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Police Commissioners Parade welcomes new vehicles, new recruits, awards long service officers & re-instates Officers



National Leaders Attend


By Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer


#TurksandCaicos, December 19, 2022 – An armoured vehicle has finally arrived in the Turks and Caicos, it was part of the handovers at the Police Parade held at the Gustarvus Lightbourne Sports Complex on December 17th.

“I wish to acknowledge the presence of His Excellency Nigel Dakin, the Governor, Honorable Washington Misick, the Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands, Honorable Ministers of the Turks and Caicos Islands Government, the Deputy Governor, Invited Guests, my Force Executive colleagues, Assistant Commissioner Strachan and his team from the Royal Bahamas Police Force,  RTCIPF Police Officers and Staff Force, members of the public, media partners and those joining us via social media and on line; you are very welcome to this Commissioners parade, the first for a number of years.

I also acknowledge and welcome Father Douglas the RTCIPF Chaplain and Bishop Laish Boyd visiting from the Bahamas,” said Trevor Botting, TCI Police Commissioner in his remarks at the December 16 event.

The $400,000 vehicle is the first of two for the police and the government promises  that they will ‘be an important tool in combating crime and broader national security.

“A Police Commissioner simply could not have asked for any more from a Government in terms of financial support to bring in Officers from our close cousins in the Bahamas, to the purchase vital equipment to assist in keeping our officers safe and the trust that we will do what was needed to restore security to the Turks and Caicos Islands.

You may have seen the new vehicle arrive on the parade square, a vehicle that will help our officers take the fight to the very front door of those who are seeking to terrorize our communities. Hon Premier, thank you for supporting the procurement of this vehicle, my officers will be exponentially safer for it and we are grateful.”

Along with the new vehicular additions, 14 new recruits were also at the ceremony as they prepared to go off for their training in several weeks. In addition to that there will be 13 recalled officers joining the ranks, a significant increase to the Force’s numbers.

“Having reflected on this year, I want to look forward to 2023. As a Force we are developing our capability and capacity. We are investing in the leaders of the Force to enable them to better serve their teams and deliver a high quality Policing service to our communities, we are building our policing capability and capacity, including our intelligence capability, investing in our Investigation Team and our Tactical Unit, important functions in the prevention and detection of crime.

Our ambition to deliver a community policing model remains strong and our recent community events have demonstrated this, I expect this to expand and deliver even more during 2023.”

During the ceremony Long service awards and Queens Jubilee Medals were handed out to deserving officers in addition to that a cash prize was awarded to the officer who was considered to be the best turned out officer on parade,

“The parade today is a chance for me to do a number of things:

  • Recognize officers who will receive long service medals,
  • Acknowledge officers who will receive the Queens Jubilee Medal which will be issued later at Police Headquarters
  • To thank our colleagues from the Royal Bahamas Police Force for their contribution to policing on the TCI
  • Acknowledge members of the community who have shown outstanding support to the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force
  • Say thank you to our civilian members of our Fantastic Police Band and;
  • I will also be awarding a cash prize to the officer who I considered to be the best turned out officer on parade, a hard job for me to judge given the excellent turn out today.”

Police Commissioner, Trevor Botting used his speech to also address the people of the TCI. He described the events of the last quarter of the year as a ‘ferocious attack on human dignity.’ While acknowledging that he may not have always got things right he had ‘always sought to do the right thing to ensure the safety and security of our citizens and the safety and development of the hard working men and women of the Force’.

Adding, “The last four months has been tough but we have shown ourselves to be tough and uncompromising in our response. We have made progress but there is more to do and we are committed to doing it. I want to reassure our communities that we will remain on the front foot in tracking down and bring to justice those who seek to terrorize our communities.”

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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Caribbean News

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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