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Where When How May/June 2017 : Page 172

F.Y.I. TCI TCI relied on the export of salt and conch meat. Over the years, various exports maintained the local economy. Guano, cotton, sisal, fish, conch, lobster and sponges have been replaced by tourism and financial services. Fish and seafood are still lucrative exports. A wide variety of financial services are available, including company forma-tion, offshore insurance, banking, trusts, limited partnerships and limited life companies. The Financial Services Commission regulates and promotes the industry in major world markets. TAXES There are no direct taxes on either income or capital for individuals or companies. There are no exchange controls. Indirect taxation comprises customs duty, stamp duty on certain transactions and departure tax. GOVERNMENT The Islands are a British Overseas Territory, headed by a Governor who is appointed by the Queen. Governor Dr. John Freeman presides over an executive council formed by the elected local self-govern-ment, headed by the Premier Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson. Government offices are located on Grand Turk, with branches on other Islands as needed. The legal system is based on English Common Law. PETS Your pet may travel with you but you must meet all the conditions of the TCI Department of Agriculture, Animal Health Services. This includes an Import Permit, Veterinary Health Certificate, Vaccination Certificate and Laboratory Test Results, which must ALL be submitted at the port of entry to obtain veterinary clearance. If you don’t have your documents in order, prior to arrival, the result may be that your pet is deported or euthanised. animalhealthservicestci@gmail.com HOLIDAYS IN TCI Public bank holi-days -businesses and banks close for the following: (Jan) New Year’s Day, TCI FLAG AT THE CHILDRENS PARK ECONOMY Initially, the economy of SAFETY Some precautions should deter the most common problems faced by our visitors. • Do not walk on side walks in dark areas with bush-lined roads. • Be aware of anyone following you at night. • If you are staying in a private home or villa and it has a security system, use the security system . • Lock your hotel, condo or villa doors and do not leave accessible louvered window slats open. • Use the hotel safe for storage of valuables. • Do not stop for anyone trying to block you in the road, except police officers. • To prevent the loss of cash, jewellery and identification, do not leave your valuables in plain sight, unattended, in your automobile or on the beach. • Do not leave anything of value in your rental car when parking in remote locations or at marked public beach accesses. • Leave your car unlocked so thieves do not need to break the windows to discover there is nothing inside worth stealing. • Report any problems immediately to the police and your resort or villa manager. Report vehicle acci-dents to the police and your auto rental company. Police Department 946-4259 . (Mar) Commonwealth Day, (April) Good Friday, Easter, Easter Monday, (May) National Heroes Day, (Jun) The Queen’s Birthday, (Aug) Emancipation Day, (Sep) National Youth Day, (Oct) National Heritage Day, (Nov) Day of Thanksgiving, (Dec) Christmas Day, Boxing Day. CHURCHES There are many faiths represented in the TCI. Newcomers are welcomed at all churches, which are a centre of community life. Some of the churches include: Adventist, Anglican, Episcopal, Baptist, Catholic, Church of God of Prophecy, Methodist, Jehovah’s Witness, Pentecostal and Faith Tabernacle Church of God. CABLE TELEVISION Multi-channel satellite television service is provided on Providenciales and on Grand Turk with various channel packages available including movies and sports events. RADIO Local radio stations include: 92.5 Power-FM Radio, WPRT 88.7 Providenciales Radio, 102.5 KISS FM. 104.5 FM Tradewinds. RTC 105.9 FM TCI News, RTC 107.7 FM TCI News, KIST106.3 Gospel. POSTAL SERVICE The Providen-ciales Post Office and Philatelic Bureau is located downtown at Butterfield Square. Grand Turk Post Office is locat-ed on Front Street. All mail is transport-ed by air. There are many different issues and denominations for stamp enthusiasts to collect. Stamps for post-cards are: USA -50¢, Canada/UK -60¢, Europe -80¢, Africa -$1.10. Postage for letters, each 1/2 ounce is: USA -60¢, Canada/UK -80¢. ANIMAL CONTROL NUMBERS Importation of Animals TCI Dept. of Agriculture . . . . . . 338-5263 Stray Feral Dogs TCI Dept. of Agriculture . . . . . . 338-5265 Deceased Animal Removal Environmental Health . . . . . . . . 941-5068 Found or Injured Animals TCSPCA . . . . . . . . . . . . 941-8846/231-3052 Potcake Place . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 231-1010 READ US @ www.WhereWhenHow.com 172 • • • • • MAY/JUNE 2017 “Where When How -Turks & Caicos Islands”

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