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18 People celebrated as favorites for 2015

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m thompsonProvidenciales, 05 Jan 2015 – Turquoise Morning TV show, which is a Magnetic Media production which airs to 24 countries in the Greater Caribbean and key cities in the US enters 2016 recounting its favorite ‘people, places and plans’ of 2015.

It is a stellar list of the people who made the show and made 2015 an unforgettable year.
On the list of 18 people is NBA Champion and Bahamian, Mychal Thompson who opened the intriguing Bahamian sports walk at the Thomas A Robinson National Stadium; Hotel magnate and CEO, Adam Stewart of Sandals Resorts International; ground breaking politician and business woman, the late Dr. Rosita Butterfield, who died due to illness in early 2015; for his leadership in the biggest Turks and Caicos marketing adventure: Premier Hon Dr Rufus Ewing.

Other gems from the country’s number one industry who made the list: Turks and Caicos Hotel & Tourism Executive, Stacy Cox; esteemed General Manager of the Regent Palms, Karen Whit and 2014s Tourism Director of the Year for the Caribbean, Ralph Higgs.

Also in our line-up of favorite people is: Garnet Reid, Jamaican and founder of the Caribbean Hall of Fame; Ronnie Butler, MBE – Bahamian singing legend who is most known for his hit song, Burma Road; Elanor Fin-Fin Krawsonoski, super duper public relations manager at Beaches Turks and Caicos; Tellis Bethel, the Deputy Commodore of the Royal Bahamas Defense Force who launched out as author this year to write on the history of the waters between The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos; Rev Bradley Handfield who also took on a new role in the literary world and hails from North Caicos; his children’s folklore is called ‘Auntie Fannie Mattie & the Talking Potatoes’.

The TCI said farewell to cherished national song author, talk show host and Gospel minister, Rev Dr Conrad Howell and there was delight, particularly for Eight Mile Rock, Grand Bahama as they continued to watch home girl, Ginger Moxey of Immerse Bahamas soar as an independent business woman and leader of the Grand Bahama edition of Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival.

And what would 2015 have been without attention paid to at least one major sports figure from the TCI – Delano Williams makes the cut as one of our favorite people in 2015 and is poised to do even more this year as he was an automatic qualifier on team Great Britain for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games which are set for Rio in Brazil.

If you want to go back to the great ‘people of 2015’ with us, then subscribe to our YouTube Channel – Magnetic Media TV – you get access to over 400 Turquoise Morning episodes and hundreds of TV news reports and interviews.

Magnetic Media is a Telly Award winning multi-media company specializing in creating compelling and socially uplifting TV and Radio broadcast programming as a means for advertising and public relations exposure for its clients.

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Barbados bestows Humanitarian Award on PAHO director Dr. Carissa Etienne 

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By Shanieka Smith

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#Barbados, November 25, 2022 – The newest recipient of Barbados’ Humanitarian Award is outgoing Pan American Health Organization Director, Dr Carissa Etienne.  The government of Barbados grants this award to frontline workers who were instrumental during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Upon receiving the award, Dr. Etienne expressed her gratitude for the recognition, noting, however, that she was more grateful for the opportunity to have served on the island. She also praised Prime Minister, Mia Mottley for her diligence in leading the country and regional involvement during the pandemic.

Humanitarian medals were also given to Frontline workers who risked their own safety to ensure the needs of the public were met. Those who held supporting roles on the frontline received humanitarian lapel pins, and those who made generous donations were given humanitarian plaques.

Dr. Etienne highlighted one major lesson from the pandemic, “we are only safe when the weakest among us is also safe”.

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Bahamas and Turks & Caicos Immigration Ministers make appearance on TCI Radio Talk Show

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By Dana Malcolm

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#TheBahamas, November 25, 2022 – “We have a humanitarian concern of course but we can only absorb so much” was how Fred Mitchell, Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Public Service in The Bahamas addressed the issue of the UN constantly nudging Caribbean countries about the deportation of migrants and recommending that it not be done.

He was speaking Thursday November 24 with Cheryl and Zhavargo on First Edition which airs on RTC FM.

While acknowledging that the UN offices likely ‘have to do what they do’ Minister Mitchell  explained that the current irregular migrants trying to get into the Bahamas did not fit the bill of ‘refugees’ as defined by the UN.

“We have a treaty obligation that says that if people have a fear of persecution in their home country that we have an obligation to take them in as asylum seekers. The people who come through on these boats from the south of us are not asylum seekers. They are afraid of poverty and that’s a difficult issue but in a legal sense we’re not obligated to embrace people on that basis.”

He cited a study that had found, on any given day there were around 7,000 illegal migrants in The Bahamas trying to get to the US maintaining that his chain of islands had to take a stand on the issue.  The Foreign Affairs minister acknowledged that  TCI was in an identical situation, citing also the the cultural effects of irregular migration.

“There is a cleavage which has developed in our own society over this; people are very concerned that we could lose our identity if we do not get on top of it.”

Earlier this year Arlington “new sheriff in town” Musgrove, Minister of Immigration and Border Services in the Turks and Caicos had described statements calling on surrounding countries to do more to assist persons fleeing Haiti as “reckless and misguided.”

“Haiti has a population of 11.6 million people. How could any small developing state like the Turks and Caicos Islands assist that number of people or even the smallest fraction of them? We have a population of some 47,000 persons, and our health care, education and other social systems remain fragile and could never withstand an influx of refugees. This would be a risk to our very own livelihood,” he had said.

He was interviewed in the same show on Thursday prior to Mitchell and expressed a similar determination to crack down on illegal migration.

“I want to stress this. If we catch anyone harbouring illegals, it could be my mommy, she’s going up. We cannot tolerate this. We’re catching the sloops so my Haitian brothers and sisters should stress to them don’t waste your money we’re sending you back.”

Turks and Caicos, this year passed a law, doubling fines and prison times for individuals harbouring illegal migrants.

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Former Bahamian Cabinet minister defends record amid ongoing police investigation

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By Shanieka Smith

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#TheBahamas, November 25, 2022 – Former Youth, Sports and Culture Minister, Lanisha Rolle is reportedly currently under investigation due to several allegations that came up during her tenure; she however knows nothing of this alleged criminal investigation.

After the minister resigned – unceremoniously –  in February 2021 with little explanation, the ministry was locked down by the Prime Minister for an audit of the National Sports Authority, which fell under her ministry.

Auditor General Terrance Bastin revealed that unauthorised contracts had been issued, some of which were later forwarded to the NSA for payment. Three cheques to contractors were also found, which were paid to individuals and then collected by a senior ministry official.

Despite the allegations, Rolle said she upheld cabinet standards and good governance during her tenure. She added that a minister is not always aware of “everything in a ministry at any given time.”

Rolle said she has not yet been approached by the RBPF regarding the audit findings.  Having served as a member of the Police Force for 11 years herself, Rolle told a crush of media on Wednesday (November 23) that she continues to trust that they will follow the legal process and in due time, the truth of her innocence will be revealed.

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