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Causeway repairs in doubt

May 28, 2015
At an April 10 town hall meeting for North and Middle Caicos held in the Conch Bar Community Centre, Premier Rufus Ewing and contractor Chuck Musgrove of Provo fielded questions regarding the nature and timing of repairs to the causeway joining North and Middle Caicos.

Post cabinet meeting statement

May 28, 2015
Governor Peter Beckingham chaired the 14th meeting of the Cabinet on Wednesday 20 May 2015 at the House of Assembly Building on Grand Turk. All ministers were present except the premier, the minister of finance and the minister of tourism, environment, culture and heritage.

EU assessment recognises improvement in public finances

May 28, 2015
EU assessment recognises improvement in public finances The Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) government has significantly improved the performance of its Public Financial Management (PFM) according to a leading European Union (EU) assessment. The TCI’s 2015 Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability (PEFA) assessment showed substantial...

UK Civil Service College supports senior TCI leaders

May 28, 2015
UK Civil Service College supports senior TCI leaders Senior leaders in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) government will benefit from an intensive leadership and development programme being delivered by the UK Civil Service College this week, 26-28 May 2015. The deputy governor, permanent secretaries and other senior officials are taking part in the event.

Government employees receive new pay arrangements

May 28, 2015
Government employees receive new pay arrangements Turks and Caicos Island (TCI) civil servants are benefiting from their new increased salaries as of Thursday, 21 May 2015. This follows the TCI government previously announcing its pay and grading review, which will see $9 million being invested in attracting, retaining and rewarding front line public workers.

Motorized sloop intercepted with 142 migrants

May 19, 2015
A 36-foot Haitian sloop with a 175 horsepower Yamaha engine was detected at approximately 4:16 am on Tuesday heading towards the Five Cays area of Providenciales. The vessel was detected by the radar station and intercepted by officers of the Royal Turks and Caicos...

Former premier plays race card over Privy Council decision

May 18, 2015
Former premier plays race card over Privy Council decision Former premier Michael Misick, who is said to have improperly diverted some US$180-plus million of public funds during his time in office, and his former minister of lands McAllister ‘Piper’ Hanchell, issued a statement last week in response to the Privy Council’s rejection of their appeal.

PNP government belatedly taking on PDM policies, says opposition leader

May 18, 2015
PNP government belatedly taking on PDM policies, says opposition leader The Progressive National Party (PNP) government is awkwardly but belatedly following the suggested policies of the Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM) opposition, said opposition leader Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson, speaking during the House of Assembly debate on May 15 on the...

A PDM government would stand for culture, says leader

May 18, 2015
Speaking at the House of Assembly meeting on Thursday 14th May, leader of the opposition Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson drew a line in the sand on culture when she stood up to object to the Rufus Ewing government’s plans to dissolve the Cultural and Arts Commission.

TCI turtles fitted with satellite transmitters on the move

May 18, 2015
TCI turtles fitted with satellite transmitters on the move Two more teenage green turtles have been captured and fitted with hi-tech satellite transmitters, then released on the Caicos Banks as part of ongoing research by the Turks and Caicos Islands Turtle Project (TCITP) to find out about the movements of these spectacular animals. At the beginning of the month...

Tourism Board appointments provoke latest ministerial clash

May 14, 2015
Tourism Board appointments provoke latest ministerial clash The ongoing power struggle between members of the Progressive National Party (PNP) cabinet has spilled over into a hurriedly patched up conflict over the appointment of Tourism Board members. Minister of tourism, Porsha Stubbs-Smith, dubbed by many as the minister of travel...

Governor wants more tourism spending on Grand Turk and family islands

May 14, 2015
Governor wants more tourism spending on Grand Turk and family islands Speaking to the TCI Hotel and Tourism Association on May 5, Governor Peter Beckingham called for more to be done to build on the recent success of Providenciales being named the world’s most beautiful island by Tripadvisor.  In a press release from the Governor’s Office, Beckingham...

Government outlines financial year performance

May 14, 2015
Government outlines financial year performance The Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) government generated a US$77.3 million operating surplus for the financial year ending 31 March 2015, according to an announcement on Wednesday. The government said the surplus further consolidates the islands’ position as one of the strongest...

Governor responds to 'grossly unkind' media report

May 14, 2015
Governor Peter Beckingham issued the following statement on Wednesday in response to a story in the Sun newspaper, and reported by other outlets. “I would like to correct an article published in The Sun newspaper on 8 May 2015 alleging that the Deputy Attorney-General...

Privy Council throws monkey wrench in former premier's plans

May 12, 2015
Privy Council throws monkey wrench in former premier's plans The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in London on Monday threw a monkey wrench in the plans of former Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) premier Michael Misick by denying his appeal seeking to enforce his right to trial by jury instead of by judge alone as requested by the prosecution.

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