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TCI: PNP Weekend congress begins today, 130 to decide new leadership



#Providenciales, March 1, 2019 – Turks and Caicos – A meet and greet today will be the green light for the Opposition Progressive National Party, as it hopes to emerge from the weekend with an entirely new slate of elected officers. 

Three men have offered for leadership of the party, which suffered dismal loss at the polls in the 2016 General Elections to the People’s Democratic Movement.

Leader at the time, now former Premier Rufus Ewing resigned once the official results were in and the party has sailed along without an official captain ever since. 

Washington Misick has been hailed a hero of the PNP for taking up the mantle in the House of Assembly, as the party’s leader of business there; he was even named 2018 Person of the Year by the Turks and Caicos Weekly Newspaper.

By Saturday night, the ballots should be counted and the near 130 delegates from across the archipelago would have voted to determine if it will be George Lightbourne, current MP for Grand Turk North; Rev John Malcolm, pastor and former at large candidate in 2016 or former Border Control and Employment Minister, Donhue Gardiner who will be positioned at the helm.

This is the first National Congress for the PNP since 2016.  At that time, the candidates were far more controversial and historic decisions were made about who could and could not offer in the executive race.  It led to a splintering of the party.

While individuals like Michael Misick, Akierra Missick, E Jay Saunders, Josephine Connolly and Jamell Robinson have had their names floated as possible contenders for the leader post; none of them has offered for the coveted job.  Rufus Ewing, the immediate past leader informed in a cell phone video, that he will not try again for PNP leader, at this time. 

A deadline for entry was set for nominations but it remains unclear if the PNP constitution allows for an override of that deadline, so as to widen the pool and welcome late nominees.

It is said that Michael Misick has his eyes, again, on the post of Chairman.  Royal Robinson, who is the party’s appointed member in the House of Assembly and current National Chairman, will not be returning to that role according to reports reaching Magnetic Media.

Chairman, Deputy Chairman, Treasurer, Party Whip and Chaplain are all to be voted upon; the deputy leader is appointed by the leader.

The business session for the PNP’s National Congress will be held at the Shore Club and begins at 9 a.m.; by this afternoon, the delegates will be allowed to cast their votes.  On Sunday, the PNP will attend worship at Faith Tabernacle church.

The PNP will return this evening to its headquarters on Airport Road, Providenciales, which is still undergoing repairs after being hammered in the hurricanes of 2017. 



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Shooting Incident





July 23rd, 2024.


Around 10:59 am, the Police Control Room received a call of gunshots at a location along the Millennium Highway, Providenciales.

Officers of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force were dispatched and, based on preliminary investigations, were told that the occupant (s) of a red Suzuki Swift was at a business place when another car pulled alongside it, and the occupants started shooting.

The driver of the Swift drove off while the other unidentified vehicle sped off in a separate direction. 

Officers found the Swift abandoned near Miracle Close, Blue Hills, shortly after.

Based on investigations, no injuries were reported.

This remains an active investigation.

The RT&CIPF is asking anyone with information or CCTV footage of the shooting that may assist the police with enquiries to contact 911, the closest police station, the Serious Crime Unit at 231-1842, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477 and anonymously give any information.

Additionally, persons are being asked to download the Crime Stoppers P3 app.

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Twelve Officers Sworn In





July 23rd, 2024.



There are twelve new officers within the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force.

The officers—Ronn James, Ernie Henry, Aron Charlery, Andrew Ottley, Emmanuel Dabreo, Damion Clarke, Jeffrey Kaye, Roan Waugh, Shan Livermore, Kemar Chambers, Michael Campbell, and Ajay Budhai—took an oath to protect and serve the citizens of the Turks and Caicos Islands yesterday (July 22nd) afternoon at Police Headquarters, Providenciales.

Commissioner of Police Edvin Martin, who administered the officers’ oath, said, “Thank you for choosing the TCI. It will not be a bed of roses. Policing requires hard work, and you ensure our communities are safe. Your arrival was anticipated and highly overdue.

“You are now officers of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force, and you are committed to the safety of the people of these archipelagoes. We must lead by example and not let our guard down. Stand firm on the foundation of our motto- Service With Pride and Integrity. Integrity is doing the right thing in the absence of anyone watching.”

The President of the Christian Council, Pastor Wilbert Jennings, delivered the opening prayer and told officers to always call on God in their time of need.

Deputy Commissioner Rodney Adams, Assistant Commissioner Kendall Grant, acting Assistant Commissioner Mat Newton, Chairman of the Police Welfare Association Sgt. Jepson Victor and Human Resources Manager Rex Swann also attended the ceremony.

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Male Charged with Theft and Handling Stolen Goods 





July 23rd,2024.


A 23-year-old male from the Bight, Providenciales, has been charged with the theft of a boat.

CHANDELER JOSEPH is expected to appear before a Magistrate next week to answer the following charges:

  • Two Counts of Theft
  • Two Counts of Handling Stolen Goods

The charges against Mr. Joseph followed a report of a stolen boat in the Turtle Cove district on July 19th,2024.

Inquiries were conducted shortly after Mr Joseph was arrested and subsequently charged.

The RTCIPF is asking anyone with information on illegal activities that may assist the police with enquiries to contact 911, the closest police station, the Serious Crime Unit at 231-1842, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477 and anonymously give any information.

Additionally, persons are being asked to download the CrimeStoppers P3 app.

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