#TurksandCaicos, May 09, 2018 – Providenciales –
MAN ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH FIREARM OFFENCE
On Friday, May 4th 2018, a 22-year-old male was arrested and charged with firearm offences, following a report made to Police on March 16th, 2018. The man was charged with three counts of Possession of Firearm with intent to endanger, Possession of Unlicensed Firearm, Possession of Ammunition and three counts of Possession of Ammunition with Intent to Enable Endangerment of Life. The man is currently in police custody.
MAN FACES ASSAULT CHARGE
A 34-year-old male was charged Monday, May 7th 2018 with Assault Occasioning Bodily Harm in relation to a report made on March 8th, 2018. The man was released on US$3500 bail and scheduled to appear in court on Monday, May 14th 2018 to answer to this charge.
YOUNGSTERS ACCUSED OF THEFT
A man reported to the Providenciales Police that on May 4th 2018, he gave three young men a ride into Kew Town and upon making a traffic stop in the said area, the youngsters stole his cell phone and money.
According to Police investigations, the cell phone valued US$300 and a wallet containing US$50, was located near the car armrest when it was stolen. The man who quickly drove away were chased with stones by the culprits.
KEW TOWN BAR ROBBED
The Police are seeking the public’s help in finding the men who robbed a bar of money and cellphones. The incident was reported to the 911 Center, at 11:11 p.m., on Friday, May 4th 2018, that two masked men robbed a Kew Town Bar.
According to reports, the gunmen entered the bar and demanded cell phones and money. The men made an escape with three cell phones value unknown and US$1100 cash in a silver Nissan March, but later exited the vehicle and fled the scene by foot.
NHIB IN GRAND TURK BURGLED
Grand Turk Police are investigating the Burglary of the NHIB Office on Hospital Road on Saturday, May 5th, 2018. Missing are one small white Refrigerator valued US$300, a 42” Black LG Smart Television and one Black GE Microwave, value unknown.
MIDDLE CAICOS BAR/RESTAURANT BURGLED
Police on Middle Caicos are investigating a burglary that was reported. According to Police there, the restaurant and bar owner secured the premises on April 29th 2018 and upon opening on Saturday, May 5th, 2018 she noticed a water pump and pressure tank missing.
The value is unknown at this time.
GRAND TURK HOME BURGLED
Investigations are ongoing into a Close Hall Road Home Burglary in Grand Turk. The incident was reported to police on Monday, May 7th 2018. According to Police reports, the homeowner secured his home at 11:15 p.m., on Sunday, May 6th 2018 but was awakened to a male inside. The man who escaped via foot stole a pack of cigarettes, US$50.00 and a power drill valued US$100.00.
SHIPPING COMPANY BROKEN INTO
Police in Providenciales is investigating the Burglary of a shipping company on the Leeward Highway. The incident was reported to the 911 Centre on Monday, May 7th 2018 at 7:28 a.m.
The Business was secured on Saturday, May 5th 2018 and upon opening, employees met their place of work ransacked. The culprit(s) who used a ladder to gain entry, stole US$300.00 and cheques.
The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force continue to appeal to the general public who may have any information that can assist in the detection of any crime to come forward, or contact the Chalk Sound Police Station at 338-5901, 941-8082, 911 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-8477.
Polio is back; 65 million missed shots in another COVID fall out
By Dana Malcolm
#USA, August 4, 2022 – For the first time in almost a decade a new case of polio was recorded in the United States. The case which ended in paralysis emphasizes the danger the region faces as vaccination levels drop to 30-year lows.
The World Health Organization warned in early July explained that vaccination in the region of the Americas and the rest of world was dropping rapidly because of various spin off effects precipitated by the Coronavirus Pandemic.
Over 65 million infants missed out on basic vaccines in the last three years thanks to disruptions in routine healthcare, lockdowns and other circumstances. The effects are already being felt as once eradicated disease like measles and polio are once again emerging.
The Pan American Health Organization announced earlier this year the Americas are now facing another measles outbreak after having been declared free of the disease in 2016.
