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TCI: Digicel Launches Free Wi-Fi for Dialysis and Oncology Patients



#TurksandCaicos, May 04, 2018 – Providenciales – Patients receiving dialysis and oncology treatments can now access complimentary high-speed Internet following the launch of Digicel’s Free Wi-Fi Project at InterHealth Canada – Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital.   A launch ceremony was held on Tuesday, 01 May 2018 inside the foyer at Cheshire Hall Medical Centre, Providenciales. Representatives from the telecommunications company, along with government ministers and senior managers of InterHealth Canada (IHC) were present. 

The Minister of Health and Human Services, Honorable Edwin Astwood, stressed the significance of such an amenity in a digital age, along with the entertainment and educational benefits now afforded to patients while undergoing hours long treatment. 

Minister of Home Affairs, Transportation & Telecommunication, Honorable Vaden Williams, praised Digicel for delivering on its promise to provide free-Wi-Fi in selected public zones.  “Patients can now pass the time away on their laptops, iPhones and social media,” stated Honorable Williams. Complimentary Wi-Fi services will also be extended to patients of the Dialysis and Oncology Units at Cockburn Town Medical Centre on Grand Turk.

Chief Operating Officer of Digicel, Addison Stoddard, reinforced the company’s commitment to ensuring people are connected, and remain at the forefront of technology across various sectors, including health care.

Keno Forbes, a local businessman initiated the free-Wi-Fi project and gave remarks as a direct beneficiary of the service. Forbes said: “When I started dialysis in 2012, I actually received a certification while coming to dialysis… Now with this free high-speed Internet, as a parent, I can Skype with my child and help him with his homework.  You can look at your home-security system from the Internet. B eing connected also provides an added peace of mind – even though you’re not there, you still have the ease of communication.”

IHC Chief of Medical Services, Dr. Denise Braithwaite-Tennant expressed gratitude to Digicel and team members for providing the service at no cost and recognizing the corporate social responsibility component.  The opening prayer was delivered by IHC Chief of Allied Services, Eleanor Hall who is responsible for the Dialysis Unit.  IHC Public Relations and Marketing Manager, Nikira John chaired the ceremony.


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Firearm and Drug Charges



Media Release


July 15th, 2024.


SHAIWANZO MISSICK of South Back Salina, Grand Turk, has been charged with six counts of firearm-related offences.

Missick, 30, was charged on July 13 after police officers consulted with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The offences against Missick are:

  • One Count – Discharging Firearm
  • One Count- Discharging Ammunition
  • One Count-Possession of Firearm with intent to commit a serious offence
  • Two Counts-Possession of Ammunition
  • One Count –Possession of Firearm
  • One Count-Possession of Controlled Drugs
  • One Count- Possession of Controlled Drugs with intent to supply.

The charges against Missick came following a report made on Saturday, 29 June 2024,  following a shooting incident in Breezy Brae.

Officers obtained a warrant and searched the accused’s residence based on the information received.

The RT&CIPF is asking the public to notify the closest police station, contact 911, the Serious Crime Unit at 231-1842, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477, and anonymously give any information on illegal activity.

Additionally, persons are encouraged to download the Crime Stoppers P3 app from the Google Play Store or Apple Apps and share information anonymously.

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Five Cays Shooting Update



#TurksandCaicos, July 19, 2024 – Shortly after noon on July 12th, the Control Room of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force received reports of a shooting in Five Cays, Providenciales. A team of offices was dispatched to Granny Hill.

Upon arrival, several interviews were conducted, and evidential items were retrieved.  Thankfully, no one was injured.

Given the investigation’s sensitivity and lines of inquiry, the RT&CIPF cannot comment further.

We are aware of audio videos and photographs purporting to be the location of where the incident allegedly occurred and ask that persons circulating such be mindful of exposing victims.

The RT&CIPF is again reaching out to the public, emphasising their crucial role in this investigation.

We urge you to notify the closest police station, contact 911, the Serious Crime Unit at 231- 1842, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477, and anonymously provide any information on this shooting or any illegal activity.

Your cooperation is vital in ensuring justice is served. Additionally, persons are encouraged to download the Crime Stoppers P3 app from the Google Play Store or Apple Apps and share information anonymously.

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Turks & Caicos’ E.J Saunders part of Election Observer team in UK on July 4



Danae Dennie



#TurksandCaicos, July 19, 2024 – Hon. E. J Saunders recently participated in the July 4 UK General Elections as part of the Commonwealth Observers and he will submit a report on his observations.

The mission of this initiative was to ensure that the information given in a report from the observers will inform future electoral development in the UK and jurisdictions of Commonwealth Observers. It is also hoped that the observers will have an increased understanding of the Electoral practices in the UK.

There were observers from England, France, Australia and the Seychelles.

When asked about his experience as an observer Hon. Saunders, who is an All Island elected member of the Turks and Caicos House of Assembly said, “I’m happy that I’ve had the opportunity to be part of this process and to have my recommendations added to the final report. To know that TCI’s feedback and recommendations will help to help strengthen the electoral process in the UK is significant. It’s usually the other way around.”

Hon. Saunders, a former deputy premier and former finance minister was able to be in the room when the results came in for what is now regarded as an historic political shift in the UK.

The Labour Party won the election, ending 14 years of Conservative rule. It was a landslide victory which made Kier Starmer the new Prime Minister; his party secured 412 of 650 seats in the House of Commons.

In comparison to the electoral process in the TCI, Hon. Saunders said “In some ways, I’m very impressed. In other ways I have a newfound appreciation for our electoral process at home.”

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