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Turkey and Syria crumble; a Massive Death Toll attracts Massive Help



By Deandrea Hamilton and Dana Malcolm

Editorial Staff



February 7, 2023 – More than 5,000 people are reported as dead and the casualty count is rapidly, heartbreakingly climbing in the wake of a massive earthquake in Turkey and Syria that leveled entire apartment buildings, cracked open roadways and fell centuries old structures. And now, rain is hampering the search and rescue efforts.

Turkey and Syria need a miracle and it seems the international community has banded together to make sure the neighbouring nations get one.

Just .2 shy of the highest listing on the Richter Scale, the 7.8 magnitude quake happened around 4 am Monday morning in Turkey (or nearly 8 pm Sunday local time) throwing people out of their beds and bringing apartments down on sleeping residents.

It rocked places as far as Lebanon and Israel which are up to 1300 miles away. An aftershock more powerful than the 2010 Haitian earthquake slammed the country just hours after compounding the devastation.

Help is on the way, some already there.

AP reports that the European Union, through 13 member countries have offered assistance including satellites shifted to the area for emergency mapping.  From Los Angeles Country, USA six specially trained dogs and 100 fire fighters and structural engineers are assembled for deployment.  Russia is coming too; Ten units and 300 people are en route to help in clearing debris and in the search for survivors.  Russia’s military will set up points to distribute humanitarian aid.

And there is more support; 21 rescuers and dogs from Greece; 150 engineers from Israel; $5 million and a 60 person search team from South Korea and Pakistan is sending in 50 to bolster the rescue team.

Britain is in talks with the UN says the news report about how to aid Syria, while 76 search and rescue specialists and equipment are already headed to Turkey to get people out while there is still time.

And list goes on and on, a heartening wave of help from a long list of countries including India, Taiwan, the Czech Republic, Japan, Switzerland, Lebanon, Germany, Austria, Spain, Poland, Romania, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Moldova, France, Egypt, Mexico, the Jordan, Italy and China all added to the money, food, humanitarian assistance and manpower needed to literally pull the two countries from under mounds and mounds of debris.

Videos of the wreckage show firefighters furiously trying to get people including babies out of flattened buildings. Historic landmarks are crumbled.

By 7:30 Monday morning Tayyip Ergodan, President of Turkey had said they needed aid from whoever could send it, it seems the call of a president in pain for his people has been vigorously answered.


Tim and Henry to the Rescue: A Harrowing Search and Rescue Mission Highlights Need for Marine Vessel in Grand Turk



#TurksandCaicos, July 12, 2024 – At approximately 2:45 pm on July 12th, a 911 emergency call came in from the police department in Grand Turk, informing Ed Forbes of a distressing situation. Four young adult tourists had gone out on paddle boards off Cork Tree Beach in Grand Turk, when one of them fell off the board and could not get back on. Evidently, they underestimated the wind speed and their own brute strength.

Ed Forbes, co-owner of Exclusive Escapes Grand Turk, played a pivotal role in coordinating the rescue. Responding swiftly to the emergency call, he immediately reached out to the local search and rescue team. His prompt actions and calm demeanor were instrumental in mobilizing the necessary resources.

Within 20 minutes or so, Tim from Emerald Escapes, along with Henry and Kindry from Blue Water Divers, were on the scene. Their experience and swift response were crucial in ensuring the safety of the stranded paddleboarders. Working seamlessly together, they managed to locate and rescue all four individuals without any need for medical attention.

However, this incident also underscores a critical issue that has long plagued Grand Turk: the need for a dedicated marine vessel for search and rescue operations and cruise passengers incidents. Despite numerous promises made to concerned citizens over the years, this vital resource remains unavailable.

The swift response of Tim, Henry, and Kingdry highlights the community’s resilience and dedication, but it also brings to light the gaps in emergency preparedness that could be addressed with better equipment and support.

A dedicated marine vessel would significantly enhance the efficiency and safety of rescue operations, ensuring that responses to such emergencies are even more effective.

Ed Forbes
Concerned Citizen

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Invest TCI Opens New Office in Grand Turk





Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – July 11th, 2024—Invest Turks and Caicos Islands (Invest TCI) proudly announces the launch of its new office in Grand Turk, located at the Digicel Building on Old Airport Road. The grand opening of the new location occurred on Friday, July 5th, 2024, under the theme “Empowering Enterprises in the Capital.”

The establishment of the new office marks a significant milestone in Invest TCI’s growth strategy. The primary objective of the expansion is to provide enhanced services and support to the business community in Grand Turk. By increasing operational capacity, Invest TCI aims to facilitate sustained growth and success for enterprises within the country.  Beyond economic advancement, this initiative is set to yield substantial community benefits, including the creation of employment opportunities.

The grand opening ceremony attracted a diverse range of attendees, including recipients of the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) programme, members of the business community, government officials, and Invest TCI staff. The event was moderated by Mr. Keno Forbes, Vice President of Investor Services. Special remarks were delivered by the Premier, Hon. Charles Washington Misick, who congratulated the InvestTCI team on their hard work and encouraged the community to take advantage of the benefits offered by the new office. He reiterated the government’s commitment to creating a supportive environment for businesses in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Additional remarks were provided by Invest TCI Chairperson, Ms. Cindy Ewing; Business Advisor, Ms. Lashena Simmons; Director of the Business Support Unit, Mrs. Anissa Adderley; and Vice President of SME, Ms. Alexa Cooper. Their contributions highlighted the collaborative effort and dedication that have driven the success of Invest TCI initiatives.

Expressing her enthusiasm for the new office, Invest TCI CEO, Mrs. Angela Musgrove, stated, “Our vision is clear and compelling: to further empower Invest Turks and Caicos Islands, the agency offers incentives and support that enable more efficient and innovative practices. We are committed to helping businesses thrive, and in doing so, we are helping our entire community.”

Invest TCI recognizes the integral role that Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises play in the economic and social development of the Turks and Caicos Islands. Through its Business Support Unit, the agency provides comprehensive support services to startups and existing entrepreneurs, ensuring they have the tools and resources to succeed.

The grand opening of the new office in Grand Turk represents a significant step forward in Invest TCI’s mission to support and empower businesses across the islands. The agency looks forward to fostering economic growth and development and ensuring a prosperous future for all.

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(Thursday, July 11th, 2024) Turk and Caicos Islands – The last of five American tourists arrested in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) for being in unlawful possession of  ammunition could finally leave the TCI today, Thursday, July 11th, 2024.

Sharitta Grier 46 pleaded guilty on 25th June to having two rounds of.38 ammunition in her bags, at the Howard Hamilton International Airport in Providenciales on Monday 13th May, 2024, when leaving the Turks and Caicos Islands after a surprised Mother’s Day vacation trip, from her daughters.

Her Ladyship The Hon. Ms. Tanya Lobban-Jackson agreed with senior defense counsel, Ms. Sheena Mair of F-Chambers that there are exceptional circumstancés in Grier’s case, by this, the court departed from the mandatory minimum sentence of twelve years imprisonment and ordered a lighter sentence of $1500.00 or Six months imprisonment if fine is not paid. She’s also sentenced to 23 weeks imprisonment suspended for one year.

Holding for the office of the Director of Public Prosecution via link was Dr. Angela Terry Brooks, deputy director of the DPP’S office.

The prosecution office did oppose exceptional circumstances and invited the court to impose the mandatory minimum sentence of twelve years imprisonment.

A more detailed court report will follow.

Wilkie Arthur
Court Correspondent
Eagle Legal News Media

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