By Deandrea Hamilton
And Wilkie Arthur
#TurksandCaicos, September 2, 2023 – A Sunday morning church service on August 20 at Abundant Life Ministries International welcomed in his party, the Progressive National Party, for a time of thanksgiving and Christian worship, however, that quickly turned to an exposé styled sermon which demanded those who appeared to be lawless to be reined in by the Premier and his ministers who made up the PNP delegation.
“They walk around with their chest out, they walk around with their face made up and trying to put fear in you, said Bishop Williams, adding, “So Mr. Premier we got to get all hands on deck. We have to utilize the armoured trucks we put all this money in. We have to have a real talk with our police and if we have to bring in reinforcement, bring in reinforcement but we have to lock Dock Yard down.”
The preacher, known for his explosive style was outraged he said, that barriers were set up in the Dock Yard community, which has an infamous, even nefarious reputation as a haven for crime, criminals and undocumented Haitian migrants.
“No other government is run by the gangs and that same mentality is in the minds of those roaming around in our city, but I send a message from this place today, you are not going to have this one.”
Less than 24 hours after he delivered that fiery no fear warning to residents of Dock Yard, Bishop C Alexander Williams and Wilkie Arthur were walking and talking with the people who say the move was meant to protect them from victimization and violence and also, misunderstood.
The duo accepted an olive branch from members of the Dock Yard community; Williams and Arthur talked to the men and women about alternative ways to getting heard and sending a strong clear message.
Interesting to hear, that the blockade is not on government property; it is on private property.
The residents claim they are neglected with no proper government created roadways and other infrastructure including running water; that what the Bishop thought was a road through Dock Yard for motorists, is someone’s private land.
The residents say they are still forced to tote buckets of water from area wells in order to take a bath and are waiting for the day they will see a change in attitude in order to improve their living conditions.
Bishop Coletta Williams and Wilkie Arthur, on Monday, spent about five hours with those residents of Dock Yard who also exposed that they feel forsaken and unable to get city or government services into the area.
The Customs Department, they told Bishop Coletta Williams and Wilkie Arthur, does not come in to inspect their shipments for the stores which are legally licensed to operate. Those speaking to the pair said ‘they have to work another arrangement so their goods are cleared.’
The residents, who spoken on the basis of anonymity explained they believe TCIG wants no part of the community, however, head of the newly established Informal Settlements Unit (ISU) Justice Carlos Simons KC says that is not true.
To the question put to him by Magnetic Media, in a press conference on August 22, asking whether or not there is a sincere interest to bring the area up to proper building and infrastructural codes, Mr. Simons said: “”The government desperately wants to do that. We don’t want people getting electricity by a plug-in from the neighbour, it’s unsafe. We don’t want people discharging raw sewage on the surface of the land or in wells that are then used for either washing or irrigating plants. It’s unsafe; it’s a pandemic waiting to happen. One outbreak of cholera, for example can ruin our tourism industry.”
Chiming in, Tito Lightbourne, the Permanent Secretary of the National Security Secretariat said a survey which they commissioned for the Dock Yard Report revealed there are at least 3,000 people living in densely populated Dock Yard.
“…3000 people on 20 acres,” he explained.
Wilkie Arthur returned to the newsroom with a message, that the residents to whom he and the Bishop spoke were informed about the ISU; they were told it existed and wanted to support proper development in the area. The group agreed to learn more about the role and function and opportunity the new ISU presented them.
The ISU, with its new office at No 20 and 22 at the Laporte’s Plaza, which is downtown Provo, said the time has come for an end to illegal settlements in the TCI and the Unit is committed to getting that job done in concert with community partners and residents.
New Turks & Caicos Islands Police Force Commissioner announced by Governor
Her Excellency The Governor has today announced Mr. Edvin Martin as the next Commissioner of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force (RTCIPF). The appointment follows a rigorous open recruitment campaign that included a stakeholder the panel, a separate community panel, and consultation with the Hon. Premier Charles Washington Misick.
Commenting on the appointment, the Governor said: “Following a competitive recruitment process, I have appointed Mr. Edvin Martin as the next Commissioner of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force. Mr. Martin brings a strong set of leadership skills and regional operational experience, having led the Royal Grenada Police Force. With a distinguished career and commitment to public safety, I am confident that Mr. Martin will lead our force with integrity, innovation, and a firm focus on building trust with communities across our islands. I would like to thank Commissioner Trevor Botting for his dedicated service to the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands over the last six years.”
Commenting on his appointment, Mr Martin said: “It is with excitement, I accept this prestigious position to lead the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force (RTCIPF) as its Commissioner of Police. I look forward with optimism to leading the men and women of the RTCIPF in confronting the law enforcement challenges and applying practical, proactive strategies to ensure the safety and security of all citizens and visitors to the shores of Turks and Caicos Islands. I am honoured to take forward this tremendous opportunity to serve the people of this beautiful nation by leading the police force into an era of modern policing. I am fully aware of the dynamic, complex, diverse, and multi-dimensional nature of the local and global criminogenic environment. This era demands a police force that must ensure safety and security by working collaboratively with colleague officers, and stakeholders to ensure that communities are free of the fear of crime. Be assured, I am committed to
delivering on this intention.”
Mr. Martin was, until June 2023, the Chief of Police of the Royal Grenada Police Force. He served in that role for five years and in the police force for 37 years. He is currently serving as the lead of the CARICOM Crime Gun Intelligence Unit as part of the CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security. He is a former President of the Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police and obtained an MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Durham University in 2016, where he studied under the UK Chevening Scholarship program.
Mr. Martin will take up his post at the beginning of February 2024.
