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Grand Turk, 04 Oct 2014 – It was with shock and sadness that we learned that InterHealth Canada has issued a press release regarding the death of our relative Annamae Williams in which they released personal health details and cause of death without the permission of her next of kin. In fact the family were completely blindsided by this appalling act.

We strongly believe that the release of Annamea’s private medical information is a blatant and transparent attempt by Interhealth Canada to cover up for the nurses and doctors who failed to provide adequate treatment to Annamae during her short stay the at the Grand Turk Hospital.

Annamae presented at the Grand Turk facility three (3) times before being admitted, and she was only admitted after her son raised hell about the indifference medical personal showed his mother.

Annamae was tested for Dengue on Wednesday afternoon (her first visit) to her hospital, at no time was she or any family member told that the medical staff suspected she had contracted Dengue even thou that’s what the test for.

It was only after she was finally admitted on Friday afternoon that she and the family learned that she had tested positive for Dengue. After being admitted Annamae was mostly ignored by the nursing staff, there were numerous times when she pressed the call button only to have no one respond.

There were times when Annamae had violent bouts of vomiting and when called the burse came and shoved a “vomit dish” in a neighbour’s hand and left the room, she never came back to check on the patient. Had it not been for family and friends Annamae would have been left to die in her own vomit.

When we left the hospital on Sunday night Annamae was in good condition, sitting up, talking and joking, so we were surprised to receive a call at around 7 am on Monday morning asking us the come to the hospital because the doctor wanted to talk to us.

Upon arrival we were informed that Annamae had taken a turn for the worse but nothing could have prepared us for what greeted us when we entered the room, she was laying in the bed with a blank stare while medical staff frantically worked on her, she was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.

On Tuesday night Interhealth requested a meeting with family members; on Wednesday we met at the Grand Turk facility where the Internist read from a report and tried to explain the sequence of events that led to Annamae’s death. During this time we were informed that Annamae took a turn for the worse at 2 am. The family had several questions like why weren’t we called sooner?

During the back and forth the Internist led us to believe that he personally attended to and tried to revive Annamae, in fact one family member thanked him several times and commented that “he (the Internist) seemed to be the only one who tried to save her life”.

He sat there and never denied this. It was only later that day we learned that despite being called several times during the night the Internist never showed up to hospital to evaluate Annamae until 7:30 Monday morning when she was already brain dead. However, Interhealth Canada never revealed that fact to the family.

The release of Annamae’s private medical records to the public is a desperate and despicable act. The family is considering all options available to deal with such an an egregious violation of privacy.

The Family of Annamae Williams

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Bahamas News

Mobile App brings unprecedented access & opportunity to Persons with Disabilities in The Bahamas



#TheBahamas, December 8, 2022 – Opportunities and services previously out of reach for many Persons with Disabilities (PWD’s) in The Bahamas are now easier to access with groundbreaking upgrades to the ‘AccessAbility’ mobile app innovated by the National Commission of Persons with Disabilities (NCPD), through a Bahamian APP developer.

As of January 2023, PWD’s registered on the App will be able to book accessible transportation, allowing unprecedented freedom of movement.

For now, services available on the App include free interpreter services for the deaf and hard of hearing; disaster alerts from NEMA; free registration with NCPD which includes mapped location of registered PWD’s in times of disaster; complaints mechanism; bus routes showing street by street movement ; request for adaptive equipment and other services; business directory for organizations compliant with the Disabilities Act; Career/job listings; as well as trending local and international news and resources.

Financing for the App and the related public education programme was contributed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) through its Multi Country Office located in Jamaica which serves The Bahamas among five English-speaking countries in the northern Caribbean. The App is available for free download from Google Play and the App Store and is also preloaded on all new devices purchased from local telecommunications provider Aliv in partnership with NCPD.

At the launch event on Sunday (4 December), Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon.  Philip Davis said that The Bahamas aimed to achieve inclusion and accessibility on a level playing field for persons with disabilities and that the App was one of the means through which this could be achieved. He lauded the services provided through the app and highlighted the accessible transportation, one touch access to emergency services and sign language interpretation.

The Prime Minister announced that the Department of Labour will enable job listings in the AccessAbility app, and further reminded employers of provisions in the Disability Act for the employment of one person with a disability for every 100 employees. “I am asking corporate Bahamas to join the Government in recognizing the potential in persons with disabilities and providing employment opportunities that may never have been considered before,” he said.

