Providenciales, TCI, November 18, 2016 – The Governing PNP nominated 15. The Opposition PDM also nominated 15. The PDA fell a bit short and put up 12. And we got confirmation from at least seven independent Candidates that they are now officially nominated to offer in the 2016 December 15, General Elections.
The nomination times were from 10am to 1pm and then at 2pm to 4pm at ten sites around the country… and save for one slight surprise in Grand Turk South – Valerie Jennings a former Culture Officer with Government – it was as expected; but this will be confirmed tonight by the Elections Supervisor, Dudley Lewis.
We will take you to our encounters with the PNP in Electoral District #5, Leeward & Long Bay where the final two candidates Sheba Wilson and Akierra Missick made their candidacies official. There were a number of PNP Nominees including Party Leader, Rufus Ewing.
“We are excited and looking forward to December 15th when we’re gonna bring this seat home to the PNP.” – Sheba Wilson
“I’m elated but I’m honored that the people of Leeward & Long Bay have again selected me to put their trust on behalf of the PNP to not only bring this seat home, but to bring more progress to our country and bring it to the next level, and invite every single one of you to the massive Grand Rally at Heaving Down Rock tomorrow. Team PNP, 15 will be there to celebrate with you.” – DP Akierra Missick
“No contest in Five Cays so we don’t have no comment. We looking for somebody to contest us down Five Cays, done deal, we taking it to the next level!!!!” – PNP supporter
“Vote Rachel Taylor, guess what, you have 6 votes to cast, one for me and the other five for the at large candidates, vote PNP!!” – Rachel Taylor
“On my way to the next level, and on my way to deliver Wheeland, and develop Wheeland.” – Dameko Dean
“Candidates are now official candidates. This is the team that will deliver progress for Turks and Caicos and everyone in it.” – Premier Rufus Ewing
For the PDM, Cheshire Hall & Richmond Hill was the final stop where Karen Malcolm and Douglas Parnell became official contenders the blue party in the December run off, there too we met a number of party faithful
“I’m elated, I am so happy and grateful to God for this opportunity to serve the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands, and I know on December 15th, PDM will be the new government.” – Karen Malcolm
“I believe in signs, and today this is a real sign, they allowed us to be nominated at the Disaster Centre, and it’s gonna be a disaster for the government.” – Doug Parnell
“I had all my family and all my friends, and all my PDM friends with me so it all went very well, and we’re all excited right.” – Hon. Josephine Connolly
“I am excited, the people are excited we cannot wait until December 15th for us to go to the poles and make this official.”
“One step closer to victory, it was exciting in Blue Hills today and I must say that the Blue Hills people are ready to go to the poles to vote the PDM government in, and I am proud to say that I will be, one of those members in that government because I’m ready to go to work.”
“Deputy Premier is coming out of Five Cays, we done sign him up out the Felix Morley sports centre, don’t worry bout it, we gat this.”
“This is a sign to the honorable Premier, and this is a sign to the PNP camp for what they have done to me within the last four years. The pain, the sorrows and everything that I Jermain Jamal Riley faced, and citizens of the Turks and Caicos Islands will be surely spoken on December 15th, by the strokes of our pens.”
Several rallies are set for tonight and tomorrow – Mike Misick is in Grand Turk later; Sabrina Green is down town at Homie’s here in Provo later and Akierra Missick is at Heaving Down Rock tomorrow at 7pm.
Watch what Magnetic Media does on social and mobile media overnight… see the images, including video interviews and the final tally from the Elections office on who is in and who is out. We post it as soon as we get it!
Minister Moxey says partnerships for development will help get Grand Bahama going again
#TheBahamas, November 27, 2021 – One means by which Minister for Grand Bahama, Hon. Ginger Moxey plans to utilize every resource at her disposal to get things moving for Grand Bahama again, is to utilize partnerships for development.
“Success with these partnerships on our island are embedded in collaborative efforts between the ministry of Grand Bahama, other government ministries, the Grand Bahama Port Authority, the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce, Hutchinson Whampoa Holdings Ltd., industry stakeholders and the business community at large,” explained Minister Moxey.
“We must unite and work together to build alliances for success with the ultimate goal of ensuring that Grand Bahama Island excels. We are all in this together.”
The Minister’s remarks came during her keynote address at the ninth annual Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce’s Business Excellence Awards Luncheon, which was held on Wednesday, November 24th, 2021 at Pelican Bay resort. The event is held to honor Grand Bahamian business owners for their commitment, achievements and dedication to the development of the second city.
Minister Moxey pointed out that this year’s event, under the theme, celebration of excellence, acknowledges and highlights businesses on Grand Bahama that have stayed the course. She added that this kind of recognition is a beacon of hope for local business owners who have faced and overcame some of the most challenging circumstances ever encountered within the island’s history.
“On November first during my contribution on the bill to thank the Governor General for his Speech from the Throne, I pledged to the nation that I would do the people’s business and utilize every resource at my disposal, to get the job done for Grand Bahama,” said Minister Moxey.
