Peter Beckingham » Governor in Turks and Caicos Islands

A rare visit to one of the Caribbean’s last uninhabited paradises

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There can be few more idyllic and peaceful settings for breakfast than Daniel’s cafe in Middle Caicos. Fuelled with the owner’s delicious conch grits, and his warm welcome, our small expedition set off with another local, boatman Dolphus Arthur, to our destination – the Caribbean’s largest uninhabited island, East Caicos. The sheer remoteness of East Caicos was marked by our trip: 30 minutes by ferry from Provo to North Caicos, … Read more »A rare visit to one of the Caribbean’s last uninhabited paradises

RAISING THE FAMILY ISLANDS’ PROFILE

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There can be few more enjoyable occupations on a Saturday morning than strolling along Grand Turk’s Front Street, past some of the exquisite old buildings like the wonderfully named “Ebenezer” 7th Day Adventist Church and the 19th century home which now houses the national museum. These great reminders of Grand Turk’s history are all set against a  turquoise blue sea like nowhere else, and a beach to die for. The … Read more »RAISING THE FAMILY ISLANDS’ PROFILE

Global Law Summit: Respect for the Rule of Law 800 years after Magna Carta

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I am delighted to have the following guest blog from our distinguished Attorney General, Ms Rhondalee Braithwaite-Knowles OBE, (pictured right with the Lord Chancellor and fellow AGs from Montserrat and the Cayman Islands), the first citizen of TCI and the first woman to hold the position – Peter Beckingham, Governor, TCI. Global Law Summit: Respect for the Rule of Law 800 years after Magna Carta I was energized by the opportunity … Read more »Global Law Summit: Respect for the Rule of Law 800 years after Magna Carta

CELEBRATING FEMALE FIRE-POWER IN THE TURKS AND CAICOS

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On Sunday 8 March countries around the world mark International Womens’ Day. I’m pleased that Turks and Caicos will be joining in those celebrations. We have a great deal to be proud of. In politics our country’s Deputy Premier and Minister of Education, Youth and Sport is Akierra Missick. Her position as Minister of Youth is most apposite, as she hit the political stage in her early 30s. Two of … Read more »CELEBRATING FEMALE FIRE-POWER IN THE TURKS AND CAICOS

STRIKING A “FINE BALANCE” BETWEEN DEVELOPMENT AND THE ENVIRONMENT

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As well as a magnet for North  American tourists seeking warmth from the winter, Turks and Caicos was an attraction for experts from all the other Caribbean Overseas Territories last week, together with representatives from as far away as Gibraltar and the Falkland Islands.  The occasion was a meeting of environment specialists to consider how to preserve the Territories’ environment by the best use of scientific information, particularly derived from … Read more »STRIKING A “FINE BALANCE” BETWEEN DEVELOPMENT AND THE ENVIRONMENT

MY TWO WISHES FOR THE NEW YEAR – PEACE AND PROSPERITY, FOR ALL

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Predictions and resolutions for a new year can often prove wildly wrong or optimistic. Sadly, one possibility I mentioned to a meeting of Permanent Secretaries (PSs) just  before Christmas – a terrorist outrage in Europe or the US – has already proved chillingly accurate, with the carnage on the streets of Paris in early January. No-one who heard the replay on the radio of the burst of gunfire by one … Read more »MY TWO WISHES FOR THE NEW YEAR – PEACE AND PROSPERITY, FOR ALL

TCI PLAYING ITS PART IN INTERNATIONAL MEETING OF OVERSEAS TERRITORIES

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In early December the Premier the Hon Dr Rufus Ewing and I represented the Turks and Caicos Islands at the UK Overseas Territories Joint Ministerial Council. This has now become firmly established as one of the key building blocks of relations among the Territories and with the UK Government. This year’s three  day-meeting was no exception, with attendees including Premiers or elected representatives of all the 12 inhabited Territories (Anguilla, … Read more »TCI PLAYING ITS PART IN INTERNATIONAL MEETING OF OVERSEAS TERRITORIES

THREE BISHOPS AND A PASTORAL FRATERNITY

Over the last few weeks I have been reminded of the significance of the churches in Turks and Caicos to so many people here. I had the good fortune to meet no less than three bishops – from the Church of God of Prophesy, Anglican and Catholic – who were visiting Grand Turk or Providenciales, and I also saw again the Pastoral Fraternity in Grand Turk. In addition there was … Read more »THREE BISHOPS AND A PASTORAL FRATERNITY

A year of warm welcomes

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It hardly seems possible that it was a year ago this October that Jill and I flew into Provo airport, took a connecting flight to Grand Turk, and 24 hours later were in the charming House of Assembly building for my swearing-in  ceremony as the Governor of Turks and Caicos Islands. I said in my short speech then that I had a number of emotions about arriving in TCI, including … Read more »A year of warm welcomes

CONSITUTIONAL CHANGE: TURKS AND CAICOS STYLE

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The advantage of a holiday, and a short break from the day to day demands of work, is that it provides a great opportunity to look at things from a different perspective. I was fortunate enough to get away for a couple of weeks recently to Hong Kong and the UK. In Hong Kong we met our new, one week old grandchild, so that was worth the break alone- she … Read more »CONSITUTIONAL CHANGE: TURKS AND CAICOS STYLE