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Beach Access Row erupts on New Year’s Day at popular Turks and Caicos beach

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January 2, 2018 – #Providenciales, Turks and Caicos – Confrontations on #TaylorBayBeach in Chalk Sound are escalating over what could be considered sloppy handling of a bit of legislation which leaves a legal loophole to shut locals and visitors out of enjoying one of the top coastal spots in Providenciales.

Cell phone video circulated today chronicled a potentially explosive situation where an apparent property owner was telling residents to get off of the beach, accusing them of ‘trespassing on his property’.  The man, who identifies himself, suggested that a locked gate should have kept the beach party-goers from entering onto the secluded beach in this vacation villa rental hot spot.

Magnetic Media received video and commentary on the volatile incident, where those offended by the situation said, “What made us furious was that, at this same beach there was about eight tourist families who also entered the beach the same way we did, he called the security and told us that we can’t be on the beach because we were trespassing… so I went to ask (for) myself and they too said that no one told them anything and that they were just relaxing on the beach.  Same thing we were doing, so I told him it’s because we were black…”

The homeowner in question denied that skin colour was the reason for his stance, but the group of islanders was unconvinced and posted the videos and their thoughts about the incident on social media.

Magnetic Media received it about a dozen times from different residents who were outraged that public access to a TCI beach could be denied anyone.

Our queries to a few lawyers led to replies that explain there is ambiguity in the law which desperately needs sorting out.  One attorney said to Magnetic Media, “Wherever there is a designated beach access, no one can prevent you from accessing that beach, once it’s a Government designated beach access like the Kids Park or the one at Sibonne.”

And therein lies the problem… Taylor Bay Beach has no designation.

Although the beach is public, there is no public beach access therefore the land one traverses to get onto the beach is private.  This privately owned property can be gated and anyone accessing it without permission is therefore ‘trespassing’.

The problem with this position in this specific case is that the homeowner captured in that cell phone video recording also repeatedly said the beach property was his; by law that is impossible.

It is shared with MM that the Chalk Sound Home Owners Association had met with the PDM Administration about the problem early on in their tenure and that government was asked to address the matter; it remains unresolved with a promise that legislative changes are due within the first part of 2018.

What has been done, happened in Cabinet since February 2017; “Cabinet approved a moratorium on commercial construction applications along waterfronts to determine how those constructions are impacting the public’s access to the beach.”

Nearly a year later, the approval freeze is seemingly still in place but the rows continue.

Mark Fulford, vocal attorney and community activist issued his own statement, which in part says, “The residents of chalk sound can’t seem to catch a break. Yesterday it was the landing of an illegal sloop now today it is Belongers including our very own Miss Turks and Caicos Islands being chased off one of our beaches. The law as it relates to our beaches is crystal clear like our waters, which is that all beaches are public. The ambiguity and confusion surrounds access to the beach in the form of legally registered easement known as beach access over the land towards the beach. All public beach access needs to be registered with the land registry.”

Fulford, like others who reached out to Magnetic Media is calling for Government to acquire the sliver of land necessary to give the public legal access to Taylor Bay Beach in hopes of putting an end the squabbling and securing legitimate passage to the popular spot.

Magnetic Media also reached out to the PDM Administration and Constituency Representative for comment or an update on the vexing issue.  Up to news publication time, there was none.

Incidentally, there are a string of tourist posted photographs about Taylor Bay Beach on TripAdvisor showing the gate, mounds of rock and other blockades to public access with negative reviews.  Taylor Bay Beach ranks #5 of 81 of the best things to do in Providenciales, with a 4.5 star rating on TripAdvisor.

HEADLINE PHOTO, from TripAdvisor posted August 2017 by a ‘disappointed’ tourist

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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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