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Crackpot Kitchen – The Rebirth Friday 9th July 2021

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#TurksandCaicos, July 14, 2021 – Just like the mighty Phoenix, an island favourite Crackpot Kitchen rises from the ashes. Crackpot Kitchen is back at a new location with a unique dining concept new to TCI. At its new Leeward Highway location, at the Allegro Roundabout next to the Rubis gas station, Chef Nik and the Crackpot Kitchen Team are bringing back all your favourites with a food truck dining concept that lends to “pick-up n go” eating while also providing seating options. Crackpot Kitchen is also now mobile with a food truck that will eventually be extending to other locations.

With this new dining concept comes new menu items that will give diners even more options to enjoy authentic TCI dishes with a hint of the modern genius that is TCI’s Culinary Ambassador – Chef Nik! Menu items like the Curry Beef Pastiletos, Shark Tacos and Krusty Krab Burgers are exclusive dishes that provide an exceptional spin on TCI delicacies and favourites. Chef Nik never disappoints when it comes to finding modern ways to bring all the indigenous TCI dishes we love to a new generation of locals and tourists alike. For those patrons who have been patiently waiting for the return of Crackpot Kitchen, menu staples like Friday’s BBQ Pigtails & Fried Fish and the Satday Brunch are back to fill that unfilled spot in your TCI culinary experience.

A devastating fire, the global pandemic nor the closed borders could stop Chef Nik and his vision. While this new concept was being birthed, Chef Nik focused on his private chef catering services, providing his authentic and distinctive TCI dining experience to hundreds of tourists. As featured in his hundreds of social media posts, mentions and reviews from guests – #WeDifferent – Crackpot Kitchen Catering is a different catering experience. Crackpot Kitchen Catering focuses on providing a total dining experience beginning with fresh ingredients used to create stand-out customizable recipes while providing guests with an awesomely fun ambience. Just follow Chef Nik on Instagram @CrackpotKitchen for a little glimpse of the mouthwatering dishes and Crackpot Kitchen Catering experience. Crackpot’s catering service has become a preferred choice to those looking for the private dining experience with TCI’s Culinary Ambassador – Chef Nik.

When speaking about his vision for the new location, Chek Nik advises that the plan for the new Leeward Highway location is a more mobile dining experience. With all meals served in to-go containers, guests are welcome to stop awhile by grabbing a table, sitting for drinks at the bar or they can also opt to just ‘stop and go’ for meal pickup. The new Crackpot Kitchen has used the changes in the dining model, which came with the COVID-19 pandemic, to create a more efficient concept for dining in TCI which will shortly be incorporating a curbside pickup option as well.

Like the mighty Phoenix, Crackpot Kitchen has used the flames to cultivate a Rebirth as it works to perfect the same winning product that we’ve grown to love, now in a new package. “We are so blessed and overwhelmed with the support that we have gotten from the Turks and Caicos community and the hundreds of visitors who have dined with us over the years. We knew we had to get back to it, as we received hundreds of messages asking when we would be returning” says Chef Nik. “This Rebirth is the culmination of a vision to continue to modernize the TCI dining experience, while remaining rooted in all the things that make our food and hospitality a TCI exclusive”. Chef Nik is excited to welcome everyone back to Crackpot Kitchen where there is always – Great Food. Good People. Cool Vibez.

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Over 68,000 STAYED HOME in Bahamas Elections; We have BEST and WORST for Voter Participation

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#TheBahamas, September 21, 2021 – The just-concluded General Election in Bahamas has presented a new shift in governance.  The former ruling part, Free National Movement, lost nearly all the electoral seats it secured in the 2017 general elections.  However, this seems a swap of the Progressive Liberal party’s score in the 2017 general elections in which the former ruling party (FNM) won nearly all the parliamentary seats.

68,000 STAYED AWAY

While the FNM secured 35 out of 39 seats in the 2017 ballot, leaving only four slots for the Opposition, the 2021 elections presented “new day” with the Opposition clinching 32 parliamentary seats, leaving the former ruling party FNM with only seven slots.

However, the election results showed a significant drop in voter turnout compared to the 2017 election results. Out of 194,494 registered voters in The Bahamas, only 126,414 voted, translating to 65 per cent voter turnout.

PREVIOUS ELECTION HIGHER

This was different from the previous election in which 160,407 out of 181,543 registered voters cast their ballots, translating to a remarkable 88.36 per cent voter turnout.

Being the first election in the island nation since the Covid-19 struck the Caribbean; the dismal voter turnout could be attributed to the severe impact of the Covid-19 pandemic in The Bahamas and the current countermeasures taken by individuals to avoid contracting the deadly virus.

It could also be voter apathy.

BEST IN SHOW

Despite coronavirus prevalence in the country, North Andros & Berry Islands, Cat Island, Rum Cay & San Salvador, and Mangrove Cay & South Andros constituencies recorded an impressive voter turnout of 77.99 per cent, 76.11 per cent and 73.06 per cent respectively.

North Andros & Berry Islands had 2,126 out of 2,569 registered voters cast their ballots, followed by 1,255 out of 1,622 in Cat Island, Rum Cay & San Salvador, and 1,706 out of 2,164 registered voters in Mangrove Cay & South Andros.

