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PDM galvanizing, Calls PNP Gov’t out on No Work

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By Dana Malcolm

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#TurksandCaicos, April 22, 2022 – ‘An abysmal failure’ is how the Opposition is describing the government’s communication skills. The PDM was united in its displeasure about how certain aspects of governance including policing have been handled; in a recent press conference they bared it all.

The PDMs leader, Edwin Astwood and deputy leader Robert Been were joined in the press conference by MP Alvin Garland, Karen Malcolm, former Minister of Education and Ezra Taylor, National Party Chairman.

Chairman Ezra Taylor denounced the mounting violence in the TCI  in recent weeks and what he described as the governments ‘absenteeism.’

“In the past weeks this absentee approach to crime can only be equated to an abysmal failure by the government; the silence of the Premier, his Cabinet and District Representatives is unacceptable.”

Elected member Alvin Garland on the other hand called directly on the police commissioner to step down.

“While our people have watched our Police Force deteriorate over the past 16 years at the hands of foreign Police Commissioners we in the Opposition believe it’s time to hand over the  ranks of our police force to a Turks and Caicos Island Police Commissioner. The morale of our police force is as an all-time low. Serious violent crimes continue to take place with impunity without being resolved. Our people are living in fear because they have no confidence that the police can come to the rescue in their time of need.”

Garland noted that local police know the lay of the land and know the people of the Turks and Caicos.  He insisted that there were qualified and experienced senior officers who could fill the post.

The Chairman, Ezra Taylor, laid out several short and medium term initiatives which he charged the PNP led government to give ‘serious consideration.’

“Reopening the Blue Hills and Five Cays substations to improve police presence and improve response time as well as increased police presence within these communities.

Money (shortage) should be no excuse for these communities and the people that live there; their lives are at stake.”

He continued “allocate funding for a reward system that will increase the likelihood for a collection of information that will lead to apprehension and intelligence gathering.

Improve street lights in communities throughout the Turks and Caicos primarily in tourist hotspots, introduce a multi-agency task force focusing on firearms, ammunition and narcotics detection at our ports of entry.”

Other recommendations by Taylor included the reintroduction of the Tourism policing unit and expediting the purchasing of new vehicles for the police.

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The PDM also accused the Government of not doing enough to secure work for Islanders even as the country enjoys an economic boom.

Garland claimed the government was interfering with processes put in place to help Islanders secure work.

“Licensed TC Islander electricians are sitting at home and able to get electrical contracts while foreigners with work permits continue to work within this field making huge profits and this is a direct result of the unnecessary interference by the government.” Garland said.

“I am reliably informed that instead of working with the Association, the current administration is working against the Association. I therefore call on the Government to stop interfering and allow the Association to manage the affairs of the industry.”

He also mentioned construction workers, lawyers and real estate brokers especially were being marginalized in their own country by foreigners with the same skill and were not benefiting from the economic uptick in these industries.

Opposition leader, Edwin Astwood questioned why millions of dollars slated for use in the COVID works program was transferred to purchasing property instead of being used for the original purpose or crime fighting.

The Opposition Leader noted that $7,850,000 was re-allocated to the purchase of five properties.

“Instead why didn’t some of this if not all of it go to their allocations for dealing with crime fighting and strengthening law enforcement?”

Astwood asked, “What makes it worse? Is that $496,564.32 was taken from the Police Department for these land purchases another $1,090,614.68 was removed from the Judiciary Department and $951,741 was taken from the Ministry of Education.”

He noted that over $5 million was reallocated from the COVID works program which he said was supposed to be used for the people.

The Covid works program is announced as to be continued in the new financial year under a different banner as we move away from pandemic state.

Still The PDM members lambasted the PNP on their silence in regards to urgent issues, saying it was tantamount to a violation of the Citizens’ contract; which is the Progressive National Party’s election manifesto.

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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

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#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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