first_imgHunter — the black Lab who sparked a social media maelstrom after he was adopted by another family while his owner was away fighting wildfires — awaits re-adoption at the animal shelter after he was picked up while roaming loose, and his owner refused to pay the ticket to get him back.Paul Scarpelli, manager of Clark County’s animal control division, said the dog had a history of roaming around his neighborhood dating to before when he was picked up earlier this month.Around Oct. 14, animal control picked up the dog and brought it to the animal shelter.Scarpelli said the county wrote the dog’s owner, William Jones of Battle Ground, a citation, but he refused to pay.“So, basically, he made it his decision he wasn’t going to reclaim the dog,” Scarpelli said.Animal control had received multiple reports of the dog getting loose before he was brought in this month, Scarpelli said, and from before he was picked up and adopted by a new family around late August.“That’s the whole reason he got picked up and taken to the shelter all those months ago,” he said. “We gave this guy every opportunity.”Hunter’s story kicked off a frenzy of online commentary late this summer, much of it angry and directed at the Humane Society for Southwest Washington.last_img read more

first_imgClark County – Dec. 3’s Walk & Knock food drive collected less food but more money than in 2015. The annual event collected 126.3 tons, or 252,600 pounds, of food and more than $16,000 in donations.In 2015, Walk & Knock collected 133 tons of food and $14,000.It’s the Clark County Food Bank’s biggest annual pantry stuffer, relying on about 4,000 volunteers. Besides food collected from people’s doorsteps, food was also collected in donation barrels around the county. Justin Wood, Walk & Knock president, said the amount of money raised could reach $20,000 or more in part because Walk & Knock has some excess funds in its administrative account.last_img read more

first_imgClark College and other Washington schools will offer a program helping students of color and women transfer to universities for science and technology degrees, the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges announced Tuesday.The Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement program, or MESA, will come to Clark to help underrepresented students pursue STEM-related degrees, or science, technology, engineering and math. The college will receive $125,000 annually to help enroll students in tutoring, extra study sessions, transfer counseling and study centers.Including the six colleges announced this week, 12 of the state’s 34 community and technical college offer MESA.last_img read more

first_imgThere are 75 port districts scattered across the state of Washington. Though they are disparate in their goals and assets, a scrappy local tech company wants to tie them together.Ridgefield-based startup PortEngine proposes to build a new platform that would operate a bit like the real estate site Zillow.com. But it would shine a spotlight on port-owned properties rather than residences.Besides tapping into a potentially large market, it could bring the evolution that port officials say their real estate marketing needs.Founded six months ago, PortEngine has netted close to $150,000 in private investment capital and attracted a handful of clients. Its creation came about in part because Port of Ridgefield CEO Brent Grening said he was tired of spending tens of thousands of dollars on real estate brokers.“The world doesn’t see me. There are millions of properties and we’re just one, just a commodity,” he said. “When (brokers) aren’t talking to me, are they doing anything for me? Are they just sitting and waiting?”Grening had vented his thoughts to John Laine, a Vancouver entrepreneur, who took that idea and founded PortEngine. Grening is not an investor but the Port of Ridgefield was PortEngine’s first client.last_img read more

first_img A Tuesday night police chase and gun battle from Vancouver to Portland closed a major freeway for 13 hours, creating traffic chaos that affected tens of thousands of people Wednesday morning.A few details emerged Wednesday about the incident, which ended with the arrest of another suspect in the robbery and killing of a Kelso convenience store clerk.Erkinson K. Bossy, 23, and a second person whose name was not released, were taken into custody following the police pursuit. A Vancouver police officer suffered minor injuries during the chase and was treated and released from an area hospital, according to the Portland Police Bureau.One person inside the fleeing pickup suffered life-threatening injuries unrelated to the gunfire and was in critical condition Wednesday, police said. The other person in the pickup suffered injuries that were not life-threatening and was treated at a hospital. Portland police did not say whether Bossy was the person in critical condition. Kayla Chapmanlast_img read more

