West end residents protest
Bahamas, July 5th 2017 – Grand Bahama – Angry West end residents are now protesting against charges laid on the Woodside and Stubbs family, six persons in total, who were arrested for possession of over $4M worth of drugs.
Yesterday Magnetic Media reported that six Grand Bahama residents, after appearing before Deputy Chief Magistrate, Andrew Forbes, were not able to get bail and remanded to the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services until their trail on October 12th 2017.
Charged are 33-year old twin sisters Naomi and Ruth Woodside, 23-year old Silia Woodside, 44yr-old Arthur McNeil Stubbs Sr, his son 22 year-old Arthur McNeil Stubbs Jr and his wife 41-year old Helena Stubbs. All six relatives were arrested on June 26th after police discovered 424lbs of suspected cocaine at their West end home.
According to the residents, the arrest came as a complete shock to the community as all six residents are law-abiding citizens, some of who are Sunday school teachers, a lay minister at the St. Mary’s church and none with prior criminal history. One senior member resident, Mr. Dennis Martin said that the drugs were found locked in a vehicle, which was parked in the vicinity of the Woodside and Stubbs’ home, but that the families were not responsible for it.
Stubbs Jr. owns a vehicle repair business and many vehicles are usually parked in front of his home. However, when police came to West end on June 26th, they met a locked car and neither Stubbs nor any of the suspects arrested had keys nor knew who owned the vehicle. As a result, they were all arrested. No additional drugs were found inside of either homes or on their person.
Residents became even further infuriated after the charges were laid yesterday because they say the court had no grounds to charge them on. Additionally, residents are threatening to riot if all six persons are not immediately released, especially since twin sisters Naomi and Ruth are the sole caretakers of their 95-year-old mother. 23-year old Silia is also a college graduate who recently returned to the Bahamas.
The residents are calling on the Attorney General and Minister of National Security to look into the matter immediately or expect heightened retaliation.
Story By: Kay-Marie Fletcher
Earth Day celebrations
#TurksandCaicos, March 31, 2023 – Earth Day is coming up on April 22, 2023, and the Department of Environment and Coastal resources is hosting a poetry competition for TCI youth to mark the event.
Students of all ages are encouraged to write a sonnet to celebrate the TCI’s natural beauty; the winning poem will be published in the Times of the Island Magazine.
The deadline for poems to be submitted is April 30, 2023, and students should submit their poem via email to email@example.com or in person to any DECR office. Entries must include the student’s name, age and school.
The department promises that there are prizes to be won for the top poets.
April 22 marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement 53 years ago and helps demonstrate support for environmental protection. The theme for this year is “Invest In Our Planet.”
This year‘s theme follows years of missed climate action goals by governments globally, including poor climate financing. The Turks and Caicos and other small island developing states are particularly at risk environmentally because of the growing threat of climate change.
Currently the country is working through the Environmental Health Department DECR, Fisheries Department, and more to create sustainable fishing, farming, and marine practices that will benefit the country economically, but also protect its natural flora and fauna.
Projects include sargassum research, coral nurseries to rebuild the country’s coral reef, farming in schools, marine spatial planning to create an effective plan for the use of marine resources, participation in the UK Blue Belt program to protect local marine life, and much more.
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Bahamas Golden Jubilee Events Announced, Celebrations Across 33 Islands & Cays
#TheBahamas, March 27, 2023 – As the 50th anniversary of our nation’s independence approaches, Bahamians everywhere are teeming with excitement and expectancy around the year-long celebrations set by The National Independence Secretariat.
Yesterday, the Prime Minister joined H.E Leslia Miller Brice, Chair of The National Independence Secretariat to unveil the Calendar of Events for the 50th Independence celebrations.
The calendar comprises a host of events, initiatives and recommendations for celebrations throughout all 33 islands of The Bahamas.
At this jubilant occasion the PM stated, “Celebrating independence is about acknowledging the greatness around us, the greatness within us, and the greatness ahead of us.
We are Bahamians. That identity is special.”
View the newly released calendar of events here:
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