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MP Rachel Taylor promises to Advocate for police station in Five Cays



By Dana Malcolm 

Staff Writer 


#TurksandCaicos, July 17, 2023 – A commitment to advocating for a 24-hr police station in Five Cays was the response to the public from Rachel Taylor, Member Parliament for Five Cays, after the brutal murder of another young man in the district that has been plagued by violence for years.

Days before Taylor’s letter, Magnetic Media had received an emotional piece of correspondence penned by residents imploring not only Taylor but the PNP government and Police Commissioner to listen to the residents’ concerns, as they continued to suffer.

We shared that message with Taylor but got no response.

In her statement via the MPs Facebook page, she maintained that she was very much aware of the situation.

“It is with a heavy heart that I am again burdened to address this plague of deadly violence that struggles to go away. I am not ignorant of the fact that the issue of violence continues to be a complex dilemma affecting not only our community,” Taylor said.

Condemning the violence that is concentrated in her constituency she made additional promises to residents.

“As the Minister of Youth, I will continue to work closely with our police, pastors, youth leaders, and other civic leaders to discover and explore opportunities for cultivating a positive and productive culture among our young people.  I will continue to advocate for a fixed police presence by way of an operating 24-hour police station as I have done in the past and I will continue to. I have planned a meeting with our new Governor to discuss the concerns within the ED9 (Five Cays, South Dock, Chalk Sound, and Airport Road) Constituency and violence is top on my agenda,” she maintained.

Taylor acknowledged that her letter was insufficient in the face of the crime wave

“I know that writing a press release is not the needed fix to our violence problem. I write nonetheless because I believe it is important that in times like these, the people who have placed their trust in me to advocate for our community, need and deserve to be reassured that their representative not only mourns with them but continues to fight for them. It is in times like these I have a moral and civic duty not to remain silent,” she said.

And for some residents the static communication was not enough. Comments on Taylors post maintained that tangible effort and more face to face communication was needed by leaders.

One resident said: “Thank you for your concerns and prayers. A letter was sent to the Premier, the police, and yourself requesting a sit down face to face meeting with the community of five cays to address crime and so many other issues that is destroying the community of five cays, and we are still awaiting a response from all mentioned above, as a matter of fact the premier said that he will meet with you and the police but a meeting with the people was never mentioned. Can you please say when will a meeting of such take place?”

Another resident said, “Many of us share your thoughts and concerns Hon Taylor. It will take more than new armored vehicles in this community to stop this madness.”

Sadly, Five Cays and Blue Hills, Providenciales have been the communities where the majority of the murders of the past year were committed.





#TurksandCaicos, May 21, 2024 – Ms. Patricia Arana has been sworn in on13 May 2024 as Resident Magistrate, Grand Turk.  She first joined the Judiciary of the Turks and Caicos Islands as Registrar of the Magistrate’s Court in April 2022.

Prior to taking up the position of Registrar of the Magistrate’s Court, she was the Deputy Registrar General at the Supreme Court of her native Belize in Belize City. She started her judicial career as a Magistrate in 2010 and was promoted to the position of Senior Magistrate in 2015. As Senior Magistrate, she worked in several districts in Belize, and acted as Chief Magistrate on several occasions.  She was also within that period, seconded for two years as Legal Counsel to the Financial Intelligence Unit of Belize.

Ms. Arana is a graduate of the University of the West Indies where she obtained a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) Degree, and a graduate of the Norman Manley Law School, Jamaica, where she obtained her Legal Education Certificate. There she distinguished herself when she received the H.H. Dunn Memorial Prize for Legal Drafting and Interpretation.

Regionally, Ms. Arana currently serves as an Executive Member of the Caribbean Association of Judicial Officers (CAJO) on behalf of the Judiciary of the Turks and Caicos Islands. She is also an active member of the Caribbean Association of Women Judges (CAWJ), and the National Garifuna Council (NGC) Orange Walk Branch.

In the Turks and Caicos Islands, Ms. Arana has since her appointment in 2022, served in various capacities: ADR Administrator and lately a member of the Mediation Committee, a member of the Breach Process Rules Committee, Justice of the Peace Vetting Panel, Justice of the Peace Disciplinary Panel, and Election Adjudicator.

