Thursday, August 8, 2019

The Only Disability In Life – is a Bad Attitude & Other News - August 8th, 2019 Newsletter

 The Only Disability In Life – is a Bad Attitude.

Dear Readers,
This week we have a Staff Editorial.

Let’s talk Bahamas, let’s have a serious conversation about something that’s brushed away and swept under the rug. Often hidden away from everyday activities, as we are embarrassed not proud of those lets than perfect. Let’s talk about persons with special needs and disabilities.

My sister was born with Down Syndrome and has suffered a variety of health issues over the years, sadly too numerous to mention. Lately she has been suffering from excruciating pain, however as my sister is non-verbal, we were unable to understand or communicate where the source of the pain was coming from. My parents made several trips to the emergency room at Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) for the passed three months because of her mysterious pain. At each visit, they were greeted with what they felt was inferior service, most instances a nurse or doctor who impatient with her and her ability to communicate – often she was prescribed pain medications and antibiotics but with no answers or diagnosis.

Correctional Services Trainees Asked to Be Encouraged by BTVI Achievements
NASSAU, The Bahamas – While speaking on behalf of Minister of National Security the Hon. Marvin Dames, Acting Permanent Secretary Eugene Poitier congratulated members of Cohort III of the Citizen's Security and Training Justice Programme, as they graduated from Bahamas Training and Vocational Institute (BTVI) programmes, July 31, 2019.

“I am particularly motivated to be here today because this is an opportunity to not only encourage you, but to encourage all of the persons and organizations who support you,” Mr. Poitier said, during the Graduation Ceremony held at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services (BDOCS).
Earthcare joins with Earth Successor, Qiantang River Waterkeeper, and Waterkeepers Bahamas to plant mangroves to reach Sustainable Development Goals
Early on the morning of August 3rd, EARTHCARE Eco Kids and Volunteers joined with Earth Successor, Qiantang River Waterkeeper, and Waterkeepers Bahamas to plant mangroves in order to Drawdown Climate Change. It was a wonderful morning of caring for the earth and fellowship. Cultures joined together in a common cause, caring for our Mother Earth. Sustainable Development Goals 13 Climate Action, 15 Life on Land and 17 Partnerships for the Goals were achieved during this project. This visit and collaboration was sponsored by Save The Bays, who is an advocate for stronger environmental laws and enforcement of those laws in The Bahamas.
Rising Bahamian recording artist KATYA returns with new single “Hush”.
On “Hush” the 21-year old singer-songwriter and producer takes us on a journey through the emotional twists of a hidden romance. This is her first release since being crowned New Artist of the Year at the 2019 Elevation Awards in The Bahamas. It will be available on streaming platforms everywhere on Friday, August 9, 2019.

“Hush” was produced by budding Nigerian producer Playgirl Favy. Amidst final exams, the two young creatives recorded song in Favy’s university dorm in England. KATYA’s enchanting vocals and passionate lyrics ride smoothly over the sultry R&B track. It’s a moving tune that is sure to stir something up in the hearts of listeners.
Campbell Concludes GB Visit with Stop at Inter-generational Home for Seniors and Children
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, the Hon. Frankie A. Campbell wrapped up a two-day field trip to Grand Bahama, Thursday (August 1), with a tour of the Grand Bahama Home and Daycare for the Aged and Children’s Centre, Preschool and Nursery.

The Minister is using the break in the proceedings of the House of Assembly to continue planned field trips to the various social services and urban development locations throughout The Bahamas in order to hold face-to-face meetings with staff, while further affording him the opportunity to meet with residents and clients in an effort to ensure continued efficiency of services everywhere.
Prime Minister Recognizes Work of Queen’s Honourees

“Service to one’s country is among the highest attributes of a committed and engaged citizen. Today, we are here to recognize seven citizens who devoted their full measure in service of their fellow-citizens, ” said Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis as he thanked honourees for their dedication and commitment to national service.

He made the acknowledgements in his remarks during the 2019 Queen’s New Year Honours Investiture at Government House, August 1, 2019 during which citizens received awards from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, presented by Governor General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Cornelius A. Smith.

The Prime Minister first acknowledged the words of His Excellency Cornelius A. Smith during his swearing in as Governor General, recently, when he pledged, “to renew bedrock values such as altruism, empathy and generosity of spirit….”
Statement From The Chairman of The Progressive Liberal Party
It has been brought to the attention of the Progressive Liberal Party, that one Robert Myers has demanded of the party that it confirm that when in government it intends to stick by the recently passed and ill conceived legislation on so called fiscal responsibility.

The PLP has no obligation to confirm or deny any such thing in the face of a demand from an organization that is not credible. This organization is one of a group of Fred Smith Q C affiliated organizations that engaged in a sustained propaganda campaign of disinformation and FNM talking points in the last general election campaign.Try as they might they cannot wipe that stain of political bias from their organization. Those FNM talking points continue today.
Sea Level Rise Expert John Englander, Author of High Tide on Main Street:
Presentation to EARTHCARE

On July 7th 2019, EARTHCARE was proud to present the world renowned oceanographer and Sea Level Rise Expert, John Englander to a packed audience at the Rand Nature Center. Mr. Englander advises Governments and the Military on the pressing issue of Sea Level Rise. John Englander is an oceanographer and author of “High Tide On Main Street: Rising Sea Level and the Coming Coastal Crisis.” He is President of the International Sea Level Institute, a nonprofit think tank and policy center.
Quotes from his presentation are:-
“Be adaptive. That is why I keep this balanced response. Let’s slow the warming and be prepared for more extreme storms and deluge rain and all that. Let’s also begin adapting to higher sea levels some of which is unstoppable.

July run was successful despite the dearth of helpers, many of whom were off-island on vacation. 48 bags successfully delivered. This time, torches (flashlights) and batteries were included in the bags thanks to collection efforts of the VBS children.

Antonia Johnson: was a Crossreach recipient until she was forced to move from Garden Villas as the gaping hole in her roof was never fixed. She began with Crossreach, pregnant and with 3 small children. Last week she reestablished contact asking to be accepted….no means of support and 4 very hungry children.

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