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#TurksandCaicos, March 2, 2018 – Providenciales – This is the Crime Update from the Royal Turks and Caicos Island Police Force for March 2nd, 2018.

 

Arrests 

A Police Constable was arrested on Thursday 1st March 2018, on suspicion of a serious sexual assault and has since been placed on USD$5000 bail.  The Officer is currently on administrative leave.

 On Tuesday, February 27th, 2018, Police on Providenciales arrested a 20-year-old man on suspicion of Burglary of the International Primary School in Leeward Gates.  The man is currently in Police Custody.

 

Burglaries 

Police on Providenciales are investigating a burglary that took place on Wednesday, February 28th, 2018, at a home in The Bight.  According to the police report, a number of electronic items are said to be missing. One black 42in Viva Television valued USD$250, a locked Sprint black Apple iPhone 5 valued USD$450, one white and silver Samsung Galaxy J7 valued USD$200, one Black Samsung Galaxy cellular phone valued USD$100 and one Samsung Galaxy Tablet valued USD$350.

Police are also investigating a burglary that took place at the TCI Middle School.  The incident was reported on March 1st, 2018.   Missing were a translucent storage bin with a grey lid value unknown, 12 ten-inch Grey Acer Aspire Cloud laptops, valued USD$200 each and 12 eleven-inch White HP XP360 laptops valued USD$270 each.

Grand Turk Police are investigating a Burglary that occurred on March 1st, 2018, following a report of a building at a construction site broken into.  Upon arriving at the work site, the building owner discovered the front wooden door lock broken off.  Missing were 12 sheets of sheetrock, valued USD$360 and 8 pieces of metal strap.

 

 Arson Attempt

Providenciales Police are investigating an attempt to set fire to a dwelling, with persons inside.  The incident was reported to 911 at 4:32 a.m., on March 1st, 2018.  The complainant reported to police that someone threw a gas tank through her apartment window on the Leeward Highway.  The apartment was occupied by a woman and children. Investigation continues into this matter.

Anyone with information that can assist in the detection of any crime is asked to come forward, or contact the Chalk Sound Police Station at 338-5901, 941-8082 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-8477.

 

 

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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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