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Breaking News: 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...

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.

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...

A PDM government would stand for culture, says leader

Speaking at the House of Assembly meeting on Thursday 14th May, leader of the opposition Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson drew a line in the sand on culture when she stood up to object to the Rufus Ewing government’s plans to dissolve the Cultural and Arts Commission.

TCI turtles fitted with satellite transmitters on the move

TCI turtles fitted with satellite transmitters on the move Two more teenage green turtles have been captured and fitted with hi-tech satellite transmitters, then released on the Caicos Banks as part of ongoing research by the Turks and Caicos Islands Turtle Project (TCITP) to find out about the movements of these spectacular animals. At the beginning of the month...

Local Expressions: The PNP never insisted on jury trials before

If you roll back the hands of time you will find a desperate and eager Mike Misick petitioning the court to overturn elections results in two constituencies to try to gain power from the Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM). The Progressive National Party (PNP), as a whole...

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Commentary: TCI held hostage

Commentary: TCI held hostage Kidnapped and being held hostage is one of life's most terrible possibilities. Freedom is a precious thing! However the former premier has held the entire TCI hostage for three long years. Michael Misick's exit and hiding and his fighting of extradition from Brazil absorbed two years. He arrived back...

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Commentary: Coincidence in Bermuda?

Commentary: Coincidence in Bermuda? Recently on April 3, 2015, I read that the government of the Turks and Caicos Islands had signed a $224 million arrangement to develop a hotel resort. At first glance it sounded great. Then something grabbed my attention. A name I had heard before very recently and very frequently. No way, José...

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Tourism Board appointments provoke latest ministerial clash

Tourism Board appointments provoke latest ministerial clash The ongoing power struggle between members of the Progressive National Party (PNP) cabinet has spilled over into a hurriedly patched up conflict over the appointment of Tourism Board members. Minister of tourism, Porsha Stubbs-Smith, dubbed by many as the minister of travel...

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Governor wants more tourism spending on Grand Turk and family islands

Governor wants more tourism spending on Grand Turk and family islands Speaking to the TCI Hotel and Tourism Association on May 5, Governor Peter Beckingham called for more to be done to build on the recent success of Providenciales being named the world’s most beautiful island by Tripadvisor.  In a press release from the Governor’s Office, Beckingham...

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Government outlines financial year performance

Government outlines financial year performance The Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) government generated a US$77.3 million operating surplus for the financial year ending 31 March 2015, according to an announcement on Wednesday. The government said the surplus further consolidates the islands’ position as one of the strongest...

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Governor responds to 'grossly unkind' media report

Governor Peter Beckingham issued the following statement on Wednesday in response to a story in the Sun newspaper, and reported by other outlets. “I would like to correct an article published in The Sun newspaper on 8 May 2015 alleging that the Deputy Attorney-General...

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Local Expressions: Whither next?

In what must be a huge disappointment – feeling that they would fare better with a jury of their peers – the Privy Council on Monday, May 11, rejected the appeal of eight of the ten defendants. In Misick and others (Appellants) v The Queen (Respondent) (Turks and Caicos), “The appellants argue that...

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Privy Council throws monkey wrench in former premier's plans

Privy Council throws monkey wrench in former premier's plans The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in London on Monday threw a monkey wrench in the plans of former Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) premier Michael Misick by denying his appeal seeking to enforce his right to trial by jury instead of by judge alone as requested by the prosecution.


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