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Local Expressions: Middle Caicos - the biggest island; the biggest loser?

February 1, 2016
Let's bear in mind that, with those individuals on trial, the Crown's case comprises mere accusations. And as in all other criminal trials, there is and has to be the presumption of innocence, until proven guilty. Justice – the proper administration of the law, with fair...

Commentary: Too much evidence?

February 1, 2016
Commentary: Too much evidence? Every day since the corruption trial began the statements of the prosecutor are published to the media by the SIPT team. Anyone in the courtroom taking shorthand could also publish the remarks of Mitchell, who has the unfortunate job of revealing to the judge, defendants and onlookers...

Local Expressions: Salt Cay - The 'remote' gold mine

January 29, 2016
Let's bear in mind that, with those individuals on trial, the Crown's case comprises mere accusations. And as in all other criminal trials, there is and has to be the presumption of innocence, until proven guilty. Justice – the proper administration of the law, with fair and...

Commentary: Names and shame

January 28, 2016
Commentary: Names and shame For years the names of those thought to be manipulators and beneficiaries of the dealings of the Misick administration were believed to be limited to those eventually indicted and forced to appear in court. There was Mike Misick, Floyd, Lisa and Jeffrey Hall. Then there was McAlister...

Local Expressions: The trial continues

January 26, 2016
Let's bear in mind that, with those individuals on trial, the Crown's case comprises mere accusations. And as in all other criminal trials, there is and has to be the presumption of innocence, until proven guilty. Justice – the proper administration of the law, with fair and...

Commentary: In the beginning...

January 23, 2016
Commentary: In the beginning... The genesis of the long awaited trial of members of the Progressive National Party (PNP) is now being revealed by the special investigation and prosecution team’s prosecutor Andrew Mitchell QC. At this time, whatever Mitchell says is only an allegation and at some point we will hear...

Local Expressions: The trial of former premier Michael Misick, four of his ministers, and others

January 19, 2016
Andrew Mitchell, QC, prosecutor in the corruption trial, has made it clear from the get go, that his case is about "political corruption and financial greed". It all began in 2003, the end of the eight-year reign of the People's Democratic Movement (PDM); and ended in 2009.

Local Expressions: Welcome Sweet 16; and for a Perfect 10

January 18, 2016
As we welcome the year 2016, let's wish everyone resident in our Beautiful by Nature Turks and Caicos Islands a prosperous and a happy New Year. May there be justice for those of our citizens now before the court, facing various corruption-related charges; and let us wish...

Commentary: Minister regrets 'No VAT' in Turks and Caicos Islands

January 18, 2016
Commentary: Minister regrets 'No VAT' in Turks and Caicos Islands Rumors of the sun setting on the British Empire have been slightly exaggerated. The dominion Britain still exercises over the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI), my mother country, attests to this fact. As it happened, I was in the vanguard of TCIslanders who called on the British government in 2008...

Local Expressions: PDMs must Unite for Hope and Change; including any that might be thinking PDA

December 14, 2015
Will Rogers, a renowned American humorist, newspaper columnist, actor, etc., said: "I belong to no organized party. I am a Democrat". And truer words were never spoken; in America, the Democrats are well-known for each going his, and her own way -- practicing true democracy...

Local Expressions: And then there were three parties in the Turks and Caicos Islands

December 7, 2015
With the next general elections in the Turks and Caicos Islands a full year away – although we all know that under the parliamentary system of government they can be called at anytime – things seem to be already heating up, including the introduction of a brand new political party.

Local Expressions: Surprise, surprise, surprise: Gomer Pyle, I mean Mr Ex-premier!

May 28, 2015
Can someone please say when it was that the PNP government ever approached Britain for independence? The one time I know that independence ever became an issue between the two governments was when in 1979 then Chief Minister JAGS McCartney went to London...

Local Expressions: The PNP never insisted on jury trials before

May 18, 2015
If you roll back the hands of time you will find a desperate and eager Mike Misick petitioning the court to overturn elections results in two constituencies to try to gain power from the Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM). The Progressive National Party (PNP), as a whole...

Commentary: TCI held hostage

May 18, 2015
Commentary: TCI held hostage Kidnapped and being held hostage is one of life's most terrible possibilities. Freedom is a precious thing! However the former premier has held the entire TCI hostage for three long years. Michael Misick's exit and hiding and his fighting of extradition from Brazil absorbed two years. He arrived back...

Commentary: Coincidence in Bermuda?

May 18, 2015
Commentary: Coincidence in Bermuda? Recently on April 3, 2015, I read that the government of the Turks and Caicos Islands had signed a $224 million arrangement to develop a hotel resort. At first glance it sounded great. Then something grabbed my attention. A name I had heard before very recently and very frequently. No way, José...

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