PRESS RELEASE: MINISTER SCHOOL VISITS MARKS NEW TERM

The first day of the new Turks and Caicos Islands new public school term was marked by a visit by the Deputy Premier and senior government officials to public schools today, Monday, 8 September 2014.

The Hon. Akierra Missick, who is also Minister for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture visited all three public schools on Providenciales in order to bring in the new academic year, welcome two new school principals, and to see for herself the progress made in the summer repair and refurbishment programmes in each property.

She visited Clement Howell High School, Ianthe Pratt and Enid Capron Primaries, with the public schools on the other inhabited islands being visited throughout September.

“It is great to see the staff and students returning to their classrooms after the one week delay caused by Tropical Storm Cristobal,” said Minister Akierra Missick. “The country is really bouncing back from the flooding, and the way that the parents and private companies around our public schools have joined in the effort to get things ready for the new term is very inspiring.

“It is great to see new people with new ideas, in the form of our two new principals at Enid Capron and Clement Howell schools. I would like to congratulate them and send them our best wishes as they rise to their new challenges of professionally managing their establishments, and ensuring that their students are properly prepared for adult life, both academically, but also by becoming great citizens.”

“I am very proud of my team over these past few weeks,” said Deputy Secretary Russell Cox. "They rose to the challenge of recovering from the storm and have also delivered a substantial work programme in our schools. I am sure that students, parents and teachers will welcome the repair and maintenance works conducted and will play their part in looking after our schools estate.”

The Ministers were joined on their facility tour by Education, Youth Sport and Culture’s Permanent Secretary Cheryl Ann Jones and Director of Education Edgar Howell.

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PRESS RELEASE: TCI Receives Final Country Poverty Assessment Report

The Caribbean Development Bank Social Sector Division officially handed over the final Country Poverty Assessment Report to the Turks and Caicos Government today, Thursday, 11 September 2014.

The report showed that the proportion of people living in poverty in the islands has reduced.

In 2012 22 percent of the population and 16 percent of households were living in poverty, compared to 26 percent and 18 percent respectively in 1999.

However, due to the greatly increased population, the absolute number of poor people in 2012 (6,800), rose from the 1999 figure (3,900).

The study found that there was a strong correlation between nationality, household size and level of poverty in the Turks and Caicos Islands, where incomers have contributed to the poverty ratios. 

The Country Poverty Assessment funded through a grant of more than $130,000 that also included support for the 2012 Census.

It involved an assessment of the social and economic conditions of the TCI using a household survey.

Commenting on the exercise CDB Social Sector Division Chief Deidre Clarendon said: "The Caribbean Development Bank is pleased to hand-over the Final Report of May 2014, to the Government.

“Having completed the CPA and indeed the Census, the Government is now equipped with up-to-date information and data that is readily available to inform its development, planning and responses."

Acting Governor Her Excellency Anya Williams remarked: "I would like to thank the Caribbean Development Bank for their continued support and partnership with the Ministry of Finance, particularly the Strategic Policy and Planning Unit.”

Premier Honourable Rufus Ewing added: "The Turks and Caicos Islands Government is grateful to the CBD for this report. We will carefully review and will use to assist us in developing policies and programs to assist in improving the conditions of those living in poverty."

A preliminary summary of the CPA's initial findings was released earlier this year while details of the final Country Poverty Assessment Report will subsequently be released by the Strategic Policy and Planning Unit.

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PRESS RELEASE: House Of Assembly - CONSTITUTIONAL REVIEW COMMITTEE MEETING SCHEDULE

From

THE OFFICE OF THE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY
CONSTITUTIONAL REVIEW COMMITTEE
Public Notice No. 2 of 2014

The Constitutional Review Committee has held its first meeting today 5th September 2014, in the West Committee Room, Hon. N. J. Francis Building, Grand Turk

Six (6) out of the (7) Members were in attendance and the Chairman expressed his delight in the attendance of members and their willingness to serve. Members expressed their excitement and eagerness to begin work.

The Committee discussed the Terms of Reference and prepared a schedule of meeting for Public Consultation.

Schedule for Public Meetings:

Grand Turk – 16th September 2014
Private meetings for Civic Groups, Churches and Associations
10:00a.m. – West Committee Room – Hon. N. J. S. Francis Building

Public Meeting
6:30 p.m. at the Ona Glinton Primary School Auditorium 

Salt Cay – 17th September 2014
10:00 a.m. at the Salt Shed

Providenciales – 18th September 2014
Private meetings for Civic Groups, Churches and Associations
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Hon. Hilly Ewing Building, Leeward Highway 

6:30p.m. Public Meeting
Gustavus Lightbourne Sports Complex 

South Caicos – 25th September 2014
6:30p.m. at the Regatta Village 

Bottle Creek, North Caicos – 30th September 2014
6:30p.m. – Adelaide Omeler Primary School

Middle Caicos – 1st October 2014
10:00a.m – Middle Caicos Community Center 

Kew, North Caicos – 1st October 2014
6:30p.m at the Hubert James Primary School

 

The Committee invites and welcomes written submissions. However please note that the deadline for these submission will be 30th September 2014, these submissions can be emailed to the following email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or drop off to the Office of the House of Assembly, Grand Turk, the Office of the Premier, Hon. Hilly Ewing Building, Providencales or the District Commissioners Office throughout the Islands.

The Committee also welcomes private meetings with Churches, Civic Groups and Associations etc. This arrangement can be made by contacting Mrs. Tracey I. Parker, on 338-3759, 232-1472 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Committee is required to complete all consultation and to produce a Final Report by November 15th, 2014. It is encouraging all residents to be a part of this important process by availing yourselves of the opportunities available for consultations on the proposed dates.

 

Daniel Malcolm
Chairman