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

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By Dana Malcolm  

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#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. 

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AfriCaribbean Trade and Investment Forum (ACTIF2024) set to strengthen Africa-CARICOM linkages  

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Speakers at ACTIF will include global superstars Viola Davis, Serena Williams, Didier Drogba and African and CARICOM Heads of States

 

Nassau, Bridgetown, Georgetown, May 28, 2024 – Excitement mounts as The Bahamas prepares to host the Afreximbank Annual Meetings (AAM) and the AfriCaribbean Trade and Investment Forum (ACTIF) from 12 – 14 June 2024 in The Bahamas. Themed “Owning Our Destiny: Economic Prosperity on the Platform of Global Africa,” ACTIF2024 is set to forge significant pathways for economic prosperity between Africa and the Caribbean.

Other distinguished speakers will include Heads of State from seven CARICOM countries, former Prime Ministers, Ministers of Trade, Economic Development and Finance, Dr. Roger W Ferguson, Former Vice Chair of the Federal Reserve, USA, Prof. Andreas Klasen, Professor of International Business and Director of the Institute for Trade and Innovation at Offenburg, and many more.

Professor Benedict Oramah, President and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Afreximbank, said: “We are witnessing shifts in the global economic landscape and the trade strategies of major economies, making it imperative for African and Caribbean nations to unite for mutual prosperity. The Afreximbank Annual Meetings and AfriCaribbean Trade and Investment Forum in The Bahamas will serve as a strategic platform to enhance our economic bonds. These events indicate a vibrant assertion of our shared destiny. We are poised to harness the dynamic economic growth within our regions, enhancing our collective resilience and prosperity.”

The event promises to be a pivotal platform for high-level discussions on economic development and regional integration.

Building on the successes of the inaugural AfriCaribbean Trade and Investment Forum held in Barbados in 2022 and the gathering last year in Guyana, this year’s Forum in The Bahamas will further elevate and expand upon the discussions and initiatives previously set in motion. ACTIF2023, which focused on strengthening economic bonds and creating new investment opportunities, sets a precedent for meaningful collaboration between Africa and the CARICOM nations.

Afreximbank invites industry leaders, trade organisations and other stakeholders in the CARICOM region to participate and attend.

Registration is now open at https://2024.afreximbankevents.com.

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International Community must address conflict between Israel and Iran

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Garfield Ekon

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With tensions between Israel and Iran at an all-time high, a United Nations affiliated group is urging for calm and dialogue as their violent actions can cause tragic devastation on innocent civilians.

According to Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL), an organisation that is dedicated to promoting peace through civilian-led initiatives, “it is a clear indication that the greatest victims of war are innocent civilians. 

How could those lost lives ever be brought back? What could compensate for the outcry of children and the anguish of the youth in devastated dwellings?,” the group noted in a media statement, adding that  the international community should  take “decisive measures” to address the conflict.

It is also advocating for the establishment of “comprehensive international laws” to safeguard peace for future generations. “HWPL remains steadfast in its commitment to fostering dialogue and reconciliation, offering hope for a peaceful resolution to the conflict between Israel and Iran,” the group said.

HWPL is a non-profit organisation, with a mission to promoting peace through education, and advocacy. It has a global network spanning over 170 countries. The organisation works to build bridges of understanding and cooperation, striving towards a world free from conflict and violence.

According to reports in various international media outlets, Iran and its militant partners on April 13 initiated a large-scale attack against Israel through launching several hundred ballistic missiles and drones. The international society expressed concerns over the possibility of war between the two states, since Tehran’s direct attack on Israel was unprecedented.

Experts have pointed out that the attack on Israel was Iran’s response to an airstrike on the Iranian embassy in Syria on April 1, which killed seven military advisers including three senior commanders.

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CTO’s Sustainable Tourism Conference Presents Dynamic Study Tours to Promote Sustainable Practices

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The Caribbean Sustainable Tourism Conference (STC 2024), slated for April 22-24, 2024 in Grenada, will feature a series of exclusive study tours aligned with the conference theme, The 5 Ps – People, Planet, Prosperity, Purpose and Partnership. These tours have been thoughtfully curated to offer participants an enriching and unique opportunity to delve into innovative sustainability practices and glean insights intended to catalyze transformative action for a more resilient and sustainable Caribbean.

STC 2024 is jointly hosted by the Caribbean Tourism Organization in collaboration with the Government of Grenada, through the Grenada Tourism Authority, and will welcome a wide range of participants, including government officials, tourism professionals, environmentalists, members of the media and researchers.

This valuable addition to the conference will allow participants to visit various sites and interact with local communities, gaining firsthand knowledge of best practices in sustainable tourism management, conservation efforts, and community engagement. 

Study Tour Options:

  • The Underwater Sculpture Park/Grand Anse Artificial Reef Tour: Led by Aquanauts Grenada, guests dive into the intricate ecosystem of the Underwater Sculpture Park and Grand Anse Artificial Reef and learn about sustainable practices aimed at protecting and preserving these vital marine habitats.
  • Grand Etang Nature Tour: Dr. Guido Marcelle, an esteemed botanist, guides participants through the lush rainforests surrounding Grand Etang Lake to explore Grenada’s rich biodiversity and gain valuable insights into rainforest conservation efforts.
  • The Rasta Roots Expedition: Immersive Journey into Rastafari Culture and Lands: Led by Ras Ginga, an elder of the Nyahbinghi Tribe, guests experience the Rastafari culture firsthand, learning about organic living practices and farming practices of Grenada’s Rastafari community, complete with a taste of local culinary delights.
  • Mt. Parnassus Plantation and Cocoa Pod Botanicals: Experts Michael Jessamy and Tricia Simon guide participants through the cocoa and spice plantation, uncovering innovative applications of these crops in cosmetics and health products.

The conference’s diverse program, comprising presentations, panel discussions, workshops, study tours and networking opportunities, aims to foster collaboration and facilitate knowledge sharing to advance sustainable tourism in the Caribbean region.

Event sponsors and partners include interCaribbean Airways; Royal Caribbean International; Silversands Grenada; Six Senses La Sagesse, Grenada’s newest resort; and LINK Strategic Partners, an international strategic communications and community engagement consulting firm with offices across the U.S. and in Manchester, England.

 Visit caribbeanstc.com for further information about the conference and registration details. To learn more about the Grenada Tourism Authority, visit puregrenada.com.

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