Governor lauds BienAime Integrity Commission at anticorruption meeting

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 10 Dec 2015 – Sonia Bien-Aime is again used as the poster child for honesty and anti-corruption, this time Governor Peter Beckingham drew reference to the FIFA executive who soared up the ranks as a pioneer not just for the Turks and Caicos, but for women in soccer. Beckingham was speaking at the Integrity Commission’s Anti-Corruption Day on Wednesday as he highlighted the importance of even the very smallest of countries being more involved in good governance. H.E. let his audience in on the fact that sometimes Government Ministers find themselves recusing themselves of certain discussions and negotiations at the Cabinet level; adding that he is glad that the declaration of interests, which used to be almost completely ignored by politicians, is now taken very seriously in the TCI. The Governor applauded the Integrity Commission too, saying, and I quote: “This is inevitably a difficult and sometimes challenging role but with the inspirational leadership of its Board, whose work I applaud, TCI is beginning to stand out in the region as something of a model on how to organise a successful anti-corruption body”. Governor Beckingham called Bien-Aime’s example fine and laudable. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp More motor mishaps; PDM Leader calls for Govt attention to illegal jitneys, again Recommended for you New Prison Supt & Officer of the Year Awarded Related Items:anti-corruption day, governor peter beckingham, integrity commission, Sonia Bien Aime DR wants consulate office in TCIlast_img read more

Minister of Tourism attends launch of Darwin Initiative Saving the Iguana Islands

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 12, 2017 – Providenciales – On 7th April 2017, the Minister of Tourism, Hon. Ralph Higgs joined the National Trust as they prepared for the launch of the Darwin plus Initiative entitled ‘Saving the Iguana Islands’.The National Trust in partnership with other stakeholders including the Department of Environment and Coastal Resources, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds(RSPB), San Diego Global Zoo and Department of Agriculture amongst others, have, over the years diligently work to conserve the endemic Rock Iguana, and other native reptile species to secure a future for these unique and highly threatened species – which are iconic for the Turks and Caicos Islands and serves as a major attraction for both locals and visitors alike.The project has received support from the Darwin plus Initiative in the form of £200k with £170k matched funding by RSPB and San Diego Zoo Global for a three year period. The organizations will collectively work to improve and control alien invasive species on Little Water Cay (‘Iguana Island’), particularly rodents and feral cats which are a threat to the iguana populations. Biosecurity for Little Water Cay and Big Ambergris Cay will also be designed to ensure that these invasive species and other potential harmful species do not become established and threatened the iguanas and other native reptiles.Minister Higgs in his remarks stated; “My love, respect and admiration for the work and successes of the National Trust is well known and documented, the Darwin Initiative has the experience to make the Rock iguana project in TCI a resounding success.”The Darwin Initiative funds projects that help countries rich in biodiversity to meet their objectives. Projects typically address threats to biodiversity such as: over-exploitation, invasive species, habitat degradation and loss, climate change mitigation and adaptation and pollution.The Minister confirmed the Ministry’s and Government’s continued support to projects such as these and also indicated his desire to see the Trust and Darwin Initiative partner on future projects.Press Release: TCIG Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Rhino calf and mother enter Safari Park exhibit for first time

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Rhino calf and mother enter Safari Park exhibit for first time SOUND THE BABY RHINO HORN ???? https://t.co/Ps6p5DrASZ pic.twitter.com/eApk93o1tJ— San Diego Zoo Safari Park (@sdzsafaripark) August 9, 2018The animals’ one-on-one time allowed them to properly bond before interacting with other animals in their new 40-acre habitat, according to the zoo.The rhinos exited the boma and took a cool dip in a mud wallow before encountering other habitat animals, including gaur and nilgai, and surveying hilly terrain.The greater one-horned rhino differs from other species, as it has an armor-plated appearance actually composed of one layer of skin with many folds.The creatures were once widespread in Southeast Asia, but are now only found in India and Nepal. The species is listed as vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species, mainly due to habitat loss, poaching and illegal rhino horn trafficking.There are an estimated 3,500 greater one-horned rhinos left in the wild, with more than 70 percent residing in an Indian reserve. The creatures typically prefer humid, swampy, tall-grass habitats, where they can graze on plant material and disperse seeds in their dung. August 8, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Updated: 6:17 PM SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A nearly 7-week-old greater one-horned rhino calf and her mother barreled into their Asian Savanna field exhibit at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park for the first time Wednesday.The female calf, Carole, and her mother, Asha, had been in a protected area called a boma since the calf’s birth June 22. Posted: August 8, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more