TCIG STANDS READY TO SETTLE WITH BEACHES TCI

TCIG STANDS READY TO SETTLE WITH BEACHES TCI

 

The Government of the Turks and Caicos Islands has seen the recent statement from the Management of Beaches Resort & Spa which regrettably can only be characterised as misleading and mischievous.

 

Until now, TCIG has refrained from making any public statements as to ongoing discussions with Beaches TCI but the many actions taken by TCIG to resolve this matter are on the public record and despite public criticism, TCIG through a change in the law and through the provision of an amnesty, took active steps to reach an amicable resolution of the ongoing tax matter.

 

This recent statement by Beaches has drawn unwarranted and unfair criticism of TCIG by those who seek to make political mischief. It is important to therefore refute the assertion that TCIG's has not been engaged and that its inaction has caused a delay in the resolution of this matter. This public statement is simply to be transparent and to clarify the public record. The Premier, as Minister of Finance, has also written to Beaches in an attempt to bring clarity to this recent public stance.

 

Furthermore, the underlying premise of Beaches’ statement is fundamentally and demonstrably untrue. TCIG’s position is public and has been discussed and debated in the House of Assembly and by law it remains that there has been an underpayment of taxes whether intentional or not. But it is also the case that Beaches is the cause of the current delay in resolving the proceedings.

 

There are in fact two cases that have been brought by Beaches against TCIG. Beaches first issued proceedings in the Supreme Court in or around May 2019. TCIG gave notice of its intention to defend those proceedings promptly and in accordance with the Rules of the Supreme Court. Since then, TCIG has been actively engaged in seeking to find an amicable solution. It made little sense at that juncture to spend time and money in pleading its Defence and Counterclaim in full. In February 2020, Beaches issued a second set of proceedings, this time in the Magistrate’s Court, seeking to challenge an assessment of an independent audit (called for by Beaches). Because the Magistrate’s Court is not a court of pleadings, there was no requirement on TCIG to plead a Defence to Beaches’ claim.

 

On 29 July 2020, the proceedings in the Magistrate’s Court came on for hearing before the Chief Magistrate. Following discussions with Counsel for TCIG, Attorneys for Beaches, agreed to take instructions from Beaches about staying the proceedings before the Magistrate and having all matters in issue between the parties dealt with in the Supreme Court. Counsel said he would revert to TCIG and the Court in short order regarding his clients’ position and the matter was re-listed for hearing on 12 August 2020. Nothing further was heard from Beaches' Attorneys until they were chased on 11 August 2020 by TCIG’s Counsel. At that time, Beaches’ Counsel said that Beaches agreed to the stay of the Magistrate’s Court proceedings and he provided a draft consent order which included a provision that Beaches would amend its Statement of Claim in the Supreme Court proceedings to incorporate those reliefs sought in the Magistrate’s Court but not otherwise raised in the Supreme Court proceedings. That was a month ago. TCIG has not yet received any such amended Statement of Claim and continues to await service of the same, at which point it will then plead its Defence. Counsel for the parties have agreed that it would make no logical sense for TCIG to plead a Defence to the original claim only for it to be superceded by an amended claim which would then have to be addressed by an amended Defence.

 

Beaches’ decision to issue an inaccurate and misleading statement is disappointing and appears to be an attempt to fight the issue of Beaches’ tax liability in public rather than in a more dignified manner before the Courts, and this regrettably has forced TCIG to respond publicly in its commitment to be transparent.

 

TCIG has enjoyed an open and courteous dialogue with Beaches over the years. TCIG has made several concessions over the years and engaged from the highest level of governance with meetings including a lawyers’ meeting and meetings with the Premier, the Governor and Team Beaches, all in an effort to resolve this matter.  This recent public statement by Beaches is regrettably an open declaration of hostility towards TCIG and its timing can only be interpreted as an intentional act to cause frustration.

 

TCIG remains open to resolve this matter and has since written to Beaches to restate its known position as demonstrated over the years.

This tax matter pre-dates the current Administration and all efforts were made to reach a resolution; public and private actions demonstrate this. TCIG maintains that it is in no one's best interest to have this matter lingering. Nonetheless, Beaches does have a right to take the course of action it does in the Court and TCIG has a right to defend. TCIG stands ready to resolve this matter: be it through the filing of a Defence to the amended Statement of Claim still to be submitted by Beaches, or through the ongoing attempts at an amicable resolution.

