Providenciales, 13 Jul 2015 – The Red Cross and the Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies have teamed up to get urgent supplies to Richard ‘Dickie’ Stubbs and his family; the Stubbs family lost everything in a fire in South Caicos which devoured their home and business last week.
While police continue the investigation, the agencies charged with reaching out in times of disaster are doing just that. Lormeka Williams, Director of the TCI Red Cross confirmed the coordination which will see goods including bedding, clothing and hygiene items delivered to South. If you want to help, you can says Mrs. Williams.
“Donations can be dropped off at the Red Cross Office between the hours of 10am to 2pm Monday to Friday at the Lucille Lightbourne Building, Suite 2 or call 331-8056.”
Police had asked for information in this case, where it is believed a fire was started in the restroom of the bar in Trench town, South Caicos.
Dominican poachers caught
A report from the Fisheries and Maritime Department and Marine Police, indicated the illegal fishermen were spotted in the vicinity of Bush Cay on September 18th. The men were arrested and around six bags of fish recovered.
“We will not tolerate illegal fishing activities that threaten the delicate balance of our marine environment and the livelihoods of our people,” says Josephine Connolly, Minister with responsibility for Fisheries and Resources.
Bwa Kalé movement striking back against gangs, nearly 3,000 murdered
#Haiti, September 29, 2023 – In eight months, nearly 3,000 Haitian people have been slaughtered in their home country due to the upsurge and uprising of gangs in the republic which is struggling to hold its democracy in check.
‘Bwa Kalé’, it’s a vigilante movement that has sprung up in Haiti, and the UN says it is driving up murders.
A recent report following an expert visit detailed it.
“Certain groups have formed allegedly to protect their neighbourhoods from gangs. In some instances, these groups have summarily executed people suspected of being gang members. The Bwa Kalé movement demonstrates the population’s lack of trust in the State, especially in the police and the courts. The expert has learned that some members of the police and the judiciary have been complicit with gangs.”
Despite the obvious fear among residents, the UN is warning them not to take justice into their own hands. However, that is easier said than done as Haitians have demonstrated their feelings of abandonment by fleeing the island in mass numbers on illegal voyages and standing up to the gangs themselves.
In the same report, one said: “The State is absent, there are no police or other officials operating there.”
According to AP, a new report to the U.N. Security Council indicated that 2,728 intentional killings were recorded between October 2022 and June 2023, including 247 women, 58 boys, and 20 girls. Bwa Kalé is blamed partially for the increase, as life in the country is described as unbearable.
Hospital restores visitation in Provo, Security threat neutralised
#TurksandCaicos, September 29, 2023 – After a reported encounter with a patient and a weapon on Wednesday, the TCI Hospital had beefed up security and suspended visitation, but on Thursday afternoon, that 24-hour imposition was lifted.
“The Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital would like to inform the public that the heightened security alert, previously imposed due to a reported incident involving a patient and a suspected weapon, has been lowered based on the advice of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force. We are pleased to inform you that visitation to the Cheshire Hall Medical Centre has now resumed. We understand the temporary suspension of visitation may have caused an inconvenience, and we sincerely appreciate your patience and understanding during this period,” the CHMC said in a statement.
The threat on Wednesday had resulted in armed officers at the facility, which caused concern for some residents.
The Hospitals say a heightened security alert had to be implemented at the Cheshire Hall Medical Centre in Providenciales following a reported incident involving a patient and a suspected weapon.
The hospital did not provide further details into the incident.
The Police were immediately summoned to the scene and launched ‘a thorough investigation into the matter’ according to the initial press release.
Magnetic Media had received a video of heavily armed security personnel pacing through waiting rooms in the health facility.
The hospital said: “We have immediately deployed additional security personnel to reinforce our on-site security measures. They are well-trained and equipped to handle any potential threats swiftly and effectively.”
In the end, with the threat neutralized, the Hospitals resumed regular functioning at the Providenciales centre.
“The safety and well-being of our staff, patients, and visitors remain our top priority. Accordingly, we have taken all necessary measures to ensure their protection throughout this situation.
Our security personnel and members of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force worked diligently during this investigation, and we extend our gratitude for their efforts.”
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