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Young men on parole warn youngsters



Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer


#TurksandCaicos, August 25, 2022 – Three young men who have been released on parole after spending time in lockup have a word for their compatriots in The Turks and Caicos,  “prison isn’t worth it”.  But without targeted and consistent solutions to the issues pushing young men into crime, the warning will continue to miss its mark.

The young men spoke with Governor Nigel Dakin days before they were released, who in turn shared bits of the conversation with the public.

“All of them said that their advice to any young man would be to walk away from trouble – time at the prison was simply not worth it.  It was tough.” Dakin explained.

The young men’s warnings are not unfounded as the majority of individuals arrested for violent crimes in the Turks and Caicos this past year have been young men.  Additionally, the majority of people killed in violent altercations this year have also been young men.

It’s a worrying trend that Police Commissioner Trevor Botting, Premier Washington Misick and the Governor have all spoken about at length.

The three young men who are now out on parole, had to go through an extensive process to prove their intent to rejoin society would not leave the Turks and Caicos worse off.

Dakin explained that the process of being approved for parole was one of “consistent good behavior and investment in themselves.”   He said that all the young men have “held positions of responsibility and trust in the prison and some have been on day release.”

The men must be lauded for their admirable efforts, and while there are numerous projects now underway for those in correctional facilities to turn themselves around, not everyone will make it to prison.

Some will be killed by rivals, others in altercations with police, and some as innocents in crossfire.

Scores of college-age young men are arrested in the Turks and Caicos each year, in August alone, two have been arrested for drug and gun possession in separate incidents.  Another young man was shot and injured in what is being described as a case of mistaken identity, and unlicensed guns keep turning up in our youth’s possession.

These hard truths and the journey of the three young men highlights the sore lack of intervention programs aimed at catching young men as boys before they enter the stage where they must be dealt with by the law.

The recently launched Police Action League is one such program, but it has been plagued with delays and is seasonal in nature. Deputy Police Commissioner Rodney Adams bemoaned the lack of intervention aimed at boys at the PAL launch.

“For too long we have gotten it wrong in law enforcement globally…in policing we have had a reactive approach for far too long…The reactive approach has not worked, and it will not work.” he said.

In addition, the issue is contributing to brain drain as many talented young people decide to leave to escape the violence.

Unless numerous opportunities and programs are aimed at the TCI’s young men in their impressionable years, there will continue to be more bloodshed.

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It’s the 10GB of Christmas with Digicel



#TurksandCaicos, December 1, 2022 – Digicel rewards customers with more this Christmas and all throughout 2023 with 10GB any use data every month.

The holiday season is a time for being thankful, so Digicel has taken on an attitude of gratitude and is thanking customers by rewarding them with more from now until the end of 2023.

Through Digicel’s exclusive Christmas plans, customers will get 10GB of data every month, for all of 2023, when they buy and stay on the plan. This also goes for new customers who have bought a SIM and/or those who take advantage of the Ultimate Christmas Combo to get a brand new discounted Samsung A23 smartphone and Christmas plan.

Customers can look forward to more data; more minutes; more rewards and prizes with Pick & Win in the MyDigicel app; more speed, reliability and coverage on the fastest network; and more savings and discounts on our devices and SIMs.

Addison Stoddard, CEO of Digicel Turks & Caicos said, “We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again, it’s the Christmas that keeps on giving at Digicel, so we’re offering our customers the gift that keeps on giving when they sign up and stay on any of our Christmas plans; whether it be a 3, 7 or 30 Day Prime Plus Bundle. Every month, new and existing customers who activate a Christmas plan this holiday season will get 10GB any use data, on us, when they remain on the plan all year long. For us, it’s all about continuing to put our customers first, and thanking them for every interaction they have with us.”

Customers can also win more in the MyDigicel app through Pick & Win, the new gamified way to be rewarded for any interaction with Digicel. Whether it’s switching to join the Digicel family, buying a plan, or paying bills in full and on time, customers will get the chance to Pick & Win lots of cool prizes

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USVI Natural Resources Dept tackles illegal sand mining



By Shanieka Smith

Staff Writer


#USVI, December 1, 2022 – Recent reports of people taking large amounts of sand from beaches illegally have been on the increase in the US Virgin Islands.  The Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) is urging citizens to refrain from doing this.

The DPNR announced that those found guilty could be charged a fine of $10,000 daily.

While they are unaware of what the illegally mined sand is being used for, the DPNR said it cannot be used for construction.

“In seawater, chloride is present, causing corrosion of steel and iron, which ultimately leads to reducing carrying capacity, so that the structure built using this may not be sustainable,” the DPNR said.

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Cruise Trippers bought big with Carnival Cruise Line on Cyber Monday



By Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer


December 1, 2022 – Cyber Monday isn’t just for electronics!  Potential vacationers broke a Carnival Cruises Cyber Monday record for bookings, purchasing 50 per cent  more tickets than 2019’s pre-pandemic shopping day.

The cruise line announced the record bookings on Tuesday, November 29th.

The company cited a successful launch campaign of the new Carnival Celebration which visited Grand Turk recently and the three additional ships joining the fleet over the next 18 months, as major ticket pushers.

“The Cyber Monday sale activity showed consumer demand across the fleet, and we were particularly pleased with the booking activity for Carnival Venezia’s new year-round service from New York, and our new extended six-month program for Carnival Magic out of Norfolk,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.

“Our very successful naming ceremony for Carnival Celebration on November 20 and all the media coverage it generated clearly kept Carnival top of mind as vacationers got started on their holiday shopping yesterday.”

They say the pent-up demand for cruising has manifested in multiple ways in 2022, as Carnival was the first major cruise line to have its entire fleet back in operation and it now has more rooms than it was sailing in 2019.

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