#242NewsBahamas Newsletter Edition: October 17th, 2019
Frederick McAlpine Commended for Same-Sex Union and Abortion Remarks
week's Editorial is a piece from Rights Bahamas on MP Frederick
McAlpine, who has been commended for same-sex union and abortion
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.
comments represent what is probably the most mature, rational and
sensible perspective offered by any Bahamian politician, on any issue,
in many years.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Minister Dames Lauds Initiatives ‘Beyond the Prison Walls’
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.
LYNDON INSTITUTE STUDENTS PRESENT CHECK TO ROTARY FOR HURRICANE RELIEF EFFORTS
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.
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.
Youth, Sports and Culture Minister conveys encouragement and hurricane relief funding for GB residents
By Andrew Coakley
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.