MINISTER RESPONSIBLE FOR LIBRARY SERVICES VISITS FIRE SITE

The Minister responsible for Library Services, Honorable Josephine Connolly, visited the remains of the Victoria Library yesterday morning. The Minister had earlier expressed both her shock and sadness when she learnt of the destruction of the historic and valuable building in a statement to the media.

She recalled favorite moments at the library and how it was central to her, and indeed many others growing up in the community of Grand Turk.  Hon. Connolly stated in an interview with Radio Turks and Caicos; This morning I was very shocked and saddened to learn that our dear historic library was destroyed by fire. The Victoria Library played a very important part in the lives of many of us; we read there, did research there, met our friends there and learnt a lot there. At this time, we must now give the police and others time to do their investigations to determine the cause of this fire.”  

The Victoria Public Library was a beautiful 19th century building built in 1887, the year of Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee but was not completed until 1889. It was reputed to have cost £568. The library was a historical site and a sight attraction for tourist visiting the island of Grand Turk.

The Minister took the opportunity to express her support to the staff who worked at the institution especially those who have given years and years of service at the Library. She comforted them and the public by ensuring them that all efforts will be made to restore some type of temporary service. 

The Minister pledged to keep the community updated as plans progress.

She expressed thanks to those organizations who already expressed interest in conducting book drives. She urged that, the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Library Services will send out a release to guide all volunteers and donors so that donations meet the key needs of the reading public especially our children.

2016/2017 Last day of Lobster Season is 31 March 2016

The Department of Environment & Coastal Resources (DECR) would like to inform all fishing interests that the last day of the lobster season is Friday, 31 March, 2017. No lobster may be caught, landed or sold after midnight. As a reminder, please note that failure to comply with the closed season will result in prosecution in court under Section 3, Part 1(12) of the Fisheries Protection Regulations.

During the closed season it is illegal for fishermen to land or trade in lobsters and for restaurants and hotels to serve lobsters. The DECR therefore urges all fishing interests to ensure that they have NO lobsters in their possession at the end of the season. Please also be reminded that in the remaining days of the season, berried lobsters (or lobsters with eggs) MUST be returned to the water.

The DECR appeals to citizens, residents and visitors in the Turks & Caicos Islands, to uphold the Fisheries Regulations, and urges all responsible citizens to call the DECR at 338 4170 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to report any violations.

LANDS DIVISION STAGES ROADSHOWS

The Lands Division of the Attorney General’s Chambers will be hosting weekly Road Shows in six (6) islands from March 17, 2017 to April 21, 2017 under the theme “Empowering Our People, Building Our Nation.

The schedule of the Road Show is provided below:

DATE                                      ISLAND                                                 VENUE

March 17, 2017                  Providenciales                                   Butterfield Square

March 24, 2017                  Salt Cay                                                Community Centre

March 30, 2017                  South Caicos                                      Regatta Village

April 6, 2017                        North Caicos                                      Horse Stable Beach

April 7, 2017                        Middle Caicos                                    Community Centre

April 21, 2017                     Grand Turk                                          Town Gazebo

 

The aim of the Road Shows is to sensitize and offer guidance to members of the public who are desirous of obtaining information about land and the procedures to be followed in relation to a series of land related transactions including:

•                    Services and products of the Lands Division

•                    Acquiring Crown Land by lease or sale

•                    Recent land policy changes

•                    Laws affecting property owners or person with interests in property       

                     Government duties and fees payable on land transactions

•                    Buying or transferring of property

•                    Valuation of properties by Government Valuation Officers

The Lands Divisions will also showcase its achievements and indicate some of its future plans.

Tatum Clerveaux, Commissioner of Lands indicated; “The Lands Division was formally established in 2012 as a result of the Turks and Caicos Islands Government Public Sector Reform Programme. Its main objective is to ensure that the land resource of the Turks and Caicos Islands, which is the country’s most important and critical asset, is used in an efficient and responsible way in order to achieve the sustainable development of the Islands. The Lands Division, which falls under the aegis of the Attorney General’s Chambers, is  comprised of four main departments; namely, the Crown Land Unit, Survey and Mapping Department, Valuation Department and the Land Registry. By merging the various land functions under a single umbrella, it is envisioned that the delivery of the services of the various departments will be more efficient.”

The Commissioner further added; “The vision of the Lands Division is to be a modern land management agency that puts customers and quality at the heart of the services offered. Its overarching mission is to facilitate improvement in the quality of life of all Turks and Caicos Islanders through professional, transparent and efficient administration, equitable access, secure tenure and sustainable management of our land resources.”

With this is mind the Lands Division wishes to enlighten its customers by embarking on a public education campaign to sensitize Turks and Caicos Islanders about the products and services of the Lands Division so as to provide equitable access to information and guidance to all.

All are encouraged to come out and participate in the Lands Division’s Road Shows.