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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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Turks & Caicos Islands Government sees significant progress in nationwide recovery efforts - Sep 1, 2014 - 2:05:43 PM

The Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies (DDME) has reported that the Turks & Caicos Islands Government (TCIG) has seen significant progress in its recovery efforts around the islands. 

Dr. Virginia I. Clerveaux, Director, DDME reported “With a continued increase in manpower and equipment, the recovery process is expected to be completed in approximately one week.  All major government roads in Provo are cleared and most in North and Middle Caicos, with the exception of the Kew settlement...” 

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Update: Turks & Caicos Islands Government continues flood recovery effort - Aug 28, 2014 - 7:06:40 PM

The Turks and Caicos Islands’ Acting Governor and Premier received the latest update about the nation’s recovery from Tropical Storm Cristobal today, Thursday, 28 August 2014.

The Disaster Executive Policy Committee, co-chaired by the Acting Governor the Hon. Anya Williams and Premier Hon. Dr. Rufus Ewing, along with Ministers and Senior civil servants, received the very latest information from North Caicos and Providenciales.

Director of Engineering and Maintenance Services, Xavier Malcolm, who is leading the effort on North Caicos advised that this afternoon flood water levels in Bottle Creek had significantly reduced due to a combination...
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Turks and Caicos Public School Opening Delayed - Aug 28, 2014 - 9:17:14 AM

TURKS & CAICOS - The Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports & Library Services wishes to advise the general public that public schools will reopen on Monday, 8th September 2014. The 2014-2015 academic year was schedule to begin on Monday, 1st September, however, with the passage of Tropical Storm Cristobal and the resulting flooding across much of the country, several students and teachers have been affected thus, hampering a smooth opening. After consultations with school officials a decision was taken to delay the reopening of schools by one week.

The Ministry of Education is committed to ensuring that all schools are in readiness to receive students and welcome teachers.... 
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TCI Ministry of Health and Human Services issues advice to residents in areas affected by flooding - Aug 27, 2014 - 1:08:38 PM

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TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS - Heavy rainfall from the passing of Tropical Storm Cristobal over the weekend has resulted in significant flooding in several Islands especially Providenciales, North Caicos and Middle Caicos.

· Beware of and avoid areas where there is floodwater as it may be contaminated by oil, gasoline, or raw sewage. Don’t allow children to play in floodwater.

·  Stay away from downed power lines and report them to the power company.

·  Service damaged septic tanks, cesspools, pits, and leaching systems as soon as possible; damaged sewage systems are serious health hazards...
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Flight Operations Resume at Providenciales Airport Following the Passage of Tropical Storm Cristobal - Aug 26, 2014 - 1:57:57 PM


PROVIDENCIALES, Turks & Caicos Islands, Monday, August 26th, 2014 – Flight operations at Providenciales Airport resume normal operations following the passage of tropical storm Cristobal. The storm’s passage though the Turks and Caicos Islands left a trail of cancelled flights due to its impact on the islands.

Flight operations at Providenciales International Airport were suspended since Sunday due to heavy rain, strong winds, low visibility and cloud ceiling. These prevented safe operations into the country’s main port of entry.

Commenting on the suspended flight operation, Airport Authority’s CEO...
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‎Governor and Premier lead Turks and Caicos Storm Recovery - Aug 26, 2014 - 11:58:18 AM

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The Turks & Caicos Islands Government (TCIG) Executive Policy Committee met to discuss the recovery plan following flooding caused by Tropical Storm Cristobal, today, Monday, 25 August 2014.

Around 12 inches of rain fell on the TCI over the weekend 23-24 August 2014. Flood water is several feet deep in places. There has been one confirmed fatality to date.

This committee will determine how TCIG will tackle the damage, mainly on the islands of Middle Caicos, North Caicos and Providenciales, by assessing the impact of the storm and allocating resources to assist in the recovery...
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Tropical Storm Cristabol effects flight operations at Providenciales Airport - Aug 25, 2014 - 2:56:30 PM

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PROVIDENCIALES, Turks & Caicos Islands, Monday, August 25th, 2014 – Tropical storm Cristobal’s passage through the Turks and Caicos Islands has left a trail of cancelled and delayed flights due to its impact on the islands. Flight operations at Providenciales International Airport were suspended at 10:09 a.m. local on Sunday.