Russian official describes reactions over Saudi plane incident

first_imgA video appeared on the Internet revealing flames leaping from the right wing of the airplane, which transported the Saudi Arabian team to their 2018 FIFA World Cup match to Rostov-on-Don for their match against Uruguay and brought reactions from fans and staff.Media reports suggested that there could have been a fire in the engine. But the Saudi Arabian Football Federation denied the reports of a fire incident. However, Alexey Sorokin, the CEO of the Russia 2018 Local Organising Committee says  the reaction to the incident with the airplane, was rather “hasty.”ScotlandScotland needs a hero: Billy Dodds Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 According to former striker, Billy Dodds his country needs a hero to inspire future generations as the team’s hope to qualify to the EURO 2020 is small.“There were no problems with the transport, there was rather a hasty first reaction. Later we found out that the plane touched down with both engines and flew off the next day. If there had been any malfunctions, then it wouldn’t have flown back, that’s it,” Sorokin said via FourFourTwo.Saudi Arabia has been eliminated from the World Cup tournament following a defeat by Russia 5-0 in the opening match of the World Cup and a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Uruguay in Rostov-on-Don on Wednesday. Saudi Arabia will face Egypt in their final Group A match on Monday.last_img read more

English FA fined £50k for England players wearing the wrong socks

first_imgAs if England’s World Cup exit was not hurtful enough, FIFA have now fined the English Football Association (FA) 70,000 Swiss francs (£50,000) after three of the national side’s players wore “unauthorised” socksThe culprits were Dele Alli, Eric Dier and Raheem Sterling who had been wearing the Devon-made Trusox over their official Nike socks after ignoring warnings from FIFA to stop doing it.Due to their actions, FIFA have now retaliated and announced they are fining the FA for “breaching media and marketing regulations and the FIFA equipment regulations”.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“FIFA had previously requested the Football Association to cease the activity that led to the sanction,” read a statement, via the Independent.“In particular, several members of the English national team continued to display unauthorised commercial branding on playing equipment items before and during the quarter-final match between Sweden and England.”The Swedish FA have also been handed the same fine by FIFA for committing a similar offence earlier in the tournament.last_img read more

Harry Kane believes there is room for improvement

first_imgTottenham’s striker Harry Kane believes he “could have done better” at this summer’s World Cup in Russia.Kane finished as the tournament’s top scorer with six goals in Russia helping England to their first World Cup semi-final in 28 years.Speaking ahead of Saturday’s Nations League opener against Spain, on Sky Sports, Kane said: “I think I could have done better at the World Cup if I’m totally honest.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“It was great and I scored some good goals and important goals. But there was stuff I could’ve done better as well – certain finishes and certain movements, but that is all part of the learning curve.“I remember coming back and talking to people about it, that to win a Golden Boot at a World Cup and think you could do better is exciting because it means there’s lots of improvement and I’m at a high level already.“I feel fully fit, we’ve come back and started the season well from a club point of view so hopefully I can take that into the games here. “last_img read more

Mexican fans wont need a visa for the Club World Cup

first_imgCONCACAF’s champions, Club Deportivo Guadalajara, is the country’s most popular team and the UAE is expecting thousands of Mexican visitors in DecemberThe United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation and the Secretary of Foreign Affairs in Mexico have signed a new agreement.With it, Mexican fans can travel visa-free to the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup to support CONCACAF’s champions Club Deportivo Guadalajara.Quiz: How much do you know about Hirving Lozano? Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 6, 2019 Time for you to tell us everything you can answer about Hirving Lozano. We will ask you 10 questions about the Mexican forward. Have…The team is considered the most popular in its country and with this new deal, the UAE expected thousands of Mexican supporters to travel to the nation in December, as was reported by The National.“We look forward to welcoming even more fans to Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, and the UAE in December,” said Aref Al Awani, tournament director of the Local Organising Committee for the FIFA Club World Cup UAE.Mexicans were among the most numerous group to attend the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia last summer.last_img read more

