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TCI: Tech developer, ex-DigicelTCI boss and son of former CM brings ‘boldness’ as Deputy Leader of PNP



#Providenciales, June 13, 2019 – Turks and Caicos – The appointment of EJ Saunders as deputy leader of the Progressive National Party, PNP has energized some of the base of the Opposition, and the party leader says Saunders brings boldness to the team.

“The person that I have target for deputy leader of the party is someone who brings a lot of specialized skills to the party and can relate to the big bold ideas that I have for the Party to move boldly into the second half of the 21st century as a leader in technology,” said Misick during a press conference at the PNP Party headquarters on Airport Road.

Misick before making the announcement explained that the selection was a difficult one, which he expected to be disappointing for some who had expressed interest in the job.

“I am hoping that at the end of the day we can all hold our hands up and be leaders in whatever seats we sit in and that we would rally around the leadership of the party.  No one has all of the answers and no one has all of the skills, but I think together, if we build a strong team around those persons who put themselves up to run and particularly those persons who take on the daunting task of leadership to support them.”

During a press conference yesterday, Washington Misick, PNP Leader made the announcement that his second in command will be EJ, a very popular businessman and son of celebrated former chief minister, Norman Saunders.

“…someone who you already know, someone who’s connected to this Progressive National Party from the umbilical cord, who is from a political family who hopefully understands the rigors of being involved in a political party and who promised me that he – he – is committed to do a sterling job and he promised that would start in another 20 minutes…”

An eruption of applause, cheering and music welcomed EJ to his new role in frontline politics of the Turks and Caicos Islands, and specifically in the executive of the Opposition PNP.

Saunders has made no secret of his interest in participating in the leadership of the PNP; having once offered in the leadership race of the party.

“At 46, I make my entrance into frontline politics, later than most politicians, at least in the Turks and Caicos.  But the reason why I have started out late is because I have always said that I would not get into politics unless my country or my party needed me, particularly the country.”

Congratulatory greetings on the deputy party leader appointment were posted to the PNPs Facebook page, including from former premier, Michael Misick, who labelled the duo of Hon Washington Misick and EJ Saunders, the “Dream Team.”

In the PNP camp, the party leader has the prerogative to appoint the deputy leader and Hon Washington Misick said it was not easy making the choice for EJ.

“We have so many talented people in this party who qualify to deputize or for that matter, to lead and remember each person who put their name on the dotted line is a leader in his own right.”




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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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