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Worst fears as a tourist is murdered in Providenciales; ten homicides for 2019

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TCI Police photo from the Bight crime scene of ninth murder, August 31 2019

#Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – September 4, 2019 — Police patrols will be beefed up following yet another murder and this time, the man killed is a visitor to the Turks and Caicos Islands; for many it is a worst fear realised.

Magnetic Media is informed that the man was residing in Cooper Jack Bay in Providenciales; the guest of an attorney working in the Turks and Caicos Islands on the SIPT trial.  The victim was one of two people ambushed in the house in this upscale neighbourhood and villa rental district. 

TCI Police reported: “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.”

Residents are reacting strongly once again to the report and now with baited breath as to the potential negative and international backlash this sinister incident will create.

Violent crimes, involving guns against American tourists have resulted in a Level 2 Alert for the TCI by the US Department of Homeland Security for 2019; which despite its low crime rate is cited for being unable to identify criminals, solve cases and make arrests.

New Police Commissioner, Trevor Botting confirmed that this is the tenth murder.  A record-breaking figure and the second homicide investigation launched in just four days. 

“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”.

The commissioner of police offered “deepest sympathy” to the family of the victim.

Trevor Botting, TCI Police Commmisioner

Magnetic Media learned of the shooting early this morning; the crime happened around 11 pm on September 3, 2019.

The TCI Police Serious Crimes Unit is working the homicide, explained the police report. 

“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.”

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Health

Woman dies on Tuesday; 32nd Covid Death for Turks & Caicos

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By Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer

 

#TurksandCaicos, January 20, 2022 – The Turks and Caicos has recorded its 32nd death related to COVID-19.

A Ministry of Health press release informed that the individual who was in quarantine in Grand Turk and requested emergency aid on Tuesday; response came from the public health team in Grand Turk.

The person, who we are told is a special needs young woman – was unvaccinated and had underlying medical conditions.

The death rate in the Turks and Caicos of both vaccinated and unvaccinated persons has climbed alarmingly this year.  In the 21-month period from March 2020 when the country recorded its first case to December 2021, there were 26 deaths recorded in the TCI.

In the 19 days since the start of 2022 that number has increased to 32; which means six deaths already in January.

 

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Bahamas News

Cruising should slow down says PAHO

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By Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer

 

‘Slow down on Cruising’, that’s the word from the Pan American Health Organization, PAHO in their latest recent press conference.

Dr. Ciro Ugarte Director of Health Emergencies at the PAHO was referring to the Bahamas but made sure to note that the advice was highly relevant to many countries in the times of omicron.

“In the context of intense transmission, due to the Omicron variant as we have highlighted several times. It is just logical to suspend or at least limit the cruise ship traffic as an outbreak on board might end up exceedingly high and probably will go beyond the capacity of local health services”

Both the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos are experiencing a massive uptick in cases and several warnings regarding cruise travel have been issued by the US Centers for Disease Control.

Cruising just resumed for many regional countries this past Summer, Turks and Caicos was among the latest to restart on December 13.

A stop to sailing would be devastating to economies, however, ports of call like Grand Turk which are reeling with rocketing case numbers of COVID are urged to consider the suggestion of slowing down on ships by PAHO.

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Caribbean News

Understanding Sargassum with help from the TCI’s Department of Environment & Coastal Resources  

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By Sherrica Thompson

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#TurksandCaicos, January 20, 2022 – Sargassum, also known as seaweed, is a natural brown macroalga that lives in temperate and tropical oceans of the world. The floating micro eco-system is important to many species, including baby turtles, little crabs, and tiny fish. All these animals use the floating rafts of the sargassum for protection, shelter, and food.

Over the years, sargassum has been increasing its quantity in the Caribbean due to climate change. As water temperatures increase, sargassum blooms, and as this continues, it occurs in large amounts. This can be dangerous for some marine life because when seaweed washes up on the shore, some species become trapped in the sargassum mat.

Environmental Outreach Coordinator at the Department of Environmental and Coastal Resources for TCI, Amy Avenant, says the Turks and Caicos Islands has not seen the worst of the overgrowth.

“In the Turks and Caicos Islands, we have not seen the full severity of sargassum blooms. Our neighbours in Bonaire, for example, experience up to six feet of sargassum, and they have found stranded dolphins, sea turtles, and sometimes even birds,” said Amy Avenant.

“When the sargassum washes up on shore, it starts to decompose, and when it decomposes, it emits methane, and that is the stinky sulfuric eggy smell that you can smell when you walk past it on the beach. It is a bad thing for climate change because of the methane, but it is not harmful to your health.”

Turks and Caicos saw this in extreme amounts in October; so severe, resorts were forced to bag and bury the stinky seaweed which for over a week covered the usually sandy white stretch of Grace Bay beach.

Avenant noted that in the TCI, we have a balance between managing the influx of sargassum and impacting the areas where it lands because its influx is correlated to the cycles of the moon.

She also said sargassum can be used as a fertilizer in farming. If you collect it, the advice is to spread it out and ensure you wash the excess salt off before adding to your gardens or farms.

There are also hidden dangers and habitat threats to the piles of sargassum on shorelines.

Avenant informed, when you see sargassum on the beach, ensure you watch out for wildlife that might be stuck and species which might have made a home of the ocean’s deposit which has washed up, this is heightened on rocky shores.

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