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Ground breaking for facility for post school-age children with disabilities
Written by BIS   
Monday, 01 June 2015 07:07

NASSAU, The Bahamas – Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Gladstone Christie and Minister of Social Services and Community Development the Hon. Melanie Sharon Griffin, ‘broke ground’ for a state-of-the-art, multi-purpose facility for post school-age children with disabilities Thursday, May 28, exactly twenty-four months after a Special Task Force was first appointed to develop the design and programme for the facility.

The post school-age facility will cater to persons with disabilities, particularly those with developmental disabilities. Construction is expected to begin before the final quarter of 2015.

“Our goal is to administer a quality based environment which embraces several core values including treating every person with dignity and respect, the recognition of individual strengths and abilities and supporting persons to reach their maximum potential as contributing and valued members of society,” Mrs. Griffin said.

“I commend all of the members of the Special Task Force for their commitment to this initiative. We have had many spirited discussions as we sought to conceptualize and document what the facility should offer to the group of persons it is intended to serve. This is indeed a wonderful day for the community of persons with disabilities, and in particular, those with developmental disabilities,” Mrs. Griffin added.

The facility will consist of an administrative building, reception area, auditorium, cafeteria, manufacturing area, workshops for horticulture, woodworking and car detailing, a medical centre and pavilion, and an education building with classrooms designed for additional skills and other training opportunities.

Chinese delegation tours LPIA air traffic control facilities
Written by BIS   
Monday, 01 June 2015 06:55

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- The Ministry of Transport & Aviation welcomed a delegation from the People’s Republic of China on a tour the new multi-million dollar Bahamian air traffic control facility at Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) on May 27, after a brief reception at the International Diplomatic Lounge upon their arrival in The Bahamas.

The delegation of aviation officials of the People’s Republic of China arrived to sign agreements implementing air service between China and The Bahamas.

Minister of Transport and Aviation the Hon. Glenys Hanna Martin told the delegation as she conducted the tour that the facility has cutting edge technology at world-class standards.

Minister Hanna-Marting said she was very excited to show the technology, so the delegation could have an understanding that The Bahamas has an aviation sector that is on the move.

Louis Bacon, Lee C. Bollinger and Alan Gilbert honored with Foreign Policy Association medals
Submitted by DP&A   
Friday, 29 May 2015 07:22

Legendary NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw (right) introduced honoree Louis Bacon, commending Bacon’s stewardship on climate change.NEW YORK, New York -- The Foreign Policy Association (FPA) held its annual dinner on May 21, 2015 where it presented three distinguished honorees with the Foreign Policy Association Medal, including Louis Bacon, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Moore Capital Management, LP and President of The Moore Charitable Foundation, Inc.; Lee C. Bollinger, President, Columbia University; and Alan Gilbert, Music Director, New York Philharmonic. Additionally, Claudio Descalzi, Chief Executive Officer, Eni Spa was presented with FPA’s Corporate Social Responsibility Award.

The Foreign Policy Association Medal recognizes individuals demonstrating responsible internationalism and who are working to expand public knowledge of international affairs.

Past recipients include the Honorable Michael Bloomberg, Mayor, New York City; Timothy Geithner, Chairman, Federal Reserve Bank of New York; and Kevin Rudd, Prime Minister, Australia.

Legendary NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw introduced honoree Louis Bacon, commending Bacon’s stewardship on climate change: “There are two fundamental concepts we should keep in mind – to be proactive citizens in our own country, and to be global citizens. I can’t think of anyone of his generation who has that in his every waking moment than the man we are here to honor – Louis Bacon.” Brokaw added, “I am so reassured to know that he is taking his place in the forefront of this extraordinarily important challenge.”

Upon receiving the Foreign Policy Association Medal, Louis Bacon commented, “I wish to thank the FPA for this great honor. Our Foundation is privileged to support great environmental causes and join in conservation activist campaigns.”

Toxicologist in Nassau to support Rubis investigation
Submitted by Elcott Coleby   
Friday, 29 May 2015 07:15

The key health stakeholders posed for a group photo at the Ministry of Health on Thursday, 28th May 2015. From left is Dr. Pearl McMillan, Director of Public Health; Charlene Bain, Community Health Services Administrator; Dr. Glen Beneby, Chief Medical Officer; Minister Gomez, Dr. Rik Van de Weerdt, Consultant Toxicologist; Marco Rolle, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health; Kelly Kavanagh Salmond, PAHO/WHO Consultant and Else van Schundel, PAHO Consultant.NASSAU, Bahamas -- Making good on the government’s promise to identify expert assistance to support its ongoing Rubis health investigations, Minister of Health the Hon. Dr. Perry Gomez welcomed Netherlands born Toxicologist Dr. Rik Van de Weerdt to the team during a briefing session at the Ministry of Health Thursday.

“I am pleased to note that a Toxicologist all the way from the Netherlands is here in The Bahamas to assist us in the issues surrounding the Rubis oil spill. The government is living up to its promises and we hope that we will be much better off as a ministry and a country as a result of these consultations” said the Health Minister. He also advised that an Epidemiologist with extensive experience in working with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) is scheduled to join the team of health consultants shortly.

