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Giving Blood is Not Optional
we enter the 3rd month of the Corona Pandemic, we are still on shaky
ground as to the effects and medical treatments to overcome COVID-19.
For some, it may be medicine, others oxygen, and for some blood
at these times that we, as fellow human beings need to step up and
provide lifesaving blood that may be necessary. As a regular donor, I
know that giving blood isn’t too painful. It requires a quick pinprick
to test your blood, and then a good 15-30 minutes of laying down while
your blood is taken. That requires one needle, which I find less painful
than the pinprick. Plus, you get to eat well to help with the loss of
that one pint of lifesaving blood.
Economic Recovery Committee To Launch Consultation In July: Sub-Committees Formed To Focus On Key Sectors
Economic Recovery Committee (ERC), says that substantial efforts are
well underway to design a plan to guide the government’s strategy for
restoration and recovery.
committee was appointed and charged by Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis
to provide actionable recommendations to address the economic impact of
the COVID-19 pandemic on The Bahamas. It is co-chaired by Acting
Financial Secretary Marlon Johnson and financial services veteran
Kenwood Kerr, and comprised of other local economic thought leaders.
National Food Distribution Task Force Providing Emergency Food Assistance to Vulnerable Bahamians and Residents
Government has injected $1.4 million into the National Food
Distribution Task Force since the public/private group was established
to provide emergency food assistance for vulnerable Bahamians and
residents affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, said Prime Minister the
Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis.
Task Force is delivering emergency food assistance for 12 weeks, from 1
June to 31 August 2020. The Government is funding 85 percent of the
costs for food distribution and its NGO partners are funding 15 percent
through donations to their respective organizations.
is one of the largest and most unprecedented such food programs in the
history of The Bahamas,” the Prime Minister told MPs during his
contribution to the 2020/21 Budget Debate on Monday 22 June.
Campbell Announces Start of Beta Testing for ‘Digital Wallets’
Grand Bahama – Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, the
Hon. Frankie A. Campbell, announced that Beta Testing for the use of
Digital Wallets in the delivery of social assistance to Bahamians will
commence at the end of June (2020).
Beta Test exercise is expected to expand the ProMIS Web Application to
issue digital wallets. The implementation of ProMIS incorporates a MIS
System and online social assistance application process and online
announcement was made during Minister Campbell’s Official Visit to
Grand Bahama June 18-19 and is part of the digitization and
technological reform underway at the Ministry of Social Services and
Urban Development and its Departments.
Bahamian Brewery and Tito’s Handmade Vodka ‘Lend a Hand’ in the fight against COVID-19.
The Bahamas – For countless Bahamian families, the past several months
have presented more than its fair share of challenges. From Hurricane
Dorian, which devastated homes and businesses in the Northern Bahamas,
to the Covid-19 pandemic, which shuttered scores of businesses
throughout the country sending hardworking Bahamians to the unemployment
line, many families have found themselves in dire straits.
Brewery & Beverage (BBB) Company and Tito’s Handmade Vodka are
sponsoring Lend A Hand Bahamas (LAHB) as they work to bring relief to
hundreds of families who have been severely impacted financially.
DPM Reiterates Government’s Commitment to Leave No Bahamian Hungry and Without Shelter
Grand Bahama – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Hon.
K. Peter Turnquest, reiterated the Government of The Bahamas’ commitment
that: “no Bahamian throughout the length and breadth of this country
will be left hungry or without shelter.”
I gave my Communication to Parliament during the 2020/2021 National
Budget Debate, one of the statements I made was that no Bahamian
throughout the length and breadth of this country, would be left hungry
or without shelter,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.
is a commitment that has the sanction of the Prime Minister (Prime
Minister, the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert A. Minnis) as well as the Government
of The Bahamas. Through Social Services, we will ensure that mandate is
lived up to and it is a commitment that we make to the Bahamian people
with the full knowledge of the challenges that we face as a country,
(and) of the challenges that are being faced globally by this crisis
(COVID-19 Pandemic) that we find ourselves in.
Bahamas’ place among the highest burden countries for non-communicable
diseases has impacted the country’s COVID-19 experience, said Prime
Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis.
