What the Governor said at presentation of ‘Instruments’ to new Premier & Deputy on February 20
#TurksandCaicos, February 24, 2021 – Well I would like to congratulate you on an extraordinary victory that was declared by the Supervisor of Elections, only this morning and now we are going to swear you in as the Premier and Deputy Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands.
I have signed these two instruments (turning to C. Washington Misick, PNP Party Leader):
I Nigel Dakin, Govenror of the Turks and Caicos Islands in exercise of the powers conferred upon me by Sections 3 1b and 2 of the Constitution of the Turks and Caicos Islands hereby appoint, Charles Washington Misick, the elected member of the House of Assembly who commands the support of a majority of the elected members of the House, as Premier given under my hand and the public seal this 20th day of February 2021.
Premier congratulations (cordial hand shake between the two men).
And now (turning to Erwin EJ Saunders)
I Nigel Dakin, Govenor of the Turks and Caicos Islands in exercise of the powers conferred upon me by Sections 31 1c of the Constitution of the Turks and Caicos Islands and acting in accordance with the advice of the Premier, hereby appoint Erwin Jay Saunders, the duly elected member of the House of Assembly and a minister of the government of the Turks and Caicos Islands as Deputy Premier given under my hand and public seal this 20th day of February 2021.
Congratulations (cordial hand shake between the two men).
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Bahamas Golden Jubilee Events Announced, Celebrations Across 33 Islands & Cays
#TheBahamas, March 27, 2023 – As the 50th anniversary of our nation’s independence approaches, Bahamians everywhere are teeming with excitement and expectancy around the year-long celebrations set by The National Independence Secretariat.
Yesterday, the Prime Minister joined H.E Leslia Miller Brice, Chair of The National Independence Secretariat to unveil the Calendar of Events for the 50th Independence celebrations.
The calendar comprises a host of events, initiatives and recommendations for celebrations throughout all 33 islands of The Bahamas.
At this jubilant occasion the PM stated, “Celebrating independence is about acknowledging the greatness around us, the greatness within us, and the greatness ahead of us.
We are Bahamians. That identity is special.”
View the newly released calendar of events here:
JAMAICA: 12,362 Seniors Registered Under New Social Pension Programme
#Kingston, March 28, 2023 – There are currently 12,362 seniors registered under the Government’s new Social Pension Programme.
Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Karl Samuda, made the disclosure during the sitting of the Standing Finance Committee of the House on March 2, at Gordon House.
The initiative targets all Jamaican citizens 75 years and older who are not currently in receipt of a pension (overseas or local) or any other retirement, old-age or disability benefit or regular income, and are not living in a government institutionalised care facility.
“We are evaluating the manner in which we qualify persons to go on the programme. This is a discussion we will have to have, as some people fall through the cracks simply because they might have a refrigerator, or they might be lucky enough to have a television at home,” Mr. Samuda said.
“The direction in which we are heading, to have those things, does not move you from poverty to prosperity. So, the Government has an obligation to do everything possible to improve their quality of life, and so we will be looking at that,” the Minister added.
Mr. Samuda said between March 2022 and January 2023, the programme disbursed $446 million.
To register for the social pension programme, persons may visit any of the Ministry’s parish offices islandwide.
They will be required to complete a social pension application form, accompanied by their Tax Registration Number (TRN), National Insurance Scheme (NIS) card, and proof of age in the form of a birth certificate or a valid passport.
They should also take along a valid identification (ID), such as a driver’s licence, passport or voter’s ID, proof of bank account and any other document that may be required to process the application, for example, proof of citizenship.
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