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TCI: Double Murder accused back in court this week, Dominican community with bated breath

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Sorineida Arias body discovered in Crystal Bay

Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – March 22, 2018 – Double-murder-accused Christopher Forbes returned to court on Monday for a Pre-Trial readiness hearing according to the court docket.

Forbes, a Bahamian from Freeport, Grand Bahama was arrested in August 2016 for the brutal and gruesome murders of Yuniery Veras and Soreneida Arias, both 26-years old and both from the Dominican Republic. 

The women were found partially nude, even with burns in deserted areas of Providenciales by search parties organized within the Dominican community.  Both women had been reported missing and were missing for days before their bodies were discovered.

The body of Yuneiry Veras was found on April 23, 2016 in Pirate’s Cove and the body of Sorineida Moreno Arias was found on July 13, 2016 on Crystal Bay Road in Northwest Point.

Loved ones were devastated. 

Forbes, who worked as a bouncer was arrested at a residence in Millennium Heights subdivision after Police swarmed the house.

The young man, said to be from ‘Backa Town’ in Freeport has made court appearances in September and November 2017 already; while Forbes is on remand at Her Majesty’s Prison for the killings, there remains no trial date set as he still has to get through a sufficiency hearing where it will be determined if there is enough evidence to proceed to trial.

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Imminent Worldwide Measles Threat; 25 Million CHILDREN miss First Dose

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By Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer

 

December 2, 2022 – Forty million children are at risk of Measles as what the World Health Organization is describing as an “imminent threat” takes shape. A joint report between the WHO and the U.S. Centres for Disease Control revealed that a record number of children missed their measles dose with 25 million children missing their first dose and 14.7 million children missing their second dose in 2021 alone.

Nine million cases of measles were recorded last year, twenty-two countries experienced large and disruptive outbreaks and 128,000 deaths occurred, the report says.

“The paradox of the pandemic is that while vaccines against COVID-19 were developed in record time and deployed in the largest vaccination campaign in history, routine immunization programmes were badly disrupted, and millions of kids missed out on life-saving vaccinations against deadly diseases like measles,” said Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General.

Measles is easily one of the most contagious viruses in the world and while many people think itchy spots when they think of the disease it can cause pneumonia, seizures and brain damage in about 30 percent of infected individuals.

Herd immunity will not work with this disease, say experts, unless 95 per cent of people or more are vaccinated; only 71 per cent of children in 2022 are fully vaccinated.

“Measles anywhere is a threat everywhere” the report said, emphasizing that no WHO region has achieved and sustained measles elimination.

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Safe and Responsible Whale Watching Practices

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#TurksandCaicos, December 2, 2022 – As the migrating Humpback whales begin to grace our shores once again, the Department of Environment and Coastal Resources would like to appeal to all whale watching enterprises to carefully consider practices employed when enjoying and sharing encounters with these majestic animals.

Typically, the whales are migrating from the colder, nutrition-filled waters of the North Atlantic, to the warm waters of the West Indies. Along the way females will be accompanied by young, recently-calved juveniles, or may calve in warmer waters. Males may be solitary or move in larger groups in search of an appropriate mate.

As such, we are to respect this age-old migratory passage and act as custodians and stewards, ensuring the animals do not incur stress through overcrowding, inappropriately close encounters, racing vessels or an overstayed welcome.

Please adhere to the following etiquette to ensure a safe and sustainable whale-watching season in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

For further information on humpback whales, the Turks and Caicos Islands Whale Project, or responsible whale watching practices, please contact the DECR at 338-4170 or environment@gov.tc .

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FIREARM HOLDERS RENEWAL NOTICE

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#TurksandCaicos, December 2, 2022 – The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force is notifying ALL Firearm Holders,  that renewal of Firearm Licenses for 2023 , commences December 01st  2022,  from Monday- Friday between  the hours of 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Firearm Holders residing on Providenciales, will have renewals done at the Tactical Office, Criminal Investigations Department (CID)  Headquarters , Airport Road, Providenciales.

Firearm Holders residing on Grand Turk, will have renewals done at the Grand Turk Police Station.

North and Middle Caicos, can access renewals at the North Caicos Police Station , while South Caicos renewals will take place at the South Caicos Police Station.

Firearm Holders are also reminded to walk with the following ORIGINAL documents and COPIES of same: the National Health Insurance Plan (NHIP), National Insurance Board (NIB) , Driver’s Licence and Passport .

 

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