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Russia names TCI as “unfriendly”; Governor explains implications



By Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer


#TurksandCaicos, November 4, 2022 – In response to the Turks and Caicos being listed as an “unfriendly country” to the Russian Federation, Governor Nigel Dakin says he is surprised it didn’t happen sooner, maintaining that the TCI would be fine and doubling down on earlier condemnation of the war.  He was responding on Tuesday November 1st to Magnetic Media queries from the weekend; when it was initially revealed that the TCI had made the troubling list along with other British overseas territories.

“Because of our opposition to the war, and the means by which that war is being waged, Putin’s Government and his supporters – but not the Russian people – are therefore unfortunately right to view us as ‘unfriendly’. That is not the position we want to be in, and so we look forward to an end to this terrible war, against a sovereign neighbour.”

As for what this means for the islands, broadly and specifically?

“We expect no consequences, but any private entity doing business with Russia should note the fact that, as a result of this listing, Russia reserves the right to pay its debts in roubles,” the Governor explained.

That rule of only paying and being paid in roubles dates back to an initial list in March of this year.  Russia, at that time, had released its ‘unfriendly countries’ which included the UK and three overseas territories among other countries.

“The list targeted in particular those who “imposed or joined sanctions against Russia—Given we had imposed sanctions at the same time as these three fellow Territories, I was surprised TCI did not feature back in March,” said Dakin.

Dakin explained that the listing seemed to mainly be for Russia’s economic benefit as it ‘has allowed the Russian government (and its citizens and companies) to pay creditors from those named countries in roubles.

He noted that, “For the three Overseas Territories already impacted, and listed in March, there has not been any other automatic measures implemented.”

Despite this, he went on to explain the possible repercussions of a different kind listing.

“What the list did not do was see Russia declare the UK, or those Overseas Territories it named, as an “unfriendly state under a formal decree.  If it did, that would restrict the ability of those named countries or Territories to employ or contract individuals residing in Russia.”

Dakin has been firm on his stance on the invasion telling media back in February when the incursion began that “Russia’s assault on Ukraine is an unprovoked, premeditated and barbaric attack against a sovereign democratic state. It is a clear breach of international law and the UN Charter.”

He reiterated this position again this week, in the statement obtained by Magnetic Media.

“For our part – and as described by both the Premier and myself in separate statements – but with the same message – TCI’s position remains as it was from the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.  The invasion was illegal and the war crimes that have since followed are abhorrent. We stand with Ukraine”

Since the start of the invasion over eight months ago 7.5 million Ukranians have fled home due to the war, which has been raging for nearly nine months now.

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TCI Police Detective Holden Speaks Up on Blue Hills Rapes



Dana Malcolm  

Staff Writer  



#TurksandCaicos, March 27, 2023 – Following the announcement that several women had been robbed and assaulted in Blue Hills in the past weeks, Magnetic Media queried why the Police would wait until they had a man in custody to release an alert. 

TCI’s newest addition to the top brass Detective Superintendent Dean Holden, Head of Crime, Safeguarding and Public Protection, told us that it initially appeared to be an isolated offence and not part of a series of incidents. 

“The full circumstances needed to be investigated to ascertain the facts before a public alert could be considered. Misinformation in such a case would only cause unnecessary public concern and confusion and could adversely impact the investigation and the safeguarding of persons involved—” he said. “Even now there is no definitive information that these offences are linked, and investigators remain open-minded.”  

Holden claimed an early alert with limited information could have hindered the investigation and they were trying to protect the women who may not have wanted to be identified based on where they lived.  

As it turns out, the public concern was very much warranted, because there have been more violent sexual attacks, and more victims got hurt, forcing their hands.  

“When further similar offences were committed, the overriding principle of sustained public protection was considered, hence the alert/release issued,” he said. 

That alert was coupled with the news that a man had been arrested. Whether those further similar incidents could have been prevented if the public was informed earlier and taken extra precautions, is the underlying question. To date, we don’t know how many victims there are. 

