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TCI Opposition Leader Proposes Fingerprinting for All Travellers 

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Dana Malcolm
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#TurksandCaicos, February 23rd, 2024– “Every individual entering these islands should be fingerprinted without exception,” says Edwin Astwood, opposition leader. It’s part of the crime plan that the PDM wants instituted to curb violence in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

 

“At present, we remain uncertain about who resides among us, and their history, whether they are hired mercenaries, convicted killers, criminals on the run, or gang leaders indoctrinating our youth,” he continued, “The police force must be equipped with a computerized fingerprinting system extending its use to driver’s licenses and individuals applying for work permits,” Astwood maintained.

 

The party leader was speaking on February 3, hours after the second double murder in as many days was committed. Two mass shootings, injuring at least seven people in total and killing two each (four in total), were carried out on February 1st and 2nd in Providenciales.

 

Astwood had other gripes as well regarding the current policing methods.

 

“We are also concerned about the ineffectiveness of the CCTV cameras that millions of our people’s money was spent on,” he said.

 

CCTV cameras had been installed across Providenciales and Grand Turk between 2018 and 2020 on utility poles to equip the force with the potential for higher levels of monitoring in our communities and with solving criminal activity. The police say they charged at least three men in 2023, two with robbery and one with gang membership thanks to CCTV.

 

Astwood stressed that every life lost was a tremendous calamity. He claimed that the failed policies of the PNP had made life more challenging and less safe.

 

The opposition leader maintained that the government needed to do more to fight crime. “Once again, I urge the government to take decisive action. It serves no purpose to boast about a flourishing economy when the population cannot be certain if they will live to see another day, take action.”

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Yellow Fever Outbreak in Region and Beyond, Travellers Warned

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Rashaed Esson

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#YellowFever#Caribbean, April 10, 2024 – Reports say there is an outbreak of Yellow fever in the Caribbean according to the Department of Health and official government advice website, Travel Health Pro, and travelers are being warned to be vigilant. The authorities say the outbreak is also in parts of Africa, and Central and South America.

Guyana and Peru so far have seen two cases. Brazil reports the disease in monkeys, an indication that it is spreading across the ccounty. Colombia has seen 3 cases.

In South America, between January 1 and March 18 2024, there have been seven confirmed cases, four fatal.

Yellow fever is spread by mosquitoes, Aedes aegypti (Linnaeus) and can cause potentially fatal hemorrhagic illness. Fortunately, it can be prevented with vaccination and so the World Health Organisation (WHO) is advising people ages nine months and older, traveling to the affected areas, to get vaccinated.

 

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Four Year Old Beheaded Trinidad 

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Rashaed Esson

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#Homicide#FourYearOld#TrinidadandTobago, April 9, 2024 – Trinidad was left in shock and sorrow with the beheading of a four year old girl, reportedly by her stepfather, early Tuesday April 9, at her home in Arouca, a town in the East-West Corridor of Trinidad and Tobago. The Police informed that when they arrived on the scene, the head of the little girl, identified as Amarah Lallitte, was in one room and her body in another.  

 

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CariSECURE 2.0 Equipping Youth to Take Charge Against Crime

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Bridgetown, 9 April, 2024 – Amidst rising concerns over citizen security in the Caribbean, a deliberate effort is being made to empower the region’s youth to step into leadership roles and drive change from within. Through a free, online course by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), youth will be equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to tackle pressing security challenges head-on.

The “Youth on the way to Peace and Security” course is being launched regionally as part of CariSECURE 2.0 (CS2.0), which works to reduce youth involvement in crime and trafficking in persons (TIP) in the region. It will run from 16 April – 3 May, with support from InfoSegura.

This course comes at a crucial time when security issues like crime and violence are on the rise in the Caribbean. By the end of the course, participants will have improved understanding of regional security challenges, enhanced leadership skills, and greater opportunity to network with peers and experts around the region, empowering them to take leadership roles in regional conversations and citizen security activities.

Maia Hibben, Project Manager for CariSECURE 2.0, underscored the significance of engaging young people in matters of citizen security.  ” Throughout the life of our project, input from young people has been invaluable,” she said. “Whether it be helping to craft national workplans to reduce crime, developing a roadmap for youth empowerment in the Caribbean, or creating digital solutions to improve crime reporting as planned for this year, youth have proven that their perspectives are indispensable. This course is just another way for youth to strengthen their skills to address regional security challenges.”

By building capacity of young leaders to address security challenges and promote social cohesion, the course contributes directly to Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 16, towards Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions.

The course will offer lessons in the current mechanisms that impact youth decision making, insight into youth citizen security challenges in the Caribbean, and give practical guidance on the positive roles participants can play in conflict resolution, with complementary webinars, podcasts and practical resources tailored to the English-speaking Caribbean. It is free of charge and open to participants from all backgrounds, regardless of age, nationality, or level of experience. A certificate will be awarded upon completion.

Register for the course by 15 April: escuelavirtualpnud.org/login/index.php?lang=en

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