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TCI gets bronze at CARIFTA TRACK  

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#TurksandCaicos, April 11, 2023 – Described as ‘one to watch’ in the lead up to the 2023 CARIFTA championships in Nassau Bahamas, Antwon Walkin has delivered, netting the Turks and Caicos not one but TWO bronze medals in the discus throw, one yesterday and one today and Love Joseph, landing a bronze medal after missing medal table coming in 5th with his personal best; TCI now rocks 3 bronze medals. 

Walkin had similar hopes for CARIFTA 2022 but did not manage to medal during those games.  Now in the under 20 category, he got his moment on the podium yesterday  with a TCI flag over his shoulders and his bronze medal proudly displayed, he told ZNS.  

“Medalling at CARIFTA or any international event is really just a testament to your hard work.  This is just showing me that all those nights I put in all those painful days, all the work, it has paid off.” 

Now, today marks his next big win for the TCI as he has another podium moment.  His hard work is once again shining through.

For his Sunday win, he added nearly 2 m to his personal best, pushing it to 52.25 up from 50.74 which is a national record for the TCI.  Walkin managed to pull off the performance, even with an injury.  The youngster trained at Kingston College in Jamaica, one of the country’s premier athletics and educational institutions.   

After missing the medal table coming in fifth in the U17 1500m with a new personal best, Love Jospeh had his comeback moment yesterday by winning another bronze for the TCI in the boys 3000m race. 

Additionally, Roneisha Johnson and Branary Delancy competed in the U17 100m heats, both setting personal bests.  

For the U17 Boys, Jarmal Missick reached the semi-finals of the 100m placing 14th while Markey Zepherin and Alieandio Durham both competed in the U20 100m heats.  

In the U20 event, Kaeson Garland placed 14th. 

Bernard Hyde set a PB finishing 6th in the U20 400m semi-finals, in the U17 400m heats.  Melique Evans ran a personal best to place 7th; while Chyna Simmons finished the U20 Girls 400m heats and Krysann Williams competed in the heats of the U17 Girls 400m.  

Alidavidson Higgs was unfortunately pulled from competition as he was diagnosed with respiratory tract virus after arriving from school in Jamaica.  The country is suffering from a bout of increasing hospitalizations from respiratory infections.  Rayvon Black was also scheduled to run the 100m but was withdrawn due to an injury.  

MM wishes them a speedy recovery and extends congratulations to the other athletes.  

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Traffic Death again, a woman dies and two others hospitalised

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#TurksandCaicos, June 23, 2024 – Magnetic Media can inform that, yes there has been another traffic death in Providenciales and reports say it’s a woman who didn’t make it out of a three car smash up.

Almost, exactly 24 hours after a deadly collision was recorded in wee hours of Saturday morning came news, this morning, of a second death by motor vehicle accident.

“I can confirm the Police Control Room received a call during the early hours of this morning involving a serious accident on Leeward Highway. One person (female) died while others were rushed for medical treatment,” said Denyse Renne, media officer for the Royal TCI Police.

The Cheshire Hall Medical Center, which had already suspended visitation due to security concerns in the wake of four murders between Friday and Saturday in Provo, has restricted its Emergency Room to emergencies only.

TCI hospitals citing the unusually high demand for urgent medical care to multiple patients as the reason for the restriction.

While it is widely reported that the person who died in the traffic accident on Leeward Highway near Pratt’s Road is a female tourist, police say they’re investigating.

It’s been a total of six lives lost in startling incidents in the past day in Providenciales.  The tragic circumstances of the car accidents and sheer violence of the shootings have sent shockwaves throughout the country leaving residents utterly bewildered.

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Five Cays Shooting Death

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***MEDIA RELEASE***

June 22nd, 2024.

Homicide detectives of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force are actively investigating a murder in Five Cays, Providenciales.

Initial reports indicate that shortly after midday, the Police Control Room received several calls stating that gunshots were being heard in the area of the Community Center.

RT&CIPF officers responded to the given location and found the lifeless body of a male with what appeared to be gunshot wounds about the body.

The RT&CIPF is asking anyone with information that may help in this investigation to contact the closest police station, 911, the Serious Crime Unit at 231-1842, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477 to provide any information anonymously.

Additionally, individuals are encouraged to download the Crime Stoppers P3 app to share information.

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Rescued

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June 22nd, 2024.

 

Two occupants of an aircraft were rescued around 3:28 p.m. today (June 22) following an intensive sea search around Providenciales.

The occupants –two males- are currently receiving medical attention.

The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force can confirm that shortly after midday, the Air Tower received a report regarding an aircraft landing on water (ditching) approximately 11 miles from Northwest Point, Providenciales.

The aircraft had departed from the United States and experienced engine failure.

Having received reports of the incident, a Strategic Coordinating Group with representation from the RT&CIPF, the TCI Civil Aviation Authority, the Airport Authority, the Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies, and the Ministry of Health was activated to coordinate the search and rescue.

The group worked closely with partners from OpBat and received confirmation that a United States Coast Guard helicopter had successfully rescued the two persons after three hours.

The victims were brought ashore.

Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police Mat Newton said, “I wish to express my profound gratitude and acknowledge the invaluable support of our national and international partners.

“This successful rescue operation is a testament to our collective strength and coordination. With the full support from our US partners and the local marine community, I extend my heartfelt thanks to our OpBat partners and the crew of the US Coastguard helicopter, as well as the Marine Branch of the RT&CIPF, the staff of the Department of Environment and Coastal Resources (DECR), the Department of Fisheries and Resources Management, Caribbean Cruisin, and vessels from the TCI Search and Rescue Association.

“We are now in the process of initiating an investigation into the accident in close liaison with the Civil Aviation Authority.”

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