Heavy rain, strong winds, low visibility and cloud ceiling continue to occur, preventing safe operations into the country’s main port of entry. The adverse weather condition began late on Friday and continues unabated.
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TCI Premier: Money, Manpower and Immediate Assessment after Tropical Storm Cristobal - Aug 25, 2014 - 2:25:39 PM

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MONEY, MANPOWER and IMMEDIATE ASSESSMENT are what Premier Hon Dr. Rufus Ewing promoted in a noonday press conference (Monday August 25, 2014) held at the Ministry of Health office in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos.

One emergency meeting has already been held in Grand Turk this morning, and the country's Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies has determined that two shelters will be opened, that more manpower is required and an immediate assessment of the damages in hardest hit North Caicos and Providenciales are a must.

Government has already determining that they will have to draw money from various TCIG departments to finance a swift clean up and pumping...
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TCI top model Brielle Swann graces the cover of Times of the Islands magazine - Jun 20, 2014 - 6:51:28 PM

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PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands  – Times of the Islands summer 2014 issue is set to hit newsstands and better retailers today! On the cover and in an eight-page editorial spread is TCI’s newest Top Model, Brielle Swann.

Having being named the FACE of the Turks and Caicos on Friday, May 2nd by industry experts at the Williams Auditorium in Providenciales, the Grand Turks native took the plunge in her first of many editorial photoshoots to come. The shoot, which took place at the award-winning Point Grace Resort - was the most picturesque location with its turn-of-the-century British Colonial architecture, lush tropical foliage, fantastic vistas and lavish furnishings; made the perfect backdrop for the safari themed spread.
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Judge Imposes Reporting Restrictions on Turks And Caicos Islands Media in Case Against Prominent Attorneys - Jun 10, 2014 - 11:46:15 AM

TURKS & CAICOS SUN - A High Court Judge in the Turks and Caicos Islands has imposed some serious and unusual restrictions on how the local media can report on a case involving two prominent lawyers.

On Monday June 9th, Sir James Bruce Robertson, a New Zealand Judge who was brought in specially to hear the case, ruled that the Turks and Caicos Islands media cannot even report the charges against 57-year-old Timothy Patrick O’Sullivan of the law firm Miller, Simons, O'Sullivan and 52-year-old Gordon William Kerr of the law firm Misick and Stanbrook.

According to the court order, the media can only print "the identity of the parties, the name of the judge and of counsel representing the parties and the date of any future hearings".
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Vandalism Halts TCI’s Programme to Trap Stray Dogs - May 20, 2014 - 4:05:25 PM

TURKS & CAICOS - The Department of Agriculture has suspended the trapping of stray dogs due to consistent theft and the deliberate destruction of the equipment used to humanely trap the animals.

The Ministry of Environment and Human Affairs says it deeply regrets the suspension of the programme, which is designed to reduce the number of stray and feral dogs on the islands. The programme also aims to reduce the risk to life and property as a result of accidents or public health issues resulting from disease or bites.

Chief Veterinarian, Dr. Mark Butler noted: “Vandalism has rendered all of our traps completely inoperable and prevent the continued removal of stray dogs...
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Miss Universe TCI 2014 to Spark Canada’s Luxury Pie Magazine’s 10th Anniversary Swimsuit Edition - May 18, 2014 - 11:18:48 PM

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Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands; Thursday, May 15th 2014 – Crowned April 26th, an evening that saw grace, glamour and beauty personified, Shanice Williams, Miss Universe Turks and Caicos 2014, Digicel TCI’s newest Brand Ambassador and Saint George Fashion House Muse Model is garnering the attention of numerous pageant, beauty and fashion publications, photographers and fashion designers around the Caribbean and the world.

