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$20M Price Tag attached to NEW Public Infrastructure for Turks and Caicos

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#TurksandCaicos, May 14, 2022 – Several new projects including new roads and structural upgrades for coastal protection are underway  in the Department of Physical Planning and Infrastructure Development, (PPID) explained  Minister Akierra Missick during budget debates last week.

The Transportation Master Plan and Coastal Protection study are both being undertaken by the PPID with help from the Caribbean Development Bank.

“This transportation plan will see a major shift in the way we travel within the Islands, as well as how we access islands nationally, revolutionizing travel within and around the entire Turks and Caicos.” Missick said.

“The Climate Resilient Coastal Protection & Management Plan will result in a clear way forward on mitigating the effects of rising sea water and coastal erosion in Grand Turk, Salt Cay and Providenciales,” she added.

On the Tourism side of things, Missick promised that construction would start on the Vendors Village in Sapodilla Bay which would be on the beach as requested by vendors. Also completed would be the enhancement works to the Vendor’s Village on Grand Turk.

Missick broke down the other $20 million dollars in projects earmarked for the upcoming fiscal year:

Highway and Road Improvement – $5.6M

  1. Remediation Works to Ponds and Bridges – $2.75M (with land reclamation)
  2. Drainage Improvement Works – $5.6M
  3. Upgrade to the Government Business Park – $850,000
  4. Furniture and Equipment for Planning – $150,000
  5. Renovations and Retrofit Works to PPID, PLS – $500,000
  6. Replacement Vehicles for Department – $666,210
  7. Construction of GT Floating Dock – $2M
  8. Training Academy and Headquarters for the Regiment – $2M

The projects, she said, would be to the benefit all Turks and Caicos islands.

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Traffic Death again, a woman dies and two others hospitalised

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#TurksandCaicos, June 23, 2024 – Magnetic Media can inform that, yes there has been another traffic death in Providenciales and reports say it’s a woman who didn’t make it out of a three car smash up.

Almost, exactly 24 hours after a deadly collision was recorded in wee hours of Saturday morning came news, this morning, of a second death by motor vehicle accident.

“I can confirm the Police Control Room received a call during the early hours of this morning involving a serious accident on Leeward Highway. One person (female) died while others were rushed for medical treatment,” said Denyse Renne, media officer for the Royal TCI Police.

The Cheshire Hall Medical Center, which had already suspended visitation due to security concerns in the wake of four murders between Friday and Saturday in Provo, has restricted its Emergency Room to emergencies only.

TCI hospitals citing the unusually high demand for urgent medical care to multiple patients as the reason for the restriction.

While it is widely reported that the person who died in the traffic accident on Leeward Highway near Pratt’s Road is a female tourist, police say they’re investigating.

It’s been a total of six lives lost in startling incidents in the past day in Providenciales.  The tragic circumstances of the car accidents and sheer violence of the shootings have sent shockwaves throughout the country leaving residents utterly bewildered.

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Five Cays Shooting Death

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***MEDIA RELEASE***

June 22nd, 2024.

Homicide detectives of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force are actively investigating a murder in Five Cays, Providenciales.

Initial reports indicate that shortly after midday, the Police Control Room received several calls stating that gunshots were being heard in the area of the Community Center.

RT&CIPF officers responded to the given location and found the lifeless body of a male with what appeared to be gunshot wounds about the body.

The RT&CIPF is asking anyone with information that may help in this investigation to contact the closest police station, 911, the Serious Crime Unit at 231-1842, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477 to provide any information anonymously.

Additionally, individuals are encouraged to download the Crime Stoppers P3 app to share information.

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Rescued

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June 22nd, 2024.

 

Two occupants of an aircraft were rescued around 3:28 p.m. today (June 22) following an intensive sea search around Providenciales.

The occupants –two males- are currently receiving medical attention.

The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force can confirm that shortly after midday, the Air Tower received a report regarding an aircraft landing on water (ditching) approximately 11 miles from Northwest Point, Providenciales.

The aircraft had departed from the United States and experienced engine failure.

Having received reports of the incident, a Strategic Coordinating Group with representation from the RT&CIPF, the TCI Civil Aviation Authority, the Airport Authority, the Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies, and the Ministry of Health was activated to coordinate the search and rescue.

The group worked closely with partners from OpBat and received confirmation that a United States Coast Guard helicopter had successfully rescued the two persons after three hours.

The victims were brought ashore.

Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police Mat Newton said, “I wish to express my profound gratitude and acknowledge the invaluable support of our national and international partners.

“This successful rescue operation is a testament to our collective strength and coordination. With the full support from our US partners and the local marine community, I extend my heartfelt thanks to our OpBat partners and the crew of the US Coastguard helicopter, as well as the Marine Branch of the RT&CIPF, the staff of the Department of Environment and Coastal Resources (DECR), the Department of Fisheries and Resources Management, Caribbean Cruisin, and vessels from the TCI Search and Rescue Association.

“We are now in the process of initiating an investigation into the accident in close liaison with the Civil Aviation Authority.”

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