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National Heritage Day / Month Schedule of Events

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Turks 7 Caicos Islands Government Press Release, 02 Oct 2014 –

National Heritage Day / Month Schedule of Events

1.The Salt Festival: Grand: Turk & Salt Cay. October 4th & 5th

2.The Seafood Festival: South Caicos. October 11th & 12th

* National Heritage Day: October 13th.*

3.The Sponge, Cotton & Sisal Festival: Middle & North Caicos. 18th & 19th

4. The Maritime Festival: Providenciales. October 25th & 26th

Zone One: Grand Turk & Salt Cay. October 5th & 6th.

The Salt Festival

Day One – Day Time: Grand Turk & Salt Cay will host the ‘Salt Fest’. Salt Cay

will host a Cultural Day at the Salt Shed. This cultural day includes a beach picnic,

cultural games, performances and Ripsaw music. Two special scheduled boat ferry

between Grand Turk and Salt Cay has been arranged to allow easy access to the

island during that day.

Day One – Afternoon ~ Evening: Grand Turk will host a Traditional Fair starting

at 2pm with a Salt Festival performances of song, skits and poems by students

along with music from DJ Shakes cumulating with a Band Boys V6 concert. This

event is free to the public at the Library Tennis Court. Vendors will be on site to

provide food & drinks.

Day Two – Day Time: On Sunday, October 5th, all churches in Grand Turk & Salt

Cay are invited to observe and dedicate some aspects of their service to the topic of

culture and heritage and its role in religion. At Noon the the longest performing

gospel group in the Turks and Caicos Islands, The Gospel Pioneers, will put on a

matinee concert in Salt Cay at the Salt Shed. Two special scheduled boat ferry to

and from Salt Cay has been arranged to allow easy access to the island during that

day.

Day Two – Evening: The evening will see a Gospel Concert by the Gospel

Pioneers at the Library stage along with and a number of Grand Turk Praise &

Worship groups. This event is free to the public. Vendors will be on site to provide

food & drinks.

Zone Two: South Caicos. October 11th & 12th.

The Seafood Fest

Day One – Day Time: On Saturday, October 11th. South Caicos will host the

‘Seafood Fest’, which will take place at Regatta Village. The focus will be on

Traditional Turks & Caicos Cuisine. The highlight will be a ‘Cook Out Best Dish

Competition’. Contestants will compete in five categories, Best Boil Fish, Lobster

National Heritage Day / Month Schedule of Events

Dish, Fry Fish, Stew Conch & Conch Fritters. Other activities include a Culture &

Heritage Quiz, Maypole Dance performances and Ripsaw music by Full Force.

Day One – Evening: Events will include an awards ceremony for the ‘Best Dish’

competition along with continued performance by Full Force.

Day Two – Daytime: On Sunday, October 12th, all churches in South Caicos are

invited to observe and dedicate some aspects of their service to the topic of culture

and heritage and its role in religion.

Day Two – Evening: The evening will see a Gospel Concert by “The Gospel

Pioneers” along side South Caicos best Praise and Worship teams. This event will

be held once again at the Regatta Village and is free to the public. Vendors will be

on site to provide food & drinks.

Monday October 13th. National Heritage Day

Public Holiday

The First Ever Simultaneous Nation Wide Flag & Float Parades

All the Islands are to celebrate National Heritage Day (NHD) on Monday October

13th. This will include all schools, government departments and government the

private sector and the people of Turks & Caicos. At 3 pm. there will be

Simultaneous Nation Wide “Flag & Float Parade” on all islands utilising and

decorating ANY form of moving vehicle from roller-skates to bikes, scooters, cars,

vans trucks or flatbeds.

This parade will move from the communities of the Leeward, the Bight, Five Cays

and Blue Hill and will converge on the Downtown Ballparks where the Premiers

National Heritage Day Speech will be read. Following a few remarks buy other

Governments officials the crown they will enjoy a Soccer game hosted by TCIFA

and Softball games hosted by the Softball Association. There will be food vendors,

music and entertainment.

Zone 3: Middle & North Caicos. October 18th & 19th.

The Sponge, Cotton & Sisal Fest

Day One – Day Time: On Saturday, October 18th, Middle & North Caicos will

have a full day events. Daytime activities can include a ‘Heritage Site Selfie

Contest’ where participants will get a list of 40 cultural & heritage sites and from

Sandy Point all the way to Lorimers Creek. It will be a time based event. The

participant with the most amount of selfies receive a cash prize.

