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Police Report Traffic Death in Provo over the weekend

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By Dana Malcolm

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#TurksandCaicos, November 28, 2022 – The Turks and Caicos islands has recorded another traffic fatality this year.  In a short update police indicated that they had received calls around 10 a.m. Saturday, November 26th that a car had crashed near the Wine Cellar along Leeward Highway.  First responders rushed the male victim to Cheshire Hall but he passed away within half an hour.

The circumstances surrounding the crash are unclear but the police maintained they are investigating and implored the public to call in with any information regarding the accident.

During the holiday season as parties increase, families celebrate and alcohol is poured, accidents and road fatalities tend to increase.  This is thanks to increased road traffic, more individuals driving inebriated and a variety of reasons  The US Centres for Disease Control describes it as a global issue and one that is easily preventable.

Road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death for children and young adults aged 5-29 years. In the Caribbean 30 percent of road traffic accidents happen to young people and 90 percent of those are young men. The increasing amounts of deaths in the Caribbean prompted Project Yellow Light, an initiative between the Caribbean Development Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank to increase awareness surrounding road fatalities back in 2015 around the same time the Pan American Health Organization called for stricter road traffic legislation in the Caribbean.

In order to decrease the risk of serious injury or death there are several things drivers can do this Christmas season.

  • Do not drive while drunk or while under the influence of drugs . Not only is it a criminal offense in the Turks and Caicos it is one of the leading causes of traffic accidents.  When attending parties, have a designated driver. Do not allow your friends to drive while inebriated. It is safer to have an uncomfortable night sleeping in your car than to attempt driving while under the influence.
  • Do not use your phone while driving and avoid other distractions. The CDC says ‘sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for at least five seconds. At 55 miles per hour, that is like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed.’ Driving is unpredictable and requires your full attention
  • Don’t be afraid to wait out the storm. If driving in heavy rain or even snow depending on your location is becoming increasingly difficult don’t be afraid to pull over and wait until conditions are better, arriving late beats not arriving at all.
  • Purchase and use the correct car seats for your children, learn how to buckle them in properly. Though we often assume car seats are for babies children should use booster seats from birth until the vehicle seat belt fits properly, typically when they have reached 4 feet 9 inches in height usually between 8 to 12 years old
  • Always remember to put on your seat belt and buckle in your children.  In the rush of Christmas shopping, visiting family etc. people may forget simple things.

Practicing these and other tips will make your Christmas road trips that much safer. Happy holidays! In addition if you or someone you know received a DUI charge or needs assistance with drug or alcohol use, contact the Department of Mental Health and Substance Dependence on 649-338-3613 in Grand Turk or 649-338-4737 in Providenciales.

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Two Deaths on Monday July 8, Police report on Sudden Death and Unresponsive Male

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#TurksandCaicos, July 19, 2024 – Officers of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force are actively investigating separate sudden deaths that occurred in South Caicos and Providenciales.

On Monday, July 8th, 2024, shortly after 10 a.m., the Police Control Room received a call reporting that a male employee had fallen from the fourth floor of a Resort in South Caicos.

Officers and medical personnel were dispatched, and upon arrival at the resort, officers were told that the employee was fixing an air-conditioning unit when he fell off a ladder.  The male was transported to the South Caicos Clinic for treatment but was pronounced dead at 11:47 AM.

The deceased has been identified as a 47-year-old Indian national, whose name is being withheld at this time, pending the next of kin being informed.

The second incident occurred shortly after noon in Providenciales.

Officers of the RT&CIPF responded to a report made at a Resort located along Lower Bight Providenciales. Upon arrival at the scene, officers observed a male lying on his back on the beach, surrounded by a group of people performing chest compressions. The victim had been removed from the water after being discovered floating.

The 52-year-old victim was rushed to the Cheshire Hall Medical Center via ambulance but sadly passed away.

The RT&CIPF extends condolences to the family and friends of the deceased men

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TCI Cabinet agrees to subsidise South Caicos international flights in May 29th meeting

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#TurksandCaicos, July 19, 2024 – Her Excellency the Acting Governor Anya Williams chaired the 16th meeting of the Cabinet on Wednesday May 29th, 2024, at the Office of the Premier on the island of Providenciales.

All members of Cabinet were present with the exception of Governor H.E. Dileeni Daniel-Selvaratnam.

At this meeting Cabinet:

  1. Approved the Statutory Bodies 4th Quarter Special Purpose Financial Report for FY 2023-2024.
  2. Approved the 4th Quarter Financial Report for the Turks and Caicos Islands Government and agreed for the report to be published on the government’s website.
  3. Granted approval under Refurbishment Policy for a duty concession on the importation of construction, materials, furniture, fixtures, and fittings for the Palms Resort.
  4. Granted approval of the request from the Ministry of Public Safety to access the Contingency Fund to support immediately required security arrangements.
  5. Did not support the request for the waiver of Import Customs Duty.
  6. Granted approval for the disposal of 73,000 cubic yards/meters of silt that will be dredged from the seabed during the South Dock Redevelopment Project.
  7. Granted approval for amendments to the Electricity Ordinance and approved Draft Control of Capital Investment Policy which would allow for advance approval of any significant capital expenditures by a public supplier.
  8. Granted approval for the reappointment of the following persons to the Electricity Board for a period of one (1) year commencing May 21, 2024: John Ariza-Chairman, Master Electrical, Richard Harvey-Member, Electrical Contractors, Menelik Astwood-Member TCICC, James Fulford-Member Electrical Contractors, Director of Planning-Dainer Lightbourne-ex-officio, Energy and Utilities Commission-Delano Arthur-ex-officio and Permanent Secretary (MPSU) Mrs. Bridgette Newman ex-officio, and Shanetta Thompson appointed as Secretary for a period of 2 years.
  9. Granted approval for a long-term lease over Parcels 10506/29 South Suburbs, Grand Turk for the development of a cruise stop over resort type facility.
  10. Noted the findings of the Registrar and approved an interim settlement to be paid in respect of Interim Certificate of Taxation re: CL 42/21 Thanbyrase Srikanth et al v Director of Immigration et al-Cost Certificate)
  11. Granted approval of the Draft District Administration Bill 2024 and noted the stakeholder consultation plan that was scheduled to be conducted throughout the islands.
  12. Noted the previous approval for the budget reallocation within the DMMO Experience Turks and Caicos to fund the minimum revenue guarantee (MRG) in respect to international airlift to the island of South Caicos

Further information on these matters will be provided by Ministers in due course.

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Proposed Amendments for Business Licensing in TCI heard at June 4 Cabinet Meeting  

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#TurksandCaicos, July 19, 2024 – Her Excellency the Acting Governor Anya Williams chaired the 17th meeting of the Cabinet on Tuesday June 4th, 2024, at the Office of the Premier on the island of Providenciales.

All members of Cabinet were present with the exception of Governor H.E. Dileeni Daniel-Selvaratnam, Attorney General Hon. Rhondalee Knowles and the Ministers of Home Affairs and Public Safety and Utilities.  Ms. Yaa McCartney attended in the capacity of Acting Attorney General.

At this meeting Cabinet:

  1. Received a presentation from the Ministry of Finance on the proposed amendments to Business Licensing which was being put forward as a result of the consultations that had taken place and agreed next steps.

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