Be A Hero Campaign & Other News - November 15th, 2019 Newsletter
This week we are going to defer to our weekly Editorial to the #BeAHero
student winners. Full disclosure we work with this program but to say
we are proud of these young children is an understatement. As they say
’the children are our future’ - these young students picked up garbage
off highways, painted campaign signs and even made their own capes. Look
for their pictures on billboards in Nassau soon - and please join them
and #BeAHero for your community and help keep us clean, green and
Win Superman Capes in Ministry of Environment’s Be A Hero Campaign
Ministers Campbell, Rolle, to attend ICPD 25th Anniversary Meeting
Minister of Social
Services and Urban Development, the Hon. Frankie A. Campbell, and
Minister for the Public Service and National Insurance, the Hon. Brensil
A. Rolle, departed New Providence Friday (November 8) for Nairobi,
Kenya, where they will participate in the International Conference on
Population Development’s (ICPD) 25th Anniversary Meeting.
is the result of an invitation from the United Nation’s Population Fund
(UNFPA) – a U.N. Sexual and Reproductive Health Agency that also focuses
on Gender-Based Violence. The ICPD is a results-oriented Programme of
Action that is the steering document for the UNFPA.
Also known as the
Nairobi Summit on ICPD25, the Meeting takes place November 12-14 at the
Kenyatta International Conference Centre, Nairobi. The two Ministers
were accompanied by their wives, in addition to Mrs. Elaine Sands, one
of two Gender-Based Violence Experts at the Department of Gender and
Family Affairs, Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development.
PHA Donates First Aid Supplies to Local Baseball Leagues
baseball leagues received donations of first aid supplies from the
Public Hospitals Authority (PHA). Presentations were made to the Freedom
Farm Baseball League and the Junior Baseball League of Nassau (JBLN) on
Saturday November 2, 2019 by PHA employees who enjoy participation in
Mr. Greg Burrows,
President and Managing Director of the Freedom Farm Baseball League and
other league officials received the presentation from Sandilands
Rehabilitation Centre staff member, Diana Austin, during the league’s
Showcase Day. Burrows expressed his gratitude to
the PHA, “we hope
that we don’t ever see the time in our baseball season when we have to
use these things, but it is always good to have them around. So, we
thank the PHA for that.”
Tourism Minister Attends Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show And
Praises Organizers For Exclusively Promoting The Bahamas
November 8, 2019 -
The Bahamas Minister of Tourism and Aviation, the Hon. Dionisio
D’Aguilar, recently attended the 60th Annual Fort Lauderdale
International Boat Show (FLIBS) which made a big splash in support of
The Bahamas, and which proved to be an amazing opportunity for the
Minister and The Islands Of The Bahamas.
Dubbed FLIBS-4-Bahamas (#FLIBS4Bahamas),
the United States Boat Shows at Informa Markets and the Marine
Industries Association of South Florida, organizers of the 2019 FLIBS,
selected The Bahamas as its exclusively featured vacation destination
during the show, which ran October 30 through November 3, 2019 in Fort
Lauderdale. In addition, they organized several fundraising initiatives,
where proceeds were earmarked for aid to residents in Abaco impacted by
Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, received five heavy-duty-off-road
vehicles from the United States’ Mahindra Automotive North America,
Global X Sports and Tropicars in partnership with the Sandals
Foundation, to assist with ongoing recovery efforts in Hurricane Dorian
The ROXOR vehicles, which are valued at $125,340, were presented during a press conference at NEMA on Monday, November 11, 2019.
On hand for the
presentation were John Michael Clarke, co-chair of the Reconstruction
Committee, and Surinder Kahlon, Sandals Foundation.
The vehicles will be distributed to Abaco and Grand Bahama to help with aid and relief efforts on each affected island.
Minister of State Iram Lewis and Assessment Team View Adherence to Building Code in Abaco
of State for Disaster Preparedness, Management and Reconstruction, the
Hon. Iram Lewis along with architects, engineers and planners from the
Ministry of Public Works, Grand Bahama Port Authority, the University of
Miami, private firms of South Florida, members of the Architects Board
and the former Chief Housing Officer, traveled to Abaco November 11,
2019 to assess damaged and destroyed buildings, Marsh Harbour to
Cooper's Town; and review adherence to the building code, among factors
contributing to the large scale of destruction by Hurricane Dorian.
determined that there needed to be greater public adherence to the
building code. And given wind and water damage, there is a need for
government to look at elevating the roadways; adding more berms, levees
or seawalls further inland from the shoreline. A similar assessment will
be done in Grand Bahama.
Music Makers ‘Thrilled, Excited’ at Royal Caribbean’s Surprise $100,000 Sponsorship
lovers -- performers or those who gyrate to the rousing sounds of
musical expression from the sidelines -- there has almost never been a
time without the Music Makers. Since the first parade in 1954, Music
Makers under one name or another have been part of the action, taking
home top honours in costume and choreography, pioneering the first brass
instrument and the first metal drum, but the group with the
long-running history appeared to be running out of steam, if not hope,
with financial struggles in recent years.
On November 8,
those struggles vanished instantly with the news that Royal Caribbean
International would become the title sponsor for Music Makers with words
of encouragement backed by a check for $100,000.
President and CEO Michael Bayley delivered the news during the opening
of the Berry Islands Community Centre in Bullock’s Harbour, an event
that drew the Prime Minister and Mrs. Minnis, senior officials, local
residents, Royal Caribbean executives, all of RN Gomez All-Age School
and two Junkanoo groups from Nassau.
Jingle Jingle! Bootleg Chocolates in full production for the Holidays
For Bahamians, the
holiday season is about family, food…and Bootleg Chocolates. The
premier artisanal chocolate brand is preparing to unveil a brand new
addition to its line of caramels to herald the official start of the
gift-giving season. Chocolate is a tasty gift and a great way to thank
clients and employees with a treat they are guaranteed to appreciate.
For more than a
decade, the creative mother/daughter team of Daphne Ormerod-Cates and
Amanda Ormerod-Mullen has perfected a series of signature recipes that
have thrilled the taste buds of chocolate lovers across the country.
Since its launch in 2010, the brand has blossomed into the leading
provider of Bahamian-inspired, gourmet chocolates.
are handcrafted in a factory on Grand Bahama Island, and delivered
across the archipelago, catering to high-end boutique hotels like
Pelican Bay and The Island House, major resort properties like The One
Club/Four Seasons and Baha Mar, as well as high-end retailers and
organizers of specialty events. “We’ve worked hard to build
relationships with amazing customers who have supported us since the
very start,” notes Ormerod-Mullen.