Hamann Bayern Munich would struggle to beat Liverpool

first_imgEx-Germany international Dietmar Hamann doubts Bayern Munich would be able to beat Liverpool in the Champions League knockout stagesNiko Kovac’s side finished top of Group E following their 3-3 draw at Ajax on Wednesday night with Bayern only dropping points twice in their six games.But Hamann, who won the Champions League with Liverpool in 2005 and started his playing career at Bayern, reckons the German club must hope they do not get drawn against the Reds for a last-16 tie.“Liverpool and Atletico [Madrid] are the strongest of the teams that ended in second place,” Hamann wrote on his column for Sky.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“What Liverpool showed was amazingly impressive once again. Klopp and his team are the last opponents I’d want to face.“I think Bayern would have little chance against them in the round of 16. For me, Bayern are not in the extended circle of favourites for the first time in many years.“The Reds lost three games away from home and still progressed. Sometimes, such things trigger something very special in a team.”The draw for the last-16 stage of the 2018/19 Champions League will be made on Monday at 12:00 (CET).last_img read more

City will be their own biggest problem Klopp

first_imgJurgen Klopp believes Liverpool still have work to do suggesting the biggest threat to Manchester City comes from within.The Reds are enjoying their best start to a campaign and their tally of 45 points from 17 games is the best in their history which leaves them at the summit of the table as they prepare to face Wolves on Friday.This could be Liverpool’s most compelling title bid since 1990, but Klopp is refusing to get carried away citing they still need to work hard to end their title jinx.“Only City can stop City, to be honest,’ Klopp disclosed via the Daily Mail on Thursday.“We have to play our own game and get as many points as possible.Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, LiverpoolMo Salah laughs off Sadio Mane incident with a brilliant video Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Mohamed Salah laughed off his little spat with Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane by posting a brilliant video showing they’ve made up.“I can’t say City are lucky here and lucky there,’ added Klopp, who is expected to have James Milner back after he missed Sunday’s 3-1 victory over Manchester United with cramp. ‘They aren’t. Every match day, they are spot on.“They were spot on last year when they got 100 points, and they stay in that mode. So “chapeau”. I have to say it.“There’s no sign of weakness. Against Everton, in the first 15 minutes maybe, but it was 12.30pm after a Champions League game. There were balls flying around and missed passes. But after that, they took charge of the game and won it comfortably. Thank you very much, next one. That’s why I say it. They are the champions. And they still play like champions.“We are all the challengers. That’s why we should concentrate on every game and not take any result for granted. We are all judged on that because they are the champions. They can do it, so it should be possible for us as well. I know what work we have to do — and I know how difficult it is.”last_img read more

Governor Beckinghams Latest Blog

first_img TCI tourism surges for 2015; March is biggest month Salvation Army does exceedingly abundantly more in Red Kettle Drive Premier to showcase TCI’s financial rebound at London meetings Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppClick below to view the Governor’s latest blog:http://blogs.fco.gov.uk/peterbeckingham/2014/09/01/keeping-tci-as-a-desination-of-choice/ Related Items:peter beckingham, shore club, stan hartling, tci tourism Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for youlast_img read more

Sundowner Music Festival this week

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Misick & Hanchell question allegations going global Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 03 Nov 2015 – A three day music festival is planned for the Caribbean’s Leading Beach, Grace Bay Beach and will feature not only music, but workshops. Gordon Kerr is one of the organizers of the Sundowner Music Festival to be held at the Somerset Resort where the line-up includes: a “Jam Cruise” on Talbots Adventures, a songwriters workshop with international artists and producers, a meet and greet with those songwriters, performers and producers and the concert on Saturday November 7th at on the croquet lawn of the Somerset; acts will include David Bowen, Wyatt Easterling and Naked Blue. Sundowner Music Festival runs November 4-7th and is a ticketed event. Related Items:david bowen, Gordon Kerr, naked blue, Somerset, Sundowner Music Festival, Wyatt Easterling Recommended for you What’s on TONIGHT in Providenciales Music Festival next month at Somerset Resortlast_img read more

