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‘You will always be in our hearts’ say TCI family still hurting over brutal killing of Dorsette Gardiner

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PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos – December 7, 2017 – It is not just an open case, but an open wound for the family of Dorsette Gardiner who was eight years ago brutally beaten and left for dead in a deserted area west of the Providenciales International Airport.

The 35 year-old man, hailed as the brilliant chief mechanic at Johnston International had gone missing, then his vehicle was found, then a rally of residents searched until his bloodied body was found. That was December 6, 2009 and relatives are still reeling from the loss, shattered because they were unable to say goodbye and shocked that after eight years, Police are no closer to solving the case and no one has ever been brought to justice in the gruesome near double homicide.

News information from 2009 revealed that TCI Police had questioned some members of the public in regard to the murder probe; it had been rumored and reported that the inquisitions included some members of the Police Force, but there was nothing more.

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Doresette Gardiner’s niece, Meshelle Cox-Pratt, reached out to Magnetic Media to remind us of the tragedy, which changed their lives.  Stunned and hurt that no one seems to have remembered the day of Gardiner’s death and the open murder investigation, Cox-Pratt just wanted to talk and to keep attention on the case, alive.

Though the case and the details of brutality against Dorsette Gardiner and his friend, Cynthia Claudette Rigby are impossible to forget, we offered an apology and an opportunity for the young woman to speak out.  She accepted and sent us these words:  There is not one day that I don’t think about you since you have been gone. It still feels like yesterday when your killer decided to take you away from your loving family.  Things happen for a reason so they say, (but) that doesn’t stop your family from missing you every single day. You will always be in our hearts rest easy, Dorsette.”

Words which were painstakingly penned in a message to us over Facebook, but that was not all Meshell had to say,  the young woman added:  “It’s now 8-years the family of Dorsette Gardiner still doesn’t have justice; we are calling on the Commissioner of Police to continue to process this case.  How much longer must the family be hurting, eight years still no justice we need a closure to this case.”

Gardiner was found bound behind the back by his own underwear, boxer shorts – he was discovered naked and laying in a pool of blood.  Claudette Rigby, Police say, was struck in the head multiple times with rocks suffering severe head trauma, she too was naked and left there to die; her survival and then fight to recover was nothing short of miraculous.

In 2011, then Police Commissioner Colin Farquhar set up a Cold Case Files unit, among their priorities was the Gardiner-Rigby case.  Farquhar had said forensic science continues to improve, therefore there was hope for even older cases.  Gardiner’s name was again mentioned in 2015, when former Premier Rufus Ewing called for a special investigative team for unsolved murders. dorsette 4

Today, our understanding is the Unit still exists within the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police; there is however no information on its progresses in the TCI’s unsolved mysteries, which includes the heinous murder of North Caicos’ Dorsette Gardiner.

 

PHOTOS PROVIDED BY GARDINER’S FAMILY

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DIGICEL+ GIVES CUSTOMERS THE GIFT OF MORE SPEED THIS CHRISTMAS

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The fastest internet just got even faster…for the same great price

 

Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – 1st, December 2021 –  Digicel+ is gifting The Turks and Caicos Islands faster home fibre speeds for Christmas, and beyond. Fulfilling the brand promise of Simply More (more power, more speed and more reliability), customers will now benefit from up to 2x faster download speeds on broadband and bundle plans.

This is all about a better experience for customers, and not about the cost. This free upgrade gives Digicel+ customers an even better home fibre internet experience, for anyone, on any device. And as part and parcel of the digital lifestyle, Digicel+ is the gateway to a Smart Life, which means that state-of-the-art Smart Solutions like Smart Homes and Smart Security are no longer just concepts, but a powerful reality.

Addison Stoddard CEO of Digicel TCI said, “This Christmas, we’re excited to reward customers with a super slick, superfast, super reliable home fibre experience, underpinned by service delivery that is, of course, second to none. Our entry-level plans are the fastest on the island and this puts us head and shoulders above any other internet offering in the country.”

The upgraded packages now start with download speeds of 50Mbps, and go up to 300Mbps for the speed demons and heavy gamers out there. This allows the Turks and Caicos Islands to connect to the global knowledge economy, have amazing entertainment options, and power their personal and professional experiences, thanks to these new superfast internet speeds.

Addison Stoddard continued, “It’s more of what our customers expect; more of what they want and it’s another way that we can be a part of our customers’ digital lives – at home, on the go, anywhere and everywhere. Simply put, Digicel+ is simply more.”

