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Car-jacking, armed robberies, TCI Police hands full with new gun crimes

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#Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – Saturday September 1, 2018 – Another string of armed robberies is keeping the TCI Police busy and vexing the general public and points to a trend of ‘car-jackings’ now.

It had appeared that the scandalous and scary gun crimes in the Turks and Caicos were a thing of the past, but it is another summer and another surge in armed offences.     

On Tuesday night, four men were offered a ride says the Police report; those men robbed the driver – likely a jitney operator – of his wallet which contained identification cards and they took his green Nissan car.  The incident happened at the corner of Bible Street in Blue Hills. The armed men also got away with a black iPhone 7 and cash. This incident was reported to Central Police Station from around 8:45 p.m. on Tuesday August 28, 2018.

Police say the next robbery was around 9 p.m. and involved three gunmen, who carjacked a woman in Five Cays. Stolen from the lady was a black Honda vehicle, cellular phone and other personal items.  The car has since been recovered near a bank on Leeward Highway, damaged said the report and the woman is unhurt physically.   

About a half hour later the same night, a third incident was reported and again involved three masked, armed men who robbed the P&K Spendless Supermarket on Cooper Jack Bay Road.  The men seems to have used that black Honda, stolen in Five Cays, for the crime as it was said they made good their escape, with cash from the store, in a black vehicle.

If you have information non this or any other crime, the Police are asking for you to report it.  Use Crime Stoppers, 1-800-8477.

 

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Empowering the Youth and Strengthening Community Bonds: Phase Two of the Reaching the Streets Initiative

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In a steadfast effort to address the surge in youth-related gun and gang violence, the implemented multi-sector initiative, “Reaching the Streets Programme,” designed by Dr. David Burrows, is set to embark on Phase Two of its comprehensive intervention strategy.

The Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Social Services, Hon Rachel Marshall Taylor, expressed her excitement for the upcoming phase, stating, “I am eagerly looking forward to Phase 2 of the Reaching the Streets Programme which is all about implementation, commitment and change. The multifaceted approach including prevention, intervention, rescue and rehabilitation will aid in mitigating the impact of gun violence and influence troubled youth to make more positive choices.”

Scheduled for May 6th – 8th, 2024 in Providenciales and May 9th-11th 2024 in Grand Turk, the Phase 2 Training & Development Programme aims to train at least 400 persons with the knowledge and skills to reach out to at risk youth who are vulnerable to negative influence. Attendees will be able to use these new tools through schools, churches and the general community, to be motivators for positive change to the youth and their families. 

Mrs. Cheryl Ann Jones, Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Education also commented that, “With the upsurge in youth related gun crime and violence, we have determined that it is only as a joined-up community that we can intervene and arrest this spate of gun crimes among our youth. Our position is that the more trained hands we have, the more expanded, consistent and sustained will be the reach and impact of the reaching the streets intervention.”

Key Highlights of the Programme

  • Strengthening Youth Prevention & Intervention Strategies
  • Forging Strategic Relationships
  • Do’s and Dont’s of Street Outreach
  • Understanding the Game – Street & Gang Life Dynamics
  • Conflict Resolution Education
  • Retention and Long-Term Strategies

Mrs. Jasmine Thomas, National Youth Director also commented on the upcoming even stating that, “Empowering persons with the necessary training to effectively reach street youth is not only an investment in their future but a commitment to uplifting an often marginalized and vulnerable segment of our society.”

Join the Initiative:

All stakeholders, including law enforcement, educators, parents, community leaders, entrepreneurs, and non-profit organizations, are encouraged to participate in this collective effort to create a safer and more harmonious community.

For more information and to stay updated on the events, please stay tuned for further announcements from the organizing committee.

For media inquiries, please contact +1-649- 331-5299

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Victoria Public Library Story Time

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The main mandate of the Department of Library Services is to extend our reach, impact, and relevance to diverse communities, ensuring equitable access to information, resources, and opportunities for lifelong learning and community engagement. Through strategic outreach efforts and collaborative partnerships, the Department is striving to meet the evolving needs of our communities and enhance the quality of life for all residents.

 Our extension activities have long been a staple item among our list of programmes and services offered. At the top of this list is storytelling which is an essential and enjoyable activity for small children because it promotes holistic development across multiple domains. It ignites their imagination, nurtures their emotional intelligence, and lays the groundwork for Literacy and academic success. By incorporating storytelling into our menu of children programmes, the Department has been providing the children with invaluable experiences that will no doubt enrich their lives and support their growth and development.

 Through a collaborative effort with the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force and the Rotaract Club of Grand Turk, the Victoria Public Library will be hosting story time for children under the age of 8 years old on the second and third Saturday of each month.

 Registration is now open for what promises to be some very exciting and fun filled Saturday afternoons. For more information, please contact the library via email at victoriapubliclibrary1@gmail.com or call (649)946-2716

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Opposition Leader has advice as House Speakers convene on Turks & Caicos soil

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Garfield Ekon

Staff Writer

Exercise your control and power in your jurisdictions correctly, was the advice given to the Speakers and Overseas Tertiaries Speakers Conference, by Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Edwin A. Astwood.

Mr. Astwood in urging the Speakers not to lose themselves “notwithstanding your emotions,” conflict, Ideas, and political affiliations, he said the wind can bend “you like hurtful words,” but they will only overcome them by becoming flexible. 

“The rigidity of the ground will prevent you from expanding, like the structures that design the systems in your countries, but with patience, you will always find the cracks through which to extend your being,” he said.

The Leader of the Opposition added that sometimes the Speakers will face storms, and some lightning will fall “very close to you,” but they should  ride out those  storms, as he  have “lived it, and I have been in those storms,” and  in each storm there is a new hope, as well as with persistence, self-confidence, flexibility, and recognising  what the world gives them.

“Strength is something that is built with inner integrity, and with the ability to control oneself against the forces of the world. Integrity Fortitude grants power not to control what surrounds you, but to awaken the power over yourself, and to control what is in you,” he said.

Adding further, Mr. Ashwood argued that it is essential to move move forward, and recognise that power is the product of potential, and it only arises from the energy that lies within them, and not from the things they get from outside. 

“I want to encourage all of you to build your inner power from the strength of your integrity, which will, in turn, allow for the generation of a movement of conscious beings that can transform reality,” Mr. Ashwood told his audience.

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