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DEA Evidence uncovers a network of Corruption in BVI government; Premier Andrew Fahie “a crook”



By Deandrea Hamilton



#BritishVirginIslands, April 28, 2022 – From the affidavit provided to the US District Court of Southern Florida which led to the shameful and shocking arrested of the premier of the British Virgin Islands; Andrew Fahie was not only prepared to allow the BVI to be used as a major drug transshipment port, but exposed that he is well aware of who are the drug dealers in his country; which government official was on their payroll and actually worked with drug and arms dealers to traffic these illicit products into the British Overseas territory.

Video and audio recordings, informed the undercover DEA officer, would support his account of the events which stared on October 16, 2021 and ended on April 28, 2022 with the arrest of the BVI premier, the BVI’s director of ports and her son, who bragged about a 20-year career in illegal smuggling, according to Special Agent Shad Aschleman, an 18-year officer with the US Drug Enforcement Agency.

Aschleman was posing as a fixer for a Mexican drug cartel and managed to get an incredible and scandalous amount of information over the six months.

Oleanvine Maynard, the ports director made it clear – according to the undercover officer – she was for sale, that she knew what to do to get the drugs through her port and that she would personally oversee the movement of the kilos of cocaine from Colombia to Puerto Rico or Florida.  She called the undercover agent “my brother”, promised to set up shell companies to make payments and operations appear legitimate and said her Premier was “a crook sometimes.” Her incognito name as the drug deal was set up was Rose, and she was yesterday arrested after exiting a private plane at the Opa-Locka airport in Miami and after allegedly receiving $200k in cash as part of good faith payment.  Her arrest followed the Premier’s bust.

The Premier’s code name was Head Coach as they all colluded to establish this lucrative living; it amounted to $7.8 million in money from drug movement through the BVI said the affidavit.  Fahie, was also arrested Thursday after exiting the airport at Opa-Locka; he had seen and allegedly approved the movement of $700k via private airplane.  It was to be hidden on the aircraft, which would fly to the British Virgin Islands.

Oleanvine Maynard’s son, Kadeem Maynard was also arrested yesterday.  Kadeem had accounts in the US linked to a real estate company his mother told the undercover officer; he used those accounts for payments and she offered that is where he could make payments to her for her part in the deal.

Kadeem Maynard was talkative and offered that he had two members of the Royal BVI police force on his payroll already.

When it comes to the premier, he shared that the UK did not pay him enough, that the UK was out to get him out of office and that he needed an extra $78k to pay off a person from Senegal, who helped him with some political problems.

It was like reading a crime novel; a 19-page nail bitter; but it was not fictional, it is all real and the document is the case document filed in the US District Court on Thursday.

Ironically the thing Fahie feared the most, eventually came to him.  He was recorded saying to the agent, whom he suspected may have been working undercover; ‘I worked 20 years to get here, I don’t want it to end in 20 minutes.’

All three BVI citizens are in US custody – pre-trial detention.

The UK yesterday confirmed the arrests and commented.  The Foreign Secretary Liz Truss saying she is “appalled.”

The island’s governor, John Rankin, has addressed the arrest in a statement on Thursday.  He said despite this sinking blow to BVI of this arrest, he will still release the report from the recently concluded Commission of Inquiry.  The reason; he said it was important to prove that the drug smuggling and money laundering arrests and charges had nothing to do with the UK; the report would expose a different set of concerns when it came to Andrew Fahie’s governance.

Bahamas News

Work of NAECOB critical in ensuring high standards in education, says Minister Hanna-Martin



