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TCI: Alleged ‘fishy business’ at PNP primaries

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Devon Williams

#Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, September 15, 2019 — The Progressive National Party on Tuesday held in-party elections and in one opinion it was the most democratic process the Turks and Caicos has ever seen from a political machine; to another some actions during the one-day run-off were ‘fishy’.

Devon Williams describes himself as a political pundit and questioned the validity of the PNP as the 2020 General Elections of the TCI approach.  Williams, once known as a staunch supporter of the party is critical of the trajectory of the ship, which is captained by party elder, Washington Misick.

“Well I know they’ve been adding names to the list.  The chairman added a lot of names to the list by himself.  They wrote them on so I don’t take the process serious after that.  If you have a list, you have a list and if you add names to the list then we don’t have a list.  I don’t know what is going to come of it but I don’t take it serious.”

PNP HEADQUARTERS ON SUPER TUESDAY

Mr. Williams, who had not voted and said he would not be voting in the run-offs gave us the comments within earshot of PNP supporters gathered at the site despite the rainy weather.  The interview took place on the steps of the party’s headquarters on airport road in Providenciales. 

“I saw them writing names on the list.  That’s not right.  If you go to vote and you see people writing names on the list, what are you gonna accept… you can’t accept that,” he said.

Williams believes the entire day was an idea contrived in contravention of the constitution of the PNP.

Magnetic Media was summoned to Progress House on the party election day, dubbed: Super Tuesday.  The accusation was that names were being added to the delegate voting list manually.  The alleged action was against the publicly announced rules or party delegate only voting; rules which asked those interested in casting a ballot to pre-register and which used as a criterion, one already being on the national electors list.

Llewelyn “Blow” Basden disputed the comment with, “No name is being added to the list after the deadline.  After the deadline there was no names added, only if there was a spell check the name would be advanced,” Basden said this applied to “Nominees or Voters; electors.”

Yet, on cell phone video provided to Magnetic Media, we see Mr. Basden vociferously arguing the hand written addition of names to the list.  ‘Blow’ was speaking loudly to the party leader in the short clip, clearly furious about the alleged manual addition of a name.

We asked “Blow” to explain his apparent change of heart but there was no comment.

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From the Party, Magnetic Media is told there will be a news conference on Wednesday where this issue will be addressed.

In another argument on a purported PNP constitutional breach, there is pending litigation which accuses the Progressive National Party of establishing its new leadership against the party’s constitutionally outlined process.  The member for Grand Turk North, George Lightbourne confirmed to us that indeed he issued a letter saying as much to his own Progressive National Party.  Today, Lightbourne is the candidate in the PNP primaries for Grand Turk North with the least support; he only managed to secure two votes.

The party has been silent on the Lightbourne lawsuit and this latest accusation of impropriety at the September 10 primaries. 

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Tim and Henry to the Rescue: A Harrowing Search and Rescue Mission Highlights Need for Marine Vessel in Grand Turk

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#TurksandCaicos, July 12, 2024 – At approximately 2:45 pm on July 12th, a 911 emergency call came in from the police department in Grand Turk, informing Ed Forbes of a distressing situation. Four young adult tourists had gone out on paddle boards off Cork Tree Beach in Grand Turk, when one of them fell off the board and could not get back on. Evidently, they underestimated the wind speed and their own brute strength.

Ed Forbes, co-owner of Exclusive Escapes Grand Turk, played a pivotal role in coordinating the rescue. Responding swiftly to the emergency call, he immediately reached out to the local search and rescue team. His prompt actions and calm demeanor were instrumental in mobilizing the necessary resources.

Within 20 minutes or so, Tim from Emerald Escapes, along with Henry and Kindry from Blue Water Divers, were on the scene. Their experience and swift response were crucial in ensuring the safety of the stranded paddleboarders. Working seamlessly together, they managed to locate and rescue all four individuals without any need for medical attention.

However, this incident also underscores a critical issue that has long plagued Grand Turk: the need for a dedicated marine vessel for search and rescue operations and cruise passengers incidents. Despite numerous promises made to concerned citizens over the years, this vital resource remains unavailable.

