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Suspects Charged with Drug and Firearm Offenses Appear in Court

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#TurksandCaicosIslands, February 7, 2024 – Officers from the Serious Crime Unit of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force have brought charges against three individuals for drug and firearm-related offenses.

The accused individuals, identified as RYAN SMITH (41) from Providenciales, SHAKEME SEYMOUR (43) from Grand Turk, and JAMES FERGUSON (27) from Providenciales, were formally charged on the evening of February 05.

Mr. Smith, Mr. Seymour, and Mr. Ferguson face charges of conspiring to supply firearms and ammunition. Additionally, Mr. Ferguson faces an additional charge of conspiring to supply cannabis.

The accused made their appearance before a Magistrate on February 06 and have been remanded in custody until a sufficiency hearing scheduled for April 10.

In a concise statement, Acting Commissioner of Police Mr. Rodney Adams affirmed, “The rigorous law enforcement strategies implemented, and our continued collaboration with international partner law agencies, remains an ongoing process. The RTCIPF, in conjunction with our partner agencies, will persist in implementing robust operations to prevent and detect firearms from entering the beautiful by nature TCI.”

“I again appeal to the public to provide us with information on illegal activities by contacting 911, the Serious Crime Unit at 231-1842, or the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-8477(TIPS).”

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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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