Thursday, October 31, 2019

Bahamian Influencers & Other News - October 31st, 2019 Newsletter

Bahamian Influencers: The Not So White Saviour Complex.
Dear Readers,

This week's Editorial is a feature from the blog 10th Year Seniors on the recent trend of Bahamian influencers co-opting the pain of Dorian survivors to further their own brands.


Jimmy’s Wines & Spirits officially reopened its doors, once again welcoming its scores of loyal customers as well as a staff complement of at least 12 people who will resume work.

“We are so proud of our staff who have really made this possible,” said Donny Delahey, BBB Grand Bahama General Manager. “19 of our employees here in Freeport experienced extensive damage to their homes but they have been present every day and we’ve worked as a team to ensure that we could hit this milestone as quickly as possible.”
Following Hurricane Dorian, the brewery was forced to temporarily shutter its operation due to severe flood damage and has since embarked on a six-month-long rebuild strategy.
The rebuilding process, which begun in earnest a week after Hurricane Dorian’s storm surge covered the brewery in nearly 5ft of water, includes the restoration of the physical structure of the premises, but also the replacement of the company’s state of the art brewing equipment.

Wage Tolerance Not Terror
Haitians Are Humans Too: An opportunity to pause and think
In the wake of Hurricane Dorian, a great deal of public conversation has focused on the injunction prohibiting demolition of communities of Haitian ethnicity called Shanty Towns.

Despite the noise in the market, the injunction is simply an order made by the Supreme Court to maintain the status quo until trial of the Judicial Review which is itself very discreet and self-contained to determine whether the process undertaken by the Government to eradicate Shanty Towns was lawful and constitutional. The injunction applies to all communities in New Providence as well as the properties occupied by certain of the 177 plaintiffs in Abaco. The merit, or lack thereof, is a matter for the courts, and should be left in the hands of our independent judiciary.

It is regrettable that the Prime Minister and his new ally, Fred Mitchell, have chosen to politicize this through demagogic hyperbole in Parliament.
Diabetes Mellitus, the Fifth Leading Cause of Death in The Bahamas
Minister of Health, the Hon. Dr. Duane Sands said Diabetes Mellitus is a devastating and costly non-communicable disease and is the fifth leading cause of death in The Bahamas.
“The prevalence of diabetes increased from 6.7 per cent to 9.2 per cent in 2005, and has now reached epidemic proportions at 13.6 per cent in 2019.

Our rate stands at 37.9 deaths per 100,000 persons due to diabetes,” Dr. Sands said at the Bahamas Podiatric Medical Association, in conjunction with the Academy of Minimally Invasive Foot and Ankle Surgery’s 2nd Annual International Podiatry Conference held at Melia Nassau Beach resort, Friday, October 25, 2019.

He noted that many persons with uncontrolled diabetes experience foot and ankle ailments and complications.
Presenters from Various Agencies Share Information on Trafficking in Persons with Albury Sayles Primary Students
A trio of presenters from various agencies, and attached to the Ministry of National Security, presented on Trafficking in Persons to fourth and sixth-graders at Albury Sayles Primary, on October 21, 2019.

Secretary of the Trafficking In Persons Secretariat, Corrections Corporal, Keva Sherman (pictured in pantsuit); Training Welfare Officer at the Department of Social Services, Leslie Taylor and Sergeant 2285 Sterlin Knowles shared with the students, as part of the Trafficking in Persons Secretariat's ongoing community outreach programming, age-appropriate presentations dealt with topics such signs that other children could be victims, knowing the dangers of trafficking in persons, and the importance of having trustworthy adults that they could talk to about various situations.
Campbell reiterates promise of Draft of Older Persons Legislation before year’s end at Nation Builder Awards
GOVERNMENT HOUSE, Mount Fitzwilliam – Officials at the Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development will ensure that there is legislation in place by the end of the year, 2019, that will ensure older persons get the respect and the dignity they deserve, Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, the Hon. Frankie A. Campbell said Monday.

The Draft is expected to come with one new addition, that from being designated the Older Persons Bill to facilitate a request made by Governor-General, His Excellency, the Most Hon. Cornelius A. Smith, O.N., for a name change that will help to dispel some of the stereotypes associated with the ageing process.

Minister Campbell agreed that the name change, and proposed legislation, will help to do away with some of the long-held, negative views and stereotypes associated with Older Persons, in addition to bringing about greater equality for Older Persons in the Commonwealth in The Bahamas.
Thousands Take to the Streets in National Youth March
 Thousands of young people and youth leaders representing some 47 schools, and youth organizations and bands, participated in the 2019 Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture's National Youth Month March and Rally, on October 27, 2019.

The theme for the month was " Youth: Globally Connected, Locally Focused": it saluted National Youth Month Patron and Lifetime Honouree, Mr. John Phillpot, for his 60 years of work and many years of leadership of the Scouts Association of The Bahamas. 
Twelve More Bahamians Are Elevated to Nation Builder Status
Twelve more Bahamians were elevated to Nation Builder status Monday (October 28) during the 22nd Nation Builder Award Ceremonies held at Government House, Mount Fitzwilliam.
The 2019 Class brought the number of Bahamians receiving Nation Builder status to 206 since the Award was established in 1997.

The Award Ceremony did not take place in October, 2004 due to the passage of Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne.
Governor-General, His Excellency, the Most Hon. Cornelius A. Smith, O.N., presented the twelve honorees – eight females and four males – with their Awards, replicas of the Conch Shell.
The honorees were: Mrs. Gwendolyn Dorothy McDeigan, Mr. Cyril Leon Johnson, Ms. Clara Evans, Mrs. Berthalee Adderley, Mr. Carl Orlando Bethel, Mrs. Beverly Joyce Taylor, Mrs. Sylvia Anita Bain-Moss, Mrs. Muriel Elizabeth McKinney-Rahming, Mrs. Sislyn McIntosh, Mrs. Ethel A. Williams, Bishop Charles Malcolm Rolle, J.P., and Mr. Joseph Emmanuel Wemyss.
PM Declares Abaco and GB VAT-Free Zones Until June 2020

GREEN TURTLE CAY, Abaco - Prime Minister Minnis announced the declaration of the Abacos and Grand Bahama as VAT-free zones until June 2020 to help stimulate the economic recovery of areas impacted by Hurricane Dorian. The Prime Minister (pictured addressing the audience) also announced the establishment of The Bahamas National Recovery and Reconstruction Trust Fund, an independent and non-political body to help fund home and building repairs.
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