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Ritz-Carlton Turks and Caicos opens in Turks and Caicos with private ribbon cutting

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#TurksandCaicos, June 24, 2021 – Everyone speaking at the private ribbon cutting ceremony of Ritz-Carlton Turks and Caicos believes this resort is going to bring a new level of prosperity to the islands and said so in their remarks.  Everyone speaking also had a slew of people to thank because the ahead of schedule completion and opening of the resort has been a long time coming. 

From the Premier however, there was more than an excitement about the prospect of prosperity; there was a message with a strong appeal. 

“We look forward to the economic benefits that your opening will bring to the Turks and Caicos Islands and appeal to your sense of corporate responsibility to do right by the people of the TCI and our fragile environment by ensuring that they are given every opportunity to excel within your organization, and to ensure that your operational methodology is sensitive to the environment,” said the Premier, Minister of Finance, Investment and Trade.

The brief ceremony held in the lobby of the new hotel was very private and low key.  Media had the day before been invited on property for a more intimate exchange; there would be no independent coverage of the event by local media. 

According to the media release from the Ritz-Carlton, Walter Gardiner Jr, local developer and broker for the property and Roberto Stipa, from the Hotel Ownership Group, who had gratitude for all three administrations which ushered the project to fruition were on the succinct agenda. 

“Our sincere appreciation to the three premiers and cabinet that went through with the project the Honorable Rufus Ewing, the Honorable Sharlene Cartwright and the Honorable Charles Washington Misick.

Roberto also thanked Mr. Walter Gardiner, the shareholders of Hotelco, Marriott International, the construction and contractors team, his family and the local community and the Ladies and Gentlemen of The Ritz-Carlton, Turks & Caicos.

“This project would not have been possible because of their dedication, perseverance and expertise we were able to move this project along, completing it during one of the most difficult years”.

On hand for the ribbon cutting yesterday were:  Governor Nigel Dakin and his Wife; Deputy Governor – Anya Williams and Mr. Williams; Deputy Premier – E. Jay Saunders; Leader of the Opposition –Edwin Astwood; Minister of Tourism – Josephine Conolly and other House of Assembly and Honorable Government Dignitaries. 

The resort’s General Manager, Mr. John Hazard expressed gratitude to the property ownership team, Marriott International, designers from Coleman Partners Architects, as well as the people of Turks and Caicos Islands.

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to serve as the General Manager for this idyllic resort and start creating guests for life in this world-class destination,” Hazard stated. “It is an honor to lead this talented team of Ladies and Gentlemen aiming to create memorable experiences, inspire life’s most meaningful journey through The Ritz-Carlton Gold Standards and gracious hospitality leaving indelible marks on all of our guests.”

Cutting the ribbon were the Premier, Walter Gardiner, Robert Stipa, Josephine Connolly and Ritz-Carlton Turks and Caicos General Manager, John Hazard. 

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Firearm and Drug Charges

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July 15th, 2024.

 

SHAIWANZO MISSICK of South Back Salina, Grand Turk, has been charged with six counts of firearm-related offences.

Missick, 30, was charged on July 13 after police officers consulted with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The offences against Missick are:

  • One Count – Discharging Firearm
  • One Count- Discharging Ammunition
  • One Count-Possession of Firearm with intent to commit a serious offence
  • Two Counts-Possession of Ammunition
  • One Count –Possession of Firearm
  • One Count-Possession of Controlled Drugs
  • One Count- Possession of Controlled Drugs with intent to supply.

The charges against Missick came following a report made on Saturday, 29 June 2024,  following a shooting incident in Breezy Brae.

Officers obtained a warrant and searched the accused’s residence based on the information received.

The RT&CIPF is asking the public to notify the closest police station, contact 911, the Serious Crime Unit at 231-1842, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477, and anonymously give any information on illegal activity.

Additionally, persons are encouraged to download the Crime Stoppers P3 app from the Google Play Store or Apple Apps and share information anonymously.

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Five Cays Shooting Update

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#TurksandCaicos, July 19, 2024 – Shortly after noon on July 12th, the Control Room of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force received reports of a shooting in Five Cays, Providenciales. A team of offices was dispatched to Granny Hill.

Upon arrival, several interviews were conducted, and evidential items were retrieved.  Thankfully, no one was injured.

Given the investigation’s sensitivity and lines of inquiry, the RT&CIPF cannot comment further.

We are aware of audio videos and photographs purporting to be the location of where the incident allegedly occurred and ask that persons circulating such be mindful of exposing victims.

The RT&CIPF is again reaching out to the public, emphasising their crucial role in this investigation.

We urge you to notify the closest police station, contact 911, the Serious Crime Unit at 231- 1842, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477, and anonymously provide any information on this shooting or any illegal activity.

Your cooperation is vital in ensuring justice is served. Additionally, persons are encouraged to download the Crime Stoppers P3 app from the Google Play Store or Apple Apps and share information anonymously.

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Discharge of Firearm

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Turks and Caicos – Shortly after 10:00 p.m. on Friday 05th July 2024, the Police Control Room received a report of gunshots being heard at the TCI Disposal and Solid Waste, located along Millennium Highway, Blue Hills.

Officers and medical personnel responded, and based on preliminary investigations, a truck transporting a male occupant entered the dump and started offloading items.

An employee at the dump site confronted the occupant. However, he was shot at.

The employee managed to escape. Thankfully, he was not injured. This remains an active investigation.

The RTCIPF asks the public to notify the closest police station, contact 911, the Serious Crime Unit at 231-1842, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477, and anonymously give any information on illegal activity. Additionally, persons are encouraged to download the CrimeStoppers P3 app and share information anonymously.

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