By Shanieka Smith
#Oregon, USA, August 5, 2022 – The World Athletics Championship in Oregon, which started on Friday, July 15 and ended on Sunday, July 24, had almost 40 countries witnessing the greatness of the athletes, including those from the Caribbean, which brought home several medals.
Jamaica is the leading Caribbean country with 110 points and two gold medals, with Shelly-Ann FRASER-PRYCE in the 100 metres race and Shericka JACKSON in the 200 metres race. Some of the country’s seven silver medals are credited to Britany ANDERSON in the 100 Metres Hurdles race, Shericka JACKSON in the 100 metres race, Shanieka Ricketts for Triple Jump and again, Shelly-Ann FRASER-PRYCE in the 200 metres race. Elaine THOMPSON-HERAH took in one bronze medal after her 100 metres race. Jamaica is placed 2nd on the Placing table of all the participating countries.
The Dominican Republic and Grenada both gained one gold medal and one silver medal each and are ranked 21 and 24, respectively. The Dominican Republic copped its gold medal in the 4×400 Metres Relay. Marileidy PAULINO came second in the 400 metres relay, which brought in the country’s lone silver medal. Grenada’s gold medal is credited to Anderson PETERS with his exceptional performance in Javelin Throw. Kirani JAMES brought the country’s silver medal in from the 400 metres relay.
Another regional country with a Gold medal is The Bahamas placing 39th overall. Bahamian athlete Shaunae MILLER-UIBO was first in her 400 metres race.
Puerto Rico at 34 and Barbados at 47, respectively, also won a bronze medal from their athletes Jasmine CAMACHO-QUINN in the 100 metres hurdles race and Sada WILLIAMS in the 100 metres race.
Cuba placed in the 29th spot and Trinidad and Tobago, 47th.
Grand Bahama to be CARGO HUB, as Bahamas & Qatar ink MOU
#TheBahamas, September 29, 2023 – With moves to deepen ties, governments of The Bahamas and Qatar have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to solidify agreements in principle surrounding the development of aviation and other related services.
This is according to Chester Cooper, The Bahamas Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, Investment and Aviation in a Facebook post.
This comes after The Bahamas Government in a press release on September 24th, revealed that Cooper, was set to meet with the head of Qatar Airways to have talks regarding “multiple mutually beneficial aviation opportunities for both countries.”
The release also said the deputy prime minister and the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Investment and Aviation are working on “forging strategic partnerships with several Middle Eastern countries to strengthen ties to The Bahamas and the Caribbean,” and this new signing is indicative of such efforts.
Following the September 25th signing, on September 27th, Kenneth Romer, Deputy Director General of Tourism for The Bahamas informed via Facebook some details of the agreement saying, “we have now established a framework for cooperation and formed strategic partnerships with Qatar Airways, Qatar’s Transport, Aviation and Investment Agencies and The Qatar Aeronautical Academy, that will benefit our country.”
Regarding further efforts for the improvement of The Bahamas, Cooper announced on Facebook again on Tuesday September 26th that both countries are working to make Nassau a passenger hub for Latin America and the Caribbean adding that talks are being held for Grand Bahama as a cargo hub.
Additionally, as the press release informed, Cooper is preparing for an on ground visit of Bahamasair domestic operations by Qatar Airways Technical team sometime in October.
CUBAN MIGRANTS DETAINED ALONG EXUMA CHAIN
Defence Headquarters 28 SEP ’23: HMBS P-45 under the command of Chief Petty Officer Acadia Smith detained a group of Cuban migrants in Cistern Cay, Exuma on September 27, 2023, due to information received from a Good Samaritan vessel in the area that handed them over to the Royal Bahamas Defence Force.
Members of HMBS P-45 retrieved twenty-eight (28) Cuban nationals and transported them to HMBS Coral Harbour in New Providence. All individuals appeared to be in good health and will undergo further processing and assessment by Immigration officials.
The Royal Bahamas Defence Force remains dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in guarding our heritage and appreciates the sharing of information and intelligence provided by the boating community to affect migrants and other unlawful interdictions at sea.
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CTO mourns the passing of former chairman Obediah Wilchcombe
#BARBADOS (September 26, 2023) – The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) deeply mourns the loss of distinguished Bahamian leader and former chairman of the inter-regional body, Obediah Wilchcombe.
“We extend our heartfelt prayers and condolences to Minister Wilchcombe’s family, as well as the government and people of the Bahamas. He was a true champion for the people of the Bahamas and the wider Caribbean region,” remarked Kenneth Bryan, CTO Chairman and Minister of Tourism and Ports of the Cayman Islands.
Chairman Bryan recalled Minister Wilchcombe held the position of CTO Chairman twice (2002-2004 and 2016-2017) while serving as Minister of Tourism for the Bahamas, and contributed significantly to the advancement of sustainable tourism development in the Caribbean.
Chairman Bryan noted that the CTO plans to honor the life and legacy of “this eminent Bahamian leader” at the organization’s upcoming business meetings and the State of the Industry Conference (SOTIC) in Turks and Caicos next month.
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