Other major disclosures made by the Prime Minister included The Bahamas’ ratification of ILO Convention 159 establishing the right of PWD to vocational rehabilitation and employment opportunities, and the successful implementation of the Nassau Airports Development’s Sunflower Laynard programme offering empathetic and specialized service to travelling PWD’s

Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, the Hon. Obediah Wilchcombe, said exclusion of PWD’s over the years has been troubling, but the mobile app will help bring the community closer to realizing inclusion and becoming part of the normalcy of the country. “We are elated and moved. PWD’s are celebrating because we have come a long way and UNDP is helping to make a difference” Minister Wilchcombe stated.

UNDP Resident Representative Denise E Antonio said recognizing that Disability Inclusion is a development issue requires continued attention and investment, UNDP supported the Government’s mission to expand digital inclusion to marginalized groups through the Digital Access for All (DAFA) Bahamas Project, specifically focusing on the AccessAbility Mobile App and public education.

She reiterated UNDP’s commitment to improving ICT infrastructure and digital access with and for PWD’s in The Bahamas; advancing gender equality and the empowerment of PWD’s in The Bahamas and forging partnerships to identify challenges and potential solutions to reduce inequalities against Persons with Disabilities.  “It is crucial for governments, public and private sectors, to collaboratively find innovative solutions with and for persons with disabilities, to make the world a more accessible and equitable place,” the Resident Representative noted.

She encouraged Persons with Disabilities to register with the NCPD through the App to ensure they benefit from a wide array of services.

The launch of the AccessAbility mobile app will be immediately followed by a multimedia public education campaign to encourage awareness, downloads, and usage among PWDs.

Technology and digitalization are considered enablers in UNDP’s global service offer of six signature solutions focusing on leaving no one behind. To this end, UNDP partners with countries to develop appropriate digital solutions which help advance poverty eradication, inclusion, equality and crisis resilience.  UNDP Multi Country Office in Jamaica serves Jamaica, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands.


Release: UNDP

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Bahamas News

Tropical Storm Owen in December?



By Shanieka Smith

Staff Writer


December 8, 2022 – A low-pressure system observed in the Central Atlantic Ocean has led the National Hurricane Center to believe there is a 50 per cent chance a subtropical or tropical storm will develop. They reported on Tuesday,  the system was 800 miles northeast of the Leeward Islands.

NHC said that by Thursday or Friday, the system should move northeastward, where it will interact with a mid-latitude trough, thereby limiting the chances of development.

The potential subtropical or tropical storm would become the 15th named storm of 2022 and will be called Owen.

Here is the very latest forecast:

Central Subtropical Atlantic

Showers and thunderstorms have increased since last evening near a

large non-tropical area of low pressure located over the central

subtropical Atlantic about 850 miles east-southeast of Bermuda.

However, the system remains embedded within a frontal zone, which is

expected to become more pronounced later today as the low begins to

move east-northeastward at 20 to 25 mph toward colder waters and

interact with a mid-latitude trough.  Therefore, while the system

could show some subtropical characteristics today, its chances to

fully transition to a subtropical or tropical cyclone appear to be

decreasing.  Nevertheless, significant non-tropical development of

this low is expected during the next couple of days, and additional

information, including hurricane-force wind warnings, can be found

in High Seas Forecasts issued by the National Weather Service.  The

next Special Tropical Weather Outlook on this system will be issued

by 9 AM EST Thursday.


* Formation chance through 48 hours…low…30 percent.

* Formation chance through 5 days…low…30 percent.



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Caribbean News

Jamaica’s PM Andrew Holness goes to Washington to discuss matters to help with crime



By Shanieka Smith

Staff Writer


#Jamaica, December 8, 2022 – The Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness, travelled to Washington on Tuesday to discuss security matters with various US State Agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department. 

Holness said the aim of the meetings is to cut ties between local and overseas criminals and in turn strengthen the country’s crime-fighting efforts.

“I’m serious. If you are overseas and you are sponsoring, directing, and soliciting; if you are financing crime in Jamaica we’re going to get you,” he said.

In a press briefing in early November, the prime minister announced that a State of Emergency (SOE) was issued in seven parishes across the island. Meanwhile, Opposition Leader, Mark Golding has requested that the SOE be extended through to January 14, 2023.

However, a recommendation was made by the non-governmental human rights and justice organization Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) to reject Golding’s extension request.

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