DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMETAL HEALTH ADVISES AGAINST THE PRODUCT, INTERNACIONAL AGUA

Please note, that Environmental Health Officers have noticed that the bottled water supplied by INTERNACIONAL AGUA and located at Teresa Suarez, No. 12, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic are being imported to the Turks and Caicos Islands via the Dominican trading vessel, and are being sold to the general public and supermarkets. The bottled water (16 oz and 1 gallon) does not carry any best before or expiration dates for these products. 

We have identified that this practice has become a trend over the past few months.

In accordance with the Food and Drug Ordinance 2016 Section 7 subsections 1 and 2, the above mentioned issue will be a violation of the ordinance. This means that all food and drinks must be labelled and packaged correctly giving its shelf–life.

Store owners are hereby advised that all goods must be properly labelled and dated according to the Food and Drug Ordinance 2016. Failure to comply will result in these goods being confiscated and disposed of by the Environmental Health Department.

For further information contact Environmental Health Department via telephone number 338-2144/42.

MEMBER OF PUBLIC PROSECUTIONS INVITED TO FIRST EVER ASSET RECOVERY INFORMAL NETWORK MEETING

During the 14th to 17th November 2016, Senior Prosecutor Clement Joseph from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions was invited to Barbados by the Organization of American States to attend a meeting that set up the first ever Asset Recovery Informal Network (ARIN).  This network is modeled after a number of such outfits operating in Latin America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.  The purpose is to create a close fraternity within the Caribbean where information can be shared in real time to assist other jurisdictions in Financial Crimes and as well as other crimes without suffering through time and other inhibitors created by bureaucratic red tape.   

Mr. Joseph was accompanied by Inspector Paulin Nemours of the Financial Crimes Unit of the Royal Turks and Police Force and he was sponsored by the Foreign Commonwealth Office out of Miami, USA.  The new Organization has been officially named as the ARIN-Carib. It will conduct Annual General Meetings where information will be shared and progress reviewed.   Mr. Joseph and Inspector Nemours are the Turks and Caicos Islands representative to the Organization.  

On the heels of this meeting, from 18th to 20th November Mr. Joseph also visited Jamaica at the invitation of the Jamaican Bar Association, where he delivered a presentation to the local Bar on the recent changes on the law of Joint Enterprise.  His presentation was widely praised by the legal fraternity in obtaining their credits of Continuing Legal Education credits required to maintain proficiency required to practice in Jamaica.  He has done this jurisdiction proud and has been invited back at next year’s conference. 

 

EX-GRATIA PAYMENTS FOR FORMER TCIG WAGED EMPLOYEES

The Ministry of Finance is in the process of finalizing the payment of terminal benefits (Ex-gratia Payments) to all waged persons that ended their tenure with the Turks and Caicos Islands Government during the period 2009 to 2016.  We are happy to announce that at Cabinet meeting on the 26th October 2016 approval was granted for waged persons, who were not in receipt of severance payments, upon completion of their tenure with the Turks and Caicos Islands Government to receive a maximum ex-gratia payment of four months wages. These initial payments will be disbursed on the 12thDecember 2016.

It is important to note that a further review of pensions and gratuities will be conducted by the Ministry of Finance during the next financial year.