#TurksandCaicosIslands, October 20, 2023 – JUMILLA ISMA, 24, of Five Cays, Providenciales, and MIKE FORBES,19, also of Five Cays were shot and killed yesterday (October 19th) evening. The RTCIPF extends their condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.
Her Excellency the Governor, Dileeni Daniel-Selvaratnam and the Acting Commissioner of Police Mr. Rodney Adams strongly denounce violent acts that serve to threaten the safety of our islands.
Her Excellency the Governor said: “I am appalled at the nature of yesterday’s fatal incident. Such disregard for human life causes irreparable damage and consequential impact to the safety and security of our islands. I want to reassure the public of the multi-agency enforcement efforts to protect and secure our communities. I urge anyone with information to contact the police to assist their investigations to bring the perpetrators to justice.”
Commissioner Adams said: “The Force is taking every action including deploying all required resources to bring those responsible to justice. Additional patrols are in place to ensure safety and security across all communities of the TCI. I wish to give residents and visitors the reassurance that their safety is our number one priority.”
“Based on our preliminary investigation, this was a targeted incident.”
Additionally, Commissioner Adams said: “Over the past days you would have seen an increased police and partner agencies presence within various communities. We have placed a high priority on covering several districts and conducting operations to derail and dismantle criminal activities.”
Commissioner Adams is asking members of the public who have video footage of this incident to urgently contact the police.
The public is being asked to contact 911, the closest police station, the RTCIPF Serious Crime Unit at 232-8752, or call TCI Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477 and give any information about illegal activity anonymously.
Additionally, persons are encouraged to contact the Miami-Dade & Florida Keys Crime Stoppers at 1-305-471-8477 and give any information anonymously.
Deputy Premier Spot on, TCI TODAY Removed from EU Blacklist
#TurksandCaicosIslands – February 20, 2024 – Sixteen months after being added to the European Union’s Black List for non-cooperative tax jurisdictions, the Turks and Caicos Islands is now off that list.
“Today,the Council removed The Bahamas, Belize, Seychelles and Turks and Caicos Islands from the list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes.”
The release explicitly states that in the case of the Turks and Caicos and The Bahamas, “ever since October 2022, deficiencies in the enforcement of economic substance requirements had been identified in both of these jurisdictions by the OECD Forum of Harmful Tax Practices (FHTP).”
It was recommended for remedy to the deficiencies has now been “converted from hard to soft recommendations,” said the statement.
That pivot was fundamental in the de-listing of the two countries said the information from the Council.
“…which allowed the Code of Conduct Group to consider these jurisdictions with no or only a nominal corporate income tax.”
When Magnetic Media spoke to E. Jay Saunders, Turks and Caicos Deputy Premier and Finance Minister in March 2023 he had full confidence that it was only a matter of time before the TCI was given a more favourable position with the EU.
“There is no question about it. I’m confident that by February 2024, we will be off the list– I’m completely confident and there are no lasting repercussions.”
It had been sub-par computer systems that landed the TCI on the list. The Deputy Premier, at the time offered that the EU was being too dramatic and its language, disproportionate surrounding the issue.
That black listing and gray listing is often viewed as a black eye in the financial services sector, therefore this announcement today is vindication for the TCI and a huge plus for the Fintech ambitions of the Misick-led government.
Twelve others remain with the unsavory categorization including Caribbean neighbours: Trinidad and Tobago; US Virgin Islands; Anguilla and Antigua and Barbuda.
Jamaica hosts 2nd Global Tourism Resilience Conference
#GlobalTourism#Jamaica, February 19th, 2024 – Strengthening the future of global tourism against growing climate challenges, Jamaica hosted the 2nd Global Tourism Resilience Conference in Montego Bay from February 17th to the 18th, featuring high level delegates from the around the world, such as the Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization and spearheaded by its co-founder, Edmund Bartlett, the Minister of Tourism for Jamaica. The conference was under the theme “Navigating the Future of Tourism Resilience,” and addressed the swift need for more innovative strategies to combat the growing challenges that threaten Tourism. Sustainable tourism practices, crisis management, digital transformation, and the importance of promoting global partnerships, were among the topics discussed.
Dengue in Peru-Over 12 Thousand Cases
#Dengue#Peru, February 19th, 2024 – Since the start of the year, there have been more than thirteen thousand cases of dengue in Peru, with over three thousand in the fifth week alone, according to the Peruvian Ministry of Health. The northern region reportedly has the highest number of cases. Revealed in a February 16th report by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Human Affairs, this represents a 53.4 percent increase in cases compared to 2023. This massive increase is linked to prolonged heat waves caused by the El Nino effect, the ministry reporting over 100 consecutive unusually hot days and more than 200 warm nights. Higher temperatures create favorable conditions for dengue transmission.
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