Police tactical operation near Five Cays Blue Hills

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppPolice staged a Friday night operation which still has some residents who witnessed it talking about the militant demonstration which followed a tumultuous week of events in law enforcement in the country.  It was a four hour operation carried out at the Five Cays and Blue Hills roundabouts; we are told of teams of 6 to 8 police officers clad in tactical gear, brandishing automatic weapons which were clearly seen thanks to a portable high powered light which illuminated those usually dark areas during the stop and searched.  We await from Police, the results of the Friday stop and search exercise. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Barricades were also used to ensure traffic was guided and tamed during the exercise.  Last week the TCI learned that another woman from the Dominican community was murdered when her body was found in Northwest Providenciales; that three men were charged not for trying to kill ex-cop, Alboin Williams who was shot nine times; but with armed robbery of the security company owner on April 10 …. and the public learned in a Magnetic Media special report, that security officers are not legally licensed to carry any weapons in their job as a security guards. last_img read more

GOVERNOR AND POLICE COMMISSIONER DISCUSS SECURITY ISSUES WITH DOMINICAN REPUBLIC COMMUNITY

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppGOVERNOR AND POLICE COMMISSIONER DISCUSS SECURITY ISSUES WITH DOMINICAN REPUBLIC COMMUNITY: PLEDGE POLICE’S COMMITMENT TO FIND PERPETRATORSThe Governor, Peter Beckingham, met separately on 19 July the Premier and Police Commissioner and representatives of the Dominican Republic community to discuss the recent murder of a DR citizen, and developments since then. The Governor said,“I told Edwin Hernandez, a member of the DR Consulate-General, and members of the community how saddened I was to hear in London, when I was there last week on official business, of the tragic murder of Sorineida Moreno-Arias. Following the earlier murder of another DR citizen this is a tragic loss of a young life. I told the community that we have also reported these incidents to our Ambassador in Santo Domingo.“I said to the community that I had complete confidence in the Police Commissioner and his team who I knew were doing everything in their power to bring the perpetrator of this awful crime to justice. Commissioner Smith, who joined me for the meeting, and I underlined that the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force would leave no stone unturned to arrest the individual or individuals concerned.“Commissioner Smith and I also said to the DR representatives that we had no objections to the community arranging lawful events to express their anxiety at these recent incidents.  I was grateful for the reassurances of the DR community that any gatherings should be peaceful, and that they regretted the isolated attacks on the police by a small number of their group.“The Premier, Minister of Finance, Commissioner of Police and I also had a useful discussion about wider security issues. We agreed that we should consider a number of options to strengthen security measures across the community, as well as providing our reassurance to the public at large that we believed the RTCIPF, who had our full support, were working as hard as possible to solve all outstanding murders in Grand Turk and Providenciales regardless of when they were committed. We will consider options at a further meeting of the National Security Council next week, and subsequently hold a further meeting of the Security Council Advisory Group.” Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

FNM Split Leader reaches out to DNA

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, December 12, 2016 – The Bahamas has a new leader of opposition business in the House of Assembly; her name is Loretta Butler Turner and she was on Sunday sworn in by Governor General, Dame Maguerite Pindling.Butler Turner and others formed a coup, which on Wednesday forced Hubert Minnis, the actual leader of the FNM, potentially out of  the position due a constitutional right for them to claim no confidence in him and see him ousted.Hubert Minnis remains leader of the Free National Movement, but is no longer leader of Opposition business in the House of Assembly.  There was also upheaval in the Senate as most of the FNM Senators had resigned following the move late last week.Late breaking info from the Bahamas right now is that Butler Turner, has made Branville McCartney of the DNA the leader of government business in the senate. Related Items: #MagneticMediaNewscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