Also welcoming Dr. Weerdt was Chief Medical Officer Dr. Glen Beneby.

“We are very pleased to welcome the Toxicologist at the invitation of PAHO (Pan American Health Organization) at our request to help us prepare the road map going forward on the Rubis oil spill” said Dr. Beneby. He said that he was happy that Dr. Weerdt had started his work and pointed out that the Ministry has compiled information from the incident that will be shared with Dr. Weerdt to be used as a reference point in his consultative work.

Potter’s Cay Dock trees pruned to allow for new parking lot development
Submitted by BIS   
Friday, 29 May 2015 07:01

An employee of Enviroscape Company Ltd. works on the trees at Potter’s Cay Dock. (BIS photo/Letisha Henderson)NASSAU, The Bahamas -- The pruning of trees at the southern foreshore of Potter’s Cay Dock has been completed in preparation for their removal: once the trees have been removed work can begin on creating a parking lot for patrons of the vendors on the dock.

Tree pruning is a programme of the first phase of re-development of the eastern end of Potter’s Cay Dock.

The Government has allocated $3,122,989.00 for the re-development project, which is going to take place in three phases.  It is a product of private and public sector involvement with many of the ideas for the re-development coming from the mailboat operators and various governmental agencies.

Assistant Port Controller/Port Department Craig Curtis said the new parking lot will play a big part in the re-development as it will alleviate congestion on the causeway where individuals have been allowed to park.

“What this does is sometimes cause a disruption in services for some of the stakeholders on the dock.  If you note at the entrance sometimes, there are persons who patronise the vendors on the dock.  They park on both sides of the entrance causeway, which narrows the turning basin for 40-foot containers.

BTC flies the flag on Haitian Flag Day
Submitted by Chauntez Wilson   
Thursday, 28 May 2015 09:05

Haitian Ambassador Antonio Rodrigue, BTC CEO Leon Williams, and BTC Chief Marketing Officer Janet Brown rally the crowd at the Haitian Flag Day Celebration. NASSAU, Bahamas -- Intermittent showers didn’t deter Haitians, Haitian-Bahamians, and culture enthusiasts from showing up in droves at the Botanical Gardens, Nassau, for the BTC Haitian Flag Day celebrations. Nearly 6,000 supporters clad in the red, blue, and white of the Haitian Flag, came to enjoy the party with entertainment, regional food choices and chances to win a variety of prizes.

The event was an ode to the blend of Haitian and Bahamian culture within the country’s ethnically Haitian communities. Classical Haitian dishes like the fried pork griot and the mackerel-stuffed dumplings called patae, could be found side-by-side with local favourites such as conch fritters and Bahamian baked macaroni. The DJ seamlessly moved from rake 'n' scrape to Kompas beats and the MC's rallied the crowd in both Kreyol and Bahamian dialect.

Janet Brown, BTC’s Chief Marketing Officer also addressed the crowd, giving a well-received rousing speech in Kreyol. As the title sponsor of the event, BTC gave prizes and discounts on phones and phone cards, BTC t-shirts, bottles, lunchboxes and other branded items. BTC also sponsored a health and wellness tent for free screenings and information.

BTC’s neighbourhood stores - independent locally-owned franchises - were also invited to participate. The franchise owner at the bi-lingual Cowpen Road store, Christian Dean, set up shop at the party and gave good discounts on the Alcatel Pop S3 and Samsung Galaxy J1 smartphones and usefully, with data packages too.

BTC’s CEO Leon Williams said that the company’s participation reflected its active mandate to bring community service, not just mobile service, to its valued customers.

Ports International supports Cancer Awareness Month with donation to the Sister Sister Breast Cancer Support Group
Submitted by Ports International   
Thursday, 28 May 2015 06:52

Ports International Team, Andrea Sweeting and Addison Francis 14 year Breast Cancer Survivor, Sister Sister.NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Bahamas' medical equipment and supplier Ports International is proud to support Cancer Awareness Month and the Sister Sister Breast Cancer Support Group. Ports International joins in the fight against cancer by donating funds to the organization and pink ribbon cane to fourteen year breast cancer survivor Addison Francis.

The Sister Sister Breast Cancer Support Group was launched as a non-profit charitable group for women diagnosed with Breast Cancer. In their quest to offer hope and support to hundreds of women infected with the disease in the Bahamas, members of the Surgical Suite Sister Sister Breast Cancer Support Group will hold their annual Prayer Breakfast.

The prayer breakfast is the main fundraiser for the support group which is comprised of over 150 members who are survivors of breast cancer, a disease that continues to affect many Bahamian women at alarming rates. The prayer breakfast is a time to give thanks for all of the many survivors that have survived through the years from breast cancer.

For more information or to make a donation, persons can call the Sister Sister Breast Cancer Support Group at 242-326-1929.

Pictured: Ports International Team, Andrea Sweeting and Addison Francis 14 year Breast Cancer Survivor, Sister Sister.

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