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Police Investigate a number of firearm related offences

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Providenciales, TCI, January 27, 2017 – Detectives of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force are conducting an investigation into two reports of Aggravated Burglary and a robbery that occurred on Providenciales between last night and earlier this morning (Friday 27th January 2017).

Around 8:09 pm on Thursday 26th January, police responded to the Quality Supermarket in Blue Hills, where the complainant was met and told officers that he was walking on his way home when two males wearing black clothing with gloves and brandishing a black handgun held him up and demanded his belongings.   The culprits made off with one phone, a small amount of cash, a wallet containing identification cards and a gold chain with a pendant.  A search was made in the area for persons fitting the description but no one was found.

Police responded to an Aggravated Burglary Report in the Grace Bay area around 3:21 am this morning, they met the victim who stated that she was awakened by three males in her home, one pointed a gun at her while the others ransacked her home.   The bandits got away with a red wallet containing bank debit cards, along with a small undisclosed amount of cash and a Black Nokia cellphone.

Also this morning at 3:51 am, police responded to a home in the Long Bay area to a report of another Aggravated Burglary.   The complainant told police that four (4) males came into her home; one of them held her up with a gun while the others search her bedroom.  The culprits took a handbag containing a Notepad, wallet with bank debit cards, Driver’s license, other ID’s, a small undisclosed amount of cash, a black Movado watch, one white Ipad and a gold bracelet.   Officers did a search in the area and found a red wallet that was reported missing from a previous report. The offenders escaped in the victim’s light blue 2002 Toyota Progress car.   The vehicle was later found in the Gracebay Village.

Anyone with information surrounding the offences above, or any information relevant to this investigation is asked to call the Royal Turks & Caicos Islands Police Force at 911 or 941-4448 extension 81843 or 81837, or use the untraceable, anonymous Crime Stoppers Miami number at 1-800(TIPS) or 1-800-8477. No names or numbers are requested and only the information provided is passed on to the Royal Turks & Caicos Islands Police Force.

Press Release: RTCIPF

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Woman dies on Tuesday; 32nd Covid Death for Turks & Caicos

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By Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer

 

#TurksandCaicos, January 20, 2022 – The Turks and Caicos has recorded its 32nd death related to COVID-19.

A Ministry of Health press release informed that the individual who was in quarantine in Grand Turk and requested emergency aid on Tuesday; response came from the public health team in Grand Turk.

The person, who we are told is a special needs young woman – was unvaccinated and had underlying medical conditions.

The death rate in the Turks and Caicos of both vaccinated and unvaccinated persons has climbed alarmingly this year.  In the 21-month period from March 2020 when the country recorded its first case to December 2021, there were 26 deaths recorded in the TCI.

In the 19 days since the start of 2022 that number has increased to 32; which means six deaths already in January.

 

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Cruising should slow down says PAHO

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By Dana Malcolm

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‘Slow down on Cruising’, that’s the word from the Pan American Health Organization, PAHO in their latest recent press conference.

Dr. Ciro Ugarte Director of Health Emergencies at the PAHO was referring to the Bahamas but made sure to note that the advice was highly relevant to many countries in the times of omicron.

“In the context of intense transmission, due to the Omicron variant as we have highlighted several times. It is just logical to suspend or at least limit the cruise ship traffic as an outbreak on board might end up exceedingly high and probably will go beyond the capacity of local health services”

Both the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos are experiencing a massive uptick in cases and several warnings regarding cruise travel have been issued by the US Centers for Disease Control.

Cruising just resumed for many regional countries this past Summer, Turks and Caicos was among the latest to restart on December 13.

A stop to sailing would be devastating to economies, however, ports of call like Grand Turk which are reeling with rocketing case numbers of COVID are urged to consider the suggestion of slowing down on ships by PAHO.

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Cayman gets its second ‘Sir’; former Premier Alden McLaughlin knighted on Jan 1

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By Dana Malcolm

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#Cayman, January 20, 2022 – Former Premier of Cayman Alden McLaughlin was knighted at the start of 2022; named in the Queen’s New Year Honors List. He is only the second Caymanian to have ever received a knighthood from her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Sir Vassel Johnson, received the honour in 1994; he was Cayman’s first Financial Secretary; he died in November 2008 at the age of 86.

Current Governor, Martyn Roper extended congratulations saying, “This is an outstanding personal achievement for former Premier McLaughlin, one of the most important and impactful political leaders in Cayman over the last 21 years. It is a significant moment for our islands. This historic award is only the second ever Knighthood to a Caymanian since the first in the 1990s. It is a strong signal of the respect in which Cayman is held and a visible demonstration of the progress Cayman has made as a vibrant democracy with strong good governance foundations.”

Sir McLaughlin, who is also now a QC attorney, served two terms as premier and had a career in politics that spanned 21 years. McLaughlin is known for his role in modernizing Cayman’s constitution.

Current premier G. Wayne Panton described the occasion as a unifying moment for the country saying, This is a day of celebration and great pride for all Caymanians as a son of our soil has been bestowed one of the highest honour.  Today marks a new and most unique storyline in the history of the Cayman Islands.  In considering the rarity and magnitude of this occasion, this is certainly a unifying moment for our community.”

Sir Alden McLaughlin, 60, was appointed as a Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George on January 1, 2022.

 

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