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TCI COURT PROCEEDING REVEALS MALCOLM FILED TO SHUT DOWN MISSICK’S SHOW; JUDGE THROWS IT OUT

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Wilkie Arthur and Dana Malcolm 

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#TurksandCaicos, October 30, 2023 – UPDATE on Defamation civil case between Courtney Missick, Pastor and Talk Show Host, represented by Senior Civil Attorney Hon. Alvin Garland and Hon Shaun Malcolm, Minister of Health and Human Services, represented by Latisha Williams-Bruce and assisted by Hon. Mr. Willin Belliard; the matter continued on Monday October 30th 2023 at exactly 2:30pm.

The injunction against Missick barring him from speaking about Shaun Malcolm has been thrown out because of insufficient and unsatisfactory filings by Malcolm’s attorneys. The Hon. Supreme Court Justice Mr. Anthony Stephen Gruchot said the respondent/defendant’s application to discharge this injunction has weight. He told Mrs. Williams-Bruce this is your application and you’ve failed to comply with many of the areas required in an injunction proceedings of this nature, as outlined by Counsel for the respondent/defendant.

The judge struck out the injunction and ordered that it be discharged but before doing so he raised it to counsels from both sides, if they had considered an undertaking as we have Mr. Missick here in court today. Both counsels agreed to the Hon. Justice’s approach and there was a short adjournment for counsels to take advice from their clients.

Documents filed last week Wednesday in an attempt to stop the talk show after an edition of the pastor’s show where he addressed Malcolm and his alleged role in the Special Investigation and Prosecution Team (SIPT) investigation. The defamation suit apparently hinges on an exchange on the Monday October 23 episode of ‘The People’s Voice’ where Missick allegedly said:

“Guess who run England, that same the Honourable Shaun Malcolm was the one jump on the plane took the information, same Shaun who is in the PNP party who serving as Minister of Health …we know who went carry what to England.”

Malcolm says these and other statements made which had his phone ringing off the hook, were not only false but damaging to his character, reputation, and standing as a PNP member.

While the injunction filed against Missick is done away with, the two sides did sign an undertaking that is binding and prohibits Missick from speaking about Shaun Malcolm regarding the SIPT investigation.

The Pastor can still discuss Malcolm and his political affiliations with the PNP on his shows outside of this subject as argued by his attorney and agreed by the judge after much thought and consideration.

Additionally Wilkie Arthur, Magnetic Media Court Correspondent, can also confirm having listened to Hon. Alvin Garland’s arguments to the Judge and documents filed and signed by Shaun Malcolm and his legal team that they did in fact attempt to get an injunction completely shutting down the pastor’s popular show.

The filing read:  “THAT I make this affidavit in support of my application for an interim injunction restraining the First and Second Defendants from hosting and publishing their live streaming talk shows on social media known as “The People Voice’ schedule for Wednesday 25” October 2023 and for any future hosting and streaming of the said talk show.”

To that wide extent, it was not granted by the judge as Attorney Garland said would be a violation of Courtney Missick’s constitutional rights.

The case has been adjourned, without date. for proper filings to be completed by the Plaintiff and a date will be fixed for the substantive hearing of the application to be heard fully.

Magnetic Media can say that upon arrival at the court, about an hour early, in anticipation of some difficulty with entering the court, officers at the court said ‘they told us no one would be allowed in for the hearing.’

As an official correspondent for Magnetic Media, this decision did not rest well in such a potentially precedent setting case.  A conference with the clerk to the judge was requested and granted.  At that time, it was asked ‘why is it no one including the media is allowed in the court when the hearing commences?’

The clerk returned shortly after and said she had spoken to his Lordship and confirmed that the proceedings are in open court.

Further to that, when Hon. Alvin Garland was on his feet putting forward his forceful submissions as to non-proper service of the documents on his client nor him, the learned judge then said but how is it that Magnetic Media has the documents?  It was also said by the judge, that ‘I’m confused because Mr. Missick is referring to the documents on his show.’

Mr. Garland still maintained that they were not served or not served properly.

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Airports Authority aims for 24-hour airport and announces Scholarship programme

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Dana Malcolm 

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#TurksandCaicos, April 19, 2024 – In an attempt to move to 24-hour-a-day operations Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority (TCIAA) is steadily recruiting Air Traffic Controllers to work at the Providenciales/Howard Hamilton International Airport, according to Godfrey Smith, TCIAA CEO, reporting to the Appropriations Committee.

Speaking on April 8th Smith said a cabinet paper would be sent soon requesting six more Air Traffic Controllers to make round the clock operation at the Provo International possible and to open the airport in Grand Turk till 12 a.m.

Currently, 17 posts are filled and seven are vacant.

Smith was candid with his responses to recent industrial action from ATCs which led to resignations and firings.

“What we have to do is find systems to mitigate such actions and that has to start with filling these jobs, putting people in that want to work and doing right by people – and we always try to do right by our staff. Persons may not think that we are but we always do – we ain’t pick no fight,” he said in the meetings held at the NJS Francis building ahead of the National Budget Communication.

Smith indicated that recruitment was an issue across the board, ‘we need to find ways to recruit a little bit better’ he told the committee. Also in need of a push was capital spending or projects according to the CEO, who said the agency had ‘not been very good’ at meeting that mark but insisted they had recognized the issue and could do better.

A very important key performance indicator drawn up by the TCIAA is increasing passenger satisfaction at the Howard Hamilton International Airport. For the TCIAA part of this means a 30 percent increase in seating by Q2 of this year.

When queried on if they could even handle this increase the CEO said,

“The fact of the matter is we already have the capacity there. What we need is to make the service a bit better.”

