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Black Lives Mattered to Abraham Lincoln, We Reflect



Deandrea Hamilton


February 7, 2022 – We Remember, the indomitable Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States of America.  Mr. Lincoln, whose likeness sits as a larger than life symbol of the enduring impact a mortal man can accomplish when he is devoted to a cause and has unshakable conviction about humanity’s need for a profound change.

The President, at 56 years old, was fatally shot because he believed that the fearfully and wonderfully made Black people of America were born to be free; he fought for the emancipation of these Americans and though he died before he could see the fruit of the 13th Amendment which be adopted in December of 1865, he departed the earth on the morning of April 15, the same year, knowing that irreversible legislation fueled by a new spirit of righteousness had been uncorked because of his (and others) unwavering faith.

We take an excerpt from his most commanding and memorable discourse, The Gettysburg Address, said to be delivered by this towering figure who stood at six feet, four inches tall in three powerful minutes.  Surely, you will recognize and accept that the spirit of this impeccable presentation continues to be echoed by men and women in leadership some 159 years later.

“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

Abraham Lincoln

November 19, 1863


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Caribbean News

Aquatics Center gets $3.7 Million allocation announces Sport Minister Rachel Taylor 



By Dana Malcolm 

Staff Writer 



#TurksandCaicos, May 30, 2023 – After years of excellent performance in international competition from the Turks and Caicos’ young swimmers, despite having no official practice facilities the government says it is finally fulfilling its promise to build them an Olympic size pool.  Rachael Taylor, Minister of Education with responsibility for youth and sport made the announcement during the national budget debate on May 18th.

“The development of the Aquatics Centre under the Sports Commission remit n the amount of $3.7 million  will be a green initiative with solar panels and green spaces,” she said.

The TCI has brought home multiple medals from international events, including the CARIFTA Games and had its swimmers qualify for the Commonwealth Games as well.

All this has been done without proper practice facilities. The youngsters practice in whatever pool they can manage, some of them with sharp edges made for recreation rather than competitive swimming and others, which are too small.

The frustrating process has resulted in some talented youngsters simply giving up or reluctantly moving on to countries with better resources.

Taylor promised the pool to the athletes in a one on one meeting held with junior swimmers; last year the space had been announced as secured for construction to begin.

She did not give a timeline for the project.

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Grand Bahama students celebrate 50th anniversary of Independence with march and rally



Bahamas Information Services
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama, The Bahamas – Students representing all schools in Grand Bahama got in on the 50th anniversary of Independence on Wednesday, May 24 with a march and rally, from the Ministry for Grand Bahama to Open Park in downtown Freeport.
Accompanied by the marching bands of the Royal Bahamas Police Force and the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, hundreds of students arrived at the rally site excited to participate in the scheduled festivities.
The event was held under the theme, “A Golden Jubilee Spectacular Parade and Rally” and was filled with performances by the students doing a poem including representatives from all schools on the island covering every major island.
 The Minister of State in the Ministry of Education and Technical and Vocational Training, the Hon. Zane Lightbourne, got the students involved by having them wave their flags and yell “Bahamas” whenever he said “242”.The participation of the students in the march and rally, said Minister Lightbourne, proves that “we are doing something right. No matter what is said, this is still the greatest little country anywhere on this planet.”
He said he was proud to be Bahamian just being at the rally seeing hundreds of students waving their flags. “I am proud.”
“Parents, you continue to be involved in our students lives because the formula for their success and the success of our educational system lie within our young people having parents and teachers work together to make them great and to maximize their potential.”
Minister Lightbourne pointed out that The Bahamas is doing exceptionally well internationally when compared to other countries per capita. The islands and people make the country recognized around the world as a beautiful place. It has the best food, best athletes.
In closing, he urged the students to be “all that you can be and be the kind of leader that can take our country to the next level.”
The Royal Bahamas Police Force and the Royal Bahamas Defence Force then performed for the students, taking the opportunity to engage the students encouraging them to dance with them.  Following the rally, students were treated to lunch from KFC, Wendy’s and Marco’s Pizza, courtesy of the Grand Bahama Port Authority.
(BIS Photos/Lisa Davis)

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ICT Essay Competition Winners Announced



#TurksandCaicos, May 23, 2023 – The Department of Gender Affairs recently launched the International Girls in ICT 2023 Essay Competition under the theme “Digital Skills for Life.”

The competition’s goal was to help raise awareness and emphasize the value of women in ICT (Information and Communication Technology) and to inspire more girls and young women to pursue STEM-related fields of study. In addition, the competition further brought awareness to the abilities necessary to use ICT effectively to succeed in STEM fields.

Eleven (11) entries were submitted to the department from schools across the TCI. The entries were reviewed and graded by a panel of educators and Information Communication and Technology (ICT) expert judges. The final results revealed the following students as the competition’s top three winners:

1st Place – Janae Lewis (Oseta Jolly Primary School)

2nd Place – Alandson Pierre (H.J. Robinson High School)

3rd Place  – Chimezirim Orumba (Ianthe Pratt Primary School)

The Department of Gender Affairs expresses its profound gratitude and extends congratulations to all participants for their high interest.

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