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.”
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.
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.
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
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
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
Campbell reiterates promise of Draft of Older Persons Legislation before year’s end at Nation Builder Awards
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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