By Dana Malcolm
#TurksandCaicos, March 31, 2022 – Over the sounds of screaming and jubilation at their return there is a quiet but fierce determination about the TCIs latest squad of Sandhurst graduates, the same determination they must have carried with them as they left the Turks and Caicos Islands two months ago with little fanfare to take on a military course in the middle of winter.
Officer Cadet Jahiem Glinton told Magnetic Media over the sounds of celebration, speaking for himself and his compatriots Earl Henry and Dixie Smith.
Smith, Glinton and Henry trained alongside officers from Britain and the Maldives in a grueling program that tested them in discipline teamwork, endurance and weapon drills.
“It’s a course designed to stress you, so you really have to keep it all together to make it through the course because that’s what they’re looking for, mental resilience and the ability to operate under pressure.”
All the cadets agreed with that assessment and Henry described the strain on their bodies over the two months.
Through the struggle they found solace in an unexpected comrade.
“I consider the governor a very good friend of mine now.” Glinton said.
“He’s such a good person to talk to, he is very relatable and him having been to Sandhurst before us makes it very relatable for us because there are a lot of people who wouldn’t understand the things that we went through but since he’s already done it-gone through Sandhurst – it’s easy for him to relate to us. It was good to have somebody to relate to about those kinds of things.” Glinton explained.
And true to form the governor showed up to support once again, attending the regiments members graduation on Saturday along with Tracy Knight, TCIs London representative and Lt Colonel Ennis Grant.
Officer cadet Dixie Smith who made her name as the first woman to graduate Sandhurst from the Turks and Caicos and the TCI‘s first female regiment member describes the moment she looked into the crowd and got the shock of a lifetime.
”I was so elated when we looked into the crowd, marching past in a very rigid manner and I noticed the commanding officer of the Turks and Caicos Islands regiment and his Excellency the Governor” she continued, “It was like, we have support. Someone is here for us, we are not alone in this, because it was a loooong eight weeks.” She laughed.
After receiving their honors the graduates found a way to get their flag in hand for a photo op with the governor.
Their arrival in the TCI was celebrated loud and strong on Sunday in a surprise orchestrated by regiment members, family members and Junkanoo band, We Funk.
The three were shocked by the welcome but very appreciative, letting loose were dancing singing in an explosion of joy.
Henry explained the mood of the three when they stepped off of the airplane into the excitement.
“This is definitely a huge surprise. We were not expecting this coming off of eight hours over the Atlantic, we can see that the Turks and Caicos Islands are behind us and we are very excited for the future of the regiment.”
Blue Hills Man Charged with Manslaughter
#TurksandCaicos, February 8, 2023 – A 48-year-old man has been charged with two counts of manslaughter.
He appeared before a Magistrate on January 30th. Following his court appearance, the matter was committed for sufficiency hearing on April 06th.
Andre was charged in connection with an incident which occurred on December 24th at the Residence Yard, Five Cays.
Two female minors -ages six and seven- died as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning.
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Press Release: Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) Bahamas
February 3, 2023 – ILM Bahamas Centre held its Certificate Presentation Ceremony for Cohort 7. The cohort consisted of fourteen (14) Senior Immigration Officers from the Department of Immigration. This Cohort was a hybrid of in-person and online learning. Four of the Immigration Officers were from the Family Islands (Grand Bahama, Abaco, Berry Islands and Eleuthera).
Present at the ceremony were: The Hon. Keith Bell, Minister of Labour and Immigration, Madam Justice J. Denise Lewis-Johnson, Permanent Secretary Ms. Ceceila Strachan, Executive Chair of NTA Ms. Agatha Marcelle, Executive Director of NTA Mr. Terry Murray, Director of Immigration Mrs. Keturah Ferguson, Deputy Director of Immigration Mr. Dwight Beneby, Ms. Esther McKinney Office Manager at the Department of Immigration.
The guest speaker at the ceremony was Dr. Donald M. McCartney a Leadership and Management Consultant with Motivation Incorporated Bahamas and the United States. He was a former senior public servant. He was also a First Assistant Secretary in the Ministry of Public Service with responsibility for the Northern Bahamas. He was also a former educator and professor at various colleges in the United States.
In his address to ILM Cohort 7, Dr. McCartney spoke about having the courage to lead and that leadership goes beyond SELF. It’s not about you or your ego but rather more about contributing to nation building. He said, “We must be prepared to take the bold steps that would not lead us into the abyss of despair but on the road that leads us to lift up our heads to the rising sun and press onward to the mountaintop experience, which will lead us to become the proud and productive people we were destine to be.” He also expanded on the four fundamental virtues: COURAGE, TEMPERANCE, JUSTICE AND WISDOM. Additionally, he expanded on the focus and influence of courage, on the ego and discipline.
The Hon. Keith Bell, Minister of Labour and Immigration brought brief remarks on the occasion. Some of the highlights of his speech were that Immigration is one of the highest revenue earners, challenges within the Department of Immigration such as lack of autonomy from the Public Service as compared to the other armed forces. He also talked about that the fact that the top tier is going to be retired within two years and this would be an opportunity for many of the graduates of this Cohort 7 to gain upward mobility.
He also stated that there needs to be a complete overhaul of the Immigration Act, and a review of the Asylum Bill. Furthermore, he discussed the inevitable need for the relocation of the Department of Immigration from its current location. Lastly, he stated that we must tread a delicate balance between enforcing the law and being humane, in regards to shanty towns.
It is noteworthy that the ILM Centre at the National Training Agency recently obtained a Centre upgrade. The ILM Centre Bahamas now hold the statue of Direct Claim Status with City and Guilds of London. Additionally, the Centre is now registered with the National Accreditation and Equivalency Council of the Bahamas (NAECOB) for all of its current course offerings. The ILM Department is lead Miss Pamela Gomez as the ILM Centre Coordinator. Registration is now open for Level 2 Certificate in Leadership and Team Skill and Level 3 Certificate in Leadership and Management. Our mission statement is, “Helping people, organizations, and economies develop their skills for growth.”
For more information, contact the ILM Centre Bahamas located in the Gladstone Road Business Centre by calling 461-6021 or 461-6008.
Sugar and salt tax campaigns gaining steam
By Dana Malcolm
February 7, 2023 – A global battle on sugar and salt is ramping up as the United States joins The Bahamas and Barbados in creating proposals for historic sugar and salt laws.
The country’s Agricultural Department for the first time in history, proposed a cap on the amount of sugar to be allowed in school meals.
The World Health Organization has found that North America and the Caribbean have the highest rates of childhood diabetes in the world and based on the International Diabetes Federation’s Diabetes Atlas we also have the second highest prevalence of Diabetes overall for all global regions at 14 percent or 51 million people with a projected 24 percent increase in just 22 years.
Barbados, the United States, Canada, Haiti, Mexico, Belize and St. Kitts and Nevis are all suffering from incredibly high rates of diabetes.
Barbados and The Bahamas announced sugar taxes last month; the hope is to reduce the importation and sale of sugar and salt rich foods.
Advocates across the Caribbean including Jamaica, Trinidad, and others have been campaigning for sugar taxes in their own countries with support from the public.
Now the proposed nutritional rules for the United States would set firm boundaries on how much salt and sugar can legally be added to meals, setting a new standard as most food imports for countries like The Bahamas are from the US.
The plan for the US is expected to be rolled out by 2025.
The rules, are unapologetically an attempt to cut down incidences of diabetes and other diseases fueled by unhealthy diets, according to media reports.
For now, the quantities on sugar and salt additives is an idea waiting wider consultation.
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