NATIONAL HONOURS AND AWARDS COMMITTEE

The National Honours and Awards Committee is inviting the general public to submit nominations for the third annual National Honours and Awards Program. The program recognizes outstanding citizens who have made exemplary contributions to the country’s development.

The classifications of awards are:

The Order of National Hero:

The Order of National Hero is the highest award and may be granted to a Turks and Caicos Islander for extraordinary and outstanding achievement and merit in service to the Turks and Caicos Islands or to humanity at large.

The Order of Turks and Caicos Islands:

The Order of Turks and Caicos Islands may be granted to a Turks and Caicos Islander who has served with distinction in any field of discipline and may be conferred to upon a person during his lifetime or posthumously.

The Patriotic Awards:

The Patriotic Awards may be granted to a Turks and Caicos Islander who has demonstrated a keen sense of national consciousness and rendered exceptional sacrificial service to the islands and the people of the islands.

-          Provided that the Patriotic Award: Mouchoir Bank medal may be granted to a Turks and Caicos Islander as an honorary award for demonstrating a very high regard for national integration philanthropic

The Long Service Medal:

The Long Service Medal may be granted to a Turks and Caicos Islander who has given outstanding and exemplary public service to the islands and its people for a minimum period of twenty years.

National Young Achiever’s Medal:

The National Young Achiever’s medal may be granted to a Turks and Caicos Islander between the ages of twelve and twenty-five years who has performed exceptionally well on a national, regional or international level in the following areas (but not limited)-

-          Culture

-          Academics

-          Performing Arts; or

-          Sports

It is important that you nominate persons you believe are worthy to receive such honour with the classification of the award since the committee cannot nominate him or her for an alternative honour or awards.

Nomination forms can be collected from the Premier’s Office in Grand Turk and Providenciales; District Commissioners Office in North Caicos, South Caicos, Middle Caicos and Salt Cay, Government Website and other areas throughout the community.

Your completed nominations formed should be delivered in a sealed envelope to the Premier’s Office, District Commissioners office or any member of the Committee Marked:

Elizabeth M Wilson

Government Protocol

National Honours and Awards Committee

Office of the Premier

Turks and Caicos Islands

The form only introduces your nominee. You may add additional information regarding your nominee’s work, service and merits on an additional page to support your reason why your nominee should be so honoured; whether documents, newspaper clippings, letters, testimonials.

Nominations must be submitted by June 30th 2017.

PREMIER ON BREXIT PROCESS

“Late last week, as Premier, I received a joint official communique on the critical matter of Brexit from Mr. Robin Walker, MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Exiting the European Union and the Rt Hon Baroness Anelay, Minister of State for the Overseas Territories.

“The country would recall that I traveled to the UK for a Meeting on February 7, 2017 that was attended by Overseas Territories (OT) Leaders and representatives from all inhabited territories of HM Government of Gibraltar participating as observers. The UK OTs also used this opportunity to meet in its separate association (UKOTA) to share our immediate and individual concerns.  The UK Government has since triggered Article 50 to begin the process for the UK to leave the EU. This process is expected to take about 2 years”, said Premier Hon. Sharlene Robinson.

She continued; “The Turks and Caicos Islands and all other OTs will be affected by this decision and we have already in the meeting of February 7th, 2017 shared our concerns with the Rt Hon Baroness Anelay and Mr. Robin Walker. The Turks and Caicos as a beneficiary of EU funding continues to have this as an immediate concern and to a lesser extent the freedom of movement. The UK had then and as recent as last week, has again committed to a dialogue with its OTs and it is proposed that this dialogue be managed through expert-level, sector specific roundtable meetings. The UK has set dates for the sector specific roundtables and Tracy Knight of the Premier’s London Office will attend on TCIG’s behalf.”

In addition to the technical round tables, the FCO will continue to hold discussions with OT representatives on wider policy issues and interests linked to EU exit, including OT priorities and options for their future relationship with the EU.

The Joint Ministerial Council Terms of Reference has been issued and the UK – Overseas Territories JMC on European Negotiations Framework for Technical Level Dialogue states that the aim of these round tables will be:

  1. To ensure that the UK Departments have comprehensive information on OT interests in relation to EU exit in areas of their policy competence;
  2. To understand OT desired outcomes on areas of EU negotiations that affect them;
  3. To develop further the technical papers produced on key issues in advance of the next meeting of the Joint Ministerial Council (JMC);
  4. To feed into development of UK policy and its evolution during the EU negotiation.

The UK Ministers and Territory Leaders have agreed to two further political meetings of the JMC in 2017.

“This is an important issue for the Turks and Caicos Islands and I will continue to update the people of these Islands on this issue as it develops.”

 

OFFICE OF THE PREMEIR - PUBLIC CONSULTATION DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME

 

In 2014 the Government took a decision to cease observing Daylight Saving Time as the standard time for the Turks and Caicos Islands and in 2015 declared Atlantic Standard Time (AST) as the standard time for the Islands.

In response to an outreach of citizens expressing their concerns of public safety during the darker mornings following the adoption of Atlantic standard time. My government has agreed in Cabinet to undertake a month-long consultation on reinstatement of Daylight Saving Time and the impact and effects of the adoption of the Atlantic Standard Time (AST). 

The Office of the Premier in collaboration with the Ministry of Infrastructure, Housing and Planning, cordially invites all stakeholders to participate in providing feedback regarding AST and how it affects you and your community.

The daylight saving documentation and short questionnaire is accessible via the government website and further comments can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Should you have additional comments on the matter please see below the following ways to respond:

By email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Online Survey at the following links https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/daylightsaving

See additional information attached below:

'Consultation Paper on Daylight Saving Time'.