Police have increased patrols in the Blue Hills area and condemned the crimes as unacceptable. They have not indicated if anyone was charged for the offences yet.  

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Louise Garland Thomas High School are TCISS Inter-High Track & Field 2023 Champions



#TurksandCaicos, March 27, 2023 – After a festive three days of competition, the TCISS Inter-High Track & Field Championships 2023 have concluded with the A. Louise Garland Thomas High School reigning as Champions. Featuring a great turnout, eleven schools from across the Turks and Caicos Islands met to compete at the National Stadium March 9-11, 2023.

The competition was stiff among athletes, who were all competing for top spots and by extension a spot-on Team TCI’s CARIFTA 2023 team. From high-spirited invitationals to entertainment by DJ Shakes, spectators enjoyed the best Nationals competition yet.

Overall results:

  •     1st Place: A. Louise Garland Thomas High School
  •     2nd Place: Clement Howell High School
  •     3rd Place: Marjorie Basden High School

Twenty athletes have been selected for Turks and Caicos Islands National CARIFTA Team, some who would have competed in the TCISS Inter-High Track & Field Championships 2023 and some living abroad.

Here are the athletes:

  1. Roniesha Johnson U-17 Girls CHHS
  2. Branary Delancy U-17 Girls LGTHS
  3. Krysann Williams U-20 Girls LGTHS
  4. Anesha Varus U-20 Girls CHHS
  5. Lynn Antoine U-20 Girls Unattached
  6. Chyna Simmons U-20 Girls BWIC
  7. Rayvon Black U-17 Boys Denbigh/Jam
  8. Renaldo Registre U-17 Boys RGHS
  9. Jarmal Missick U-17 Boys HJRHS
  10. Melique Evans U-17 Boys CHHS
  11. Love Joseph U-17 Boys LGTHS
  12. Kaeson Garland U-17 Boys MBHS
  13. Shamar Garland U-17 Boys HJRHS
  14. Alieandio Durham U-20 Boys CHHS
  15. Bernard Hyde U-20 Boys CHHS
  16. Markey Zepherin U-20 Boys CHHS
  17. Rayvon Walkin U-20 Boys KC/Jam
  18. Anthon Walkin U-20 Boys KC/Jam
  19. Alidavidson Higgs U-20 Boys JC/Jam
  20. Darvioun Rigby U-20 Boys Keiser/USA

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Bahamas News

Soca Warriors crush  Bahamas at home



By Rashaed Esson

Staff Writer



#TheBahamas, March 27, 2023 – Trinidad and Tobago’s Soca Warriors dominated the Bahamas at home, at the Thomas Robinson Stadium in Nassau, for the 2022/2023 Concacaf Nations League on Friday, with a 3-0 victory.

The Soca Warriors struck their first blow within the first 5 minutes of the game, with Kareem Moses making the first shot in the top left corner of the net giving T&T one to the Bahamas’ zero (1-0).

Soon after, in about 26 minutes, they made another shot giving them 2-0 away from home; the scorer Joevin Jones. By the 34th minute mark, the winning goal was made by Ryan Telfer, T&T now at three.

Neither team scored any additional goals as the match progressed despite attempts made by various players.

Trinidad’s win gives them 12 points through five matches.  Next match for the Soca Warriors is against  Nicaragua; that clash is set for Monday March 27 (at home in Tobago at the Dwight Yorke Stadium), in a tussle of winner-take-all on the final match day.  The victor takes home a promotion to League A and a spot in the 2023 Concacaf Gold Cup.

Angus Eve, T&T’s head coach expressed that the job is only half done, keeping aware that more challenges are coming their way, one of which is the nearing match against Nicaragua who is one point ahead of the Warriors.

Meanwhile, The Bahamas will journey to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines with hopes of emerging victorious there.

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