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Grand Turk residents demand restoration at PDM Administration public meeting



#Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos – Saturday, September 1, 2018 – The PDM Administration faced a frustrated group of about 50 residents on Tuesday night who detailed how long they have been put off by broken or waylaid promises when all islanders want is a return to the luster of a bygone era for Grand Turk. 

Cited were the perimeter fencing at the airport as low grade construction with flimsy materials and falling down and the welcome mat of trash which is far too often the case for the bustling cruise port.  

One comment was that the JAGS McCartney International airport, continues to look hurricane-hit  and the areas of Cockburn Town and Palm Grove which were essentially described as dilapidated and littered with trash.

There was a call for side-walks to be established in the two ‘Folleys’ to end the unsafe and inconvenience caused by school students who are forced to walk in the streets instead of on the roadsides. 

The Premier, during her Administration’s quarterly public meeting on Tuesday read a report received on Monday from the Airports Authority which called the fencing surrounding the airport adequate.  The matter of the fence at the airport became an issue when donkeys were able to breach the fencing and made the airport runway a hangout.    

Grand Turk South MP has long been petitioning for removal of Super Storm Sandy wreck, from Governor’s Beach, Grand Turk

The Premier explained that her administration has agreed to a list of projects with Carnival Cruise Lines in keeping with the Grand Turk Master Plan, but it was less clear when the projects would begin as an MOU or Memorandum of Understanding continues to be unsigned between these partners. 

Residents of Grand Turk were also informed that the rusty wreck, Mega One Triton will be removed from Governor’s Beach and that the South Base buildings will be demolished in September. 

The second stop for the quarterly public meetings was South Caicos, held last night at the Community Center.

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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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