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TCI: Josephine Connolly is in politically successful company says PNP House Leader

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#Providenciales, February 26, 2019 – Turks and CaicosWSecond All Island member in the Turks and Caicos House of Assembly, Josephine Connolly, a week ago today was welcomed officially into the fold of the Opposition Progressive National Party by its Leader in the House; her move from the PDM party was likened to the actions of greats in hemispheric politics and cited as not unusual or uncommon.

“To those who would criticize my colleague for changing her mind and crossing the floor may I remind them that Reagan was also originally a Democrat and a new deal supporter, to whom the following quote is accredited: ‘I didn’t leave the Democratic Party, the Party left me’.”  Hon Washington Misick continued with, “Hillary Clinton was a supporter of the Republican Party switching Democrat in the late 1960s.  Elizabeth Warren, the current liberal icon started political life as a conservative, she switched to the Democratic Party in the mid-1990s.  Britain’s wartime Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill was a member of the Liberal Party for 20 years before he became a conservative…”

Connolly in June 2017 had her position as Education Minister revoked by PDM Leader and Premier, Sharlene Robinson and claims to have been an outcast ever since.  The initial move by the second most popular 2016 election contender was to swap sides in the House of Assembly and become an independent candidate.  In late January, Connolly joined the Opposition PNP.

Hon Misick also cited Bahaman politicians who left major political groups, served as independents, and eventually went on to become prime ministers. 

“Right next door, Cecil Wallace-Whitfield left the PLP and started the Free National Movement.  Both Hubert Ingraham and Perry Christie were independent before going on to lead the two major parties in The Bahamas.”

Political, strategic moves for leaders like Alexander Bustamante and Bruce Golding, both of Jamaica, resulted in them – at different times – reaching highest office.

“Mr. Speaker as the Leader of the PNPs Progressive National Party and that of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition, it is my pleasure on behalf of the PNP executive and the members, many of whom voted for her – the honourable member in the 2016 General Election – to welcome her.”

Hon Connolly, who officially shifted to the PNP on January 28, 2019, was described by PNP of business in the HOA, as “an ambitious and hard-working servant of the people who is loved by many.”

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Traffic Death again, a woman dies and two others hospitalised

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#TurksandCaicos, June 23, 2024 – Magnetic Media can inform that, yes there has been another traffic death in Providenciales and reports say it’s a woman who didn’t make it out of a three car smash up.

Almost, exactly 24 hours after a deadly collision was recorded in wee hours of Saturday morning came news, this morning, of a second death by motor vehicle accident.

“I can confirm the Police Control Room received a call during the early hours of this morning involving a serious accident on Leeward Highway. One person (female) died while others were rushed for medical treatment,” said Denyse Renne, media officer for the Royal TCI Police.

The Cheshire Hall Medical Center, which had already suspended visitation due to security concerns in the wake of four murders between Friday and Saturday in Provo, has restricted its Emergency Room to emergencies only.

TCI hospitals citing the unusually high demand for urgent medical care to multiple patients as the reason for the restriction.

While it is widely reported that the person who died in the traffic accident on Leeward Highway near Pratt’s Road is a female tourist, police say they’re investigating.

It’s been a total of six lives lost in startling incidents in the past day in Providenciales.  The tragic circumstances of the car accidents and sheer violence of the shootings have sent shockwaves throughout the country leaving residents utterly bewildered.

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Five Cays Shooting Death

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***MEDIA RELEASE***

June 22nd, 2024.

Homicide detectives of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force are actively investigating a murder in Five Cays, Providenciales.

Initial reports indicate that shortly after midday, the Police Control Room received several calls stating that gunshots were being heard in the area of the Community Center.

RT&CIPF officers responded to the given location and found the lifeless body of a male with what appeared to be gunshot wounds about the body.

The RT&CIPF is asking anyone with information that may help in this investigation to contact the closest police station, 911, the Serious Crime Unit at 231-1842, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477 to provide any information anonymously.

Additionally, individuals are encouraged to download the Crime Stoppers P3 app to share information.

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Rescued

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Media Release

June 22nd, 2024.

 

Two occupants of an aircraft were rescued around 3:28 p.m. today (June 22) following an intensive sea search around Providenciales.

The occupants –two males- are currently receiving medical attention.

The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force can confirm that shortly after midday, the Air Tower received a report regarding an aircraft landing on water (ditching) approximately 11 miles from Northwest Point, Providenciales.

The aircraft had departed from the United States and experienced engine failure.

Having received reports of the incident, a Strategic Coordinating Group with representation from the RT&CIPF, the TCI Civil Aviation Authority, the Airport Authority, the Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies, and the Ministry of Health was activated to coordinate the search and rescue.

The group worked closely with partners from OpBat and received confirmation that a United States Coast Guard helicopter had successfully rescued the two persons after three hours.

The victims were brought ashore.

Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police Mat Newton said, “I wish to express my profound gratitude and acknowledge the invaluable support of our national and international partners.

“This successful rescue operation is a testament to our collective strength and coordination. With the full support from our US partners and the local marine community, I extend my heartfelt thanks to our OpBat partners and the crew of the US Coastguard helicopter, as well as the Marine Branch of the RT&CIPF, the staff of the Department of Environment and Coastal Resources (DECR), the Department of Fisheries and Resources Management, Caribbean Cruisin, and vessels from the TCI Search and Rescue Association.

“We are now in the process of initiating an investigation into the accident in close liaison with the Civil Aviation Authority.”

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