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Family wants more information on death of 61-year old Kuhnla, says details limited from TCI Police as Americans asked to exercise more caution

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#Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – October 24, 2018 – A Level Two warning is where the Turks and Caicos stands with the US State Department as it has now reiterated warnings to its citizens residing or visiting the TCI to ‘exercise increased caution’ following the deadly discovery of the body of 61 year old New York lawyer, Marie Kuhnla last week Tuesday.   

Kuhnla was visiting Turks and Caicos with friends and was a guest at Club Med Turkoise; she was found in bushes near the all inclusive resort just after 7 a.m. on October 16 (2018). “The entire Club Med family is saddened by the death of this guest and sends it deepest condolences to the guest’s friends and family.”

Initially reports focused on the solemn remarks of Marie Kuhnla’s son Rick Kuhnla Jr, which said: She was a loving, caring, compassionate woman who I was lucky to have for a mom.  If she saw someone who needed help, she would help them.  She may be gone, but the impact she had on the world and inspiration she provided most certainly is not.”

Now reports on both ABC and NBC expose that relatives and those inquiring of the investigation find that information from the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police is limited to nothing at all.  

Josh Einiger, NBC Eyewitness News NYC on Monday night said:  “The Police Department on Turks and Caicos has posted some very limited information about this case on its Facebook page; but they have not said how Kuhnla died or if they have any suspects or even a motive in this case.”

Kunhla’s brother Peter Chetuk, told Ann Thompson of NBC that:  “Authorities have told us basically nothing  and it very very frustrating for the family, very frustrating.”

Over a week later and there is still no information on how Marie Kuhnla died and as expected the speculative reports on who is responsible for the heartless crime are swirling.  Turks and Caicos residents on Monday evening, for the first time learned that the death was being investigated as a homicide; the information was shocking for many in the TCI as it came via official press release mere hours ahead of the international reports on what is the seventh murder for the year in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

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Blue Hills Man Charged with Manslaughter  

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#TurksandCaicos, February 8, 2023 – A 48-year-old man has been charged with two counts of manslaughter.

MIUS ANDRE, a mason by trade from Blue Hills, Providenciales, was charged with the offences, following advice received through the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

He appeared before a Magistrate on January 30th. Following his court appearance, the matter was committed for sufficiency hearing on April 06th.

Andre was charged in connection with an incident which occurred on December 24th at the Residence Yard, Five Cays.

Two female minors -ages six and seven-  died as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning.

 

Press Release: RTCIPF

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Bahamas News

Sugar and salt tax campaigns gaining steam 

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By Dana Malcolm

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February 7, 2023 – A global battle on sugar and salt is ramping up as the United States joins The Bahamas and Barbados in creating proposals for historic sugar and salt laws.

The country’s Agricultural Department for the first time in history, proposed a cap on the amount of sugar to be allowed in school meals.

The World Health Organization has found that North America and the Caribbean have the highest rates of childhood diabetes in the world and based on the International Diabetes Federation’s Diabetes Atlas we also have the second highest prevalence of Diabetes overall for all global regions at 14 percent  or 51 million people with a projected 24 percent increase in just 22 years.

Barbados, the United States, Canada, Haiti, Mexico, Belize and St. Kitts and Nevis are all suffering from incredibly high rates of diabetes.

Barbados and The Bahamas announced sugar taxes last month; the hope is to reduce the importation and sale of sugar and salt rich foods.

Advocates across the Caribbean including Jamaica, Trinidad, and others have been campaigning for sugar taxes in their own countries with support from the public.

Now the proposed nutritional rules for the United States would set firm boundaries on how much salt and sugar can legally be added to meals, setting a new standard as most food imports for countries like The Bahamas are from the US.

The plan for the US is expected to be rolled out by 2025.

The rules, are unapologetically an attempt to cut down incidences of diabetes and other diseases fueled by unhealthy diets, according to media reports.

For now, the quantities on sugar and salt additives is an idea waiting wider consultation.

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TCI Office in Bahamas identified 

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By Dana Malcolm 

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#TurksandCaicos, February 7, 2023 – An office space has already been identified for an all-new TCI Immigration office in The Bahamas according to Arlington Musgrove, Minister of Immigration and Border Services.

Musgrove told Magnetic Media that the ministry was “almost there” in regard to securing the space; it indicates the Government is moving full speed ahead with plans for the passing of the new Immigration Bill which will allow third-generation TC Islanders citizenship, even as the public awaits consultations on it.

The announcement of the bill had caused some skepticism among islanders, some of whom wanted the government to focus on keeping TC Islanders at home instead of recruiting others.  Musgrove however had made it clear that the TCI was in a population crisis and would need to slow down PRC naturalisation rates and naturalise people with historical, familial and cultural connections to the land or risk going ‘extinct’.

The office will work to deepen the relationship between the two sister countries even more and help increase the TCI’s population offsetting the need for masses of external labour according to the government.

When passed, the rule will apply to third-generation islanders everywhere, not only in The Bahamas giving them a free ticket to come home.

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