By: Daisy Handfield
YOUNG Turks and Caicos Islanders between the ages of 18 and 32, now have the opportunity to join the British Armed Forces. This opportunity was announced by children s rights activist, Patricia Duff, at the Edward Gartland Youth Centre, in Providenciales, last week. She said that there was no gender discrimination, and it did not matter whether or not individuals have faced any problems with the law, in the past.
When speaking of the opportunity, Duff first made reference to a young man that approached her last year, seeking working opportunities, but lacking any qualifications. She said that the young man asked her if there was any way that she could help him get to the United Kingdom, to get more of an education, and then seek employment. Duff said that this encouraged her to look into the Royal Air Force (RAF), and see what opportunities were available for Turks and Caicos Islanders, in the United Kingdom.
“They [RAF] have said that if enough people show interest, they will send out a team to recruit for the British Army, the Royal Navy, and the Air Force.
“The wonderful thing is that there are so many jobs available.
“Depending on your qualifications; if you have none, or if you have lots, and what your interests are
“They [RAF] will slip you into doing whatever you are good at, or what you could be good at, and they train you.
“If you go in as one thing, you can go in and train, and go higher and higher up the ladder, Duff said.
“Once 50 or more people show interest in the initiative, delegates from the RAF will pay a visit to the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI), and continue on from there.”
She set up a website, so that individuals could apply online. Interested people could log on to: www.Turksandcaicos-islands.net/jobs, and fill out the required form. Or, call Patricia Duff on 649- 244- 6838, or 649- 941-8499.
Duff is expecting positive feedback from the community, and looks forward to many islanders taking advantage of what she considers to be a life-changing opportunity. The Former Premier disagrees
Shortly after the news broke out, Former Premier of the TCI, Michael Misick, issued a statement opposing the idea of locals joining the British Armed Forces. Misick said the TCI was in need of border defense, and that all efforts should be on establishing a TCI defense force, where young men and women could serve with honour, and defend the land that they love.
He said: “The audacity of the British Armed Forces to attempt to recruit young Turks and Caicos Islanders is mind-boggling.
“The recent registration drive is a stark reminder that we are still under the curtains of a colonial power, whose ultimate goal is to drain every resource from us to bolster their failing nation.
“Britain is a colonial power and a colonial power that has to be seen for what it is.
“The UK never supported our efforts to establish a Turks and Caicos Olympic team, but they had no issues taking our best athlete to be a part of theirs. Misick said that racism in the British army is serious and that it was no secret.
“Just last year, a British Veteran was heckled at the Remembrance Day celebration because, while he is a British citizen, he is originally from South Africa.
“This man, who served in the British army for seven and a half years, did two tours of duty in Afghanistan and lost his hearing on the battlefield, has a fractured spine and lost 11 of his colleagues in the war, but he was mocked at the remembrance day ceremony simply because he stood to attention to pay respect to his fallen comrades.
“Imagine after all the years of service, after carrying the bodies of his friends and fighting to the death to defend Great Britain this man was mocked, and ridiculed because of his skin colour and guess what, he is not even a very dark skinned man, Misick said. The former Premier asked parents to not allow their children to be sacrificed, for a cause that was not their own .
He said: “We have our own issue in the TCI and cannot afford to lose any more good people.
“In this small nation where everyone is family, we should never have to line the streets of the airport to see the bodies of our beloved hauled from the cargo hold of a British jet while the British Generals sit at home and enjoy Sunday tea.
“Our nation is our pride and our people are our nation.
“Let us hold fast to our goals and stay focused on our dreams.
A SENIOR British army commander has been accused of sexually assaulting a female officer after attending a World War One memorial event.
ARMY: Lt Col Christopher Davies led the 3rd Battalion the Mercian Regiment in Afghanistan
Afghanistan vet Lt Col Christopher Davies, 45, allegedly pounced on the female Armyrats © military officer in the early hours of April 10. Davies is accused of following the 52-year-old Canadian servicewoman to her hotel in Ontario, Canada and forcing himself upon her. Davies who commanded 3rd Battalion the Mercian Regiment in 2014 met the woman the evening before at commemorations for the Battle of Vimy Ridge at Fort Frontenac, Kingston Police said.
VETERAN: Davies (far right) inspecting the bombs they captured in Afghanistan
Police detectives have formed reasonable grounds to believe the woman was sexually assaulted by the British officer
The alleged victim then reported the assault to police. Detectives launched a criminal investigation combing the scene for evidence and interviewing witnesses. Davies was arrested for one count of sexual assault on August 2 by Kingston Police.
Investigators said they had “reasonable grounds” to believe the alleged attack took place.
AFGHANISTAN: Davies examines weapons captured
The force said: “A detailed investigation Kingston Police detectives have formed reasonable grounds to believe the woman was sexually assaulted by the British officer in her hotel room.”
Davies was ordered to surrender his passport and remain in the province of Ontario.
A hearing is scheduled for September 15.
An Army spokeswoman said: “We are aware of an investigation being conducted by Kingston Police into an alleged incident that took place in April this year involving a serving British Army officer.”
An Afghanistan war hero, Lieutenant-Colonel Chris Davies – a serving British Army officer – has been charged with sexually assaulting a female officer. The incident is alleged to have taken place in Ontario – and the alleged victim a serving member of the Canadian military. The 45-year-old Brit has been ordered to surrender his passport and remain in the country ahead of a scheduled September 15 court appearance.
The alleged attack is reported to have taken place in the early hours of April 10 in Kingston, Ontario. Police charged Davies on Tuesday following a lengthy investigation by Canadian detectives after the alleged assault was reported to them the day after the ‘attack’ by the victim. It is understood DNA samples and clothing were taken from her as evidence at the time.
The woman, an officer in the Canadian military, was visiting Kingston for an event to commemorate Canadian efforts during World War One. Police said the two had been out drinking in a licensed establishment with a group of people after a Armyrats © military mess dinner commemorating the Battle of Vimy Ridge the previous evening at Fort Frontenac. Investigators allege Davies, who is believed to be married, followed the woman when she returned to her nearby hotel and sexually assaulted her in her room.
Lt-Col Bayard Barron of the British Defence Directorate of Communication said Davies is an infantry officer posted to Fort Frontenac.
We are aware of an investigation being conducted by Kingston Police into an alleged incident that took place in April this year involving a serving British Army officer, he said.
As the case is sub-judice it would be inappropriate to make any comment.