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GB Port Authority given new milestones, with extension of concessions

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Providenciales, 03 Feb 2016 – From Parliament in Nassau; today right on the cusp of the deadline to renew or not renew the Grand Bahama Port Authority’s authority in the Bahamas’ second city, Freeport – Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Perry Christie outlines what the PLP Administration wants to see in an extended Hawksbill Creek Agreement.

PM Christie told the House of Assembly that he will give the Grand Bahama Port Authority an extension to its concessions as the managers of Freeport, but that it is hinged on a number of factors, including that within one year the company has to find an international investor, who can purchase majority ownership of the GBPA so that they can meet their developer commitments.

The GB Development Company, also known as DEVCO has to submit a master plan for the island in six months and now the Central Government says it wants a seat at the boardroom table and the Bahamas government wants to have the right to appeal GBPA decisions.

The country’s leader also wants to see the GBPA less involved in regulatory roles in Freeport; calling on them to no longer be involved in determining electricity policies and airport charges and fees, for example.

PM Christie wants greater transparency, stronger relations with the GBPA and better incentives for inward investment.

He said, and I quote: “It is for me to observe that it is now sixty years since the HCA and its enabling legislation came into being. The world and The Bahamas have changed a lot since then, and so have competition and international best practices. No longer can an entity like GBPA be licensor and licensee, regulator and investor with no rights of appeal by licensees, without inherent conflicts and varying levels of dissatisfaction.”

The Bahamas Government is proposing an extension of the Hawksbill Creek Agreement with reviews at five year intervals; you can get details of this review process at: www.hcareview.org.

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Firearm and Drug Charges

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July 15th, 2024.

 

SHAIWANZO MISSICK of South Back Salina, Grand Turk, has been charged with six counts of firearm-related offences.

Missick, 30, was charged on July 13 after police officers consulted with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The offences against Missick are:

  • One Count – Discharging Firearm
  • One Count- Discharging Ammunition
  • One Count-Possession of Firearm with intent to commit a serious offence
  • Two Counts-Possession of Ammunition
  • One Count –Possession of Firearm
  • One Count-Possession of Controlled Drugs
  • One Count- Possession of Controlled Drugs with intent to supply.

The charges against Missick came following a report made on Saturday, 29 June 2024,  following a shooting incident in Breezy Brae.

Officers obtained a warrant and searched the accused’s residence based on the information received.

The RT&CIPF is asking the public to notify the closest police station, contact 911, the Serious Crime Unit at 231-1842, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477, and anonymously give any information on illegal activity.

Additionally, persons are encouraged to download the Crime Stoppers P3 app from the Google Play Store or Apple Apps and share information anonymously.

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Five Cays Shooting Update

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#TurksandCaicos, July 19, 2024 – Shortly after noon on July 12th, the Control Room of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force received reports of a shooting in Five Cays, Providenciales. A team of offices was dispatched to Granny Hill.

Upon arrival, several interviews were conducted, and evidential items were retrieved.  Thankfully, no one was injured.

Given the investigation’s sensitivity and lines of inquiry, the RT&CIPF cannot comment further.

We are aware of audio videos and photographs purporting to be the location of where the incident allegedly occurred and ask that persons circulating such be mindful of exposing victims.

The RT&CIPF is again reaching out to the public, emphasising their crucial role in this investigation.

We urge you to notify the closest police station, contact 911, the Serious Crime Unit at 231- 1842, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477, and anonymously provide any information on this shooting or any illegal activity.

Your cooperation is vital in ensuring justice is served. Additionally, persons are encouraged to download the Crime Stoppers P3 app from the Google Play Store or Apple Apps and share information anonymously.

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Discharge of Firearm

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Turks and Caicos – Shortly after 10:00 p.m. on Friday 05th July 2024, the Police Control Room received a report of gunshots being heard at the TCI Disposal and Solid Waste, located along Millennium Highway, Blue Hills.

Officers and medical personnel responded, and based on preliminary investigations, a truck transporting a male occupant entered the dump and started offloading items.

An employee at the dump site confronted the occupant. However, he was shot at.

The employee managed to escape. Thankfully, he was not injured. This remains an active investigation.

The RTCIPF asks the public to notify the closest police station, contact 911, the Serious Crime Unit at 231-1842, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477, and anonymously give any information on illegal activity. Additionally, persons are encouraged to download the CrimeStoppers P3 app and share information anonymously.

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