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Bahamas Education Minister celebrates Teachers of the Year

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Photo 2 Teacher of the Year#Bahamas, November 29, 2017 – Nassau – The Ministry of Education Teacher of the Year Steering Committee hosted its first-ever Teacher of the Year Meet-and-Greet luncheon with the Minister of Education, the Honorable Jeffrey Lloyd at the Stapledon School Auditorium.   In attendance were Minister Lloyd, Acting Director of Education, Mr. Marcellus Taylor, Deputy Director Ms. Serethea Clarke, District TOY winners including the National Teacher of the Year Mrs. Antonique Josey; and a number of  Ministry of Education officials.

In his speech to the Teacher of the Year District Winners, the Honorable Jeffrey Lloyd outlined many of the challenges faced by teachers daily.   He acknowledged, “Today a teacher has to be it all: parent, nurse, doctor, counselor…”  He went on to say that teachers also have to deal with “difficult parents,” who in many cases are young and inexperienced.   He stated also that on top of that, teachers, in addition to having their own financial challenges, have to “dip into their own resources to fill their teaching needs and the needs of their children.”  He indicated that this practice seems to be getting worse, and advised that politicians need to stop merely talking and start doing more, including paying teachers monies that are owed to them and supplying the needs of the various schools, so that teachers don’t have to use personal resources.

Additionally, Acting Director of Education Mr. Marcellus Taylor in his remarks, asserted that, “The three most difficult phrases for people to say are: “I’m sorry”, “I was wrong” and “Thank you.”   He maintained that this is a wonderful opportunity for the Ministry to say “Thank-you” to these Teachers of the Year; an extraordinary group of teachers who go even further above and beyond the call of duty than the norm.   He went on to express appreciation and gratitude to them for their many sacrifices.

Photo 3 Teacher of the YearThe National Teacher of the Year for 2017-2019, Antonique Josey, talked about her challenges as a teacher. She recalled the sleepless nights, the hard-work, and the grueling interview that preceded her being chosen for the privileged position. However, she avowed that it has all been worth it.

District winners got the opportunity to mingle and socialize with each other during the luncheon, with Ministry officials, and with TOY Committee members. The District winners were pleasantly surprised at the honor bestowed upon them. This is the first event of its kind, and because of its success, the committee is hoping to include it as one of their established biennial TOY events.

TOY District Finalists: Antonia Carmen Bain, (Gambier Primary), Northwestern District Winner; Cory Cole from E.P. Roberts Primary, Southeastern District Winner; Sharoline Deal-Pratt from Uriah McPhee Primary,  Northeastern District Winner; Ronette McCaulay  from R.N. Gomez All-Age School, North and Central Andros and Berry Island District; Paul Knowles from Central Abaco Primary, Abaco District Winner; Julie Knowles from L.N. Coakley High, Exuma District Winner; and Shantel Seymour from Central Eleuthera.

Press Release: Ministry of Education

Header: National Teacher of The Year 2017-2019, Antonique Josey, accepts a certificate of appreciation.  From left to right: Minister of Education, The Honorable Jefferey Lloyd, Teacher of the Year 2017 – 2019, Mrs. Josey, and Acting Director of Education, Mr. Marcellus Taylor [Photo credit: Edgar Arnette].

1st insert: The Minister of Education, The Hon. Jeffrey Lloyd, interrelating with some of the Teacher of the Year District Winners [Photo credit: Edgar Arnette].

2nd insert: Teacher of the Year District winners enjoying a moment at the “thank-you reception” held in their honor [Photo credit: Edgar Arnette].

 

 

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Minister Moxey says partnerships for development will help get Grand Bahama going again

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#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)

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Invest Turks and Caicos Attended Caribbean Hotel Investment Conference & Operations Summit

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#TurksandCaicos, November 24, 2021 – Invest Turks and Caicos (Invest TCI) is pleased to announce the Agency’s participation in the 10TH Caribbean Hotel Investment Conference & Operations Summit (CHICOS) held November 10th-12th, 2021, at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar in Nassau, Bahamas.

