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Michael Misick and defendants on the Privy Council Appeal dismissal - May 14, 2015 - 11:56:40 AM

Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands  - We note that the British Privy Council has dismissed our appeal which was brought to ensure that there is judicial independence in the Turks and Caicos Islands as there is in mainland Britain. They have also dismissed our appeal to ensure that we are able to have a fair trial as is the case in Britain; that is, a jury trial.

What these two decisions revealed is that the British judicial system is rigged against us from top down. The same system that is responsible for the appointment of judges in Turks and Caicos Islands is also responsible for the appointment of judges at the Privy Council.
Clearly, today ranks were closed to protect the establishment...
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$224M Ritz Carlton Turks & Caicos Deal Signed - Apr 2, 2015 - 1:41:46 AM

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The Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) Government has signed a Development Agreement with the Desarrollos Hotel Group to build a $224 million dollar Ritz Carlton hotel, resort, casino & spa in the Grace Bay area of Providenciales, April 2, 2015.

The proposed development will consist of 124 luxury hotel guest rooms, penthouses, resort residences and associated facilities. The new resort will be managed by the Ritz Carlton Hotels Company L.L.C., an international luxury hotel brand operating 84 hotels and resorts in 26 countries...
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TCI Minister rejects tax haven accusation - Jun 25, 2015 - 2:15:18 PM


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The Turks and Caicos Islands is compliant with the Global Forum’s standards on exchange of tax information said its Minister of Finance today, Thursday, 25 June 2015.

The Honourable Washington Misick was responding to a European Commission (EC) document that appeared to list 30 territories across the world that it considers tax havens.

“The Turks and Caicos was commended by the Global Forum for the tremendous progress that we have made in improving international tax transparency,” said Misick. “The Global Forum considers...
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TCI People’s Democratic Movement emerges stronger from its 40th Convention - Jun 18, 2015 - 12:58:47 AM

The People’s Democratic Movement (PDM) emerged stronger after its annual convention held on Grand Turk, the nation’s capital. Three days of events saw the party electing its officers, working in the community, speaking to the future and honoring the service of those who served the party during its existence.

Party Leader, Hon. Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson, solidified her position as leader when delegates overwhelmingly elected to keep her and Deputy Leader Hon. Sean Astwood to communicate a message of confidence and stability. The PDM elects its officers every year at the business session of its annual convention...
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interCaribbean Airways launches Cacique Rewards - Dec 23, 2014 - 1:58:33 PM

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PROVIDENCIALES, Turks & Caicos Islands - interCaribbean Airways is pleased to announce our new rewards program called "Cacique Rewards". A rewards program for our customers across the islands of the Caribbean.

The name of Cacique Rewards was chosen to represent and honor the Cacique People of the Caribbean islands. Across the Caribbean Islands the Cacique were the leaders of their communities, passing the tile from father to son, to eldest daughter when the chain was broken. Over history great men and women have claimed the title of Cacique...

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TCI Appoints New Police Commissioner - Dec 12, 2014 - 11:31:18 AM

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A new Commissioner has been appointed to the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force (RTCIPF), it was announced by the Governor, HE Peter Beckingham, today Wednesday 10 December.

James Smith will take up the position in charge of the 280 officers and staff of the RTCIPF in February 2015, following the conclusion of the contract of his predecessor, Canadian Colin Farquhar.

"I am delighted that we have secured the agreement of Jim Smith to take over as the next Police Commissioner this February..."
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TCI Deputy Governor Spotlight Recognises Civil Service Degree Success - Dec 12, 2014 - 11:28:21 AM

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Twenty six Turks and Caicos public servants who recently received degrees demonstrating their commitment to personal and professional improvement are recognised by the Deputy Governor’s monthly spotlight initiative, it was announced today, Thursday, 11 December 2014.

The group consisted of 19 TCIG civil servants, and seven staff from statutory bodies, who graduated with bachelors and associate degrees in Education, Primary Education and Business Studies awarded by the TCI Community College.