VERY LOW SHOW

The bottom three constituencies in terms of voter turnout include Bamboo Town, which had 3,436 out of 5,838 (58.63 per cent) registered voters cast their ballot, followed by Garden Hills with 3,033 out of 5,287 (57.09 per cent), and   Central & South Abaco falling at the bottom of the list with 1,844 out of 3,271 (55.96 per cent).

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COVID Works programme launched by Ministry of Physical Planning & Infrastructure Development

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#TurksandCaicos, September 21, 2021 – The Minister of Physical Planning and Infrastructure Development, the Honourable Akierra Mary Deanne Missick and the Physical Planning & Infrastructure Development team are pleased to announce the launch of the COVID WORKS Programme, that went live on September 1, 2021.

The Programme seeks to support many who have lost jobs and livelihoods, while providing labour intensive work for economic exchange opportunities for persons to be engaged.

Works are set out in three (3) levels and comprise a variety of categories example, cleaning, road works, demolition and general construction to name a few.

Level 1 – value $1,500 – $9,999

Level 2 – value $10,000 – $39,999

Level 3 – value $40,000 – $70,000

Turks and Caicos Islanders with valid business licenses are also being encouraged to submit proposals to the Public Works Department for consideration for works throughout the islands. 

Commenting on the launch of the programme, Hon. Missick said, “We are very much mindful of the impact that restrictions introduced by Government in an effort to mitigate the spread of Covid-19, has had on the islands, many continue to experience financial hardship. Whilst, the hospitality and construction sectors in Providenciales have rebounded well, as an Administration, we cannot rest knowing that other industries are still limping along.

As a result, during the remainder of this financial year, the Turks & Caicos Islands Government has now launched the COVID Works Programme to provide an opportunity for Petty and Small Contractors to assist the Government in the enhancement of our communities, through programmed works, to the benefit of all of us as residents”.

The Minister went on to note, “This Programme is set to the tune of US$5,000,000.00, and works will be rolled out across the Islands in batches, as we have to ensure that we do not go beyond the allotted expenditure and that financial oversight and transparency are maintained.”

The initial batch of works for South Caicos, which comprised the following, was returned and evaluated on Monday, September 13, 2021 and included:

South Caicos 

Demolition- Queen’s Shed

Demolition- Distribution Concrete Tank

Demolition- Old Clinic Building

Demolition- DECR Building

Demolition- Library Building

Repair of Water Cistern

Works for Grand Turk included:

Grand Turk 

Demolition- Blood Bank Building

Demolition- Geriatric Ward Building

Demolition- Kitchen Building

Demolition- X-ray Building

All returning bids must be sent to the COVID Works email at tcigworks@gov.tc

Kindly note that as of Monday, September 20, 2021, the following works are planned to be released:

Grand Turk: 

Beach Cleaning (Eastern portion of Grand Turk)

Street Cleaning (All areas)

Providenciales:

Beach cleaning (Areas of Shore Club and Five Cays)

Street Cleaning (All areas)

A number of other works for Middle & North Caicos, as well as Salt Cay will be released shortly. This is a six month program that will spread throughout the TCI and we encourage persons to continue to register via tcigworks@gov.tc or the local Public Works Department and District Commissioners’ offices, to be eligible for this opportunity.

These works will continue on a monthly basis and the programme will come to an end in March 2022.

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BAHAMAS: Nine new Cabinet ministers sworn-in

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#TheBahamas, September 21, 2021 – Prime Minister the Hon. Philip Davis today introduced the first set of new Cabinet ministers with portfolios covering the Attorney General, Foreign Affairs, Education, Works and Public Utilities, Health and Wellness, Government Affairs, Agriculture, National Security and Legal Affairs.

The nine ministers were sworn-in on Monday 20 September 2021 by Governor-General the Most Hon. Sir Cornelius A. Smith during ceremonies held at the Baha Mar Convention Center.

“They are the initial members of a Cabinet which will reflect the breadth and depth of the competencies and characteristics of our team: experience combined with innovation; expertise combined with a willingness to see things anew; integrity and a strong sense of purpose,” said Prime Minister Davis.

“They are receiving these appointments because of their determination to get things done.”

Among the new Ministers sworn-in on Monday were:

  • Senator the Hon. L. Ryan Pinder, Attorney General;
  • Hon. Fred Mitchell, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Public Service;
  • Hon. Glenys Hanna-Martin, Minister of Education, and Technical and Vocational Training;
  • Hon. Alfred Sears, Minister of Works and Utilities;
  • Dr. Hon. Michael Darville, Minister of Health and Wellness;
  • Senator the Hon. Michael Halkitis, Minister of Government Affairs and Leader of Government Business in the Senate;
  • Hon. Clay Sweeting, Minister of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Family Island Affairs;
  • Hon. Wayne Munroe, Minister of National Security; and
  • Hon. Jomo Campbell, Minister of State for Legal Affairs.

“I am confident that these first-appointed members of our Cabinet team are ready to deliver on the promise of a New Day for our Bahamas,” said the Prime Minister.

Prime Minister Davis pledged to move with urgency to address the economic and health crises that are faced by The Bahamas.

Many thousands of Bahamians are out of work, people are losing too many loved ones to the COVID-19 virus and Bahamian schoolchildren are falling behind, said Prime Minister Davis.

“I want to be clear: we are not here to tinker at the edges of these problems,” said the Prime Minister.

“We are here to meet them head on.”

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