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Prime Minister Christie wants Bahamian culture institutionalized

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Nassau, 18 Dec 2014 – “We have to do better and we have to do more” were the words of Prime Minister Christie as he talked cultural development during his tribute to cultural icon Charles Carter on Friday evening at a park renaming ceremony in Mr. Carter’s honour.

The Prime Minister was making a broader point about the way The Bahamas has traditionally treated its cultural ambassadors, singling out renowned cultural luminaries in the names of Ronnie Butler and his former constituent, Joseph Spence. He also sounded off on the need to institutionalize both the recognition of local artists and to officially and formally facilitate the development of art and culture in The Bahamas.

The Prime Minister went on to reiterated his government’s commitment to the development of the arts as was articulated in Cuba during his plenary session address to CARICOM member states on Monday, 8th December in Havana at the 5th CARICOM-Cuba Summit.

“Last week in Cuba I articulated a commitment to the arts – to culture; I did in the presence of all of the leaders of the region there present. And I indicated to them that as of January (2015) I will become the chair and effective political leader of the CARICOM group of countries and in February we will be meeting here (in Nassau, Bahamas) and that I’m going to be able to stress and emphasize as I did in Cuba the great significance and importance of coming to understand the economic impact of culture (and) of sports.”

He went further. In light of the proven economic impact of culture as evidenced in other CARICOM countries, the Prime Minister thought it fitting for The Bahamas government to institutionalize culture by making further significant investments in the arts at the collegiate level to allow young Bahamians greater access to facilities, formal education and professional training to assist them in realizing their full potential. This would be an adjunct to the government’s policy of institutionalizing the care, education and training of children and adults with special needs such as autism.

“I told the President of Cuba then we were going to build our own center for special children in The Bahamas and I thought to myself we ought to also be able to say we are going to commit to building our own school for the arts, incorporated to the College of The Bahamas for people who will be interested in the theater – be interested in singing and dancing and being able to find and express themselves and their talent through some cultural involvement.”

The Prime Minister declared 2014 as the year of culture and the government recognized forty Bahamians as “Culture Warriors” in a ceremony earlier this year. In a major policy decision, the government has created Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival that will debut in May 2015. This cultural event promises to strengthen the economic impact of culture while adding a more comprehensive cultural component to the current tourism product offerings thereby enhancing the visitor experience.

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Five Cays Shooting Death

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***MEDIA RELEASE***

June 22nd, 2024.

Homicide detectives of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force are actively investigating a murder in Five Cays, Providenciales.

Initial reports indicate that shortly after midday, the Police Control Room received several calls stating that gunshots were being heard in the area of the Community Center.

RT&CIPF officers responded to the given location and found the lifeless body of a male with what appeared to be gunshot wounds about the body.

The RT&CIPF is asking anyone with information that may help in this investigation to contact the closest police station, 911, the Serious Crime Unit at 231-1842, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477 to provide any information anonymously.

Additionally, individuals are encouraged to download the Crime Stoppers P3 app to share information.

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June 22nd, 2024.

 

Two occupants of an aircraft were rescued around 3:28 p.m. today (June 22) following an intensive sea search around Providenciales.

The occupants –two males- are currently receiving medical attention.

The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force can confirm that shortly after midday, the Air Tower received a report regarding an aircraft landing on water (ditching) approximately 11 miles from Northwest Point, Providenciales.

The aircraft had departed from the United States and experienced engine failure.

Having received reports of the incident, a Strategic Coordinating Group with representation from the RT&CIPF, the TCI Civil Aviation Authority, the Airport Authority, the Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies, and the Ministry of Health was activated to coordinate the search and rescue.

The group worked closely with partners from OpBat and received confirmation that a United States Coast Guard helicopter had successfully rescued the two persons after three hours.

The victims were brought ashore.

Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police Mat Newton said, “I wish to express my profound gratitude and acknowledge the invaluable support of our national and international partners.

“This successful rescue operation is a testament to our collective strength and coordination. With the full support from our US partners and the local marine community, I extend my heartfelt thanks to our OpBat partners and the crew of the US Coastguard helicopter, as well as the Marine Branch of the RT&CIPF, the staff of the Department of Environment and Coastal Resources (DECR), the Department of Fisheries and Resources Management, Caribbean Cruisin, and vessels from the TCI Search and Rescue Association.

“We are now in the process of initiating an investigation into the accident in close liaison with the Civil Aviation Authority.”

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Swiss-Canadian Pilot speaks from Hospital bed; was THREE HOURS in TCI waters after Crash Landing

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By Wilkie Arthur, Danae Dennie, Deandrea Hamilton

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#TurksandCaicos, June 22, 2024 – For three hours in the wide open Atlantic Ocean, the two men who were aboard a twin engine aircraft forced on Saturday to crash land in waters near Providenciales held onto hope and each other, certain they would be rescued. Miraculously both men are now back on dry ground and are expected to make a full recovery, with local doctors reporting only superficial wounds as evidence of their harrowing experience.

Islanders in the Turks and Caicos learned about the aircraft mayday around 12:30 p.m.

“The Coast Guard received information from dispatch.  Survivors contacted dispatch by satellite phone saying they can see the helicopter.  Two persons in the water wearing yellow life jackets.  Several boats, as well as helicopter still actively searching,” was a key update shared with us around the time the men were pulled from the water.

It was shared with Magnetic Media that the private flight took off from Palm Beach, Florida around 8 a.m. on June 22 that the duo ran into some problems over the Turks and Caicos where they had planned to make a fuel stop.  Instead of refueling, there was an “orchestrated decent”; something pilots are trained to perform in the event of an emergency.

Wilkie Arthur of Eagle Legal News secured an interview with the man piloting the plane. He confirmed it was a twin engine aircraft, that both people on board survived and that he was Swiss-Canadian, his passenger, a Frenchman.

“The water was warm (pilot laughs) and I knew it was important for us to stay together, with each other and I had the watch and he had the phone and we just tried to get somebody to find us because it is hard to see such a small airplane in the swells but if they know that some people are alive, then they keep searching.”

The Swiss Canadian who opted to withhold his identity said that he was in good spirits and commended the rescue effort.

“I guess everybody is happy.  It was good coordination from local and US Coast Guard and the folks here, taking care of us.”

The men are being treated at the Cheshire Hall Medical Centre in Providenciales, brought in by ambulance minutes before 5 p.m.

Mr. Arthur spoke to the pilot as he lay, bandaged but grateful in a hospital bed.

In a press release, the Turks and Caicos Minister for Aviation, Arlington Musgrove expressed his thanks to the various agencies and the TCI boating community for their rapid response.

“Your service is commendable and is demonstrable of the rich community spirit that exists in the Turks and Caicos Islands.”

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