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TCI: You need a cutlass, not a stick to walk in Leeward



#Providenciales, January 25, 2019 – Turks and Caicos – In desperation, a man kicks and strikes and eventually chops a pack of vicious dogs with a cutlass in order to save a female walker and her pet from being mauled to death in Leeward, Providenciales.

The unprovoked attack happened on Tuesday and violently unfolded as his toddler looked on in terror from his vehicle.

The man, who pulled over in order to stop the frightening assault has asked Magnetic Media to expose the situation in the hope of something being done to remedy the dangerous reality for residents of the residential community which flanks the #worldsnumberonebeach; Grace Bay.

Within minutes, we learned that this attack by dogs was a normal problem for the area, and has forced those wanting to keep fit, out their community to safer spots to walk and jog.

The canine gang of collared and stray dogs, including the often outlawed pitbull, has been ruling the streets – uninterrupted – for over a year.  Magnetic Media was informed that the savage pack is as many as 30 owned and ferral dogs.

Last year, in #StLucia, a man was attacked by pitbulls through a fence as he spoke to their lady owner. The dogs bit off a piece of his penis, reports the St Lucia News.

Also in 2018, a 66-year old man in St. Catherine, #Jamaica was bitten all over his body by a pack of four dogs – pitbulls and rottweilers.  The Jamaica Observer said, the savage canines even tore off both the old man’s ears. The man died due to severe blood loss when a bite punctured an artery.

A tourist to Harbour Island in The #Bahamas posted being attacked by ‘potcake’ dogs while out jogging; there were scratches and bruises and the dogs stopped once summoned by their owner.

All of these cases were from last year.

A 2004 study by a student of the now, University of The Bahamas is the most recent document we could find online to capture the problem of vicious dog attacks in the #Caribbean region.

W.J. Fielding wrote: “Thirty-two participants from eight territories on 12 islands, representing 15 animal welfare groups completed forms. The territories (and islands) were: Anguilla, Antigua, The Bahamas (Grand Bahama, New Providence), Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico, Vieques, Dutch St. Maarten, St. Lucia, US Virgin Islands (St. Croix, St. John, St. Thomas), The Turks and Caicos (Providenciales).

In 2004, these countries reported that seven people had died due to dog attacks. Most involved breeds which are on the world’s deadliest dogs list: pitbulls and rottweilers.  The most deadly dog is the Chinese chow-chow, according to many lists.

The little dog trying to protect its owner in Leeward Tuesday was very badly injured by the monster dogs which only relented due to the cutlass chops.  The young man explained he was trying not hurt the pack, but the savagery of the situation forced his hand.  He said, the woman scooped up her pet and ran off yelling ‘thank you’ to the man.

We concur, because here was a person ready to risk his safety and acted heroically to save lives.







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Statement on Incident Involving Visitor on 2nd October 2022



#TurksandCaicos, October 4, 2022 – The Government of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) regrets the unfortunate incident involving the death of a visitor to our islands on 2nd October 2022.  The incident which occurred was accidental and not one in which the victim was targeted.  While the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police force (RTCIPF) continues their investigations, we wish to reassure the public (citizens, residents, and visitors alike) that the safety and security of all, is our top priority.

The TCI has long established itself as a safe destination for visitors from around the world.  Evidence of this can be seen in the countless awards the destination has won, most recently at the World Travel Awards.  Our commitment to providing safety to residents and visitors is unwavering.  The government will continue to work with local authorities including the RTCIPF and our partners in the international community to protect residents and visitors alike.

The incident which occurred on the date mentioned above is one that is rare and does not reflect who we are as a people.  On behalf of the government and people of these islands, we extend our sympathies to the family and friends of the victim.

As this matter is now an on-going police investigation, further statements will be referred to RTCIPF.

The TCI remains a safe destination and the government is working assiduously for it to remain as such.

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COVID Vaccine mandate expires Dec 31, TCIG stalled on ending it sooner



By Deandrea Hamilton & Dana Malcolm

Editorial Staff


#TurksandCaicos, September 30, 2022 – The Turks and Caicos does not seem primed to do away with its Covid-19 vaccine mandate for entry to the islands just yet, Magnetic Media learned from Jamell Robinson, Minister of Health and Human Services.

Robinson maintained that “As usual all remaining regulations are continuously under review. Current regulations expire December 31st.”

Despite them being under constant review, the Minister gave no indication that the Turks and Caicos Islands Government would accelerate any change to the rule.

The question though, is why? The Turks and Caicos Islands Government has continuously stated that it is following the science and the UKs lead when it comes to the country’s Covid-19 response.  The UK dropped its vaccine mandate for entry back in March as the country was coming off of the Omicron wave and dozens of other countries have done so since.

