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Commentary: Theresa May and the shared society

January 18, 2017
Commentary: Theresa May and the shared society Many political leaders, on assuming governmental responsibilities, seek to refine and incorporate the ideas they campaigned on into a working philosophy which is intended to give the government a clear policy focus on which to formulate social and economic programmes, and give meaning...

Letter: Cut Floyd Seymour some slack and 'get over it'

January 14, 2017
Letter: Cut Floyd Seymour some slack and 'get over it' In response to the statement made regarding the appointment of Floyd Seymour as chief executive officer of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) National Health Insurance Plan (NHIP), I say it is time to “get over it”. As a people we like to find fault for no reason at all. Yet In fairness to Mike Misick...

Commentary: Taking charge and navigating our lives

January 12, 2017
Commentary: Taking charge and navigating our lives Many of us live a life of cramped existence. We allow our environment to determine our thoughts and destiny, and so become caged in our circumstances. We won’t permit ourselves to transcend what surrounds us, even though evidence exists concerning another way we can live our lives.

Vessel with 84 Haitian migrants intercepted in Turks and Caicos

January 7, 2017
Vessel with 84 Haitian migrants intercepted in Turks and Caicos PROVIDENCIALES, TCI -- A motorized wooden boat from Haiti was intercepted at approximately 11:30 am on Thursday 23 miles southeast of Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) with 84 illegal migrants aboard. The vessel was spotted by officers of the Royal Turks and Caicos...

Commentary: Paul Stephenson Higgs, Sr. - Turks and Caicos unsung hero

January 5, 2017
Commentary: Paul Stephenson Higgs, Sr. - Turks and Caicos unsung hero The Hon. Paul Stephenson Higgs was born in Bottle Creek, North Caicos, on 2nd February, 1898. He was married to Brenetta E. Williams of Bottle Creek and the father of four sons and four daughters. Hon. Paul Higgs attended the Bottle Creek Primary School (now Adelaide Oemler...

Eight new zika cases reported in Turks and Caicos

January 4, 2017
Eight new zika cases reported in Turks and Caicos PROVIDENCIALES, TCI -- The ministry of health has reported that eight new cases of the zika virus have been reported in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI), including seven on the island of Grand Turk. These persons were seen during the period of October 14 to December 7.

Commentary: Populism and Turks and Caicos politics

January 3, 2017
Commentary: Populism and Turks and Caicos politics Populism is the most recent political concept to gain traction in political discourse. But in my view, elements of it have permeated Caribbean and Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) politics throughout the years, but a strict definition of it has not been advanced fully. We have an idea of what it is about...

Commentary: The way we think and feel about others

December 29, 2016
Commentary: The way we think and feel about others Caribbean society is an integral link in the global network of nations, although some of us, despite the development of technology, still feel less inclusive in our dealing with others. Global society seems to have presented greater challenges to our sense of identity, and dampened our...

Letter: December 29, 2016, and we're almost there

December 29, 2016
Letter: December 29, 2016, and we're almost there It is recorded in Biblical terms that a generation may span in the region of 40 years and counting. Well, on December 29, 2016, the Rt Hon Sharlene Cartwright Robinson, premier-elect, will be sworn in as the fourth premier and first female to lead the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI).

Commentary: Still no room for third parties and independents in the Turks and Caicos, but...

December 28, 2016
Commentary: Still no room for third parties and independents in the Turks and Caicos, but... In the December 15 Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) general elections, the now ruling People’s Democratic Movement (PDM) won ten of the 15 parliamentary seats, with the Progressive National Party (PNP) winning the remaining five. And yes, there was a new third party, the Progressive...

New Turks and Caicos cabinet sworn-in

December 22, 2016
New Turks and Caicos cabinet sworn-in GRAND TURK, TCI -- On Tuesday morning, governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI), Dr John Freeman, held a ceremony to swear-in the newly elected premier, Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson, and other members of the Cabinet appointed following the general elections held on Dec 15.

Former TCI premier resigns as party leader after election loss

December 17, 2016
Former TCI premier resigns as party leader after election loss PROVIDENCIALES, TCI -- Following the loss of his own parliamentary seat in Thursday’s general elections in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI), former premier Dr Rufus Ewing has resigned as leader of the Progressive National Party (PNP) after the party suffered a crushing defeat at the polls.

Turks and Caicos elects first female premier

December 16, 2016
Turks and Caicos elects first female premier PROVIDENCIALES, TCI -- According to preliminary results from Thursday’s general elections in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI), the British territory has elected its first female premier and at the same time continued a regional trend of ousting ruling parties. Premier-elect Sharlene Cartwright Robinson’s...

