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Turks and Caicos government threatens to demolish political party headquarters

first_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Share Photo credit: worldatlas.comPROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands — Last week, the Turks and Caicos Islands government served civil proceedings on the Progressive National Party (PNP) seeking the recovery of the land upon which the PNP headquarters building is constructed, together with damages, including an order to pull down and destroy the structure. The claim arises from the PNP’s alleged trespass following its construction of its headquarters on Airport Road, Providenciales, on Crown land to which, the government claims, it had, and has no title. According to a government press release on Tuesday, after construction of its headquarters in 2005/6, the PNP subsequently appointed a management agent, Provident Management Services Ltd, to manage the property. During the last elected administration prior to the imposition of direct rule by Britain, Provident is said to have sub-leased six offices in the headquarters to PNP MPs for a total of $465,083.61 over approximately three years, which was paid by the government. The government seeks the return of that sum, to which Provident was not entitled together with other damages.The government said it is seeking a number of remedies for the alleged trespass:• damages for the PNP’s trespass on the land, based on a reasonable annual rent until possession of the land is returned to the Crown;• the repayment of the $465,083.61;• an order that the headquarters are pulled down and destroyed;• damages for returning the land to its former state; and• interest and costsAttorney General Huw Shepheard commented: “When the current administration first became aware last year that the PNP’s headquarters had been built on Crown land to which the PNP had no title, my Chambers wrote to the PNP setting out the claim that the government had. It had been our hope that matters could be settled amicably without the need for proceedings. Unfortunately, discussions with the PNP have not been successful. In those circumstances, the government has been left with no choice but to bring these proceedings for trespass and damages to recover this plot of Crown land and what is properly owed to the government”. Carlos Simons QC, attorney for the PNP, said in response that he does not consider that the government has as yet “served civil proceedings on the Progressive National Party” as the press statement asserts. “I believe that their method of service does not meet the requirements of TCI procedural law and until the mistake is corrected, the party has no formal notice of the proceedings and does not have to respond. That issue has been brought to the attention of the Attorney General’s Chambers, but might in the end require the attention of the Court,” he said.Simons went on to say that the trespass claim is entirely misconceived. “The party has been in open possession of the Airport Road property since at least 2005 with the full knowledge of the leaders of every government department concerned with dealings in Crown land and with their acquiescence, if not consent,” he explained.Simons also rejected the assertion that Provident Management Services Ltd sub-leased six offices in the headquarters building to PNP MPs, but instead leased the offices to the government, with those leases being signed off on behalf of the government by the head of department having control of the relevant vote. Furthermore, he said, those leases were identical to leases entered into by the government in Grand Turk, South Caicos and North and Middle Caicos for the constituency offices of Members of Parliament, including constituency offices for PDM [Peoples Democratic Movement] Members of Parliament. “That assertion is therefore false,” Simons reiterated.He also said that the PNP has never disputed the government’s right to a reasonable annual rent, nor payment of the market value of the land. “That is therefore a non-issue,” he said.As regards the claim for damages for trespass, Simons asserted that any reasonable person would agree that the land has been developed and improved rather than injured. “I would also be surprised if anyone, regardless of their political allegiance would agree that pulling down and destroying a perfectly good building makes any kind of sense,” he said.Simons said he had been instructed to invite the attorney general and the governor to return to the negotiation table and make a good faith attempt to reach a reasonable settlement of these issues.In any case, he said, the PNP is committed to rigorously defending and defeating these spurious claims brought by the interim government, purportedly on behalf of the people.By Caribbean News Now contributorcenter_img Share 29 Views   no discussions NewsRegional Turks and Caicos government threatens to demolish political party headquarters by: – March 21, 2012last_img read more

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Absentee ballot request forms in many Iowans’ mailboxes soon

first_imgDES MOINES — Secretary of State Paul Pate has mailed every registered voter in the state a form to request an absentee ballot for the June Primary and Pate says they should arrive in mailboxes next week.“It’s a document that says: ‘Vote Safe, Iowa.’ It’ll the Secretary of State logo on it and it’s a simple tri-fold. You open it up, filled out the little one-page section and the postage is prepaid and in a few days you’ll get your ballot,” Pate says. “It’s that easy and that safe.”Pate used his emergency powers during the pandemic to take this step to encourage “early” voting for the June 2nd Primary. The deadline for submitting absentee ballot requests to county auditors is May 22nd.“But I would encourage when you get this mailer to process it and get it in,” Pate says. “That way you’re got it under control.”The early voting period for June’s Primary Election starts today. Pate and county auditors are urging Iowans to avoid voting in person on Primary Day due to concerns about spreading the coronavirus among voters and poll workers.“That’s what we want our folks to do right now during these times of challenge,” Pate says.Iowans may start casting early votes in-person at their county auditor’s office on Monday, May 4th. You must be a registered Democrat or a registered Republican voter to cast a ballot in that party’s June Primary, but independent or “no party” voters may switch their registration to either party to participate.This is what the mailing looks like.Didn’t get the mailing? Here’s an absentee ballot request formList of candidates in 2020 Iowa Primary Elections.last_img read more

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First crematorium in Greece to be up and running in 2019

first_imgThe construction of Thessaloniki’s first crematorium is well underway at the First Municipal Cemetery in Thermi.On Wednesday during a tour of ongoing municipal initiatives the port city’s mayor, Yiannis Boutaris was optimistic it would be up and running by the first half of 2019.“The process has moved forward quite significantly,” he said.“All that is left is the local zoning plan, which we believe will be finished and approved by the end of the summer.”Since cremations were legalised in Greece in 2006 there has been strong opposition from the Church of Greece.Aside from religious motivations, traditional burials are also a significant source of revenue for the funeral industry, local churches and municipalities.Currently those seeking to cremate their deceased loved ones have been transporting the bodies to Bulgaria with the estimated price tag of €10,000.Once local cremation centres are open and running, the average cost will be around €500 to €600.In addition to the crematorium underway in Thessaloniki, there are also plans to construct similar centres in Athens and Patra. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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