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It’s February; why the New TCI Police Commissioner is still absent

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Dana Malcolm 

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#TurksandCaicos, February 9th, 2024 – Edvin Martin, Commissioner-designate will arrive in the Turks and Caicos in May, around three months after he was scheduled to take up the post because of a medical procedure resulting in the hiring of an Interim Acting Commissioner and internal shuffle. 

 

The news came via a joint press release from the Office of the Premier and Governor on Friday February 9th; it followed a Grand Turk shooting near a school sports day which both condemned as ‘deplorable’. 

 

No details were shared on the health of Martin, the press release only stated the officer would be delayed because of a “routine medical procedure” and resulting convalescence period. 

 

When Martin’s appointment was announced in late 2023 several residents who researched the commissioner were concerned about his Health. The Commissioner-designate, who was previously Commissioner of Police in Grenada had reportedly taken time off for ill health but shut down speculation that it was the reason for his resignation from that post.

 

The unexpected turn of events has forced the governor to find a replacement in the person of Chris Eyre, former UK Chief Constable of Nottinghamshire Police.

 

“During his career, he has led the operational response to terrorist attacks, riots, major demonstrations, international criminal investigations and sensitive covert operations making him well placed to lead the RTCIPF during this interim period,” said the release. 

 

In addition to Eyre, Superintendent Mat Newton will be temporarily appointed as an Assistant Commissioner of Police for the Turks and Caicos with specific responsibility for specialist tactical operations. 

 

Despite the setback, Martin is apparently eager to arrive in the Turks and Caicos and has been having security talks with the Governor and other regional counterparts. 

 

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PAHO Calls Americas to Increase Aedes aegypti Mosquito Control

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Rashaed Esson

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#PAHO#Dengue#Americas, February 23rd, 2024 – With nearly seven thousand cases of dengue and 102 deaths reported in the Americas as of early February 2024, the Pan American Health Organization is once again calling for stronger measures to control the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the main transmitter of dengue. These numbers indicate a 157 percent increase in cases over the same period in 2023.  In the first five weeks of 2024, Peru, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Costa Rica, French Guiana, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay reported an increase in cases.

 

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Dark Tourism Efforts in Jamaica – Colonial sites Preservation

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Rashaed Esson

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#DarkTourism#Jamaica,February 23rd, 2024 – British Colonial sites in Jamaica like Georgian plantation houses and slave infrastructure, are being preserved as slavery monuments to boost what authorities are calling the “Dark Tourism” industry. According to reports, Dark Tourism refers to tourists visiting places marked by historical tragedy. For Jamaica, the history of Britain’s 300-year rule will be explained at the preserved sites. Tourism minister Edmund Bartlett says work is being done with the ministry of Culture and the Jamaica National Heritage Trust.

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Bahamas as Caribbean top 2024 Spring Destination

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Rashaed Esson

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#Bahamas#Tourism, February 23rd, 2024 – The Bahamas has been categorized as the most popular Caribbean destination for travel in the upcoming spring season by travel insurance company Squaremouth, in a new report. It was the only Caribbean nation to make the list for the top 10 destinations. The report is derived from travel insurance purchases made through Squaremouth.

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