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Two new Queen’s Counsel for the TCI 

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#TurksandCaicos, August 27, 2021 – The Office of the Governor is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Oliver Smith and Mr. David Cadman as Queen’s Counsel (QC) to the Turks & Caicos Islands (TCI).

The appointment of Queen’s Counsel is awarded for excellence in advocacy in the higher courts. This honour is not bestowed lightly; it is given to attorneys who, in addition to excellent advocacy, have demonstrated the highest integrity and conduct befitting the legal profession. In the United Kingdom (UK), Queen’s Counsel refers to a set of barristers and solicitors who the monarch appoints to be a part of Her Majesty’s Counsel learned in the law; the honour extends to British Commonwealth and Overseas Territories such as the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Between March and April 2021, applications were welcomed by the Queen’s Counsel Selection Panel – created under the Supreme Court (Appointment of Queen’s Counsel) Rules 2021 (the Rules) – from a wide variety of suitably qualified candidates who have practiced law for a minimum of ten years. After due consideration of the applications which included in person interviews, as well as the consideration of requisite application materials the Queen’s Counsel Selection Panel recommended two Attorneys who excelled, to His Excellency, the Governor, for this prestigious appointment.

 

Mr. Oliver Smith

Mr. Oliver Smith is a graduate of the University of the West Indies where he was awarded a Bachelor of Laws in 1982. In 1984, he was awarded a Legal Education Certificate from the Norman Manley Law School, Jamaica. He was called to the Bar of Jamaica in October 1984 and to the Bar of the State of New York in 1987. He has been admitted pro hac vice in the Federal Court of Pennsylvania, Virginia, New Jersey, Florida and Connecticut. In 2007, he was called to the Bar of the Turks and Caicos Islands and worked out of the firm of Stanfield Greene from 2007 to 2017 and from 2017 date, is a partner in the firm of Skippings Law. The majority of his practice has been as criminal defence counsel.

Mr.  Smith is also an appointed member of the International Criminal Court Defence Panel, the Hague, and is the serving Chairman of the Caribbean Football Union League Committee. He is currently serving in a quasi-judicial capacity as a member of the FIFA Appeal Committee which considers appeals emanating from the FIFA Disciplinary and FIFA Ethics Committees; and as a member of the CONCACAF Appeals Committee which considers appeals emanating from the CONCACAF Disciplinary Committee.

 

Mr. David Cadman

Mr. David Cadman is a graduate of the University of Durham, England where he completed a BA (Hons)(Dunelm) in Politics in 1992. He then received a Diploma in Law from the Holborn College of Law in 1995 and completed the Bar Vocational Course at the Inns of Court School of Law in 1996. He was called to the Bar of England and Wales in November 1996. During his early years of practice, he dealt with criminal cases at the magistrates’ court, Crown Court and Court of Appeal as both prosecutor and defence counsel.  He also undertook a wide variety of civil and family cases, as well as coroners’ inquests. He later specialized in public law family law cases, especially non-accidental injuries in infants (especially shaken baby syndrome cases) and related criminal prosecutions, usually acting for alleged perpetrators.

He was called to the Bar of the Turks and Caicos Islands in July 2005 and upon admission, practiced at Misick & Stanbrook from 2005 to 2006 and again in 2011. He then moved to Griffiths and Partners from 1 January 2012, where he currently practices and is currently a litigation partner in a wide array of civil litigation and dispute resolution cases.

Being appointed as Queen’s Counsel is sometimes referred to as ‘taking silk’ due to members wearing a particular silk gown, and is perceived as an honour to achieve in a Barrister’s career. Once given the right to wear a silk gown, a Queen’s Counsel then also has precedence over other Barristers in the Court amongst other privileges.

The ceremony to admit the new Queen’s Counsel to the Inner Bar of Turks and Caicos Islands, is scheduled to take place on 4th November of this year.