Invest Turks and Caicos’ Business Support Unit Partners with RBC (Royal Bank) Bahamas Ltd. and CIBC FirstCaribbean to host Financial Literacy for MSMEs Training
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, December 5th, 2023 – Invest Turks and Caicos’ Business Support Unit, in conjunction with partners RBC (Royal Bank) Bahamas Ltd. and CIBC FirstCaribbean, successfully conducted a comprehensive Financial Literacy for MSMEs Training at the Blue Haven Resort on November 28th, 2023. This initiative aimed to empower business owners with essential insights into financial statements, the significance of meticulous recordkeeping, and the specific requirements outlined by leading banks for prospective commercial clients. Attended by fifteen participants comprising both established business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs, the session proved to be a pivotal learning experience.
Ms. Shanice Williams, the proprietor of LLS Consulting, expressed her appreciation, stating, “I extend my gratitude for putting together an exceptional training session. The presenters delivered a wealth of well-digested information that has proven highly valuable for me and my recently established business. I’m delighted to have been part of this and eagerly anticipate future sessions.”
Mrs. Nancy Missick-Rolle, CEO of Executive Tours, shared her positive experience, “I found the training very beneficial for improving my financial literacy. The presenters were well-versed and articulate in their delivery, making the material relatable and extremely practical. The BSU did an excellent job managing the event and advising the group of the programs and services available for assistance.”
Ms. Shanice Swann, Interim Branch, and Country Manager at RBC (Royal Bank) Bahamas Ltd. expressed her pleasure in facilitating the training seminar. She stated, “It was a pleasure to facilitate a training seminar on the topic of financial statements in conjunction with the Business Support Unit at Invest TCI. This session was an enriching experience that entailed engaging with vibrant small and medium-sized businesses within the islands and cherishing their invaluable feedback on the topic. A popular quote that sticks with me is, ‘Success is not always about greatness, but it is contingent on consistency.’ The participation of business owners in seminars like these solidifies their unwavering dedication to sculpting a consistent path toward success.”
Curley Been, Manager, Business Banking, CIBC FirstCaribbean, stated, “Participating in the Financial Literacy for MSMEs on November 28th, 2023, was truly enjoyable. In our dynamic economy, there are more opportunities than ever for individuals to become business owners and contribute to TCI’s growth. Understanding how to navigate this entrepreneurial journey, secure financing, and achieve growth is crucial for business success. As a representative of CIBC FirstCaribbean, I felt honored to present on the topic of ‘Making Your Business Bankable’ for both existing self-employed individuals and upcoming new business owners. We trust that the insights shared were beneficial to all attendees and eagerly anticipate future collaborations with InvestTCI on upcoming events.”
Mrs. Anissa Adderley, Director of the Business Support Unit, underscored the significance of partnerships between financial institutions and MSMEs. She stated, “The importance of partnerships between financial institutions and MSMEs cannot be underestimated. We are delighted to have partnered with RBC and CIBC FirstCaribbean to provide our MSMEs with this informative, interactive, and impactful training that will benefit their businesses and help them make more informed business decisions. MSMEs must prioritize financial education to allow them to reap the maximum benefits for both their businesses and the wider economy. MSMEs are the lifeline of our economy, and ensuring that they are resilient and sustainable is our core objective.”
The BSU invites business owners to take advantage of its face-to-face and e-learning training programs. The training is offered free of charge, and the information provided is vital to ensuring the success of their businesses. For further details, please contact the BSU at (649) 338-4787 or via email@example.com.
Combined Team of Ministry of Health and TCI Hospital personnel attend United Kingdom Health Security Agency (UKHSA) Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) Workshop in Anguilla.
#TurksandCaicos, December 10, 2023 – A combined team of Ministry of Health and Human Services (MoHHS) and TCI Hospital personnel recently represented the Turks and Caicos Islands at a three-day UKHSA AMS Workshop, which was held in Anguilla between November 29th and December 1st, 2023. The team included Mrs. Winsome Hayles-Parker – Lead Medical Technologist in Microbiology, TCI Hospital, Mr. Andre Morgan – National Pharmacist, MoHHS and Ms. Arlene Siebs – Director of the National Public Health Laboratory, MoHHS. The workshop was well attended by physicians, pharmacists and laboratory personnel who hailed from the United Kingdom, St. Helena, Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman and Montserrat.
The workshop involved both laboratory and non-laboratory sessions. The laboratory sessions were practical sessions that were geared toward the diagnostic technologies used by the various UKOTs in the detection of antimicrobial-resistant (AMR) pathogens and the use of BioFire in diagnostics. Most territories are now equipped with the BioFire Assay Technology, which forms part of the laboratory setup for molecular resistance markers.
The non-laboratory sessions included parallel professional development sessions on topics including AMS, the use of the MicroGuide antibiotic prescribing App, antibiotic surveillance, situational analysis of AMS in the UKOTs and AMS accreditation. Importantly, the attendees were able to discuss case presentations on clinical management and infection prevention and control.
In providing comments, Ms. Siebs stated, “Medical Laboratory Scientists must continue to improve their skills and competency as we work together in combatting AMR through laboratory services. I was thrilled at having the opportunity to compare disc susceptibility testing with automated analysers for the detection of antimicrobial resistance in microorganisms.”
Mrs. Hayles-Parker believes that “the information gathered will be of value in helping us in the TCI to uphold the standards on AMS and in the long term with the fight against AMR. As we move forward as change agents, we are better able to assist with safeguarding the health and wellbeing of the people of the TCI.”
Mr. Morgan concluded that “the three-day workshop was a major success and I am excited to utilise the information acquired in strengthening the TCI’s National Action Plan for Antimicrobial Resistance, which will, in turn, develop and strengthen antimicrobial stewardship in the Turks and Caicos Islands. I hope that these advances will continue to safeguard against this emerging AMR global threat by implementing strategies that will ensure sustainable pharmaceutical care for the present and future.”
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