Fire at Providenciales Solid Waste Disposal Site

On Wednesday April 11, 2018 around 2:00a.m, the Director of Environmental Health Department (EHD) received a phone call from Turks and Caicos Environmental Management (Contractor for both solid waste disposal sites in Providenciales and Grand Turk) informing the Department that the Providenciales landfill was on fire.

 

The Environmental Health Department immediately contacted the Domestic Fire Department for assistance in getting the fire under control. The Fire Department was able to bring the fire under control by 6:00a.m.  With that said, Environmental Health Department will continue to monitor the situation and ensure that the Contractor implement measures to prevent/limit the occurrence of fires at both landfill sites.

 

Environmental Health Department would like to thank the Fire Department for their quick response and for getting the fire under control.

 

For more information, contact the Environmental Health Department on 338-5064/5044.

 

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1 WORLD FOUNDATION CLINICAL TEAM VISIT TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS

The Ministry of Health, Agriculture, Sports and Human Services, Special Needs Unit welcomes the clinical team from 1 World Foundation, an international non-profit charitable corporation comprised of volunteers from New York State, USA and Ontario, Canada. The Mission of 1 World Foundation is to assist government, private agencies, and persons with special needs through the provision of clinical, special education, administrative and training services.

 

This year a Clinical Evaluation Team comprising of a Neuropsychologist specializing assessing children with developmental delays, Occupational Therapist, a Speech and Language Pathologist and a School Psychologist Consultant will travel to three islands to evaluate children referred by their pediatricians, educators and parents because of developmental concerns (e.g. Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disability, Developmental Coordination Disorder, Speech/Language Disorder, Learning Disorder, Specified or Unspecified Neurodevelopmental Disorders) 9th -20th April, 2018. Discussing interventions with families and identifying immediate and long term treatment needs are part of the consultation process.

 

Since November 2014 one hundred and thirty-nine (139) children has been assessed in country as a result the quest for in country therapeutic services.  Shortly, Rehabilitative Services such as an Occupational Therapist along with a Speech and Language Pathologist will be a reality in the Turks & Caicos Islands. 

 

The impact of Hurricanes Irma and Maria resulted in the second visit for last year being cancelled thus resulting in a back log.  Parents are encouraged to register with the Pediatricians, Special Needs Unit or the Special Needs Education Officer. 

 

The Ministry of Health, Agriculture, Sports and Human Services, Ministry of Education, Youth, Culture and Library Services in collaboration with 1 World Foundation and are committed to developing sustainable programs for people with Special Needs in Turks and Caicos Islands.

 

For information please contact the Special Needs Unit at 338-2171.

 

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Sakera Cook Appointed As Ministry of Home Affairs Head of Secretariat

The Turks and Caicos Government is pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs. Sakera Cook as the new Head of Secretariat within the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Mrs. Cook holds an MBA in Human Resource Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Marketing from Everest University formally Florida Metropolitan University.

Having recently returned to the Turks and Caicos Islands from the United States of America, where she functioned in a diverse variety of settings, including as a Gateways Vacation Specialist with Jet Blue Airlines; Benefits Advisor at Aon Retiree Health Exchange in Orlando, Florida and as a Financial Advisor at SunTrust Bank in Orlando, Florida, which included ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements including Bank Secrecy Act, Anti-Money Laundering, OFAC, USA Patriot Act, Privacy Act and Community Reinvestment Act; Mrs. Cook took up a temporary post in the Ministry of Health Contract Management Unit some months ago before being formally appointed to the post on Head of Secretariat on Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018.

Mrs. Cook prides herself as being a highly-motivated and driven individual, known for her professionalism, leadership, organizational skills, passion and dedication to any task and is married and is the mother of two daughters.

Commenting on her appointment Mrs. Cook said; “I'm profoundly grateful and honored to be selected for this position and to be a member of a dynamic team in this ministry in particular and the public service in general. My gratitude is of course extended to all of those persons who supported and guided me throughout my personal, academic and professional journey. I am determined to use my skills and experiences to ensure that this ministry is as strong as possible and ultimately to do whatever is best for my beloved country."

Deputy Governor Anya Williams in congratulations Mrs. Cook said; “We are pleased to welcome Mrs. Cook to the Turks and Caicos Islands Civil Service and to congratulate her on her new role. The post of Head of Secretariat is a very important role that covers a wide range of responsibilities particularly in a dynamic ministry such as the Ministry of Home Affairs which is responsible for Social, Gender, Prison, Fire, Disaster Management, Communication and other services.

“As Head of Secretariat, Mrs. Cook will be responsible for coordinating the political and administrative interfaces between the Minister and Permanent Secretary within the Ministry of Home Affairs and will be responsible coordinating the secretariat function in the Ministry, which includes liaison between the Permanent Secretary and Minister, and between the Permanent Secretary Board, Cabinet, and House of Assembly for the purpose of progressing the business of the Ministry through the political and administrative processes.

“There is a requirement to review and keep track of issues coming to the Permanent Secretary and Minister from the House of Assembly, Ministry, TCIG and outside , to assist in the preparation of responses to parliamentary questions and the preparation of media and other releases and to also maintain a database of policy and legislative plans and proposals within the Ministry amongst numerous other duties.

“Mrs. Cook has demonstrated a keen interest in and knowledge of the responsibilities of her new role and we wish her well.”

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