Turks and Caicos goes to the polls

December 15, 2016
PROVIDENCIALES, TCI -- Now that the campaign noise is over, the voters of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) will go to the polls on Thursday and choose their new government. As seems to be the case with all elections, this one is being touted by all sides as the most important...

Commentary: Turks and Caicos general elections - down to the wire

December 13, 2016
Commentary: Turks and Caicos general elections - down to the wire The voters of the Turks and Caicos Islands go to the polls in just a few days – December 15 to be exact. And while everyone knows what he or she will do on that day, the politicians and any polls know only what the voters tell them they will do. Which, as recently shown in the great US of A...

Commentary: Education and inequality

December 13, 2016
Commentary: Education and inequality The debate continues as to whether education fosters inequality, or is it the force guaranteeing equality. Some observers feel that education by its very nature promotes inequality, which in turn is reproduced in society. The fact that the structure of education contributes to inequality is seen...

Reassign UK aid funds from EU to OCTs, says Montserrat premier

December 12, 2016
Reassign UK aid funds from EU to OCTs, says Montserrat premier LONDON, England -- While the uncertainties surrounding the eventual UK ‘Brexit’ from the European Union continue to be heavily debated throughout the UK, the premier of Montserrat, Donaldson Romeo, has weighed in with a suggestion that he says is intended to safeguard aid funds...

interCaribbean introduces new nonstop flight to Montego Bay from Turks and Caicos

December 9, 2016
interCaribbean introduces new nonstop flight to Montego Bay from Turks and Caicos PROVIDENCIALES, TCI -- Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI)-based interCaribbean Airways has announced a new nonstop weekly service from Providenciales to Montego Bay, Jamaica. These new flights will commence operating on December 18, 2016, every Sunday and return every Monday.

Letter: Forty years later, where are we now, Turks and Caicos?

December 9, 2016
Letter: Forty years later, where are we now, Turks and Caicos? This 2016 election is the most consequential ever in the history of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI). It begs the question whether TCI people will vote with sense rather than with emotion, family, friend and temporary money, knowing that money cannot last. This week the Progressive National...

Commentary: Technical education - myth or reality? The case of the Turks and Caicos

December 7, 2016
Commentary: Technical education - myth or reality? The case of the Turks and Caicos Over the years, there has been ongoing talk about the provision of Technical Education in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI). Some have argued that this is an urgent need. Others share a more cautious and optimistic view. Still others feel that with the ongoing development that the country...

Commentary: The DNA of Turks and Caicos politics

December 6, 2016
Commentary: The DNA of Turks and Caicos politics Politics in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) has certain enduring features, which I categorise as its DNA. These contribute to a way of operating that sustains societal order. One acknowledged feature is that the TCI remains in a partnership relation with Britain. This means it has a modern...

Commonwealth mission to observe Turks and Caicos elections

December 2, 2016
Commonwealth mission to observe Turks and Caicos elections PROVIDENCIALES, TCI -- An independent election observer mission of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) will observe the forthcoming general election in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) from 8-18 December. The observer mission is being arranged by the CPA, which...

Commentary: Government or politics?

December 1, 2016
Commentary: Government or politics? We tend to think that government, or governance and politics are identical activities. For me, government refers to the legitimate institutions that formulate the policies that govern and direct the affairs of society. These institutions are based on consent, because society has elected its...

Letter: Where do we go from here, Turks and Caicos? Coalition or bust

November 30, 2016
Letter: Where do we go from here, Turks and Caicos?  Coalition or bust It has been 40 years in the Turks and Caicos Islands since the islands have emerged from a farming economy to a tourism and finance based economic situation. Since then we have seen many leaders from the same conservative and at other times radical political mould.

Commentary: The Turks and Caicos national health insurance scandal

November 29, 2016
Commentary: The Turks and Caicos national health insurance scandal As a part of the preamble to the 800-page contract between Interhealth Canada Construction & Services (TCI) Limited and the now defunct Johnston International Limited: “The Crown (in right of its Government in the Turks and Caicos Islands) ("TCIG") currently provides a national health service...

Commentary: World-wide natural fish resources see drastic decline: An opportunity for the Turks and Caicos?

November 24, 2016
Commentary: World-wide natural fish resources see drastic decline: An opportunity for the Turks and Caicos? Global fish stocks are being depleted at 'alarming' levels while all of the ocean’s marine life forms are declining from human overfishing, pollution, habitat destruction and global warming. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, which keeps global...

Commentary: The Trump factor: Assumption vs personality

November 21, 2016
Commentary: The Trump factor: Assumption vs personality Since the American primaries, and following the general elections, columnists have been parading their opinions on the political issues raised during the campaign, speculating particularly on why Trump won. The Caribbean media continues to have its say not only on the implications of Trump’s...

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