The Bahamas, 02 Dec 2014 – From our neighbors North… As The Bahamas braces for one of the saddest memorial services to be held in recent history; there was this morning the shocking news of yet another downed plane. This time in waters off Clifton Pier in Nassau; a private plane running a chartered flight returning to the capital of the country from Governor’s Harbour, Eleuthera crashed; eleven were on board … ten of those individuals were found alive; one, a 77 year old male, died.
This amidst announcements that the Dr. Myles Munroe National Memorial service is planned for the country’s largest venue; with a seating capacity of 15,000 the new Thomas A Robinson stadium will welcome the general public and those who have journeyed from around the world. This national service is slated for Wednesday December 3rd from 6pm… members of the public are invited to BFM on Carmichael Road to sign a book of condolences the same day from noon to 5pm. There will be no public viewing of the bodies, but the bodies of Dr Myles and his wife RuthAnn will lie in repose at BFMI where there will be a brief ceremony between 10am and noon. Dr Myles Munroe and nine others died in a plane crash on Sunday November 9, 2014 while trying to land at the Grand Bahama International Airport in Freeport; his private Lear Jet crashed into a crane at the nearby shipyard, in bad weather with very low visibility exploding in mid-air. Dr Myles Munroe is a best-selling author, Gospel Evangelist, Motivational speaker, Gospel recording artist, mentor to many and advisor to government leaders around the world; he and Ruthann left behind a son Chairo and daughter, Charissa.
As for that plane crash this morning, it is already being hailed as a show of heroism, grit and skill as the pilot was able to bring the plane down softly… in waters of about 35 feet after experiencing some mechanical problems on the Ferguson Airline plane. ZNS reported that moments after the passengers and pilot were out of the craft; it was swept into much deeper waters said to be around 65,000 feet. By the way, attending the Dr Myles Munroe memorial on behalf of the Turks and Caicos is our Deputy Premier, Hon Akierra Missick. The Premier as you know is attending the Joint Ministerial Council meeting in London with the Governor.
Register of Interests of the Members of the House of Assembly
#TurksandCaicos, September 29, 2023 – The Integrity Commission advises that the Register of Interests for Members of the Turks and Caicos Islands House of Assembly, as at 31st December 2022 has been completed.
Members of the House of Assembly are required by the Turks and Caicos Islands Constitution, Section 103(2), and the Integrity Commission Ordinance (the Ordinance), as amended, Section 52(1), to file with the Commission, Statements of Registrable Interests. The Commission would, therefore, like to inform members of the public that, it has compiled the information contained in these Statements of Registrable Interests and has produced The Register of Interests 2022 for the Members of the House of Assembly, as at 31st December 2022.
The Register of Interests 2022 is now available for public inspection at the following locations:
- House of Assembly in Grand Turk
- Office of the Premier – Grand Turk and Providenciales
- Office of the Integrity Commission – Grand Turk and Providenciales (during the hours of 8:30am to 4:30pm from Mondays to Thursdays and 8:00am to 4:00pm on Fridays.)
- Office of the District Commissioner – Middle Caicos, North Caicos, Salt Cay and South Caicos.
The Register can be viewed at these locations during normal working hours or at a time that is convenient for the respective offices.
For further information or any assistance please contact the Integrity Commission:
By telephone at: 946-1941(Grand Turk Office) or 941-7847 (Providenciales Office) By e-mail at: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Grand Bahama to be CARGO HUB, as Bahamas & Qatar ink MOU
#TheBahamas, September 29, 2023 – With moves to deepen ties, governments of The Bahamas and Qatar have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to solidify agreements in principle surrounding the development of aviation and other related services.
This is according to Chester Cooper, The Bahamas Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, Investment and Aviation in a Facebook post.
This comes after The Bahamas Government in a press release on September 24th, revealed that Cooper, was set to meet with the head of Qatar Airways to have talks regarding “multiple mutually beneficial aviation opportunities for both countries.”
The release also said the deputy prime minister and the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Investment and Aviation are working on “forging strategic partnerships with several Middle Eastern countries to strengthen ties to The Bahamas and the Caribbean,” and this new signing is indicative of such efforts.
Following the September 25th signing, on September 27th, Kenneth Romer, Deputy Director General of Tourism for The Bahamas informed via Facebook some details of the agreement saying, “we have now established a framework for cooperation and formed strategic partnerships with Qatar Airways, Qatar’s Transport, Aviation and Investment Agencies and The Qatar Aeronautical Academy, that will benefit our country.”
Regarding further efforts for the improvement of The Bahamas, Cooper announced on Facebook again on Tuesday September 26th that both countries are working to make Nassau a passenger hub for Latin America and the Caribbean adding that talks are being held for Grand Bahama as a cargo hub.
Additionally, as the press release informed, Cooper is preparing for an on ground visit of Bahamasair domestic operations by Qatar Airways Technical team sometime in October.
Guyana to build regional food hub
#Guyana, September 29, 2023 – Guyana is making moves to become the primary food production center for the Caribbean, going ahead with plans to develop a USD$14 million regional food hub.
In fact, as reported by the Observer, the facility has already been identified on the country’s Soesdyke /Linden Highway.
“We want Guyana to be the food hub, the primary production hub of the Caribbean so that we could supply the Caribbean. What we have, our colleagues in the Caribbean don’t have. We have arable flat land and abundant fresh water,” he said, adding that with the multi-million dollar US investment, the country can, “modernise the infrastructure, and start ramping up the productions.”
Also, the Agriculture Minister pointed out that the project is geared to make for a more competitive local Agriculture industry as well as developing high-yielding varieties, pest-resistant and climate-resilient varieties.
Additionally, in the facility’s development, Guyana, Mustapha said, will work with Belize.
In fact, with more on Belize’s involvement, Dr. Ashni Singh, Finance Minister, informed that the Government is in talks with the Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley about sourcing inputs from northern Brazil and transporting them through Guyana to Barbados and vice versa.
Singh also reportedly revealed that the project will help develop the growing logistics industry in Guyana.
Considering regional food import cost, with this development, Guyana is the leading Caribbean Community country pushing ahead with plans to reduce the multi-billion dollar regional food import bill by 25 per cent by 2025, the Observer says.
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