A Very Grateful Man TCIs Darron Hilaire laments following frightening ordeal with

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, August 4, 2017 – Providenciales – The past few hours have been quite an experience.   One I never imagined I would ever face.     I spent the last two weeks, and more so the last two days studying the wisdom books of the Bible — Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Job.   I became extremely fascinated by a passage from the book of Ecclesiastes Ch 12:1, which says paraphrased, “Set your mind on Christ in your youth.”I taught from this scripture in my boy’s small group session for the past weeks and have been eager to read the entire book to understand the intention of the author.   Through study I found out that in order to understood the message of Ecclesiastes, you also have to understand the message of Proverbs, which comes first, and Job, who comes last.The Book of Proverbs highlights the concept and the principle of wisdom.   It simply indicates that whoever finds and exercises wisdom is guaranteed success in all areas of their life.The Book of Ecclesiastes is written more from a critic’s tone of voice.   The teacher and the author describes how life is but a whisp of smoke. It is unpredictable.   Things good and bad happen to the wise and the unwise.   We all share the same destiny: death.   Death equalizes us.The Book of Job builds on this wisdom, and ends with a beautiful and powerful message.   Job is tested by God to the extent that he loses everything he ever valued.   The scriptures indicate that he did absolutely nothing to deserve it.   He then decided to question God and ask, why did this happen to me of all people?   God responded to Job very vividly in a vision indicating that, there are some things in life we may never come to understand. The message of the book of Job was simply to trust in God’s wisdom.I had a conversation with my Pastor earlier after mentioning this to him and he gave what I thought was a perfect summary.   He said, “fairness is not a biblical concept; trusting God is.”I may never get closure.   Justice may never be served.   But I trust that God in his infinite and mysterious wisdom and divine sovereignty knows all things, and does all things well.I recall not being fearful at all for the entire time that I was facing the ground, taking orders from masked gun men, tied up, held hostage in the backseat of my car, held at gunpoint, robbed, and released.   There was an overwhelming sense of peace and wisdom that saturated my consciousness and being to which I grateful to the Holy Spirit.The robbers remarked that I was a good man and therefore handed me my bag, my wallet and after several request, my phone—unharmed.I remember sitting to my desk yesterday afternoon reading Job and saying to myself, God, I hope I don’t have to be tested in such a way any time soon. Not knowing that, in a matter of hours, my time would come.  I am not the least bit discouraged.   I am more so empowered by the way my faith and trust in God has grown and has been growing.I am encouraged to share this experience as I assist with leading the memorial for my 19 year old cousin who lost his life in an accident that I was 5 minutes away from experiencing.May this be a lesson to all of us. God is Sovereign.   His wisdom is unmatched and not always understood.And as the book of Ecclesiastes states,   “The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.”Thank you all for the calls and comments. It was sincerely appreciated.Blessings and love,Darron D. Hilaire Jr. ߙEcclesiastes 12:13-14 ESVlast_img read more

