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Underground Infrastructure Work Started, Provo Dump gets $500K and New Management

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By Deandrea Hamilton

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#TurksandCaicos, November 14, 2023 – Fire hydrants are right now being installed in the Wheeland District of Providenciales and Kyle Knowles, Member of Parliament for the area says the underground infrastructure is key to combatting the fires which have, for years, plagued the island’s landfill or dump site.

“The fire hydrants are necessary.  As you know, in order to extinguish a fire, the necessary water or the amount of water needed will be quite significant so we are doing this in partnership with the Provo Water Company,” said Knowles on camera.

In an informational video, released on Wednesday November 15, Knowles allows viewers to see the ongoing work first hand.

“What you would see behind me is the current installation of 1,000 plus feet of waterline that will aide in the mitigation works, so the current works being carried out today is just phase one in the consultation works being done through the CDB consultants.”

It was on October 31, 2023 during an RTC radio talk show that Hon Knowles unveiled a $500k plan aimed at making the noxious odors and threatening fires of the landfill in Providenciales a thing of the past.

Consultants from the Caribbean Development Bank, (CDB) had been approved since 2016 and on that episode of First Edition with hosts Cherylann Foreman and Zhavargo Jolly, Knowles explained that since the start of the year, the CDB consultants had “hit the ground running.”

“One of the things that we realized is that the dump has a significant amount of ground or underlying fires.  One would say, well just go out there and excavate it and deal with it. So what we have done from the consultants is taken a more strategic approach and I am glad to say that as of today, we have been able to attain some access to $500k to eradicate or extinguish I should say, the fires at the dump.”

The update on the ‘dump’ is a key progress report for this member in particular, as his election bid was hinged on solving the issue and because he is the PNP Administration’s appointed chairman of the Solid Waste Task Force; the remit including not only solid waste challenges in Providenciales, but countrywide.

“After having meetings with the Task Force, we’ve put together a strategy that should take about two to three months to eradicate all of those fires.

Fifteen days later, work has commenced in the area.

Another major announcement by Knowles last month was that the Providenciales dump, after having no management was getting a dedicated overseer.

“We are in the process of confirming the new contractor.  What we’ve done as a government is we’re getting value for dollar.  It’s a more comprehensive contract, one that will be managed properly with the necessary technical aspects in place.  One that will also have the proper machinery in place.  You hear about: incinerator, you hear about tire shredders, you hear about wood chippers well those are some of the things which are a pre-requisite.”

Knowles adds that a Public Awareness campaign is also planned as the landfill in Providenciales gets new management, a departure from being overseen by the employees at the Department of Environmental Health.

Today, Kyle Knowles said, “this is my promise being fulfilled to you. It has taken some time but the work has begun.”

Two more phases are coming, said Knowles, in the Ministry of Health and Human Services sponsored video.

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Stolen Vessel Recovered

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July 20th, 2024.

 

#TurksandCaicos, July 20, 2024 – Shortly after 10 am yesterday (July 19th), the Police Control Room received a report of a stolen boat in the Turtle Cove district.

The description of the vessel given to officers was a black, 26-foot Hurricane boat with two Yamaha engines. Officers were told that the owner had secured the vessel on Thursday evening and had discovered it missing the following day.

Inquiries were conducted, and based on information received, Marine Branch Officers and Response and Operation Unit Officers searched a mangrove just off Five Cays today (July 20th) and recovered the vessel.

Two suspects were seen, one of whom was a 23-year-old from the Bight, Providenciales, who was caught and arrested for suspicion of stealing the vessel. The other suspect managed to escape.

The RTCIPF is asking anyone with information on illegal activities that may assist the police with enquiries to contact 911, the closest police station, the Serious Crime Unit at 231-1842, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477 and anonymously give any information.

Additionally, persons are being asked to download the CrimeStoppers P3 app.

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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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