The swift response of Tim, Henry, and Kingdry highlights the community’s resilience and dedication, but it also brings to light the gaps in emergency preparedness that could be addressed with better equipment and support.

A dedicated marine vessel would significantly enhance the efficiency and safety of rescue operations, ensuring that responses to such emergencies are even more effective.

Ed Forbes
Concerned Citizen

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Invest TCI Opens New Office in Grand Turk

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Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – July 11th, 2024—Invest Turks and Caicos Islands (Invest TCI) proudly announces the launch of its new office in Grand Turk, located at the Digicel Building on Old Airport Road. The grand opening of the new location occurred on Friday, July 5th, 2024, under the theme “Empowering Enterprises in the Capital.”

The establishment of the new office marks a significant milestone in Invest TCI’s growth strategy. The primary objective of the expansion is to provide enhanced services and support to the business community in Grand Turk. By increasing operational capacity, Invest TCI aims to facilitate sustained growth and success for enterprises within the country.  Beyond economic advancement, this initiative is set to yield substantial community benefits, including the creation of employment opportunities.

The grand opening ceremony attracted a diverse range of attendees, including recipients of the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) programme, members of the business community, government officials, and Invest TCI staff. The event was moderated by Mr. Keno Forbes, Vice President of Investor Services. Special remarks were delivered by the Premier, Hon. Charles Washington Misick, who congratulated the InvestTCI team on their hard work and encouraged the community to take advantage of the benefits offered by the new office. He reiterated the government’s commitment to creating a supportive environment for businesses in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Additional remarks were provided by Invest TCI Chairperson, Ms. Cindy Ewing; Business Advisor, Ms. Lashena Simmons; Director of the Business Support Unit, Mrs. Anissa Adderley; and Vice President of SME, Ms. Alexa Cooper. Their contributions highlighted the collaborative effort and dedication that have driven the success of Invest TCI initiatives.

Expressing her enthusiasm for the new office, Invest TCI CEO, Mrs. Angela Musgrove, stated, “Our vision is clear and compelling: to further empower Invest Turks and Caicos Islands, the agency offers incentives and support that enable more efficient and innovative practices. We are committed to helping businesses thrive, and in doing so, we are helping our entire community.”

Invest TCI recognizes the integral role that Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises play in the economic and social development of the Turks and Caicos Islands. Through its Business Support Unit, the agency provides comprehensive support services to startups and existing entrepreneurs, ensuring they have the tools and resources to succeed.

The grand opening of the new office in Grand Turk represents a significant step forward in Invest TCI’s mission to support and empower businesses across the islands. The agency looks forward to fostering economic growth and development and ensuring a prosperous future for all.

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LAST AMERICAN TOURIST SENTENCED TO A FINE OF $1500.00 OR SIX MONTHS IMPRISONMENT IN DEFAULT, SHE’S ALSO SENTENCED TO 23 WEEKS IMPRISONMENT SUSPENDED FOR ONE YEAR

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(Thursday, July 11th, 2024) Turk and Caicos Islands – The last of five American tourists arrested in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) for being in unlawful possession of  ammunition could finally leave the TCI today, Thursday, July 11th, 2024.

Sharitta Grier 46 pleaded guilty on 25th June to having two rounds of.38 ammunition in her bags, at the Howard Hamilton International Airport in Providenciales on Monday 13th May, 2024, when leaving the Turks and Caicos Islands after a surprised Mother’s Day vacation trip, from her daughters.

Her Ladyship The Hon. Ms. Tanya Lobban-Jackson agreed with senior defense counsel, Ms. Sheena Mair of F-Chambers that there are exceptional circumstancés in Grier’s case, by this, the court departed from the mandatory minimum sentence of twelve years imprisonment and ordered a lighter sentence of $1500.00 or Six months imprisonment if fine is not paid. She’s also sentenced to 23 weeks imprisonment suspended for one year.

Holding for the office of the Director of Public Prosecution via link was Dr. Angela Terry Brooks, deputy director of the DPP’S office.

The prosecution office did oppose exceptional circumstances and invited the court to impose the mandatory minimum sentence of twelve years imprisonment.

A more detailed court report will follow.

Wilkie Arthur
Court Correspondent
Eagle Legal News Media

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