Bahamas, June 12, 2017 – Nassau – You can call it a major crack down on crime as over the weekend the Royal Bahamas Police Force, with officers focused on sending a resounding message to offenders and potential offenders that there is zero tolerance for crime. And if you commit one, you will be caught.
The man wanted from last week’s fatal stabbing of 55-year old Valdrice Bowleg of Peter Street is caught by police now. Police say they found Ronald Nottage in southern Nassau, the 45 year old was taken without incident and is due to appear in court today.
Coupled with this arrest, there were 31 others where handgun, marijuana, cocaine and ammunition were all seized. Among the arrests, two women for a Smith & Wesson gun and ammo and marijuana found in a South Beach home and others wanted for armed robbery, for being in breach of the Immigration Act, for outstanding warrants, three unlicensed businesses were shut down and 205 traffic infractions were all recorded.
A police report explains, “The operation is part of the force’s strategy to cut down on criminal activity by targeting problem locations and persons engaged in criminal activities such as, murder, armed robbery, rape, shootings, stolen vehicle, firearms, drugs and other criminal offences.”
A murder, on Saturday morning around 4am when three men while in a rental car were fired upon by men in a gold-coloured car. Two occupants of that SD were struck by bullets, one of them fatally. The trio was at a nightclub on East Street south when the incident happened.
On Friday night, a white 2003 Acura was stolen from a woman who had stopped at a fast food eatery on Prince Charles Drive. The suspects held the lady at gunpoint shortly before 11pm and sped off in her ride.
Police say they will charge a 28 year old man for the killing of Livingston Rolle of Okra Hill which happened a week ago today; Rolle was gunned down outside of his home and left lying on the ground. The 28 year old appears in court today.
The crime crackdown has also led Police to Bahamas Customs where they are reportedly investigating a break in at the warehouse near the Lynden Pindling International Airport. The thieves gained entry between Saturday night and Sunday morning and because of how they ransacked the warehouse, Police say it is impossible to say just yet what, if anything, was stolen.
News of a traffic death on Sunday night is also coming from Police. One man is dead after the vehicle he was driving on West Bay Street, somehow lost control and slammed into a tree. Both the driver and a male passenger were rushed to hospital. Only the passenger survived.
Regressive recession looming, forces UN to issue Cease and Desist message to ‘big’ countries
By Dana Malcolm
October 6, 2022 – Central Banks in advanced nations must stop pushing up interest rates now or risk sending the globe into recession where developing nations suffer most according to the UN.
In the last several months, The U.S. Federal Reserve, the Bank of England and Bank of Canada have all spiked interest rates in an effort to control borrowing power, buying power and possibly push down inflation
“The world is headed towards a global recession and prolonged stagnation unless we quickly change the current policy course of monetary and fiscal tightening in advanced economies.” It said, mincing no words, the agency described the potential global recession as ‘policy induced’ by developed countries. And this recession could be worse than the 2008 crisis. This is especially true for developing countries like those in the Caribbean.
“While all regions will be affected, alarm bells are ringing most for developing countries, many of which are edging closer to debt default.” The agency said.
And if it happens the recession could set developing nations back years in the struggle to increase their standards of living.
“As climate stress intensifies, so do losses and damage inside vulnerable economies that lack the fiscal space to deal with disasters let alone invest in their own long-term development— The global slowdown will further expose developing countries to a cascade of debt, health, and climate crises.”
If the globe proceeds as is the world will lose 20 percent of its income by and push developing economies growth rate below 3 percent which the UN says is ‘insufficient for sustainable development’
The Bahamas PM says the country is in a much better place than 12 months ago, reviewing one year in office
#TheBahamas, October 6, 2022 – Prime Minister Phillip Davis believes that since being in office for 12 months, marked on September 22, The Bahamas is in a “much better place.”
In his statement to the House of Assembly, Davis noted that the country’s economy was headed downhill when he was appointed 12 months ago, however much has been accomplished since then.
Improvements such as a reduction in import duties on several food items have already been made. The Prime Minister added that other policies are yet to be implemented to help mitigate the high cost of living. Davis noted that his administration is committed to improving local clinics which also involves hiring more doctors and a salary increase for nurses.
Union agreements have also been made with educators, counsellors, teachers, customs immigration and allied workers which resulted in increased stipends for these workers.
Prime Minister Davis mentioned that the government has made large investments in food security initiatives and social assistance for residents.
The Defence Force was also a major focus for the Prime Minister, who said recruitment has been dramatically increased and a sum of $6 million was allocated to vessels for the Force to improve border protection.
Bahamas Police first to answer call for help, as TCI grapples with deadly gang turf war
By Dana Malcolm
#TurksandCaicos, October 6, 2022 – Significant physical support for the Turks and Caicos is on the way from The Bahamas to help with the crime situation. The announcement was made by His Excellency Nigel Dakin, TCI Governor in an address to the House of Assembly on Monday.
“We are not releasing a date or more detail, just now, for operational security reasons, but very substantive support that the TCI public will see, and the criminals will feel, is inbound from The Bahamas,” said Dakin.
Based on his address The Bahamas is the Caribbean country that has mobilized fastest to come to the TCIs aid.
Jamaica, which now has an extra stake in the conflict after gangs affiliated with the country were fingered as partially responsible for the violence is also working quickly to respond to the Premier’s request.
“The Jamaican Cabinet is meeting — and we hope for support from them, as well. The trans-regional criminal links to their country makes a strengthened intelligence exchange a priority,” Dakin revealed in the address delivered shortly after 10 a.m.
In addition to the Bahamian officers the TCI will likely see physical support from the UK in the coming weeks. Governor Nigel Dakin revealed that after the third double murder over the weekend he has also joined with the Premier in making requests to the UK, this time for soldiers.
“I was on a call with the Directors General in No10, Ministry of Defense, Home and Foreign Office, at 5:30 am this morning working through with them the events of last night.” He said “I have asked for significant Armed Police and UK military support; the nature of that is being determined.”
Already on the ground are firearms specialists from the United Kingdom, governor Dakin in a decisive statement said plainly ‘more help is coming.’ In fact he was confident enough to gamble his job on the surety.
“I can also say that ‘His Majesty’s Government knows that should the UK not be able to live up to its obligations, what my honourable position will have to be.”
No response from the UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office has yet been shared publicly but Dakin promised to keep the country up to speed.
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