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Final report on aircraft crash in Grand Bahama near shipyard released

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The public is informed that in accordance with the provisions of Annex 13 of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICA0) Annex 13 and the Bahamas Civil Aviation Regulations (BCAR) Schedule 19, The Department of Civil Aviation Aircraft Accident Investigation and Prevention Unit (AAIPU) has concluded its investigation into the fatal accident involving aircraft N17UF, a bombardier Learjet, which occurred in Freeport, Grand Bahama on November 9th, 2014.

The aircraft N17UF made an initial ILS instrument approach to Runway 16 at the Grand Bahama International Airport, but due to poor visibility and rain at the decision height, the crew executed a go around procedure. During the second attempt, the aircraft struck a crane positioned at Dock # 2 of the Grand Bahama Shipyard at approximately 220 feet above sea level, some 3.2 nautical miles (NM) from the runway threshold.

A fireball lasting approximately 3 seconds was observed as a result of the contact between the aircraft and the crane. The right outboard wing, right landing gear and right wing fuel tank separated from the aircraft on impact. This resulted in the aircraft travelling out of control, some 1,578 feet (526 yards), before crashing inverted into a pile of garbage and other debris in the City Services Garbage and Metal Recycling Plant adjacent to the Grand Bahama Shipyard. Both crew members and seven passengers were fatally injured. No persons on the ground were injured.

The AAIPU has determined that the probable cause of this accident was:

The poor decision making of the crew in initiating and continuing a descent in IMC below the authorized altitude, without visual contact with the runway environment.

The AAIPU wishes to thank the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Bombardier, the aircraft manufacturer, for their assistance and valuable input into the field investigation and preparation of the Final Report.

The report will be made available to the public on the AAIPU website at www.aipu-bcaa.com. For an official hard copy please contact the Director of Civil Aviation at 242-397-4700.

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Caribbean among regions lacking in HIV prevention, treatment says UNICEF

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By Shanieka Smith

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December 1, 2022 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) noted that over the past three years, no advancements have been made in HIV prevention and treatment, particularly in the Caribbean, which is among several other regions that still have not attained pre-pandemic statistics.

UNICEF Associate Chief of HIV/AIDS, Anurita Bains said many young people’s lives are at risk due to this stagnation. The number of young people living with HIV globally is now at 2.7 million.

“Children are falling through the cracks because we are collectively failing to find and test them and get them on life-saving treatment.  Every day that goes by without progress, over 300 children and adolescents lose their fight against AIDS,” the associate chief said.

UNICEF noted a decline in the number of children living with HIV over the last decade.  The number of new infections decreased by 52 per cent for children under 14 years old, and by 40 per cent for those ages 15 to 19.  The treatment gap between children and adults still widens and failure to address this will make ending AIDS in children and adolescents impossible.

According to UNICEF, only 52 per cent of children living with HIV globally are able to access treatment.  Pregnant and breastfeeding women in many high-priority countries experienced a decline in treatment coverage in 2020, which led to over 75,000 new child infections.

Bains gave assurance that strategic partnership, the availability of resources, and a renewed political commitment to those who are most vulnerable will help to end AIDS in children, pregnant women and adolescents.

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TCI Natl Security Bosses headed to The Bahamas

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By Dana Malcolm

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The  co-chairs of the Turks and Caicos’ National Security Council will be heading to The Bahamas in the coming days to meet with both their Bahamian counterparts and representatives from the United States in order to deepen their security collaboration.

Governor Nigel Dakin made the announcement on Tuesday on Instagram.

The delegation seems to be a fairly strong one with the top bosses to be accompanied by Senior Police, Regiment and National Security Secretariat officials.

The visit comes as a five nation coalition which also includes the UK and Jamaica, works to keep crime under control in the Turks and Caicos.

In addition to that Dakin revealed updated specs for the country’s patrol boats. The Marine branch of the Royal TCI Police is now outfitted with thermal imaging and radar capacity.

The governor touted the new capabilities as a major refit that swings the advantage in the direction of the TCI.

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Canadian man charged with planning to overthrow Haitian Government

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By Sherrica Thompson

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#Canada, November 22, 2022 – The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, on November 17, announced that a Canadian man, Gérald Nicolas, has been charged with terrorism for planning a terrorist act to overthrow the Haitian government of Jovenel Moïse.

The fifty-one-year-old is set to appear at the Québec courthouse on December 1st to face three terrorism-related charges under the Canadian Criminal Code.  The charges are leaving Canada to facilitate terrorist activity, facilitating terrorist activity and providing property for terrorist purposes.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said the investigation began in July 2021, and it is unrelated to the assassination of Jovenel Moïse.

According to reports by the police, Nicolas planned to stage an armed revolution in Haiti and ultimately seize power.

“It is alleged that he took concrete actions, including travelling to Haiti to coordinate a group of individuals whose intention was to take part in a coup against the established authority,” the police said.

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