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TCI: Nearly 200 join the vigil in memory of Police Constable Carter



#Providenciales, March 12, 2019 – Turks and Caicos – We had to walk over shards of glass from shattered windshields, walk by broken bits and pieces of his Wrangler Jeep scattered at the scene, stand next to a crumpled rubber glove likely used in the traffic investigation and bear with the undeniable feeling of eeriness which crept in with the dusk… throngs of people most donning white and who knew and loved him marched silently to the final resting place of beloved Turks and Caicos Islands police officer, Constable 223 Mauquency Carter.

Women were wailing.  Grown men were weeping.  Heads were bowed as disbelief mournfully, painfully gripped the scores who turned out for the solemn ceremony for ‘Quincy’, as he was affectionately called.

It would take even a stranger only a matter of minutes to gain a full understanding of the kind of man Constable Mauquency was.  Listening to the loving thoughts, cherished memories and broken hearts of those who knew him best, painted a portrait of a man we could admire, a man of whom we could be proud and a man who would be sorely missed for his effervescent personality.

A member of the Tactical Unit of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police, this night there would have been a unity party for the crew… instead there was a dramatic change in the script.  There was no jovial gathering, this one was solemn but unity was still very much achieved as family, friends and colleagues represented for their “brother’” who was described as a man full of life, a man who lived life fully and a man who was a great father to his two sons.

His grandmother, trembled as she neared the spot where her grandson was fatally injured when his jeep collided and reportedly flipped over, with her ‘boy’ inside. Valeria Houseman is a strong woman, known by all as such, but that strength was fiercely tested this evening as a candle light prayer vigil unfolded a mere 16-hours after Quincy was pronounced dead at hospital.

Supported by her sons and Jericho Baptist Church Pastor, Pedro Williams Mrs. Houseman took measured steps, shaky steps and arrived with tears streaming and clutching a huge floral wreath of blue and white and red until stood at the ‘spot’.  No easy task, yet she handled it with grace and like a champion.

Old hymns were solemnly sung.  Prayer was thoughtfully prayed and a heartfelt message was sweetly rendered. 

“I believe when we lose someone it is okay to cry.  I believe it is okay to be sad.  I believe it is okay to grieve because I believe that becomes an expression of the love, the depth of love and friendship that you had with that person,” said Pastor Pedro Williams.

The healing process requires those expressions of grief advised Pastor Pedro, “…but as you cry, I want you to be able to remember the good times that you had with Mr. Carter.  Remember the times that you laughed together, the times that you sat in the police station or the police car and you socialized in those moments of laughter, those moments of joy.”  

Pastor Pedro, who knew Constable Carter personally described the young officer as a respectful young man, who was always beaming a smile and encouraged those gathered at the accident site earlier tonight to lean on God for comfort.

“…But ask God to give you the strength during this time to be able to survive and to be able to go through and to be able to move forward from this point.  Indeed we have lost a young man with great potential.  Every time I saw Mr. Carter he was very bright in terms of laughter and the expressions on his face and being very friendly.  He was always very respectful to me as a pastor in the community and always joyous.  I believe today he would not want for you to be sad, but even in that sadness to let your face be radiant and to remember his laugh.”

The Police report explained that ‘Officer Carter was the driver of the grey Jeep Wrangler that was involved in a two-car collision on Monday, March 11, 2019 shortly after 2 a.m. on the Leeward Highway in the vicinity of Provo Plaza.  Officer Carter was transported to the Cheshire Hall Medical Centre where he was pronounced dead at 2:47 a.m.”

Magnetic Media is informed that ‘Quincy’ suffered serious head trauma in the accident.  Images of his jeep, shared on social media gave insight into the severity of the crash; extensive front end and roof damage seemed to support an account that the vehicle flipped over in the collision.

The female driver of a gray Honda car, involved in the accident, was taken to hospital for injuries, said the report.

Police Commissioner James Smith said, “We have lost a very special individual who will be sorely missed.  This is going to be a very difficult time for Carter’s family and for each of us.”

Certainly it is difficult, and evidence of the popularity of and love for Quincy is already apparent as nearly 200 people turned out for the 90-minute service at the scene of the traffic accident.  Minister Jay Morley lent his voice to the vigil, loved ones together sang Officer Carter’s favourite song ‘Stand by Me’ as candles were lit and cell phones were illuminated in a touching tribute to a man, who even in death, has the amazing ability to draw his people together. The memorial wreath was placed at the crash site.

