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FNM wins 90% of seats in Bahamas General Election

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Bahamas, May 11, 2017 – Nassau –  It is an historic defeat and it gave the Free National Movement the largest victory at the polls ever recorded for The Bahamas, unofficially taking 34 of the 39 seats; one still hanging in the balance … it also saw the FNM win with the youngest candidate, Travis Robinson at the age of 22 sounding beating veteran, Dr Bernard Nottage in Bain and Grants Town and it also saw, the two major islands almost completely swept by the FNM – Grand Bahama giving Hubert Minnis and his slate 100% of the seats; Nassau so far only giving the PLP, one constituency. 

The Fox Hill seat held by Fred Mitchell of the PLP was into recount mode late into the night.  All of this was done by a man labeled too weak to lead the country but today, Hubert Alexander Minnis will be sworn in as the fourth Prime Minister of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas.  Minnis in what is described as a humble victory speech, explained that by 9pm, former Prime Minister Perry Christie called to concede defeat and congratulated him on the resounding win. 

Minnis stuck with the party theme and repeatedly reminded the thousands of people gathered at the QE Sports center site last night, that it is the People’s Time.   Giants in the PLP were brought down in the 2017 run-off, including Perry Christie who lost Centreville after a 40year run as the Member of Parliament to Reece Chipman of the FNM by 125 votes, unofficially.   Obie Wilchcombe who has held West End Bimini since 2002, no longer has it; Pakesia Parker-Edgecombe is the new MP for that constituency which spans two islands. 

The self proclaimed, Potcake, Leslie Miller of the PLP has long been a favorite for Tall Pines, but today attorney Donald Saunders for the Free National Movement is the representative for the constituency which has been plagued recently by a still burning city dump fire.  In the end, the PLP managed to hold four seats – one in Nassau by Glennys Hanna-Martin in Englerston; Cat Island, Rum Cay & San Salvador by Philip Davis; Picewell Forbes still has Mangrove Cay & South Andros and Chester Cooper keeps Exuma & Ragged Island for the Progressive Liberal Party. 

The Democratic National Alliance or green party attracted even less votes this time around, and it was clear that party leader, Branville McCartney, seen in media interviews after the count, was shaken by their loss.  The DNA was unable to secure any seats despite running 35 candidates. 

Later, at 5pm, Dr. Hubert Minnis will be sworn in by Governor General, Lady Marguerite Pindling as Prime Minister and the FNM will resume governance of The Bahamas.  Ironically, it is the second time a man by the name of Hubert Alexander will run the affairs of the country as Prime Minister. 

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WHO says COVID deaths THREE TIMES higher

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By Dana Malcolm

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May 14, 2022 – Weeks ago the world marked an awful milestone 6 million COVID-19 deaths now the WHO says the real number may be almost three times higher.

In a recent press release the organization said new estimates from its data show that the full death toll or excess mortality associated directly or indirectly with the COVID-19 pandemic between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2021 was approximately 14.9 million but might be as high as 16.6 million.

The organization explained that,  “Excess mortality is calculated as the difference between the number of deaths that have occurred and the number that would be expected in the absence of the pandemic based on data from earlier years.”

Basically the excess mortality rate tells us how many people will be alive were it not for COVID. It is important to know what that figures including spikes associated with omicron are not included in this data set so the number could very well be higher.

“These sobering data not only point to the impact of the pandemic but also to the need for all countries to invest in more resilient health systems that can sustain essential health services during crises, including stronger health information systems,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director of the organization.

South-east Asia and the Americas were the worst hit by the pandemic in terms of death toll.

WHO data shows 20 countries, containing approximately 50% of the global population, account for over 80% of the estimated global excess mortality for the January 2020 to December 2021 period.

These countries are: Brazil, Colombia, Egypt, Germany, India, Indonesia, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Italy, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, the Philippines, Poland, the Russian Federation, South Africa, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Turkey, Ukraine, and the United States of America (USA).

 

WHO COVID DEATHS Photo caption:  File photo in Jakarta;  at a time when there were fears about running out of space to bury its dead.

(Supplied: Arbain Rambey)

 

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Two Babies die from toxic Similac, TCI Ministry of Health asks stores to pull bad batches off Shelves

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By Dana Malcolm

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#TurksandCaicos, May 14, 2022 – Two infants have died as a result of bad baby food, and the Turks and Caicos Islands Ministry of Health renewed calls to stay away from Similac and several other baby formulas.

The warning for parents over fears of contaminated baby food came in a press release on Monday and advised all local suppliers, healthcare facilities and parents to read the labels and check for a list of brands and batches.

“Discontinue the sale and/or use of certain batches of powdered infant formulas manufactured by Abbott, namely: Similac, Alimentum and EleCare.”

The products were recalled by the US Food and Drug Administration after consumers complained of illness in infants from Cronobacter sakazakii and Salmonella Newport.

The TCI Health Ministry advises that the bacteria can cause rare bloodstream and central nervous system infections and has been associated with severe intestinal infection and blood poisoning, especially in newborns.

In the worse cases, two babies in the US have died.

The ministry statement said: “Consumers are advised not to use the recalled products if the first two digits of the code are 22 through 37 and the code on the container contains K8, SH or Z2 and has an expiration date of April 2022 or later.”

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Pineapple Fest Makes Return this June         

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#TheBahamas, May 13, 2022 –  The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Investments & Aviation (BMOTIA) is excited to announce  the return of the  Annual Pineapple Festival following a twoyear hiatus due to Covid-19.  Deemed by organisers as the “sweetest” festival in The Bahamas, the 33rd Pineapple Festival will take place 3 – 4 June  in charming Gregory Town, Eleuthera.

The annual Pineapple Festival, created in 1987 to honour pineapple farmers of Gregory Town and their contribution to the farming industry, would have marked 35 years if not for the pandemic. Agriculture heritage, in the settlement often referred to as “Pineapple City”, is the focal point of the weekend festival where locals invite visitors to indulge with them in  the naturally sweet like sugar, tropical taste of pineapples.

Festivalgoers will experience lots of food, lots of fun,  interactive games and musical entertainment  for people of all ages to enjoy. For the kids, there will be “Kids World” filled with fun games and sports to enjoy all day long.  Fierce culinary competitions, pineapple eating contest, plaiting of the pineapple pole are just a few of the activities persons can take part in at at this sweet island festival.

The two-day concert segment of the festival begins on Friday, 3 June,  and will be headlined by

Eleuthera’s very own in-house band, Team Blue Waters, with exciting performances by Ebony, Puzzle, Stileet and many more popular local performing artists. On Saturday, 4 June, the final day of the concert, musical entertainment will continue with a second performance by Team Blue Waters,  and new performances by Sweet Emily, Funky D and Cupid.

This years 33rd Pineapple Festival is sponsored by Disney Cruise Line, Aliv, Team Bluewaters,

Daddy Joe’s, The Cove Eleuthera, Kalik and The Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources.

For more information, contact the Eleuthera Tourism Office at 242-332-2142 or visit

tourismtoday.com or bahamas.com

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