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PDM Campaign song reveals Temard for ED #1; PNP Candidate blasts on the blunder



Otis Morris, PNP Candidate for Grand Turk North, ED#1, Photo by TCI Images

#TurksandCaicos – December 18, 2020 – ‘We Voting PDM’ seems to be the name of the song, it is certainly the hook and while the listing of all 15 of their general election candidates may have escaped some people, it was not missed by Otis Morris, candidate for electoral district #1 for the Progressive National Party.

“…they tried to further bamboozle us by suggesting that they have a major surprise candidate for Electoral District No. 1 and therefore they are saving that announcement for a later date. Little did they know that they released a song that very night with the name of Hon. Temard Butterfield as their candidate for the district who is now serving as one of the Governor’s appointed members in the House of Assembly. How much more shameful and disrespectful can this PDM administration get?”

Hon. Temard Butterfield was rumored to be the fifth all island candidate choice for the governing party.  On December 5, supporters and voters were informed candidates would be revealed on December 12.

The reveal, on Saturday was nearly complete, but one candidate was absent for the speeches, the announcements and in the party’s new posters promoting 14,  not 15 individuals.

Morris was critical of the venue for the rally and questions the ethics of the shift of Butterfield from being appointed by the Governor in a neutral position to now preparing to side with the governing party.

“On this occasion, the PDM in another failed attempt to pull off a mega-rally has used the public’s purse and state facilities to host a rally at the premises of our National Stadium on Saturday, 12 December 2020 to announce their full slate of candidates for the upcoming general election.” 

Morris, in a statement issued to media adds, “Hon. Butterfield serves at the pleasure of the Governor and his contributions in the House of Assembly are expected to be devoid of partiality and in the best interest of the people of this country. In short, he is expected to not take sides in the House; he should be objective and display the proper decorum of a statesman. His overt affiliation with the PDM calls all of his previous contributions into question and if he has any integrity left in him, he will do the right thing and resign.”

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Otis Morris labelled the PDM, ‘tone deaf’.

“They spend lavishly on hosting elaborate production setups for their rallies costing tens of thousands of dollars while the people of our country remain jobless, hungry and facing the threat of evictions from their homes and apartments.

It is time for the people of our country to get a compassionate government who cares about their livelihood, who will address comprehensively their needs for shelter and nourishment, without having to jump through complicated hoops to access basic benefits for their survival.”

Grand Turk North will likely be a three-way race including incumbent George Lightbourne, who broke from the PNP to run Independent; Otis Morris and the PDM’s candidate who – according to the song – is Temard.

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Blue Hills Man Charged with Manslaughter  



#TurksandCaicos, February 8, 2023 – A 48-year-old man has been charged with two counts of manslaughter.

MIUS ANDRE, a mason by trade from Blue Hills, Providenciales, was charged with the offences, following advice received through the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

He appeared before a Magistrate on January 30th. Following his court appearance, the matter was committed for sufficiency hearing on April 06th.

Andre was charged in connection with an incident which occurred on December 24th at the Residence Yard, Five Cays.

Two female minors -ages six and seven-  died as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning.


Press Release: RTCIPF

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Bahamas News

Sugar and salt tax campaigns gaining steam 



By Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer 



February 7, 2023 – A global battle on sugar and salt is ramping up as the United States joins The Bahamas and Barbados in creating proposals for historic sugar and salt laws.

The country’s Agricultural Department for the first time in history, proposed a cap on the amount of sugar to be allowed in school meals.

The World Health Organization has found that North America and the Caribbean have the highest rates of childhood diabetes in the world and based on the International Diabetes Federation’s Diabetes Atlas we also have the second highest prevalence of Diabetes overall for all global regions at 14 percent  or 51 million people with a projected 24 percent increase in just 22 years.

Barbados, the United States, Canada, Haiti, Mexico, Belize and St. Kitts and Nevis are all suffering from incredibly high rates of diabetes.

Barbados and The Bahamas announced sugar taxes last month; the hope is to reduce the importation and sale of sugar and salt rich foods.

Advocates across the Caribbean including Jamaica, Trinidad, and others have been campaigning for sugar taxes in their own countries with support from the public.

Now the proposed nutritional rules for the United States would set firm boundaries on how much salt and sugar can legally be added to meals, setting a new standard as most food imports for countries like The Bahamas are from the US.

The plan for the US is expected to be rolled out by 2025.

The rules, are unapologetically an attempt to cut down incidences of diabetes and other diseases fueled by unhealthy diets, according to media reports.

For now, the quantities on sugar and salt additives is an idea waiting wider consultation.

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Bahamas News

TCI Office in Bahamas identified 



By Dana Malcolm 

Staff Writer 



#TurksandCaicos, February 7, 2023 – An office space has already been identified for an all-new TCI Immigration office in The Bahamas according to Arlington Musgrove, Minister of Immigration and Border Services.

Musgrove told Magnetic Media that the ministry was “almost there” in regard to securing the space; it indicates the Government is moving full speed ahead with plans for the passing of the new Immigration Bill which will allow third-generation TC Islanders citizenship, even as the public awaits consultations on it.

The announcement of the bill had caused some skepticism among islanders, some of whom wanted the government to focus on keeping TC Islanders at home instead of recruiting others.  Musgrove however had made it clear that the TCI was in a population crisis and would need to slow down PRC naturalisation rates and naturalise people with historical, familial and cultural connections to the land or risk going ‘extinct’.

The office will work to deepen the relationship between the two sister countries even more and help increase the TCI’s population offsetting the need for masses of external labour according to the government.

When passed, the rule will apply to third-generation islanders everywhere, not only in The Bahamas giving them a free ticket to come home.

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