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A Warning We Can't Ignore & Other News - November 7th, 2019 Newsletter

A Warning We Can't Ignore

Dear Readers,

This week's Editorial is a feature from the Tribune, focusing on climate change and the controversy surrounding it. Hitting notes on how it will change everything we have known.

Read the full article here: A Warning We Can't Ignore

33rd Conchman Triathlon Deemed a Success.

Months of planning culminated in a day of friendly, but fierce, competition as organizers and participants of the 33rd Annual Conchman Triathlon swam, biked, and ran their way to the finish line. Since its inception more than 30 years ago, the GBPA Conchman Triathlon has welcomed competitors from across the globe with this year’s event attracting athletes from as far away as Switzerland.

At the sound of the pistol, 125 triathletes, competing in categories ranging from Sprint, Olympic, and IronKids, as individuals and in Teams, put months of intense training to the test at the annual sporting event. Set against the backdrop of Grand Bahama Island’s beautiful Taino Beach, the event once again gave race enthusiasts the opportunity to swim, bike, and run their way to triathlete success.
With the help of a slew of vendors such as Jasmine Roxbury, Carla Hanna-Wilson & Tony Macaroni providing food and drink stands along the route to keep triathletes and volunteers refreshed over the course of the day. The event was again able to provide an environment that was both safe and competitive.

Hurricane Dorian certainly changed our operations in Crossreach. The warehouse (together with 2 other warehouses at RAM) have been emptied and re-filled time and time again. We estimate that Crossreach teams together with help from Crisis Recovery International (CRI) and several other off-shore organizations have bagged and delivered on a daily basis, a total of some 6,000 bags full of food, and supplies since 3 or 4 days after the storm passed. Deliveries have been made throughout Grand Bahama Island from McLeans Town in the east to western end of the island. This translates into some $250,000 worth of goods and supplies all of which have been donated and brought onto the island by sea and by air, both private and commercial.

Although there has been a tremendous response to the needs of Grand Bahama residents from the off-shore organization such as setting up a mobile hospital (Samaritan’s Purse), numerous food kitchens and goods supply centres, Crossreach is one of the very few organizations that gets the food and supplies directly into the hands of those who need it most, namely those who are too sick, too old, too incapacitated, or lack the means to travel to the distribution centres to collect the food.
Long Island Small Ruminant Revitalization Project Set to Begin
NASSAU, The Bahamas
The Bahamas Development Bank (BDB) is launching a Long Island Small Ruminant Revitalization Project (SRRP).
The announcement was made at a Town Hall meeting at NGM Major School in Deadman’s Cay, Long Island, Thursday, October 31, 2019.
The Hon. Jeffrey Lloyd, Minister of Education (MOE) and the Hon. Adrian Gibson, Executive Chairman, Water and Sewerage Corporation and MP for Long Island were among the officials in attendance. Also present were Don Turnquest, Deputy Permanent Secretary, (MOE) and Marsha Moncur, Asst. Manager, BDB, Grand Bahama.
UNESCO partners with MOE to host
NASSAU, The Bahamas

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in collaboration with the Ministry of Education opened a national workshop on Global Citizenship Education (GCED) Tuesday at the National Training Agency, Gladstone Road.

The Hon. Jeffrey Lloyd, Minister of Education, said the workshop is intended to raise awareness about the contributions of GCED to strengthening the capacities of education systems to prepare students to think critically, and to relate to local, national and global challenges. The workshop is also anticipated to serve as a sounding board for policymakers and stakeholders to discuss opportunities to expand GCED locally.
Country Prepares to Commemorate Remembrance Day
Remembrance Day will be observed on Sunday, 10th November and will commence with the traditional church service at Christ Church Cathedral. The planning committee for Remembrance Day events held a press conference on Monday, 4th November at Cabinet Office to make the announcement.
Chairperson the Committee, Ms. Antoinette Brown said that this year’s event will highlight two Bahamian pilots.

“This year, as we observe the ending of World War II in June 1944, we pay special tribute to our two Bahamian pilots, Squadron Leader David Lester Brown and Warrant Officer, Basil Ivan Johnson, who had the opportunity to be a part of the historical battle of Normandy,” she said.
DPM Turnquest Thanked the Rotary for its Donation of Building Supplies
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest on Friday, November 1, 2019, thanked Rotary for its donation of building materials to residents of East Grand Bahama.

The Member of Parliament for East Grand Bahama, along with representatives of Rotary, travelled by convoy to St. Cleveland Baptist Church in Freetown to make the presentation to St. Cleveland Baptist Church in Freetown.
Included in the convoy were Ray Williams, District Governor, Rotary District 6990; Liz Knowles, Area Governor for Rotary District 6990; and James Sarles, Rotary Disaster Relief Committee Director.
Bahamas Against Crime Launches Anti- Abuse, Exploitation and Trafficking of Children Week with Ecumenical Service
Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, the Hon. Frankie A. Campbell, told an audience attending the National Ecumenical Church Service that launched Bahamas Against Crime’s anti Abuse, Exploitation and Trafficking of Children Week of Activities that each citizen has a role to play in the country’s child protection efforts.

The Service was held Sunday (November 3) at St. John’s Native Baptist Church, Meeting Street.
Minister Campbell said while the Government has a responsibility to and for the nation’s children and will always fulfill that obligation, each individual also has a role to play to assist in the protection of the nation’s children.
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.
Bahamian Brewery Announces November Rebuild of its Abaco Operations

Abaco, The Bahamas – In the nearly two months since Hurricane Dorian blew through Grand Bahama and the Abacos, the Bahamian Brewery & Beverage (BBB) Company has remained determined to keep its business afloat despite major setbacks. With an all hands on deck approach, the company continues to make enormous strides toward the full restoration of its Grand Bahama beer operations and is set now to rebuild their retail store and warehouse.

Jimmy’s currently boasts one of the largest inventories of wines and spirits in the country with nine locations across the island chain. Along with its locally produced beer, the brewery, through its Jimmy’s Wines & Spirits operations, is also the primary distributor for Anheuser-Busch, Philip Morris International, and other leading brands such as Tito’s Vodka, Macallan Whiskey, and Jackson Family Wines.
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