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TCI: Thank You Fox Foundation Bahamas – A ‘Splashtacular’ Showing from TCI Aquatics Swim Club



#TurksandCaicos, March 3, 2021 – A small swim club, with a delegation including six young athletes made strong ripples in the pool in The Bahamas and has charted a new course for Turks and Caicos competitive swimming; the Fox Foundation in Nassau, was a large part of helping it to happen.

“We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the Fox Foundation of Nassau; they put us up in comfortable accommodations and ensured our Marlins could continue their school work and remain in touch with the families back in Providenciales with Wi-Fi  included for the month we were in Nassau,” said a beaming Coach Lenin Hamilton.

In the final meet of the month long escape for competitive training and CARIFTA qualifying swim meets, the four boys and two girls banked a record number of personal bests, won top performance trophies and heaped up top finishes.

“I am extremely proud of these guys and it shows that swimming in a pool and swimming against faster kids it helped everybody with time improvements.”

Coach Lenin Hamilton is driving the message that the Turks and Caicos has amazing and untapped talent in the sport of swimming; citing that the absence of a public access pool to develop young people in the sport is a missed opportunity and disservice to the youth.

The February jaunt included the coaches three children; Lenin Junior, Lenika and Lenia Hamilton; Mateo Gardiner, 13; Jayden Davis, 11 and Tajhari Williams, 13 who dominated to make CARIFTA qualifying times in five events. 

“Tajhari Williams went all out crazy qualifying in five events during this swim meet.  In the 50m free he qualified, in the 100m back he qualified; the 100m free he qualified; the 50m back he qualified and the 200m backstroke, he qualified for CARIFTA,” said the coach in an update.

Tajhari Williams, 13 got the high point trophy and placed first in his age group.  Williams’ performance:  Sixth in the 50m free; first in 100m back with PB; Fifth in the 100m free, with PB; first in 100m free, PB; second in 50m backstroke and first in 200m backstroke and PB.

Eleven-year old LJ finished second in his age group in the 9th Annual Leno Barracuda Invitational Swim Meet held February 20, 2021 at the Betty KellyKenny National Swim Complex.  Lenin Hamilton missed high point trophy by two points and was the runner up placing third in 50m free; first in 100m back; second in 100m free; second in 50m back; first in 200m free and first in 50m breast

Jayden Davis, also 11-years old earned top spots in his races as well:  Second in the 50m free;  first in the 50m fly; fourth in the 100m free;  second in the 100m fly; third in the 200m free and in the 50m breast stroke, Jayden placed ninth.

Mateo Gardiner, 13 entered competition and finished with:  9th in the 50m free; sixth in the 50m fly; sixth in the 100m breaststroke and 12th in the 50m breast.

Leniah Hamilton, 7-years-old had a stand out showing with a second place in the 50m fly; fourth in the 100m free; seventh in 50m backstroke; third in 50m breaststroke; second place in the 100m breast and seventh position in 50m freestyle swim.

Lenika Hamilton, 9-years-old  was described as “graceful in the water” and earned a first in the 50m fly; fifth in 100m free; third in the 50m back, 16th in the 50m breast;  12th in the 100m breast and a fifth place spot in 50m free.

TCI Aquatics Swim Clubs is one of the few in the Turks and Caicos Islands; it is run by a family of swimmers who are native to both The Bahamas and TCI with lead coach, Lenin Hamilton.  The team is now returned to Providenciales Turks and Caicos; one can find coach Hamilton training the team, coaching new talent, teaching new swimmers and running an adult swim program off the popular Rickie’s Flamingo Café on Grace Bay Beach.

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BFN urges Bahamians to pay attention to hunger ‘crisis’



Great Commission Ministries thanks network for nearly a decade of support


#TheBahamas, September 26, 2022 – Bahamas Feeding Network (BFN) director, Mario Carey, is making an urgent plea to the public to pay attention to the hunger crisis that many face in The Bahamas.

Carey made the comments as he and BFN Executive Director Archdeacon James Palacious paid a visit to Great Commission Ministries, one of nearly 100 feeding centres that BFN regularly supports and a beneficiary of the network for nearly 10 years.

“It’s sad and shocking to see the extent of this issue in The Bahamas,” said Carey.

“This is a crisis that isn’t being adequately addressed. How is it that in The Bahamas so many people go hungry every day and it’s such a struggle to feed them?”

The plea came just days ahead of the BFN’s inaugural golf tournament, ‘Tee Off for Hunger’ which BFN hopes will raise funds to provide more than 50,000 meals in the fight against hunger.

In recent months, BFN has been providing more than 70,000 meals per month to the most vulnerable in The Bahamas. And Palacious said the hunger problem in the country continues to be a dire one.

Palacious said the demand BFN is facing has remained steadily high, particularly as Bahamians continue to struggle with an increasing cost of living and continued high unemployment.

“It’s concerning to see the extent of the need in our country,” said Palacious.

