TCIG UPDATES ON AGREED MEDIATION WITH BEACHES

TCIG UPDATES ON AGREED MEDIATION WITH BEACHES

 

TCIG has been informed, that Beaches is, regrettably, no longer willing to engage with it in a mediation concerning its outstanding tax liabilities. This is a mediation that TCIG has said for many months it was prepared to participate in, and in respect of which an agreed mediator had been selected and a date set.

We note how disappointing it has been that Beaches has seen fit to publish unnecessary and misleading press statements, by which, amongst other things, Beaches sought, it seems, to bully, coerce or cajole TCIG into acceding to Beaches’ demands. We are conscious that our people found this name-calling by Beaches offensive, and this Government has certainly felt that Beaches’ conduct has not been consistent with the proper mindset expected of a party seeking to take part in good faith discussions about their liabilities.

 

To draw a line under those undercurrents in recent press attacks levelled by Beaches against TCIG, and lest it be alleged again, whatever decisions Beaches and its off-shore owners have taken not to reopen the doors of their Turks and Caicos Islands resort cannot be properly or coherently linked with that tax dispute or its resolution.

 

It remains a great pity that Beaches has proven unwilling to date to reopen its doors. TCIG, just like every citizen of TCI, is not one to leave its colleagues, unreasonably as they may have behaved, to face economic hardship alone. It is the intention of TCIG to meet with critical stakeholders to hold urgent discussions as it relates the impact on airlift and other logistical issues that follows as a result of Beaches’ decision to remain closed at the beginning of the peak season, which is of such a critical importance to the Islands.

 

It goes without saying that TCIG is readily aware of the difficulties that the Covid-19 pandemic has presented and poses for business operating not only in TCI but worldwide. It goes further without saying that we remain, as ever, here to support our commercial colleagues, including Beaches TCI, in these unprecedented times.

 

Needless to say, we will entertain those reasonable, proper and lawful requests that Beaches might have for assistance and we will continue our willingness to engage in discussions (facilitated or otherwise), in good faith, with a view to ultimately arriving at a workable resolution for both parties. Equally, TCIG will never close its ears to sensible proposals for ways to take Beaches’ relationship with the citizens of TCI forwards in an equitable manner. 

 

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REGISTRATION FOR THE 2020/2022 ELECTORS REGISTERONGOING

TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS GOVERNMENT

ELECTIONS DEPARTMENT

GRAND TURK.

 

 

November 2, 2020

 

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

 

REGISTRATION FOR THE 2020/2022 ELECTORS REGISTER ONGOING

 

 

Supervisor of Elections has advised that the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) Register of Electors is currently being up-dated and a new Register will be published on March 31st, 2021.

 

Individuals who are not on the current Register but wish to be included in the new Register of Elector’s will have until November 30, 2020 to contact the Elections Office with the relevant documentation.

 

Registration for inclusion on the Elector’s Register is an ongoing process however, in accordance with the Elections Ordinance an up-dated Register is due March 31st each year.

 

The Supervisor encourage new applicants to apply to be included on the Register especially those who have turned 17 years old, also those who are 18 years and older and did not apply to join the Register earlier in 2020.

 

He noted “Eligible voters on the present Register of Elector’s do not need to re-apply to be included in the 2021/2022 Register, they will be automatically included unless they notify the Elections Office that they have changed their name or place of residence, or no longer meet the eligibility criteria and this includes being resident in the TCI for at least 12 out of 24 months”.

 

Individuals seeking to be registered MUST be in possession of a TCI Status Card issued by the Ministry of Border Control and those not in possession are advised to apply for one prior to registration.

 

Potential new Electors should complete the required voter registration application Form and those who have already obtained the Status Card but did not submit an application are being encourage to prepare and submit it during this process.

 

Voter Registration Application Forms for inclusion on the TCI Register of Electors for 2021/2022 may be obtained from the Elections Office in Grand Turk (Strategic Policy and Planning Department (SPPD) South Base or Providenciales Butterfield Square) or the District Commissioner’s Office in Salt Cay, South Caicos, Middle Caicos (Conch Bar) and North Caicos Bottle Creek).

 

For further information on the voter registration process, please contact the Elections Department Grand Turk (Telephone number 649-338-2304 or 649-338-2301) or Supervisor of Elections Telephone number 649-246-7742 email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Providenciales Elections Office (Telephone number 649-338-4681).

For information on the verification of TC Islander status and issuing of TC Islander Status Cards, please contact the Ministry of Border Control and Employment Services.

 

 

Lister Dudley Lewis

Supervisor of Elections

COVID-19 Community Testing Schedule: November 2020

Press Release

 

COVID-19 Community Testing Schedule: November 2020

 

The Ministry of Health wishes to advise the general public of the Covid-19 community testing schedule. This exercise will be operated on a “first-come-first-served” basis and is free of cost. The public is reminded to maintain physical distance of at least 6 feet and to wear a face covering/mask when visiting any of the facilities below:

 

Grand Turk:                                        Every Wednesday, except November 4 2020 between 2pm-4pm at the Gazebo (Pond Street, across from the Office of the Premier)

 

South Caicos:                                     Every Wednesday between 9am-12pm at the Primary Healthcare Clinic

 

North & Middle Caicos:                 Every Friday between 9am-12pm at the Primary Healthcare Clinics (Kew, Bottle Creek & Middle Caicos Clinic)