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#TurksandCaicos, May 20, 2024 – The Governor’s Office can confirm that Her Excellency the Governor Dileeni Daniel-Selvaratnam and the Honourable Premier Charles Washington Misick will this morning receive a US Congressional delegation, who have requested a meeting to discuss the recent arrests of US nationals for possession of ammunition offences.

The US delegation, which arrived yesterday evening, was met by Protocol officials and is due to depart this afternoon.

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PDM 10 All-Island Candidates a Surprising Slate dubbed ‘the Avengers’



Dana Malcolm 

Staff Writer 

The Turks and Caicos Islands need saving according to Edwin Astwood, Opposition Leader and he’s assembled his ‘Avengers’ to do it; a team of 10 district candidates who were unveiled on Monday, May 6 to contest the 2025 general elections. 

“We the PDM want to be those champions for you. We want to be your avenging team to lift the country back up,” said Astwood who is the incumbent for ED 2, Grand Turk South.

The Candidates in question were all allowed to speak:

ED 1 Grand Turk North candidate George Lightbourne, former PNP member and minister now stands ratified by the PDM and said “I am fully aware of the issues affecting our people and fully prepared to tackle them.”

ED 3 South Caicos candidate Hynetta ‘Karen’ Forbes made a vow, “To you the people of South Caicos I promise to be a positive change and an advocate for empowerment for all— to make up for the lack and neglect we have endured over the years.”

ED 4 candidate, contesting North and Middle Caicos, Denaz Williams said “I believe in good representation so try me and I guarantee you will love me.”

ED 5 Leeward and Long Bay hopeful Keith Cox said “I want to make sure my efforts go to the betterment of Leeward and Long Bay, it’s time for a change.”

ED 6 candidate for The Bight, Audric Skippings, who returns from his loss in 2021 said “I pledge to be the voice of the people, the driving force behind positive change, and the chairman of progress in our district.”

ED 7 candidate for Cheshire Hall and Richmond Hill, is Rose Higgs who swore  “I am committed to serve as someone committed to changing politics and how some politicians behave after we elect them into power, I am your Beacon of Hope, I am going to parliament!”

ED 8 Blue Hills candidate Anthony Walkin maintained “The ideas I have for the constituency will change Blue Hills— no longer will you be suffering” he swore. 

ED 9 candidate for Five Cays, popular firebrand church pastor and businessman is how many know the energetic Bryant Cox, now approved on the PDM ticket he promised “ED9 it’s our time, I stand before you a man of action ready to work for you.”

Finally, ED 10 candidate for Wheeland Vaden Delroy Williams, who lost to newcomer Kyle  Knowles, now-Minister of Public Safety and Utilities by only a few votes in 2021, said “I am back because you have asked me to come back—because of the love I have for my people…”

They join the already announced all-island candidate team of Robert Been, Ruth Ariza, Karen Malcolm, Sean Astwood, and Ralph Higgs.

Sean Astwood, the former Five Cays members and deputy premier in the Sharlene Robinson administration, had missed the PDM’s all-island slate announcement on March 22; during the constituency candidates roll out had his say.

“Returning to politics was not an easy decision for me and I didn’t make it lightly— I came back because I believe we have a responsibility to stand up for what is right,” said Astwood.

Opposition Leader Edwin Astwood was especially excited to unveil the array of candidates having been the sole elected representative for the past four years. 

“Being in the fight alone these three and a half years wasn’t easy— I was in this battle alone but now you gave me 15 people, they had trouble when it was just me so imagine now with this team coming,” he exclaimed.

Astwood was the only PDM representative to be re-elected in February 2021 when the current PNP Administration gave them a historic walloping, storming their way to victory 14 to 1. Seven of those 2021 candidates including the party’s leader have returned to fight again in the upcoming elections which are constitutionally due in early 2025.

Ezra Taylor, National Party Chairman is convinced that the ‘rescue team’ will serve the Turks and Caicos to its fullest potential.

“Real representation, meritocracy, and honest engagement with our people will be the order of the day in the governance of the Turks and Caicos islands,” he continued “Our candidates embody the values that define us as a country, integrity, compassion, and a relentless dedication to the common good.”

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