Minister Ferreira Says Peoples National CleanUp Day in October

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 26, 2017 – Nassau – Minister of the Environment & Housing, the Hon. Romauld Ferreira, announced in the House of Assembly, September 20, that his Ministry is fulfilling the first of the Government’s promises, quoted in its public 2017 Manifesto, “to inaugurate the People’s National Clean-Up Day,” launched through the Ministry’s National Clean-Up Plan to start off in New Providence during October 2017, then extend out to the Family Islands “in an island-specific way.”During his House address, the Minister remarked: “Mr. Speaker, I grew upon a clapboard house at the foot of Kemp Road.   We had a broom for sweeping the yard, in fact all of the neighbours did; and every Saturday we did sweep the yard.“Today we live in a Bahamas where we have become accustomed to waste.   Whether derelict vehicles, fridges, stoves, or bulk waste, there is garbage everywhere.   This problem did not happen overnight nor will the fix be overnight, but it is a journey we must all take together.”Minister Ferreira said the theme of the Clean-Up Campaign will be “Keep Our Bahamas Beautiful” and is designed to encourage everyone to “Keep The Bahamas Clean, Green, and Pristine” by appealing to Bahamian pride in our country.   The theme implores cleanliness in our communities by reminding our people to ‘Be A Hero And Put It In The Can Man.’“The campaign will be executed in a five-phase approach with the goal to fully clean New Providence and maintain its cleanliness, and improve the general aesthetics.   New Providence has been divided into five zones and each zone correlates with a phase,” said Minister Ferreira.He explained that each phase will encompasses the constituencies or zones as follows:“Phase 1: Bain Town, Grants Town, St. Barnabas, Englerston and Centerville;Phase 2: Bamboo Town, Pinewood, Nassau Village, South Beach, Sea Breeze, and Fox Hill;Phase 3: Marathon, Freetown, St. Anne’s, Fox Hill, and Elizabeth;Phase 4: Fort Charlotte, Mount Mariah and Killarney; andPhase 5: Golden Isles, Southern Shores, Tall Pines, Garden Hills, Bamboo Town, Golden Gates, Carmichael and South Beach.”Minister Ferreira added: “the Clean-Up Campaign will require the full commitment and involvement of communities and stakeholders.   It will include the removal of garbage, appliances, furniture, derelict vehicles, rodents, and vegetation from lots and lot clearances.”Additionally, the Ministry anticipates that the success of the initiative will translate into the speedy and effective removal of waste; efficient monitoring; ongoing public awareness and education; and enforcement.   The Ministry will partner with media to get the message out.   And there will also be school outreach in hopes that educating the children will mean they will educate the adults they live with at home.“To brand our messages, the project will employ the use of a mascot, which will signal to Bahamians the source of the message disseminated, and the expected environmental content.   Posters for billboards will feature everyday people and celebrities and will be strategically placed at selected roundabouts throughout New Providence,” said Minister Ferreira.“The secret of an effective clean-up campaign is a good enforcement programme.   Appreciating this fact, there will be collaboration with the Health Inspectorate Division of the Department of Environmental Health Services, the Royal Bahamas Police Force, Ministry of Works, Ministry of Agriculture, and Community Leaders who we expect to eventually take the lead in keeping their communities clean, green, & pristine.  We also expect to receive corporate sponsorship and buy-in.”The Clean-Up Campaign is a voluntary event and all citizens and residents alike are asked to join in the community clean-up next month.By: Gena Gibbs (BIS)Photo Caption:  Minister of The Environment & Housing, the Hon. Romauld Ferreira.(BIS Photo) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Pedestrian Crossings Civilised Safer

