand and taught them the importance of keeping it clean. Students were urged to be more responsible in managing garbage since waste, particularly plastic, can be devastating to marine biodiversity.

More importantly, the tour exposed students to the detriment to the health and well-being of the iguanas caused by plastic products and trash being left behind by humans who visit their homes. In fact, the group was able to collect a few plastic products within the vicinity.

During this trip, students also learned how to do bead tagging – a strategy used by scientists, to keep track of the population, study their life span and monitor their health. The on-going rat eradication project on the Cay was also discussed.

Half Moon Bay is a vulnerable domicile for the Rock Iguanas as it is a popular location for locals to have beach cook-out and tour companies to take guests to relax, have beach parties and see iguanas. 

The Turks & Caicos National Trust continues to seek more support towards conservation plans though funding and donations, and appeals to tour operators and stakeholders to be partners in the stewardship of this area. 

 

To help save our iguanas, their habitat and combat plastic pollution, support the Turks & Caicos National Trust. Call (649) 941-5710 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., for more information.

MINISTRY OF TOURISM WELCOMES CARNIVAL HORIZON INAUGURAL CALL TO GRAND TURK

Minister of Tourism Hon. Ralph Higgs were among a number of top Executive Officials aboard the Carnival Horizon on May 31 to mark the ship’s inaugural stop to the Grand Turk Cruise port.

The delegation was met by Ms. Maria McKenzie Vice President, Global Ports and Caribbean Government Relations and Ship’s Captain, Luigi De Angelis. The 26th ship for Carnival Cruise Line, Carnival Horizon offers a number of unique and exciting features, including the first Dr. Seuss-themed Water Works aqua park, the line's first teppanyaki dining venue, and IMAX theatre among other entertainment and activity options.

The flag ship with a crew of 1,450 carries a maximum number of passengers of nearly 5,000, it is one of Carnivals largest vessels. The future of the destination looks promising, it is anticipated that visitor arrivals to Grand Turk will surpass the 1 million mark once again; this was an important occasion for not only Grand Turk but the entire Turks and Caicos.

Minister Higgs commented “My Government is committed to tourism expansion throughout the country and the cruise center on Grand Turk, we look forward to the continued partnership with Carnival Cruise line and welcome the introduction of the wider Turks and Caicos to their guest.”

The delegation participated in a tour of the ship and the customary exchange of commemorative plaques with the ship’s captain and Carnival Executive Officials.