European Union confirms nearly $30M for the Turks and Caicos

The Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) had nearly US$30m (€25.6m) of European cash to support its education and business sectors confirmed at the EU’s recent Overseas Countries and Territories (EUOCT) event 24-26 February 2015.

“We can now reveal that the TCI has secured $16.39m of new funding to support our education sector,” said Deputy Governor Anya Williams, “this in addition to the $13.3m already announced for improving the way that government interacts with businesses in our Territory. We have already arranged important training for government commercial officers in this regard for April.

“I have worked with the EU for three years to secure this funding, which we are eligible for thought the UK’s membership of the EU. This is bringing us a range of new opportunities to the TCI.”

“That the TCI has secured nearly $30m in direct funding from the European Union is recognition of the significant improvements that we have made in both our economy and public financial management,” said Finance Minister Washington Missick.

“We will now use these funds to boost arguably our two most important sectors in the short to medium term - education and business. The TCI will also look to play its part alongside other countries and territories in protecting our environment and biodiversity, as well as looking to increase out use of renewable energies, which can only further benefit our people and commercial institutions.”

The EUOCT event saw leaders from 22 European Union countries and territories, including the  eight inhabited UK Overseas Territories, gather for the 13th EUOCT Forum, held in the British Virgin Islands,to strengthen their relationships with key EU institutions and to discuss how they can work better together.

It took place under the patronage of the outgoing Chair Dr. Orlando Smith, Premier of the British Virgin Islands, European Commissioner for International Development and Development, Neven Mimica and other high level EU Commission officials, including Marcus Cornaro, Deputy Director General for International Cooperation and Development and Member of the European Parliament, Maurice Ponga.

Turks and Caicos Authorities Intercept Illegal Immigration Attempt

A sloop carrying 56 would be illegal immigrants (50 males and 6 females) was intercepted by the marine division, Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force (RTCIPF) at 11:25pm, Thursday, 26 February 2014.

At 10:15pm the Marine Police was alerted by immigration staff at the government’s coastal radar station of a suspicious vessel being tracked, they deployed shortly after.

All Marine Branch assets and officers have since returned Safely to the Marine Base.

All 56 individuals are now being processed by health and immigration officials and will be deported at the earliest opportunity.  All appear to be of Haitian origin. 

The Police can be contacted anonymously on 911 or Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1-800-8477. Tips can also be submitted anonymously in English, French or Spanish on either www.crimestoppers.tc or on Facebook as a fan of Crime Stoppers Turks & Caicos. Crime Stoppers tips are received in the USA.

Youth Department Successfully Host First Stage of Anti Violence Workshop

The Department of Youth Affairs, held the first of its series of workshops aimed at Violence prevention aimed at boys and young men. The workshop took place on Tuesday, 17th February 2015 at the Community College Auditorium, Grand Turk.

Topics covered included:

  • Youth, Violence and the Society
  • The relationship between violence and the impact on family, home, individual and society
  • Conflict resolution with tips and techniques on different approaches to solving conflicts
  • Changing course-- preventing the call to join gangs/groups
  • The role of the Family, Counselors, Religious Institutions, Community, and Government in violence prevention
  • Violence prevention through sporting clubs and activities

Presenters included Dr. Timar Stephenson-Education Planner; Donte Francis- National Youth Ambassador; Damian Wilson and Donavan Fulford who presented on violence prevention and sports. The workshop was held as part of a new strategy by the Department aimed at reducing violence among boys and young men and additionally to create an avenue for youths, to not only have their views heard but devise a way forward for action.

Participants got an opportunity to know men in the community who could be mentors to help empower them to resist involvement in violence and develop a zero tolerance policy for their peers who were violent. The workshop was primarily attended by students from H. J. Robinson High School, Ona Glinton Primary, Eliza Simons Primary and male students from the Turks and Caicos Community College, Grand Turk Campus.

The workshop was positively evaluated by the participants, and it is expected that the information gleaned from the participants will assist in the violence prevention policy and strategy under development by the Department of Youth Affairs.

The workshop continues throughout the islands on the following days:

North Caicos – Thursday, 26th February at the Library in Bottle creek at 10:00am
Providenciales – Friday, 27th February at the Occasions Banquet Hall and Conference Centre Airport Road at 10:00am
South Caicos – Thursday, 5th March at the Community Center at 10:00am

For further information contact Nixon Dickenson, Senior Program Officer on 338 5101