TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE TO WELCOME CLERK FROM STATES OF JERSEY ASSEMBLY

The Turks & Caicos Islands Public Accounts Committee (PAC) will welcome a clerk from the States of Jersey Assembly for an attachment that will last from 29 May – 8 June 2018.

The attachment is part of the UK Overseas Territories Project, a three-year project on public financial oversight delivered in consortium by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK (CPA UK), the UK National Audit Office (NAO) and the Government Internal Audit Agency (GIAA).

Hon. Akierra Missick MHA, Chair of the Turks & Caicos PAC, expressed her interest in building knowledge and experience of the parliamentary procedures and the remit of the PAC at the launch of the project.

Since its launch in March 2017, TCI has engaged with the UK Overseas Territories Project through e-workshops for external audit staff, attendance at the 2017 Westminster Workshop for the PAC Chair and the performance audit workshop in Miami in April 2018.

Building on this, Caro Tomlinson - Clerk at the States of Jersey Assembly - will be partnering with the PAC Chair and Clerk to the Turks & Caicos House of Assembly to help develop its upcoming work plan, inquiry and committee management processes.

Hon. Akierra Missick MHA stated; “We anticipate this short term bespoke assistance will have a long term beneficial impact on the effectiveness of the PAC by providing tailored support to the clerk and the PAC more broadly. We look forward to welcoming the clerk from Jersey to the islands and hope that the exchange of learning can continue beyond the attachment.”

Caro Tomlinson stated; “This is a great opportunity to share information and knowledge about good practice in Public Accounts Committees across smaller jurisdictions. I welcome the opportunity to share my expertise gained through working at the States of Jersey Assembly and hope to also further my understanding of the Turks & Caicos PAC, including how it can maximise effectiveness with limited resources. I hope we can maintain a good working relationship beyond my short visit, based on co-operation, shared values and a commitment to effective scrutiny.”

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Notes to editors:

·         This programme of support is being provided by the CPA UK under the UK Overseas Territories Project which is a three-year initiative led by the CPA UK in consortium with the GIAA and NAO and funded by the HMG CSSF Fund.

·         CPA UK undertakes international parliamentary outreach on behalf of the Houses of Parliament and the wider CPA. With a specific focus on parliamentary diplomacy and parliamentary strengthening activities, CPA UK seeks to foster co-operation and understanding between parliaments, promote good parliamentary practice and advance parliamentary democracy. www.uk-cpa.org

·         For more information about the project go to https://uk-cpa.org/projects/ukotp/ and follow CPA UK on Twitter @CPA_UK

TCNT RECEIVES CONSERVATION EDUCATION DONATION

The Turks and Caicos National Trust has received a donation of $5,000.00 towards bird conservation in the Turks and Caicos Islands.  The donation was made by Mrs. Patricia Bradley, widow of former TCI Governor Michael Bradley who served as head of state from 1986 – 1993.

The funds are earmarked to underwrite costs for production of informative materials that would promote bird conservation through the work of the National Trust.  Mrs. Bradley is an avid ornithologist and has authored articles and books on birding, one being the Official Bird Checklist of the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Being part of the global conservation movement, the National Trust engages in various exercises along with international and national scientists to promote bird conservation education, such as species count and habitat monitoring.

The Trust is very grateful for this gift from Mrs. Bradley and has identified the Bird Rock Point Heritage Fields as the point of focus for the upcoming project. Bird Rock Point is habitat for nesting White-Tailed Tropic Birds and feeding grounds for many other species such as black-necked stilts, reddish egrets, white-cheeked pintails, green herons, lesser yellowlegs and much more.

For more information about our conservation efforts at Bird Rock Point, please contact the Turks & Caicos National Trust at (649) 941-5710 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

TCIG PARTNERS WITH STAKEHOLDERS TO PROVIDE HEARING ASSESSMENTS IN TCI

21st-28th April 2018, the Ministry of Health, Agriculture, Sports and Human Services, Special Needs Unit in collaboration with the Department of Education and Special Ed Officer welcomed Entheos, a group of volunteer audiologists through 1 World Foundation, an international non-profit charitable corporation comprised of volunteers from New York State, USA and Ontario, Canada. Their one week has truly been a success.

This initiative is in keeping with the Special Needs Units early detection and intervention strategy through the implementation of a national hearing assessment for all children aged four years plus, commencing with the Government schools.  During this visit 358 persons were assessed, and persons requiring hearing devices were fitted with hearing aids.   This visit was indeed successful.  Of importance, foreign objects such as sea shells, beads, peas along with years of hard wax were removed from some individuals’ ears.

It is the belief of Entheos that everyone deserves access to hearing healthcare.  This is done through three pillars:

1.       Leadership Through Service;

2.       Positive Objectivity &

3.       Community


According to the World Health Organization, more than 360 million people worldwide have a disabling hearing loss.  Millions go without basic hearing healthcare which impact their lives. A teacher assisted by Entheos in Guatemala said it best, “not being able to hear is like being dead”.  If an adult cannot hear, they tend to withdraw, potentially suffer from depression and disconnect from their community as well as it being a safety issue.  For kids, it is even more important.  If a child cannot hear, it impedes their ability to communicate and learn. Kids cannot go to school, make friends or have basic interaction.  In many places throughout the world, this severely limits their future potential.  

One of the most important programmes of Entheos’ is humanitarian hearing trips, providing sustainable hearing healthcare.  This is done in three stages:

1.       Relief, development and empowerment. Entheos provides immediate relief in the aforementioned areas; as well as return for maintenance and upkeep as hearing devices need to be checked.  Entheos believes in providing best practices for everyone they serve and that includes hearing aid maintenance. 

2.       Development-  Entheos works with local governments and healthcare providers so they can provide hearing healthcare services in between humanitarian trips. 

3.       Empowerment allows local caregivers the ability to meet the needs of an area.  

Interim CEO Nora Stewart said; “Entheos Audiology Cooperative is honored to work with children and adults to screen and treat their hearing.  In the past three days, we have seen 293 persons many of whom now hear better after receiving treatment.  We have identified one of the largest problems to be people trying to clean their ears using cotton swabs.  This does not clean their ears but rather has a negative impact by pushing the wax farther into their ears.  We also saw returning patients who received hearing aids last year needing service and maintenance for their hearing aids.  The Entheos team has enjoyed working on the beautiful islands in Turks and Caicos, but even more beautiful than the waters is the spirit of the people.  We want to thank the government for the opportunity.”

Last year 88 persons were assessed and thirty-nine persons fitted with hearing aids.  The Ministry of Health, Agriculture, Sports and Human Services, Ministry of Education, Youth, Culture and Library Services in collaboration with 1 World Foundation and are committed to developing sustainable programs for people with Special Needs in Turks and Caicos Islands.

For information please contact the Special Needs Unit at 338-2171.