Turks and Caicos Government Offers Interest Free Christmas Advance to Civil Servants

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NEWS RELEASE

 

Turks and Caicos Government Offers Interest-Free Christmas Advance to Civil Servants

 

The Turks and Caicos Islands Government is pleased to advise of the approval of the Public Financial Management (Special Christmas Advance) (Temporary Provisions) Bill 2020 which was approved by the Cabinet and subsequently the House of Assembly to facilitate the payment of an interest-free Christmas Advance to all interested Civil Servants.

 

The Turks and Caicos Islands Government has for the past two decades and beyond, always provided its staff with some form of a Christmas Advance/Loan Program. 

 

In 2011 TCIG regrettably ceased the direct offering of the program itself due to fiscal constraints.  However, a partnership was entered into with the local financial institutions to offer a program to staff at commercial interest rates.

 

In 2019 TCIG reinstated the direct offering of an interest-free Christmas Advance to its staff on more favorable terms than in the past as the previous programs only allowed a maximum payout of $2,000 while the new program allows staff up to a maximum of their basic monthly salary.

 

Some 1,148 civil servants benefited from the 2019 program at a cost of $2.9m to the Turks and Caicos Government with a payback rate of over 99% demonstrating its great success.

 

Commenting on the program Deputy Governor Anya Williams said:  “We are pleased to once again offer our staff an interest-free Christmas Advance Program this financial year. 

 

Civil servants have worked tirelessly throughout the past few months during the pandemic to ensure that service continued to be delivered to persons across the Turks and Caicos Islands in a highly difficult environment. 

 

They have done an excellent job in responding to the pandemic by working to keep us safe and healthy, ensure that revenue continued to be collected, expenses continued to be paid, our borders were able to be reopened, our streets continued to be policed and maintained and our children continued to receive instructional learning through our online learning platforms, among other areas.

 

We are grateful for their continued dedication and commitment and will continue to do our best to improve the social, economic, and physical well-being of civil servants across the TCI by continuing to establish policies and programs to their benefit.”

 

Premier Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson in commenting said:  “Notwithstanding the fiscal challenges around the world at the moment, my Government is pleased to once again facilitate an interest free Christmas Advance program for the civil service this year.

 

We know that this has been a very difficult year for many persons, including persons in the civil service who while receiving their full salaries during the pandemic may still have been impacted by other means due to loss of income by other family members.

 

Having prioritized our finances, we have as a government sought during the pandemic to provide much-needed support to persons across the Turks and Caicos Islands through our Stimulus, Business Grant, Feeding and other assistance programs and will continue to provide support and assistance where necessary to all persons possible, including those in the civil service.”

 

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The Office of the Premier's Christmas Drive-Thru Luncheon - Grand Turk

The Office of the Premier's Christmas Drive-Thru Luncheon - Grand Turk

 

"The Premier Honourable Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson cordially invites residents in the Nation's Capital, Grand Turk to join us in celebration of the Christmas Season this Friday, 11 December 2020 at the Office of the Premier, Durham's Building, the Ridge for the Office of the Premier's Christmas Drive-Thru Luncheon starting at 3pm.

 

We look forward to welcoming kids and adults to a fun and socially distanced Christmas celebration."

 

“BECOME A SOCIAL MEDIA STAR!”

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“BECOME A SOCIAL MEDIA STAR!”

 

The Ministry of Youth is hosting an Interisland Video Campaign Competition that will make one lucky participant an instant local star. The goal is to create a catchy and compelling campaign video to promote the Ministry's new focus on Technical & Vocational Education transformation (TVET).  

 

We are looking for the most captivating and eye-popping content. Whether you are displaying your musical talents or bubbling personality, show the entire Turks and Caicos Islands with an original video between One (1) and Two (2) minutes long. Any profanity or inappropriate language will automatically disqualify the participant.

