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Beaches Turks and Caicos receives CARPHA Certification

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PROVIDENCIALES, Turks & Caicos Islands: The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) recently certified the Beaches Turks and Caicos resort as an internationally recognized, healthier, safer tourism destination. With the agency’s main areas of focus being disease prevention, health promotion and health system strengthening in the Caribbean region, Beaches has been awarded for full compliance with these requirements.

The CARPHA’s Healthier Safer Tourism (HST) stamp is a measurable and verifiable traveler’s health assurance and recognition award for tourism entities and destinations that implement proactive health measures for tourism. Travelers now have the added assurance and confidence in choosing the resort as a safe place to vacation.

CARPHA’s Director of Surveillance, Disease Prevention and Control, Dr Lisa Indar shared, “congratulations to Beaches Turks and Caicos for the commitment and dedication to ensuring that guests and team members have a healthy and safe environment.”

Dr. Indar continued, “this training and certification for the prevention and control of infectious diseases allows this resort and the ministries of health and tourism to market a safer region for tourists. Credit must be given to the work that Hon. Josephine Connolly, Minister of Tourism, Environment, Heritage, Maritime, Gaming and Disaster Management and the Minister of Health and Human Services, Hon. Shaun Malcolm have done.

General Manager James McAnally noted, “Beaches Turks and Caicos always works with the Ministry of Health and we have built that great relationship with CARPHA. As a team, we understand the main goal of this organisation which is to improve the health and well-being of the people in the Caribbean by providing strategic direction and support in response to public health challenges and achieving public health goals.”

While sharing the satisfaction with the certification, Shuntal Gibson, environmental, health and safety manager at BTC said, “as a resort, we continue to partner with CARPHA and other international organisations to ensure that our resort provides added confidence and assurance for tourists. The team here at Beaches Turks and Caicos takes the necessary steps to ensure the safety of all our guests and team members. We are proud to have received this stamp of approval.”

While recognising the work being done by Beaches Turks and Caicos, Gibson was satisfied with the joint effort from the ministers of health and tourism. Both ministers were equally satisfied with the international recognition which will make the Turks and Caicos Islands more competitive within the hospitality sector.

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Firearm and Drug Charges

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July 15th, 2024.

 

SHAIWANZO MISSICK of South Back Salina, Grand Turk, has been charged with six counts of firearm-related offences.

Missick, 30, was charged on July 13 after police officers consulted with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The offences against Missick are:

  • One Count – Discharging Firearm
  • One Count- Discharging Ammunition
  • One Count-Possession of Firearm with intent to commit a serious offence
  • Two Counts-Possession of Ammunition
  • One Count –Possession of Firearm
  • One Count-Possession of Controlled Drugs
  • One Count- Possession of Controlled Drugs with intent to supply.

The charges against Missick came following a report made on Saturday, 29 June 2024,  following a shooting incident in Breezy Brae.

Officers obtained a warrant and searched the accused’s residence based on the information received.

The RT&CIPF is asking the public to notify the closest police station, contact 911, the Serious Crime Unit at 231-1842, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477, and anonymously give any information on illegal activity.

Additionally, persons are encouraged to download the Crime Stoppers P3 app from the Google Play Store or Apple Apps and share information anonymously.

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Five Cays Shooting Update

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#TurksandCaicos, July 19, 2024 – Shortly after noon on July 12th, the Control Room of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force received reports of a shooting in Five Cays, Providenciales. A team of offices was dispatched to Granny Hill.

Upon arrival, several interviews were conducted, and evidential items were retrieved.  Thankfully, no one was injured.

Given the investigation’s sensitivity and lines of inquiry, the RT&CIPF cannot comment further.

We are aware of audio videos and photographs purporting to be the location of where the incident allegedly occurred and ask that persons circulating such be mindful of exposing victims.

The RT&CIPF is again reaching out to the public, emphasising their crucial role in this investigation.

We urge you to notify the closest police station, contact 911, the Serious Crime Unit at 231- 1842, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477, and anonymously provide any information on this shooting or any illegal activity.

Your cooperation is vital in ensuring justice is served. Additionally, persons are encouraged to download the Crime Stoppers P3 app from the Google Play Store or Apple Apps and share information anonymously.

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Discharge of Firearm

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Turks and Caicos – Shortly after 10:00 p.m. on Friday 05th July 2024, the Police Control Room received a report of gunshots being heard at the TCI Disposal and Solid Waste, located along Millennium Highway, Blue Hills.

Officers and medical personnel responded, and based on preliminary investigations, a truck transporting a male occupant entered the dump and started offloading items.

An employee at the dump site confronted the occupant. However, he was shot at.

The employee managed to escape. Thankfully, he was not injured. This remains an active investigation.

The RTCIPF asks the public to notify the closest police station, contact 911, the Serious Crime Unit at 231-1842, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477, and anonymously give any information on illegal activity. Additionally, persons are encouraged to download the CrimeStoppers P3 app and share information anonymously.

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