Shanice Williams who wore the sash Miss Grand Turk won in spectacular style ahead of First Runner Up Codee Coalbrooke, Miss South Caicos and Second Runner Up Todeline Defralien, Miss Middle Caicos. Williams also won Miss Intellect, Best in Swimsuit/Best Body, Best Evening Gown, Miss Congeniality and Miss Photogenic. She is already labeled as a front runner at the 2014 Miss Universe Pageant by pageant experts...
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Sports media training offered to TCI Football Association - May 14, 2014 - 6:12:46 PM

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PROVIDENCIALES, Turks & Caicos Islands; Tuesday, May 13th, 2014 – Over the weekend, footballers within the Women’s National Team of the Turks & Caicos Islands Football Association (TCIFA) took part in Sports Media Training.

Sports Media Training is not exclusive to footballers, but a useful tool for all athletes, coaches or team executives. Preparing athletes for interviews and press conferences; monitoring athletes social media pages and educating them about the responsibilities associated therewith is all apart Sports Media Training, as it is vital in preparing today’s footballers to be on message on and off the field and how to present themselves positively...
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TCI's Billy Forbes signs pro soccer deal with San Antonio Scorpions - May 12, 2014 - 10:14:07 PM

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TURKS & CAICOS - The Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Library Services extends congratulations to Mr. Billy Forbes, former Soccer player for the Turks and Caicos Islands on his recent signing as a professional player.

Mr. Forbes was recently signed to the San Antonio Scorpions on an eighteen-month contract.  The San Antonio Scorpions is an American professional Soccer team based in San Antonio, Texas, United States. With this eighteen month contract Billy is now officially considered a professional Soccer player.

The Ministry also extended congratulations to the Turks and Caicos Football Association for its role in Mr. Forbes’ soccer career.
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Turks and Caicos Integrity Commission - May 8, 2014 - 10:56:20 AM

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The Integrity Commission wishes to inform the public and, in particular, to remind Specified Persons in Public Life that June 30th 2014 is the deadline for filing Declaration under section 25 of the Integrity Commission Ordinance for the 2012- 2014 filing cycle. For this reason, and as part of its public education mandate to foster a better understanding of the statutory requirements on integrity and standard of conduct in public life, the Commission is pleased to present a series of Public Education Seminars throughout the Turks and Caicos lslands for Specified Persons in Public Life.

The Seminars will be held from the 12th to 23th of May, 2014 in each of the inhabited Islands. A special session will be held in Grand Turk for the Honourable Members of the House of Assembly on May 16, 2014 at 2.30pm at the House of Assembly Conference Room...
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Turks and Caicos Tourism: Eyes on Brazil - May 8, 2014 - 8:28:02 AM

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PROVIDENCIALES, Turks & Caicos Islands – Making a strong push to court Brazilian businesses and travelers as part of a strategic plan to develop the Latin American markets, the Turks and Caicos Tourist Board recently returned from a marketing and trade initiative in Brazil that culminated with a showcase at the World Travel Market Latin America (WTMLA).

After tourist arrivals from Brazil to Turks and Caicos grew by 95.5% year-on-year in 2013, from 605 tourists in 2012 to 1, 185 tourists in 2013, tourism officials are ramping up its presence in the cities of São Paulo, Rio de Janerio and Jundiaí. While the actual numbers may seem minuscule, the growth percentage is much to tout about and shows interest from this emerging market...
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Ministry Revives TCI Chapter of 100 Black Men - Apr 29, 2014 - 12:53:00 PM

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As part of ongoing efforts to empower the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI), the Department of Social Development and Gender Affairs, Ministry of Environment and Home Affairs, is reviving the TCI Chapter of 100 Hundred Black Men.

Public meetings and other activities have been planned in Grand Turk and Providenciales (see schedule below) and the Department urges existing members and other interested individuals to attend the meetings and get involved in the activities.

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(Video) Prime Minister Christie on TCI Sun TV news - Apr 18, 2014 - 10:38:11 AM

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TURKS & CAICOS - Watch a TCI Sun News report posted online on April 14th featuring the visit by Prime Minister of The Bahamas, the Rt. Hon Perry G. Christie.

Prime Minister addresses Value Added Tax (VAT) and the relationship between the two countries, Bahamas and Turks and Caicos.

Along on the trip was Minister of State for Finance Michael Halkitis, and
Minister of Labour and National Insurance & the Public Service, Shane Gibson.
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