#TurksandCaicos, April 21, 2021 – Mental support and well-being are essential for every individual, including our family and friends incarcerated behind bars. That’s the incredible lesson we learn from Leader of the Opposition, (LOO) Hon. Edwin Astwood’s visit to Her Majesty Prison.
“The event itself went off perfectly, without any hitch and really and truly just about everyone being a winner in the competition.”
According to Astwood, who is also the member of Parliament for Grand Turk South and Salt Cay, his visit to the prison was mainly to support the officers and the inmates at a Weight Lifting Competition staged at the facility.
“I really want to take my hat off to Officer Taylor and his team in collaboration with some of the prison inmates who did a wonderful job of putting on this event. I believe events like this go a long way in building positive morale in the prison and assisting with prisoner reform. You saw the camaraderie between prison officers and prisoners; there was friendly competition and having persons from outside also goes a long way.”
The former health and sports minister explained his support was also to promote good sportsmanship and the physical fitness competition. In his comment, the LOO Astwood emphasized the importance of the mental well-being of those who find themselves incarcerated.
“I believe events like this can also go a long way in building positive morale in the prison,” said Hon. Astwood in an interview with Magnetic Media.
Admittedly and intentionally, the Leader of the Opposition (LOO) said he only concentrated on the sporting activities of the day without deviating attention to other conditions plaguing the prison.
“I wanted it to be purely about the sport and the inmates and the prison officers themselves. It was just to support them,” he said in a cell phone Q&A.
LOO Astwood recommended that moving forward, there should be a return to an old tradition of having sporting teams from the community visit the prison for friendly challenges.
“I would like to see more events, where outsiders – in a controlled environment and those prisoners who are trustees on good behavior – get to interact. It helps with them becoming re-assimilated into society. I want to see more teams going there and you can see how sports can go a long way.”
The Her Majesty’s Prison Weight Lifting Competition was held on Friday April 16, 2021.
FLOW CUSTOMERS BENEFIT FROM INCREASED SPEEDS
New upload speeds to improve online gaming, video conferencing & Online Voice Calls
PROVIDENCIALES, TURKS AND CAICOS, JUNE 24, 2022 – Flow TCI wishes to remind customers of a broadband speed increase to our existing broadband plans, which took effect on April 25th, 2022. An incremental rate increase for the new higher speed plans has taken effect.
The rates were increased by US$4 for the following plans and the download and upload speeds will increase by the following allotments:
All customers will be migrated from all previous fixed broadband plans to the new broadband Fibre to the Home plans. The new speeds will improve the overall broadband experience for all customers for online gaming, voice over IP calling, video conferencing, and social media usage.
For more information on our new Fibre to the Home plans, visit https://discoverflow.co/turks-and-caicos/broadband-overview for more details.
2022 Hurricane Preparedness Exposition
“Mission Ready – Pledge to Prepare; Be Smart Take Part”
#TurksandCaicos, June 23, 2022 – The Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies (DDME) will be hosting its 3rd Hurricane Preparedness Exposition on 1st July 2022 from 10:00 am at the Town Centre Mall, Parking Lot, Downtown, Providenciales.
The Hurricane Preparedness Expo will feature booths from over twenty-five different agencies, partners and public safety officials this year. The event provides critical stakeholders with roles in disaster management an opportunity to interact with the public, demonstrate their services, and guide individuals and businesses on how they can prepare for this hurricane season.
The goal is to ensure residents are ready should a hurricane impact our region by offering a one-stop shop for the general public to gather helpful information and ask their hurricane and storm-related questions.
We ask all residents to come out and participate in this preparedness event. The event is free, fun and educational with tons of giveaways, including the chance to win a Graceway Smart Supermarket Hurricane Supplies Shopping Spree on 1st July 2022.
This venture also encompasses the principles of Public-Private Partnership, as it demonstrates the Disaster Risk Reduction commitment of the private sector in the Turks and Caicos Islands. It also highlight’s the Public Sector Department’s determination to ensure all major entities are involved in its goal of building a resilient country.
The Hurricane Preparedness Expo will be on Friday, 1st July 2022, at the Town Centre Mall, Parking Lot, Downtown, Providenciales, from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. We look forward to your participation.
Worst time to be a Woman; a Haitian crises
By Deandrea Hamilton
#TurksandCaicos, June 24, 2022 – I know many of us are frustrated by the reports of illegal vessels breaching our waters, landing on our shores, costing us in repatriation expenses and overwhelming our small states and we’re not wrong to be bent out of shape by it. However there are many facets to this maddening issue to sound alarms and from what I’m told and because of what I have noticed, the number of women increasingly taking the risk to runaway confirms the heartbreaking truth that abuses of this vulnerable group are escalating in frequency and violence.
Turks and Caicos Police ‘stop & search’ operations are capturing many women; women who are trying to get to a job site in the many illegal jitneys moving around the town.
Sure it is all illegal, however it remains gut wrenching that these skittish ladies would have started the day on the hustle for a little cash only to be caught, with no document affirming legal status breaking the law. They will be deported and life will change, likely for the worse.
Haiti’s instability is driving the exodus of Haitian people. The plummeting quality of life is pushing the “irregular migrants” as they are labelled to board boats, take to the ocean in pitch black conditions, driven by a desperate home.
Some make it, some do not.
The only death recorded or reported at the TCI detention center in years was this month; it was a Haitian woman. We don’t know what went wrong. But a journey toward a better life ended with the loss of hers.
I come from a set of nations – The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands – which have ensured I have a place. Whether that’s school or college or a job or as an entrepreneur, room was made for me and laws are in place to enable and empower me. Not only do I have bread to eat, but I get to choose the type of bread I want to eat and can share it.
I am blessed. Truly.
But for my Haitian sisters, when you see their faces and the sadness in their eyes. When the human spirit is so shattered that it creeps into the dankest of places which is utter hopelessness, we should sit up and stand up. This should capture our attentions.
In fact we should know, that for the hundreds we do encounter, there are countless more out there, unseen and trying to survive without being fortified by a force field of love, rule of law and simple decency. There are too many more relentlessly buffeted by exploitation and circumstances outside of their control.
Whether it is the recent memorial held to remember 11 Haitian women who perished at sea in early May trying to get in, undetected to Puerto Rico or a new and emerging report on describing the sexual abuse of Haitian women working at a factory; given sickening ultimatums: Sex for their salary; an exploitation which usually draws throngs of people to vociferous protests in more developed countries; to this news however, there is silence and little reaction that we can see.
I declare that these women are significant. They are valued despite the trials and tribulations of their homeland. Within this dispensation, a post Black Lives Matter world, the darker complexion of many of their skins no longer means they are disposable.
And united, it means, women wherever we are can link hearts and hands to partake in and contribute to a shared stance of solidarity. We can do it for the voiceless anywhere we want, we are women and though muted by the many dramas and truamas unfolding in our own lives, communities and countries, we still hear these voices crying and screaming out and we will help.
Just watch and see. Women of Haiti, help is on the way.
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