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Twenty-six Bahamians named in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours
Submitted by BIS   

NASSAU, The Bahamas – Government House announced on New Year’s Eve, that 26 Bahamians from all walks of life have been named in Her Majesty the Queen’s 2016 New Year’s Honours list for exemplary service to the country.

Receiving top honours, or Knighthoods, of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George, are Franklin Wilson, for services to business and philanthropy, and Charles Carter for broadcasting and the media. The Hon. Anita Mildred Allen was named Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for services to the Bahamas Court of Appeal and Judiciary.

Named Companions of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George are Wilfred Alfred McCartney, Sr. for services to the Brethren Denomination and entrepreneurism; and Dr. Leonard A. Johnson, for services to the church.

Officers of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (Civil Division) are James Catalyn, for culture and acting; Cleophas R. E. Adderley for contributions to music; Telator Strachan for crafts and entrepreneurship; and Rev. Dr. Philip Arthur Rahming, for civic service and religion.

Members of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (Civil Division) are Thomas A. Basden, for business and commerce; George Gilbert E. Pinder, for commerce and fishing; Dennis Hall for service to the community; Joshua Emerald Culmer, JP, for civic affairs and community development; Rev. Dr. Marina Sands, for service to the community and religion; Ansil Saunders for service to the historic and cultural development of the Island of Bimini; and Romeo Farrington, for business and tourism.

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U.S. Embassy closure in observance of the New Year’s Day holiday
Submitted by the U.S. Embassy Nassau   

NASSAU, Bahamas -- The United States Embassy will be closed on Friday, January 1, 2016 in observance of the New Year’s Day holiday. Please be advised that the Embassy will resume normal business operations on Monday, January 4 at 8:00 a.m.

For any emergencies involving U.S. citizens, please contact the U.S. Citizens Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy’s Consular Section via telephone: 242-322-1181.

General information on Consular services, including procedures for obtaining or renewing a passport or visa, is available on the U.S. Embassy’s website at http://nassau.usembassy.gov.

 
Government and Nurses Union sign industrial agreements
Written by BIS   

 Minister of Health the Hon. Dr. Perry Gomez and Nurses Union Officials at the signing of Industrial Agreements at the Ministry of Health, December 30, 2015.   (BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)NASSAU, The Bahamas – Senior health officials from the Ministry of Health and the Department of Public Health Wednesday, December 30, 2015 signed off on two key Industrial Agreements with the Bahamas Nurses Union on behalf of the Government of The Bahamas.

Senior officials from the Ministry of Public Services also played key roles in the negotiations.

The Agreements were signed as the nation anticipates introduction of Universal Health Coverage for all Bahamians through the National Health Insurance plan (NHI), beginning January 2016.

Minister of Health, the Hon. Dr. Michael Perry Gomez, one of the signatories on behalf of the Government of The Bahamas, said the signing was a “Red Letter Day” with regards to the continued provision of primary healthcare throughout the Commonwealth of The Bahamas as public health nurses play a critical role in the delivery of primary healthcare to Bahamians.

The Public Health Nurses (Nurses working for the Department of Public Health) are also expected to play a leading role in the execution of certain components of the National Health Insurance plan.

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Cancer Treatment Centers of America offer tips on caring for a loved one with cancer during the holidays
Submitted by DP&A   

NASSAU, Bahamas -- When someone you love has cancer, taking care of them comes naturally. You don’t give a second thought to the long hours, the help with medication, bathing, dressing, navigating, preparing special dishes or encouraging your loved one to eat. You want to be the shoulder they lean on for spiritual and emotional support. After all, the two of you have the same goal – to ensure minimal suffering and maximum chance of recovery. You’re in this together, the caregiver and the patient.

Yet, holidays have a way of throwing things off. Added expectations generate extra stress. There are daily decisions about accepting an invitation, purchasing the right gift, allowing visitors, making preparations especially if travel is involved. Even the extra cooking can take a toll on the caregiver. Family members you haven’t seen in a while suddenly appear, wanting to gather around to show love.

While their intentions may be the best, their presence may be overwhelming for the patient and even hurtful for you, the caregiver. They may ask questions that show they have no idea what you do on a daily basis or the sacrifices you make in your personal or professional life so that you can be the caregiver. They may hint that you are not doing enough when you know how much you do. The family get-together intended to bring joy can lead to arguments and resentment. Even the undercurrent of stress can impact the cancer patient.

Freddie Munnings, a Bahamian musician, songwriter, performer, knows firsthand what it is like to care for a loved one during the holidays. Though his wife eventually lost her battle with cancer, Munnings was a devoted caregiver who offers this advice:

“Just be there for your loved one. Your presence is reassurance that they are not alone. It is not necessary for you to have a conversation, if they do not feel like talking. SILENCE SPEAKS VOLUMES. The uncertainty of your loved one's future is a very scary matter. You may feel helpless, but you must do all that you can to encourage them and let them know that you love and care for them."

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GB Junkanoo groups receive additional seed funding
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Pictured with the Minister for Grand Bahama Dr. Michael Darville (seated centre) are representatives of the Junkanoo Committee, and groups who received additional seed funding, December 24, 2015 at the Ministry for Grand Bahama.   (BIS Photo/Vandyke Hepburn).FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – On behalf of the Minister of Youth, Sports & Culture, Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville, on Thursday past presented additional seed funds to Divisions A and B Junkanoo Groups.

Minister Darville said he was happy to have at the Ministry for Grand Bahama representatives from all Junkanoo Groups on the island who looked forward to participating in the 2016 New Year’s Junkanoo Parade, which he understood to be bigger and better in music and choreography.

The Minister also thanked the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, the Hon. Dr. Daniel Johnson, and his entire team at the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture on Grand Bahama.

Registered to participate and recipients of seed money are, (A) Division: The New Life Classic Dancers, Harbour Boys, Kingdom Culture, Platinum Knights, Showtime, Superstar Rockers, Swingers, Top Performers, and Western Star Titians. (B) Division: Bushwhackers, Rotary Club International, and Sting.

Pictured with the Minister for Grand Bahama Dr. Michael Darville (seated centre) are representatives of the Junkanoo Committee, and groups who received additional seed funding, December 24, 2015 at the Ministry for Grand Bahama. (BIS Photo/Vandyke Hepburn).

 
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