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David Smith free in Turks and Caicos; legal team cautiously optimistic

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David Smith at Providenciales International Airport in 2015, file photo

#TurksandCaicosIslands – October 7, 2020 — David Smith, convicted in 2012 for being the boss of an elaborate multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme is released from Her Majesty’s Prison, Grand Turk and is today at home in Providenciales after having defeated three attempts by the United States to extradite him.

 “He still has to deal with the new application on the offence that the court already indicated he cannot be extradited on.  So he is not yet totally out of the woods,” said Oliver Smith, attorney for David Smith.

This is not the first time David Smith, who headed Olint in Jamaica and the Turks and Caicos Islands has been released from TCI prison.  In January 2015, after serving three years of a six-year sentence, Smith was surprisingly set free when it had been expected he would be immediately extradited to the US to serve out a 30-year prison term there.

David Smith’s legal team fought long and hard against the extradition and won on an unexpected and unprecedented statute.

“We are pleased that he currently does not face extradition unless the attorney general is successful in their fourth attempt to extradite him on the same basis and the same offences for which extradition was previously denied for which the Magistrate’s Court ruled that the AG’s conduct in that regard, was an abuse of process,” explained Oliver Smith.

Some in TCI had posted to social media that David Smith was seen at the airport earlier today.  Oliver Smith, confirmed his client’s release, adding that they are optimistic about any coming litigation.

“We would also like to extend our appreciation to and commend the AG in making David Smith’s release a collaborative one and assisted with expediting the process.  For this they should be commended as acting in the highest tradition of the Bar.”

Among the arguments was that David Smith’s extradition was unconstitutional.

David Smith, who was accused of defrauding thousands of customers of more than US$220 million, was convicted in the United States District Court in Orlando, Florida after pleading guilty to 18 counts of money laundering, four counts of wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.

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Imminent Worldwide Measles Threat; 25 Million CHILDREN miss First Dose

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By Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer

 

December 2, 2022 – Forty million children are at risk of Measles as what the World Health Organization is describing as an “imminent threat” takes shape. A joint report between the WHO and the U.S. Centres for Disease Control revealed that a record number of children missed their measles dose with 25 million children missing their first dose and 14.7 million children missing their second dose in 2021 alone.

Nine million cases of measles were recorded last year, twenty-two countries experienced large and disruptive outbreaks and 128,000 deaths occurred, the report says.

“The paradox of the pandemic is that while vaccines against COVID-19 were developed in record time and deployed in the largest vaccination campaign in history, routine immunization programmes were badly disrupted, and millions of kids missed out on life-saving vaccinations against deadly diseases like measles,” said Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General.

Measles is easily one of the most contagious viruses in the world and while many people think itchy spots when they think of the disease it can cause pneumonia, seizures and brain damage in about 30 percent of infected individuals.

Herd immunity will not work with this disease, say experts, unless 95 per cent of people or more are vaccinated; only 71 per cent of children in 2022 are fully vaccinated.

“Measles anywhere is a threat everywhere” the report said, emphasizing that no WHO region has achieved and sustained measles elimination.

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Safe and Responsible Whale Watching Practices

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#TurksandCaicos, December 2, 2022 – As the migrating Humpback whales begin to grace our shores once again, the Department of Environment and Coastal Resources would like to appeal to all whale watching enterprises to carefully consider practices employed when enjoying and sharing encounters with these majestic animals.

Typically, the whales are migrating from the colder, nutrition-filled waters of the North Atlantic, to the warm waters of the West Indies. Along the way females will be accompanied by young, recently-calved juveniles, or may calve in warmer waters. Males may be solitary or move in larger groups in search of an appropriate mate.

As such, we are to respect this age-old migratory passage and act as custodians and stewards, ensuring the animals do not incur stress through overcrowding, inappropriately close encounters, racing vessels or an overstayed welcome.

Please adhere to the following etiquette to ensure a safe and sustainable whale-watching season in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

For further information on humpback whales, the Turks and Caicos Islands Whale Project, or responsible whale watching practices, please contact the DECR at 338-4170 or environment@gov.tc .

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FIREARM HOLDERS RENEWAL NOTICE

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#TurksandCaicos, December 2, 2022 – The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force is notifying ALL Firearm Holders,  that renewal of Firearm Licenses for 2023 , commences December 01st  2022,  from Monday- Friday between  the hours of 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Firearm Holders residing on Providenciales, will have renewals done at the Tactical Office, Criminal Investigations Department (CID)  Headquarters , Airport Road, Providenciales.

Firearm Holders residing on Grand Turk, will have renewals done at the Grand Turk Police Station.

North and Middle Caicos, can access renewals at the North Caicos Police Station , while South Caicos renewals will take place at the South Caicos Police Station.

Firearm Holders are also reminded to walk with the following ORIGINAL documents and COPIES of same: the National Health Insurance Plan (NHIP), National Insurance Board (NIB) , Driver’s Licence and Passport .

 

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