Monday, November 19, 2018

Teachers Key to Moving to Digital


By Deandrea Hamilton

Teachers will be key to the success in ‘digitalizing’ learning institutions in the country, said Minister of Education, the Hon. Jeffrey Lloyd during the Grand Bahama Technology Summit on Friday, November 16, 2018.

Being held under the theme, “The Future is Now,” the summit was officially opened by Prime Minister, Dr. the Most Hon. Hubert Minnis, on Wednesday. The event is being held at the Grand Lucayan and ends today.

Minister Lloyd further stated that the government’s education system is made up of 172 school campuses and 60 satellite buildings that provide support for schools all over the country’s islands and cays, and each island deserves the same quality of education and opportunities as those in the urban centres of Nassau and Freeport.  Read more >>

Roberts: Barbados model could guide Bahamas’ sugary drink tax


While the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) has yet to determine the rate of the “sugary drinks tax” proposed for July 2019, NHIA Chairman Dr. Robin Roberts told Eyewitness News the authority will look to existing models in countries such as Barbados and the United Kingdom to help form its recommendations to Cabinet.

Roberts also said the authority welcomes the input from the public.

As part of its revamped NHI scheme, which focuses on expanded primary care services and high-cost care, the authority proposed a sin tax on sugary drinks and other potentially unhealthy products as one of the measures to fund the scheme.  Read more >>

"LOVE AT SUNSET" - THANKSGIVING SPECIAL!

Hello from The Bahamas!

I hope you are enjoying this time of the year, which I know can be difficult for some people, and to those of you sadly in this position I wish you a much happier year to come.

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Sunday, November 18, 2018

Worse than opioids: Alcohol deaths soar among the middle aged, women

 Alcohol kills more people each year than overdoses through cancer, liver cirrhosis, pancreatitis and suicide, among other ways. 


By Jayne O'Donnell, USA TODAY

As opioid overdoses, which kill about 72,000 people a year, grabbed America's attention, the slower moving epidemic of alcohol accelerated, especially in Southern states and the nation's capital. About 88,000 people die each year from alcohol.

Making matters worse, alcoholism is trickier to treat – and criticize – than opioid addiction.

"Culturally, we’ve made it acceptable to drink but not to go out and shoot up heroin," Miller says. "A lot of people will read this and say 'What's the problem?' "

It might be a more socially acceptable addiction, but alcoholism is at least three times costlier to treat than opioid addiction, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And it's a far more complicated midlife crisis to address.

The proven approaches – taxes on alcohol and limits on where and when alcohol is sold – are often rejected because the liquor industry has considerable clout with policymakers.  Read more >>

Friday, November 16, 2018

Bahamian Art & Culture : No. 362 : 11.16.18


This week's issue of Bahamian Art & Culture Newsletter is out now and jam-packed with good stuff!

Here's what's inside:

• Cover art is by Bahamian artist June Own Collie.

• List of upcoming Art & Cultural events including exhibitions, artist talks, workshops, films, and concerts.

• Art news on Bahamian and Caribbean creatives: Tavares Strachan, Sonia Farmer, Jessica Colebrooke, Jonathan Farrington, Annie Paul, and more!

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National Cleanup Initiative Includes the Schools


By Deandrea Hamilton

Minister of the Environment and Housing, the Hon. Romauld Ferreira launched his ‘Be a Hero’ national cleanup campaign with school visits at T.A. Thompson Junior High School, Gregory Street, and L.W. Young Junior High School, Bernard Road, at the start of the school day on Monday morning.   At school assemblies he encouraged young people to play an important part in creation of clean, green living environments in their communities.

The Ministry of the Environment and Housing, in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Education, began the initiative in October, seeking to foster a greater sense of pride in cleaner, safer environments.  Minister Ferreira pointed out that statistics support the link between clean, green spaces and environments, and safe communities, and during the school visits he speaksto students about the importance.  Read more >>