Police will not be rushed; still holding off identifying body
Providenciales, 20 Apr 2015 – Despite Magnetic Media online reports, Police did not confirm that the remains found in the Breezy Brae area last Thursday are those of Kevino Smith. Magnetic Media apologizes for this misinformation. Lead investigator, Rodney Adams, acting Deputy Commissioner of Police:
“We will not be rushing into anything; we will not be rushing this investigation. As the old saying goes, we want to make sure every ‘T’ is crossed and every ‘I’ is dotted. We believe we not only owe it to the family, but to all residents of Grand Turk to ensure that if the remains are in fact those of Mr. Smith, we owe it to the family and residents as well, to bring about closure as to what actually occurred of how he came to his death.”
Given gold commander status and special strategic oversight of the case, acting Deputy Commissioner of Police, Rodney Adams told media and family at a press conference in Grand Turk on Friday that there were problems with the investigation before he was given charge of it; this included the way searches was conducted.
“We have examined all that has been done up until that time and the decision was taken to visit that area and do a systematic search. I have heard about members of the public searching that area, our officers have indicated searching the Breezy Brae area as well. However, based on my experience as an investigator with strategic oversight, there were certain things I was not satisfied with hence the assistant Senior Investigator Officer and other members of the team and I discussed it and the decision was taken that we should go back and search the area properly, hence the result we came up with yesterday.”
Adams and his investigative team denied that their efforts were or are slow and declined to detail the condition of the body, whether there were other articles found with the body and even whether the body was buried or above ground. Smith is the only missing person report on the island of Grand Turk and while there was no outright admission that the body found was that of Kevino, there are some who did speak, at that press conference, as if it is indeed the 25 year old man who has not been seen since March 4th, 2015 is deceased; including an officer on the case:
Superintendent Darron Williams: “We know for a fact that there are a lot of speculations in respect to the demise of Mr. Smith, or his disappearance. To this date, as Mr. Adams said we cannot confirm this as yet until we do our further checks to ensure that we are on the right track.”
Pastor Chad Archibold: “Bay and Patty wants to know what happened to their son, they would like to be able to at least bury him in peace, and the committee as a whole would like to fully understand what was the incident that came about in his demise. I know the Deputy Commissioner has pointed to us out very carefully that the Police still has to do what is proper and properly identified the remains to be sure that they have followed all legal protocols, so we must be patient and supportive as they go through this process.”
Pastor Chad Archibold of Salem Baptist Church represented the family with other relatives at the press conference. At least one relative, used the opportunity to level questions at DCP Adams and others… as a result, we learned that the Crime Stoppers Reward offer came once DCP Adams took over the case; the amount is $2,000 but can be augmented by donations. In the debriefing, the public heard that Kevino Smith was originally reported for an incident at a residence in Breezy Brae on March 4th… then on Friday March 6th, he was reported missing by relatives.
Environmental Health Department Recognizes Caribbean Mosquito Awareness Week 2023
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands May 12, 2023 – Mosquito Awareness Week is fast approaching, and its an important initiative which was established with the approval of CARICOM in 2014 to raise awareness about the link between mosquitoes and the diseases they transmit and to strengthen initiatives aimed at eliminating mosquito breeding sites. Caribbean Mosquito Awareness Week will be observed this year from May 8th – 14th, 2023 under the theme “Small bite, big threat” and slogan “Beat the buzz: Prevent, Protect, Control”.
The Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is present in the Turks and Caicos Islands, can spread diseases such as Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika.
During the Month of May, the Environmental Health Department will be discussing ways to control vector populations and prevent the spread of diseases. This can include using insect repellent, eliminating breeding grounds, and properly disposing of waste.
Vector Control Awareness Month in the TCI is an extension of Mosquito Awareness Week, recognizing the threat posed by mosquitoes and is a reminder that we all have a role to play in preventing the spread of vector-borne diseases. Let’s work together to keep our communities healthy and safe.
For additional information, please contact the Environmental Health Department on 1649-338-2143/44.
Social Services hosts Special Event for TCI Younger Ladies
By Dana Malcolm
#TurksandCaicos, May 2, 2023 – Another edition of the government’s mentorship program “The Lady in Me” was held this week. This time young ladies in Providenciales were the ones being treated. The program targets at-risk adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 years old.
Photos of the beautiful setup shared with our news team show branded gifts waiting for the girls as they spent the two-day event sponsored by UNICEF focusing on how to cultivate healthy physical, mental, emotional, and behavioral well-being.
Students from various schools arrived in uniforms immaculately pressed for the event put on by the Department of Social Services.
Acting Governor Anya Williams was in attendance and expressed faith that the initiative would cause true change.
“It was a pleasure to share with them my insight into the importance of making the right decisions in their youth, which will help to shape their futures and why they should see and value themselves as their greatest asset and to hear from them their goals, aspirations and the challenges that are currently being experienced by our younger generations,” she said.
In introducing the program the Government had said it was aiming to help participants: “examine the adolescence values, competencies, belief systems, inner feelings, motivations, critical thinking, and communication skills,” in order to “build their self-awareness and interpersonal relationships to strengthen their self-esteem— to create a sense of pride and enhance self-respect, self-worth, and self-esteem as they mature and improve personally and professionally.”
The Department said the event was expected to impact 100 girls.
What’s at LJMMA? President explains snazzy equipment
#TheBahamas, March 27, 2023 – Situated on a Cay of its own, the LJM Maritime Academy (LJMMA) is the Bahamas’ only school of its kind and with sponsorships from Campbell Shipping, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Carnival Cruises, Disney Cruises, and more it boasts an extremely well-equipped campus. The Turks and Caicos Community College (TCICC) is now partnering with the LJMMA to bring those amenities to TCI students through TCICC.
Brendamae Cleare, President of the institution, joined in on a maritime stakeholder meeting introducing the partnership to the Turks and Caicos’ residents on Tuesday, March 21, detailing everything that the LJMMA had to offer.
“We have– classrooms, workshops, a bridge simulator room, a crane simulator, an engine simulator and we also have a GMDSS simulator and radar simulator as well,” she explained.
The simulator building was commissioned to the tune of $30 million and is only in phase one. Also included alongside the fancy simulators, which give students hands-on experience with the boat engines and cranes that they will work with in the future, there are temporary administrative offices, libraries, nurse’s stations and more.
Other buildings on the Cay include, a firefighting simulator and the school even has lifeboat simulators, which mimic what it would be like pushing the lifeboat off the side of a huge vessel and maneuvering it in the ocean.
The Maritime Academy was birthed in 2011 when executives at Campbell Shipping including Lowell J. Mortimer (which is the only Bahamian-owned shipping company Cleare says), realized that there were no Bahamians working on their ships and were determined to change that.
“We had the college of the Bahamas, which is now the University of the Bahamas. We had a technical and vocational institution. We had banking and tourism colleges, but nothing like maritime but [we said] why not maritime?”
And the LJMMA so was born, named after its founder Mortimer. In its first year, it fielded over 180 applications and accepted just over 40 students. It is semi-regimented, which means strict rules for students, just as they would have to abide by on vessels.
The institution is accredited by the National Accreditation and Equivalency Council of the Bahamas, the Bahamas Maritime Authority, the Institute of Materials, Minerals, Mining and others.
Cleare said the vision of the school was to become a globally recognized institution of excellence, in maritime education and training.
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