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Cabinet approves proposal for new names for airports in Provo, South Caicos, North Caicos and Middle Caicos and more Government business…

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#TurksandCaicos, October 6, 2022 – Her Excellency the Acting Governor, Anya Williams, chaired the 25th meeting of Cabinet on Wednesday 14 September 2022 at the Premier’s Office on Providenciales.

All Members were present with the exception of the Minister for Tourism, who is out of the country.

At this meeting Cabinet:

  • Declined a request for an amendment to the National Physical Development Plan (NPDP) regarding a zoning change to a specific parcel in Juba Sound, Providenciales.
  • Approved a proposal by the TCI Diabetic Association for specialised podiatry and foot care services to persons within the TCI community with diabetes. Members also approved the waiving of fees for registration and license to practice under the Health Professions Authority.
  • Approved the drafting of a ‘Scape Metal and Derelict Vehicle/Vessels, and other related items Removal and Export Policy’ with a view to introduce new regulatory measures, compliance with health and environmental requirements, registration, removal of export tariffs and ensure sustainable development of this Industry.
  • Accepted the recommendations by the Caribbean Regional Technical Assistance Centre (CARTAC) to not move forward with the establishment of a Revenue Authority, thereby reversing an earlier Cabinet decision, for  and instead it will focus on the enhancement of the Inland Revenue Department as part of the Ministry of Finance’s modernization project.
  • Discussed the continual increase in the cost of electricity to the consumer, and agreed for a team from the TCIG to meet with the local electricity provider to discuss measures to mitigate the effects of the increase on the public.
  • Approved a Turks and Caicos Islands Dog Control Strategy: Five-year Plan (2023-2027) to tackle but, not limited to, unregistered pets, stray dogs, unregulated breeds, illegal breeding, and approved six priority measures required by the Department of Agriculture to deliver this strategy.
  • Noted the Quarterly Financial Report of the Government’s Statutory Bodies for (January to March 2022), and approved the publication of this report.
  • Approved the re-parcelling of Parcels 10204/164 and registered Crown road reserve, rectifying an encroachment by a residential development on Crown Land.
  • Approved the implementation of a compliance risk management strategy for the tourism sector by the Inland Revenue Department, with a specific focus on tax compliance, and approved provisions to made in the FY23/24 budget to carry out the implementation.
  • Approved the proposed naming of the following airports currently under the control and management of the Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority (“TCIAA”):
  1. a)South Caicos International Airport  – Norman B. Saunders Snr International Airport
  2. b)Providenciales International Airport – Howard Hamilton International Airport
  3. c)North Caicos Airport – Clifford Gardiner International Airport
  4. d)Middle Caicos Airport – Eric Arthur Airport
  • Re-affirmed the appointment of Tueton Williams (Chair), Kesha Gardiner (Deputy Chair), Crosly Bain, Tracey Parker Gray and Pastor Dennis Swann as Members and Permanent Secretary Finance or her nominee, Permanent Secretary Ports, Director Ports, Chief Engineer and Collector of Customs as ex-Officio Members of the Turks and Caicos Ports Authority Board for a period of three years with effect from 1 October 2022 until 31 March 2025.
  • Approved the appointment of Dr Candace Williams as President of the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College for a period of two years, the establishment of a temporary office for and recruitment of a Provost charged with supporting the President.
  • Discussed rules and regulations surrounding the shipment of pre-owned vehicles to the TCI and agreed next steps.
  • Were updated on recent police activity surrounding the tragic murders over the past fortnight and broader activity to assured the safety of residents of the TCI.
  • Approved a revised Development Agreement between Circle Holdings and the TCI Government for a Mixed Accommodation Development and a marina in the Turtle Cove area, Providenciales.
  • Approved for the 19 September 2022 to be declared a national (“bank”) holiday to allow for a National Day of Mourning in celebration of the life of Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

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EXCLUSIVE!  Police black CID Vehicle shot up by bandits in Five Cays

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Wilkie Arthur

Court Correspondent

 

#TurksandCaicos, May 15, 2024 – It was an uneasy night on Tuesday May 14 for some residents of Five Cays, Providenciales owing to continuous, serious fire power with gun shots blaring in various areas of the community.

Some say they heard shots in Granny Hill and reported a man walking around with a gun, randomly shooting at unidentifiable targets. Some say shots were heard behind the Enid Capron Primary School.  Some say they heard gun shot sounds coming from a residential area as well.

