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Statement On Baha Mar By The Bahamas Attorney General And Minister Of Legal Affairs

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

28th October 2015

(via the Bahamas Information Services)

The Government is deeply disappointed that Baha Mar’s insolvency and the continuing delays in resolving it have led the Joint Provisional Liquidators to apply for and obtain sanction to implement a redundancy programme affecting approximately 2,000 Baha Mar employees.

Since June 29, when Baha Mar abruptly filed for bankruptcy protection in the United States, the Government has consistently sought to minimize the consequences of Baha Mar’s insolvency for its work force, both by promoting prompt resumption of construction and opening of the Resort and by covering many of Baha Mar’s payroll obligations from amounts otherwise owed to Baha Mar. The Government is continuing to press for interim and long-term funding that will permit remobilization of construction activity and will provide a timeline for restoring Baha Mar’s work force.

The Government categorically rejects any suggestion that the redundancy programme adopted by the Joint Provisional Liquidators could have been avoided if Baha Mar had continued to pursue bankruptcy reorganization in the United States. As “debtors-in-possession” under the US Bankruptcy Code the Baha Mar companies faced the same cash shortage that now confronts the Joint Provisional Liquidators. On July 10 Baha Mar told the Bankruptcy Court that in the absence of an agreement “in the near term” with the Export-Import Bank, Baha Mar would “be compelled to immediately downsize their operations to a minimum over approximately 45 to 60 days, which includes . . . reducing their work force to a skeletal staff . . . .” According to a July 10 affidavit submitted by Baha Mar’s President, the “skeletal staff” would have comprised only 52 employees, plus an additional 47 employees “to assist with the wind-down of their respective operations . . . notwithstanding their impending termination.”

Thus, Baha Mar’s management was planning to implement draconian work force reductions long before the Joint Provisional Liquidators were compelled to pursue their redundancy programme. Unlike Baha Mar management, however, the Joint Provisional Liquidators have realistic prospects for obtaining necessary funding.

On August 26 Baha Mar filed with the Bankruptcy Court a proposed Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization plan; but that plan was entirely hypothetical, and it offered no hope of avoiding workforce reductions. The plan hinged entirely on the availability of at least $400 million to $600 million of “Exit Financing,” for which Baha Mar management did not purport to have any commitment from anyone.

The Government urges the principal stakeholders, i.e., the Export-Import Bank, China State Construction Engineering Corp., the Joint Provisional Liquidators and Baha Mar’s developer to continue without delay negotiations or take what further measures may be necessary to achieving the paramount objectives that they share with the Government: resuming construction and completing and opening the Resort for business as soon as possible, for the benefit of all parties, especially the Baha Mar workforce, and numerous Bahamian subcontractors and suppliers.

With respect to the foregoing the Government has at all times acted in accordance with the best advice of its Bahamian, United States and United Kingdom legal and other professional advisers and always in the best interests of the Bahamian people and the eventual success of the Development.

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Suspected COVID-19 vaccine death in SVG

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By Shanieka Smith

Staff Writer

 

At the start of the Vaccine Mandate lawsuit in St Vincent and the Grenadines, Chief Medical Officer Dr Simone Keizer-Beache told the court that one person may have died after being injected with the COVID-19 vaccine.

As of November 26, 2021, 53,852 doses of the vaccine were administered in SVG; 25 resulted in adverse effects. While the cases were moderate, Dr. Keizer- Beache said one individual experienced severe weakness and soon died after receiving the vaccination.

The doctor said that after several diagnoses, the patient received an MRI in the US and it showed that they possibly had acute hyperactive encephalopathy, which is common with COVID-19 or post-COVID-19 vaccine inflammation.

“The final cause of death on the post-mortem was venous thrombosis and pulmonary thromboembolism. However, to date, no definitive diagnosis has been made of the cause of the progressive weakness that preceded death because of the lack of conclusive evidence and conflicting diagnoses,” Keizer-Beache later added.

The lead counsel for the claimants in the trial, Cara Shillingford–Marsh said it is important for the state to recognise and admit that someone died from the COVID-19 vaccine. Senior Counsel Anthony Astaphan, the lead lawyer for the respondent, however, said taking the vaccine was a personal choice and individuals should face the consequences of this decision.

Shillingford-Marsh added that the individuals were not being monitored after receiving the vaccine. No mention was made by the doctor about any measures taken to monitor the side effects of the number of people that died.

She argued that making the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory would be inhumane and according to Section 5 of the constitution, no individual should be subject to inhumane treatment or punishment. Shilling-Marsh recalled the number of citizens that lost their jobs due to the vaccine mandate in December 2021. She said it is inhumane to force people to take new drugs into their bodies which could have adverse side effects.

“There’s no force; there was no threat of force. There was no suggestion that the Special Services Unit or the regional services unit were going to come and collect everybody, put them in a stadium and inject them one by one. That would be the level of atrocity that would be required to meet the test under Section 5,” Astaphan rebutted.

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Caribbean among regions lacking in HIV prevention, treatment says UNICEF

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By Shanieka Smith

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December 1, 2022 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) noted that over the past three years, no advancements have been made in HIV prevention and treatment, particularly in the Caribbean, which is among several other regions that still have not attained pre-pandemic statistics.

UNICEF Associate Chief of HIV/AIDS, Anurita Bains said many young people’s lives are at risk due to this stagnation. The number of young people living with HIV globally is now at 2.7 million.

“Children are falling through the cracks because we are collectively failing to find and test them and get them on life-saving treatment.  Every day that goes by without progress, over 300 children and adolescents lose their fight against AIDS,” the associate chief said.

UNICEF noted a decline in the number of children living with HIV over the last decade.  The number of new infections decreased by 52 per cent for children under 14 years old, and by 40 per cent for those ages 15 to 19.  The treatment gap between children and adults still widens and failure to address this will make ending AIDS in children and adolescents impossible.

According to UNICEF, only 52 per cent of children living with HIV globally are able to access treatment.  Pregnant and breastfeeding women in many high-priority countries experienced a decline in treatment coverage in 2020, which led to over 75,000 new child infections.

Bains gave assurance that strategic partnership, the availability of resources, and a renewed political commitment to those who are most vulnerable will help to end AIDS in children, pregnant women and adolescents.

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TCI Natl Security Bosses headed to The Bahamas

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By Dana Malcolm

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The  co-chairs of the Turks and Caicos’ National Security Council will be heading to The Bahamas in the coming days to meet with both their Bahamian counterparts and representatives from the United States in order to deepen their security collaboration.

Governor Nigel Dakin made the announcement on Tuesday on Instagram.

The delegation seems to be a fairly strong one with the top bosses to be accompanied by Senior Police, Regiment and National Security Secretariat officials.

The visit comes as a five nation coalition which also includes the UK and Jamaica, works to keep crime under control in the Turks and Caicos.

In addition to that Dakin revealed updated specs for the country’s patrol boats. The Marine branch of the Royal TCI Police is now outfitted with thermal imaging and radar capacity.

The governor touted the new capabilities as a major refit that swings the advantage in the direction of the TCI.

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