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CAIPA and Caribbean Export focus on implementing a Regional Investment Promotion Strategy - Nov 28, 2014 - 1:33:12 PM

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Bridgetown, Barbados -  The second edition of the Regional Investor of the Year Award was held at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Hotel in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic on 17 November 2014 before a host of invited guests, including representatives from the Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (CAIPA). The event, part of the 5th Annual General Assembly of CAIPA, was held in recognition of the contribution of foreign and local investors to the Caribbean. This year, the Awards sought to bring into focus investments made in the green economy regionally with a Special Award to women investors. The initiative was a collaborative effort between CAIPA and Caribbean Export Development Agency and was sponsored by the European Union under the 10th European Development Fund, Regional Private Sector Development Programme...
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Turks and Caicos Islands Government on Passing of Dr. Myles Munroe - Nov 10, 2014 - 4:02:18 PM

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The Turks and Caicos Islands Government extends heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, members of the Bahamas Faith Ministries International and the entire Commonwealth of the Bahamas on the tragic death of Dr. Myles Monroe, his wife and the other passengers and crew, who fell victim to a plane crash over Grand Bahama yesterday evening.

The people of the Turks and Caicos Islands joins the world on this sad occasion in remembering the life of a spiritual leader, motivator and counselor, who positively influenced the lives of many nations and who through his ministry won many souls for Christ...
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Stray, Juvenile Manatee in Grand Turk - Nov 10, 2014 - 1:25:03 PM

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TURKS & CAICOS - On Wednesday, 5 November, the Department of Environment and Maritime Affairs (DEMA) received a call from a concerned resident to say that there was a manatee seen swimming around the Ports Authority Dock in Grand Turk. Although it was not seen on Thursday, on Friday the Cruise Centre reported to DEMA’s Environmental Officer, Katharine Hart, that the manatee was seen near the cruise ships.


Manatees are not common in our waters and it is likely that the recent stormy weather in the region resulted in the juvenile straying from familiar waters and finding itself at Grand Turk. Manatees require fresh water, which unfortunately the TCI has very little of. This juvenile manatee was found to be severely dehydrated and emaciated, already consuming 30 gallons of fresh water...
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11th Annual TCI Conch Festival set for November 29th - Oct 30, 2014 - 1:52:42 PM

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PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands –October 30, 2014 –Plans for the 11th Annual Turks & Caicos Conch Festival, are well underway with a weekend-full of activities on the tropical getaway of Providenciales, home to the World’s Best Beach. The popular beachside event attracts tourists and locals alike to celebrate the islands’ most famous delicacy, historical icon, and number one export…CONCH. The main event will take place on Saturday afternoon (November 29) in the charming Blue Hills area of Providenciales, outside of Three Queen’s Bar & Restaurant...
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Youth Ambassador remarks on Turks and Caicos Islands’ 1st National Heritage Day 2014 - Oct 15, 2014 - 9:03:46 PM

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To all Turks and Caicos Islanders, residents and visitors, today we celebrate our 1st National Heritage Day. Today is the day in which we celebrate all that was inherited from past generations, maintained in the present, and bestowed to future generations. We thank God that on this special day in history that we can look back at our achievements as a people and be proud of where we have come and be even more driven to where we should go.

Being the National Youth Ambassador, I am proud to be someone who can inform our youths about our historical achievements laid down by distinguished persons such as our only National Hero and first Chief Minister, Hon. J.A.G.S. McCartney. This is a day we embrace national equality, and togetherness.  We must be proud of our language, food, music...
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Miss Universe TCI: Culture is the Soul of a Nation - Oct 8, 2014 - 8:01:56 PM

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TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS - An Address to the Nation on National Heritage Day - from Shanice Williams, Miss Universe Turks and Caicos 2014:

Culture is the soul of a nation; the finest expression of humanity and a record of a people’s evolution and advancement. From Salt Ponds, to the Conch Farm; from “going-in-the-field” to billion dollars luxury resorts; from the peaceful donkeys in Grand Turk to the Private Jets in Providenciales; from potato bread to Lobster in reduction sauce; Pepper Joy to Bambara Rum, as a people our cultural story demonstrates a culture in evolution and advancement and that my fellow countrymen is our Heritage.


