The Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis Prime Minister Wednesday, 8 July 2020
past Sunday, I was pleased to witness the signing of the Hippocratic
Oath by new physicians here at home, who will serve our country for many
years to come. The ceremony was particularly special for me as a father
because one of my sons took the Oath, which medical doctors have sworn
Hippocratic Oath is an ethical oath historically taken by physicians.
It is a rite of passage for new medical doctors. The Oath is attributed
to an ancient Greek physician and has various versions. One part of the
Oath, which I wish to paraphrase, is as follows: “I will prevent disease
whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure.”
Bahamas Development Bank to Collaborate with Trade & Industry Ministry on Trade Growth
of Financial Services, Trade & Industry and Immigration, the Hon.
Elsworth Johnson along with executives of the Ministry met with
executives of Bahamas Development Bank (BDB) in a courtesy call, July 1,
2020. The bank’s Managing Director Dave Smith stated he looked forward
to collaboration between the two agencies.
Mr. Smith, “we look forward to BDB and the Ministry of Financial
Services, Trade & Industry and Immigration identifying a number of
opportunities for collaboration between our agencies with regards to
trade expansion, MSME development and innovative solutions to facilitate
trade financing. We are pleased to count the Ministry as a strategic
partner and we look forward to furthering this partnership.”
estate industry holds 1st Zoom AGM, New Board Elected Wallace-Whitfield
Re-elected BREA President, 1st Female to Serve a 4th Term
than 50 members of the Bahamas Real Estate Association (BREA) attended
the official body’s first ever virtual meeting, naming a new board and
re-electing broker Christine Wallace-Whitfield, the first female to
serve a record fourth term.
stressed that along with ease of doing business measures for members,
including the introduction of BREA identification cards to facilitate
entry into gated communities for property showings, she would make
enforcement against foreign agents selling land, homes and condos in The
Bahamas without going through a local agency a top priority.
Bahamas Feeding Network Appeals for Donations Amid Hunger Crisis
the onslaught of Covid-19 in mid-March, gears shifted at Bahamas
Feeding Network, the organization committed to tackling hunger in the
Bahamas since 2013. From cooking and distributing 5,500 hot meals weekly
from its quaint Fox Hill headquarters to moving its operation into a
4,000 square foot warehouse on Claridge Road, volunteers have kept the
assembly line going packing hundreds of food parcels for distribution
through the Network’s membership of churches, soup kitchens and feeding
a press conference recently held, executives and friends of the
organization provided an update on BFN’s efforts pre and post-Covid-19.
recognition of the country’s 47th celebration of Independence, a Prayer
Walk will be held on Friday, July 10 at Independence Park.
walk is scheduled from 6am to 9am and participants are encouraged to
attend in their Independence colors and exercise clothes.
to Minister of State for Grand Bahama in the Office of the Prime
Minister, Senator the Hon. J. Kwasi Thompson, “With all of the social
distancing restrictions over the past few months and recognizing that we
were unable to have our normal Independence celebrations, recognizing
that exercise is now permitted and exercise, meaning walk on
Independence Park, walk throughout the streets, we thought it fitting
that we celebrate Independence morning by having a walk.”
the walk as “having a purpose”, the Minister further stated he was
pleased the Independence Committee as well as several pastors have come
together to organize the Prayer Walk.
Grand Bahama Disaster Relief Foundation partners with Rotary to repair 600 Dorian-damaged homes
Grand Bahama Disaster Relief Foundation (GBDRF), the charitable arm of
the Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA), and its partners are proud to
support over 600 local families, who have safely returned to their own
homes, for the first time, since the devastation of Hurricane Dorian.
has been the collaborative effort and successful partnership between
the GBDRF, who provided funding, and the Rotary Club of Grand Bahama,
who project managed this building and repair initiative that allowed the
assistance given to residents to be so impactful.
Cooper, Rotary Club Member, thanked a most valued partner to the
initiative, “We wish to thank a team of young men from the Seagrape
area, who first volunteered their time and effort to help seniors last
September following Hurricane Dorian, and have continued to lend a hand
wherever they can.
146 Parks Throughout New Providence to be Enhanced
The Bahamas – The Ministry of Public Works has embarked on a
recreational stimulus that involves the allocation of capital funding to
improve family life and the health of all Bahamians.
Hon. Desmond Bannister, Minister of Public Works, in his recent
contribution to the 2020-2021 Budget Debate in Parliament, announced
that 146 parks throughout New Providence have been selected for
enhancement beginning in July.
final touches are being made to the Southern Recreation Grounds to
transform that historic spot into a modern, multi-faceted space in the
of the Over-the-Hill Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister conducted
a walk-through on July 1 (2020) to inspect work being carried out by
Bahamas Striping Group of Companies (BSGC), and other workers.
BSGC workmen were putting colour sealant on the basketball court, the
landscaping moved forward with the planting of native flora and fauna;
equipment for the outdoor fitness centre and for the children’s
playground was already installed.
storyboards and signage recalling the history of the Grounds as a site
of assembly for critical events in Bahamian history were being
unwrapped. And, being carried out were finishing touches to the pathway
to allow better access to nearby facilities such as the Lillian
Weir-Coakley Public Library.
Social Services hosts training seminar on ProMIS for Senior Managers
experts from the Information Technology and Communication Unit of the
Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development, took another major
step forward in the roll-out of the ProMIS (Processing Management
Information System) Thursday (July 2, 2020), staging a one-day training
session for Senior Managers and Centre Managers within the Department of
session was attended by Minister of Social Services and Urban
Development, the Hon. Frankie A. Campbell; Permanent Secretary in the
Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development, Ms. Phedra Rahming;
Under Secretary, Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development, Mrs.
Roselyn Horton; Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Social
Services and Urban Development, Mrs. Ethrice Cooper; Acting Director,
Department of Social Services Ms. Lilian Quant-Forbes, and Deputy
Director with oversight of the Information Technology and Communication
Unit, Ms. Judy L. Simmons.
Barnett, Chairman of the Board, Bahamas Development Bank, said the
institution has made “good” improvements during a 23 months consultancy
diagnostic review and strategic planning period.
made good improvements at the bank due to the commitment to this
particular task. It hasn’t been easy all the time. We’ve had our
challenges. Today we could see struggles have not been in vain.
Possibilities before us are great and we look forward to what’s to come
ahead,” he said.
Barnett was one of several speakers who addressed virtual stakeholder
meetings Friday, July 3, 2020 to re-launch the bank.
objective of the meeting was to emphasize the bank’s strategic
direction in light of its role as the national development bank of The
Bahamas, with the goal of strengthening collaborative partnerships.
Among the stakeholders were government and international
representatives, technical officers, managers of key agencies and
international and government representatives.
Extended Deadline for Undergraduate Admissions Applications and Other Key Dates
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