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Two fights break out at Sports Center, now Police, Parents, Coaches and Commission working better for safety



By Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer


#TurksandCaicos, November 15, 2022 – A schoolboy fight turned serious and two weekends ago and it was concerning.  A teenager was injured outside the Gus Lightbourne Sports Center and the student had to be taken to hospital.  The incident, seen not so much in person but via a widely shared social media video brought fresh and disturbing feelings to a country overwhelmed by the uncommon gravity and debased nature of recent crime.

Police did confirm the incident in a statement.  The report said it was a fight between minors and officers observed a male teenager bleeding. After applying pressure to the wound they transported him to the Cheshire Hall Medical Centre for further treatment.

Based on frantic cellphone videos what we do know is that at least two fights broke out at the gym over the weekend. It’s not clear how the fight between a group of boys began but at least five armed with fists and what appear to be stones are actively swinging and punching at each other in the dirt.

Without a single adult in sight the fight goes on until one young man is knocked to the ground at the feet of the sports center sign. Immediately the fighters begin to scatter.  The screaming which had been present up to that point becomes even more frantic with calls of “He’s bleeding”.

The Sports Commission is now reinforcing security measures at its venues.  The Commission condemned the behavior emphasizing that it was not tolerated at their facilities.

At least 8 young men were seen in the cell phone recording, trying to help the injured to stand which by the end of the 37 second video he still fails to do and they end up half dragging him possibly to get help. The penalty for inflicting bodily injury on an individual with or without a weapon is up to five years for adults in The Turks and Caicos islands.

The second fight involved two young ladies.  They attacked each other throwing  themselves to the concrete. It was not clear what caused the explosion of animosity between the student groups but not there are changes.

As such, all spectators will now be required to vacate the premises immediately upon the conclusion of events, and  parents must pick up their children no later than thirty minutes after any event. Schools are being advised to coordinate transportation for their respective sports teams.

Magnetic Media recently reported on the worrying effects of experiencing violence on the child psyche, one psychiatrist explained that children who experience violence sometimes during the violence to solve their own issues, resulting in a dangerous cycle.

The TCI Sports Commission is now calling on parents and coaches to properly socialize and manage their youngsters.  Also new, identification will be required for some residents to enter sporting facilities and the Police Force will be present to maintain peace at sporting venues.

The TCI Sports Commission is currently hosting its Inter-High School Basketball Season and reopened its Softball season at the Gus Lightbourne Gym.

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CARICOM Sec Gen speaks on Gender Based Violence



Rashaed Esson


Staff Writer 


“Everyone must continue to invest in preventing violence against our women and girls (VAWG). It is an investment in our shared future,” were the words of Dr. Carla N. Barnett, CARICOM Secretary-General, as she reiterated the need for solutions against VAWG.


She called attention to VAWG as she gave a speech surrounding the annual campaign “16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence,” which runs from November 25 to December 10, 2023.


Barnett expresses the well-known fact that VAWG is one of the most prevalent issues affecting all corners of society.


“VAWG remains one of the most pervasive forms of human rights violations in the world and cuts across all races, cultures, genders, and educational backgrounds,” she maintained, as she continued to point out the sad reality that this is still a major issue despite regional and global policies.


“Despite the existence of regional and global policies and legislation to combat VAWG, weak enforcement and discriminatory practices remain significant barriers to ending VAWG.”


The Secretary-General highlighted statistics for VAWG, bringing attention to how serious and embedded this issue is in society.


She said that globally, 736 million women—nearly one in three—have experienced violence—physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence, non-partner sexual violence, or even both.


For the Caribbean region, she said surveys conducted between 2016 and 2019 inform us that one in two women experience intimate partner violence, which is higher than the global average. 


In continuation, Barnett expressed that the campaign calls everyone to action against VAWG, including “development partners, civil society organizations, women’s organizations, youth, the private sector, and the media.”  Also, world governments are being asked to share how they are investing in gender-based violence prevention.


Ending her address, the Secretary-General urged everyone to wear the color orange for the duration of the campaign, as well as on the 25th of each month, “as a symbol of hope for a brighter future where women and girls live free from violence.”

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Police Reveal Identities on Double Homicide Victims



#TurksandCaicos, November 25, 2023 – Shot male victims identified The two male victims shot dead on Friday, 17th November 2023, have been identified as 26- year-old Jean Mryola and 45-year-old Salomon Innocent Nevilia of Five Cays, Providenciales.

Based on preliminary information, a call was placed to the Police Control Room around 6:31 a.m., reporting the discovery of two bodies on a track located off Five Cays Road in the Five Cays community.

The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force Serious Crime Unit officers are continuing investigations into this senseless crime.

The public is being asked to contact 911, the closest police station, the RTCIPF Serious Crime Unit at 232-8752, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477 and give any information on this murder or any other illegal activity anonymously.

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Maternity care and orphanages in Haiti shutting down with another Bloody Day on November 13



Rashaed Esson

Staff Writer


Haiti, November 24, 2023 – Some Haitian women, mothers specifically and soon to be mothers are left somewhat if not entirely without access to the special care they need, as maternity care is being severely impacted by the growing lack of safety from gang activity.

On November 15th, 2023, discord which led to clashes, resulted in the unwilling, indefinite closure of the Fontaine hospital, a private facility that provides important maternity care service to women.

This was not the first instance unfortunately as a few weeks prior, in late October, another maternity center called Saint Damiens had to halt treatment as well; closing its doors because of insecurity.

Some medical centers are still operating in other parts of Haiti as the staff of the shut facilities were transferred; they are relocated to Port-au- Prince, according to a November 20th report by OCHA, for Latin America and the Caribbean, which was giving its weekly update on the crisis in Haiti

This comes following a disturbing resurgence in violence on November 13; it saw rival armed groups in a deadly clash causing displacement and injuries in areas like Citè Soleil, “a commune in the capital, Port au Prince,” the report informed.

The record reflects that 1000 people were forced out of their home and 166 were killed.

Now, with so many displaced, this not only decreases the people in the area as some would naturally flee, but also the number of nurses being relocated and for good reason. What this does is reduce the access to medical care in the affected areas, Cité Soleil.

With other medical institutions closing by force, the number of facilities is clearly reducing.

In fact, in Cité Soleil, there is only one medical center left open.

Among the recent evacuees, 58 children, said the report.

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