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PM Minnis says Fiscal Discipline is Critical to Economic Stability



#Bahamas, October 12, 2017 – Nassau – The Minnis Administration is resolute in bringing fiscal discipline and order to public finances, as such discipline and order are required to forestall any possible dire economic consequences that can cripple growth and the longer-term prospects for the country.

“If we do not get our economic house in order, the foundation and the house are at risk of collapse,” Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis told Parliament Wednesday (October 11).

Prime Minister Minnis said the Government of The Bahamas is focused, resolute and determined to not only improving the economic vitality of The Bahamas as a country, but to also improving the standard of living for all Bahamians.

“Our vision is the ongoing development and transformation of our economy through creating wealth opportunity for more Bahamians; diversification within tourism and the boosting of new and other industries; and through the reform of public finances and the public sector.”

Prime Minister Minnis said the government has developed a number of strategies to achieve their goals.   These include the establishment of an Economic Council of The Bahamas which, the Prime Minister said, is providing advice on job creation and growth “which are critical to economic recovery.”

An Ease of Doing Business Committee has also been appointed.  Its mandate is to make specific recommendations to make it easier to do business in the country for Bahamians and foreign investors.

“The previous five years was the worst period of governance in the modern Bahamas,” Prime Minister Minnis charged.   “This Administration is reigning in public expenditure in order to provide for long-term growth and economic stability.”

Prime Minister Minnis said Administration Officials have a comprehensive vision for a 21st Century Bahamas and national development.

The seven-point plan includes economic development, transformation and diversification; bolstering national security, including combating crime and its causes as well as illegal migration; advancing democracy, good governance and freedom through government and political reform and social development, inclusive of education, healthcare, housing, child, youth and community development and other elements of social well-being.

Other components of the vision include promoting and protecting the country’s cultural heritage; environmental stewardship and protection; and protecting and promoting Bahamian interests abroad.

Individual citizens and residents, have a role to play in the plans outlined for national development going forward, the Prime Minister said.

“Development does not solely refer to public infrastructure and economic growth, though both are essential for national development,” Prime Minister Minnis said.   “Development also refers to the cultural and social habits (that) help to make a country successful and well-run.

“These habits include a population committed to education and learning; the rule of law; an efficient and effective public sector; the development of the arts and culture; a commitment to civility and public cleanliness, and the cultivation of values such as working together for the common good and social justice and tolerance for, and the celebration of, diversity.

“Law and order are as essential for development,” Prime Minister Minnis continued, “Moreover, when we ignore or disrespect law and order in small things, we tend to adopt this attitude with the bigger things.”


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TCI Police Detective Holden Speaks Up on Blue Hills Rapes



Dana Malcolm  

Staff Writer  



#TurksandCaicos, March 27, 2023 – Following the announcement that several women had been robbed and assaulted in Blue Hills in the past weeks, Magnetic Media queried why the Police would wait until they had a man in custody to release an alert. 

TCI’s newest addition to the top brass Detective Superintendent Dean Holden, Head of Crime, Safeguarding and Public Protection, told us that it initially appeared to be an isolated offence and not part of a series of incidents. 

“The full circumstances needed to be investigated to ascertain the facts before a public alert could be considered. Misinformation in such a case would only cause unnecessary public concern and confusion and could adversely impact the investigation and the safeguarding of persons involved—” he said. “Even now there is no definitive information that these offences are linked, and investigators remain open-minded.”  

Holden claimed an early alert with limited information could have hindered the investigation and they were trying to protect the women who may not have wanted to be identified based on where they lived.  

As it turns out, the public concern was very much warranted, because there have been more violent sexual attacks, and more victims got hurt, forcing their hands.  

“When further similar offences were committed, the overriding principle of sustained public protection was considered, hence the alert/release issued,” he said. 

That alert was coupled with the news that a man had been arrested. Whether those further similar incidents could have been prevented if the public was informed earlier and taken extra precautions, is the underlying question. To date, we don’t know how many victims there are. 

Police have increased patrols in the Blue Hills area and condemned the crimes as unacceptable. They have not indicated if anyone was charged for the offences yet.  

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Louise Garland Thomas High School are TCISS Inter-High Track & Field 2023 Champions



#TurksandCaicos, March 27, 2023 – After a festive three days of competition, the TCISS Inter-High Track & Field Championships 2023 have concluded with the A. Louise Garland Thomas High School reigning as Champions. Featuring a great turnout, eleven schools from across the Turks and Caicos Islands met to compete at the National Stadium March 9-11, 2023.

The competition was stiff among athletes, who were all competing for top spots and by extension a spot-on Team TCI’s CARIFTA 2023 team. From high-spirited invitationals to entertainment by DJ Shakes, spectators enjoyed the best Nationals competition yet.

Overall results:

  •     1st Place: A. Louise Garland Thomas High School
  •     2nd Place: Clement Howell High School
  •     3rd Place: Marjorie Basden High School

Twenty athletes have been selected for Turks and Caicos Islands National CARIFTA Team, some who would have competed in the TCISS Inter-High Track & Field Championships 2023 and some living abroad.

Here are the athletes:

  1. Roniesha Johnson U-17 Girls CHHS
  2. Branary Delancy U-17 Girls LGTHS
  3. Krysann Williams U-20 Girls LGTHS
  4. Anesha Varus U-20 Girls CHHS
  5. Lynn Antoine U-20 Girls Unattached
  6. Chyna Simmons U-20 Girls BWIC
  7. Rayvon Black U-17 Boys Denbigh/Jam
  8. Renaldo Registre U-17 Boys RGHS
  9. Jarmal Missick U-17 Boys HJRHS
  10. Melique Evans U-17 Boys CHHS
  11. Love Joseph U-17 Boys LGTHS
  12. Kaeson Garland U-17 Boys MBHS
  13. Shamar Garland U-17 Boys HJRHS
  14. Alieandio Durham U-20 Boys CHHS
  15. Bernard Hyde U-20 Boys CHHS
  16. Markey Zepherin U-20 Boys CHHS
  17. Rayvon Walkin U-20 Boys KC/Jam
  18. Anthon Walkin U-20 Boys KC/Jam
  19. Alidavidson Higgs U-20 Boys JC/Jam
  20. Darvioun Rigby U-20 Boys Keiser/USA

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Soca Warriors crush  Bahamas at home



By Rashaed Esson

Staff Writer



#TheBahamas, March 27, 2023 – Trinidad and Tobago’s Soca Warriors dominated the Bahamas at home, at the Thomas Robinson Stadium in Nassau, for the 2022/2023 Concacaf Nations League on Friday, with a 3-0 victory.

The Soca Warriors struck their first blow within the first 5 minutes of the game, with Kareem Moses making the first shot in the top left corner of the net giving T&T one to the Bahamas’ zero (1-0).

Soon after, in about 26 minutes, they made another shot giving them 2-0 away from home; the scorer Joevin Jones. By the 34th minute mark, the winning goal was made by Ryan Telfer, T&T now at three.

Neither team scored any additional goals as the match progressed despite attempts made by various players.

Trinidad’s win gives them 12 points through five matches.  Next match for the Soca Warriors is against  Nicaragua; that clash is set for Monday March 27 (at home in Tobago at the Dwight Yorke Stadium), in a tussle of winner-take-all on the final match day.  The victor takes home a promotion to League A and a spot in the 2023 Concacaf Gold Cup.

Angus Eve, T&T’s head coach expressed that the job is only half done, keeping aware that more challenges are coming their way, one of which is the nearing match against Nicaragua who is one point ahead of the Warriors.

Meanwhile, The Bahamas will journey to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines with hopes of emerging victorious there.

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