Today I congratulate Mr. Oliver Smith and Mr. David Cadman as excellent Attorneys at Law who have earned the right to add “QC” to their names after the admission ceremony.

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RTCIPF Press Release: FIVE CAYS MURDER UPDATE  

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#TurksandCaicos, January 25, 2023 – An investigation has commenced into the shooting death of a male.

The murder occurred today (January 24th).

Based on preliminary reports, at around 3pm, the Police Control Room  received a call from a resident stating that gunshots were being heard in Five Cays

RTCIPF officers responded to the given location at Reece Street and found the lifeless body of a male, lying face down on the ground with what appeared to be gunshot wounds about the body.

Based on initial information received, the victim resided at Sand Bar Street, Five Cays.

Officers are at this time gathering pertinent details to ascertain a motive behind the murder of  the deceased.

The public is being advised to notify the closest police station or to contact Crime Stoppers and give any information regarding this murder or  any illegal activity anonymously.

Please note, that Crime Stoppers calls are answered in Miami and in Houston by Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers which is a non-profit and not a police agency.

The calls are anonymous and cannot be traced in the United States or the TCI.

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Drunk Driver charged says TCI Police

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By Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer

 

 

#TurksandCaicos, January 25, 2023 – Turks and Caicos’ road fatalities remain at zero.  But a serious traffic accident had residents concerned that an individual may have died.  With those concerns voiced by residents, Police have confirmed to Magnetic Media that while an accident did occur last weekend near the Chicken Shack, no one died.

Press Officer Denyse Renne explained that in the case of that accident a 59 year old Grand Turk man was arrested  for driving with alcohol consumption above the legal limit and that  the Traffic Department is continuing investigations.

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Women 30x more likely for UTIs; Learn More

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By Dana Malcolm 

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January 25, 2023 – Itchy, uncomfortable and often painful Urinary Tract Infections affects millions of people yearly, the vast majority of them women. In fact ‘UTIs will likely affect almost half the female population at least once in their lives and women get UTIs up to 30 times more often than men do. Also, as many as 4 in 10 women who get a UTI will get at least one more within six months’ the US Office on Women’s Health explains.

Caused by germs that get into the bladder, UTIs can happen in any part of the large urinary system including the kidneys; ureters; bladder; and urethra, but are most common in the bladder. They are easy to cure with proper antibiotics but can be serious if left untreated. Knowing how to identify a UTI and getting quick and effective treatment can save women and girls a lot of pain. The UK National Health Agency lists the symptoms as

  • pain or a burning sensation when peeing (dysuria)
  • needing to pee more often than usual during the night (nocturia)
  • pee that looks cloudy, dark or has a strong smell
  • needing to pee suddenly or more urgently than usual
  • needing to pee more often than usual
  • blood in your pee
  • lower tummy pain or pain in your back, just under the ribs
  • a high temperature, or feeling hot and shivery
  • a very low temperature below 36C

What many people may not know is that these painful symptoms can affect young children as well, if your baby is generally unwell, has a high temperature, wets the bed or themselves and refuses to eat you may want to ask your doctor to take a look as these are symptoms of UTIs in children.

A quick visit to your doctor and a round of antibiotics will usually clear up the infection and any recurring ones but avoiding UTIs completely may be the best bet for all. UTIs are caused when bacteria often from the skin or rectum, enter the urethra, and infect the urinary tract the CDC says. The agency also lists a myriad risk factors that can cause this including poor hygiene in older adults with catheters or young children who are potty training causing bacteria to spread. Other risk factors include: Sexual activity; Changes in the bacteria that live inside the vagina, or vaginal flora. (For example, menopause or the use of spermicides can cause these bacterial changes.); Pregnancy; and Structural problems in the urinary tract, such as an enlarged prostate.

There’s nothing to be embarrassed about in having the common medical condition a UTI, while painful, is easy to treat, make use of the treatment options available to you and don’t ignore the symptoms in the hope that they will disappear as this could make the problem worse.

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