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Bahamian Attorney General to earn Barry Univ. Distinguished Alumni Award

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MIAMI, Fla. – On Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, Barry University will honor Bahamian Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs Sen., the Hon. Z.C. Allyson Maynard Gibson with its Distinguished Alumni Award at a ceremony at the Jungle Island Treetop Ballroom. Maynard Gibson is among seven Barry alumni to receive the honor, the highest granted by Barry to its graduates.

Held annually since 2007, Barry University’s Distinguished Alumni Awards recognize Barry alumni for their distinguished professional achievements and contributions to society through service. Maynard Gibson earned her Bachelor of Science in Business from Barry in 1975. At the age of 18, she was the youngest graduate in Barry’s history at the time.

Maynard Gibson is a longtime member of The Parliament of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas. She is currently serving her second term as the Attorney General of The Bahamas. Her work as an activist for the rights of women and children includes advocacy to protect the identities of rape victims, for domestic violence laws, and for sexual harassment laws. She is a former president of the International Women’s Forum and its Leadership Foundation; a former President of the Links, Inc.; and an Honorary Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. In 2011 she was honored by the All China Women’s Federation for “Outstanding Contributions to Women’s Leadership.” In January 2015 she became one of Her Majesty’s Counsel, being the first such woman at the Bahamas Bar. Maynard Gibson has been actively involved in national and provincial reforms to strengthen the Anglican Church, and has also served as a Sunday school teacher.

The Attorney General will be joined by: Adriane Jackson, MSW ’12, Executive Director of Partners In Education; Joy Taylor, BA ’09, co-host of the Zaslow & Joy Morning Show and sister of former NFL All-Pro DE Jason Taylor; Mira Fuentes, BS ’01, a lifelong children’s advocate known as “The Mother Teresa of Miami;” Saima W. Hossain, BA ’97, MS ’02, SSP ’04; international advocate for children with autism, recent winner of the World Health Organization Excellence Award for Public Health, and daughter of Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina; Nelson Lazo, BS ’94, Chief Executive Officer of Doctor’s Hospital in Coral Gables; and Maria Mas Blet, BS ’01, Managing Principal and CEO of GSK Wealth Advisors, Inc.

The Distinguished Alumni luncheon will take place form 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. beginning with a networking reception hour followed by an exquisite luncheon and the awards ceremony. The event takes place at the Jungle Island Treetop Ballroom. Barry University’s Distinguished Alumni luncheon is the kick-off event to its Reunion Weekend.

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Missing in House Meetings, BVI law requires By-Election soon

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By Dana Malcolm

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#BVI, August 4, 2022 – The British Virgin Islands will soon have a by-election to contest embattled former premier Andrew Fahie seat in the House of Assembly(HOA). Fahie will likely lose his seat in the coming weeks as the speaker of the house confirmed she will not be granting the ex-premier anymore leave to miss sittings of the House according to local media. 

Fahie is forbidden from leaving Miami while he awaits his court appearance on drug charges after being arrested along with fellow countrywoman, Olenvine Maynard in a DEA operation.

No member of the HOA is allowed to miss three consecutive meetings without leave from the speaker of the house in the BVI.  Once the time expires a by election will be triggered

Fahie has plead “not guilty” to the drug charges against him and remains in Miami at the home of his two daughters who along with his wife have had to surrender their passports.

The BVI narrowly avoided a partial constitutional suspension earlier this year after a UK led Commission of Inquiry found widespread instances of corruption in the government.

Dr Natalio D. Wheatley continues as Acting Premier of the British Virgin Islands.

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A pristine bay in Exuma contaminated in Diesel Spill, Bahamas Gov’t opens investigation

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By Dana Malcolm

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#TheBahamas, July 25, 2022 – Bahamian companies are making significant progress in their effort to clean up a 35,000 gallon fuel spill in some of the most pristine waters in the world: Exuma.

By Thursday afternoon 11,000 gallons had already been removed and the rest is expected to be siphoned out by Friday. The spill was noticed about 4am Wednesday morning during a fuel transfer which was on its way to Bahamas Power and Light (BPL).

Chester Cooper, in acting Prime Minister capacity at the time of the messy spill in his constituency.  Cooper flew into Exuma with a team of ministers and media to assess the damage.  Bahamian-owned, Sun Oil was the source of the diesel leak.

“It was on its way to BPL but ended up here in the cove. We are happy that it appears to be contained,” said Cooper, obviously concerned but expressing relief for the manageable scope of the spill.

In a statement shared with Bahamian media houses Sun Oil said ‘at 4am Wednesday morning crew members onboard the MT Arabian, a vessel contracted on behalf of Sun Oil Limited to deliver diesel fuel, discovered a leak during the discharging process. The crew deployed absorbent pads and containment buoys near the shoreline at sunrise.’

Cleanup is being led by the crew of the vessel with mechanical assistance from BPL whose trucks are holding the fuel.

Utilities Minister Alfred Sears gave this report last week on the cleanup efforts.

“Additional booms are on the way and additional pumps have been secured by BPL to accelerate the process of removal and it will be taken to a waiting ship.”

The fuel is contained to one area, thanks to the booms, said to be the bay of the Exuma Sailing Club.

In photos, while it does appear to be contained, the turquoise of the fuel free water is a jarring contrast with the now brown-black of the contaminated water and residents say the odor is equally putrid and far reaching.

Bahamian Reporter Marlena Leonard said she could smell the odor in the bus on her way to the site and residents told her they could smell it all the way in town.

Aerial images shared by the Bahamian Ministry of Works on Twitter are heartbreaking, showing the extent of the spill stretching from the bay to the open ocean.

Bahamians have taken to Twitter expressing distress, one said

“In the interest of my mental health, I am required to pretend that I did not see news about that oil spill in Exuma.”

Another said, “An oil spill anywhere in this country should spark outrage but something about seeing it happened in Exuma just feels different—“

The was a concerted effort by high ranking officials to see the scene and debrief the media. Officials from Sun Oil, BPL, the Ministry of Environment, Utilities Minister Alfred Sears, various other government officials and Acting Prime Minister Chester Cooper attended the scene yesterday morning. Prime Minister Philip Davis was in Miami at the time attending a CANTO telecommunications conference.

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Turks & Caicos and World trending up in COVID cases while Africa experiences big drop

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By Dana Malcolm

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#TurksandCaicos, July 15, 2022 – Covid-19 cases are trending up globally and in the Turks and Caicos. There were twenty one new cases between July 3rd to 9th and 61 positive cases on the island overall according to the most recent COVID-19 report. This is the highest reported total weekly case count  since the beginning of May.

They were eighteen new cases in Providenciales and three in Grand Turk. There was also one new hospitalization, thankfully there were no new deaths.

Global deaths on the other hand have a risen over 1,500 compared to two weeks ago

Brazil and the United States consistently record some of the highest case numbers in the Americas. The US had 722,000 new cases and Brazil had 396,000 new cases. Both countries along with Chile continue to record the highest death toll in the Americas.

The African region saw a major drop in cases a 33 percent decrease compared to the previous week, deaths were 17 percent lower.

Unfortunately the Eastern Mediterranean region including countries like Tunisia, Iran and Morocco saw a 78 percent increase in people who died due to Covid-19.

The BA.5 variant has not overtaken Omicron as the most dominant strain of the COVID-19 virus but infection linked to BA.5 are rising.

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