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ANOTHER CONFLICT OF INTEREST BY PREMIER MISICK

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25 January 2024

Press Release

 

#TurksandCaicos, January 25, 2024 – My Fellow Turks and Caicos Islanders and residents, let me first take this opportunity to wish you all once again a prosperous and healthy 2024.

We are extremely concerned regarding Premier Hon. Washington Misick presenting the

Gaming amendment Bill to The House of Assembly on Tuesday 23rd January. We believe the Premier is conflicted because of his affiliation with Casa Blanca Casino, and possibly other gaming establishments within the country.

We have just witnessed the Premier push forward two bills in the House of Assembly to decrease the gaming taxes being collected by the Government from gaming operators in the country. I must also note here that the bills received no support from members of the House of Assembly, including three cabinet ministers present during the debate. In addition, there were three cabinet ministers mysteriously missing from that meeting. Coincidentally, missing, were the Minister of Tourism and former minister responsible for gaming, The Deputy Premier and current minister responsible for gaming, and the minister of education, who is the wife of the Director of Gaming, while they were in the country. The only member who supported the bill during the debate was the minister of Health, Hon Shaun Malcolm.

While the Premier attempted to disguise the true purpose of the bills, which was to implement the decrease in gaming taxes that was included in the 2018 Gaming Control Ordinance. The Premier in his contributions when presenting the bills to the House for debate, represented that the bills were to improve on the regulatory mechanisms in bringing the TCI gaming industry on par with international standards. We encourage you the public to read the bills, and you will see that the bills have nothing to do with regulating the gaming industry.

The gaming parlour taxes decreased from 35% to 28%, with no explanation from the Government as to the reason for the decrease.  This decrease in gaming taxes is to the detriment of the people of this country, and significantly benefits certain Gaming Operators in particular the Gaming Operator that is alleged that the Premier sold his shares to in Casa Blanca casino for a whopping $9,000,000 dollars. This reduction will contribute to a significant decrease in Gaming machine revenue to the tune of millions of dollars to TCIG and the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands.

While the cost of living and inflation continue to increase, the Government has not taken any steps to offset this reality within the private sector. There are families that can barely pay their monthly expenses, we are hearing stories of children going to school hungry, because parents don’t have the money for food. Many Turks and Caicos Islanders are still struggling to pay their basic monthly bills for electrical and water, and the Government continues to ignore their burdens, while giving themselves huge increases in salaries.

How can it be that your government can impose two taxes on you within the last six months, $10 for Experience TCI, and $35 for airport redevelopment, but at the same time reduce the taxes for Gaming Operators, which we as a Christian nation deems to be a sin tax? Is it that someone, or some individuals are benefitting from the passing of this legislation and the decrease in gaming taxes, but it’s certainly not the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands.

We the PDM will continue to represent the Interest of TCIslanders and continue to hold the Government accountable for their actions.

 

Mr. Ezra Taylor

National Chairman of the PDM

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Shooting Incident

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July 23rd, 2024.

 

Around 10:59 am, the Police Control Room received a call of gunshots at a location along the Millennium Highway, Providenciales.

Officers of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force were dispatched and, based on preliminary investigations, were told that the occupant (s) of a red Suzuki Swift was at a business place when another car pulled alongside it, and the occupants started shooting.

The driver of the Swift drove off while the other unidentified vehicle sped off in a separate direction. 

Officers found the Swift abandoned near Miracle Close, Blue Hills, shortly after.

Based on investigations, no injuries were reported.

This remains an active investigation.

The RT&CIPF is asking anyone with information or CCTV footage of the shooting 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 Crime Stoppers P3 app.

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Twelve Officers Sworn In

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July 23rd, 2024.

 

 

There are twelve new officers within the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force.

The officers—Ronn James, Ernie Henry, Aron Charlery, Andrew Ottley, Emmanuel Dabreo, Damion Clarke, Jeffrey Kaye, Roan Waugh, Shan Livermore, Kemar Chambers, Michael Campbell, and Ajay Budhai—took an oath to protect and serve the citizens of the Turks and Caicos Islands yesterday (July 22nd) afternoon at Police Headquarters, Providenciales.

Commissioner of Police Edvin Martin, who administered the officers’ oath, said, “Thank you for choosing the TCI. It will not be a bed of roses. Policing requires hard work, and you ensure our communities are safe. Your arrival was anticipated and highly overdue.

“You are now officers of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force, and you are committed to the safety of the people of these archipelagoes. We must lead by example and not let our guard down. Stand firm on the foundation of our motto- Service With Pride and Integrity. Integrity is doing the right thing in the absence of anyone watching.”

The President of the Christian Council, Pastor Wilbert Jennings, delivered the opening prayer and told officers to always call on God in their time of need.

Deputy Commissioner Rodney Adams, Assistant Commissioner Kendall Grant, acting Assistant Commissioner Mat Newton, Chairman of the Police Welfare Association Sgt. Jepson Victor and Human Resources Manager Rex Swann also attended the ceremony.

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Crime

Male Charged with Theft and Handling Stolen Goods 

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July 23rd,2024.

 

A 23-year-old male from the Bight, Providenciales, has been charged with the theft of a boat.

CHANDELER JOSEPH is expected to appear before a Magistrate next week to answer the following charges:

  • Two Counts of Theft
  • Two Counts of Handling Stolen Goods

The charges against Mr. Joseph followed a report of a stolen boat in the Turtle Cove district on July 19th,2024.

Inquiries were conducted shortly after Mr Joseph was arrested and subsequently charged.

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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