#Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – April 4, 2020 — The Ministry of Immigration, Citizenship, Labour and Employment Services continues the battle of illegal migrants breaching the borders of the Turks and Caicos Islands. This week, thus far, shows multiple landings and interceptions of illegal migrant vessels mostly within the Northwest area of Providenciales.
During the past week, we had the US Coast Guard assistance in turning back a vessel with approximately 300 hundred persons onboard; the Haiti Coast Guard reporting of another vessel with large amounts being returned to Haiti and plus we have had a few illegal drop-offs by speedboats in the vicinity of Northwest Point. However, on the night of April 03rd, 2020, the Marine Branch of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force intercepted a vessel and brought it to shore with a total of 152 individuals on board. Shortly after this landing, Officers of the Enforcement Unit, Immigration Department, responded to reports received from 911 and the public of another illegal vessel with an undetermined amount of persons landing in the Northwest section of Providenciales. From this landing, so far, Officers apprehended 18 persons so far and are continuing to work diligently with 911 and Police to capture many more.
Those captured and other detainees are being held at the Gustavus Lightbourne Auditorium which are presently being used as a temporary Detention Centre as of 30th March 2020. At this site the illegals processed by the Medical Team and the Immigration Department. Arrangements are being advanced for their repatriation to their homeland. The total so far at the Gustavus Lightbourne Building is 170 persons.
The Hon. Vaden Williams, Minister of Immigration, Citizenship, Labour and Employment Services states: “I wish to thank all of the various agencies, especially the Immigration Department, for their prompt and active responses to this very challenging period. I also want to ensure the public, that my Government is doing all within our powers to stem this flow of illegal migration especially as we are going through this COVID-19 pandemic. Hon. Williams, also thanked the public and encouraged them to remain alert and to report any suspicious activities to authorities. He went on to say that he will be introducing measures shortly for persons involved in this illegal behaviour.
The Enforcement Agencies of the Turks and Caicos Islands are again asking anyone with information concerning planned and landed arrivals of other vessels, poachers and any suspicious movements of persons to contact the Police anonymously on 911 or Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1-800-8477 TIPS. Information or tips can be submitted anonymously in English, French or Spanish on either www.crimestoppers.tc or on Facebook as a fan of Crime Stoppers Turks & Caicos. Crime Stoppers tips are received in the USA.
In addition, the public is also reminded that it is an offence to harbour or assist illegal persons and that persons found guilty engaging in such activities are liable to a fine of US$20,000 or a term of imprisonment of four years, or both in accordance with the Immigration Ordinance 2018 Revised.
Suspected COVID-19 vaccine death in SVG
By Shanieka Smith
At the start of the Vaccine Mandate lawsuit in St Vincent and the Grenadines, Chief Medical Officer Dr Simone Keizer-Beache told the court that one person may have died after being injected with the COVID-19 vaccine.
As of November 26, 2021, 53,852 doses of the vaccine were administered in SVG; 25 resulted in adverse effects. While the cases were moderate, Dr. Keizer- Beache said one individual experienced severe weakness and soon died after receiving the vaccination.
The doctor said that after several diagnoses, the patient received an MRI in the US and it showed that they possibly had acute hyperactive encephalopathy, which is common with COVID-19 or post-COVID-19 vaccine inflammation.
“The final cause of death on the post-mortem was venous thrombosis and pulmonary thromboembolism. However, to date, no definitive diagnosis has been made of the cause of the progressive weakness that preceded death because of the lack of conclusive evidence and conflicting diagnoses,” Keizer-Beache later added.
The lead counsel for the claimants in the trial, Cara Shillingford–Marsh said it is important for the state to recognise and admit that someone died from the COVID-19 vaccine. Senior Counsel Anthony Astaphan, the lead lawyer for the respondent, however, said taking the vaccine was a personal choice and individuals should face the consequences of this decision.
Shillingford-Marsh added that the individuals were not being monitored after receiving the vaccine. No mention was made by the doctor about any measures taken to monitor the side effects of the number of people that died.
She argued that making the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory would be inhumane and according to Section 5 of the constitution, no individual should be subject to inhumane treatment or punishment. Shilling-Marsh recalled the number of citizens that lost their jobs due to the vaccine mandate in December 2021. She said it is inhumane to force people to take new drugs into their bodies which could have adverse side effects.
“There’s no force; there was no threat of force. There was no suggestion that the Special Services Unit or the regional services unit were going to come and collect everybody, put them in a stadium and inject them one by one. That would be the level of atrocity that would be required to meet the test under Section 5,” Astaphan rebutted.
Caribbean among regions lacking in HIV prevention, treatment says UNICEF
By Shanieka Smith
December 1, 2022 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) noted that over the past three years, no advancements have been made in HIV prevention and treatment, particularly in the Caribbean, which is among several other regions that still have not attained pre-pandemic statistics.
“Children are falling through the cracks because we are collectively failing to find and test them and get them on life-saving treatment. Every day that goes by without progress, over 300 children and adolescents lose their fight against AIDS,” the associate chief said.
UNICEF noted a decline in the number of children living with HIV over the last decade. The number of new infections decreased by 52 per cent for children under 14 years old, and by 40 per cent for those ages 15 to 19. The treatment gap between children and adults still widens and failure to address this will make ending AIDS in children and adolescents impossible.
According to UNICEF, only 52 per cent of children living with HIV globally are able to access treatment. Pregnant and breastfeeding women in many high-priority countries experienced a decline in treatment coverage in 2020, which led to over 75,000 new child infections.
Bains gave assurance that strategic partnership, the availability of resources, and a renewed political commitment to those who are most vulnerable will help to end AIDS in children, pregnant women and adolescents.
TCI Natl Security Bosses headed to The Bahamas
By Dana Malcolm
The co-chairs of the Turks and Caicos’ National Security Council will be heading to The Bahamas in the coming days to meet with both their Bahamian counterparts and representatives from the United States in order to deepen their security collaboration.
Governor Nigel Dakin made the announcement on Tuesday on Instagram.
The delegation seems to be a fairly strong one with the top bosses to be accompanied by Senior Police, Regiment and National Security Secretariat officials.
The visit comes as a five nation coalition which also includes the UK and Jamaica, works to keep crime under control in the Turks and Caicos.
In addition to that Dakin revealed updated specs for the country’s patrol boats. The Marine branch of the Royal TCI Police is now outfitted with thermal imaging and radar capacity.
The governor touted the new capabilities as a major refit that swings the advantage in the direction of the TCI.
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