 

Providenciales:                                 The Mobile Clinic will be parked at the locations below between 10am-1pm:

Monday, November 2nd 2020                       Grace Bay (Old Scotia Bank parking lot)

 

Wednesday, November 4th 2020               New Testament Church (Blue Hills)

 

Friday, November 6th 2020                            Downtown Ball Park (Drive Thru)

 

Tuesday, November 10th 2020                     Blue Hills Community Clinic (by the Jetty/Pier)

 

Thursday, November 12th 2020                   Five Cays Community Centre

 

Monday, November 16th 2020                    IGA Graceway

 

Wednesday, November 18th 2020              Kew Town (roundabout, across from SNAP Center)

 

Friday, November 20th 2020                         Downtown Ball Park (Drive Thru)

 

Tuesday, November 24th 2020                     The Bight Community (Basketball court)

 

Thursday, November 26th 2020                   Maranatha School (Blue Hills)

 

Monday, November 30th 2020                     Smart Supermarket, Downtown (Butterfield Square)

 

Anyone with symptoms or signs of Covid-19 is asked to remain at home and call the COVID-19 Hotline on 232-9444 or 333-0911. The signs and symptoms of COVID-19 are; fever, headache, dry cough, shortness of breath, runny nose, vomiting, diarrhea, joint pain, loss of taste and loss of smell.

 

Remember to always practice the following safety measures; wash and sanitize hands frequently, maintain physical distance (at least 6 feet apart), cover your cough and sneezes and wear a face covering when in public and avoid crowds.

 

For further information, please contact 338-5474.

 

#KnowYourCovid-19Status

#COVIDStopsWithMe

#GetTested

#ProtectYourself

#ProtectOthers

#StaySafe

 

PHASE 4: Roadmap for the Reopening of TCI Schools

MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, YOUTH, CULTURE, SOCIAL AND LIBRARY SERVICES

GRAND TURK, TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS, BRITISH WEST INDIES

TELEPHONE: (649) 338-3134 Ext. 3134   FAX: (649) 946-2722 

 

29 /10/ 2020

 

MINISTER OF EDUCATION PRESS RELEASE

 

PHASE 4: Roadmap for the Reopening of TCI Schools

 

Following the successful implementation of Phases 1-3 of the Roadmap for the Reopening of TCI Schools, the Ministry of Education is currently embarking on Phase 4 activation.

 

Based on our roadmap, we would have seen the return of students to full face to face classes in Salt Cay, Grand Turk, South Caicos and North Caicos on November 3rd.  However, acting on the advice of health officials and key stakeholders, particularly school administrators, the Ministry has reviewed the Phase 4 model and decided to modify the return of students.

 

Additionally, community testing for Covid-19 has commenced, Health officials have advised that this would give a better indication of the level of containment in our communities. One initiative involves testing teachers before the activation of Phases 4 and 5. 

 

As part of the Phase 4 modification, on Monday, November 9th, students of Grades 5 & 6 will be allowed to return to school for face to face instruction. This modification will better prepare our 5th and 6th Graders for transitioning to high school. Currently, Forms 4 and 5 students are allowed face to face instruction, so the return of Grades 5 & 6 will provide a more balanced approach.  The remaining students in public and private schools will continue with remote learning. 

 

The Ministry is committed, as indicated in the Roadmap document, to have all students return to face to face instruction in January 2021.  

 

May God Bless these Beautiful by Nature Turks and Caicos Islands as we continue to play our part in keeping each other safe.

 

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CASH GRANTS TO ELIGIBLE PUBLIC SERVICE TRANSPORT LICENSE HOLDERS – DATABASE FOR SUBMISSIONS OPENS TODAY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BEGINS

 

CASH GRANTS TO ELIGIBLE PUBLIC SERVICE TRANSPORT LICENSE HOLDERS – DATABASE FOR SUBMISSIONS OPENS TODAY

 

The Turks and Caicos Islands Government has today, Monday, 26th October, 2020, opened the database to accept online submissions from Public Service Ground Transport Operators; many of whom were impacted by the economic fallout emanating from the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

The Coronavirus Ground Transport Sector Business Assistance Grant is one element of a suite of grants that the Turks and Caicos Islands Government will be offering to assist residents and businesses alike that have been impacted financially by this worldwide pandemic.  It will provide cash grants of up to $1,200.00 to taxi drivers, community cab drivers and private charter (reserve) drivers.

 

Applications will be received online by the Ministry of Finance as of 26th October 2020 until 2nd November, 2020; unless otherwise directed by the Permanent Secretary of Finance.

 

Applicants are advised that incomplete applications will not be processed.  Therefore, it is important that you ensure that you read the instructions on how to fill the application to understand clearly what is needed, inclusive of the evidence to be provided.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome as soon as possible following the submission of their applications. Successful applicants will receive an approval letter issued by the Ministry of Finance, Trade and Investment.

 

A single payment will be made by the Government Treasury directly to the applicant via cheque or direct credit to nominated bank account within two (2) weeks of the date on the letter of approval.

 

Questions concerning this application may be directed to the Ministry of Finance, Trade and Investment via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Application forms are available on the Turks & Caicos Islands Government website at web link: https://psvstimulus.gov.tc

 

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