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Turks & Caicos Residents’ reaction to Four Murders

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Dana Malcolm

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#TurksandCaicos, February 6, 2024 – Residents and visitors had much to say via social media last weekend in the face of two recent double murders in the Turks and Caicos, frustration and fear were front of mind. 

Comments were left on posts by the Governor and Premier as well as the Royal TCI Police Force, as information was shared about the murders that took four lives and injured five others across Thursday (Feb 1) and Friday (Feb 2).

“More CCTV in all communities, not just Grace Bay.” 

Suggested one resident speaking on the February 3 crime message from Dileeni Daniel Selvaratnam, TCI Governor and Washington Misick, TCI Premier .

“The frustration is not felt.” 

“We need more action. Too many innocent persons are losing their lives,” argued two others. 

The frustration with the current response continued, with some residents offering suggestions on issues they had noticed. 

“We need highway patrol that drives around pulling over people and making arrests. And [they] should always be on the roads patrolling . They might have caught the person yesterday,” said one resident during the broadcast on Facebook, aired after a double murder in the Glass Shack area of Providenciales. 

“Where is the police training school and compound that needs to be built! Get serious,” another chided. 

Despite these responses, a number of commenters were pleased with the swift response video from the country leaders, which garnered 4,000. 

“This is what we wanted, at least some public responses from our leaders to the madness of these evil, horrendous killings. Speak with authority to the criminals,” one resident said. Prior to the arrival of Dileeni Daniel Selvaratnam, TCI Governor, the Premier’s Office was notorious for making residents wait for extended periods for official comment on serious crime issues even as residents called for guidance. 

“I am not only watching.  but listening especially [to] the Governor who has real power,” said one individual. 

“Yes we must fight Crime TOGETHER! All hands on deck!” Another chimed in. 

As for comments left for the police on their own Facebook page, there was one thing users really wanted; more offenders behind bars.   

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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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