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BAHAMAS: New Deputy Commander Defence Force Appointed



Coral Harbour Base, October 21, 2019 – Bahamas – The Royal Bahamas Defence Force announces the appointment of a new Deputy Commander Defence Force.  Only the third person to hold this position, Captain Raymond King’s appointment took effect from 7th October 2019.

Captain King has been a stalwart member of the Force since his enlistment in January 1987.  He served onboard HMBS Exuma and David Tucker initially, before accepting an appointment as Midshipman, making the transition from Marine to Naval Officer in November 1989.  He completed his Naval Officer training at the Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, England graduating with a First-Class Pass; and subsequently receiving his commission in 1992.

His more than three decades of service has allowed him to garner extensive organizational leadership and managerial skills inclusive of education, experience and knowledge gained in administrative and operational billets.

Operationally, he has served as the Commanding Officer of HMBS Nassau, HMBS Yellow Elder, HMBS P-42, and HMBS P-37; the Executive and Operations Officer onboard HMBS Bahamas, Executive Officer of HMBS Port Nelson, and Navigation Officer of HMBS Yellow Elder.

He also brings a wealth of administrative experience to his new posting having served as Commanding Officer, Southern Command; Training Officer; Personnel Officer (Headquarters); and Administration and Human Resource Officer (Coral Harbour Base). Additionally, Captain King has served two tours as the Assistant Base Supply Officer, Coral Harbour Base. Most recently, he was the Port Controller, where he was serving as the Admiralty Marshal at the time of his appointment to Deputy Commander Defence Force.

Captain King has participated in numerous international courses including the Inteational Conflict Management for Leaders at the Inter-American Defence College; Peacekeeping for Decision Makers at the United States Defence Institute of International Legal Studies; Advanced Policymaking [Caribbean Defence & Security: Challenges & Opportunities in the Twenty-First Century], Caribbean Defence and Security, Advanced Policy Making [Transnational Threats, Multilateral Solutions], Countering Transnational Criminal Organizations and Strategy & International Security Seminars/Courses at the Center for Hemispheric Defence Studies; Incident Command System and Crisis Communications at the USCG Training Facility, Yorktown; and Naval Staff Training at the United States Naval War College, to highlight but a few.

An academician at heart and recipient of the public education system (Mable Walker Primary, H. O. Nash Junior, and C. C. Sweeting); Captain Raymond King enjoys learning that encourages appreciation of diversity and innovating thinking towards achievement of goals and objectives.  He earned a Doctor of Education Degree in Leadership and Management, Masters of Business Administration Degree, Bachelor of Arts Degree in Administration and Accounting, and an Associate of Science Degree in Accounting Management.

He has co-authored two Conference accepted Research Studies and his Doctoral Dissertation submitted in 2015 can be found on ProQuest Publications. Additionally, Captain King has been awarded his Officer’s Commission, Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, 25th and 30th Long Service and Good Conduct Rosettes and a pair of Commander Defence Force Commendations.

Captain King remains committed to national development through the National Disaster Committee, National Anti-Drug Secretariat, National Boundary Delimitation Commission, Defence Commission Board, Docks Committee, Negotiation and Operations Steering Committees. Likewise, Captain King supports community service and youth empowerment through membership in Kiwanis Club, Seventh Day Adventist Pathfinders Club and Family Ministries Bethany Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Captain King is also a Fellow of the Britannia Royal Naval College, Center of Hemispheric Defence Studies, Inter-American Defence College, United States Defence Institute of International Legal Studies, Navy Supply Corps School, United States Naval War College and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore.

He is married to the former Fredricka Sharmaine Clarke, has two sons; Sub Lieutenant Miska Clarke and Marine Mechanic Raynaldo King (deceased) and four lovely grandchildren.  An avid sports enthusiast, he also enjoys traveling and reading.  King’s personal mission is to share his knowledge and experience in mentoring others whereby society collectively benefits.

Captain King, EdD, Deputy Commander Defence Force will be serving as Acting Commander Defence Force during the Commander Defence Force’s, Commodore Tellis Bethel leave for the next several months.

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Da Rocks’ Jonquel Jones and Sun aim to repeat win in bid for WNBA Championship



By Deandrea Hamilton



#USA, September 18, 2022 – Jonquel Jones of Eight Mile Rock, Grand Bahama power forward and centre for the Suns had 20 points, five rebounds and four assists in a victorious and glorious effort against the Las Vegas Aces on Friday night. The Connecticut Suns holding on in game three, which could have been elimination if that score went the Aces way.

Now, on ESPN Sunday Jones is hoping for another win and a tie of the series which is a best of game five.

The Sun are now 4-0 in elimination games in the playoffs so far this postseason.

There was other good news on the weekend for Bahamian Jonquel, as she was named an All-WNBA Second Team selection.  Jones scored 126 overall, receiving 12 first team votes and 22 second team votes which came as no surprise to many.  Jonquel leads the Suns in scoring, rebounds and blocked shots.  She averages 14.6 points per game, ranking in the top 20 in the WNBA for scoring.

Add to the road Jonquel is still on for WNBA Champion and historic Bahamian athlete, as a member of the All- WNBA First Team, she will receive $10,300 and each member of the Second Team will receive $5,150.

The Bahamas continues to be proud of this outstanding player.

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Tourism, Investments & Aviation Minister I. Chester Cooper Elected Vice Chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organization



#TheBahamas, September 16, 2022 –  The Hon. I. Chester Cooper, Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) and Minister of Tourism, Investments & Aviation, was elected to continue to serve as a vice chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) during the Council of Ministers and Commissioners of Tourism Meetings this week.

DPM Cooper is leading a delegation which includes Latia Duncombe, Acting Director General (ADG) and Dr Kenneth Romer, Deputy Director General and Acting Director of Aviation, to the four-day CTO Business Meetings which are taking place in the Cayman Islands 12-15 September 2022.

“I am grateful and honoured to serve in this capacity on behalf of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas and the entire Caribbean region,” DPM Cooper said.

“It is important that we continue to forge deeper relations with our tourism counterparts and support each other as we aim for full economic recovery. It is my hope that ongoing efforts will enhance our tourism product across the region and position the Caribbean as the most desirable destination year-round.”

In his role as CTO Vice Chairman, DPM Cooper will provide updates regarding the region’s performance and developments.

The CTO is the Caribbean’s tourism development agency comprising over 24 member countries and territories and provides support to those members in marketing, sustainable tourism, communications, and research & information technology. This year’s conference focuses on regional recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic and plans for the future of tourism.

CTO Business Meetings have been on hold since 2020, making this meeting the organisation’s first in-person event following the onset of the pandemic.

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Statement from the Office of The Prime Minister on the Prime Minister’s Travel to the State Funeral of HM Queen Elizabeth II and UNGA 77th Session



#TheBahamas, September 15, 2022 – Prime Minister Philip Edward Davis KC, MP, has been invited to attend The State Funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in London.  Prime Minister Davis will depart for London on September 16, 2022.

Following the Prime Minister’s travel to London, he will leave for New York, where he will attend the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.  Prime Minister Davis will return to The Bahamas on September 25th, 2022.

Deputy Prime Minister Chester Cooper will serve as Acting Prime Minister while Prime Minister Davis is abroad.

You are encouraged to follow The Office of The Prime Minister’s social media platforms for regular updates during the Prime Minister’s travel.

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