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Turks and Caicos Hosts 45th Regional Conference for Parliamentarians in the Caribbean, Americas and Atlantic Region



By Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer 



#TurksandCaicos, July 27, 2023 – Togetherness and unity were running themes at the Official Opening Ceremony for the 45th Regional Conference of the Caribbean, Americas and Atlantic Region, for the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association held on Monday July 24th at The Shore Club.

The conference allows countries to liaise on the global issues affecting the region and decide together on how they will use the legislative power of parliament to tackle them together.

Gordon Burton, TCI Speaker of the House of Assembly said decisions made this week would also guide the regions collective approach at upcoming international conference in Accra, Ghana.

“We are small island states but together we have a voice that can resonate throughout the commonwealth and impact decisions made on a global scale. Over the course of the conference engagement and discussions on potential solutions will be a major focus,” he explained.

Acknowledging the small size that works against them in global settings, the group of countries is placing emphasis on creating a unified front.

Her Excellency Dileeni Daniel-Selvaratnam, Turks and Caicos Islands governor in citing the ongoing challenges which continue to impact the region including climate change and geopolitical tension, said the theme of resilience was especially well chosen.

Premier Washington Misick Urged the gathered delegates to use it as an opportunity to learn and maintained that resilience should be approached with adaptive leadership in mind.

“You are still very young and you are leaders in your own right, among you there are future premiers and future prime ministers so this conference should be seen as a place for you to learn from each other,[and]  to look at what we’re doing well,” said the premier.

Edwin Astwood, Opposition Leader, urged transformation through co-operation.

“In this region we should be supporting each other so that none of us break down while in search of our destiny,” he maintained.

Akierra Missick, Member of Parliament for Leeward and Long Bay in the TCI and a former deputy premier, urged the gathered parliamentarians to err on the side of honesty.

“Let us not grow weary in doing what is right for we will reap a harvest if we do not give up, so whenever we have an opportunity let us work for the good of all,” she quoted.

Each island state was greeted by TCI youngsters in the country’s national costume and escorted by the country’s young cadet members, dressed in their army fatigues.

Attending countries included Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, Nevis Island, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, the United Kingdom, and the Turks and Caicos Islands.





#TurksandCaicos, May 22, 2024 – As Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands, I assure our American friends that the Turks and Caicos Islands prioritizes hospitality, cultural exchange, and mutual respect.  You will find our doors open and our hearts eager to share the warmth and beauty of our homeland.  We value the trust and confidence travelers from around the world place in us when they choose the Turks and Caicos Islands as their destination.  Transparency and accountability are paramount in our operations, ensuring that our decisions are made lawfully and in the best interests of all residents and visitors.

The Turks & Caicos Islands welcome over one million visitors each year, more than half of whom are American.

Respect for the rule of law and an independent judiciary are key tenants of our justice system, and all persons are equal in the eyes of the law.  Judges are permitted to use their discretion in sentencing individuals who have been convicted of violating our Firearms law. In fact, in cases that occurred prior to the five cases that have generated media coverage, the mandatory 12-year minimum sentence has never been imposed by the Court because judges determined in each case that exceptional circumstances warranted shorter sentences.

Our justice system is designed to uphold the rights and freedoms of all individuals, regardless of their place of origin, while maintaining the security and integrity of our Islands.  Our judicial and law enforcement institutions are dedicated to impartiality and consistency in enforcing our laws.

Recent events have underscored the importance of adhering to the principles of justice and accountability.  Let me be clear: In the Turks and Caicos Islands, the law stands firm and applies to everyone equally, without exception.  Our commitment to the rule of law is unwavering and remains a cornerstone of our democratic values.

We are committed to providing a safe and enjoyable experience for all citizens, residents and visitors.

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EXCLUSIVE!  Police black CID Vehicle shot up by bandits in Five Cays



Wilkie Arthur

Court Correspondent


#TurksandCaicos, May 15, 2024 – It was an uneasy night on Tuesday May 14 for some residents of Five Cays, Providenciales owing to continuous, serious fire power with gun shots blaring in various areas of the community.

Some say they heard shots in Granny Hill and reported a man walking around with a gun, randomly shooting at unidentifiable targets. Some say shots were heard behind the Enid Capron Primary School.  Some say they heard gun shot sounds coming from a residential area as well.

The most compelling accounts, however, were on reported events in another area called “The Wells”; a community in the depths of Five Cays and South Dock.

Criminals took on law enforcement in a gun battle involving the armored truck and a CID vehicle.

No members of the Royal TCI Police were hit.

Not the same for the other side.  One person was hit, a young man not known to police and it’s not clear if he was one of the men shooting at the police or an innocently caught in the crossfire.

The man was arrested as a possible suspect.  He is also in hospital with an “entrance and exit” gunshot wound.

During the shootout in The Wells, the CID vehicle was shot at repeatedly, disabling its movement as gunfire damaged the engine. Concerning to us, these shootings were at different times and locations but came in rapid succession; one right after the other, I was told.

Most described the sounds as coming “from some big guns.”

Police the morning after allowed me in to see up close.

Video, photos feature my EXCLUSIVE, close-up look at the damage done by criminals; it is clear high powered rifles were used by these suspects still at large.

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Charred Remains Found in Back Seat of Completely Burnt Vehicle



Wilkie Arthur

Freelance Court Correspondent


#TurksandCaicos, May 21, 2024 – A gruesome discovery was made around midday today (Sunday, May 19th, 2024) when police and fire rescue teams responded to a call at a location on Blue Hills Back Road, off Millennium Highway. The area, situated next to the Fortis Sub-Station, is accessible via a long, secluded dirt road.

Upon arrival, authorities found a vehicle completely engulfed in flames. The vehicle was later removed by police after being alerted by an anonymous source to its burnt-out location. Local residents indicated that the fire had been ignited around 2-3 a.m. earlier that morning, but authorities were not notified until later in the day.

Residents could not provide details about the individual inside the vehicle or even discern its color due to the extensive damage caused by the fire. Videos of the discovery location are available, but footage of the vehicle itself will be provided once it has been located. The vehicle was reportedly still burning when police arrived at the scene.

Official Royal TCI Police Report:

Media Release – May 19th, 2024: Active Investigation Officers of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force (RTCIPF) are currently on the scene of a vehicle fire in the Blue Hills, Providenciales area. Acting on received information, officers arrived at the location along North Side Close and discovered a burnt vehicle with what appeared to be a body inside.
The RTCIPF is conducting a thorough investigation to determine the circumstances of this incident. As this is an active investigation, more details will be provided to the public as they become available.

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