Dr. Jarvis Barbosa, Assistant director of PAHO said vaccination levels are now as low as they were in 1994 for measles and polio and Brazil has had several outbreaks of measles.
In the case of the United States an unvaccinated young adult developed the disease after contact with another individual vaccinated with a live version of the vaccine.
The breakout polio case in the US sent shockwaves across the country because of the severe nature of the disease. Polio is an extremely dangerous disease with no known cure. It causes paralysis in as many as 1 in 200 infected and that paralysis is permanent.
Normally very few school age children would be at risk in the Americas as the vaccine is required to start school but with the gap in vaccinations many more children are now at risk.
Polio was one of the most feared diseases of the 20th century, paralyzing and killing hundreds of thousands, especially children. Thankfully vaccinated individuals are not at risk and as such the WHO is advising that the best way to protect against polio is vaccination.
Photo Caption: Child in Benin takes Polio vaccine, UNSDG
New Rules for Turks & Caicos JPs
By Dana Malcolm
#TurksandCaicos, August 5, 2022 – Rules governing Justices of the Peace in the Turks and Caicos are now significantly stricter after the passing of the amendment to the Magistrates Amendment Bill in July 2022.
Despite the fact that Justices of the Peace are allowed the same powers as a magistrate previously the only requirement for their appointment was the discretion of the Governor and that they be under 65-years-old.
Justices of the peace have always by law been allowed to receive complaints, sign charges and issue warrants for the apprehension of persons charged with criminal offenses. They can also issue search warrants summons and administer oaths.
Considering the potentially unchecked execution of these powers, the attorney general’s chambers lobbied for a change in the system.
“These are very wide powers and there is no framework for the supervision and regulation of the whole of justices of the peace in the Turks and Caicos Islands.”
The amendment rectified this and the Chief Justice now has the power to make binding rules and regulations governing the appointment of JPs, a code of conduct disciplinary action and orientation and periodic training for JPs.
In addition, to maintain separation of powers the governor will be stripped of the power to disallow laws made by resident magistrates. That power now belongs to the Chief Justice.
Rhondalee Braithwaite-Knowles, TCI Attorney General maintained that the amendment was short but necessary.
Young People in TCI are having sex, Rapport wants to ensure they’re doing it safe
By Deandrea Hamilton & Dana Malcolm
#TurksandCaicos, August 5, 2022 – Young people in the Turks and Caicos are very sexually active and while there are no concrete statistics, the newest members of the Rapport all said “Yes” to the question about whether there is rampant sexual activity.
“As a young person I totally agree that they are having a lot of sex,” Arean Louis said.
This is particularly concerning given wider statistics point to a very young age group which is still contracting HIV/Aids.
“Caribbean statistics are showing that between the ages of 15 and 25 those have the highest amount of HIV rates.”
Young adult members of Rapport TCI all agree that youth in the TCI must be made aware of HIV and other STIs. Arean Louis, Denae Dennie and Arielle Neely spoke to Magnetic Media on their way to the International AIDS Conference.
All three agreed that our young people are having a lot of sex.
“I would say that our young people are having sec the only thing that I would say is I hope that they are letting their partners know their sexual history, their status, and that they’re being safe.” Dennie said.
Louis added, “As we talk about HIV and AIDS in the Turks and Caicos Islands we most definitely need to bring awareness to our young people because there is no set age— kids nowadays just like to experiment.”
He stressed safe sex, using protection and abstinence to maintain sexual health.
“What we aim to do is keep them safe here, we’re tired and we don’t want to see anymore STD and STI new cases in the Turks and Caicos.”
Dennie says she still thinks there is fear surrounding HIV but with education and protection, the world can get to zero new cases and it was something she was looking forward to.
The final member Arielle Neely explained that there were not enough tools and resources to educate youth.
“There are not enough tools or enough record to educate them. Our parents think they’re doing a good job by telling us don’t have sex but telling us don’t have sex isn’t enough. You have to teach us about birth control planned parenthood.”
The three members had high hopes for Rapport and stressed that they need more members to make an effective change on sexual health in the TCI.
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