On Thursday this week, we will join the Gender Desk and the rest of the world in celebrating women. This year’s theme “Press For Progress” is a call for continued action among women to do more and to be more. Women have made many leaps and bounds over recent years at home and abroad and should be celebrated.

Whilst TCI is looked at as a leading country in terms of gender parity with a recent upsurge in women in high offices of leadership, there remains much to do. We must not be content until every little girl is given equal opportunity to access any office or make any career choice she wishes to and to be able to enjoy equal pay.

Throughout the month of March, in honor of our women, as Premier, I will host Luncheons, participate in sporting events and surprise several of our leading women around the Turks and Caicos Islands.

All Ministers of Government will join in celebrating women and we are intent on reaching out to and recognizing women who are often overlooked and who have been and continue to be trail blazers.

Women throughout the Islands should look to join in these celebrations:

  • March 6, 2018, we celebrate the women of the Twin Islands during a Luncheon
  • March 13th, 2018, we celebrate the women of South Caicos during a Luncheon
  • March 17th, 2018, the Premier’s Office in conjunction with Women In Sports will host a sporting event in the Nation’s Capital.
  • March 21st, 2018, we celebrate the women of Salt Cay during a Luncheon
  • The month will end with a Celebration of First Ladies on the Island of Providenciales

As the daughter of a strong women, influenced by strong women throughout the TCI and especially on the Island of South Caicos and raising two strong young women myself, I am indeed honored to be able to celebrate each and every woman and girl in these Islands and I look forward with great anticipation to the rest of this month.

School Students Meet Satellite-Tagged Sea Turtles

School students on Providenciales had an opportunity to meet four sea turtles who were tagged with satellite transmitters as part of the turtle project. The project, initiated in 2008, is a collaborative assignment by the Department of Environment & Coastal Resources (DECR), Amanyara and the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), UK.

The turtles were caught by experienced South Caicos Fishermen, Mr. Dave Clare and Mr. Gilbert Jennings, and the project scientists tagged and released four sizeable green sea turtles over a period of five days. The turtles were tagged at the National Environmental Centre, at the DECR, and while this was being done school students had the opportunity to learn and ask the scientists questions about the turtles, the tagging process, as well as meet the turtles face-to-face.

“When I first saw the turtle I was scared, but I see that they are gentle animals that we should look after. I love turtles!”, said one student.

Gaining an understanding of the movements of sea turtles is far from a simple task: turtles spend most of their life at sea, below the surface and tend to migrate long distances during different developmental, breeding and adult feeding phases. Recent technical advancements and the use of satellite transmitters have greatly increased our knowledge of local turtle migrations.

“The DECR is excited to have the opportunity to collaborate with the public and private sector to understand more about sea turtles in the TCI and how they use the marine environment here, as well as where they migrate to. It has also been rewarding and inspiring to have students involved in the experience, and we hope they stay engaged with the project, track the turtles over the coming months, and continue to ask questions and learn about the amazing natural environment in the TCI.” said Katharine Hart, DECR Environmental Officer.

Sea Turtles are very special animals, for a number of reasons, here are some fun facts about sea turtles: The oldest known sea turtle fossils date back about 150 million years, making them some of the oldest creatures on Earth. They love to travel, and some species can travel more than 10,000 miles every year. When it’s time to lay their eggs, female sea turtles return to the same nesting grounds where they were born, however since they don’t have to return to land to lay eggs, males almost never leave the ocean. During incubation, sex is determined by the temperature of the surrounding environment. Warm temperatures tend to produce more female hatchlings, whereas cooler temps result in males It is estimated that only one hatchling in a thousand will make it to adulthood.

Green sea turtles can stay underwater for up to five hours, but their feeding dives usually only last five minutes or less. There are seven species of sea turtles, six of which are either threatened or endangered. Humans pose the biggest threat to a sea turtle’s survival, which contributes to problems such as entanglement, habitat loss and consumption of their eggs and meat.

The DECR respectfully requests that anyone encountering a satellite tagged turtle in TCI waters please leave the animal alone, but report the sighting to DECR at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 342-7729.



Vandalism of the Water Main Located on Church Folly, Grand Turk



The Ministry of Infrastructure, Housing and Planning in collaboration the Water Undertaking Unit within the Department of Public Works, would like to advise the residents of Grand Turk that Friday, 2nd  2018, the water main that services church folly, Hospital road and Pond street was vandalized and sustained major damage as a result.


Water Undertaking is utilizing all efforts to expedite downtime and would like to thank the General Public for their patience and understanding, while we seek to have this matter rectified.


The Ministry and Department would like to ask all customers to be as vigilant as possible and notify the Water Undertaking Division at 1 649 338 3519 or 1 649 338 3522, if you notice any leaks or any person(s) tampering with the system.  





The Ministry of Health wishes to alert the public to the recent increase in cases of measles within the region. All of the cases reported within the region were imported from Europe.  For 2017, the World Health Organization has reported 14,451 confirmed cases of measles in 30 European countries and 30 deaths.  In 2017, the region of the Americas reported 952 confirmed cases and 2 deaths from measles in Venezuela.  Since 2018, there have been 13 imported and 7 suspected cases of measles in other countries within the region.

Measles is a highly infectious disease accompanied by a rash with fever and at least one of these three symptoms: coryza (runny nose), cough and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The rash starts behind the ears and then spreads to the head and neck, followed by the rest of the body. Other symptoms include small greyish white spots with a bluish-white center inside the mouth, cheek and throat and body aches.  It is spread through droplet infection; coughs and sneezes. 

The period when a person is infectious and can spread the virus is within 7 to 10 days of exposure, but can be up to 14 days.  The number one way of preventing measles is through vaccination with the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine.  This vaccine is offered free of cost at all primary health care facilities within the Turks and Caicos Islands.

The Turks and Caicos Islands has maintained high immunization coverage, over 95%, in the MMR vaccine. This means we have very good “herd” immunity in the country.  The last reported case of measles in the TCI was in 1991.  Although, we have good “herd” immunity, persons who are not protected with the vaccine are at an increased risk of contracting the virus.  The TCI is home to over one million visitors annually; this places the country at risk for importation and re-introduction of measles.

To be considered fully protected against measles, individuals must have two doses of the MMR vaccine. The TCI offers this at ages 1 and 2 years.  Parents who are uncertain about their child’s immunization status should bring their take-home vaccine cards into any primary care clinic to have it checked.  Persons who are uncertain of their immunization status may also visit the clinic to determine their status and be vaccinated if necessary.  If you are concerned that you might have been exposed, please contact your health care provider.

For more information please contact a Public Health Nurse at your local Primary Health Care clinic on 338- 5474, 338-5470 or 946-5613 or, you may contact your local health care provider.

Help us keep TCI measles free!


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