National Heritage Day / Month Schedule of Events

In both North & Middle Caicos, there will also be a Heritage Trail Walk for Health,

Heritage and History. A Beach Picnic is planned for Bambarra Beach.

Day One – Evening: At Horse Stable Beach stage there will be “Remember

When” show with comments and commentaries from the Elders of the community

along with Ripsaw music and cultural performances.

Day Two – Daytime: On Sunday, October 19th, all churches in Middle & North

are invited to observe and dedicate some aspects of their service to the topic of

culture and heritage and its role in religion. Both communities will be treated to a

Gospel Concert by “The Gospel Pioneers”.

Day Two – Afternoon / Evening: Both communities will be treated to a Gospel

Concert by The Gospel Pioneers. There will be a Afternoon Matinee at the Conch

Bar Community Centre and and evening concert at Horse Stable Beach Stage. Both

performances would see the inclusion of Praise and Worship teams from Middle

and North. These events is free to the public.

Zone 4: Providenciales. October 25th & 26th

The Maritime Festival

Day One – Day Time: On Saturday, October 25th, Providenciales will celebrate

the ‘Maritime Heritage Fest’ a full day event of sailing and sloop/boat racing. The

focus will be on Maritime Heritage and will officially re-launch the Maritime

Heritage Program and the Maritime Heritage Federation. There will be a beach

party with ripsaw music, cultural performances and vendors selling traditional

cuisine. This will roll into onstage performances by a top local bands.

Day Two: Daytime: On Sunday, October 26th, all churches in Providenciales are

invited to observe and dedicate some aspects of their service to the topic of culture

and heritage and its role in religion.

Day Two – Evening: The evening will see a Gospel Concert featuring the Gospel

Pioneers and a number of other Provo based Gospel Bands and Praise and Worship

groups. Location to be determinant. This event is free to the public.

ENDS

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Over 68,000 STAYED HOME in Bahamas Elections; We have BEST and WORST for Voter Participation

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#TheBahamas, September 21, 2021 – The just-concluded General Election in Bahamas has presented a new shift in governance.  The former ruling part, Free National Movement, lost nearly all the electoral seats it secured in the 2017 general elections.  However, this seems a swap of the Progressive Liberal party’s score in the 2017 general elections in which the former ruling party (FNM) won nearly all the parliamentary seats.

68,000 STAYED AWAY

While the FNM secured 35 out of 39 seats in the 2017 ballot, leaving only four slots for the Opposition, the 2021 elections presented “new day” with the Opposition clinching 32 parliamentary seats, leaving the former ruling party FNM with only seven slots.

However, the election results showed a significant drop in voter turnout compared to the 2017 election results. Out of 194,494 registered voters in The Bahamas, only 126,414 voted, translating to 65 per cent voter turnout.

PREVIOUS ELECTION HIGHER

This was different from the previous election in which 160,407 out of 181,543 registered voters cast their ballots, translating to a remarkable 88.36 per cent voter turnout.

Being the first election in the island nation since the Covid-19 struck the Caribbean; the dismal voter turnout could be attributed to the severe impact of the Covid-19 pandemic in The Bahamas and the current countermeasures taken by individuals to avoid contracting the deadly virus.

It could also be voter apathy.

BEST IN SHOW

Despite coronavirus prevalence in the country, North Andros & Berry Islands, Cat Island, Rum Cay & San Salvador, and Mangrove Cay & South Andros constituencies recorded an impressive voter turnout of 77.99 per cent, 76.11 per cent and 73.06 per cent respectively.

North Andros & Berry Islands had 2,126 out of 2,569 registered voters cast their ballots, followed by 1,255 out of 1,622 in Cat Island, Rum Cay & San Salvador, and 1,706 out of 2,164 registered voters in Mangrove Cay & South Andros.

VERY LOW SHOW

The bottom three constituencies in terms of voter turnout include Bamboo Town, which had 3,436 out of 5,838 (58.63 per cent) registered voters cast their ballot, followed by Garden Hills with 3,033 out of 5,287 (57.09 per cent), and   Central & South Abaco falling at the bottom of the list with 1,844 out of 3,271 (55.96 per cent).

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COVID Works programme launched by Ministry of Physical Planning & Infrastructure Development

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#TurksandCaicos, September 21, 2021 – The Minister of Physical Planning and Infrastructure Development, the Honourable Akierra Mary Deanne Missick and the Physical Planning & Infrastructure Development team are pleased to announce the launch of the COVID WORKS Programme, that went live on September 1, 2021.

The Programme seeks to support many who have lost jobs and livelihoods, while providing labour intensive work for economic exchange opportunities for persons to be engaged.

