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E Jay Saunders predicts more seats for PNP after Premier’s Demotion



Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer 


#TurksandCaicos, March 3, 2024 – “The only thing we should be thinking about on Election Day is improving on our 14 seats and getting our premier a second term— and we want to deliver that for the Premier.”  That was the unexpected declaration coming from E Jay Saunders, All Island Elected Member, in an address to the nation via his personal YouTube channel on February 28th as over 900 residents looked on.

“I had and I retain full confidence in Hon. Charles Washington Misick,” Saunders said during the live video.

A short 24 hours earlier Saunders had been fired from his post as Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance after trying to issue a leadership challenge to Washington Misick, TCI Premier for the top spot of the PNP party over the Weekend.

The abrupt pivot left many residents confused and even disappointed while others highlighted it as a smart move.

Saunders had fallen short of gaining the two-thirds delegate support needed to truly force a vote against Misick for the top spot, only securing 40 percent of votes from delegates supporting his challenge. Had he won the runoff and went on to win leadership of the PNP, the former DP would have become the man in charge but he maintains he didn’t enter the fray at the party’s National General Council (NGC) meeting, for political gain.

“My acceptance to having my nomination being made on the floor of congress was due to one thing— my belief that governments should be of, by, and for the people. On Saturday a number of delegates, 40 percent of them specifically, had a different view than the status quo; and I gave them that opportunity to express their view,” he continued. ” I was an instrument for 40 percent of the delegates on Saturday. I was a manifestation of their view.”

Saunders’ also said that he did not  regret his decision, calling it a move that was ‘led by the delegates’ but the downplay on his personal aspirations and the reaction by the party leader to his interest, elicited strong criticism about Saunders’ address.  It was clear to some that what went unstated in the ten-minute monologue was disappointing; residents admitting they expected the former finance minister to ‘own up’ to the job he clearly wanted for himself.

Despite his abrupt exit from the Cabinet and the front bench and the fact that communication between himself and the premier seems to have stalled a bit, Saunders says there’s no drama or hard feelings.

“For clarity, the Premier and I have no disagreements, and we share no animosity towards each other. In parliamentary democracy, in some cases, if a Minister challenges an incumbent leader and fails, it leads to the resignation or removal of the Minister cabinet. This is what took place on Saturday and yesterday.”

During the live message Saunders also extended a protective hand over Delthia Missick, First Lady of the Turks and Caicos.

“Do not say or post negative things about her, it is not fair to her and her family and it is not right. If anything she should be admired for her tenacity,” he said.

Residents had launched accusatory attacks against the wife of the premier after Saunders was sacked; she too posted comments in her own defence.

Saunders, who concluded with a list of thank you and some of his favourite accomplishments used the opportunity to set the record straight, denying that he ever reported the PNP Leader to the Governor or aimed to initiate a vote of ‘no confidence’ in the leadership of Washington Misick.

The visit to the Governor before the PNP convention vote was simply a courtesy call to personally indicate that he might not be returning to cabinet, E Jay Saunders explained, adding that he realised that his challenge might result in a loss and a demotion.

All positions held by Saunders, namely: deputy party leader, deputy premier and minister of finance, investment and Trade were all bestowed by Washington Misick; his prerogative and at his pleasure as the duly re-elected leader of the Progressive National Party and the duly elected leader of the Turks and Caicos Islands Government.

”Now that it’s over, we the PNP have an election to win, and we need all hands on deck fully behind the leader of the party.”

Saunders has forecast that the PNP will increase its share of constituency seats in the next national poll.


“Mad Max” Convicted of Murder





#TurksandCaicos, April 23, 2024 – Blue Hills resident KENDALL RONDRE DEAN has been convicted of murdering JOSHUA SWANN.

Mr. Dean, also called “Maddie”, “Mad Max”, and “Dre”, was found guilty by a nine-member jury yesterday (April 22nd) in the Grand Turk Supreme Court.

Following the verdict, Mr. Dean was remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison, pending sentencing on 10th June 2024.

Based on the evidence presented, Mr. SWANN of Five Cays was shot multiple times about the body on Sunday, August 8th, 2021, while at North West Point, Providenciales.

Mr. Swann was transported to the Cheshire Hall Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries.

Detectives of the Serious Crimes Unit received a report, and following intensive investigations and interviews, Mr. Dean was arrested and subsequently charged.

