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Jim Furey, Travel Publisher, Retires; Leaves Lasting Impact On Caribbean Marketing

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NEW YORK, NY (June 2, 2015) – Travel industry marketing and promotion veteran James Furey is retiring after a successful career that has spanned nearly 50 years, most of that time in promoting the Caribbean. His company, Furey & Associates, which focused on “Travel Marketing Through Targeted Publishing,” will cease as Jim and his wife Barbara plan to move to their country home in Pennsylvania.

Furey began his career at the Bayonne Times followed by working for the New York Herald Tribune and then landed at The New York Times where he began to make his mark on Caribbean marketing and promotions.

In 1969, he became the Western Hemisphere Promotion Manager for The New York Times. Through 1974, he launched a series of special sections on the Caribbean for The New York Times and in The New York Times Sunday Travel Section.

Over the years he worked as a publisher’s representative for the Caribbean region representing a number of prestigious publications including Business Week, The Los Angeles Times, Southern Living, Sports Illustrated, U.S. News & World Report, The Newark Star Ledger and others.

Along with his wife Barbara, he launched Furey & Associates in 1974. What started out as a Publishers Representative company graduated into full-blown publishers of special sections on a variety of travel related subjects and destinations, most of which focused on the Caribbean, a region that held a special place in his heart.

Early on in his career, Jim Furey began giving back to the Caribbean. He was part of the small group of influential individuals that launched the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) travel agency Chapter network with the creation of the first Chapter in New York. He went on to launch a series of Caribbean Sales Seminars for travel agents in the 1980s that were eventually incorporated as an integral part of the annual CTO Conference.

He served on the Board of Directors for CTO for five years during which time he convinced Caribbean leaders to have the region participate as the half-time show during NFL Super Bowl XIII.

He was also a strong supporter of the hospitality sector in the Caribbean and helped launch the Small Hotels Advisory Council (SHAC) program for the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association which over a span of 20 years from the 1970s to the early 1990s brought volunteers down to the region to provide expertise to help the growing hotel network across the Caribbean.

A lasting result of these efforts include the St. John Foundation in the Virgin Islands and cooperative marketing programs that resulted in growth in Aruba, Anguilla, Jamaica, Barbados, Dominica, the Dominican Republic and many others over the years.

“We had and still have a love affair going with the Caribbean and its people,” said Jim Furey. “We were fortunate to have been there in the 60s when tourism was really beginning to develop and we were able to make a positive impact,” he said, adding: “I am very proud to have had the opportunity to work with so many Caribbean people that have influenced the growth and development of the region.”

He was also part of the initial team that brainstormed, created, launched and operated the Caribbean Culinary Federation and the resulting annual Taste of the Caribbean Culinary Competition that still exists today.

“The outstanding work he did on fundraising for Taste of the Caribbean, where he almost single handily funded the event through his efforts from our start in 1994 for more than a decade, was instrumental in establishing the event for the region,” said William Moore, then Executive Director of Education and Training for the Caribbean Hotel Association. “He was always a positive force in support of education in the Caribbean, tirelessly working year round to benefit the hospitality industry,” Moore added.

For more information, contact Jim Furey at (917) 975-3992 or email fureyassoc@cs.com

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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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