Freelance Court Reporter
#TurksandCaicos, November 10, 2023 – A record number of Illegal Immigration cases are making the docket at the Magistrate’s Court and Hon Mr. Jolyon Hatmin told defendants who appeared before him recently that he has the legal prerogative to send violators to prison for as many as two years.
Chief Magistrate Hatmin warned the accused, that they cannot continue or expect to break into another country and not go to prison. He told them he can and will give discounted sentencing for those enter a guilty plea at first opportunity but they must still expect to go to prison.
Some of the defendants admitted that they paid to come to Turks and Caicos and some say they caught a ride and did not pay.
In the end, the Chief Magistrate sentenced VICTOR ROLDOLPH, 25 to eight months imprisonment for being a fourth time illegally entry person. The man admitted entering Turks and Caicos Islands illegally in 2021, 2022 and earlier in 2023 and now again 2023 on 15th/16th September. He also had a different name for each time he was captured by Immigration officials. His reasoning, as explained to Chief Magistrate Hatmin, “things are not good in my country.”
RENAND LOUIS, 35 pleaded guilty to Unlawful Entry and was sentenced to five months imprisonment. Louis has come into Turks and Caicos illegally before; in 2017 and 2019.
He accepted this is his third time entering illegally on 15th/16th September 2023.
MAX BEREUS, 33 entered illegally on the same date. He told the Court “yes I’m guilty.” He said he did it for a better life for his three young children ages 13, 9 and 4. He told Court if sentenced to prison, his kids will suffer. He said I came twice before but immigration documentation to the court showed this was his fourth trip ILLEGALLY in the TCI. Sentencing for him was nine months imprisonment.
Nineteen year old woman, MICHAELE DUVERT admitted guilt and was sentenced to “Time served” as this was her first time coming into the Turks and Caicos illegally. The court consented to time spent in detention center from 15th/16th September to her court appearance date of Tuesday October 3, 2023 as her final sentence. Her sister DELDINE JEAN also entered as an irregular migrant on the date in question; the younger female told the Court she was 16-years-old and requested legal assistance through legal aid.
The Chief Magistrate acquiesced; however only three days later, the teen girl was sentenced to “time served.”
Misick announces Longer terms in Office, Bi-Partisan Constitutional Changes
#TurksandCaicos, February 19, 2024 – Magnetic Media SOTS23 COVERAGE: Premier WASHINGTON MISICK announced that there is bi-partisan agreement on the CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGES which the people of the Turks and Caicos can expect including a FIVE YEAR term for the elected Government.
The House of Assembly will finally leave the HJ Robinson High Auditorium to return home at the NJS Francis building and when it does, it will be called a PARLIAMENT with only ELECTED MEMBERS; (as reported) ending the four year term and ending the APPOINTMENT OF MEMBERS for a truly democratic composition of the house of representatives.
The State of the State Address, a creation of the Progressive National Party Administration, was carried live from Yellow Man and Sons Auditorium in Grand Turk, tonight February 19 which is also the three-year anniversary of the Misick-led government.
#TCIPremier #WashingtonMisick #SOTS2023 #TurksandCaicosParliament #tcinews
How to protect against HIV
#TurksandCaicos, February 15, 2024 – HIV/AIDS has killed more than 40 million people globally since it first appeared in the human population in 1959 according to the World Health Organization WHO and even though there are effective treatments there is no cure making prevention practices a top priority for vulnerable groups.
In recent months claims have emerged of rising cases locally creating concern in some Turks and Caicos residents. The Ministry of Health has remained silent on the issue and has not published relevant statistics despite repeated queries from Magnetic Media.
Given the continued presence of the virus, individuals are still at risk from infection. In fact the WHO says in 2022, when 630,000 people died from HIV-related causes and 1.3 million people acquired HIV.
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is the virus behind AIDS, the most advanced form of HIV.
The virus spreads through the body fluids of an infected person, including blood, breast milk, semen and vaginal fluids. It is not spread by kisses, hugs or sharing food.
With this in mind there are several steps that residents can take to protect themselves including
- Using condoms during sex
- Limiting sexual partners
- Being tested regularly
- avoiding sharing needles, syringes and other injecting equipment
- Using personal protective gear when dealing with bodily fluids
Vulnerable populations can be administered Pre Exposure Prophylaxis which work to prevent infection and Post Exposure Prophylaxis which can prevent the virus from taking hold.
An HIV diagnosis is not a death sentence. In 2024 HIV can be treated and prevented with antiretroviral therapy (ART). These drugs strengthen the immune system which HIV weakens significantly.
Still the WHO encourages residents to take preventative action.
CARPHA: Take Action to Avoid the Harmful Effects of Saharan Dust
February 16, 2024 – The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is urging persons to protect themselves against adverse health effects of a Saharan dust plume, which has covered many parts of the Caribbean.
The Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) in a Dust Bulletin dated February 9th, 2024 stated, “it is highly likely that particulate matter levels will be above the 24-hour outdoor air quality guidelines” as established by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Dr Joy St John, Executive Director, CARPHA, explained “Saharan dust worsens air quality and increases the levels of particulate matter in the air. This can be hazardous, especially to small children, older adults and people with underlying lung conditions and chronic cardiopulmonary diseases”. Dr St John added, “Saharan dust can also worsen the health symptoms of those who suffer from asthma, allergies and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)”.
In light of the poor air quality levels, CARPHA is encouraging persons to take steps to avoid the harmful effects of Saharan dust. These include:
- Stay indoors as much as possible and when outdoors, wear a dust mask (eg. KN95)
- Utilise a HEPA filter indoors to purify air in individual rooms
- Persons who use medications for pulmonary conditions should carry them at all times and use as prescribed
- At the first sign of difficulty while breathing, seek professional medical advice immediately
- For less severe symptoms, standard allergy medications such as antihistamines and steroid nasal sprays may alleviate symptoms
For more information, please see excerpts from the attached CIMH Dust Bulletin.
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