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Kacey Lewis appointed Principal Architect & Head of Public Works Project Management Division

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#TurksandCaicos, November 22, 2022 – The Office of the Deputy Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Kacey Lewis to the post of Principal Architect and Head of the Public Works Project Management Division in the Ministry of Physical Planning and Infrastructure Development.

Mr. Lewis holds an Associate of Arts Degree from the College of the Bahamas and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Architectural Studies from Florida International University in Miami, Florida.

Having joined the Turks and Caicos Islands Government as a Draftsman in 1999, Mr. Lewis in 2006 was promoted to the post of Assistant Architect; a post he held for 7 years before being promoted to the post of Project Architect in 2013 and to the post of Project Manager in 2018, a post he has held for the last four years.

Commenting on his appointment Mr. Lewis stated: “I am grateful for the opportunity to progress in my professional field.  Not only am I grateful, but humbled by the confidence in me to operate in a managerial role. I do not take this promotion lightly and promise to continue to serve my people and country to the best of my ability. I believe that this is a move in the right direction and applaud the authorities for empowering and promoting our young and aspiring Turks and Caicos Islanders to be a part of the positive change in the development of our country. I look forward to serving in this new capacity.”

Deputy Governor and Head of the Public Service Her Excellency Anya Williams in extending congratulatory remarks to Mr. Lewis stated: “It gives me great pleasure to officially congratulate Mr. Kacey Lewis on his appointment as the new Principal Architect and Head of the Public Works Project Management Division in the Ministry of Physical Planning and Infrastructure Development.

Mr. Lewis began his public service career 20 years ago in an entry level position in the Public Works Department and has worked diligently over the years to obtain numerous promotions, now culminating in him being appointed to as the Head of the Project Management Division.

The Principal Architect and Head of the Project Management Division is responsible for the design of all Government architectural works, across the islands, and is required to oversee, inspect and monitor project progress to ensure quality assurance and quality controls are maintained.

The post holder is also responsible for preparing capital budgets, for effectively managing same to ensure financial prudence and for providing managerial oversight and control of the Division staff and resources.

Mr. Lewis is an ardent worker who has been instrumental in the delivery of a number of key government projects over the years and has proven his ability to lead.

I wish him well on his new appointment and know that he will do exceptionally well.

Congratulations on your well-deserved promotion Kacey!”

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Washington MISICK challenged, and holds onto Leadership of the PNP

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#TurksandCaicos, February 24, 2024 – Magnetic Media can report that WASHINGTON MISICK has emerged and remains LEADER of the governing Progressive National Party.It has been a contentious battle today at the PNPs National General Congress (NGC) for party leadership with interest coming from: Jas Walkin, the party’s 2021 campaign manager who this week publicly withdrew his bid; Dameko Dean, former Wheeland candidate who had published an article revealing his quest to lead the PNP and E Jay Saunders who today unsuccessfully challenged MISICK for the role.Saunders has tried for leader before and has served as the party’s deputy leader, at the pleasure and selection of Washington Misick since June 2019.The run for party leader was a risky maneuver by Saunders, son of former PNP Party leader and Chief Minister Norman Saunders.Delegates cast votes, giving E Jay Saunders 58 votes and Washington Misick 88. The elder statesman convincingly retaining delegates’ confidence.It is also reported that, based on the PNP Constitution, Saunders needed 70% support from delegates in a preliminary run off.  He was unable to secure that much backing.A constitutional motion to change the selection process of the deputy leader to a delegate vote reportedly failed.It is therefore unclear what the immediate future, politically is for Saunders whose party and government roles are hinged on Washington Misick’s prerogative to have him or someone else in these posts.However Misick is already promoting a strict focus on uniting the party following the NGC meeting held at the Shore Club.

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TCI Community College staff struck and robbed, another chased in car by attackers

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Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer 

 

#TurksandCaicos, February 23, 2024 – Attacks against several of its staff members last week have forced the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College to reassess its security.

“The college is robustly ending in immediate steps to review and reinforce our campus security protocols,” said a February 16 letter to staff seen by Magnetic Media.

The letter puts the date of the incidents as February 15th at one of its Providenciales campuses.

In the first,  a male member of staff was attacked and his car stolen after he left a meeting. When Magnetic Media queried police about the event, they released additional details of the robbery.

We were told around 9:15 pm, Thursday February 15, a 39-year-old male and his colleagues were leaving the TCI Community College Campus, Princess Drive, Providenciales, when a group of men surrounded his vehicle.

The man, noticing that one of the men had stopped at the rear of the vehicle, approached him to investigate and was struck on the head. In the immediate aftermath, the assailants escaped in the victim’s car, leaving the TCICC staff member injured at the scene.

The victim was transported to the Cheshire Hall Medical Center by police officers, and up until news production time, the car had not yet been recovered.

Following this incident, the Community College also revealed that a car chase had taken place.

A female member of staff this time, was chased down by suspected criminals as she left the campus. The employee managed to outdrive the people pursuing her and arrive safely at her destination, but she was described as shaken.

Now both, police officers and campus administration are urging residents to remain vigilant, especially when heading into their cars at night.

Safety tips that can help residents avoid attack, robbery, injury, or worse include:

  • Stay alert when heading to your vehicle; don’t be distracted by your phone; pay attention to your surroundings.
  • if you see anything or anyone suspicious, do not investigate on your own; go back and get a security guard or similar personnel to assist.
  • Have your keys ready in your hands before approaching your car, so you can enter the safety of your vehicle immediately.

The police have not yet arrested anyone for the robbery attack against the employee.

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Royal TCI Police share CAREER DAY Highlights

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#TurksandCaicos, February 23, 2024 – On Thursday, 8th February 2024, between 9 am – and 2 pm, the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force attended a Career Day event at the Enid Capron Primary School, Five Cays, Providenciales.

Under the theme “Be aware, choose a career”, the RTCIPF showcased the many career options available in policing.

Members of the Community Policing Unit, Safeguarding and Public Protection, Anti-Gang and Drugs Unit, Marine Branch, Traffic Enforcement, Air Support Unit and Mechanical Department were present.  Officers answered questions posed by the young, impressionable minds.

Insp Ensa Wilson lectured students on various topics, including: “Good Touch, Bad Touch”, alerting adults to inappropriate situations and the importance of calling 911.

Students were asked questions following the lecture and were given RTCIPF tokens.

Sgt. Kavin Mars, along with PC Fitzlewis McDonald and Kiyon Doughty of the Anti Gang and Drug Unit, freestyled “Don’t Huff, Don’t Puff, Don’t Do That Stuff” and warned students of the dangers –health and legal – of using drugs.

Superintendent (Community Policing and Divisions) Dwight Gardiner commended the school’s initiative and applauded the representation of officers present.

Supt. Gardiner said: “Career Days often highlight the importance of community policing and underscore law enforcement’s vital role in fostering trust, collaboration, and safety within neighbourhoods.

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