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Bureaucracy is the greatest threat in an emergency, says finance minister

August 29, 2014
Minister of Finance Washington Misick expressed alarm on Thursday in the House of Assembly as to how the elected government can respond to matters of national emergency.  “Bureaucracy is the greatest threat to these islands,” Misick argued, referring to the provisions of the constitution...

Government continues flood recovery effort

August 29, 2014
The acting governor and premier received the latest update about the territory’s recovery from Tropical Storm Cristobal on Thursday. The Disaster Executive Policy Committee, co-chaired by Acting Governor Anya Williams and Premier Dr Rufus Ewing, along with ministers and...

Public schools opening delayed

August 29, 2014
Public schools will now reopen on Monday, 8th September 2014. The 2014-2015 academic year was scheduled to begin on Monday, 1st September; however, with the passage of Tropical Storm Cristobal and the resulting flooding across much of the country, a number of students...

Post cabinet meeting statement

August 29, 2014
Acting Governor Anya Williams chaired the 22nd meeting of the Cabinet on Wednesday 27th August 2014 at the House of Assembly Building on Grand Turk. All Ministers were present except Minister of Finance and Minister of Border Control and Labour.

Committee meets to discuss flood recovery

August 26, 2014
The Turks and Caicos Islands government executive policy committee met on Monday to discuss a recovery plan following flooding caused by Tropical Storm Cristobal. Around 12 inches of rain fell on the TCI over the weekend 23-24 August 2014. Flood water is several feet deep in places.

New rainfall insurance package not purchased by TCI government

August 26, 2014
Although a member of the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF), the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) did not participate in a new excess rainfall insurance package offered by the facility. The CCRIF recently announced that just eight of its 16 members have purchased the policy.

Premier responds to flooding

August 25, 2014
Premier responds to flooding Premier Rufus Ewing’s administration has rushed to respond to close to 12 inches of rainfall from Tropical Storm Cristobal over the weekend that resulted in widespread flooding in Providenciales and North Caicos. Extensive flooding has been reported in several areas.

Providenciales hit by heavy flooding

August 24, 2014
Providenciales hit by heavy flooding Heavy rains from the weekend passage of Tropical Storm Cristobal caused widespread flooding in Providenciales. Floodwater engulfed the entire downtown area, including the parking lot of the Island Pride Supermarket and Town Centre Mall, the main downtown roads and stadium area.

Storm warning issued for TCI

August 24, 2014
Storm warning issued for TCI Tropical Storm Cristobal formed on Sunday over the Bahamas and storm warnings have been issued for the southeastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands, where heavy rainfall is likely. Interests in the northwestern Bahamas should also monitor the progress of this system.

Former premier's mansion up for sale

August 23, 2014
Former premier's mansion up for sale The former mansion of disgraced former Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) premier Michael Misick has been placed on the market for sale at a bargain price of $7.5 million – just half of the real value suggested by local sources. The 11,000 square ft property has a checkered history when Misick and...

Post Cabinet update

August 23, 2014
Governor Peter Beckingham chaired the 21st meeting of the Cabinet on Wednesday 13th August 2014 at the Office of the Premier, Hilly Ewing Building on Providenciales. All Ministers were present except Deputy Premier, Minister of Health and Minister of Government Support Services.

TCI tourist arrivals soar in first half of 2014

August 23, 2014
Tourism officials in the Turks and Caicos Islands have cause for optimism as overall tourist arrivals to the destination surged 35 percent year-on-year in the first half of 2014. A combined total of 676,937 visitors were welcomed to the destination; this number represents...

TCI student wins regional essay competition

August 23, 2014
Martha Bohlale Rakuoane, a student of the Helena J. Robinson High School, Turks and Caicos Islands, won the US$1,000 first prize of the Caribbean Organization of Tax Administrators (COTA) Essay Competition 2014. Jessica Ramnauth of Brickdam Secondary School...

2014/2015 lobster season opens

August 23, 2014
The Department of Environment and Maritime Affairs (DEMA) has reminded all fishing interests, restaurants and general public of the opening of lobster season, on Friday 15 August 2014. The season will run through to 15 March 2015. Postponing the season by 15 days has been proven...

Tax on tourism services approved

August 23, 2014
The Revenue Department in the Ministry of Finance has advised that the House of Assembly has approved an amendment to the Hotel and Restaurant (Taxation) Ordinance to provide for the imposition of a tax on tourism services. The commencement date of the amendments...


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