By Deandrea Hamilton
#TurksandCaicos, October 13, 2022 – The Royal Bahamas Police Force has boots on the ground in Turks and Caicos Islands and that fact did not sit well with some in The Bahamas and others… it led to well-founded comments and a case of wrong information which said one of the deployed was on suspension for murder.
[SIC] “Isn’t this Archibold Miller whose charged with murder and manslaughter? Corruption at its finest lol. How is this even possible for the police force to send him to work in turks if he’s on half pay for murder.
SLACKNESS CAN DONE…”
The post was vehemently debunked by Trevor Botting, who also defended the integrity of the partnership with Bahamas law enforcement.
“The public is hereby advised that yesterday (09th October, 2022), the profile “Kingrobert King” used social media platform, Facebook, to publish and cause to be circulated, a completely fabricated and misleading statement, calling into question the integrity of a member of the Royal Bahamas Police Force.
The “Kingrobert King” profile proceeded to use an official picture, the property of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force, to inaccurately identify the officer as being on both murder and manslaughter charges…”
Botting, TCI Police Commissioner issued his statement on Monday. The bogus post and claim made on Friday, following the swearing in to the TCI Police Force of the 24 members of the Royal Bahamas Police Force.
“The officer identified in the photograph is not the officer who is charged.”
Magnetic Media discovered that while the matter of a trio of officers facing murder charges is real, the man identified in the photo to be a part of the case is not.
“I condemn completely the dissemination of fake news that is clearly malicious and intending to create harm to personal reputations. The officer identified is not the officer who is under investigation and is on the TCI to support policing and make the TCI safe and secure for which we are thankful.
“Circulating hateful and false messages are offensive as is the use of the RTCIPF official photograph. I am asking that people think about what they are sending out on social media before they hit the send button and consider the impact on others.”
Bahamian authorities had confirmed on Saturday October 8 that the social media claim was wrong, no officer on deployment to Turks and Caicos was facing charges.
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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