Saturday, November 16, 2019

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 pristine!
Win Superman Capes in Ministry of Environment’s Be A Hero Campaign

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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.

Their attendance 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
Local juvenile 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 each league.

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.”
Bahamas 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 Hurricane Dorian.

NEMA receives heavy-duty-off-road vehicles
The National 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 stricken areas.

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
Minister 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.

They 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
For Junkanoo 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.

Royal Caribbean 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.

Bootleg 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.

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