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Women Raped, TCI Police mum on the Blue Hills crime trend   



By Dana Malcolm  

Staff Writer  



#TurksandCaicos, March 23, 2023 – Police say men have broken into women’s homes, and not just robbed but raped them in multiple instances dating back weeks.  But residents are only now learning about the alarming issue after a man was brought into custody.  

In a press release on March 20th, we learned that criminals have been carrying out these assaults in Blue Hills in the early morning over the last few weeks.  

How many have fallen victim is left to the imagination as Police only say a ‘small number’ of incidents have occurred. Also, why the public was not put on alert after the first incident so they could protect themselves better, is perplexing at best. 

Dean Holden, Head of Crime, Safeguarding and Public Protection Superintendent, said they aren’t yet sure if the arrested man is one of the culprits: “Investigators remain open minded about this individual’s full involvement,” and is advising residents to remain vigilant. 

We have questioned the police on whether these incidents occurred all in one morning or if they were spread out. The Police increased uniformed patrols they say: “to provide reassurance and a visible deterrent.” but the question lingers.  Why not inform residents? 

Magnetic Media had lodged questions related to reports reaching our newsroom; we were told there would be no comment on the matters.

We spoke to Wilburt Jennings, an experienced security professional at Presidential Security Firm and President of the Turks and Caicos Islands Christian Council, who offered some low-cost security solutions for small families, women especially, since they were the targets of this latest crime spree. 

“Be extremely vigilant, especially single women,” He cautioned.  “The most inexpensive thing that you can possibly do is put more light around your home.  Usually when persons are involved in illegal or lowdown activity they like to hide in the shadows,” he added. 

You might also want to turn on the lights before you even leave home if they’re not motion activated, if you know you might be returning after dark, he said. 

“If you are able, sometimes a camera system is a strong deterrent, and you can find inexpensive camera systems.” 

The Royal TCI Police has now also listed ways residents can be vigilant. They say: 

  • Be sure to lock your doors, even if you are at home or if you leave for a few minutes to walk the dog, put out garbage or hang out the laundry. 
  • NEVER open the doors automatically for anyone. 
  • Insist that the caller identify him or herself. If a stranger asks to use your phone, DON’T permit them to enter. 
  • Offer to summon emergency assistance or make the call for the person. 
  • Inside and outside lights give you good protection. Leave lights on at night, even when you are away. 
  • Change the direction of inside lighting from time to time. 
  • Leave lights on over the doors you will be using when returning home after dark. 
  • If a door or window has been forced or broken while you have been absent, DO NOT ENTER OR CALL OUT. 
  • Use a neighbour’s phone IMMEDIATELY to call the Police and wait outside until they arrive. 

The key, Jennings explained, is to not let the perpetrator get to you at all; prevention is always best.  He reminded that burglars with nefarious intent, especially if they are armed, are unpredictable and once they have gained the upper hand it is nearly impossible to say what they will do or how far they will go. 


CTO Gears Up for SOTIC 2023 in Turks and Caicos Islands



#TurksandCaicos, August 18, 2023 – Preparations for the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s much-anticipated State of the Industry Conference (SOTIC) are well underway, with the program set to take place at The Shore Club Turks & Caicos on Providenciales from October 9-13, 2023.

CTO’s business meetings and destination media briefings will precede the official conference program, which features panel discussions spanning diverse themes – from tourism investment and financing to aviation competitiveness and the burgeoning film industry.  CTO’s popular Caribbean Youth Congress also makes its return this year.

Neil Walters, CTO’s Acting Secretary General, anticipates a plethora of meaningful discussions and industry networking to unfold in Turks and Caicos.  “SOTIC has traditionally been the CTO’s flagship event held in the Caribbean, and with its return this year under the leadership of our newly appointed Secretary General Dona Regis-Prosper, we are confident the forum will set the stage for sharpening our industry’s collective vision to become even stronger and more effective in positioning the Caribbean as the world’s leading destination for leisure as well as business travel.”

Josephine Connolly, Minister of Tourism for the Turks and Caicos Islands, shared her pride in hosting the return of SOTIC after a hiatus of five years, stating, “The selection of Turks and Caicos reflects our dedication to hospitality and excellence.  As the first major event being held under our new destination marketing and management organization, SOTIC is a significant opportunity for us to collectively shape the narrative of our region’s growth in a post-COVID environment.”

“As Minister of Tourism and Vice Chair of the group of British Overseas countries and territories within the Caribbean Tourism Organization, your presence at SOTIC 2023 holds immense importance,” said Minister Connolly, as she extended a heartfelt invitation to delegates.

Minister Connolly looks forward to showcasing the captivating beauty of the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Territory’s dedication to sustainable tourism development.  She underscored the potent impact of coordinated action and regional collaboration that conveys a strong message of unity to stakeholders within and beyond the region’s borders.

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Environmental Health Department Recognizes Caribbean Mosquito Awareness Week 2023



Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands May 12, 2023 – Mosquito Awareness Week is fast approaching, and its an important initiative which was established with the approval of CARICOM in 2014 to raise awareness about the link between mosquitoes and the diseases they transmit and to strengthen initiatives aimed at eliminating mosquito breeding sites. Caribbean Mosquito Awareness Week will be observed this year from May 8th – 14th, 2023 under the theme “Small bite, big threat” and slogan “Beat the buzz: Prevent, Protect, Control”.

The Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is present in the Turks and Caicos Islands, can spread diseases such as Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika.

During the Month of May, the Environmental Health Department will be discussing ways to control vector populations and prevent the spread of diseases. This can include using insect repellent, eliminating breeding grounds, and properly disposing of waste.

Vector Control Awareness Month in the TCI is an extension of Mosquito Awareness Week, recognizing the threat posed by mosquitoes and is a reminder that we all have a role to play in preventing the spread of vector-borne diseases. Let’s work together to keep our communities healthy and safe.

For additional information, please contact the Environmental Health Department on 1649-338-2143/44.

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Social Services hosts Special Event for TCI Younger Ladies



By Dana Malcolm

Staff writer



#TurksandCaicos, May 2, 2023 – Another edition of the government’s mentorship program “The Lady in Me” was held this week. This time young ladies in Providenciales were the ones being treated. The program targets at-risk adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 years old.

Photos of the beautiful setup shared with our news team show branded gifts waiting for the girls as they spent the two-day event sponsored by UNICEF focusing on how to cultivate healthy physical, mental, emotional, and behavioral well-being.

Students from various schools arrived in uniforms immaculately pressed for the event put on by the Department of Social Services.

Acting Governor Anya Williams was in attendance and expressed faith that the initiative would cause true change.

“It was a pleasure to share with them my insight into the importance of making the right decisions in their youth, which will help to shape their futures and why they should see and value themselves as their greatest asset and to hear from them their goals, aspirations and the challenges that are currently being experienced by our younger generations,” she said.

In introducing the program the Government had said it was aiming to help participants: “examine the adolescence values, competencies, belief systems, inner feelings, motivations, critical thinking, and communication skills,” in order to “build their self-awareness and interpersonal relationships to strengthen their self-esteem— to create a sense of pride and enhance self-respect, self-worth, and self-esteem as they mature and improve personally and professionally.”

The Department said the event was expected to impact 100 girls.

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