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No-Fans in Stands as wide broadcast coverage announced for TCI CARIFTA Trials, this weekend

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#TurksandCaicos, May 5, 2021 – TCI is set to hold the first national sporting event (CARIFTA Trials) since the suspension of all sporting activities in March last year and uniquely the athletics meet will be held to the widest audience ever but without fans in the arena.

The CARIFTA Trials scheduled for May 7-8th, 2021 in Providenciales at the National Stadium includes 57 top athletes and will be powered by Flow, with the entire competition televised for adoring fans in a first of its kind effort. 

The highly anticipated no-fan-at-the-stadium event will provide the TCI sports enthusiasts with more than eight hours of live broadcast each day streamed via Flow TV, RTC89FM, Facebook Live & YouTube Live. 

Streaming live from the National Stadium in Providenciales, the coverage will include real-time commentaries via live audio streaming on RTC 89 FM. The real-time video streaming will be on Flow TV Ch 104, Facebook Live & the TCI Sports Commission’s YouTube channel.

Briefing the country on the just one day away  CARIFTA event, the President of TCAAA, Edith Skippings, expressed her joy to watch TCI kids come out and take part.  It will welcome athletes representing all islands including some competitors travelling home from Jamaica in a bid to make the National CARIFTA TEam.

I’m so excited about these trials, saying that we will be bringing them live for the first time to you, the people of Turks and Caicos, and to the wider Caribbean. I can hardly speak, where I’m just so excited, most of all, for our kids, and so much looking forward to this event,” said Ms. Edith Skippings, expressing her joy for the return of sports actions.

The CARIFTA Games, the region’s premier junior athletics meet, is scheduled for August in Bermuda.  The CARIFTA Games were cancelled in 2020, and were delayed from Easter due to the threat of the considerable risks to public health posed by the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Some of the athletes are vaccinated, however Covid-19 vaccination is no requirement for participation in the trials.  What is required, informed Jarrett Forbes, TCI Sports Commission Director, is PCR testing for the virus.

Ms. Skippings assured parents that the protocols will afford children absolute safety as they are given the opportunity to compete and make the national team.  This means, popular elements like the relays were scrapped, though 15 events are still scheduled to delight fans.

Further, the TCAAA president revealed that every island had at least one female athlete taking part in the competitions. 

Fans of athletics, family and friends of the athletes were admonished to tune in to the CARIFTA trials this weekend; cheer despite and show support to the athletes who have been training, made sacrifices and prove Turks and Caicos is blessed with talent.

The press conference was carried live on the TCI Sports Commision Facebook page and featured: President of TCAAA, Edith Skippings; Flow Marketing Communications Executive, Darron Hilaire; Director of TCI Sports, Jarret Forbes and Senior Sports Development Officer, Judith Robinson.  Alvin Parker, Deputy Director and Sports Commentator, moderated the press conference.

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TCI Police Confirm Passenger Death after Emergency Landing at PLS

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#TurksandCaicos, March 4, 2024 – On Wednesday (February 28) evening, TCI Police report that they were summoned to the Providenciales International Airport for an emergency landing around 6:12pm.

A female passenger who fell ill during a flight while on route to Charlotte, North Carolina from the Dominican Republic was taken from that plane and transported to the Cheshire Hall Medical Center where sadly, she died.

The 41-year-old woman had been escorted to the hospital by police units; we are told that CPR was performed on the passenger.

Police in that statement on Wednesday informed, s a post mortem will determine the cause of death.

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Police hear major concerns from GT residents

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Dana Malcolm

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#TurksandCaicos, March 4, 2024 – Given the opportunity to liaison with the top brass of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force, residents came prepared with the concerns that have been plaguing them for years, from detective work to 911 issues.

”Y’all didn’t say anything new, we keep hearing the same thing and we keep getting the same result,” was the complaint from the very first resident who spoke; but her biggest concern was the force’s detective work.