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, October 24, 2017 – Providenciales – In the Turks and Caicos, our highways are unique because they run through our neighborhoods.   The two main highways are called Leeward Highway – which runs east to west and the other is Millennium Highway and it runs, north to south.   Everything from schools to grocery stores, banks and churches, apartment complexes and houses, gas stations, utility companies, mechanic shops and day care centers, retail outlets, court houses, medical facilities, law firms to social services, pharmacies and restaurants line these major thoroughfares.Yet, upon inspection, Magnetic Media is awed by the fact that there is not one single pedestrian crossing on any of these roadways.   No not one in nearly 20 miles of road stretching almost the entire length of the developed part of the most developed island in the country.While the argument can be had that the absence of these vital cross walks is due to the fact that the strips are ‘highways’ – the more compelling argument and frustrating reality is that there is nothing typical or traditional about our Leeward and Millennium Highways.Our highways are home to homes and business directly.   There are no exits to enter to access the services or one’s home.   No, you pull off the highway right into a front yard or to turn into a neighborhood or you can park at the entrance of a school or daycare or drive right up to a business- directly off the highway.  But to cross the whoppingly wide four-lane Leeward Highway or the frantically busy, two lane stretch which is Millennium Highway there is no civilized way to do so.Every day, the missing crossings put thousands of people who make up both the walking and motoring public at deadly risk.On Friday, October 21stwe got a case in point of the worst kind.   The horrible death of a woman who was trying to cross the Leeward Highway, where there is no median, are dim lights and often the area is a vehicle speed zone.   She was hit by a car, then rolled over by a jeep and died on the spot.   The drivers both stopped, but the woman is dead and gone.I wonder how many times this will have to happen before some remedy is introduced to make it safer for those living in these islands who have to walk to get to and fro.It is a sickening trend where the planning of this emerging economy has obviously and irresponsibly disregarded the pedestrian public.  Most people who live here and who visit here are not owners of a vehicle.  There is no public transportation.  There are hardly any sidewalks where the residential or indigenous populations reside, accommodations for wheelchairs is as rare to find in Provo as a mango tree and there are limited sidewalks across the island of Providenciales with virtually none for the home population.In high tourist zones like Grace Bay and Turtle Cove, there are six pedestrian crossings.  Four of them in Grace Bay, two crosswalks in Turtle Cove.  Both areas are relatively small compared to the vast spaces where thousands of walking employees, senior citizens and students live.Grace Bay has four cross walks, Turtle Cove has two and the Airport, which we tossed in just because –  has four pedestrian crossings.Down Town, there are two and one on the airport road.  Glass Shack area has two for sure, there is one in the heart of The Bight near Ianthe Pratt Primary School; three in the Clement Howell and Oseta Jolly schools zone and one in Five Cays, at the Enid Capron primary school there.   We tried not to miss any.  But if we have, it is inadvertent.The point of this report is not to tally-up the pedestrian crossings, because without question there are not sufficient of them anyway.  The purpose here and our hope is to encourage us as residents and citizens of the Turks and Caicos Islands to demand a remedy to the problem.  Maybe highways cannot have pedestrian crossings.  But we do not have real highways.  What we do have is a real and deadly problem which requires rectification.We cannot have thousands of residents residing in the largest populated community of Blue Hills/Wheeland without a safe and legal way to cross the street just because someone decided they wanted to name it Millennium HIGHWAY.We cannot have thousands of residents put at life threatening risk when they decide they want to cross from a visit at the Cheshire Hall medical Center to their home in Plantation or go into the NIB for their benefit cheque.We cannot continue to live in a society which disregards the fact that most people visiting ScotiaBank’s ATM live in the hugely populated Cheshire Hall district and will need to cross the HIGHWAY to get back home.We cannot rest on our laurels as leaders in the various spheres and distance ourselves from the fact that a person with their grocery bags after shopping at Graceway IGA will need to cross the thoroughfare to get home to The Bight.We do not have a hovering public, I mean people aren’t floating around.  Everyone does not have a vehicle.  Plus we say we want to encourage walking and activity to reduce the prevalence of non communicable diseases and there is a boom in exercising on our streets.  But it is not safe.I mean, if we are serious about creating a civilized, caring, healthy and safe society… then let us get serious and make the changes which will lead to a better quality of life for all residents of the Turks and Caicos – drivers and walkers, locals and tourists – because all lives matter. 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TCI Letter to the Editor HMP Inmate bemoans prison conditions calls for

