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Bahamas National Feeding Network Feeds Families at Love Feast

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Nassau, Bahamas – May 30, 2016 – A bouncing castle bustling with laughing children, a buffet full of fresh, hot food and bags overflowing with groceries donated by The Bahamas National Feeding Network—all of this was what greeted families who attended the second annual Love Feast hosted by Kingdom Ambassadors World Outreach Ministries on Farrington Road in Nassau, New Providence, recently.

 

“Kingdom Ambassadors World Outreach Ministries is very community conscious,” said Philip Smith, Executive Director of The Bahamas National Feeding Network (BNFN) which donated hundreds of dollars’ worth of food for the event. “They are outward looking rather than inward looking. They look beyond members of their church to the community as a whole and strive to meet the needs of hundreds.”

 

Kingdom Ambassadors World Outreach Ministries is one of nearly 80 churches and non-government organizations (NGOs) who partner with The Bahamas National Feeding Network, an organization launched in 2013 that acts as a hub for distributing food to feeding centers around New Providence so that food gets into the hands of those who need it with as few delays as possible and nothing is wasted.

Despite the fact that The Bahamas is one of the more affluent countries in the Caribbean, nearly 43,000 Bahamians wake up each day not knowing where their next meal will come from, and about three quarters of those living in poverty reside on New Providence, according to government statistics.

 

“There is plenty of food and wealth on New Providence, but still one in seven Bahamians go hungry every day,” Smith said, adding that 50% of those living in hunger are children.

 

Many children in Nassau go to school without breakfast or receive meals through subsidized efforts like school breakfast programs. However, during the summer break most of those programs are suspended.

“In the summer, when those school meals disappear, children find themselves hungry and with few options,” Smith said.  “It impacts their health and well-being.”

 

But working with partners like Kingdom Ambassadors, it gives Smith hope.

 

“We are so passionate about wiping out hunger,” Smith said. “If you have the right people working together, you can achieve anything.”

 

Member partners of the BNFN – the brainchild of businessman, ambassador and philanthropist Frank Caruthers — are Ambassador Choral Int’l, Annis Antribus, Assemblies of God – Gladtidings Tabernacle, Bahamas Red Cross, BASH, Benevolent Women’s Ministry, Bethel Baptist Church, Brea Seventh Day Adventist, Calvary Bible Church, Change Ministries Int’l. Christian Gospel Chapel, Church of God of Prophecy, Club Restoration, Core of Hope, Cornerstone Haitian Church, Cornerstone Partners of Hope, Cornerstone Zion Ministries, Dave Horton Ministry, Ebenezer Methodist Church, Eljhay’s Hilltop Cottage Ministries, Ezekiel House of Mentoring, Family of Faith Ministry, Family and Support Foundation, Glory Carriers Ministries Int’l, God Temple of Praise, Great Commission Ministries Int’l, Haley Apostolic Ministries, Hands of Hope, Hands for Hunger, Heal Our Land, Hope for the Hopeless, Judea Baptist Church, Kingdom Ambassadors World Outreach Ministries, Kingdom Mercy Ministries, Lakeview Church of God, Low Sound Seventh Day Adventist, MCC Methodist Church, Miracle Deliverance Restoration Ministry Int’l, Mosseff House, Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Mt. Paran Baptist Church, New Bethany Baptist Cathedral, New Life Restoration Ministries, New Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, New Mount Zion Missionary Church, New Vision Ministries Int’l, Opening Doors Ministries, Operation SOLD, Pentecostal Baptist Church, Prayer & Deliverance Int’l, Redemption Seventh Day Adventists, Remnant Tabernacle of Praise, Resurrection Ministries, Sanctuary of the Redeem, Second Chance Ministries, Seventh Day Adventist Church, Shiloh Temple Baptist, Society of St. Vincent DePaul, Solid Rock Church, South Andros Christian Center, Spirit of Life Ministries, St. Joseph’s Church, St. Michael Catholic Church, Stephen Dillet School, Steve McKinney Feeding Ministry, Street Outreach,  Sylvia Soup Kitchen, The Anglican Diocese, The Salvation Army, Valene Benjamin Ministries, Vision of Hope Cathedral, Word of Truth, Youth for God through Christ, Wesley Methodist Church and Zion Yamacraw Feeding Ministry.

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Guerda Culmer (left) and the team from Kingdom Ambassadors World Outreach Ministries on Farrington Road dish up food purchased with a donation from the Bahamas National Feeding Network recently as part of the organization’s annual Love Feast. It was the second year in a row Kingdom Ambassadors World Outreach Ministries held the community fun day and provided bags of groceries to those in need. (Photo by Cay Focus Photography.)

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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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