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#242NewsBahamas Newsletter Edition: October 17th, 2019

Frederick McAlpine Commended for Same-Sex Union and Abortion Remarks

Dear Readers,

This week's Editorial is a piece from Rights Bahamas on MP Frederick McAlpine, who has been commended for same-sex union and abortion remarks.

Rights Bahamas:
Pineridge MP Frederick McAlpine is commended for his enlightened, fair and compassionate remarks regarding same sex unions and abortion laws in the Bahamas. The current situation, in which neither option is legally available, should be denounced by all who truly believe in the concept of individual human rights and freedoms.

His comments represent what is probably the most mature, rational and sensible perspective offered by any Bahamian politician, on any issue, in many years.

NEMA, Grand Bahama Shower Royal Caribbean with thanks in field kitchen send off after 600,000 meals, feeding continues with Cruise Line support of church and homes for the aged kitchens.

There were days when volunteers like Brittany Smith thought the work and the lines would never end, but there was never a moment when she thought of quitting. Smith, a Royal Caribbean crew member was one of more than 1020 people who over a period of more than a month turned out up to 20,000 meals a day in a bustling field kitchen set up and staffed by Royal Caribbean for survivors of Dorian, the catastrophic Cat 5 hurricane that pounded Grand Bahama and Abaco in the northern Bahamas. For Smith, the morning-to-night kitchen duty had double meaning – her family, missing for days, were survivors themselves.
“They were in Abaco,” she said. “And everybody was asking, ‘Did you see them? Have you heard anything?” Finally, after a week had passed, she got the good news, they were alive. And like many of the volunteers, crew members and Royal Caribbean staff who came from Miami headquarters to work in the field kitchen, she radiated goodwill.

Video Update: The Grand Bahama Disaster Relief Foundation's progress in Grand Bahama.
Cross Reach Update 13th October

Thanks to the fantastic help from LPC Crossreach supporters, wonderful volunteers from Crisis Response International and of course your food and financial support Crossreach continues to make a difference on GBI.

This last week Crossreach received two forty-foot containers and one trailer delivery of food and supplies. Frequent rain showers hindered offloading pallets, but the last remaining pallet was finally warehoused by Friday evening.
Prime Minister Minnis provides update on Abaco recovery
RV trailers to house critical government workers on the way to Abaco; work started to restore Marsh Harbour port and airport operations
The first batch of 100 RV trailers that will be used to house 300 critical government personnel are on the way to Abaco as part of the effort to rebuild devastated communities following Hurricane Dorian.
The full complement of trailers is expected to arrive in Abaco by the weekend.
The workers will play an essential role in the reconstruction and recovery efforts on the island.
“Government workers will lay the groundwork for the return of residents and the establishment of temporary housing facilities,” said Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis.
Government Must Respect the UN on Deportations
STATEMENT: Rights Bahamas

Rights Bahamas fully endorses and supports the call of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to end deportations to Haiti in the wake of Hurricane Dorian.

It is the height of irony that a county newly elected to the UN’s Human Rights Council should have to be dressed down in this embarrassing fashion for its aggressive, inhumane and intolerant behaviour in the face of a humanitarian crisis. We should be working to help all victims of the storm, not heaping further misery on those who are most vulnerable.
Minister Dames Lauds Initiatives ‘Beyond the Prison Walls’
Minister of National Security the Hon. Marvin Dames noted, on October 9, 2019, that his Ministry is the Executing Agency for the Citizen Security and Justice Programme in The Bahamas (CSJP), and, within the programme’s budget, about $17,000,000 had been committed to strengthening crime prevention forces beyond the prison walls.
“As a matter of fact the prison has the smallest budget allocation within this project,” Minister Dames said during the event entitled “Beyond Our Prisoners” at the Baha Mar Convention Centre.
The event also included the launch of the publication “Our Prisoners: A Collection of Papers Arising from a 2016 Survey of Inmates at The Bahamas Department of Correctional Services Facility at Fox Hill”, co-produced with The University of The Bahamas and the Inter-American Development Bank, in collaboration with the Ministry of National Security.
On Friday, October 4th, Lyndon Institute (LI) Bahamian students and LI administrators presented a check for $3,839.00 to Rotary Club of East Nassau District 7020 Zone 34 President, Francisco “Franny” De Cardenas.

The Lyndon Institute is a comprehensive high school located in Lyndon, Vermont. LI Bahamian students, with help from LI faculty and staff, raised the money through fundraising to benefit relief efforts in the Bahamas following the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian. Mr. De Cardenas is a resident of the Bahamas and father of Alejandro De Cardenas, one of the students involved in the fundraising.
Central Banks of The Bahamas, Trinidad & Tobago donate to NEMA
 Donations continue to flow through The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) towards the relief efforts post Hurricane Dorian.

On Friday, October 11, 2019 NEMA received cheques from the Central Bank of the Bahamas on behalf of its team members, and of the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago.
Present were Captain Stephen Russell, Director of NEMA; John Rolle, Governor of the Central Bank of The Bahamas and staff members.

Gevon Moss, Head of Human Resources, Training and Development at the Central Bank shed light on the initiative.
“We firstly want to use this opportunity on behalf of the Central Bank of The Bahamas and all of the team members to thank NEMA for the work that it is doing in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.
Youth, Sports and Culture Minister conveys encouragement and hurricane relief funding for GB residents
By Andrew Coakley
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- “We’ve all suffered great loss as a result of the passage of Hurricane Dorian, but we who remain have a purpose to serve and that purpose must be served,” said Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, the Hon. Lanisha Rolle, during a recent visit to Grand Bahama.
The Minister joined forces with women of Parliament to bring some hurricane relief funding to the people of Grand Bahama – geared to women of Grand Bahama -- during a special dinner at Churchill Restaurant in Grand Lucayan resort on Saturday, October 12, 2019.
Minister Rolle pointed out that while they know everyone on Grand Bahama has been through an ordeal with Hurricane Dorian, as one who has always had a specific focus on empowering women, she felt compelled to raise the relief funding to assist women of the island.
Letter to the Editor
          A local 'failed' politician who postures as a minister of The Gospel, Frederick McAlpine (FNM-Pineridge) had long sought entry into the House of Assembly as a 'representative' from Grand Bahama. He tried to secure a nomination from the PLP, allegedly several times, without success. He then moved over or across to the FNM , no one is sure of which. shortly before the last general elections. To his surprise and that of many others, inclusive of myself, he was elected in the FNM's landslide.
          Almost from day one, after being sworn in, this now 'rogue' FNM sought to embarrass the Prime Minister and his administration. He's behave like a loose cannon in the house and on the outside carries on like a natural political jack ass, in my considered view. In almost two and a half years in parliament he's yet to sponsor a single piece to legislation designed to improve the lives of Bahamians in general and his Pineridge constituents in particular. His own constituency association has, apparently, abandoned him in the same manner the good people of the Centreville Constituency Association has jettisoned Chipman.
We are pleased to share a video update from the Bahamian Brewery & Beverage on their plans to rebuild after Hurricane Dorian:
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