“And at the Bahamas Feeding Network, we do all we can to provide assistance, but the demand is great and ceaseless. We deeply appreciate and ask for the continued support of the business community and the public at large to be able to carry on our work in these difficult times.”

Bishop Walter Hanchell, founder and president of Great Commission Ministries, said the organization has been seeing a sustained increase in people seeking help with the basic necessities in recent months.

Great Commission Ministries provides hot meals to roughly 500 people each day, in addition to distributing meals to the sick and shut-in, as well as the provision of grocery packages to struggling families.

Hanchell, who has been helping to feed Bahamians for over three decades, said the past few months have been challenging, as more and more new faces show up seeking assistance. Although the organization receives monetary and in-kind support, the need frequently outweighs the supply.

“Every day you see it,” said Hanchell. “And we are seeing more middle-class people who are now struggling. We help as many as we can, but of course we have limited resources.”

Carey said Hanchell’s observations point clearly to a worsening problem.

“The thing is, this is just one organization, and there are hundreds of them,” said Carey.

The Bahamas Feeding Network spends over $120,000 on its monthly efforts. And Palacious said a generous patron who covers the network’s monthly rent helps to ensure that just a small percentage of donations goes towards administration costs.

Carey said now is the time for everyone to take the issue of hunger in The Bahamas seriously.

“This is beatable,” he said. “We can beat this if people buy into it and everyone makes a contribution.”

Hanchell echoed his sentiments, noting that homelessness is another serious issue that he is working to combat, with plans underway to construct a 100-bed shelter next year.

“We are going to be asking a lot of corporate Bahamas, and the government and private citizens to make that happen,” he said.

Hanchell added, “In November we celebrate 35 years of nonstop ministry and we thank God for the Bahamas Feeding Network and all that they have done to support us over the years. They have been a tremendous blessing.

“It’s not been an easy road but the Lord has been with us.”


Photo Caption: Bahamas Feeding Network (BFN) representatives visit long-time beneficiary Great Commission Ministries. L-R: Great Commission Ministries Elder Mina Hanchell, Great Commission Ministries President Bishop Walter Hanchell, BFN Executive Director Archdeacon James Palacious, BFN Director Mario Carey, Aventus Ventures CEO Kevin Hobbs, Great Commission Ministries Operations Manager Maxine Bethel

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Da Rocks’ Jonquel Jones and Sun aim to repeat win in bid for WNBA Championship



By Deandrea Hamilton



#USA, September 18, 2022 – Jonquel Jones of Eight Mile Rock, Grand Bahama power forward and centre for the Suns had 20 points, five rebounds and four assists in a victorious and glorious effort against the Las Vegas Aces on Friday night. The Connecticut Suns holding on in game three, which could have been elimination if that score went the Aces way.

Now, on ESPN Sunday Jones is hoping for another win and a tie of the series which is a best of game five.

The Sun are now 4-0 in elimination games in the playoffs so far this postseason.

There was other good news on the weekend for Bahamian Jonquel, as she was named an All-WNBA Second Team selection.  Jones scored 126 overall, receiving 12 first team votes and 22 second team votes which came as no surprise to many.  Jonquel leads the Suns in scoring, rebounds and blocked shots.  She averages 14.6 points per game, ranking in the top 20 in the WNBA for scoring.

Add to the road Jonquel is still on for WNBA Champion and historic Bahamian athlete, as a member of the All- WNBA First Team, she will receive $10,300 and each member of the Second Team will receive $5,150.

The Bahamas continues to be proud of this outstanding player.

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Tourism, Investments & Aviation Minister I. Chester Cooper Elected Vice Chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organization



#TheBahamas, September 16, 2022 –  The Hon. I. Chester Cooper, Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) and Minister of Tourism, Investments & Aviation, was elected to continue to serve as a vice chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) during the Council of Ministers and Commissioners of Tourism Meetings this week.

DPM Cooper is leading a delegation which includes Latia Duncombe, Acting Director General (ADG) and Dr Kenneth Romer, Deputy Director General and Acting Director of Aviation, to the four-day CTO Business Meetings which are taking place in the Cayman Islands 12-15 September 2022.

“I am grateful and honoured to serve in this capacity on behalf of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas and the entire Caribbean region,” DPM Cooper said.

“It is important that we continue to forge deeper relations with our tourism counterparts and support each other as we aim for full economic recovery. It is my hope that ongoing efforts will enhance our tourism product across the region and position the Caribbean as the most desirable destination year-round.”

In his role as CTO Vice Chairman, DPM Cooper will provide updates regarding the region’s performance and developments.

The CTO is the Caribbean’s tourism development agency comprising over 24 member countries and territories and provides support to those members in marketing, sustainable tourism, communications, and research & information technology. This year’s conference focuses on regional recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic and plans for the future of tourism.

CTO Business Meetings have been on hold since 2020, making this meeting the organisation’s first in-person event following the onset of the pandemic.

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