Staff shortages have become such a frustrating issue that the TCIAA is instituting a scholarship program created by Authority Chairman, Selvyn Hawkins

“What the board wants to do is basically allocate $25,000 annually for a scholarship and they’ve approved it already.”

This process would cover tuition and all other costs for one student.

The student would return as a summer intern and other breaks to work at the TCIAA and upon graduation, assume a role at the company.

“We identify a particular skill we need, we go after it and we build capacity that is in a nutshell the nexus of the program,” Smith said.

The Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority (TCIAA) is allocated $49 million this financial year; over $20 million goes to salaries.

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Flow TCI offers Gigabyte Speeds to Customers

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Company delivers fastest speeds nationwide and boosts service reliability

 

PROVIDENCIALES, TURKS AND CAICOS, APRIL 19th, 2024 – More connections, faster speeds and greater support for customers. This is the promise from communications and entertainment provider, Flow TCI, as it embarks on an initiative to provide households with enhanced connections, greater overall reliability and now, for the first time, speeds up to one gigabit person second.

FLOW TCI Country Manager, Joanne Missick shared: “Our customers are at the heart of everything we do. We listen to our customers and want to exceed their demands, so we are focused on delivering unmatched value with customer centric products and services that are future proof. Flow subscribers on our Fibre Extreme package can now access up to one gigabyte speeds and subscribers on our Fibre Plus and Fibre Max package, as of April 1st, are also now benefitting from up to 5x more speeds.”

This is third speed boost for Flow customers in the last two years. This comes under the umbrella of the the Company’s recently launched “Working for You” campaign, where technicians are going into the neighborhoods across the island to conduct repairs, decommission copper cables, and increase the brand’s visibility in local communities.

“To date several neighborhoods have been served by technicians and the company will continue to go across the islands to ensure each neighborhood receives personal attention. We recognize that over the past few months some customers have experienced issues with the quality and delivery of our services. This is not what we stand for. Flow remains committed to providing technology and innovation that enables growth and positively impacts lives”, says, newly appointed Head of Technical Operations, Simeon Thomas.

Thomas adds, “We have been closely monitoring and reviewing every aspect of our network and there is room for improvement across each of the islands. Where we find shortcomings, we are taking concrete actions and assigning our technicians to rapidly make all necessary adjustments and improvements for our customers”.

Flow has made significant investments in expanding and modernizing its infrastructure and delivering a more robust and reliable network paving the way for the country’s digital transformation.

For more information on speed increases visit https://www2.discoverflow.co/turks-and-caicos/price-adjustment-speed-increase on our website.

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Harold Charles, Appointed Member to the HOA, goes out with a Bang 

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Dana Malcolm 

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#TurksandCaicos, April 19, 2024 – In an explosive, self-proclaimed, final budget speech to the people of the Turks and Caicos, Harold Charles, Governors Appointed Member is expressing frustration that many Turks and Caicos Islanders are locked out of top jobs in the country and unable to build wealth.

”I’ve been in this country for 50 years and I’ve noticed all those big developments that come in— the majority of [managers]are foreign people. After 50 years, when are we going to have Belongers manage those businesses?” Charles asked.  “I’m upset, I’m frustrated [this is] their home.  They have nowhere else to go—- If we don’t empower our Turks and Caicos Islanders we will never get out of living paycheck to paycheck.”

Charles echoed what thousands of locals have been saying for years about the failure of successive governments to get the economic success in the country on a level that residents can participate in it.  The member maintained that not only were many locals working for scraps overseas and at home, but that it was the prerogative of the government to create avenues for them to move upward.

”I know the government’s heart is in the right place but somehow we’re not getting it together.  I’m talking (about) both PDM and PNPs. It must change.  There are many islanders overseas taking crummy jobs when all this opportunity is in the Turks and Caicos Islands.”

Calling on the government to enforce laws which allow islanders to get a foothold in lucrative industries, Charles maintained that TCIG could not let investors come and do as they liked.

”We have all these big companies making millions.  They brag about how much they’re making, yet how much do they contribute to the development of our people?”

Charles encouraged the government to mandate that locals were hired in the large developments, taking place across the country.

Capital projects and their execution was another issue that the member highlighted

”Over the past three years in office, we seem to be dragging our feet when it comes to the execution of projects,” he said, “the last budget reflected bitter-sweet sentiment.”

The government managed to spend $29 million of a $57 million capital project budget in 2023/24 financial year.

“Mr. Speaker prior, we promised the people infrastructural investment, improved roads, ease with doing business with TCIG, more scholarships, increased home care, a $900,000 special needs school.”

The Appointed member was also frustrated with the amount of money being allocated to crucial areas including the absence of allocations for a special needs school.

”We were promised that no Turks and Caicos Islander would be left behind while I appreciate the government’s commitment to ensuring this. I am concerned that the relatively low level of funding allocated to education and infrastructure may hinder the effectiveness of effort,” The member stressed.

Closing his speech, Charles maintained that it was “crucial that the sectors receive additional support in order to provide citizens with the necessary resources and opportunities for their development.“

Mr. Speaker it is imperative that we allocate our resources adequately and streamline processes to enhance the ease of doing business with the Turks and Caicos Government. We must priortise increasing service delivery capacity in critical departments such as the customer service department, the register of records, the department of motor vehicles and the list goes on,” express Charles.

Charles reminded that there is a growing demand on the services TCIG provides, especially as the country enjoys unprecedented, year on year, exponential economic growth.

Charles alongside Jameka Williams (Government Appointed Member) Willin Belliard (Governor’s Appointed Member number one) and Alvin Garland (Opposition Appointed Member) will very likely be the last set of appointed members in the House of Assembly of the Turks and Caicos as it transitions to a wholly elected parliament.

Harold Charles indicated it was unlikely he would join any leadership race describing the 2024-2025 Budget contribution as likely his final.

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