The most compelling accounts, however, were on reported events in another area called “The Wells”; a community in the depths of Five Cays and South Dock.

Criminals took on law enforcement in a gun battle involving the armored truck and a CID vehicle.

No members of the Royal TCI Police were hit.

Not the same for the other side.  One person was hit, a young man not known to police and it’s not clear if he was one of the men shooting at the police or an innocently caught in the crossfire.

The man was arrested as a possible suspect.  He is also in hospital with an “entrance and exit” gunshot wound.

During the shootout in The Wells, the CID vehicle was shot at repeatedly, disabling its movement as gunfire damaged the engine. Concerning to us, these shootings were at different times and locations but came in rapid succession; one right after the other, I was told.

Most described the sounds as coming “from some big guns.”

Police the morning after allowed me in to see up close.

Video, photos feature my EXCLUSIVE, close-up look at the damage done by criminals; it is clear high powered rifles were used by these suspects still at large.

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Charred Remains Found in Back Seat of Completely Burnt Vehicle

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Wilkie Arthur

Freelance Court Correspondent

 

#TurksandCaicos, May 21, 2024 – A gruesome discovery was made around midday today (Sunday, May 19th, 2024) when police and fire rescue teams responded to a call at a location on Blue Hills Back Road, off Millennium Highway. The area, situated next to the Fortis Sub-Station, is accessible via a long, secluded dirt road.

Upon arrival, authorities found a vehicle completely engulfed in flames. The vehicle was later removed by police after being alerted by an anonymous source to its burnt-out location. Local residents indicated that the fire had been ignited around 2-3 a.m. earlier that morning, but authorities were not notified until later in the day.

Residents could not provide details about the individual inside the vehicle or even discern its color due to the extensive damage caused by the fire. Videos of the discovery location are available, but footage of the vehicle itself will be provided once it has been located. The vehicle was reportedly still burning when police arrived at the scene.

Official Royal TCI Police Report:

Media Release – May 19th, 2024: Active Investigation Officers of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force (RTCIPF) are currently on the scene of a vehicle fire in the Blue Hills, Providenciales area. Acting on received information, officers arrived at the location along North Side Close and discovered a burnt vehicle with what appeared to be a body inside.
The RTCIPF is conducting a thorough investigation to determine the circumstances of this incident. As this is an active investigation, more details will be provided to the public as they become available.

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NATIONAL SECURITY SECRETARIAT INFORMATION NOTE ISSUED MAY 17, 2024

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May 21, 2024 – The Turks and Caicos Islands have clear laws prohibiting the possession of firearms and or ammunition without a licence and strict penalties in order to serve and protect the community. Our Firearms Ordinance, which was amended in 2022, states that:

No person (other than a licensed gunsmith in the course of his trade) shall have in his possession, discharge or use any firearm or ammunition unless he is the holder of a firearm licence with respect to such firearm, or in case of ammunition he is the holder of a licence for a firearm which takes that ammunition.

Firearm and/or ammunition offences carry a mandatory minimum custodial sentence of twelve years plus a fine. Where a court finds there are exceptional circumstances, the sentencing judge has discretion, under the law, to impose a custodial sentence and a fine that are fair and just in the circumstances of each case rather than impose the mandatory minimum.

The Chief Justice is advancing sentencing guidelines in respect of the application of exceptional circumstances. Wider work is also ongoing with criminal justice partners to review the efficiency and effectiveness of case progression, in driving justice outcomes.

It is the traveller’s responsibility to ensure their baggage is free of firearms and/or ammunition. Permission from an airline carrier does not constitute permission to bring firearms or ammunition into the Turks and Caicos Islands. Travellers are also strongly advised to search their luggage before they travel to the Turks and Caicos Islands to ensure they do not bring in forbidden items inadvertently. Such offences will result in arrest.

The Turks and Caicos Islands is a British Overseas Territory with a common law legal system, and reserves the right to enforce its laws. All persons, including visitors, must follow lawful process.

The Turks and Caicos Islands welcomes all visitors but reminds travellers that persons in the Turks and Caicos Islands do not have a constitutional right to carry firearms. Equally, the importation of firearms, ammunition (including stray bullets), and other weapons is strictly forbidden, unless licence to do so has been issued by the Commissioner of Police.

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