 

TCIG, like Governments around the world, is undergoing unprecedented challenges due to the fall-out from the COVID-19 pandemic. As the largest hotel property, Beaches is important to the economy and so all concessions given to this point can be defended. Our offers to resolve are bound only by law and not an unwillingness to resolve. Despite this sudden and surprising shift by Beaches on Friday past, we trust this is not a permanent shift in its approach taken over the years, which was usually one of engagement. TCIG is hopeful that Beaches will submit its amended Statement of Claim or finalise discussions at the table so that this old matter can be put to rest.

 

TCIG has always demonstrated its willingness and maintains its willingness to resolve this matter.

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GOVERNMENT OF THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS

MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS, PUBLIC UTILITIES AND TRANSPORTATION
WATER UNDERTAKING

Telephone: 649-338-3518   Telefax: 649-946-2751

 

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

 

BEGINS

 

PUBLIC NOTICE

 

RE: Water Bills

 

The Ministry of Home Affairs, Public Utilities & Transportation in collaboration the Water Undertaking Unit, would like to advise the residents of Grand Turk residing in North Creek and Godet Allotment that water bills are available for pickup at the main office located on South Base.

 

We would like to remind customers to supply us with a reliable email address for forwarding of monthly bills. Water Undertaking thank you for your continuous cooperation and support.

 

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GENDER AFFAIRS 2ND VIRTUAL LIVE DISCUSSION

Department of Gender Affairs

Ministry of Education, Youth, Culture, Social Services & Library Services

 

Franklyn Missick’s Building, Church Folly

Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos Islands

Tel: (649) 338-2681 or 338-4004 ~ Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

GENDER AFFAIRS 2ND VIRTUAL LIVE DISCUSSION

 

The Department of Gender Affairs within the Ministry of Education, Youth, Culture Social and Library Services will be hosting its 2nd Virtual Live Discussion under the theme “Understanding Gender Roles and Strengthening the Family Unit” on September 17 – 18, 2020, commencing at 6:00 p.m.

 

It is anticipated that this forum will further enhance and improve the understanding of Gender Roles in the family setting and thereby help young males and females adapt to new behavioral patterns.

 

The traditional roles portrayed in the family setting, in light of both males and females being career oriented and seeking financial security, many times leaves pressures to be borne upon the female alone having to endure the day to day functioning in the home setting.

 

It is understood that our past historical behaviors which expected men to go out to work while women stayed at home to deal with the domestic responsibilities has now radically changed as both men and woman are breadwinners.

 

This 2-day Virtual Live Discussion involving men under the theme “Understanding Gender roles and strengthening the family unit” is focused on helping to bridge the gap in gender roles that results in informal conflicts. This outreach initiative is in keeping with our mandate that seeks to promote gender equality and sustainable outcomes.   It would also bring comfort and positive outcomes in the lives of our young women, men and families across the Turks and Caicos Islands.

 

It is hoped that this open discussion, particularly with males, will better facilitate a new awareness of this challenge.

 

We are looking to see you log on and be a part of this intriguing discussion.  

 

ENDS

 

MINISTRY OF EDUCATION ANNOUNCES 2020 INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARDEES

MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, YOUTH, CULTURE, SOCIAL & LIBRARY SERVICE

GRAND TURK, TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS, BRITISH WEST INDIES

TELEPHONE: (649) 946-2801/Ext 3134    

                                                                                                                                                                                               

PRESS RELEASE

 

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PRESS RELEASE

 

MINISTRY OF EDUCATION ANNOUNCES 2020 INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARDEES

 

The Ministry of Education, Youth, Culture, Social & Library Services is pleased to publish the complete list of recipients of the 2020 Scholarship awards to complete tertiary level studies. The Education Advisory Committee met during August to review all international applications received on or before the application deadline of 31st May, 2020.

 

 

The following sixty-two (62) international awardees were successful based on the identified priority areas, grade point averages and other policy related criteria. In total, the Educational Advisory Committee considered one hundred and fifty-six applicants (156) applications for further study, regionally and internationally.

 

 

The Hon. Karen Malcolm, Ministry of Education, Youth, Culture, Social and Library Services, extends a profound thank you to all the members of the Education Advisory Committee for their dedication to complete this year’s review of applications, and subsequent list of awardees.

 

Hon. Karen Malcolm, Minister of Education, Youth, Culture, Social and Library Services states, Congratulations to all recipients of a scholarship award this year.  My Government values education and is investing in it.  I am pleased with the scholarship awardees as we are providing greater opportunities for Turks and Caicos Islanders to help meet their goals of becoming who they want to be whilst making a contribution to society. These awards demonstrate my Government’s commitment towards and providing future leaders of the Turks and Caicos Islands.  The areas of Health and Business Studies received the majority of the scholarship awards this year.  We recognized the achievements of students who have performed well academically, however, I must also encourage the applicants who did not receive a scholarship award this year.  Please do not let this set back deter you from achieving your dreams.  Do not give up.  Apply next year.” 

