Port Container Scanners to be procured, says Cabinet
By Dana Malcolm
#TurksandCaicos, March 1, 2023 – The purchase of container scanners has been approved for the Turks and Caicos Customs Department. The approval of the long awaited security feature came in a February 7 Cabinet meeting, according to the minutes of the proceedings.
In November last year, following the bust of an illegal US gun shipment bound for the Turks and Caicos Islands, Arlington Musgrove, Minister of Immigration and Border Services told Magnetic Media that he was seeking expedited approval of the scanners as they were a matter of National Security.
The scanners will likely go to South Dock, he had said at the time, but advised that even with the expedited approval implementation may take some time.
“Funding for scanners is included in the redevelopment of South Dock. Technical assistance will be sought to assist the Ports Authority and Customs Department with preparing tender documents to procure the scanners. Container scanners are custom built so it would take 4 to 6 months before the scanner can be in place.”
To date, lots of information remains hidden about the interception of the guns and ammunition including who the shipment of guns was being sent to and whether they had planned to use legitimate means to camouflage the arrival of the contraband.
An approval has been confirmed before; this latest endorsement by the TCI Cabinet however comes following almost a decade of public agitation regarding the vulnerability of the Turks and Caicos’ ports to criminal activity like arms and narcotics trafficking.
Unlike the TCI airports (which within the past two years added scanners to its security systems) the shipment ports were incapable of reporting illicit seizures when compared to the rest of the region.
While that is now set to change, no concrete timeline was given for the implementation of the scanners.
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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:
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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