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Chamber Meets with Baha Mar Provisional Liquidators

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Nassau, 15 Sept 2015 – Directors and executives of the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation met with the joint provisional liquidators for Baha Mar today in an effort to keep the lines of communication flowing between the business community and the stalled project that is considered by most to be the single largest influence on business conditions in the country at this time.

“We know how much work the joint provisional liquidators have before them so we were pleased that the Bahamian lead on the liquidators’ team, Edmund Rahming, was able to sit with us to engage in early discussions about the best way forward,” said Chamber CEO Edison Sumner.
Rahming is Managing Director of KRyS Global (Bahamas) which was appointed along with UK-based AlixPartners by the Supreme Court to act as joint provisional liquidators until the court hears the winding-up petition of the Baha Mar Group companies. That court date is set for November 4.

“Until that time, we appreciate that the joint provisional liquidators’ role is to preserve the assets,” said Sumner. “While we would have liked for the Baha Mar matter to be resolved through arbitration or mediation with all parties sitting at the table, we are pleased that at least one of the mandates of the joint provisional liquidators is to promote a solution among all parties for the best way forward to get the resort opened. We are prepared to assist in any way possible to move the business forward. Many of our members are directly involved as they have made investments to participate in the Baha Mar dream whether through contractor or vendor services, retail or dining or other. But we know the greater impact on the entire economy in terms of potential revenue, jobs, entrepreneurial opportunities and a new product for a country whose major economic driver is tourism.”

Accompanying the Chamber CEO were directors who were directly impacted by the halting of the $3.5 billion project which came to a standstill when the developer, Baha Mar, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in a Delaware court on June 29 and the subsequent filing for a provisional liquidator in the Bahamas Supreme Court. Hours after the meeting between the Chamber and the joint provisional liquidators, the Delaware court dismissed the cases, ruling the matters should be decided by courts in The Bahamas.

Chamber Directors who met with Rahming included Michael Maura, Chair of the ADR Division at the Chamber and CEO of Arawak Port Development Limited; Tara Morley Nolan, Chair of the SME Division and Cole’s of Nassau, and Lana Lee Brogdon, of New Oriental Cleaners. According to Rahming, the meeting was open and cooperative.

“As joint provisional liquidators, it is our responsibility to preserve and protect the assets and toward that end we are pouring through documents to establish a clear picture of the factual status of project,” said Rahming. “However, even as we perform those tasks, it is important to keep the lines of communication open with all who are impacted. We respect the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce as the voice of business so we are appreciative that they reached out. The meeting was productive for explaining our role and our doors remain open.”

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Dog Tales to rescue 500 dogs from the Turks and Caicos

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By Dana Malcolm

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#TurksandCaicos, June 25, 2022 – Stray dogs in the Turks and Caicos will be getting a new lease on life in the coming months as Dog Tales Rescue will be coming to the islands. Up to 500 stray Dogs will be recovered from Grand Turk and flown to Canada in a bid to control the dog population and give the existing strays better lives. The visit has been approved by the Turks and Caicos Islands government who revealed the project in a cabinet meeting on May 31st.

Dog Tales rescue is a Canadian-based rescue mostly focusing on dogs, cats, and horses. The sanctuary is massive, sitting on over 50 acres of land. It was started in 2014 by husband and wife duo Rob and Danielle Eden-Scheinberg.  The animals at Dog Tales Rescue get the 5-star treatment (as they should!) while they wait to be adopted into their forever homes.  The rescue provides a space for neglected and abused dogs to heal with resources including kilometers of walking trails, therapy pools, a grooming spa, and medical care if needed.  Dog Tales does not put dogs down, those who are not adopted immediately remain with the sanctuary permanently.  Since 2014 more than 2000 dogs have passed through the sanctuary.

Rather than kennels the dogs at Dog Tale have rooms that they share or occupy alone and the sanctuary really jazzes up the spaces making them as luxurious as possible.  The volunteers at the sanctuary also actively use social media to campaign for potential adoptees by doing photoshoots to entice families to take the chance to adopt animals. Soon strays from the Turks and Caicos will be in that number.  You can see Dog Tales’ most recent photoshoot here.

Dog Tales even had a TV show back in 2018 that lasted for 2 seasons!

The TCIG says they will provide “logistical and regulatory support” for the program but Dog Tales will be funding the recovery and everything else on their own. You can donate to Dog Tales here

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Moderna & Pfizer approved for toddlers in US

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By Dana Malcolm

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#USA, June 25, 2022 – Toddlers can now be vaccinated with either Moderna or Pfizer in the United States following the US Food and Drug Administration’s Advisory Committee vote to authorize the jabs for the youngest humans.

Some 2.5 million vaccines were ordered for these youngsters from Pfizer and 1.3 million are on order from Moderna.

The authorization committee voted unanimously on both vaccines and it comes as a relief to millions of parents who opted to keep their children away from family gatherings, even school

The lowest age a US resident can now get vaccinated is 6 months, Pfizer says their shot is ready for children six months to four years old and Moderna goes one year higher at 6 months to 5 years.  Both Pfizer and Moderna say the toddlers will need boosters in the future.

As of June 2, there have been 442 children between the ages of 0-4 years old who have died as a result of Covid-19 in the United States.

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TCI Agriculture launches Plant Clinic

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By Dana Malcolm

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#TurksandCaicos, June 25, 2022 – These days anything can be online, even a plant clinic! The Turks and Caicos Islands Department of Agriculture wants to help budding and experienced farmers with any plant issues they may have and their new Online Plant Clinic is their solution to help as many Islanders as possible.

Launched on Thursday, June 16 the clinic will operate through Facebook. Individuals with sick plants or pest issues will be required to take a photo of the issue and upload that photo to the department of Agriculture’s Facebook page.

Answers to issues will be given once a month, on every third Thursday, via a public video so all Islanders can have access. The launch was attended by Chief Plant Protection Officer-CPPO Roneta Huntley Thomas, Director of Agriculture Wilhelmina Kissoonsingh, Minister of Agriculture Josephine Connolly, and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture Mrs. Cheryl Ann Jones.

Connolly urged residents to “grow your own food and grow TCI.”

Attendees of the launch were allowed to participate in games trying to identify different diseases for a chance at prizes. Residents can now immediately start sending in their photos on the Facebook page.

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