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News from the Turks and Caicos Islands:




Causeway repairs in doubt

At an April 10 town hall meeting for North and Middle Caicos held in the Conch Bar Community Centre, Premier Rufus Ewing and contractor Chuck Musgrove of Provo fielded questions regarding the nature and timing of repairs to the causeway joining North and Middle Caicos.

Post cabinet meeting statement

Governor Peter Beckingham chaired the 14th meeting of the Cabinet on Wednesday 20 May 2015 at the House of Assembly Building on Grand Turk. All ministers were present except the premier, the minister of finance and the minister of tourism, environment, culture and heritage.

EU assessment recognises improvement in public finances

EU assessment recognises improvement in public finances The Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) government has significantly improved the performance of its Public Financial Management (PFM) according to a leading European Union (EU) assessment. The TCI’s 2015 Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability (PEFA) assessment showed substantial...

UK Civil Service College supports senior TCI leaders

UK Civil Service College supports senior TCI leaders Senior leaders in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) government will benefit from an intensive leadership and development programme being delivered by the UK Civil Service College this week, 26-28 May 2015. The deputy governor, permanent secretaries and other senior officials are taking part in the event.

Government employees receive new pay arrangements

Turks and Caicos Island (TCI) civil servants are benefiting from their new increased salaries as of Thursday, 21 May 2015. This follows the TCI government previously announcing its pay and grading review, which will see $9 million being invested in attracting, retaining and rewarding front line public workers.

British Virgin Islands to host regional parliamentary conference

British Virgin Islands to host regional parliamentary conference The British Virgin Islands (BVI) will host the 40th annual conference of the Caribbean, Americas and the Atlantic Region of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA). Over 70 parliamentarians drawn from member states of that body are expected to arrive in the BVI in July.

Local Expressions: Surprise, surprise, surprise: Gomer Pyle, I mean Mr Ex-premier!

Can someone please say when it was that the PNP government ever approached Britain for independence? The one time I know that independence ever became an issue between the two governments was when in 1979 then Chief Minister JAGS McCartney went to London...

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Letter: Was Judge Schuster even qualified to be appointed a judge of the Supreme Court?

As much as we may like, this issue of appointing shady and questionable judges to the Supreme Court will not go away. This issue is with us to stay. Judge Schuster raises an interesting and critical dilemma for the legal profession, the Supreme Court, the Judicial Services Commission.

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TCI rally team heads to Barbados

TCI rally team heads to Barbados Stan Hartling and Paul Horton are heading to Barbados this week in preparation for the Rally Barbados international racing event, which is being held from Friday, May 29, until Sunday, May 31. The event is one of the largest motor sport events in the Caribbean with approximately 100 race teams competing.

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Motorized sloop intercepted with 142 migrants

A 36-foot Haitian sloop with a 175 horsepower Yamaha engine was detected at approximately 4:16 am on Tuesday heading towards the Five Cays area of Providenciales. The vessel was detected by the radar station and intercepted by officers of the Royal Turks and Caicos...

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Former premier plays race card over Privy Council decision

Former premier plays race card over Privy Council decision Former premier Michael Misick, who is said to have improperly diverted some US$180-plus million of public funds during his time in office, and his former minister of lands McAllister ‘Piper’ Hanchell, issued a statement last week in response to the Privy Council’s rejection of their appeal.

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PNP government belatedly taking on PDM policies, says opposition leader

PNP government belatedly taking on PDM policies, says opposition leader The Progressive National Party (PNP) government is awkwardly but belatedly following the suggested policies of the Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM) opposition, said opposition leader Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson, speaking during the House of Assembly debate on May 15 on the...

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