Minister Minnis was speaking on Wednesday 24 June at The Commonwealth’s
COVID-19 Virtual Leaders Meeting, held under the theme, “Sharing
solutions in challenging times.” Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon.
Darren Henfield, and Dr. Merceline Dahl-Regis, special adviser to the
Prime Minister on COVID-19, also attended the virtual meeting.
COVID-19 related deaths in The Bahamas occurred with patients having
one or more comorbidities,” the Prime Minister told the Commonwealth
(50 percent) of the cases with one or more comorbidities required
hospitalizations, compared to 29 percent of patients with no
comorbidities who required hospitalization.
LAGOON ISLAND, BAHAMAS – In anticipation of The Bahamas’ reopening of
international borders on July 1 and the country’s move into Phase 5 of
its reopening schedule, Blue Lagoon Island is excited to announce plans
to resume operations on July 11, 2020 following three months of closure.
top rated private island destination has implemented a comprehensive
enhanced safety program to ensure that as local and international guests
are welcomed back, every step is being taken to protect them, the staff
and the animals.
Campbell Applauds ‘Rock Legend’ Kravitz’s Donation; Hopes it Serves as Inspiration Throughout Diaspora
The Bahamas – Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, the
Hon. Frankie A. Campbell, commended Rock Legend Lenny Kravitz for Mr.
Kravitz’s recent donation of $100,000 worth of food vouchers. The
Department of Social Services, Ministry of Social Services and Urban
Development, was tasked with distributing the food vouchers.
Campbell said it was his hope that the donation would inspire others
“with the means to do so”– within The Bahamas and the wider Bahamian
Diaspora around the globe -- to follow suit.
award-winning singer, songwriter, musician, record producer and actor,
Mr. Kravitz made an initial donation of $50,000 in food vouchers to be
distributed among persons in need in New Providence and Grand Bahama.
The donation was made through Mr. Kravitz’s Let Love Rule Foundation.
Prime Minister Minnis announces Reopening of Beaches, Gyms and public Transportation
Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis announced in the House of
Assembly today that the country has started to move into Phase 5 of the
phased re-opening of the economy and social activities.
However, he urged Bahamians and residents to continue to be careful and vigilant as the country re-opens.
should not be complacent. We will continue to enforce health measures,
but government cannot do this alone,” said Prime Minister Minnis. “We
are still in this together.”
his contribution to the 2020/21 Budget Debate, the Prime Minister
announced that the Emergency Powers are to be extended through the month
of July 2020 and that a new 10pm to 5am curfew will come into effect on
Monday 22 June.
Businesses may also operate until 8pm daily beginning Monday 22 June.
been 3 LOOOOOOOOONG and Quarantined Months but everywhere....things are
slowly getting back to normal. I don't know about you guys but even
though things are reopening, I'm still a little wary and definitely
keeping my eyes open for a possible second wave of Coronavirus. That
said, I'm still traveling with my mask. I've even upgraded to the
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The Bahamas -- Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis announced
that the Economic Empowerment Zone component of the Over-The-Hill
Community Development Partnership Initiative, will be extended to
benefit more residents.
He made the statement during his Communication to the 2020/2021 Budget Debate in the House of Assembly on Monday, June 22, 2020.
are presently strategizing on how to enhance the economic empowerment
strategies in the Over-the-Hill Community, to ensure that the objectives
of reaching eligible businesses and entrepreneurs are achieved,” the
Prime Minister said.
zone will extend south past Wulff Road to Independence Highway; east to
Claridge Road and north to Collins Wall. Also included will be
Englerston and Montel Heights.
Southern Recreation Grounds Renovations to be Completed End of June
The Bahamas - Renovations to the historic Southern Recreation Grounds
in the Over-the-Hill Community, will be completed by the end of June, to
provide for cultural and green technology experiences.
Prime Minister gave the update in his Communication to the 2020/2021
Budget Debate in the House of Assembly on Monday, June 22, 2020.
component of the Over-The-Hill Community Development Partnership
Initiative is the redevelopment of parks and recreation facilities to
incorporate more cultural experiences and green technology.
Prime Minister noted that immediately upon lifting certain restrictions
pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, construction recommenced on the
historic Southern Recreation Grounds.