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Dark Tints banned in TCI, New Rules kick in December 1

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By Dana Malcolm
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#TurksandCaicos, December 1, 2022 – Starting on December 1st residents will be at risk of having their imported vehicles stranded at the docks if they do not comply with tinting regulations.  Recommended by the Police as a crime fighting measure, the new laws on tinting take effect on Thursday December 1, 2022 and apply to all vehicles imported after November 30th including those in use in the public service.

Wilbur Caley, Head of the Department of Motor Vehicles in speaking to Magnetic Media said residents are reminded that as of now, it will be illegal for any vehicle to have on its driver window, front passenger window and front windscreen tint levels lower than 50 per cent.  Back passenger windows are allowed tints at 30 per cent.

Public Service Vehicles are not exempt except in the islands as of November 30 with factory built in tint lower than 20 percent.  However, those public service vehicles imported into the islands following November 30 may have rear window or factory built in tint not lower than 20 per cent or they too risk not getting their vehicles registered.

“Any vehicle imported into the islands with tint levels lower than the legal limits will not be registered. Vehicles found on the roads with levels below the legal limit will be ticketed at $250 per window,” Caley maintained.

Police have already stopped multiple people, towed cars, and scraped off tints in their road operations this month.

While tints block more than 90 percent of UV rays, upping passenger safety the new ban has specific benefits for public safety.

Tints adjust Vehicle Light Transition levels letting more or less light in, depending on how low the percentage is. So the lower the percentage the darker the tint and the harder it is to see inside the vehicle.  The sad reality is that criminals in the TCI are getting around somehow, low enough tints could allow them to drive right by residents or police undetected, putting law enforcement at a disadvantage.

In addition in the last six months there have been multiple drive by shootings, some of them chalked up to mistaken identity.  At least three incidents have seen residents pumped with bullets meant for others, including American Kent Carter.

Countries all across the Caribbean have window tint laws.

Trinidad and Tobago instituted a 35 percent tint law last year.  Jamaica made it illegal for some public passenger vehicles all together. As for sun safety, residents needn’t worry.  Even the right clear tints protect from nearly all UV rays.

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Trinidad Makes Big Energy Commitment

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Rashaed Esson

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#TrinidadandTobago#Energy, February 20th, 2024 – To diversify its energy mix as well as its economy, Trinidad and Tobago is putting focus on energy transition for development, working on a solar project which will potentially change energy production for the nation.

This was announced by Prime Minister Keith Rowley at the opening of the Energy Conference and Supply Chain Expo 2024 in Guyana on February 19th.

Expressing that energy is the center of economic development, Rowley highlights why this development is significant. He says in order to transform the energy system to cater to the growing demand for energy while decreasing global emissions, a broad mix of energy is needed.

He further mentions that this is what’s required of producer economies like Trinidad and Tobago for development.

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Irish Humanitarian Organization in Haiti – Address Hunger Crisis and More

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Rashaed Esson

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#Haiti#Crisis#ConcernWorldwide, February 2oth, 2024 – Seeing that Haiti’s humanitarian crisis worsens day by day with too many Haitians, hundreds of thousands, edging the line to severe deprivation of food, Ireland’s largest aid and humanitarian agency Concern Worldwide is addressing major food insecurity. 

 The organization in a release said “ “We are providing food assistance, via electronic vouchers to help families purchase food from local vendors so that they can feed their families and prevent malnutrition in children as the situation worsens.”

They are also working to provide Haitians with clean water and sanitation as the waterborne disease Cholera continues to threaten lives, killing more than 1,150 people in 2023.

And, they provide referrals for cases of sexual and gender based violence in Port au Prince.

Concern is supported by funding from USAID, receiving €2.1 million (euros) to help over 30 thousand people in the hunger crisis as well as €1 million (euros) yearly from the Irish Government for its work in Haiti.

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Why the Haitian President’s Wife – Martine Moïse – was charged with his 2021 Assassination

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Rashaed Esson

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#Haiti, February 21, 2024 – Martine Moïse, the widow of Haiti’s assassinated President Jovenel Moïse, is being charged for involvement in his July 2021 murder, according to recent reports on Monday February 19th, 2024.

She is charged for complicity and involvement in criminal associations.

In his report, Haitian Judge Walther Wesser Voltaire reveals there were questionable actions related to Martine Moïse as well as statements that simply didn’t add up.

For instance, Voltaire states that she mentions hiding under the marital bed for safety during the attack on her husband, but authorities expressed that this claim is illogical, saying that a giant rat measuring “between 35 and 45 centimeters,” could not fit under the bed.

This is due to the fact that the gap between the bed and the floor was 14 to 18 inches, according to the indictment.

Considering these revelations, Voltaire states that her claims were “so tainted with contradictions that they leave something to be desired and discredit her.”

There are other suspicious actions by Mrs. Moïse, reported by the Judge, as revealed by Lyonel Valbrun, former Secretary General of the National Palace.

Voltiare’s report says Valbrun claimed there was pressure from the late President’s wife to make available to Claude Joseph, former Prime Minister, office space for the organization of a Council of Ministers.  Additionally, Valbrun reported that Martine Moïse dedicated hours to remove objects from the Palace during the days leading up to her husband’s murder.

Joseph, like the former first lady is also being charged for complicity and involvement in criminal associations.  Also, they were both injured during the attack on Jovenel Moïse.

The accusations against Mrs. Moïse, reports say, are also based on information from Joseph Badio, former official in Haiti’s Justice Ministry, who is accused of being involved in planning the Haitian president’s 2021 assassination.

According to the indictment, linked in  Voltaire’s 122 page report highlights Badio “outing” Mrs. Moïse for plotting with others, Joseph included, to kill her husband to gain power.

Joining Joseph and Moïse with charges is Léon Charles, ex-chief of Haiti’s National Police, carrying the worst of the charges including, murder, attempted murder, illegal possession of weapons, conspiracy against the state’s internal security, and involvement in criminal associations.

Haitian-American pastor Christian Emmanuel Sanon, former DEA informant Joseph Vincent, presidential security chief Dimitri Hérard, former senator John Joël Joseph, and judge Windelle Coq, are also among the accused, some already sentenced and some handed over to the US to face Federal charges.

Media reports have exposed that after a two and a half year investigation, there are still unanswered questions.  And, despite going into details about the assassination, it fails to reveal the motive behind it and how it was financed.

A separate case on Moise’s killing is being tried in Miami.

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