APPOINTMENT OF COURT OF APPEAL JUDGE

On Thursday 2nd February, 2017, the Honourable Mrs. Justice Paula-Mae Weekes was sworn in by His Excellency the Governor, Dr. John Freeman CMG as a judge of the Turks and Caicos Islands Court of Appeal. Mrs. Justice Weekes was appointed to the Court of Appeal in September, 2016 for a term of 3 years.

Also present at the swearing-in of the new judge were the Chief Justice, the Hon. Margaret Ramsay-Hale as well as the President of the Court of Appeal, the Honourable Mr. Justice Elliott Mottley and the Honourable Mr. Justice Humphrey Stollmeyer, the other Justice of Appeal sitting in the current session of the Court of Appeal.

Madame Justice Weekes is a former Justice of Appeal of the Judiciary of Trinidad and Tobago where she served for eleven years until her retirement in 2016. She was appointed a Puisne Judge of the Supreme Court of Trinidad and Tobago (Criminal Jurisdiction) in 1996 where she presided for nine years before being elevated to the Court of Appeal. Prior to her appointment to the Bench, Justice Weekes served with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for eleven years and in private practice from 1993.

She is a graduate of the University of the West Indies and the Hugh Wooding Law School at which she was the Course Director in Ethics from 2011-2016.

Justice Weekes is a trained and experienced judicial educator having become a fellow of the Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute in 2000. She has designed and delivered programmes extensively in Trinidad and Tobago and also in the OECS and Jamaica over the years.

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE HON.SHARLENE CARTWRIGHT-ROBINSON ON NATIONAL PRAYER, PRAISE AND THANKSGIVING SERVICES

The Hon. Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson, Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands takes this opportunity to invite the general public to the National Prayer, Praise and Thanksgiving Services to be held throughout the Islands.

As a Christian nation, it is imperative that we recognize that as we journey through life, we embrace the opportunity to give thanks and praise to the Almighty God for his goodness and mercies that have been bestowed upon us. God has truly been good to us and we have much to give him thanks and praise for as we reflect on the course of our lives. We as a people continue to face many challenges and we need to see God’s face so that we may receive His guidance and heal our land.

These Church services seek to bring all of the Turks and Caicos Islands together, representing all sectors of society in praise and thanksgiving to God for protecting our people and in prayer with one unified voice ensuring that the voice built on by our fore-fathers will prevail as we, collectively work together in partnership to address and alleviate the social ills of our communities.

Our country has been faced with an increased number of social ills plaguing our community from crime, drugs and self-harm amongst our general population. Undoubtedly, our country calls for desperate Prayer and Thanksgiving.

Throughout the services, there will be prayers for our Churches, our children, youth and Schools, all Parliamentarians and non-elected arm of Government, the law enforcement officers/ agencies Prayers for our Civil Servant and Private sector and our elderly.

The services will take places at the following days and time:

  • Grand Turk - Salem Baptist Church on February 12, 2017 at 2:30 pm
  • Middle Caicos - Mount Moriah Church on February 19, 2017 at 11:00 am
  • South Caicos – New Testament Church of God March 3, 2017 at 2:30 pm
  • Providenciales – Bethany Baptist Church on March 5, 2017 at 2:30 pm
  • North Caicos, Kew – Church of God of Prophecy March 19 2017 at 2:30 pm
  • Salt Cay – St. John’s Anglican March 10th 2017 at 1:00 pm.

The Hon. Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson is inviting the General Public to attend these services as we seek God’s guidance and give him thanks for the countless blessings for our beautiful Turks and Caicos Islands.

MINISTER OF TOURISM ATTENDS CARIBBEAN TOURISM ORGANIZATION (CTO) COUNCIL OF MINISTERS AND COMMISSIONERS MEETING

Minister with responsibility for Tourism Honorable Ralph Higgs recently attended the CTO’s Council of Ministers and Commissioners meeting in Nassau, Bahamas during the period January 30 - February 1st.

The meeting welcomed a number of regional tourism leaders, who collectively engaged in discussions on private/public partnership for marketing the Caribbean in 2017, culture and the development of the Caribbean’s Human Capital and the Caribbean Leaders’ Summit.

Minister Higgs commented, “Turks and Caicos Islands is pleased and honored to be a part of the CTO membership, as it is the premier organization representing the Caribbean as a whole. These meetings provides an ideal forum to discuss the issues and challenges affecting Caribbean Tourism and to discuss the solutions and to adapt best practices employed by other members of the organization. As the new Minister for Tourism, I am looking forward to making Turks and Caicos contribution to the industry”

Whilst in the Bahamas, the Minister also attended the Caribbean Travel Marketplace (CTM), the largest tourism marketing event in the Caribbean. The event showcased thousands of hotels, tourist boards, tour operators and airlines amongst other agencies in the travel industry. Turks and Caicos was well represented with a large contingent of tourism professionals including the Turks and Caicos Tourist Board, Hotel and Tourism Association and representatives from the various hotels.

During his travel, the Honorable Minister also commenced initial discussions with reputable airline company IBC, regarding the prospect of airlift to the island of Grand Turk. The meeting served as an exploratory one, with future discussions and engagements to continue with relevant stakeholders. Further details will be forthcoming as this initiative progresses.