The resident said she was not averse to sharing information with the police, far from it.

“Someone sent me a video where a young man was sitting on a bed putting two bullets in a gun— and he called two names, he said one bullet for one of these people.”

After sending the video to the police the woman says, incredulously, the police asked her to find the room where the young man was so they could go and collect the gun. Her frustration was:  “It seems like the police put more of the burden on the community to provide them with information instead of going out there.”

In response to the concern, Dean Holden, Superintendent of Crime expressed that the police had had success recently, and over time because of community intelligence and would do better at working to communicate that success so residents were assured that they were making a difference.

A concern raised by another resident was the disconnect between 911 operators and Grand Turk residents.

“Once you call 911 operators they don’t know addresses in Grand Turk. I called the 911 operator, this was right by the police station, she didn’t even know where I was,” explained a resident sharing details of a car accident weeks prior.

The complaint has been an enduring one. Magnetic Media has received similar complaints regarding other serious incidents like fires and murders.

Oswald Skippings, Former Chief Minister demanded a more proactive approach to crime fighting with which Dileeni Daniel Selvaratnam, TCI Governor agreed. He didn’t just put the blame on the police, drawing the Governor and parents into the limelight outlining that they too had a part to play in the prevention of crime.

“There is a need for the government to reach down to unemployed residents, especially the youth and it’s easy because we have a small native population. We need to go under the trees, by the bars wherever these people associate and reach out to them.”

On the panel listening to the concerns were Micheal Woodbine, Superintendent of Prison; Dean Holden, Superintendent of Crime and SPPU; Rodney Adams, Deputy Commissioner; Chris Eyre, Acting Commissioner; and Dileeni Daniel Selvaratnam, TCI Governor.

The meeting was called after the public slaying of a young man in Grand Turk on February 8, 2024.

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Not Enough Police in Grand Turk; Residents are vocal in Anti-Crime Town Hall Meeting 

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Dana Malcolm 

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#TurksandCaicos, March 4, 2024 – Residents of Grand Turk, while appreciative of the recent police Anti-Crime Town Hall meeting on February 21, say they’re concerned about the number of officers being deployed to the nation’s Capital.

One resident who spoke to the police officers during the event brought statistics.

”I want to speak to what I see happening in Grand Turk. In the ongoing capacity carrying study. It has been noted that the population in Grand Turk is around 72 to 7300 – that works out to about 927 persons per square mile.”

The resident maintained that 927 persons per square mile on an island like Grand Turk was in the police’s favor and much could be done for crime fighting using both humans and technology. Citing the millions of visitors that visit the island’s shores each year, residents lamented that there was no police enforcement to go along with that.

”There’s very little to mitigate the industry that’s keeping this island afloat,” the resident continued, demanding more attention for the capital.

”We live here, we see the change, probably the parliamentarians don’t see it but we see it and we expect that as citizens to have more than three police officers working the night shift.”

Other residents were in agreement, expressing frustration at the blind eye that they say is often turned to the capital.

“Why did it have to get to this point, that there had to be a shooting basically at the high school in order for people to [realize] that 20 or 15 or 28 officers just doesn’t cut it,” said one longtime resident

He complained that nine years ago, having moved to Grand Turk there were over 40 officers but with the increase in killings in Providenciales officers were stripped from Grand Turk. Now residents say they want them back.

Earlier, during the meeting police had promised that the increased presence in Grand Turk would not be temporary and they were exploring ways to increase the Force complement.

Hosting the meeting were executives of the Royal TCI Police including new Acting Commissioner Christopher Eyre; Dean Holden, Superintendent and Rodney Adams, Deputy Commissioner.  Attending were Her Excellency, the Governor Dileeni Daniel-Selvaratnam and Otis Morris, Minister of Home Affairs and the Member of Parliament for Grand Turk North, the  Hon. Otis Morris.

The meeting was held at H.J. Robinson High school.

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