This is what has and will distinguish us from every other nation in the world. It is our unique marker, our signature across history and it is what follows us into the world even as it brings the world to us. And so, I call on you, as your Queen, with pride and affection for all that we are throughout...
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TCI Appoints Human Rights Commission Chairman and Board - Sep 25, 2014 - 7:04:31 PM


TURKS & CAICOS - A new Chairman and five board members have been appointed to TCI’s Human Rights Commission, Governor Peter Beckingham has announced.

Representing communities across the islands, the Chairman and Members will work together with the Director of the Human Rights Commission, Mrs. M. Doreen Quelch Missick, to:

- promote the observance of human rights in the Turks and Caicos Islands;

- receive and investigate complaints of breaches or infringements of rights or freedoms of the individual as set out in the Constitution or in international
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TCI's First Female Chief Justice Sworn In - Sep 22, 2014 - 2:40:56 PM

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His Excellency the Governor, Peter Beckingham, swore in Ms Margaret Ramsay-Hale as the Turks and Caicos Islands first female Chief Justice today, September 22.

The Chief Justice is the highest judicial officer in the country, and acts as a chief administrative officer for the courts. The principal responsibilities of the position include presiding over b oth civil and criminal trials in Grand Turk and Providenciales, as well as dealing with sufficiency, plea and direction hearings.

“I warmly welcome the appointment of the first female Chief Justice in the Turks and Caicos,” commented the Governor speaking at the ceremony...
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Amanyara Funded Learning Centre Unveiled At Oseta Jolly Primary - Sep 18, 2014 - 2:12:43 PM

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TURKS & CAICOS - The Oseta Jolly Primary School (OJPS) officially opened the doors to its state of the art learning centre on Tuesday, 16 September 2014.

The inauguration of the OJPS ‘Peaceful Place’ learning centre is the result of a joint venture by the school and the staff of the Amanyara Resort on Providenciales to provide the 530 students ranging from ages 4 to 13 years, material that will improve study skills, knowledge, and understanding of the world at large; an opportunity for  students and teachers to explore a wealth of information for projects and assignments ; an independent approach to learning, helping  learners to succeed in a knowledge and information based society...

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Turks & Caicos government announces senior appointments - Sep 9, 2014 - 4:23:22 PM

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The Deputy Governor’s Office announces the appointment of six new senior managers within the Turks and Caicos Islands Government (TCIG).

Deputy Governor, Hon. Anya Williams said: “During the last year we have worked to fill several key vacancies across government and have already begun to reap rewards from these appointments.”

“Several of the new senior appointments have come from within the civil service, while others are returning former civil servants and also some new candidates.”

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InterCaribbean Airways Increases Caribbean Connections - Sep 4, 2014 - 2:03:16 PM

PROVIDENCIALES, Turks & Caicos Islands - interCaribbean Airways extends their partnerships with the travel agent community and is hosting an event to meet The Bahamas Travel Agents and Travel Press.

interCaribbean Airways has been expanding their schedule, created well timed connections from cities for easy connection across the Western Caribbean. For the non USA visa holder, now is easier than ever to travel without flying into the USA to cross the Caribbean. From Nassau (NAS), interCaribbean Airways offers your clients non-stop flights to Providenciales (PLS) in the Turks & Caicos Islands.
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TCI Government Convenes National Disaster Committee Meeting - Sep 2, 2014 - 7:52:05 PM

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TURKS & CAICOS - The Acting Governor and the Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) convened a national disaster committee meeting about the country’s ongoing recovery works from the floods caused by Tropical Storm Cristobal today, Tuesday, 2 September 2014.

Following the 14 inches of rain that deluged the islands of North Caicos, Middle Caicos and Providenciales over the weekend of 22-23 August 2014, there was significant flooding on each of these islands. The meeting also discussed the country’s readiness for the remainder of this year’s hurricane season which ends on 30 November.
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Turks and Caicos Authorities Intercept Illegal Haitian Immigration Attempt - Sep 1, 2014 - 3:13:45 PM

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TURKS & CAICOS - A sloop carrying 82 would be illegal immigrants was intercepted by the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force (RTCIPF) and brought safely to port at South Dock, Providenciales at 10.00am today, Monday, 1 September 2014.

The vessel was captured following a report passed to the police by immigration staff at the government’s coastal radar station.

The 60 males and 22 females were handed over to immigration officials at the detention centre.  After processing they will be repatriated to Haiti ...
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