Tourists regretfully cancelling TCI holidays due to crime wave

first_img Related Items:#crimewaveimpactingtourisminTCI, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 31, 2017 – Providenciales – A Friday night armed robbery where again an American tourist was shot is already having the worst possible impact on the country’s low crime, reputation.    Guests are cancelling their trips to the Turks and Caicos Islands and opting for other destinations, saying that while crime happens everywhere, it appears local authorities are unable to get the situation under control.This latest story of an armed invasion of a luxury villa in the Leeward area of Provo around 10pm Friday, where the security guard was tied up with his shoestrings, and a Washington DC man was attacked inside the villa, is being carried by media around the world where they point out that this the second tourist shooting in weeks in the Turks and Caicos Islands.Police Commissioner James Smith, in a rare TV interview, where he appears on camera with ABC News explained that there were two men, that Police have not yet determined why the tourist was shot but that both suspects fled the scene immediately after the shooting and stole only a laptop.  It was explained in that Good Morning America news report on Sunday, that a special investigation team is on this case and Police are using security footage to help.No advisory against travel to this low crime destination has gone out by the US State Department, thankfully, but there is a warning for Americans to be alert to their surroundings.   The 57 year old victim, who was reportedly shot in the back, was on Saturday airlifted to Florida and he is in stable condition at hospital.#MagneticMediaNews#crimewaveimpactingtourisminTCI Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

EU Commission proposes €7bn loan to Greece for July

first_imgClose The European Commission proposed to give Greece a €7bn (£4.92, $7.7bn) bridge loan to cover the countrys financing needs in July using the European Financial Stability Mechanism (EFSM).The Commission believes the EFSM is the best means to provide short-term financing for Greece, Commission vice president for the euro Valdis Dombrovskis told reporters in Brussels.Greece faces urgent financing needs. It has outstanding payments and arrears to the ECB (European Central Bank) and IMF (International Monetary Fund) that need to be paid in the coming days. Euro area leaders therefore invited the Eurogroup to address these issues as a matter of urgency. Member states together with the institutions explored the options available. There are not many, he said.The bridge loan would have a maximum maturity of three months and would be repaid to the EFSM from money that Greece is to get from the eurozone bailout fund, the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) on the conclusion of negotiations on the next, €86bn three-year bailout.The proposal to use the EFSM for the bridge loan is controversial because Britain and the Czech Republic are strongly opposed to it.We are aware of serious concerns from non-euro area member states. We are therefore working on arrangements to protect the non-euro area member states from any negative financial consequences should the EFSM loans not being repaid, Dombrovskis said.Unlike the ESM, which is a eurozone fund, the EFSM is an EU-wide fund, backed by the EU budget and therefore disbursements from it need the approval of all of the EUs 28 governments, rather than just the 19 of the eurozone.But decisions in the EFSM are taken by qualified majority voting, which means that if 16 countries representing 65 percent of the EUs population support a disbursement, its opponents like Britain or the Czech Republic can be outvoted.last_img read more

3 city restaurants fined for unhygienic food

first_imgA Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) mobile court led by its executive magistrate Moshiur Rahman has fined Tk 200,000 to three restaurants in city’s Farmgate area for preserving and selling unhygienic food items, reports news agency BSS.”Of the restaurants, Chandrima Restaurant and Mini Chinese was fined Tk 100,000, Kasturi Chayanir and Thai Chinese Restaurant and New Star Kebab were fined Tk 50 thousand each yesterday,” a DMP release said.The activities of DMP’s mobile courts against food adulteration, preserving and selling unhygienic foods throughout the capital in the holy month of Ramadan are being lauded by the city dwellers.DMP has promised to continue the activities of its mobile courts in this regard.last_img

AL infighting over Khaleda verdict kills 1

first_imgRuling Awami League activists in Kanchan Bridge area in Narayanganj on Thursday. Photo: CollectedA man was killed and 25 others were injured on Thursday during clashes between two Awami League factions over establishing supremacy in Narayanganj centring verdict of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in a graft case.Suman, 30, was killed in the clashes on Thursday. Police have already detained 20 people from the spot.The BNP chief was sentenced to five years in jail in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.Witnesses and police said a group led by upazila AL member of parliament Golam Dastagir Gazi clashed with members of Kayetpara UP chairman Rafiqul Islam Rafiq ahead of BNP leader Khaleda Zia’s court verdict.The witnesses added that around 11:00am, hundreds of AL leaders and activists, equipped with sticks, gathered in Kanchan area of the city for the verdict of Khaleda Zia.They later were embroiled in clashes. Police then used batons and open black fire to disperse them. Additional superintendent of the district police Faruk Hossain said the two groups clashed following previous enmity that left several people, including police, injured.Police fired black shots and tear shells to bring the situation under control, he added.Dhaka Medical College correspondent of Prothom Alo said three injured were taken to the hospital where doctors declared Suman dead around 1:30pm.One of the injured Joynal, who is now at the hospital, said he is a Juba League member led by Golam Dastagir.They were injured as all of a sudden Kayetpara UP chairman Rafiqul Islam opened fire.last_img read more

