Back To School... Again & Other News - 242newsBahamas Newsletter - October 25th, 2019
weeks Editorial comes from Barefoot’s Winter Intern on our the
education system post dorian. We have to be very honest here, we are
very proud! Enjoy.
week, many students in the Northern Bahamas - specifically on Grand
Bahama, returned to the classroom for the first time since Hurricane
Dorian. While many parents were undoubtedly happy about the resumption
of classes, a recent conversation with a teenager in my life, however
gave me some interesting insights into how I imagine many young people
may be feeling.
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.
Grand Bahama Utility Company Wellfields Inundated from Dorian Surge
It is now six
weeks since Dorian’s passage through The Bahamas and the Grand Bahama
Utility Company (GBUC), a subsidiary of Port Group Ltd (PGL) continues
to work unflaggingly to fully restore its water services to residents
across the Island.
caused catastrophic damage, inundating over 90 percent of GBUC’s
wellfields with seawater. “Our groundwater reserves were severely
impacted and intruded with salinity,” said Geron Turnquest General
Manager GBUC. “Over the last few weeks we have assessed our wellfields,
and we now have the data to make decisions and implement immediate
actions that will help in the recovery of our potable water supply.”
Junkanoo Commandos’ relationship with Norfolk’s Caribbean Community results in donation of hurricane relief supplies
Executives of the
Junkanoo Commandos cultural organization turned over the paperwork to
twenty-two, 55-gallon barrels filled with hurricane relief supplies to
the Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development -- the result of a
Bahamas Hurricane Relief Extravaganza organized by the Caribbean People
Organization (CPO), Inc. a 501c3 organization, based in Norfolk,
Virginia, United States of America.
was held Sunday, September 29 at the Chinese Community Association of
Hampton Roads. Thirty Caribbean-owned businesses that are based in
Norfolk participated in the Hurricane Relief effort.
Heads of Agreement signed for $64 million development of Medical University in Grand Bahama
Government of The Bahamas signed a Heads of Agreement with Western
Atlantic University of Medicine Ltd. for the establishment and operation
of a University School of Medicine in Freeport.
The development represents a $64 million investment and will provide hundreds of construction and permanent jobs.
Minnis described Monday’s signing as an important part of the Hurricane
Dorian recovery and reconstruction effort.
represents a significant investment in Grand Bahama, the country’s
second largest economy,” said the Prime Minister.
It is estimated
that in the University’s first 10 years of operation, student and
faculty spending on housing, food, entertainment, goods and on-island
transportation, will provide a combined $200 million in revenue for
Campbell backs duo’s travel to U.S. Leadership Training Conference
Officials at the
Department of Social Services, Ministry of Social Services and Urban
Development, provided a travel subvention to officials of two of the
country’s organizations that advocate on behalf of the deaf and hearing
impaired, to ensure their attendance at the National Association of the
Deaf (NAD) United States Leadership Training Conference (NLTC).
Held in Little
Rock, Arkansas, United States of America, October 16-19, the NAD
Leadership Training Conference seeks to foster the enhanced development
of leadership within state associations, organizations, and
Recognized as the
USA’s premier civil rights organization of, by, and for deaf and hearing
impaired individuals, the NAD’s mission is to provide guidance and
support to the deaf and hard of hearing community to take on society’s
challenges and succeed in a more equal and accessible world.
Morton Salt and BIMAWU Sign Historic Five Year Industrial Agreement
Morton Salt and
the Bahamas Industrial Manufacturers and Allied Workers Union (BIMAWU)
signed a five year industrial agreement that was witnessed by the
Minister of Labour, Senator the Honourable Dion Foulkes at the
Department of Labour on Monday, October 21, 2019. The agreement includes
wage increase, production bonus, shift premium and holiday pay
increases as well as health benefits for workers.
who and his team at the Department of Labour presided over the
negotiations between Morton Salt and the BIMAWU described the contract
signing as historic.
$64 million school of medicine will help GB to rebuild
Bahama - A $64 million Heads of Agreement was signed on Monday, October
21, between the Government of The Bahamas and Western Atlantic
University School of Medicine.
the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis, was accompanied to Freeport by Minister
of Education, the Hon. Jeffrey Lloyd and Minister of Health, the Hon.
Dr. Duane Sands. Also present was Minister of State in the Office of the
Prime Minister, Senator the Hon. J. Kwasi Thompson; Ian Rolle,
president of the Grand Bahama Port Authority; senior government
officials as well as Peter Goetz, CEO and Managing Member of Western
Atlantic University and staff members from Western Atlantic.
University will offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in allopathic
medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, osteopathy and
nursing, and nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant programmes.