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Government, fulfilling commitment to provide housing for Bahamians

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By: Kathryn Campbell

Bahamas Information Services

 

 

#TheBahamas, May 18, 2022 – The Hon. Philip Davis, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, has underscored the government’s commitment to “strengthening” and “deepening” its “unmatched” legacy of providing access to decent, affordable housing to Bahamians.

“My government is acutely aware of the current housing shortage in The Bahamas and the backlog of housing applications at the Mortgage Corporation of The Bahamas (BMC),” said Prime Minister Davis.

“Our BMC Executive Chair, Barbara Cartwright, is committed to expediting those applications and assigning without delay, suitably qualified housing applicants.

“I believe the number of applications at BMC in just the last eight months is in excess of 3,500. This housing demand suggests that we move with urgency and dispatch.”

In this vein, the government, Monday, along with stakeholders, unveiled The Renaissance at Carmichael, a housing sub-division on 70 acres of crown land off Carmichael Road in Western New Providence.

Executives of the government and public-private partnerships (PPP) participated in a ceremonial signing of a Memorandum of Understanding, May 16, 2022 at the Office of the Prime Minister, which will allow Bahamian families the ability to open the doors to 200 new homes.

The subdivision is being funded by a PPP arrangement between the Government, a $20 million backing from PROVEN Wealth Ltd. through Simplified Lending, the Mortgage Corporation of the Bahamas and financiers.

Dignitaries in attendance: the Hon. Jobeth Coleby-Davis, Minister of Transport and Housing; the Hon. Vaughn Miller, Minister of the Environment and Natural Resources; the Hon. Pia Glover-Rolle, Minister of State for the Public Service; Leroy Major, Executive Chairman, Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation; Nicole Campbell, Secretary to the Cabinet; David Davis and Antoinette Thompson, Permanent Secretaries; Barbara Cartwright, Chairman, Bahamas Mortgage Corporation; Oral Lafleur, Acting Chief Housing Officer; and Thomas Ferguson, Acting Director of Housing. Representatives of private sector partners: Robert Pantry, Founder and CEO, Simplified Lending; Johann Heaven, President and CEO, PROVEN Wealth Limited.

Prime Minister Davis assured that as the economy fully opens and grows, the government expects to expand PPPs in other areas of national economy including public infrastructure providing investments, ownership and job opportunities for Bahamians.

Minister Coleby-Davis said the initiative will set a new standard in affordable housing by which other housing developments will be measured.

She described today’s signing is an “historic” milestone which can be attributed to the commitment of the government to bring to fruition a concept from an idea to reality.

“With this project we intend to create an estate where a sense of community thrives. There will be lit streets, sidewalks; a park where children can play safely and family gatherings can take place. Neighbors will be able to come together and interact as our families were able to do many years ago.

Formerly known as Carmichael Village Sub-division, the community will comprise 104 single family, two and three-bedroom residences, and eight two-storey condominium buildings with 12 units each.

In a video presentation Minister Coleby-Davis said, “Thanks to Simplified Lending, a Bahamian company which secured funding through a leading regional finance company called PROVEN. Many who only dreamed of home ownership will be able to walk through the front door to their new lives in less than one year.”

She informed that homes will be built to the highest quality with steel frame construction, storm-rated windows and doors, attractive facades and strong concrete foundations raised three feet above road level.

“Thanks to careful design, planning and exemptions on certain building supplies, every home will remain in the affordable price range opening doors to home ownership starting at $130,000,” she said.

Mr. Heaven said, “This transaction today will be primarily funded through the Bahamian portion of our Heritage education fund which is a regional education savings plan that is over 30 years old and is a household name for saving for your children’s tertiary education.”

The government broke ground for Pinecrest Sub-Division, a 43-lot community in Southern New Providence in January of this year.

 

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BIS Photos/Patrick Hanna

Header: From left: Antoinette Thompson, Permanent Secretary; the Hon. Jobeth Coleby-Davis, Minister of Transport and Housing; Nicole Campbell, Secretary to the Cabinet and the Hon. Philip Davis, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance.

1st insert: The Hon. Philip Davis, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, is pictured speaking at the signing of Memorandum of Understanding for The Renaissance at Carmichael, a new sub-division in western New Providence.

2nd insert: The Hon. Jobeth Coleby-Davis, Minister of Transport and Housing and Johann Heaven, President and CEO, PROVEN Wealth Ltd., after ceremonial signing of the Memorandum of Understanding.

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Teen girl denies rape in PMH Bathroom says Nat’l Security Minister

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By Shanieka Smith

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#TheBahamas, June 30, 2022 – The 14 year old girl, said to have been allegedly sexually assaulted at the Princess Margaret Hospital, in the restroom is now denying the claim.  The teenager, in media reports about the  investigation launched over the weekend denies that she was raped and that she engaged in sexual activity at the hospital.

The National Security Minister, Wayne Munroe in updating an outraged nation on the matter said he received a recent briefing from police on the matter saying that the “mother made a complaint to police with a view to saying her daughter may be engaging in sexual relations with a boyfriend.”

The briefing continued: “Whether it’s voluntary or not, that’s a crime. And so police took her to the hospital for checking. She tested positive for COVID. She was detained for COVID. And during the course of that detention, a janitor at the hospital made a report about her and a 52-year-old patient. The young child was discharged, the report was made to the police; they investigated.”

Both the young girl and the 52-year-old patient deny what the janitor reports. On Saturday, social media released the reported rape and the news spread like wildfire.