 

The rules of the competition are as follows;

  1. Entries must be shared on the TCI Government’s Facebook Page, https://www.facebook.com/pressofficetcig/ using the hashtag #TVETTRANSFORMATIONTCI. The public will be welcomed to vote on their favourite submission. The public’s vote will account for 25% of the overall score.
  2. Entries will be assessed by an independent panel of judges. The winning submission will be used in the Ministry’s marketing and education campaign.
  3. Entrants must agree to hold the Ministry and all Ministry employees harmless against any and all claims and liability arising out of the use of their submission. Entries must assume all liability for any injury or damage caused from the participation in the competition or use/redemption of any prize.
  4. The Ministry reserves the right to re-record the winning entry in order to ensure a minimum quality standard for broadcast.
  5. By submitting their entry, entrants give permission to the Ministry to use their entry without need for any further permission or releases.
  6. The compensation for submitting an entry is the opportunity to be awarded the prize, of a tablet, if the entrant wins. No additional compensation will be made for entries submitted. The entrant accepts all copyright liabilities. The entrant warrants that all submissions are their own work, and all necessary permissions to use voice, music, images have been obtained.
  7.  Content of submissions must comply with all local and national laws of the Turks and Caicos Islands. Content must not:
  8. Promote illegal behavior
  9. Support racial, religious, sexual or other invidious prejudice
  10. Advocate sexual or violent exploitation
  11. Violate rights established by law or agreement.
  12. Invade the privacy of any person; or be in otherwise inappropriate as determined by the Ministry
  13. Ownership of the underlying intellectual property of the entry remains with the entrant, with the exception of the following:
    • Winning entrant grants the Ministry the right to use their names and submission for advertising, publicity and promotional purposes without notification or further compensation.
    • Winning entrant also grants the Ministry the right to use, reproduce, reprint, distribute, perform, and/or display their submission without further compensation or notification.
    • The Ministry maintains the right to reproduce, reprint, distribute, perform, display, or exhibit the entries for advertising, publicity and promotional purposes on our website, social media channels, on broadcast television (free to air and cable channels) in cinemas, at events or at any other venues or media outlets as determined by the Ministry

 

The Deadline for submissions is 13 December 2020 and the winner will be announced on 20 December 2020.

 

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Government Dental Services - Dentist to visit North Caicos

 

Public Notice

Government Dental Services -  Dentist to visit North Caicos

The General Public is hereby informed, that the Government Dentist will be visiting the Island of North Caicos on Wednesday 9th December 2020. ALL persons requiring Dental treatment should visit the Bottle Creek Health Clinic, during normal working hours. 

The Government dentist will be doing regular visits on the Second and Last Wednesday of every month.

Please ensure that you wear your face covering to attend the clinic, practice social distancing, and follow the Ministry of Health Protocols as it relates to Covid-19.  Persons with symptoms of Covid-19 are reminded to stay home and call the Health Hotlines.

For More information, Please Contact the Dental Clinic in North Caicos on Telephone - 338-3050.

 

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Opening of the Mary Robinson Primary School

Press Release

 

Opening of the Mary Robinson Primary School

 

Tuesday, 1st December 2020 marked the re-opening of the newly renovated Mary Robinson Primary School on the island of Salt Cay by the Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands, Hon. Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson and the Minister of Education, Youth, Culture, Social and Library Services, the Hon. Karen Malcolm.

 

The school was among other government estates that suffered damages as a result of the two hurricanes in 2017, namely Irma and Maria, which caused the closing of the school and the displacement of students to the Methodist Sunday School on Salt Cay.

The Ministry of Education credited this milestone to the dedicated staff of the Public Works Department and the committed contractor, Salt Cay Building Services, who saw the undertaking of this project not only as a job but their duty to see that the work was completed, and the beloved Mary Robinson Primary School returned to the community of Salt Cay.

 

Other notable persons in attendance at the ceremony were the Deputy Premier, Hon. Sean Astwood, Hon. Edwin Astwood, Hon. Ralph Higgs, Hon. Goldray Ewing, Government Appointed Member, Hon. Maxovanno Thomas, the Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Amin McCartney, and District Commissioners Mrs. Almaida Wilson, Mr. Noel Hamilton and the residents of Salt Cay. They all joined the Premier, and Minister of Education, along with the teacher and students of the School for the ceremonial ribbon cutting in declaration of the School being officially reopened.

 

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