Over the past two years, the COVID-19 pandemic has solidified the importance of having a steady, powerful and reliable home internet connection, mainly due to many schools going online and parents working remotely. Now, with even faster internet speeds, customers get the best home fibre experience every time. This provides opportunities for MORE working, MORE schooling, MORE gaming, and MORE streaming with Digicel+.

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Guys, Have 2 Minutes? Here’s How to Check Yourself for Testicular Cancer

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Testicular cancer is a rare form of cancer for men in The Bahamas.  It is highly curable — if you know it’s there!

 

November 30, 2021 – Men…how often do you perform a self-exam to check yourselves for testicular cancer?

While it’s a relatively rare form of cancer, young men aren’t exempt – in fact, testicular cancer occurs most often in young and middle-aged men. The good news is, it can usually be treated successfully.

The most common symptom of testicular cancer is a lump on your testicle. But that’s not the only sign of this disease.

Men who have testicular cancer may experience several different kinds of symptoms, says oncologist Timothy Gilligan, MD, a Medical Oncologist at Cleveland Clinic who specializes in treating testicular cancer.

Testicular cancer most frequently strikes men younger than age 44, and is the most commonly diagnosed cancer for men ages 15 to 34. It is almost always curable if found early, Dr. Gilligan says, and it is usually curable even when at a later stage. So it’s important to know signs and symptoms.

Here, Dr. Gilligan says, are five possible signs of testicular cancer you might not know about:

5 Testicular Cancer Symptoms That Aren’t a Lump  – Know what to look for and catch it early

  1. A feeling of heaviness or pressure in your scrotum.
  2. Change in testicle size or firmness.Certain types of testicular tumors can reduce testosterone or increase estrogen in the body, which can result in a change in testicle size or firmness.
  3. Swollen legs.When a tumor spreads to the lymph node, it can constrict blood flow in the veins and result in a blood clot. The clots often occur in the legs, which causes them to swell. You might even experience blood clot symptoms such as pain and difficulty breathing.
  4. Lower back pain and shortness of breath.These are symptoms of advanced testicular cancer, meaning the cancer has spread to lymph nodes behind your stomach. Shortness of breath also may signal that the cancer has spread to your lungs, which may make it harder for air to move in and out.
  5. Breast growth or tenderness.In rare cases, hormone changes also can cause breast tenderness or growth of breast tissue. Some tumors can secrete high levels of a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG), which stimulates breast development.

If you experience any of these symptoms, make an appointment with your doctor right away, Dr. Gilligan says. If your physician diagnoses you with epididymitis or orchitis and the symptoms do not resolve quickly with antibiotics, request an ultrasound to evaluate for a testicular tumor.

“While up to 95 percent of men with testicular cancer are cured, it’s important to get care quickly if you’re experiencing symptoms because testicular cancers usually grow fast,” Dr. Gilligan says. “If there is disease, the earlier it is treated, the greater than chance for success.”

 

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PDM Deputy Leader lends to Beach Vending Bill debate from outside Parliament

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By Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer

 

#TurksandCaicos, November 30, 2021 – The Opposition party says the new Beach and Coastal Vending bill does not provide adequate protection for TCI vendors.

This came from Deputy Leader of the PDM Robert Been, in an open letter to the Speaker of the House of Assembly earlier today.

The Deputy Leader who claimed to be in direct contact with vendors in Sapodilla say while there are several provisions for penalties against the vendors in the bill it does not ‘adequately address the protection of vendors rights.’

The PDM referenced incidents of abuse from homeowners against vendors and said, “These homeowners, very often, insult and threaten vendors which is humiliating…There needs to be, in the law, something that clearly penalizes any overreaching harassment by property owners…situated near vendors.”

The Opposition deputy leader also said the Premier’s claim that the reshuffle of vendors will not affect their earnings was ‘misleading’ and ‘held no truth.’ They added that the section of roadway cited for the relocation was a known hazard and tourists would likely not frequent the area.

The PDM had several other requests to make the bill a more viable one for vendors. Been insisted that the government produce a timeline for the temporary relocation and allocate funds for a stimulus in case of loss of earnings on the vendors’ part. They also requested to see compulsory marketing for the vendor markets and questioned the lack of any clear avenue for redress should the government default on its promises.

Finally the PDM Deputy Leader called for CCTV cameras to be installed at every vendor site for both the protection of vendors and their wares and objectivity in conflict resolution.

The office of the Premier has not yet responded to the letter. The bill will be debated in the House today (November 30).

 

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