Shortly after the verdict, Deputy Commissioner of Police Rodney Adams said, “This conviction demonstrates the RTCIPF’s commitment to bringing to justice those who cause the most harm throughout our communities using illegal firearms.

“This is an example of the effective coordination of the various units across the Force in supporting the lead detective in bringing about this conviction. The RTCIPF is grateful for the information provided by witnesses who came forward.

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Airports Authority aims for 24-hour airport and announces Scholarship programme



Dana Malcolm 

Staff Writer



#TurksandCaicos, April 19, 2024 – In an attempt to move to 24-hour-a-day operations Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority (TCIAA) is steadily recruiting Air Traffic Controllers to work at the Providenciales/Howard Hamilton International Airport, according to Godfrey Smith, TCIAA CEO, reporting to the Appropriations Committee.

Speaking on April 8th Smith said a cabinet paper would be sent soon requesting six more Air Traffic Controllers to make round the clock operation at the Provo International possible and to open the airport in Grand Turk till 12 a.m.

Currently, 17 posts are filled and seven are vacant.

Smith was candid with his responses to recent industrial action from ATCs which led to resignations and firings.

“What we have to do is find systems to mitigate such actions and that has to start with filling these jobs, putting people in that want to work and doing right by people – and we always try to do right by our staff. Persons may not think that we are but we always do – we ain’t pick no fight,” he said in the meetings held at the NJS Francis building ahead of the National Budget Communication.

Smith indicated that recruitment was an issue across the board, ‘we need to find ways to recruit a little bit better’ he told the committee. Also in need of a push was capital spending or projects according to the CEO, who said the agency had ‘not been very good’ at meeting that mark but insisted they had recognized the issue and could do better.

A very important key performance indicator drawn up by the TCIAA is increasing passenger satisfaction at the Howard Hamilton International Airport. For the TCIAA part of this means a 30 percent increase in seating by Q2 of this year.

When queried on if they could even handle this increase the CEO said,

“The fact of the matter is we already have the capacity there. What we need is to make the service a bit better.”

Staff shortages have become such a frustrating issue that the TCIAA is instituting a scholarship program created by Authority Chairman, Selvyn Hawkins

“What the board wants to do is basically allocate $25,000 annually for a scholarship and they’ve approved it already.”

This process would cover tuition and all other costs for one student.

The student would return as a summer intern and other breaks to work at the TCIAA and upon graduation, assume a role at the company.

“We identify a particular skill we need, we go after it and we build capacity that is in a nutshell the nexus of the program,” Smith said.

The Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority (TCIAA) is allocated $49 million this financial year; over $20 million goes to salaries.

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Flow TCI offers Gigabyte Speeds to Customers



Company delivers fastest speeds nationwide and boosts service reliability


PROVIDENCIALES, TURKS AND CAICOS, APRIL 19th, 2024 – More connections, faster speeds and greater support for customers. This is the promise from communications and entertainment provider, Flow TCI, as it embarks on an initiative to provide households with enhanced connections, greater overall reliability and now, for the first time, speeds up to one gigabit person second.

FLOW TCI Country Manager, Joanne Missick shared: “Our customers are at the heart of everything we do. We listen to our customers and want to exceed their demands, so we are focused on delivering unmatched value with customer centric products and services that are future proof. Flow subscribers on our Fibre Extreme package can now access up to one gigabyte speeds and subscribers on our Fibre Plus and Fibre Max package, as of April 1st, are also now benefitting from up to 5x more speeds.”

This is third speed boost for Flow customers in the last two years. This comes under the umbrella of the the Company’s recently launched “Working for You” campaign, where technicians are going into the neighborhoods across the island to conduct repairs, decommission copper cables, and increase the brand’s visibility in local communities.

“To date several neighborhoods have been served by technicians and the company will continue to go across the islands to ensure each neighborhood receives personal attention. We recognize that over the past few months some customers have experienced issues with the quality and delivery of our services. This is not what we stand for. Flow remains committed to providing technology and innovation that enables growth and positively impacts lives”, says, newly appointed Head of Technical Operations, Simeon Thomas.

Thomas adds, “We have been closely monitoring and reviewing every aspect of our network and there is room for improvement across each of the islands. Where we find shortcomings, we are taking concrete actions and assigning our technicians to rapidly make all necessary adjustments and improvements for our customers”.

Flow has made significant investments in expanding and modernizing its infrastructure and delivering a more robust and reliable network paving the way for the country’s digital transformation.

For more information on speed increases visit on our website.

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