242NewsBahamas - What will a Lockdown solve? - Plus Other News - July 16th, 2020
What will a Lockdown solve?
we have head into our 6th month of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are still
no surer of how to deal with its effects or this new distancing from
others. As we have stated before there is a ‘no win’ situation for all
governments around the world right now – damned if you do, damned if you
we, like most people, do not want the Corona Virus to spread in our
country, we are also very cognizant of how desperate the financial
situation must be for so many unemployed Bahamians. We, like many
others, are worried about how our fellow citizens will feed their
children, keep the water and lights on, or handle the worry and
depression that financial crisis brings to everyone.
DPM Says Monument Will Help Residents Remember the Lives Lost During Hurricane Dorian
Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Hon. Peter Turnquest said
the pain caused by the loss of lives during Hurricane Dorian remains
personal for him.
who died were my friends,” said Minister Turnquest. “Some who are still
missing, I know personally. I’ve visited and shared with those persons,
in homes now shattered and destroyed. Monuments like this are erected
to help ensure that we never forget what happened September 1st, 2019.”
Campbell: OTHCDPI Donation is ‘Significant’ to Entrepreneurship
of Social Services and Urban Development, the Hon. Frankie A. Campbell,
Monday described the donation of ten sewing machines for use in the
sewing programmes at the Bain and Grant’s Town and Centreville Urban
Renewal Centres as a “significant mechanism” in the promotion of
entrepreneurial opportunities within the urban communities.
donation was made by the Over-the-Hill Community Development
Partnership Initiative (OTHCDPI), Office of the Prime Minister, to:
“help create employment, entrepreneurial and other opportunities” for
persons residing in the Over-the-Hill Communities.”
The Handing Over Ceremony was attended by, Mrs. Patricia Minnis, Office of the Spouse of the Prime Minister.
that time again! Hurricane season is here. When making your own
preparations and laying in supplies, please don't forget your pets'
needs! After the hurricanes of 2004, 2005, 2016, and especially 2019,
many pets on Grand Bahama were killed, abandoned, injured or became
- 2 week supply of food and water - figure at least one quart of water per pet per day
Medication - if your pet is on any medication make sure you have at
least a two week supply - Preventatives - after a devastating storm
supplies may be slow to reach.
Urban Renewal Centres to Assist Social Services Digital Service Delivery
digitization and technological transformation underway at the Ministry
of Social Services and Urban Development is a journey that will never
have a final destination due to the fact that social services officials
will continually seek to provide social assistance at a more effective,
efficient and speedy pace, Minister of Social Services and Urban
Development, the Hon. Frankie A. Campbell, told Parliament Wednesday
Campbell said the measures are all in effort to bring greater
efficiency to service delivery. He said while there may be some “bumps
in the road” initially due to the introductory nature of the measures
undertaken and the fact that clients will have to make adjustments in
having to seek social assistance online, the end result will be greater
efficiency, effectiveness and speed of service delivery.
MOH Amends Its COVID-19 Dashboard to Reflect “Non-COVID” Related Deaths
Merceline Dahl-Regis, COVID-19 Task Force Coordinator and Special
Adviser to the Prime Minister explained that an external review
conducted by local and international health officials confirmed that the
deaths of two individuals previously confirmed to have COVID-19, were
not due to the virus.
Ministry of Health has amended its COVID-19 dashboard to reflect
‘Non-COVID’ related deaths,” Dr, Dahl-Regis stated during a COVID-19
Update Press Conference, at the Ministry of Health, Tuesday, July 14,
“This new feature will serve to classify a patient who was diagnosed with COVID-19, but whose death was not caused by the virus.
JOHN WATLING’S DISTILLERY, LTD. RE-LAUNCHES NEW PACKAGING FOR ITS HAND SANITIZER
Watling's Distillery, Ltd. has relaunched its hand sanitizer under the
BUENA VISTA ESTATE name to combat COVID 19. The re-launch comes as The
Bahamas reopens its borders and businesses.
Watling’s Distillery, Ltd. has re-launched its hand sanitizer under the
BUENA VISTA ESTATE name to combat COVID 19. The re-launch comes as Just
three months after its initial launch, John Watling’s Distillery has
partnered with Blanco Chemicals to locally source spray tops, 16oz and 1
Gallon bottles. It has also imported more than 40,000 litres of ethyl
alcohol to ensure The Bahamas has ample supply of the hand sanitizers
main ingredient; alcohol. It has also worked with Nicky Saddleon to
redesign its packaging under the BUENA VISTA ESTATE brand name.
owners, employees, residents and patrons of Nassau Street breathed a
sigh of relief on Monday as they drove the newly paved road.
Minister Desmond Bannister also celebrated the initiative. “Nassau
Street is an iconic thoroughfare and the Ministry is thrilled the road
paving exercise has commenced,” he said.
due to equipment malfunction, the completion of Nassau Street will be
delayed by approximately two weeks. The Ministry is working diligently
to ensure this process is completed swiftly and is quite pleased with
the progress made thus far,” Mr. Bannister said.
Ministry canvassed the Nassau Street area yesterday and spoke to
numerous employees and residents who expressed their excitement about
the road renovations.
owner Ginouse Darius said: "I thank God because customers have
complained about the condition of Nassau Street. Thank God it’s fixed
and that’s a blessing. Now my business can continue to grow. I’m very
impressed by how fast the road was paved.”
PM urged to Avoid Massive Pollution from Oil Drilling
New grassroots coalition calls on government to protect the country’s economy and natural resources.
The Bahamas, July 15, 2020: A grassroots coalition of concerned
Bahamian citizens, local businesses and environmentalists has called
upon Prime Minister Minnis to protect Bahamian waters, shorelines and
economy by cancelling all existing oil exploration licences and
permanently banning fossil fuel drilling anywhere in The Bahamas. The
group sent a formal letter [URL] to the Prime Minister last week and has
issued the following statement today:
the members of Our Islands, Our Future, strongly urge Prime Minister
Minnis to move immediately to cancel all existing licences, reject all
proposed renewals and impose a permanent ban on fossil fuel exploration
anywhere within the maritime borders of The Bahamas.
Social Services Staff Receive Certification for In-house Training on Digital Service Delivery System
staff members from across the Ministry of Social Services and Urban
Development received their certification for successfully completing an
in-house training module on ProMIS digitized customer service delivery
system. The presentations took place on July 3, 2020.
expected outcome of the training is a more efficient, effective and
speedy delivery of social assistance throughout the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas. Participants included staff members of the Department of Social
Services, the Department of Gender and Family Affairs, Urban Renewal,
and the Secretariat of the National Commission for Persons with
by technical experts from the Information Technology and Communications
Unit of the Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development, headed
by Deputy Director, Ms. Judy L. Simmons, the training allows the staff
to be able to help persons applying online for social assistance
throughout the Commonwealth of The Bahamas via use of the ProMIS web
Grand Bahamians have a chance to WIN BIG when they Buy Local and Shop at Home
Dreams Management, the Branding and Marketing firm, in partnership with
ACOM media company specializing in photography and videography has
recently launched a summer campaign entitled “GB Summer Dreams.” This
campaign was created to encourage Grand Bahamians to support local
businesses and to continue to shop at home. A widespread number of Grand
Bahamian businesses took a serious hit after Hurricane Dorian and
continued through COVID-19.
Pinder, Managing Director of IDM stated, "After Hurricane Dorian Grand
Bahama was publicized as an island that was closed for business. We
wanted to draw attention to the fact that we as a people have made
strides to rebuild and are continuing to overcome.” Kerel added “Grand
Bahamian business owners are still here, and we are indeed open for