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Social media reports may help TCI Police make quick arrest, Provo man is third murder for 2018



#Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – August 3, 2018 – A manic scene is described in a voice note being circulated on social media, and it is gut-wrenching to hear how a human life being taken in a shooting spree is recanted by the so called bystander.

The man uses a lot of profanity to describe a chain of events in the voice note, which Magnetic Media received on WhatsApp.  If the report is accurate, it tells a chilling story of how the young victim – Judah Gail – was an unprovoking target and unsuspecting victim of a raw, cold-blooded shooting.   

The man says that he heard three gun shots and believes all of them, fired at close range struck Gail who was seated on a vehicle in the parking lot of the bar. It was confirmed that Judah was left, with multiple gunshot wounds, on the ground in the parking lot.

Images, being shared on social media give an eerie view of the deceased, laying, his body twisted and in a pool of blood; apparently already dead.

A most disturbing cell phone video captured an older man, clearly distraught, rubbing his hands over the body of Judah and calling his name.  Judah, who was pronounced dead at the scene never responds.  The older man is in shock, it appears, and there are members of the Royal Turks and Caicos Police present. 

The video clearly shows crime scene tape is up to keep onlookers at bay, but the filming continues – we can see the blood and the face of the victim.  We can also see another face, the person capturing the aftermath of the shooting tragedy, who turns the camera toward himself and says into the camera:  “Nigga get iced.”

Police are aware of the variety of videos in circulation, reportedly even footage of the actual shooting.

About Judah Gail, we learn from some that the young man was a prolific offender; incarcerated for convictions linked to illicit drugs and stealing.

The voice note identifies the alleged shooter by nickname.  Meanwhile, a Police report  from 7:27 a.m. on Friday is asking for public help in the case.

The Five Dollar Bar is where the fatal shooting unraveled shortly after 1 a.m. today.  The hang-out, adjoining Lamont’s Barbeque take-away restaurant is described as a popular spot for locals.

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Kamala Harris to meet with Caribbean leaders in The Bahamas



Rashaed Esson

Staff Writer



#USA, June 5, 2023 – Kamala Harris, United States Vice President will journey to Nassau Bahamas in June for a top level meeting with Caribbean  leaders, marking the first time she will visit the region since occupying office in 2021.

According to the White House in a statement, the meeting will bring attention to a range of regional issues.  Harris and the Caribbean leaders will continue talks on the shared efforts to address the climate crisis, such as promoting climate resilience and adaptation in the region and increasing energy security through clean energy.

Additionally, the statement informed that Harris’ trip “delivers on the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to advance cooperation with the Caribbean in pursuit of shared prosperity and security, and in recognition of the common bonds and interests between our nations.”

The June 8th meeting builds on and strengthens the U.S.-Caribbean Partnership to Address the Climate Crisis 2030, which was launched by the Vice President and Caribbean leaders in Los Angeles at the Summit of the Americas as further mentioned by White House Statement.

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Woman who lost foot is Alexandra Truwit, Yale Grad & All American Swimmer



By Dana Malcolm 

Staff Writer



#TurksandCaicos, June 5, 2023 – A champion swimmer, marathon runner, Ivy League graduate and world traveler with a huge smile– that is Alexandra Truwit; at only 22 years old, she has a whole life ahead of her, one that may have now been made exponentially harder by the loss of her foot in an incident which continues to be unconfirmed, but reported as a shark attack off the coast of Providenciales.

Magnetic Media learned Truwit, who is a very experienced swimmer, was on a private charter captained by an employee of Big Blue Collective (not a Big Blue Charter).  She was bitten by what eyewitnesses think could have been a Caribbean Reef Shark and her foot below the ankle was completely severed.

It’s a heartbreaking incident exacerbated by the young woman’s obvious love for- and proficiency in- the water.

The Yale website describes Truwit as a Two-time USA Swimming Academic All-American.  Featured as a ‘Teen Titan’ in her high school, she was one of ten young people chosen for the school’s magazine. 

Truwit, who has a twin brother, cites nail art and baking as her life joys. Already having survived ‘mono’ as a teen, she volunteers as a Special Olympics “hugger” and started a Special Olympics club at her high school.

She was airlifted from the Turks and Caicos on the day of her accident and there have been no updates on her condition so far.  Residents in the TCI and the US have expressed via social media their best wishes for the young achiever and must now wait, hoping for the best possible outcome.

One resident said, “So sorry Alexandra you had to encounter such a traumatic experience while on vacation on our beautiful Island.  I am praying for a successful surgery and speedy recovery for you, hopefully, the surgeon can work their magic for you.”

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Governor’s Appointed Member touts Civil Service Upgrade during Budget Debates



By Dana Malcolm 

Staff Writer 



#TurksandCaicos, June 5, 2023 – There are sweeping changes coming to the civil service this year after years of complaints about delays and understaffing.

“For the year 2023/24, the office of the Deputy Governor has a very ambitious public sector transformation centered around improving service delivery and the customer experience.”

This came from Governors Appointed Member Willin Belliard, as he rose in the budget debates on Thursday May 18 to detail the revamp.

Phase one of E-procurement which will allow for the virtual submission of tenders is to be implemented. Along with that will come E-Jobs, a similar system touted to make job applications virtual, swift and easy.

Implementation of the Human Capital Procurement Program is also on the list of deliverables. Human capital is sorely lacking in the Turks and Caicos across the public and private sectors with hundreds of vacancies sitting open and resignations continuing to pile up.

Public servants will also find it easier to enroll into the all new Public Sector Pension Plan with the advent of a portal to remove the need for paper based applications.

The previously announced pay grading exercise is on the table to be completed and a Contract management unit has now been created to manage the delivery of projects that taxpayers are funding.

Residents of the Turks and Caicos have complained bitterly about the state of the civil service in the country for years. From police records to the treasury, the service is characterized by low staffing, frustrating wait time and long lines.

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