TCIG OBSERVES INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

PRESS RELEASE

 

TCIG OBSERVES INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

 

The Special Needs Unit within the Ministry of Health, Sports, Agriculture & Human Services joins the rest of the world on Thursday, December 3, 2020 in observance of International Day of Persons with Disabilities under the theme: “Building Back Better: toward a disability-inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 World”. The annual observance was proclaimed in 1992, by the United Nations General Assembly resolution 47/3. This day is annually observed to promote full and equal participation of persons with disabilities and take action for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in all aspects of society and development.

 

During the month of December, various community outreach initiatives will take place including the launch of the “We Care Program” focusing on the elderly with disabilities.  This programme will provide care packages (inclusive of commercial diapers, gloves and inco pads, thermometers, etc.) for those qualifying and will commence on North/Middle Caicos.   Additionally, various persons in the communities will receive adaptive equipment (wheelchairs, walkers, canes etc.).

 

The Special Needs Unit will also strengthen corporate responsibility with entities such as Kischo, who have donated various food items which will be utilized in South Caicos for food hampers for those in need.  Also, stress balls and stretch bands will be provided for persons with disabilities to assist with exercise at home during the pandemic. Children have not been left out as some 25 children with special needs will receive various educational and life skills materials. e.g. communication boards, dress myself and other fun activities.  In keeping with our vision of inclusion, supplies will also be donated to Ashely Learning Center, for the opening of face-to-face school in January, 2021 inclusive of thermometers, signs and masks etc.

 

As we celebrate this festive time, the Special Needs Unit is pleased to announce the 10th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at The Sylvia Mehaldo Aged Care and Special Needs Center in Grand Turk, on December 10, 2020 at 4:30 pm. Attendees will be asked to remain in their vehicles in order to comply with Covid-19 safety requirements.  From a distance, clients and staff will entertain with the singing of carols and the reading of the Christmas Story, as we celebrate the Year of the Nurse and thank our front line workers.

The World Health Organization recognizes that a world where all people attain the highest possible standard of health and well-being is only possible if health systems are inclusive of people with disabilities. Countries need to shift towards a service delivery system rooted in the communities, reaching out and empowering people with disabilities. 

 

The World Health Organization states that people with disabilities have been amongst the most vulnerable populations during the current COVID-19 outbreak due to many health, social and environmental barriers, discriminatory attitudes and inaccessible infrastructure. Let us help protect our vulnerable population including persons with special needs and the elderly by wearing a face covering, practicing social distancing and frequent hand washing.

 

Persons are encouraged to contact the Special Needs Office at 338-2171 in Grand Turk or 941-3187 on Providenciales for inquiries or for the registration of persons with the Special Needs Unit.

 

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CLOSE OF NASSAU GROUPER SEASON, 01 DECEMBER 2020

CLOSE OF NASSAU GROUPER SEASON, 01 DECEMBER 2020

 

The Department of Environment and Coastal Resources (DECR) is reminding the public that the 2020 Nassau Grouper Season will be close on Tuesday, December 1st, 2020.

 

The Fisheries Protection Ordinance (Amendment) Regulation 12(1A) states: “The close season in relation to Nassau grouper shall be from the first day of December to the twenty-eight day of February (inclusive) in each year or such other dates as may, from time to time, be appointed by the Governor in the Gazette”.

 

During the closed season, any person who fishes for, purchases or is in possession of a Nassau grouper will be committing an offence that is punishable by a fine of $5,000 or six months imprisonment or both. 

 

The DECR is urging all fishers, restaurant owners, private residents and plant owners to ensure that no Nassau grouper remains in their possession as of Tuesday, December 1st, 2020.

 

Please report any contravention of the Fisheries Protection Ordinance Regulations to the DECR at 338.4170 or emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

The DECR is seeking the cooperation of the public in the above matter.

 

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PREMIER ATTENDED VIRTUAL JOINT MINISTERIAL COUNCIL MEETING

PRESS RELEASE

 

BEGINS

 

PREMIER ATTENDED VIRTUAL JOINT MINISTERIAL COUNCIL MEETING 

 

The Premier Honourable Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson attended the annual Overseas Territories Joint Ministerial Council (JMC) on 23 – 26 November 2020 which was held virtually. 

 

The aim of the annual conference is to join together leaders from the Overseas Territories and UK Ministers and to review and implement a shared strategy for ensuring the security and good governance of all Territories and their sustainable economic and social development. 

 

The 4-day meeting features presentations from various other territory leaders and round table discussions on a number of matters affecting the UK Overseas Territories including:  

  • COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Constitutional Relationships 
  • Economic Resilience  
  • EU Exit  
  • Trade  
  • Protection of the Vulnerable
  • Prisons  
  • Environmental Protection and Funding  
  • International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Instruments Implementation Code 
  • And Border Security.   