Following it was a statement from the Public Hospitals Authority, that the matter was turned over to the Royal Bahamas Police for investigation.

Minister Munroe, advised that “the police continue to investigate.”

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Flow TCI signs Three Year Deal with Bahamas Broadcasting Corporation ZNS added to Flow TV Channel Line Up

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#TurksandCaicos, June 30, 2022 – Flow TCI, full-service communications and entertainment provider, has announced a three-year partnership with the Broadcasting Corporation of the Bahamas (BCB), enabling Flow customers to bring the popular channel ZNS to their Flow TV channel line-up starting in July 2022.

Flow TCI Country Manager, Joanne Missick, stated: “As a nation and a company that holds close ties and history with the people of the Bahamas, this agreement further strengthens our connection to our sister country and helps viewers and residents in the TCI to stay connected to these roots as well. We express our gratitude to the team from BCB and ZNS and look forward to an exciting partnership as we aim to deliver fresh, relevant content to our Flow TV customers.”

Flow TCI and BCB previously joined forces in February 2022 to live stream the program ‘Direct Talk’ with hosts David Wallace and co-host, Editor in Chief of Magnetic Media, Deandrea Hamilton, from the Crackpot Kitchen in Providenciales. The show featured guests such as Flow Country Manager, Joanne Missick, well-known local chef & owner of ‘Crackpot Kitchen’, Chef Nikita Skippings, current and former members of TCI Parliament, and a selection of accomplished Bahamian and Turks & Caicos Islanders.

The broadcast was powered by Flow’s latest Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) service from around Providenciales and at Mudjin Harbour in Middle Caicos.

Executive Chairman, BCB, Picewell Forbes, commented: “On behalf of the Board of Directors and the management team of the BCB, the profound pleasure is to join the team at Flow Turks and Caicos as we embark on this new journey. We celebrate today in a spirit of collegiality where the Bahamas and TCI continue to grow and cover these islands the way only we can—together.”

Acting General Manager, ZNS Bahamas, Darren Meadows added: “Thank you to the Country Manager and senior leadership team of Flow TCI for their continued partnership with BCB to take the ZNS signal to the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands. This is impetus for us to do more projects with Flow in the TCI beyond the ZNS network channel to incorporate content from both countries into programs and events.”

ZNS will launch on Flow TV on July 4 in the Flow TV Essential Package on Channel 107.

For more information on the Broadcasting Corporation of the Bahamas (BCB) and ZNS visit znsbahamas.com

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Grand Bahama Minister invites residents to enjoy the Independence Celebrations

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By: Robyn Adderley

From: Bahamas Information Services

 

#TheBahamas, June 30, 2022 – Residents and visitors alike were on Wednesday, June 29 encouraged by Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Ginger Moxey to participate in the upcoming Independence celebrations during a press conference at the Ministry.

Being held under the theme “Proud To Be Bahamian” Minister Moxey said with this theme in mind, she thinks of the many Bahamians proudly displaying the colours of the flag while excelling in their various sporting disciplines such as NBA stars Klay Thompson and Buddy Hield, track sensations Steven Gardiner and Shaunae Miller-Ubo, professional baseball player Jazz Chisholm, along with others making contributions in the areas of music, film, visual arts, science and others.

“These proud Bahamians unapologetically represent the 242 on the global stage, and they remind me how blessed this nation called The Bahamas truly is.”

The Minister continued, “This year’s Independence Celebrations are very special for several reasons; firstly, the residents of Grand Bahama will unite as a community to give praise and thanks to God for His grace and mercy, and His continued guidance and protection, after everything this island has been through.

“Secondly, we are officially on the road to marking our nation’s 50th year of Independence, The Bahamas’ Golden Jubilee!

“For this reason, we proudly celebrate our culture and heritage, and my Ministry in conjunction with the Independence Committee will kick off Independence activities this Thursday June 30th (my birthday) at the Eight Mile Rock Fish Fry and Unity Rush Out in Sunset Village, Eight Mile Rock at 7pm.”

The four, Category (A), Junkanoo Groups participating in the rush out are The Swingers, Classic Dancers, Superstar Rockers and Platinum Knights. During the press conference, the Swingers presented Minister Moxey with a special junkanoo piece as an early birthday present.

Events are scheduled for East to West Grand Bahama, beginning Thursday with the Eight Mile Rock Fish Fry and Unity Rush Out in Sunset Village, and ending on July 11 with the return of the Pelican Point Coconut Festival in East Grand Bahama.

The public is advised that as a matter of importance, for the public’s safety, COVID-19 Protocols will be enforced at all events. Event goers are encouraged to wear their masks at all the events to ensure their safety.

“So, this is a clarion call to the public to get involved; pull out those flags, those Bahamian colors; because YES! WE PROUD TO BE A BAHAMIAN!!,” she said.

 

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Header: After a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Ginger Moxey on Wednesday, June 29 announced plans for the upcoming Independence celebrations being held under the theme, “Proud to be Bahamian.”

1st insert: Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Ginger Moxey on Wednesday, July 29 announced plans for the upcoming Independence celebrations.  Minister Moxey is seen with the committee members.

2nd insert: Representatives from the Swingers Junkanoo Group on Wednesday, June 29 presented Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Ginger Moxey, will a special piece in recognition of her birthday on Thursday. The first Grand Bahama Independence activity will be held then at the Eight Mile Rock Fish Fry and Unity Rush Out in Sunset Village at 7pm.

 

(BIS Photos/Andrew Miller)

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