242newsBahamas: Lyford Cay Foundations Grants $1,500,000 to Food Aid - Plus Other News - August 20th, 2020
Lyford Cay Foundations Grants $1,500,000 to
the majority of the country's residents face another week of historical
lockdowns, we want to highlight some positive news, which we feel shows
that as a community we need to come together to combat this war on
COVID-19. We understand the plight of so many who are struggling to care
for themselves and their families in this pandemic, especially those
already suffering from the after effects of Hurricane Dorian. But
despite many negative comments, we believe our government, is trying its
best to negotiate this mine-field of decisions.
A Statement from Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis on Adjustments to the New Providence Lockdown
“In the past few weeks there has been a disturbing rise in COVID-19 cases in New Providence.
additional deaths have been confirmed and our hospital system is
stretched to capacity. In coordination with our public health team and
through conversations with community stakeholders, it was made clear
that the only way to beat back this deadly virus would be to extend
lockdown provisions with more restrictions.
Monday 17 August, I made the announcement of increased restrictions for
New Providence with immediate effect in order to save lives."
Online E-Passport Renewal Services Progressing Well Despite Lockdown
Passport Office’s online e-passport portal for adult passports has
continued with steady progress despite the lockdowns imposed due to the
COVID-19 pandemic. Officer in Charge of the Passport Office, Mrs.
Allison Rolle said that Bahamians have continued to use the portal. The
portal was launched in December 2019.
portal has been very active during the lockdown. There was a decline in
April, however, activity increased again during the month of May,” said
Mrs. Rolle. “Even though we are in a lockdown situation, the Passport
Office is still operating, albeit with a skeleton staff at this time.”
said that from the launch December 9, 2019 to March 31, 2020, the
number of applications processed was 2,825. Applications processed from
April to 10th August 2020 was 3,765.
Plans for the expansion of Online services on behalf of minors with e-passports is scheduled for Fall 2020.
Passport Office is currently open three days a week (Monday, Wednesday
and Friday from 9a.m. – 1:00 p.m.) for the collection of passports.
Grand Bahama Port Authority’s Clean-Up of Derelict Vehicles Underway
Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) is progressing on its
initiative to rid Freeport of the unsanitary and unsightly problem of
derelict vehicles in and around residential and commercial areas and on
June 2020, we advised that the GBPA was partnering with the Royal
Bahamas Police Force and Department of Environmental Health to bring
resolve to the ongoing issue of illegal dumping of vehicles,” said Ian
Rolle, President of the GBPA. “At that time, we also designated land in
the Civic Industrial Area for the temporary disposal of such vehicles,
many of which were destroyed by floodwaters during Hurricane Dorian,
until they are able to be shipped to a US-based facility for crushing.”
GBPA advised that its City Maintenance and Management section has
completed the clean-up of abandoned vehicles in the area of Queens Cove
and at Poor Man's Auto located near Solomon's food store on Queens
Highway. Additionally, progress has been made in cleaning up Freeport’s
Bahamas Waste Helping Curb COVID-19 In Inner City Communities
the past five months, Bahamas Waste and its employees have remained at
the forefront of the fight to curb the spread of COVID 19 in The
Bahamas. In addition to providing collection and waste management
services for both its residential and commercial customers, the
company’s handwashing and sanitization stations have become staples
outside local banks and major grocery stores to ensure the safety of
through a partnership with local activist and community leader BJ Moss,
the company has donated these lifesaving stations to those most
vulnerable and unable to afford these rentals. “Over the year’s we’ve
taken our mandate to be a community partner very seriously and now with
the pandemic, we are working with essential partners to protect those
who are at real risk,” noted Bahamas Waste Operations Manager, Ethelyn
the COVID-19 pandemic we’ve been delivering food packages to inner city
areas every week,” said Sally Van Tooren the co-founder of the “Family
Help & Support Foundation”, a local community-help group recently
awarded a non-profit designation for their meaningful inner-city
Saturday we deliver substantial food parcels to some very distressing
inner-city areas with extremely poor living conditions. To date we’ve
fed 1,632 families and will continue to do so for as long as pandemic
needs dictate. Additionally, along with the food bags and bottled water,
we have distributed approximately 4,000 partly sponsored masks and
enormous and significant donations of freshly baked goods and children’s
toys and colouring books.”
philanthropist said that their weekly out-reach appears to be a
lifeline for very many severely impoverished Bahamians living off the
beaten track and that some are existing on dirt roads, in half-finished
abandoned buildings and broken down cars.
the critical challenges facing the Grand Bahama Shipyard, we have
implemented a strategy that we believe will allow us to remain
operational and continue to contribute to the economy of Grand Bahama
and the wider Bahamian economy.
Developments over the past 15 months have brought the Shipyard to the brink of closure. These include:
Loss of two of our three dry docks – one in an accident in April 2019,
the other in Hurricane Dorian – cutting operational capabilities by 75%.
Fallout from COVID 19 including total loss of cruise business, by far
our most lucrative sector. Overnight, our most valuable client base has
completely dried up.
It is not possible in the current economic climate to expect cash
injections from shareholders or indeed to take bank loans to keep on
more staff than are required for the ongoing operations.
face these crippling challenges at a time of unprecedented economic
uncertainty around the world and intensified competition within the
industry for fewer and fewer projects with much tighter budgets.
NIB Cheque Distribution to Assist Thousands of Unemployed, Continues at the Stadium
National Insurance Board (NIB), which was created and mandated to
assist its paying customers in times of illness, industrial accident,
pregnancy or unemployment, set up office at the National Stadium in May
to better facilitate the distribution of benefit cheques.
move from its headquarters to the National Stadium, explained Director
Dr. Nicola Virgil-Rolle, was to distribute unemployment benefit cheques
in a larger area to thousands of persons who lost jobs because of
COVID-19, thereby better complying with protocols of the Emergency
Orders to keep people safe: social distancing, hand sanitizing, in
addition to the important wearing of masks by both employees and
Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce (GBCC) remains extremely concerned
about our post-Dorian and now post-COVID economy in Grand Bahama and
ask special consideration in lifting the lockdown to avoid the further
suppression of commerce on the island. GBCC remains committed to working
with all stakeholders; however, we ask for consideration for
alternative measures besides lockdowns. To help swiftly move our
recovery ahead, we make the following recommendations based on the
prevailing conditions while recognizing that the situation remains very
fluid and subject to change.
• Obtain a COVID testing machine for Grand Bahama.
Enforce that all businesses follow the protocols as established by the
government, relating to physical distancing, masks, hand sanitizers,
cleaning work areas numerous times daily, posting of and adhering to how
many persons can be in a store/business based on government guidelines,
etc. There has to be special attention given to locations that are
known to have challenges with crowd control.
Create a hotline, WhatsApp messaging, email, and website to report
businesses and individuals not adhering to government protocols and
Bahamians are frustrated with Competent Authority
Protests are result of poor COVID-19 decisions
Release protesters without charges
Democratic National Alliance (DNA) is saddened and disturbed by what is
happening on the streets of our capital. Last night’s abrupt
announcement of a complete lockdown of New Providence has so shocked our
people that they have taken to the streets. While we understand that
health officials have determined that our situation is dire, if an
extreme measure such as this was necessary, it should not have been done
in this manner.
general public relies on the government to make sensible decisions in
relation to this pandemic. We expect openness and honesty; we also
expect the implementation of measures to be done in decency and in
order. While Bahamians are frustrated with the hardships that this
crisis has brought, we are equally or more frustrated with the way the
Competent Authority has responded to the crisis. The Competent Authority
showed no compassion for his people and it is obvious that he does not
empathize with their plight.