Constable Mauquency Carter was 29-years-old and hails from the island of Grand Turk. 




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TCI Premier and Delegation visit NCI in Jamaica



#Manchester, Jamaica, 14 August 2022 – The Honourable Charles Washington Misick, Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands, and his delegation have arrived at the Northern Caribbean University (NCU) in Central Jamaica.The Premier will give the address at the second commencement ceremony and will be conferred with an Honorary Doctor of Commerce Degree.  The Premier completed high school at West Indies College which is now NCU more than 50 years ago.  Premier Misick and his delegation are on a four day visit to Jamaica.The Office of the Premier and Public Policy will bring commencement live on its Facebook page at 2PM EST.The Premier’s delegation includes: First Lady, Mrs. Delthia Russell-Misick; Hon. Arlington Musgrove, Minister of Immigration and Border Services; Hon. Rachel Taylor, Minister of Education, Labour, Employment and Customer Service; Mr. Wesley Clerveaux, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Labour, Employment and Customer Service; Ms. Althea Been, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Immigration and Border Services; Mr. Miquel Swann, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Office of the Premier and Public Policy; Mr. Edwin Taylor, Commissioner of Labour; and Mr. Bentley Johnson Aide De Camp.

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Polio is back; 65 million missed shots in another COVID fall out



By Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer


#USA, August 4, 2022 – For the first time in almost a decade a new case of polio was recorded in the United States. The case which ended in paralysis emphasizes the danger the region faces as vaccination levels drop to 30-year lows.

The World Health Organization warned in early July explained that vaccination in the region of the Americas and the rest of world was dropping rapidly because of various spin off effects precipitated by the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Over 65 million infants missed out on basic vaccines in the last three years thanks to disruptions in routine healthcare, lockdowns and other circumstances. The effects are already being felt as once eradicated disease like measles and polio are once again emerging.

The Pan American Health Organization announced earlier this year the Americas are now facing another measles outbreak after having been declared free of the disease in 2016.

Dr. Jarvis Barbosa, Assistant director of PAHO said vaccination levels are now as low as they were in 1994 for measles and polio and Brazil has had several outbreaks of measles.

In the case of the United States an unvaccinated young adult developed the disease after contact with another individual vaccinated with a live version of the vaccine.

The breakout polio case in the US sent shockwaves across the country because of the severe nature of the disease. Polio is an extremely dangerous disease with no known cure. It causes paralysis in as many as 1 in 200 infected and that paralysis is permanent.

Normally very few school age children would be at risk in the Americas as the vaccine is required to start school but with the gap in vaccinations many more children are now at risk.

Polio was one of the most feared diseases of the 20th century, paralyzing and killing hundreds of thousands, especially children. Thankfully vaccinated individuals are not at risk and as such the WHO is advising that the best way to protect against polio is vaccination.


Photo Caption:  Child in Benin takes Polio vaccine, UNSDG

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New Rules for Turks & Caicos JPs



By Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer


#TurksandCaicos, August 5, 2022 – Rules governing Justices of the Peace in the Turks and Caicos are now significantly stricter after the passing of the amendment to the Magistrates Amendment Bill in July 2022.

Despite the fact that Justices of the Peace are allowed the same powers as a magistrate previously the only requirement for their appointment was the discretion of the Governor and that they be under 65-years-old.

That power has now been transferred from the Governor to the Chief Justice.

Justices of the peace have always by law been allowed to receive complaints, sign charges and issue warrants for the apprehension of persons charged with criminal offenses. They can also issue search warrants summons and administer oaths.

Considering the potentially unchecked execution of these powers, the attorney general’s chambers lobbied for a change in the system.

“These are very wide powers and there is no framework for the supervision and regulation of the whole of justices of the peace in the Turks and Caicos Islands.”

The amendment rectified this and the Chief Justice now has the power to make binding rules and regulations governing the appointment of JPs, a code of conduct disciplinary action and orientation and periodic training for JPs.

In addition, to maintain separation of powers the governor will be stripped of the power to disallow laws made by resident magistrates. That power now belongs to the Chief Justice.

Rhondalee Braithwaite-Knowles, TCI Attorney General maintained that the amendment was short but necessary.

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