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TCI: Police are investigating latest murder

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#Providenciales, September 4, 2019 – Turks and Caicos – Officers of the Serious Crime Unit of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force responded to Cooper Jack Providenciales on Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019 shortly after 11:00 p.m., following reports of a shooting.

According to reports, two masked men, armed with guns entered the home and demanded money from the two occupants of the home.

During the Robbery, the male victim who is a visitor to the Island, sustained a gunshot wound and was transported to Hospital by EMT’s where he later succumbed to his injuries.  The second male received non-life threatening injuries.

Speaking on the incident Commissioner of Police Mr. Trevor Botting said, “In less than four days, we are now investigating a second murder on Providenciales, taking the murder count to 10. Deepest sympathy to the family and friends of the deceased, our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. While our Officers are working hard to combat crime, we are asking the public for help with information they may have, to call Crime Stoppers anonymously. In light of the recent incidents over the last several days, the public should expect to see a further increase of Police patrols throughout Providenciales, specifically in the hot spots. We are asking you, the public for your patience in the event you are randomly pulled over by one of my Officers”.

Taken from the victims were an undisclosed amount of cash, a ring and a watch.

Anyone with information into this incident please call 911 or call Crime Stoppers Anonymously at 1-800-8477.

Release: TCI Police

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PDM Party announces date for Official Launch of All Island Candidates

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#TurksandCaicos, March 3, 2024 – National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Movement, Ezra Taylor on Friday March 1 announced that “During this crucial time in our country, our people need leadership that will address the needs of our country. The People’s Democratic Movement is ready willing and able under the proven, caring, and trusted leadership of the Hon. Edwin Astwood, assisted by a dynamic group of candidates, who together, will forge a future where Turks and Caicos Islanders will feel safe, and be true beneficiaries of the resources of our economy.”

The PDM informed: after an extensive exercise conducted by the People’s Democratic Movement and much anticipation by the electorate, we are pleased to announce to the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands that an official launch of our All-Island candidates will take place on March 22, 2024, at 7:30pm, venue to be announced.

Secondly, the official launch of our constituency candidates will take place during the month of April 2024. The people of the Turks and Caicos Islands will be able to witness the launch of our candidates via The People’s Democratic Movement’s various social media platforms, and in person

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Another Poor Judgment by Premier Misick, says Sean Astwood

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#TurksandCaicos, March 3, 2024 – Sean Astwood, former Deputy Premier says with the firing of E. Jay Saunders, the Deputy Premier and MoF, current Premier Charles Washington Misick has put himself in another compromising position.

With an ongoing investigation before the Integrity Commission alleging a serious conflict of interest for a Gaming Amendment Bill, brought to the HOA by the Premier, when Gaming Commission fell under the Former Minister of Finance, the choice of the Premier to make himself the Minister of Gaming is troubling. The Gaming Commission falls under the Ministry of Finance and will undoubtedly receive directives from its Minister who now, conveniently, is the Premier.

I am extremely concerned as to what directives the Premier will be issuing to staff of the Gaming Commission that could potentially interfere with the ongoing Integrity Commission investigation. With seven other ministers as a part of his ministerial team and the ability to appoint a new minister to replace his former deputy, the Premier should have used better judgment and select a different ministry to oversee or continue to oversee none at all, as he has been doing for the past three years. It is now even more important for the Integrity Commission and the Governor to pay closer attention to the Gaming Commission and conduct a full review of that body since its inception to date.

This cannot be an oversight by a Premier who has been involved in politics for decades. The consistent poor judgement by this current Premier is both disappointing and disturbing and should have every voter wondering if he truly came for this “wuk” or did he just comeback for something else, as many believe.

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“Move on” from the PNP says PDM National Chairman Taylor 

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Dana Malcolm

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#TurksandCaicos, March 3, 2024 – “There is obviously a great deal of internal conflicts going on within the PNP party,” says Ezra Taylor, PDM Party National Chairman in a new open letter following leadership challenges and changes affecting the Progressive National Party, PNP in the aftermath of a spirited National General Council (NGC) meeting.

In the February 27 letter, Taylor speculated on why there were so many hands vying for top spot of the PNP.

“There can be no doubt after this past weekend that there are large and different factions within the PNP party that are dissatisfied with the Hon. Misick’s leadership and are seeking a change in direction and leadership is a straight up power struggle. Three different members of his party challenged him inclusive of the most recent past Campaign Chairman and his current deputy leader.  This is an indictment on his leadership or the lack thereof,” Taylor maintained.

The PDM executive maintained that it does not bode well for Misick’s chances at the polls in upcoming elections.

“A challenge with such large support this close to the general elections also indicates that there are many members and supporters of the PNP who do not believe that Hon Misick can take the PNP successfully through the next general elections.”

Taylor echoed sentiments shared by other residents speculating that the leadership challenge was just a symptom of much larger cracks in the party.

“How will they function / govern moving forward with the hatred and mistrust that they all are feeling for each other?  With the challenges facing our people and our country, we the people cannot allow this Washington Misick led government to be re-elected,” Taylor maintained.

He also had his own suggestions  about what could have caused the rift,

“The challenge may indicate underlying tensions or disagreements within the party, some say over leadership styles others say over certain actions Premier Misick has taken like the Write off for Provo Water Company that seemingly was the major issue between Premier Misick and Hon. Akierra Missick that resulted in her abrupt firing as a Minister.  Now to more recently the move to quickly passing the Gaming Bills in the Deputy Premier’s absence noting that those bills fell directly under the remit of the Hon Saunders.  We are also understanding that there are also serious tensions in the PNP’s camp over the airport deal and who will be the one/s eventually benefiting from it.  Speculation is that this tension has been the main reason the process has been moving so slowly.”

None of these reasons have been substantiated publicly.

Taylor maintains that ‘for the perseveration of our people and country we must move on from this Government.’

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