Boko Haram killed at least 60 in Nigeria Amnesty

first_imgRann, Nigeria : Map of the city of Rann in Nigeria, destruction detected by satellite images. Photo: AFPBoko Haram killed at least 60 civilians in an attack on the remote town of Rann in northeast Nigeria earlier this week, Amnesty International said on Friday.The human rights group’s Nigeria director Osai Ojigho said “at least 60 people” were killed while satellite imagery showed “mass burning” of structures used by displaced people.”Eleven bodies were found within Rann town, and 49 were found outside,” the group said in an emailed statement, adding that some 50 people were still missing.It quoted one of 10 civilian militia members who travelled to Rann to bury the dead as saying the bodies found outside the town all had gunshot wounds.”This attack on civilians who have already been displaced by the bloody conflict may amount to possible war crime, and those responsible must be brought to justice,” said Ojigho.The death toll made it the “deadliest” by Boko Haram on Rann, she added.In January 2017, a botched Nigerian air strike intended to hit jihadists killed at least 112 people as aid workers distributed food.- Burning buildings -Rann, which is some 175 kilometres (110 miles) northeast of the Borno state capital, Maiduguri, has now been hit four times since March last year.The first attack killed three aid workers and saw three others kidnapped. Two of the three were later executed. The second attack happened in early December.On 14 January, fighters loyal to the Boko Haram faction led by Abubakar Shekau attacked a military position.Some 9,000 people fled across the border into Cameroon but were sent back, as troops from Nigeria’s eastern neighbour were deployed to Rann as reinforcements.Cameroonian forces were withdrawn last Sunday, which the United Nations said forced more than 30,000 people to flee in fear of another attack.AFP has been told the remaining Nigerian soldiers also withdrew because there were not enough of them to fight off Boko Haram if they came in greater numbers.Amnesty’s Ojigho said “environmental sensors detected fires” in and around Rann on Monday and Tuesday, indicating the jihadists returned after the troops pulled out.Analysis of satellite images indicated the two attacks had left most of the town “heavily damaged or destroyed”, and “well over 100” structures had been burned down.Many of the structures destroyed date back to 2017, indicating they had been constructed for those who had fled to Rann in search of refuge from the fighting.- Call to investigate -Rann had been home to some 35,000 internally displaced people (IDPs), according to the International Organization for Migration.Amnesty International said it wanted Nigeria to investigate the withdrawal of troops, as it “may have left tens of thousands of civilians exposed” to attack.On Wednesday, the Norwegian Refugee Council called on Cameroon to keep open its borders to those fleeing Boko Haram attacks.More than 27,000 people have been killed in nearly 10 years of fighting, while some 1.8 million others remain homeless and reliant on aid for food, shelter, healthcare and water.The UN this week said it needed $848 million (741 million euros) to fund projects for affected civilians in Borno state and two other northeast states over the next three years.An additional $135 million was required to help the 228,500 Nigerian refugees who have fled to neighbouring Cameroon, Chad and Niger, it added.last_img read more

American Medical Association Elects Black Woman President

first_imgBy AFRO StaffDr. Patrice A. Harris, a psychiatrist from Atlanta, was recently elected president of the American Medical Association during its annual conference. When she assumes the helm in June 2019, she would become the first Black woman to hold the position.“It will be my honor to represent the nation’s physicians at the forefront of discussions when policymaker and lawmakers search for practical solutions to the challenges in our nation’s health system. I am committed to preserving the central role of the physician-patient relationship in our healing art,” said Dr. Harris in a statement.Dr. Patrice A. Harris, a psychiatrist from Atlanta, was recently elected president of the American Medical Association. (Twitter Photo)Founded in 1847, the AMA is the largest association of physicians and medical students in the U.S. and the first of its kind worldwide. It lobbies for a range of issues but its core mission is to support scientific advancement, set and maintain standards for medical education and medical ethics with an eye toward improved public health.Dr. Harris said she means to continue that long legacy of medical advocacy.“The American Medical Association has well-crafted policy concerning the changing health care environment in this country and I look forward to using my voice to help improve health care for patients and their physicians,” she said.Dr. Harris was first elected to the AMA Board of Trustees in 2011 and has held the executive offices of AMA board secretary and AMA board chair. She has also chaired the influential AMA Council on Legislation and co-chaired the Women Physicians Congress.A private psychiatrist who consults with both public and private organizations on matters such as the emerging trends in practice and health care, Dr. Harris also is an adjunct assistant professor in the Emory Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.last_img read more