CHICOS is one of the premier hospitality conferences in the region. In its 10th year, this event brought together more than 300 regional and international investors and operators and the region’s leading decision makers – all to discuss the region’s markets and possibilities.

Invest TCI participated in the Caribbean Government Leaders plenary session on Friday, November 12th, alongside the Bahamas Investment Authority, Invest St. Lucia, and JAMPRO. The plenary discussions focused on the investment environment of Caribbean economies in a post covid environment under two key themes: diversification of the economy and tourism and the need for greater involvement of (and positive impact on) local communities.

Attending the summit on behalf of Invest TCI was Interim CEO, Angela Musgrove and Legal and Compliance Officer, Judith Garland.

Commenting on the summit, Ms. Garland stated, “I was delighted to represent the Agency at the 10th Anniversary edition of CHICOS. I found the sessions engaging, and the industry trends and knowledge imparted was most valuable. It was great to meet new faces and establish relationships with industry colleagues, which can present mutually beneficial partnerships and relationships in the future.

Interim CEO Angela Musgrove stated, “Invest TCI will continue to support and leverage industry conferences to promote opportunities in the Turks and Caicos Islands. This is the Agency’s 5th year attending CHICOS, and it has allowed us to directly engage with potential investors and prospects interested in doing business in the TCI. Through these types of events, the Agency can continue to proactively target new investment opportunities, lucrative partnerships, and financial opportunities that contribute to overall economic development.”

For more information on upcoming events, visit our website at investturksandcaicos.tc.

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Bahamian Para-Athlete Erin Brown to Become Godmother of RC’s Odyssey of The Seas

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#TheBahamas, November 24, 2021 – A Bahamian woman who lost her leg to cancer and went on to defy odds and inspire thousands will be named godmother of Royal Caribbean International’s Odyssey of the Seas. Erin Brown, a 41-year-old mother of two and a para-triathlete who cycles, runs, swims and competes at an international level, will accept the honour at a special ceremony in Florida later this week.

“From the moment we heard the story of Erin, how her courage and determination in the face of adversity inspired others and led to a more inclusive consciousness about succeeding with disabilities, we were moved and knew she was a great candidate for godmother of our newest ship, Odyssey of the Seas,” said Michael Bayley, president and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. “A godmother serves as the guiding spirit of the ship and brings good luck and safe travels to its crew and guests.”

While she was in college participating as a track and field athlete, Brown was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer called osteosarcoma after suffering a fall that resulted in a broken leg. After more than a year of chemotherapy, her tumor showed no signs of shrinking, and Brown made the difficult decision to amputate her limb above the knee. Brown, who watched her own mother struggle for five years before losing her battle with lupus linked to cancer, knew she had to keep going because her child depended on her. She underwent surgery and woke up to one less leg. “Mind over matter,” she repeated. And then, she re-invented herself.

She said she recognizes now that her disability was a signal to start over. The first time she completed the 100-mile cycling event, Ride for Hope, raising money for cancer research, education and prevention, she led a group of adaptive athletes who heard the thunderous applause and cheers from the crowd that had witnessed the one-legged cyclist achieve what few with two legs could on the hilly terrain.

“A sudden change like the one I experienced is just an opportunity to rebrand yourself to yourself and to society. All those skills you had before – you still have them,” said Brown who has gone on to become an advocate for rights for the disabled and works at the University of The Bahamas as the compliance officer and counselor for the physically challenged.

“Having Erin as our godmother is a fitting way for us to pay tribute to The Bahamas,” said Bayley. “Our company’s very first port of call outside the U. S. was to The Bahamas more than 50 years ago. To this day, Nassau remains one of our most popular ports of call and Perfect Day at CocoCay remains our top pick by our guests. We are excited about this ceremony and honouring our long-time partners, as well as the newest Bahamian flagged ship in our fleet.”

 

Photo Caption: Erin Brown, who calls herself a limb-difference individual, will be named the first Bahamian Godmother of a Royal Caribbean International vessel when she presides over the naming of Odyssey of the Seas.

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