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Police will not be rushed; still holding off identifying body

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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.

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Missing in House Meetings, BVI law requires By-Election soon

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By Dana Malcolm

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#BVI, August 4, 2022 – The British Virgin Islands will soon have a by-election to contest embattled former premier Andrew Fahie seat in the House of Assembly(HOA). Fahie will likely lose his seat in the coming weeks as the speaker of the house confirmed she will not be granting the ex-premier anymore leave to miss sittings of the House according to local media. 

Fahie is forbidden from leaving Miami while he awaits his court appearance on drug charges after being arrested along with fellow countrywoman, Olenvine Maynard in a DEA operation.

No member of the HOA is allowed to miss three consecutive meetings without leave from the speaker of the house in the BVI.  Once the time expires a by election will be triggered

Fahie has plead “not guilty” to the drug charges against him and remains in Miami at the home of his two daughters who along with his wife have had to surrender their passports.

The BVI narrowly avoided a partial constitutional suspension earlier this year after a UK led Commission of Inquiry found widespread instances of corruption in the government.

Dr Natalio D. Wheatley continues as Acting Premier of the British Virgin Islands.

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A pristine bay in Exuma contaminated in Diesel Spill, Bahamas Gov’t opens investigation

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By Dana Malcolm

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#TheBahamas, July 25, 2022 – Bahamian companies are making significant progress in their effort to clean up a 35,000 gallon fuel spill in some of the most pristine waters in the world: Exuma.

By Thursday afternoon 11,000 gallons had already been removed and the rest is expected to be siphoned out by Friday. The spill was noticed about 4am Wednesday morning during a fuel transfer which was on its way to Bahamas Power and Light (BPL).

Chester Cooper, in acting Prime Minister capacity at the time of the messy spill in his constituency.  Cooper flew into Exuma with a team of ministers and media to assess the damage.  Bahamian-owned, Sun Oil was the source of the diesel leak.

“It was on its way to BPL but ended up here in the cove. We are happy that it appears to be contained,” said Cooper, obviously concerned but expressing relief for the manageable scope of the spill.

In a statement shared with Bahamian media houses Sun Oil said ‘at 4am Wednesday morning crew members onboard the MT Arabian, a vessel contracted on behalf of Sun Oil Limited to deliver diesel fuel, discovered a leak during the discharging process. The crew deployed absorbent pads and containment buoys near the shoreline at sunrise.’

Cleanup is being led by the crew of the vessel with mechanical assistance from BPL whose trucks are holding the fuel.

Utilities Minister Alfred Sears gave this report last week on the cleanup efforts.

“Additional booms are on the way and additional pumps have been secured by BPL to accelerate the process of removal and it will be taken to a waiting ship.”

The fuel is contained to one area, thanks to the booms, said to be the bay of the Exuma Sailing Club.

In photos, while it does appear to be contained, the turquoise of the fuel free water is a jarring contrast with the now brown-black of the contaminated water and residents say the odor is equally putrid and far reaching.

Bahamian Reporter Marlena Leonard said she could smell the odor in the bus on her way to the site and residents told her they could smell it all the way in town.

Aerial images shared by the Bahamian Ministry of Works on Twitter are heartbreaking, showing the extent of the spill stretching from the bay to the open ocean.

Bahamians have taken to Twitter expressing distress, one said

“In the interest of my mental health, I am required to pretend that I did not see news about that oil spill in Exuma.”

Another said, “An oil spill anywhere in this country should spark outrage but something about seeing it happened in Exuma just feels different—“

The was a concerted effort by high ranking officials to see the scene and debrief the media. Officials from Sun Oil, BPL, the Ministry of Environment, Utilities Minister Alfred Sears, various other government officials and Acting Prime Minister Chester Cooper attended the scene yesterday morning. Prime Minister Philip Davis was in Miami at the time attending a CANTO telecommunications conference.

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Turks & Caicos and World trending up in COVID cases while Africa experiences big drop

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By Dana Malcolm

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#TurksandCaicos, July 15, 2022 – Covid-19 cases are trending up globally and in the Turks and Caicos. There were twenty one new cases between July 3rd to 9th and 61 positive cases on the island overall according to the most recent COVID-19 report. This is the highest reported total weekly case count  since the beginning of May.

They were eighteen new cases in Providenciales and three in Grand Turk. There was also one new hospitalization, thankfully there were no new deaths.

Global deaths on the other hand have a risen over 1,500 compared to two weeks ago

Brazil and the United States consistently record some of the highest case numbers in the Americas. The US had 722,000 new cases and Brazil had 396,000 new cases. Both countries along with Chile continue to record the highest death toll in the Americas.

The African region saw a major drop in cases a 33 percent decrease compared to the previous week, deaths were 17 percent lower.

Unfortunately the Eastern Mediterranean region including countries like Tunisia, Iran and Morocco saw a 78 percent increase in people who died due to Covid-19.

The BA.5 variant has not overtaken Omicron as the most dominant strain of the COVID-19 virus but infection linked to BA.5 are rising.

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