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Update on Myles Munroe & Others Funeral Services as Bodies arrive in Nassau

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Nassau, 19 Nov 2014 – FROM MINISTER KEVIN HARRIS – Global Ambassador Dr.Myles Munroe Returns Home!!! The body of internationally renowned author, speaker and founder of Bahamas Faith Ministries International, the late Dr. Myles Munroe along with his wife Pastor Ruth Munroe, Senior Vice President & Fellowship Pastor of Bahamas Faith Ministries Dr. Richard Pinder, Pilots Captain Stanley Thurston and first officer Frahkan Cooper were all returned to the Bahamian Capital of New Providence on Monday November 17th 2014.

A brief ceremony was held in the hanger of the national flag carrier Bahamas Air and was attended by family members, friends, church members, local pastors and members of the Government including the Minister of Transport & Aviation the Hon. Glenys Hanna Martin, her Deputy Minister the Hon. Hope Strachan, The Minister for Grand Bahama the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville, Member of Parliament for Bamboo Town Renwood Wells and Speaker of the House of Assembly the Hon. Kendal Major.

Bahamas Faith Ministries Pastor Emeritus Jay Mullings, Memorial Planning Committee Secretariat Chairperson Debra Bartlett, Former Cabinet Minister Zhivargo Laing and FNM Senator Kwasi Thompson, a nephew of the late Dr. Richard Pinder all accompanied the remains of Dr Munroe, his wife Ruthann, Dr. Richard Pinder and the other Bahamas Faith Ministries members from Grand Bahama to New Providence on board a charted Sky Bahamas aircraft.
Members of Bahamas Faith Ministries Real Men Ministries were also on hand at the airport and were assigned two men per hearse, serving as custodians of the remains of their leader and Pastor Dr. Myles Munroe and the other fallen members of the BFM family. The remains of recently ordained Youth Pastors Lavard “Manifest” Parks, his wife Radel and their five (5) year old son Johannan arrived in New Providence the following day. All nine (9) were killed in a tragic plane crash in Freeport, Grand Bahama on Sunday November 9th 2014.

The Home Going Service for first officer Frahkan Cooper will be held on Saturday November 22nd 2014 at Bahamas Faith Ministries. A memorial service will be held for Youth Pastors Lavard & Radel Parks along with their son Johannan on Wednesday November 26th 2014 with their Funeral set for Friday November 28th 2014. The Home Going service for Captain Stanley Thurston will be held on Saturday November 29th 2014 and the Funeral for Dr. Richard Pinder will be held on Tuesday December 2nd 2014. All services will be held at Bahamas Faith Ministries Diplomat Center located on Carmichael Road, Nassau Bahamas. A National Memorial will be held in Honor of Dr. Myles and Ruth Munroe at the 15,000 seat Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium. The Home Going or Funeral Service for Dr.Myles and Pastor Ruth Munroe will be held on Thursday December 4th at Bahamas Faith Ministries Diplomat Center located on Carmichael Road, Nassau Bahamas.

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Barbados bestows Humanitarian Award on PAHO director Dr. Carissa Etienne 

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By Shanieka Smith

Staff Writer

 

#Barbados, November 25, 2022 – The newest recipient of Barbados’ Humanitarian Award is outgoing Pan American Health Organization Director, Dr Carissa Etienne.  The government of Barbados grants this award to frontline workers who were instrumental during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Upon receiving the award, Dr. Etienne expressed her gratitude for the recognition, noting, however, that she was more grateful for the opportunity to have served on the island. She also praised Prime Minister, Mia Mottley for her diligence in leading the country and regional involvement during the pandemic.

Humanitarian medals were also given to Frontline workers who risked their own safety to ensure the needs of the public were met. Those who held supporting roles on the frontline received humanitarian lapel pins, and those who made generous donations were given humanitarian plaques.

Dr. Etienne highlighted one major lesson from the pandemic, “we are only safe when the weakest among us is also safe”.

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Bahamas and Turks & Caicos Immigration Ministers make appearance on TCI Radio Talk Show

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By Dana Malcolm

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#TheBahamas, November 25, 2022 – “We have a humanitarian concern of course but we can only absorb so much” was how Fred Mitchell, Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Public Service in The Bahamas addressed the issue of the UN constantly nudging Caribbean countries about the deportation of migrants and recommending that it not be done.

He was speaking Thursday November 24 with Cheryl and Zhavargo on First Edition which airs on RTC FM.

While acknowledging that the UN offices likely ‘have to do what they do’ Minister Mitchell  explained that the current irregular migrants trying to get into the Bahamas did not fit the bill of ‘refugees’ as defined by the UN.

“We have a treaty obligation that says that if people have a fear of persecution in their home country that we have an obligation to take them in as asylum seekers. The people who come through on these boats from the south of us are not asylum seekers. They are afraid of poverty and that’s a difficult issue but in a legal sense we’re not obligated to embrace people on that basis.”

He cited a study that had found, on any given day there were around 7,000 illegal migrants in The Bahamas trying to get to the US maintaining that his chain of islands had to take a stand on the issue.  The Foreign Affairs minister acknowledged that  TCI was in an identical situation, citing also the the cultural effects of irregular migration.

“There is a cleavage which has developed in our own society over this; people are very concerned that we could lose our identity if we do not get on top of it.”

Earlier this year Arlington “new sheriff in town” Musgrove, Minister of Immigration and Border Services in the Turks and Caicos had described statements calling on surrounding countries to do more to assist persons fleeing Haiti as “reckless and misguided.”

“Haiti has a population of 11.6 million people. How could any small developing state like the Turks and Caicos Islands assist that number of people or even the smallest fraction of them? We have a population of some 47,000 persons, and our health care, education and other social systems remain fragile and could never withstand an influx of refugees. This would be a risk to our very own livelihood,” he had said.

He was interviewed in the same show on Thursday prior to Mitchell and expressed a similar determination to crack down on illegal migration.

“I want to stress this. If we catch anyone harbouring illegals, it could be my mommy, she’s going up. We cannot tolerate this. We’re catching the sloops so my Haitian brothers and sisters should stress to them don’t waste your money we’re sending you back.”

Turks and Caicos, this year passed a law, doubling fines and prison times for individuals harbouring illegal migrants.

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Former Bahamian Cabinet minister defends record amid ongoing police investigation

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By Shanieka Smith

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#TheBahamas, November 25, 2022 – Former Youth, Sports and Culture Minister, Lanisha Rolle is reportedly currently under investigation due to several allegations that came up during her tenure; she however knows nothing of this alleged criminal investigation.

After the minister resigned – unceremoniously –  in February 2021 with little explanation, the ministry was locked down by the Prime Minister for an audit of the National Sports Authority, which fell under her ministry.

Auditor General Terrance Bastin revealed that unauthorised contracts had been issued, some of which were later forwarded to the NSA for payment. Three cheques to contractors were also found, which were paid to individuals and then collected by a senior ministry official.

Despite the allegations, Rolle said she upheld cabinet standards and good governance during her tenure. She added that a minister is not always aware of “everything in a ministry at any given time.”

Rolle said she has not yet been approached by the RBPF regarding the audit findings.  Having served as a member of the Police Force for 11 years herself, Rolle told a crush of media on Wednesday (November 23) that she continues to trust that they will follow the legal process and in due time, the truth of her innocence will be revealed.

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