#Nassau, June 7, 2019 – Bahamas – Marie Rodland-Allen, CIBC FirstCaribbean Managing Director for The Bahamas and TCI, recently embarked on a cross-country branch tour throughout the Turks & Caicos Islands. The trip marked her first visit to the bank’s Grand Turk branch since its official grand re-opening in November 2018.
“I’m very pleased to see the success of our Grand Turk branch. There was obviously a need for us to re-open in the community. The renovations look great and to see firsthand how far the bank has come and the progress made is very satisfying. The staff and management should be proud and pleased. I’d like to thank our TCI employees for all that they do to make CIBC FirstCaribbean the bank of choice for our clients. While the renovations to this branch are impressive, our employees are the biggest and greatest asset that we have at this institution,” Mrs. Rodland-Allen said.
During her stay in TCI, she also visited with staff at CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Grace Bay branch and met with Country Manager Larry Lawrence. Along with other members of the bank’s Country Management Committee, they enjoyed a delicious lunch at Mango Reef Restaurant and discussed future CIBC FirstCaribbean bank plans for the Turks & Caicos Islands.
Release: CIBC FirstCaribbean International
Header: CIBC FirstCaribbean Managing Director (Bahamas & TCI) Marie Rodland-Allen was in the Turks & Caicos Islands for a recent cross-country branch tour. Pictured are Mrs. Rodland-Allen and TCI Country Manager Larry Lawrence with employees during her visit at the bank’s Grace Bay branch. Photo credit: The TCI Sun
First Insert: CIBC FirstCaribbean Managing Director (Bahamas & TCI) Marie Rodland-Allen and TCI Country Manager Larry Lawrence. Photo credit: The TCI Sun
Second Insert: CIBC FirstCaribbean Managing Director (Bahamas & TCI) Marie Rodland-Allen and the TCI Country Management Committee met for a business lunch to discuss future banking plans for the institution during her recent visit to the Turks & Caicos Islands. L to R: Claudette Higgs, Senior Relationship Manager of Sales and Platinum Banking, Leeward Highway Branch; Audley Higgs, Head of International Banking, Grace Bay Branch; Becky Glinton, Branch Manager, Grace Bay Branch; Marie Rodland-Allen, Managing Director (Bahamas & TCI); Queena Wilson, Branch Manager, Grand Turk Branch; Kayla Delancy, Operations Supervisor, Leeward Highway Branch; Rudell Williams, Branch Manager, Leeward Highway Branch; and Larry Lawrence, Country Manager. Photo credit: The TCI Sun
National Food Policy to be created in the Bahamas
By Shanieka Smith
#TheBahamas, February 2, 2023 – A new initiative by the Ministry of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Family Island Affairs in the Bahamas will see the creation of a National Food Policy geared towards ensuring food security on the island.
“This agricultural policy would encompass a holistic approach and incorporate regulations, legislation, and other aspects to assist the farmers who have not really gotten the attention they deserve for a long time,” said the Minister of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Family Island Affairs, Hon. Clay Sweeting.
Other initiatives within the agriculture sector will also be implemented, such as the digitalization of applications and forms, which will make farming more efficient.
Clay said, “we have already digitalized for the most part the Department of Marine Resources and soon we will unveil new services such as dog licences, import permits, and other services needed for a successful agricultural sector.”
The construction of the Cultivation Centres (TCC) in Eleuthera and New Providence with produce exchange, food processing kitchens and farm stores will continue.
Sweeting said he hopes these initiatives will help to decrease the country’s yearly $1 billion food import bill.
Consumer protection, 85 businesses to be put under watch
By Dana Malcolm
February 2, 2023 – Grocery stores and dozens of other businesses will be under the microscope soon as the government begins aggressively enforcing the Consumer Protection Ordinance passed back in 2016 with an all-new Compliance and Regulatory Enforcement (C.A.R.E) Drive.
Carried out by the Department of Trade, Industry, and Fair Competition the drive aims to “actively educate providers whilst enforcing the main provisions to protect consumers under the Consumer Protection Ordinance,” a press release explained.
Firstly, Consumer Officers charged with protecting the people of the TCI from unfair business practices will be assessing the prices of selected breadbasket items in 23 different stores countrywide each month to see whether price gouging is being carried out by businesses.
Breadbasket items are currently duty-free under the Food and Fuel Tax Break until the end of the financial year in March and all savings from those tax exemptions should be passed on directly to the consumer. After each assessment, which will continue for several months at least a monthly price report will be published on the Department of Trade’s website.
In addition, the Consumer Officers will be monitoring other business activities across the country “to ensure that providers are compliant with their duties to consumers.”
Those responsibilities include:
- Giving customers certain basic information about goods and services being sold;
- Informing consumers about terms and conditions before any payment is made (e.g., warranties, refunds, returns, exchanges, etc.) and;
- Abstaining from misleading and deceptive conduct, false representation and unfair business practices.
The government says they will reach at least 85 businesses with the C.A.R.E. Drive but they did not indicate the process behind how these businesses had been singled out. Non-compliant ones will be fined after a thorough investigation and warnings are issued by the Department of Trade.
With this in mind, business owners are being encouraged to familiarize themselves with their duties under the Ordinance lest they be caught in breach. The government did not say what entities would be assessed and whether that included major retail grocery stores, gasoline dealers, water companies, electricity providers, telecommunications companies and other essential providers of the services that all islanders spend on.
74 Foreign Nationals Convicted in The Magistrate’s Court
#TheBahamas, February 2, 2023 – In Magistrate’s Court #1 today, seventy-two (72) foreign nationals were arraigned before Magistrate Algernon Allen Jr. for various immigration offenses.
Thirty-two (32) Cuban nationals were convicted of Illegal Landing. Two (2) of them were subsequently sentenced to four months in the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services (BDOCS). Thirty (30) were conditionally discharged and released to the Department of Immigration to be deported.
A total of forty (40) Haitian nationals were convicted of Illegal Landing. Two (2) received custodial sentences of three months at BDOCS, and thirty-seven (37) were conditionally discharged and released to the Department to be deported. In addition to the charge of Illegal Landing, one (1) Haitian man was also convicted of Knowingly Attempting to Misleading an Immigration Officer and subsequently sentenced to six months at BDOCS on each count. The sentences are to run concurrently.
Three (3) Haitian nationals were also charged with Overstaying. Two (2) pleaded guilty and were convicted. Respectively they were fined $2,000.00 or, in default of payment, served six months at BDOCS, conditionally discharged, and deported. One (1) Haitian female pleaded not guilty, and the matter was adjourned to a later date. Upon payment of fines, completion of sentences, and discharge, all persons were ordered to be turned over to the Department of Immigration for deportation.
The Department remains committed to executing our mandate to ensure compliance with the Statue Laws of our country.
For more information, call the Public Relations Unit at 1-242-322-7530, visit our website at www.immigration.gov.bs, or call our Investigation hotline anonymously, at 1-242-604-0249.
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