In terms of the science, not only does vaccination not stop the virus from spreading to vulnerable islanders, the earliest vaccines and boosters have notoriously little efficacy against the circulating variants.

In addition, there is little evidence to suggest that allowing unvaccinated individuals within borders has a negative effect on that country’s Covid case count.

Not only are the islands missing out on a major chunk of their source markets who are unvaccinated, homeowners who are unvaccinated have not been able to return to or see their property investments since the mandate was adopted in September 2021.

Deputy Premier E Jay Sanders had explained that, “thanks to the country’s over performing tourism sector when the decision is made to pull back that requirement it will be done not out of pressure but with the TCI people in mind.”

It’s unclear what the reasoning behind keeping the mandate is when it now has been proven to provide so little protection.

Additionally, it was explained that multiple attempts by the Ministry of Health to secure avenues for unvaccinated homeowners in the Turks and Caicos to visit their properties have been rebuffed at the Cabinet level.

Robinson was addressing the continued COVID-19 vaccine requirement for travel to the TCI which blocks unvaccinated tourists and homeowners from entering the island.

“On several occasions, I have presented possible pathways for homeowners to be able to visit their properties outside of a full repeal of the vaccine entry mandate and each time there was not full support for it moving forward in Cabinet,” he said.

Magnetic Media has spoken to irate and broken-hearted  homeowners who have not been able to visit their properties in a year despite spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes and other fees to have a home on the islands.

The Health Ministry however says his team is now preparing a cabinet paper to weigh the pros and cons of continuing with the vaccine mandate.  Robinson said that paper has not made the agenda as yet, taking a back seat to more pressing issues including the passing of Hurricane Fiona.

The paper should reach cabinet “soon” but this is not a guarantee that the measure will be dropped. Robinson also defended the TCIG’s current policy.

“Based on the numbers I have received from the (tourism) industry to date, being one of the few only remaining destinations with a vaccine mandate doesn’t seem to be hurting our projected occupancy rates for the months of December, January, and February across all segments of the Industry.”

The issue of why the vaccine mandate persists are heightened due to major announcements in recent days including, Joe Biden, US president declaring that the Coronavirus Pandemic “is over”; Canada moving to end its vaccine entry requirement on September 30 and The Bahamas calling off mandatory testing as of September 22 and rescinding the mask rule (for most public places) on October 1.

The mandatory vaccine measure came into effect in September 2021 prior to the widespread emergence of Omicron and lowered vaccine efficacy.  It is also a mandatory requirement for guest workers in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

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Turks and Caicos Islands Rebounding Quickly from Hurricane Fiona



#TurksandCaicos, September 30, 2022 – The Turks and Caicos Islands is working around the clock to quickly rebound from the effects of Hurricane Fiona, which hit the islands as a Category 3 storm on Tuesday, September 20th 2022.  By 11:50PM EDT of the same day, the National Emergency Operations Center (NEOC) advised that hurricane warning for the Turks and Caicos Islands was discontinued and stated that the National All-Clear was given by the Department of Meteorology.

Preliminary assessments indicate that significant damage across the country was minimal.  Major airport updates are as follows:

  • The Providenciales International Airport re-opened on Wednesday, September 21st 2022 for all flight operations.
  • The South Caicos Airport re-opened on Thursday, September 22nd 2022 for all flight operations
  • The JAGS McCartney International Airport in Grand Turk re-opened on Thursday, September 22nd for emergency and medical flights
  • Airport operations on North Caicos and Salt Cay remain closed until further notice

Carnival Cruise Line is currently working alongside the Turks and Caicos Islands Government to conduct preliminary assessments of the port facility at the Grand Turk Cruise Center. Once completed, all necessary measures will be taken to have the port operating as soon as possible.

Yesterday, during the briefing in the NEOC, the Acting Governor, Her Excellency Anya Williams advised that Public Service in Providenciales would re-open on Thursday, September 22nd 2022 – restoring normal service delivery.

“We thank God that the Turks and Caicos Islands was able to hold strong through Hurricane Fiona – with only minor damages and without any lives lost.  The following day after receiving the National All-Clear from the NEOC, the hub to the Turks and Caicos Islands – the Providenciales International Airport – was re-opened and international flights arrived” stated Minister of Tourism, Hon. Josephine Connolly.  “But while we were extremely fortunate, we acknowledge that some of our neighbouring countries were not and our thoughts and prayers are with them”, added Hon. Connolly.

“A day after Hurricane Fiona, we were already welcoming guests back to the home of the World’s Best Beach, Providenciales”, stated Acting Director of Tourism, Mary Lightbourne. “Resorts and hotels in Provo are fully operational, so we encourage guests to keep their travel plans to visit. And in the upcoming days, we will welcome visitors to our sister islands” added Lightbourne.

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