 

 

 

The Ministry urges applicants who may not have been successful to re-apply to the Secretariat for possible consideration in the future.

 

Award letters will be available as of September 15st 2020. Due to the current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic letters will be emailed to ALL scholarship applicants, including scholarship awardees and those that were not successful this year.

 

THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION

 NEW INTERNATIONAL AWARDEES FOR 2020/21

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NATIONAL SCHOLARS

 

NO

SURNAME

FIRST NAME

PROGRAMME

COURSE LEVEL

1

 

Gardiner

 

Briann

Biological Science

Bachelor’s Degree

2

 

Ingham

 

Zaria

Communications

Bachelor’s Degree

3

 

Lewis

 

Caitlin

Mechanical Engineering

Bachelor’s Degree

4

 

Myers

 

Edwin Jr.

Finance and Accounting

Bachelor’s Degree

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ASSOCIATES/A-LEVELS/BTEC/CAPE/DIPLOMA

 

No.

SURNAME

FIRST NAME

PROGRAMME

COURSE LEVEL

1

Gardiner

Shawn

Mathematics Biology & Physics

A-Levels

2

 

Smith

DeAjah

Sports and Exercise Science

 

LEVEL 3 BTEC EXTENDED DIPLOMA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ATHLETICS

No.

SURNAME

FIRST NAME

PROGRAMME

COURSE LEVEL

1

 

  Howell

Angelica

Computer Science & Digital Media Informatics

Bachelor’s Degree

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AVIATION

No.

SURNAME

FIRST NAME

PROGRAMME

COURSE LEVEL

1

 

   Adams

Kirk

Aviation Management

 

Bachelor’s Degree

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BUSINESS/FINANCE & MANAGEMENT

No.

SURNAME

FIRST NAME

PROGRAMME

COURSE LEVEL

1

Adams

Herkeema

International Business

Bachelor’s Degree

2

Aurora

Khanzako

Business and Financial Management

Bachelor’s Degree

3

Bain

Kadeem

Business/Finance

Bachelor’s Degree

4

Bassett

Artavia

Finance

Master’s Degree

5

Cox

Detresha

Labour & Employment Relations

Bachelor’s Degree

6

Encarnacion

Aleidy

Accounting

Bachelor’s Degree

7

Garland

Nighah

Marketing

Bachelor’s Degree

8

Gibbs

Ania

Accounting

Bachelor’s Degree

9

Hall

Loren

Marketing and Consumer Psychology

Master’s Degree

10

Jennings

Kinara

Finance

Master’s Degree

11

Kennedy

Nerae

Accounting & Finance

Bachelor’s Degree

12

Musgrove

Zahrya

Economics

Bachelor’s Degree

13

Rolle

Maria

Accounting

Bachelor’s Degree

14

Storr

Pyteria

International Business

Bachelor’s Degree

15

Thomas

Yanea

Economics

Bachelor’s Degree

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EDUCATION

No.

SURNAME

FIRST NAME

PROGRAMME

COURSE LEVEL

1

 

Basden

 

Earlean

Education Studies

 

Master’s Degree

2

 

Grant

 

Sharonica

Leadership & Digital Education

 

Master’s Degree

3

 

Neely

 

Arielle

Education Studies

 

Bachelor’s Degree

4

 

 

Stubbs

 

 

Sheena

Management and Administration of Education

 

Master’s Degree

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HEALTH

No.

SURNAME

FIRST NAME

PROGRAMME

COURSE LEVEL

1

Adams

Arianna

Biomedical & Health Science

Bachelor’s Degree

2

Archibold

Miranda

Biomedical Science

Bachelor’s Degree

3

Been

Sharika

Biology (Pre Dental)

Bachelor’s Degree

4

Capron

Rashana

Physician Associate Studies

Master’s Degree

5

Cox

Cesleika

Biomedical Science

Bachelor’s Degree

6

Cox

Karyanna

Psychology & Minor in Social Welfare

Bachelor’s Degree

7

Forbes

Sanadia

Medicine

Bachelor’s Degree

8

Gardiner

Alekia

Adult Nursing

Bachelor’s Degree

9

Garland

Deandra

Occupational Therapy

Bachelor’s Degree

10

Hilaire Jr.

