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

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#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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GBPA welcomes EY’s New Office to Freeport

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#TheBahamas, June 22, 2022 – The Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) has approved a business license for EY Bahamas Ltd., who is set to open a new office in Freeport.

With more than 300,000 employees globally, EY provides assurance, consulting, law, strategy, tax and transactions services to businesses, countries and entrepreneurs. Significant economic impact from this investment will stem from the need for local housing, food and beverage, entertainment, transportation and more.

“We are pleased to welcome EY to Freeport,” said Ian Rolle, GBPA’s President.  “GBPA has been working with EY to take advantage of the BH-1B Visa program, which provides a significant opportunity for us to welcome more people to our city. We are looking forward to the economic boost to local businesses including grocery stores, taxis, car rentals, the housing market, restaurants and more. The ripple effects as a result of EY’s new footprint in Freeport will be a positive addition to our business community.”

GBPA and EY began serious discussions in 2019 prior to Hurricane Dorian regarding the benefits of operating in Freeport’s Special Economic Zone.  Since then, GBPA continued building its relationship with the firm and further helped them to understand the benefits of the BH-1B visa, which allows them to use Freeport to support their client’s needs across the region and globe.  Besides attracting local Bahamian and international talent, EY was drawn to Freeport’s proximity to North America, its safe environment, technology infrastructure and more.

EY has operated in The Bahamas for decades, providing rewarding careers for Bahamians. In its new Freeport location, EY will offer its clients solutions utilizing global talent, while creating new opportunities for employment and training for Grand Bahamians.

“Our Invest Grand Bahama promotional arm is dedicated to attracting these types of businesses that can benefit from our unique Free Trade Zone. We will continue to do our part as we promote the best Freeport has to offer,” Mr. Rolle concluded.

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RM Bailey’s Class of 2022 told, go where your heart leads you; be courageous, innovative, be your best

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By: Kathryn Campbell

Bahamas Information Services

 

#TheBahamas, June 22, 2022 – Vice-President of the Senate, Senator the Hon. Barry Griffin appealed to R.M. Bailey Senior High School’s Class of 2022 to be advocates of change and to use their voices to encourage good governance and constant innovation.

Senator Griffin was the guest speaker at the school’s commencement exercise Monday, June 20, at Charles Saunders Auditorium. “Empowered to Make What Seems Impossible – Possible” was the theme for the event.

“What we need now from our leaders is a sense of urgency. There has long been this feeling in The Bahamas, and in particular the upper echelons of our country, that we have comfort and we can manage to navigate the twists and turns that come our way,” said Senator Griffin.

“But what Hurricane Dorian has taught us, what the pandemic has taught us, what the inflation and rising costs of gas, electricity and food has taught us is — something that those at the fringes of our society have known for far too long — that comfort we feel will not last for long.”

To make the change, he remarked that the love of an old  “anachronistic” system that no longer serves the nation and its students must be removed.

He appealed for expanded opportunities for all, structural changes in the economy and in politics.

“We must begin to call a spade a spade — we have a problem of inequality, a problem of equal access to opportunity and a problem of failed politics. And graduates the only way that changes, is by you making your voices heard.”

He offered the following advice to the graduates:

  1. The old rules are crumbling and nobody knows what the new rules are. So make up your own rules.
  2. Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.
  3. When you take risks, you learn that there will be times when you succeed and there will be times when you fail, both are equally important.
  4. Be bold, be courageous, be your best.
  5. There is no script. Live your life the way you want.
  6. Wherever you go, go with all your heart.
  7. If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.
  8. Failure is the condiment that gives success flavour.
  9. Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.
  10. Go where your heart leads you — and do everything you desire — act as if it were impossible for you to fail.

“My advice is to be bold, to be you, to embrace failure, and to live as if everything is possible.

“It is my hope that you run out of here excited, leaning forward into the wind and ready to take the world by storm,” he said.

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Summit of the Americas elevates hemispheric challenges, Bahamas PM vocal

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By Shanieka Smith

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#TheBahamas, June 17, 2022 – “The Americas are challenged by crisis.” This was the statement made by the Bahamas Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Hon. Philip Davis during his contribution to the Plenary Session of the 9th Summit of the Americas on June 10, 2022.

“Climate, COVID and conflict have undermined our safety and our security,” he said. He went further to ask some thought-provoking questions: “Have we done enough here, at this gathering, to relieve suffering? To promote peace? To fight for the economic dignity of our People? “Will the work we carried out here continue once the spotlight and the world’s attention has moved on?”

He said the work and fine words do not count unless the people are told that the leaders have laid a true foundation for their progress.

Hinting back to the Summit in 2019, he said it is evident that the good intentions and optimism of that gathering did not translate into enduring advancement.

“Indeed, some countries in our hemisphere have become more unequal and more violent… across the Americas, the scourges of racism and discrimination appear to be on the rise. Emerging moral and technological challenges to our democratic norms threaten our capacity to deliver free and fair elections, and effective governance.” He added that all the mentioned challenges are “eclipsed by the existential threat of climate change.”

He expressed thanks to President Biden and Vice-President Harris and the people of the United States, to host and facilitate the dialogue and cooperation because none of the mentioned issues can be resolved by one nation.

Davis added, however, that “multilateral engagement at the highest levels happens too infrequently – certainly when it comes to issues which are important to the Caribbean,” he added. “But if the work of this Summit continues, if the will to cooperate endures, if words turn into action –change can lead to progress, and we can move forward.”

He highlighted several key factors affecting the region’s development, like hurricanes and other natural disasters that result in injury and debt, Covid-19 and the lack of sufficient healthcare workers, disinformation, and the illegal shipment of guns and movement of people. He also hinted at a topical issue, which suited the occasion as some countries were not invited to the Summit.

“It is easy to talk with those with whom we agree, but we must also be able to talk with those with whom we disagree. In fact, sometimes those are the conversations that are most urgently needed,” he said.  Prime Minister Davis noted that all the countries in the hemisphere faced overlapping developmental, security and democratic challenges. Collaboration and collective action can only be of mutual benefit. The absence of the Republic of Cuba has made these deliberations less complete,” added the Prime Minister.

“We must also be mindful of the unintended consequences of isolation and separation,” he said as he shared that more could be done to provide support for Haitians.

He noted that for the institutions within the Inter-American system to fulfil their potential, there should be some rethinking or re-calibrating. He added that the Organisation of American States (OAS), in particular, required both a structural and cultural adjustment.

As the Prime Minister ended his presentation, he called for not just more talking but also that participants “keep ‘doing — upholding our commitments and taking the action necessary for our collective survival.”

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