Everyman 20 – It’s Never Too Late…For Redemption
Providenciales, 16 Mar 2015 – On Friday and Saturday, March 27 and 28, the mid 90’s sensation, EVERYMAN, will re – unite for two concerts. Lead singer and songwriter Leo Jones, and bandleader songwriter Hudson (Big H) Grant join fellow founding member Max Claire, Quinton Dean, Brentford Handfeld, Janardo and Javan Laporte , Keno Hall and Joanne Bassett as EVERYMAN headlines two shows on the beach in front of SALT, at Blue Haven Resort in Leeward. They will be joined on the bill by Joe Zahm Band, which is led by Everyman producer and songwriter Joe Zahm, whose music pays tribute to the profound influence of Leo, H and Max as they evolved from Tropical Soul into EVERYMAN. JZB will be joined by David Bowen on percussion. The Jay Davidson horns, will join both acts. Jay has played with many of the finest acts in the world, including Maxi Priest, Sly and Robbie, Chicago and Stevie Winwood, and will be bringing the power of the brass. The Friday show will start at 7 PM and the Saturday show will start at 6 PM. The Saturday bill will include Grand Turk’s V6 along with a special performance of Beautiful By Nature, performed by the Clement Howell school choir.
The concerts coincide with the release of the EVERYMAN 20 – a beautifully packaged Double CD, consisting of the original Everyman CD (featuring Everyman, Hey Brother Hey Sister, Big Black Hole, Joy Peace and Light, Caribbean Soul, To Walk with Kings) that took TCI by storm 20 years ago, along with a bonus disc highlighted by the original versions of the TCI Classic, Beautiful By Nature, and cult sensation Big Black Hole, along with two great previously unreleased tunes written by Joe, Big H and Quinton Dean, and recorded in Jamaica, where they were joined by Papa Stretch for the super catchy Inside the Groove and the great Jamaican singer Chavelle on Free Yourself. The bonus disc is rounded out by four JZB reggae songs, including their powerful version of Everyman.
States Joe Zahm: “I am beyond excited a long time dream will be fulfilled. When we were forced to part ways some twenty years ago we were all so disappointed, as had given the project our all. But we have learned that the songs, and the love behind them, stay with you forever. It truly is, never too late for redemption”.
Tickets are $70 and available at Fottac, Wine Cellar, Gilley’s Airport, Blue Haven Resort, Lemon to Go, Pork Shack and Turks & Caicos Sotheby’s International Realty. CD’s available at Fottac.
Three Days to NIB Rate Increase for 2023
By Dana Malcolm
#TurksandCaicos, March 29, 2023 – On April 1st, the second round of increases on contributions at the National Insurance Board will kick in for the Turks and Caicos workforce. Announced last year, the increases were instituted to keep the NIB from running out of money by 2027 as it services a population that is living longer with contributions that had not been increased in 30 years.
As the Government’s new financial year begins, increases at NIB will mean a higher cost for doing business and a higher cost for running the Government.
The private sector is expected to pay contributions at a rate of 11 percent on your taxable income. The hike is up from last year’s 10 per cent; six percent of which is to be paid by the Employer and five percent is to be paid by the Employee. For wages of $2000, this will mean a $200 improvement in income per month to the NIB. As for the burn on residents’ pockets, based on a minimum wage of $1200 monthly salary, that’s at least $60 dollars a month and $720 per year.
Public sector rates will move to 10.15 percent up from 9.15 per cent with the worker paying 4.575 per cent and the Government paying 5.575 per cent; that’s $54 a month and $648 a year at minimum wage.
The NIB rate as of April 1, 2023, will jump to 9 percent for self-employed individuals; For self-employed individuals at minimum wage, that is $108 dollars a month or $1296 per year.
As taxable incomes increase so will the contribution.
The increases follow a 2019 Actuarial review, undertaken every three years, which unearthed that the NIB was facing a dismal future, possible collapse. Contribution rates were growing at a rate much slower than NIB expenses, which included beneficiary payouts. On that trajectory, the NIB’s earnings would be eclipsed by its income by 2027, forcing the worker protection plan to draw down on money saved for economic shocks like Covid-19.
Unsurprisingly, this was deemed untenable, and an immediate increase was recommended.
Despite this scramble to boost earnings, the NIB has simultaneously increased payouts. Payouts for pensions, funeral grants, maternity grants and more will all attract bigger sums.
These incremental increases on contributions and payouts were all consultant recommendations, informed statements from the Board.
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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:
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