Darron

Psychology

Bachelor’s Degree

11

Jennings

Marvin

Medicine & Surgery

Bachelor’s Degree

12

Pluviose

Dahanda

Psychology

Bachelor’s Degree

13

Reid

Trincy

Adult Nursing

Bachelor’s Degree

14

Smith

Marc

Biochemistry

Bachelor’s Degree

15

Smith

Kandace

Global Health and Development

Master’s Degree

16

Tennant

D’Janelle

Medicine

Bachelor’s Degree

17

Thompson

Kali

Public Health

Master’s Degree

18

Williams

Ena

Psychology

Bachelor’s Degree

19

Williams

Brianna

Healthcare Informatics

Master’s Degree

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOSPITALITY

No.

SURNAME

FIRST NAME

PROGRAMME

COURSE LEVEL

1

 

Ellis

 

Quintaya

Tourism & Hospitality Management

Bachelor’s Degree

2

Greene

Christin

Hospitality/Culinary Management

Bachelor’s Degree

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LAW 

No.

SURNAME

FIRST NAME

PROGRAMME

COURSE LEVEL

1

 Astwood

Angelina

Law

Bachelor’s Degree

2

Dickenson

Zalnickia

Law & Sociology

Bachelor’s Degree

3

Myers

Raynae

Law & Politics

Bachelor’s Degree

4

Skippings

Candre

Law

Bachelor’s Degree

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LOGISTIC MANAGEMENT AND COMMUNICATIONS

No.

SURNAME

FIRST NAME

PROGRAMME

COURSE LEVEL

1

Moore

Jennifer

Human Resource Management

Master’s Degree

2

Williams

Darinelle

International Relations

Bachelor’s Degree

3

Robinson

Ruthea

Media Journalism

Bachelor’s Degree

 

 

 

 

 

PLANNING & ENGINEERING

No.

SURNAME

FIRST NAME

PROGRAMME

COURSE LEVEL

1

Brown

Trevante

Mechanical Engineering

Bachelor’s Degree

2

 

 

Greene

 

Tristan

 

Structural/Civil Engineering

 

Master’s Degree

 

                                                                        

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

No.

SURNAME

FIRST NAME

PROGRAMME

COURSE LEVEL

1

 

Cox

 

Roshawn

Computer Science

Bachelor’s Degree

2

 

Forbes

 

Deronte

Biomedical Science

Bachelor’s Degree

3

 

Reagan

 

Amanda

Life Sciences

Bachelor’s Degree

4

 

Youth

 

Acheley

Biochemistry

Bachelor’s Degree

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TECHNICAL & VOCATIONAL

NO.

SURNAME

FIRST NAME

PROGRAMME

COURSE LEVEL

1

 

 

 

Outten

 

 

Clevena

Film & Television

 

Bachelor’s Degree

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ministry of Health provides an update on the increase in Covid-19 recoveries

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Press release

 

Ministry of Health provides an update on the increase in Covid-19 recoveries

 

Over the weekend, the general public would have noted on the Covid-19 dashboard that there was a significant increase in the number of recoveries from Covid-19. The Public Health Team had, until recently, largely depended on a manual system for tracking COVID-19 cases in the TCI. This process ran seamlessly at the beginning of the epidemic when the number of daily cases reported was minimal. However, as the number of cases and the associated contact tracing work increased the manual process of data collection became difficult to maintain. While it did not impact the tracking of positive cases, it did cause a delay in the reporting of persons being released from quarantine and persons being considered recovered.   

 

To facilitate more efficient data collection, and to prevent delays in reporting, the World Health Organization’s Go.data system, an electronic data processing system, is being implemented throughout the islands. The Go.data system is an outbreak investigation tool for field collection during public health emergencies. It includes functionality for case investigation and contact follow up and is designed for flexibility in the field. With the new system, contact tracers throughout TCI are equipped with tablets for the purpose of data collection and up-to-date reporting. This system is already being utilized in Providenciales and Grand Turk, following a brief training session, and will be rolled out to the other islands throughout the week.  

 

As a part of the data transfer process, i.e. from the old system to the new system, an exercise was undertaken to update all case and contact records. This led to a significant increase in the number of recoveries being reported and a significant reduction in the quarantine numbers being reported. It is important to note that with the up-to-date recording, facilitated by the Go.data system, releases/recoveries will be reported in a more timely manner.  It is also important to note that all recoveries were reported in accordance with the new policy which was recently adopted by the Government. Persons have been released in accordance with this policy, however there was a lag in updating and reporting active cases due to the high workload of the public health teams.

 

The Ministry of Health wishes to acknowledge the hard work of the National Epidemiology and Research Unit who were integral in implementing the Go.data system as well as the Public Health Team for their continued efforts in the field. This positive development will greatly assist in timely data collection and reporting going forward.


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