Works are set out in three (3) levels and comprise a variety of categories example, cleaning, road works, demolition and general construction to name a few.

Level 1 – value $1,500 – $9,999

Level 2 – value $10,000 – $39,999

Level 3 – value $40,000 – $70,000

Turks and Caicos Islanders with valid business licenses are also being encouraged to submit proposals to the Public Works Department for consideration for works throughout the islands. 

Commenting on the launch of the programme, Hon. Missick said, “We are very much mindful of the impact that restrictions introduced by Government in an effort to mitigate the spread of Covid-19, has had on the islands, many continue to experience financial hardship. Whilst, the hospitality and construction sectors in Providenciales have rebounded well, as an Administration, we cannot rest knowing that other industries are still limping along.

As a result, during the remainder of this financial year, the Turks & Caicos Islands Government has now launched the COVID Works Programme to provide an opportunity for Petty and Small Contractors to assist the Government in the enhancement of our communities, through programmed works, to the benefit of all of us as residents”.

The Minister went on to note, “This Programme is set to the tune of US$5,000,000.00, and works will be rolled out across the Islands in batches, as we have to ensure that we do not go beyond the allotted expenditure and that financial oversight and transparency are maintained.”

The initial batch of works for South Caicos, which comprised the following, was returned and evaluated on Monday, September 13, 2021 and included:

South Caicos 

Demolition- Queen’s Shed

Demolition- Distribution Concrete Tank

Demolition- Old Clinic Building

Demolition- DECR Building

Demolition- Library Building

Repair of Water Cistern

Works for Grand Turk included:

Grand Turk 

Demolition- Blood Bank Building

Demolition- Geriatric Ward Building

Demolition- Kitchen Building

Demolition- X-ray Building

All returning bids must be sent to the COVID Works email at tcigworks@gov.tc

Kindly note that as of Monday, September 20, 2021, the following works are planned to be released:

Grand Turk: 

Beach Cleaning (Eastern portion of Grand Turk)

Street Cleaning (All areas)

Providenciales:

Beach cleaning (Areas of Shore Club and Five Cays)

Street Cleaning (All areas)

A number of other works for Middle & North Caicos, as well as Salt Cay will be released shortly. This is a six month program that will spread throughout the TCI and we encourage persons to continue to register via tcigworks@gov.tc or the local Public Works Department and District Commissioners’ offices, to be eligible for this opportunity.

These works will continue on a monthly basis and the programme will come to an end in March 2022.

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BAHAMAS: Nine new Cabinet ministers sworn-in

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#TheBahamas, September 21, 2021 – Prime Minister the Hon. Philip Davis today introduced the first set of new Cabinet ministers with portfolios covering the Attorney General, Foreign Affairs, Education, Works and Public Utilities, Health and Wellness, Government Affairs, Agriculture, National Security and Legal Affairs.

The nine ministers were sworn-in on Monday 20 September 2021 by Governor-General the Most Hon. Sir Cornelius A. Smith during ceremonies held at the Baha Mar Convention Center.

“They are the initial members of a Cabinet which will reflect the breadth and depth of the competencies and characteristics of our team: experience combined with innovation; expertise combined with a willingness to see things anew; integrity and a strong sense of purpose,” said Prime Minister Davis.

“They are receiving these appointments because of their determination to get things done.”

Among the new Ministers sworn-in on Monday were:

  • Senator the Hon. L. Ryan Pinder, Attorney General;
  • Hon. Fred Mitchell, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Public Service;
  • Hon. Glenys Hanna-Martin, Minister of Education, and Technical and Vocational Training;
  • Hon. Alfred Sears, Minister of Works and Utilities;
  • Dr. Hon. Michael Darville, Minister of Health and Wellness;
  • Senator the Hon. Michael Halkitis, Minister of Government Affairs and Leader of Government Business in the Senate;
  • Hon. Clay Sweeting, Minister of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Family Island Affairs;
  • Hon. Wayne Munroe, Minister of National Security; and
  • Hon. Jomo Campbell, Minister of State for Legal Affairs.

“I am confident that these first-appointed members of our Cabinet team are ready to deliver on the promise of a New Day for our Bahamas,” said the Prime Minister.

Prime Minister Davis pledged to move with urgency to address the economic and health crises that are faced by The Bahamas.

Many thousands of Bahamians are out of work, people are losing too many loved ones to the COVID-19 virus and Bahamian schoolchildren are falling behind, said Prime Minister Davis.

“I want to be clear: we are not here to tinker at the edges of these problems,” said the Prime Minister.

“We are here to meet them head on.”

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