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Premier Throws Weight Behind Planning Department

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Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – February 18, 2018 – In her remarks delivered in the House of Assembly recently during the debate on the Planning (Amendment) Ordinance 2018 Premier Robinson pledged her full support to the Planning Department and the Ministry of Infrastructure in the challenging work to be undertaken.

Premier Robinson stated that “Planning Department gets much criticism and simply on most occasions do not have the tools/resources and legislative authority to carry out their functions as efficiently and effectively.” FLOW INSERT FIX

Premier Robinson boasted of her one year – Government’s show of commitment by stating that “…since coming to Office, my Government has provided Planning with a vehicle for the Development Control Officers in Providenciales, seven Development Control Officers which were provided through the Supplementary [ that was] debated and now the legislative amendments needed to empower them to carry out their important work more efficiently and effectively.”

bits n bytes insert FIXIn acknowledging the work of the Planning Department in light of the explosive growth of illegal settlements over the many years, Premier Robinson in offering further comments to the people of the country stated:

“Much work is to be done in addressing the areas under the remit of the Planning Department and when we think of the number of squatting communities, this work which is only a portion of the responsibilities resting with the Planning Department, is more overwhelming than any other area. This therefore means that we cannot and should not expect overnight results and changes. We must allow the process to work and to understand what must be done. We must not interfere with the work of the Planning Department in any way to obstruct their legal obligations and we must continue to report illegal activity and refrain from it ourselves. I understood that there was commentary on the Strategy agreed earlier by Cabinet as it relates to eradication and containment of illegal settlements where the term regularization appeared in the Cabinet’s communique. I use this opportunity to make it clear – the remedy of regularization can only extend to Turks and Caicos Islanders on crown land and not private land and only under circumstances where all the criteria needed are met. There is much to be done and persons must take heed to the new provisions. Planning Department like all enforcement bodies will continue to enjoy my full support and resources will continue to be deployed to ensure their effectiveness. This is a critical first step in a long journey but we cannot continue to ignore the issue with the hopes that it will go away. Whilst we note the pessimistic attitude of the Leader of the Opposition, the work must begin and I will continue to support the Department’s initiatives. We must re-establish the laws in too many cases and we must begin to restore it. Persons must abide by laws otherwise we will continue down a path of lawlessness.” 

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Former Olympian Pauline Davis presents books to Ministry of Education

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By: Kathryn Campbell

Bahamas Information Services

 

#TheBahamas, May 24, 2022 – Olympian Pauline Davis presented 450 copies of her book, ‘Running Sideways: The Olympic Champion Who Made Track and Field History’ to the Ministry of Education, and Technical and Vocational Training, Monday, May 23, 2022.

“My story shares some of the ups and downs, the challenges and sacrifices that go into success,” said Ms. Davis. “It is my hope that the students of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas would find the time to read the book and in some way be encouraged, inspired to achieve their dreams and in the process make their contribution to nation building.

“The story confirms that it does not matter where you start in life, all that matters is how you finish.”

She said, each and every single one of us has a role to play in the building of our great Bahamaland, “not just here in The Bahamas, in the region, but most importantly the world.”

The two-time gold medalist expressed appreciation to the Bahamas Government and the people of The Bahamas for their generosity to her.

The Hon. Zane Lightbourne, Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, and Technical & Vocational Training accepted the books on behalf of the Hon. Glenys Hanna-Martin, Minister of Education, and Technical & Vocational Training, Monday, May 23, 2022 at a ceremony at the Ivy Dumont Building, University Drive.

State Minister Lightbourne thanked Ms. Davis for her “authentic” Bahamian story of tribulations, trials and triumphs.

The Hon. Mario Bowleg, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture participated in the ceremony. Also in attendance: Lorraine Armbrister and Eugene Poitier, Permanent Secretaries; Dr. Marcellus Taylor, Director; Montez Williams, Undersecretary; Magistrate Linda Virgil, family and friends of Ms. Davis.

The 285-page memoir of the former Bahamian sprinter, a “gift” of World Athletics (formerly International Amateur Athletic Federation), will be distributed to public schools throughout the country.

 

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Header: Pauline Davis presents a copy of her book to the Hon. Mario Bowleg, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Monday, May 23, 2022 at the Ivy Dumont Building.

1st insert: Pauline Davis, Olympian, speaks about her book at a presentation ceremony Monday, May 23, 2022.

2nd insert: The Hon. Zane Lightbourne, Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, and Technical and Vocational Training accepts the 285-page memoir of Pauline Davis during a ceremony Monday, May 23, 2022.

 

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USA BECOMING THE HOME OF THE COWARDS; WIPING OUT UNARMED AND UNSUSPECTING CIVILIANS IN HEARTBREAKING SHOOTINGS

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By Deandrea HamiltonMagnetic Media
#USA, May 24, 2022 – Do you see this stuff playing out in TEXAS in the US?  Another mass shooting, 14 children, one teacher even the grandmother of the gunman, gone at the hands of the 18 y.o. shooter.Just last night, an NBC news report revealed a concerning violent crime increase in the US; the vicious trend starting in 2021.Under the guise and protection of the right to bear arms – a so called constitutional right – there is increasing manipulation to exact the most painful wrongs, by willful, evil selection.  What kind of minds are roaming free in these States that demand of us (and rightly so) such high standards when catering to their people with safety when they journey abroad.It was right for Ambassador Wendell Jones, Bahamian diplomat to the US based in Washington DC to issue a warning. Telling his compatriots to watch themselves and know their surroundings no matter where they travel ‘Stateside’.  It’s precarious times in the United States, he warned.Last week the headlines reeked of the sickening targeting of black people in a Buffalo community when a different 18 y.o. went manic there, killing 10 shoppers in a grocery store.  It was labeled “racist” and “domestic terrorism” by Joe Biden, US President.
Not sure what hate label you slap on this new, gut-wrenching situation but it continues to demonstrate, greater is the value on the right to bear arms, than the right to life!America, you’re not looking great, brave or free.What does it take for changes to come?

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COVID-19 TRAVEL RISK ADVISORY RATING INCREASED FOR THE BAHAMAS

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#TheBahamas, May 24, 2022 – The Ministry of Health & Wellness advises the public that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has advised that the COVID-19 Travel Health Advisory for the Bahamas will be moved from level two (2) moderate to level three (3) high.

The CDC level three (3) rating advises international travelers to be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines before coming to The Bahamas.  It also advises that even if COVID19 vaccines are up to date there may still be a risk for getting and spreading COVID-19.  Proper mask wearing for anyone two (2) years or older is recommended for indoor public spaces and requirements for this country should be followed.

Bahamians and residents are urged to continue to follow the COVID-19 safety protocols which help to limit the spread of the virus.  Persons can also guard themselves from severe COVID-19 infection by getting the COVID-19 vaccine, 1st and 2nd boosters and extended series doses for persons who are moderately to severely immunocompromised.  Appointments can be made online at vax.gov.bs or walk-ins are welcomed at vaccination sites.

Persons with mobility challenges may request a home visit by emailing vax242.mobile@gmail.com.

 

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