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Date:19th February, 2018 Subject: Constitutional infringements as it relates to parole and other wise. Sir Your Excellency,After careful review of the parole ordinance I am left with a heavy heart and great concern that the process which was instituted to benefit inmates serving custodial sentences at H.M Prison, Grand Turk in being subverted by the nonchalant approach to the parole process by the very members appointed to the board and others responsible for providing necessary reports.I am of the impression that the board should be meeting at least three(3) times a year. However, for the past five(5) years now the parole board has been having one(1) meeting per year and using the tardiness of social services as an excuse not to have the meeting when scheduled.At present there are seventeen(17) inmates eligible for parole. My name along with George Munroe, Louis Francis and at least two(2) others should be at the top of the list but have been mysteriously left out. Friday February 16th the board scheduled to meet and consider six(6) applicants, leaving eleven(11) eligible inmates wondering when the next meeting will be held and hoping it will be before next year February. Meanwhile every month other inmates will become eligible and are left wondering when or if their applications will be heard. During the last year ten(10) or more eligible inmates completed their sentences without ever having their parole applications heard which is a violation of their constitutional Rights.Among the inmate population there is a fear of victimization, which is why there are not more inmates speaking out about the advantage that is being taken of us. However, I feel that to not let my voice be heard would be a greater of injustice and counter productive to all I’ve been working towards for the past ten(10) years, and indeed all we as inmates work towards.  Personally and as a population of inmates, we feel that the parole board is functioning neither effectively nor efficiently and is in fact in jeopardy of being in violation of serious constitutional infringements.Please sir, I do not want to be misunderstood, even though mine is the only name affixed to this letter; I am only the voice speaking out in conjunction with other inmates who find themselves in similar situations. After serving ten(10) years of a twenty(20) years sentence with three(3) years left to completion. I’ve gone from sleeping the first year away to teaching computer applicants/applications and serving meals simultaneously for four(4) years then moving to maintenance where I’ve been called to do everything, from running telephone and cable wires to draining the sewage system regularly. I was denied parole without explanation in 2016 along with Louis Francis and George Munroe and we all should have been called back for reconsideration last year but we were not recalled at the only meeting in January, 2017. So the systems that is suppose to motivate inmates to be industrious and better themselves while serving their sentences is nonfunctional despite continual prompting and admonitions from the Prison information desk(PID).In addition my earning potential ended after my second year, so for the past 8 years I’ve been earning nothing in working with a hope for parole as is the case with all inmates serving any sentence more than 2 years being that our release allowance stops at 750 dollars and the greatest earning potential is set at $2 per day. Again after careful review we are of the opinion that there has been a serious misinterpretation of the present ordinance in reference to inmates release allowances and relationship to and inmates earning potential for certain works performed.Morale within the inmate population is very low and our collective belief is that while the parole ordinance is clear on procedure and the criteria for eligibility, the board seems to be continually getting misconstrued and these should be misconstrued and there should be a review or inquiry into the parole process.Prison has become a place of punishment only where inmates are being harassed instead of rehabilitated, and those with the desire to change are left to motivate themselves and find they’re own way out of the revolting doors; instead of being an effective institute for skills training and crime prevention. We know sir that the prison comes under on of the government ministries, however we are also well aware  that the governor has oversight of the Prison.Myself along with several other inmates have long met the criteria for parole. We have been Industrious, of good behavior and have earned responsibilities integral to the daily smooth operation of the prison. Yet there is no recompense and no programs to motivate inmates towards reforming themselves.It is a sad state of affairs  we find ourselves in here at H.M Prison Grand Turk as inmates, therefore we are left with no other recourse but to bring our plight  ultimately to you the Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands and appeal to the humanitarian we believe you to be while simultaneously notifying the Premier Sharlene Cartwright Robinson, Hon. Delroy Williams Minister of Home Affairs, Ms. Sabrina Green Commissioner of Human Rights Commission and Mr. Leo Missick Chairman of visiting committee of our concerns.We are left now with only the belief that supplications have made it to the right people and further communication can take place in the future.Thank you for your time and consideration.Most respectfully yours indeed..Elvanthan HandfieldInmate Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, March 8, 2018 – Providenciales – To:His Excellency The Governor Dr. John FreemanWaterlooGrand TurkTurks and Caicos Islands From:Inmate Elvathan HandfieldH.M PrisonGrand TurkTurks and Caicos Islandslast_img read more