By KATHRYN CAMPBELLBahamas Information Services
NASSAU, The Bahamas, March 29, 2023 – Over 100 schools in New Providence, public and private, and some 30 plus schools in Freeport have been inspected by The National Accreditation and Equivalency Council (NAECOB) to ensure high quality standards for the delivery of education.
“We will cover every island, every cay in this country to make certain that the facilities that we send our children to are adequate, conducive for learning, safe and sound for education,” said Thelma Grimes, chairperson, NAECOB.
“We are going to head to Cat Island and all the others before June.This is our announced visit. They [schools] have a chance to get things fixed that are not finished and [afterwards] we will have the unannounced.”
The Council informed the media of its progress during a briefing Monday, March 20, 2023 at its headquarters, Tonique Williams-Darling Highway.
Howard Newbold, Inspector and Council Member explained that the council’s seven inspectors are tasked with visiting every site or virtual space operating the following: primary/secondary schools, private/secondary, post-secondary, recognized, training, allied health and business institutions among others.
 Mr. Newbold said inspections include an examination of:
 -Safety and security standards-Human security which begins at the entrance to the property’-Physical security: safety mechanisms including smoke detectors, fire alarms and extinguishers (service date verification, and evacuation plan)-Primary grounds, playground equipment, swing sets and slides-Curriculum-Information management system (student records, staff schedules, registration certificate with NAECOB, business license, photos of the national leaders etc.)
The Hon. Glenys Hanna-Martin, Minister of Education and Technical and Vocational Institute thanked NAECOB for their efforts. She described their work as “critical” and a part of an overall national thrust to ensure that the quality of education in the country is at a high standard.“We’re the Ministry of Education and they’re our schools. We are accountable to NAECOB. They ensure that what is happening on the campuses throughout the nation meets the physical standards and the qualitative standards of education. You would have heard classroom size and teacher/student ratio. We may have challenges, and we do at the Ministry of Education but when these issues are brought to our attention we are obliged and compelled to seek resolution to ensure that the standards are met.
“This is a quality assurance measure for the Ministry itself and our schools to ensure that public and private and public schools meet these standards. We value that. Because the objective of the Ministry is to ensure that we meet the standards so that our young people who enter these institutions are afforded the best opportunity possible.
 “Education is a cultural value; a norm. We submit ourselves to the work of NAECOB to ensuring what happens is done at least to make the acceptable standards of the delivery of education in our schools,” she said.
Cassia Minnis, registration officer, said “registration” certifies that a local educational institution/provider has met the criteria to offer an educational service in The Bahamas as outlined in the Education Act. She said it is mandatory that all educational institutions/provider offering/proposing to offer an educational service in the Bahamas must be registered according to the NAECOB Act and the Education Act.
 She said NAECOB is aware of “small” schools operating within residential homes and warned that this is in contravention of the law.
She encouraged the public to view listings of all registered institutions on the website at
NAECOB is responsible for registering and accrediting primary schools, secondary schools, post-secondary schools, and any institution that offers training in The Bahamas.

BIS Photos/Mark Ford

Header: Seated at the table, from left: – Lorraine Armbrister, Permanent Secretary; Minister Glenys Hanna-Martin; Dominique McCartney Russell, Acting Director; Cassia Minnis, Registration Officer; Thelma Grimes, Council Chairperson; Howard Newbold, Inspector, Council Member; Shena Williams, Council and Inspector; Dorothy Anderson, Inspector; T. Nicola McKay, Deputy Chairperson;  (seated behind) Willard Barr, Council and Inspector.

1st insert: Thelma Grimes, Council Chairperson

2nd insert: Howard Newbold, Inspector and Council Member

3rd insert: The Hon. Glenys Hanna-Martin, Minister of Education and Technical and Vocational Training

4th insert: Cassia Minnis, Registration Officer

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Bahamas News

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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JAMAICA: 12,362 Seniors Registered Under New Social Pension Programme



#Kingston, March 28, 2023 – There are currently 12,362 seniors registered under the Government’s new Social Pension Programme.

Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Karl Samuda, made the disclosure during the sitting of the Standing Finance Committee of the House on March 2, at Gordon House.

The initiative targets all Jamaican citizens 75 years and older who are not currently in receipt of a pension (overseas or local) or any other retirement, old-age or disability benefit or regular income, and are not living in a government institutionalised care facility.

“We are evaluating the manner in which we qualify persons to go on the programme. This is a discussion we will have to have, as some people fall through the cracks simply because they might have a refrigerator, or they might be lucky enough to have a television at home,” Mr. Samuda said.

“The direction in which we are heading, to have those things, does not move you from poverty to prosperity. So, the Government has an obligation to do everything possible to improve their quality of life, and so we will be looking at that,” the Minister added.

Mr. Samuda said between March 2022 and January 2023, the programme disbursed $446 million.

To register for the social pension programme, persons may visit any of the Ministry’s parish offices islandwide.

They will be required to complete a social pension application form, accompanied by their Tax Registration Number (TRN), National Insurance Scheme (NIS) card, and proof of age in the form of a birth certificate or a valid passport.

They should also take along a valid identification (ID), such as a driver’s licence, passport or voter’s ID, proof of bank account and any other document that may be required to process the application, for example, proof of citizenship.

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