“As a Grand Bahamian and business owner, I can attest to the challenges we have faced over the past decade. The devastation of Hurricane Dorian in 2019, which was closely followed by the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020. It further strained our already fragile economy. Today’s administration is also well aware of the challenges that Grand Bahama has faced over the past decade. Nevertheless, we will deliver on our commitment to recover, rebuild and revolutionize our island, our economy and usher our people into the new day.
“I would like to thank all of the businesses represented today, that have kept their doors opened and our people employed. To all of the Business Excellence Award nominees, I congratulate you. Remain encouraged and know that your efforts have not gone unnoticed.
“To the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce, thank you for being a staple in the business community and for celebrating excellence for the past nine years. Welcome back business excellence awards.”
By Andrew Coakley
Photo Caption: Minister for Grand Bahama, Ginger Moxey (right), along with President of the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce, Greg Laroda presents Mrs. Leslie Baptista, of Paint Fair, with the President’s Award, during the ninth annual GB Chamber of Commerce’s Business Excellence Awards Luncheon, which was held on Wednesday, November 24th, 2021 at Pelican Bay resort.
(BIS Photo/Andrew Miller)
Caribbean Development Bank to offer solutions for TCI with Sea Defences
By Dana Malcolm
#TurksandCaicos, November 27, 2021 – The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has committed $600,000 to investigate upgrades to sea defences in the Turks and Caicos Islands, disclosed by the Minister of Physical Planning and Infrastructure Akierra Missick as she sought to reassure residents about the state of the defenses.
Concerns were raised by residents recently when the newly paved Front Street, Grand Turk was severely flooded because the sea wall was unable to hold back massive waves.
Minister Missick acknowledged the concerns but said that the government had been working on upgrades since August of this year. This, she said, had begun with a “holistic review of all of the island’s sea defenses.” It was revealed that this review is being done through an environmental consultancy agency.
The consultancy is set to run for 11 months.
At the end of the consultation period, the government should have what Missick described as shoreline characterization for Grand Turk and Salt Cay as well as designs for measures to break wave strength before it reaches shore and infrastructure upgrade designs for the entire coast of Grand Turk and Salt Cay.
Feasibility studies will be carried out alongside these infrastructure designs to determine their effectiveness.
Meetings between CDB and stakeholders including residents, tourism operators, engineers, coasts resource advisors, and others are set to occur over the 11 month time frame.
A coastal resource and vulnerability analysis is also set to be completed. This, Missick said, is a pre-emptive effort to prevent future problems.
Opposition leader Edwin Astwood spoke out regarding the flooding incident. He said the flooding was caused by faulty engineering of the sea wall rather than drainage along the road. In the House of Assembly on November 22, Astwood claimed the wall, which should have been built with a curve, was built flat.
Missick has not yet responded to the claims but has promised that CDB’s preliminary report should be tabled with Government by Summer 2022.
Leading revenue earners need to include a boosted Financial Services Sector says Finance Minister Saunders
By Dana Malcolm
#TurksandCaicos, November 27, 2021 – The Turks and Caicos economy has surpassed expectations for revenue by almost $90 million dollars. Finance Minister E.Jay Saunders revealed the top four categories that spearheaded the increase, accounting for nearly 80 per cent of the revenue brought into the TCI.
The information was presented at a November 8 press conference where the Finance, Investment and Trade Minister also provided a simplified version of country finances in a Citizens’ Guide to the Budget.
Saunders said, in his presentation, that every single revenue item overachieved, pushing the original $271 million dollar budget to a projected $361 million.
The first category was Work Permits which is projected to have, a near $2 million dollar increase. Next was Accommodation Tax, which is projected to have an almost $15 million dollar increase in revenue, followed by Customs Import Duties with a projected $22 million dollar increase. Finally, Stamp Duties rounded out the main four with a whopping $34 million projected increase.
He did warn that despite its brilliant performance, the TCI economy must diversify and do so soon. He cited supply chain issues that are currently affecting the global market saying that if even one of the major categories of revenue were to be affected it could be detrimental for the economy.
He said “Over 80% of our revenue comes from four categories…When we talk about diversifying this is one of the reasons why, because of anything happens to say, Customs Import duties it would be a disaster.”
In tandem with this call to diversify that the minister made significant mention of Financial Services as a fifth category for fiscal development. He said that despite the industry still being fairly small that “if the government can manage to grow it just a little bit it would make a huge difference.”
Cayman and the BVI were cited as examples of territories which had managed to build strong financial services sectors. He assured the press that, “The only thing we have to do is modernize our legislation and become more of a competitor…and we don’t need to increase our market share significantly to grab another 50 million dollars.”
In contrast, the biggest expenses were Salaries, Pensions, and Hospital charges with the Ministry of Health getting the bulk of the budget.
While the Finance Minister was pleased with the progress, he also expressed his determination that the TCIG be able to increase their now $360 million budget to $400 or even $500 million.
This, said Saunders, would allow the government to hit their 2040 goals to improve quality of life for TCI citizens.
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