 

During day one of the meetings, Premier Robinson gave a presentation on Border Security, highlighting TCI’s management of illegal migration and human trafficking through its National Security Strategy and multi-sector partnerships including the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police, US Coast Guard and Bahamas Defence Force.  

 

Following the Premier’s presentation, a roundtable discussion ensued to outline further border security challenges experienced around the region and a full outline of the UK funded Border Security Programme.

 

On day two, Baroness Sugg invited Premier Robinson to speak to the impact of COVID-19 on the Turks and Caicos Islands Economy and TCI’s short, medium and long term plans in response to the pandemic.  

 

During day three of the meeting, the Premier made a third presentation on Her Majesty’s Prison highlighting the TCI Government’s investment in the redevelopment, management and hiring and training of staff at the facility. 

 

The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force and the UK Government has lent their support in physical manpower and funding, in partnership with the TCI Government which has in the National Budget allocated funding to fulfill much needed upgrades to the facility.  

 

Leaders heard from His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson as well as the Minister for the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, Baroness Sugg.   

 

The Premier was joined by His Excellency Governor Nigel Dakin, Executive Director for the Office of the Premier, Local Government and Community Affairs, Ronlee James and UK Representatives for the TCI Government London Office, Tracy Knight and Kimo Tynes. 

 

Government Ministers joined during sessions that discussed any matters pertaining to their respective Ministry. 

 

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TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF THE GOVERNMENT BUSINESS PARK

PUBLIC NOTICE

 

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF THE GOVERNMENT BUSINESS PARK

 

THE PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE FOLLOWING DEPARTMENTS; CUSTOMS, IMMIGRATION, CUSTOMER SERVICE, EMPLOYMENT SERVICES, REGISTRATION AND CITIZENSHIP AND ROAD SAFETY WILL BE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC ON WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 2ND 2020, TO FACILITATE THE OPENING AND NAMING CEREMONY OF THE TURKS AND CAICOS GOVERNMENT PARK, ON AIRPORT ROAD PROVIDENCIALES.

 

WE WILL RESUME NORMAL BUSINESS ON THURSDAY 3RD, DECEMBER 2020 AT 9 AM.

 

SORRY FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE THIS CLOSURE MAY CAUSE.

 

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World AIDS Day Message

From the Director of the Health Promotion and Advocacy Unit

 

World AIDS Day Message

 

Today we commemorate World AIDS Day, a day set aside to bring more awareness about HIV and AIDS, to show our support for persons living with HIV and to pause and remember persons who have passed. This year World AIDS Day is observed under the theme "Global Solidarity, Shared Responsibility". This theme is especially important, as COVID-19 increasingly affects all our communities locally, in other parts of the Caribbean and globally, it continues to remind us of the essential role that communities and key partners have played, and continue to play in the AIDS response at our international, regional and local levels. 

 

It has been 32 years since the start of this epidemic, we today come together for another World AIDS Day, stating the need for Solidarity and expressing our Shared Responsibility. We must remain concerned about the lasting impact that COVID-19 could have on the Turks and Caicos Islands and our region. We have experienced firsthand the threat to our health care services, the impact on critical medical supplies including medication. 

 

We have learned many lessons with HIV that we have been able to use in our latest challenge of COVID 19. We have come a long way and are fortunate to have achieved great progress towards the elimination of HIV and AIDS in the Turks and Caicos Islands. This disease is no longer the death sentence it once was. We have recently celebrated with a client who was born with HIV 30 years of life, a great success story. However, despite the gains we have made in controlling the epidemic, there are still challenges to overcome including COVID-19. This present pandemic, COVID-19, has been a real eye opener for us all. We must ensure that especially during COVID-19 the human rights of People Living with HIV continue to be respected and that People Living with HIV are treated fairly.

We will most definitely continue to have challenges but together, we will overcome them. We have shown our resilience in the face of COVID 19 by ensuring that persons living with HIV still had access to HIV services but all aspects of our services must continue to be strengthened. We all have a role to play whether it be government or civil society, let us together heighten our collective responses to HIV with more robust outcomes which lead us to our goal of an AIDS free Turks and Caicos by 2025.

I leave you with this quote from Martin Luther King to ponder “Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?”. Let us together take responsibility working together solidarity we all have a role to play.

 

A successful virtual seminar on HIV management for health care workers was held on the 30th November where CME credits obtained. We encourage persons to visit their health care providers and get and HIV test, it is important to know your HIV status. Join us live on our Facebook page TCI Health Promotion and Advocacy on Friday December 4th at 7PM for our virtual concert in observance of World AIDS Day

 

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