Friday, May 10, 2019

242newsBahamas - Healthcare Professionals in a system on the brink...

Despite Funding,
PMH Staff Do Succeed
I think it's everyone's worst nightmare to go through severe health challenges. It's emotionally draining for all involved. From family to friends, being forced to confront one's mortality is a stressful time that you can only HOPE to navigate successfully.

Those challenges, however, can be exacerbated if the systems which are meant to support and treat your health issues are woefully inadequate. What we have instead is a healthcare system on the brink of collapse. What we have is the Princess Margaret Hospital.

Over-the-Hill Gets a Further $500,000 Towards Improvement
Donations continue to pour in to fund the transformation and rejuvenation of the historic Over-the-Hill Community, aimed at enhancing the lives of residents through cultural upliftment and economic empowerment.

During a press conference Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at the Office of the Prime Minister -- the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis, Prime Minister, acknowledged the receipt of $500,000 in separate presentations for the Over-the-Hill Community Development Partnership Initiative.

Businessman Mark Holowesko gave $100,000 to the Small Business Development Centre for small business grants for residents in the area; the cheque was presented to Jeffrey Andrews, chairman of the Small Business Development Centre. Mr. Holowesko also donated an additional $100,000 to the Over-the -Hill Community Foundation for broader upgrades in the area; the cheque was presented to Robert Turnquest, chairman of the Over-the-Hill Community Foundation.
Establishment of a National Productivity Council is the focus GB Chamber Event
 Increasing the productivity of the Bahamian workforce to ensure that the country remains competitive regionally and globally, has become the focus of a public relations campaign launched by The National Tripartite Council (NTC). During the NTC’s 2019 Annual General Assembly, consultation on a bill to establish The Bahamas National Productivity Council (NPC) was officially announced. Spearheading the public and private sector consultative process will be Sumner Strategic Partners (SSP), led by Founder Edison L. Sumner.

A former President, and Chief Executive Officer of the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation, Sumner believes there is an urgent need to increase productivity in the Bahamian labour force, but advises that all sectors may be required to implement recommendations.

New Marketing Campaign Featuring Lenny Kravitz Invites Travelers to Fly Away to The Bahamas
The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation presented its new creative campaign featuring Bahamian-American rock legend Lenny Kravitz to Canadian media and travel industry partners during a local campaign launch event May 2 at the Bisha Hotel. Set to the lyrics of Kravitz’s hit song Fly Away, the television commercial and supporting marketing campaign capture his deep personal connection to The Bahamas, as well as the pure adrenaline rush of exploring the archipelago’s 100,000 square miles by boat and plane. The campaign debuted in January in the U.S. and will begin running in broadcast markets across Canada this week.

Written in The Bahamas, Fly Away was inspired by the islands’ white sand beaches, crystal-clear waters and countless summers the singer spent with his grandparents and mother, the Bahamian-American actress Roxie Roker.
Workshop to help facilitate ‘even more effective’ community drug intervention programmes
Officials of the Urban Renewal Commission, Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development, and The Bahamas National Drug Council (BNDC), Ministry of Health, have teamed up to host a three-day workshop for Centre and Programme Managers and line staff of the ten Urban Renewal Centres in New Providence.

An expected end result of the Workshop will be the development of “even more effective” drug intervention programmes at the community level.

Conducted by Dr. Novia T. Carter-Lookie, Director of The Bahamas National Drugs Council, the workshop opened Monday and will continue on Wednesday (May 8) and Monday (May 13) at the Community Affairs Division, Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development.

Golf aficionados ascended onto the grounds of the Ocean Club Golf Course on Paradise Island Monday afternoon for the 33rd annual Charity Golf Tournament organized by The Rotary Club of East Nassau & The Scout Association of The Bahamas, where an excess of $160,000 Was raised for local charities. International brewer and title sponsor, Stella Artrois stood in full support of the game and, according to patrons and organizers, this year’s fundraising game has far exceeded expectations.

“This year I think we have well exceeded our goal. It’s at least past two-hundred thousand dollars this time,” revealed former President of The Rotary Club of East Nassau, Geoff Andrews. Andrews explained that the funds will be distributed to the Fourteen Clubs Golf Academy, Project Read, and a list of various local charities, most of whom depend greatly on the generosity of the non-profit organization to survive. “The Golf Academy, a program for young golfers, will be one of the recipients of the fundraiser. We also regularly support The Bahamas Physically Disabled Association and provide hearing aids for underprivileged children,” he added. “The Bahamas Sailing Association and The Scout Association of The Bahamas also benefit from the tournament. They are directly involved by providing much needed manpower on the day of the tournament and bringing in sponsorships.”

Sharon Wilson & Co Donates to National Youth Choir
A mid-size law firm with a penchant for supporting Bahamian culture made a substantial donation today to the nation’s best-recognized choir.

It was the ninth season consecutive season and 13th time that Sharon Wilson & Co. showed its support for the National Youth Choir. For the performing arts troupe’s Director Dexter Fernander, the contribution was music to the choir’s ears.

“We are extremely grateful for the continued support of Sharon Wilson & Co. who has been there for us for almost 13 years, said Fernander who was awarded the baton following the untimely passing of the choir’s founding director Cleophas Adderley who had taken it from a local musical chorus to an internationally recognized performing arts sensation.
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22 Year Old UB Student obtains funding for Electric Rental Car Company
The Access Accelerator Small Business Development Centre (SBDC) has successfully assisted Drive Green The Bahamas in receiving two offers for access to capital from local banks in addition to grant and equity funding for a total capital structure of $200,000.

The electric car rental the company joined the Small Business Development Centre intending to access government grants provided by the centre. With assistance from the SBDC, Benjamin Davis, CEO, and Founder of Drive Green Rentals was able to receive grant, funding, equity and loan capital opportunities from two significant financial institutions for his start-up business.
Bahamian Student Captain Ernea Miller Flying The Skies In Florida
Captain Ernea Miller, is a Bahamian private pilot, flying the skies in Florida and charting her own course. The twenty one year old pilot is a student at the Flight Safety Academy in Vero Beach, Florida, who took time from her busy schedule to stop at the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism’s booth during the recent Sun n Fun International Fly In and Aviation Expo in Lakeland, Florida; which is the second largest aviation conference in the world.

Licensed as a private pilot already, Captain Miller is scheduled to graduate with a multi engine and commercial pilot license and as a flight instructor in October 2019.

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New Providence
May 18th, 2019
  • The Place for Art presents: All Things Cuban! 3:00pm - 8:00pm at The Place for Art, 20 Village Rd
May 19th, 2019
  • Sound Fest Bahamas 1:00pm - 10:00pm at Clifford Park
May 24th - 25th, 2019
  • The Harbourside Marine/Rotary "Tuna Classic Tournament"
Grand Bahama
May 11th, 2019
  • Unexso Spring Fashion Show 7:30pm at Unexso
May 11th, 2019
  • Pub Quiz 5:00pm - 8:00pm at Garden of the Groves
May 24th - 25th, 2019
  • The Harbourside Marine/Rotary "Tuna Classic Tournament"
May 31st, 2019
  • RUNWAY 2: Where Fashion Meets Compassion! 8:00pm - 11:00pm at Regency Theatre
Family Islands
May 24th - 25th, 2019
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May 24th, 2019
  • Brown Tip: Live Rake N Scrape Band 8:00pm - 11:00pm at Abaco Beach Resort
May 25th, 2019
  • 4th Annual Bimini Bread & Seafood Cook-Off at Bimini Craft Centre
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