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Meet the Nominees of the 2017 Bahamas Press Club Media Awards

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#Bahamas, November 15, 2017 – Nassau – About 40 persons representing the journalism and mass communications profession have entered their work in The 2017 Bahamas Press Club Media Awards.

The Black Tie event is being held under the Patronage of Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, on Saturday, November 18, at 7pm at the British Colonial Hilton.

Keynote speaker is Dr the Hon Hubert A Minnis, Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.

The Awards event this year is in part, a Powered by Aliv sponsorship, and the Silver Sponsors are The Bahamas Power and Light Company Ltd (BPL) and the Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas (ZNS).

Three new awards have been added to the growing list of categories. They are: The University of The Bahamas Journalism Award (For UB Students), the PAHO-WHO Excellence in Health Promotion Award, sponsored by the Pan-American Health Organization-World Health Organization, and The Press Club Person of the Year Award (to be chosen by The Press Club).

Here are the Nominees in 14 Categories:

THE KENNETH NATHANIEL FRANCIS AWARD FOR NEWSPAPER DESIGN AND COMPOSITION

Nominees:

1 – Ayhisha Small – Paginator, The Nassau Guardian

2 – The Tribune Newspaper

 

THE BURSELL BRADSHAW PRESS PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Nominees:

1 – Kermit Taylor – Photographer

2 – Terrel Carey – Photographer, The Tribune

3 – Shawn Hanna – Photographer, The Tribune

4 – Torrell Glinton – Photographer, The Nassau Guardian

5 – Eric Rose – Photographer/Senior Information Officer, Bahamas Information Services

THE ERIC WILMOTT AWARD FOR INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM

Nominees:

1 – Natario McKenzie – Reporter, The Tribune

2 – Rashad Rolle – Reporter, The Tribune

3 – Taneka Thompson – News Editor, The Tribune

4 – Clint Watson – Editor, Producer, ZNS

5 – Sancheska Dorsett – Reporter, The Tribune

6 – Ricardo Wells – Reporter, The Tribune

7- Khrisna Russell – Deputy Chief Reporter, The Tribune

8 – Ava Turnquest – Chief Reporter, The Tribune

9 – Karissma Robinson – News Anchor/Journalist, ZNS

 

THE CYRIL STEVENSON AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING POLITICAL JOURNALISM

Nominees:

1 – Taneka Thompson – News Editor, The Tribune

2 – Ava Turnquest – Chief Reporter, The Tribune

 

THE LEON TURNQUEST AWARD FOR SPORTS PRINT JOURNALISM

Nominees:

1 – Renaldo Dorsett – Sports Reporter, The Tribune

2 – Randy Smith – Sports Reporter, The Nassau Guardian

 

WEBSITE OF THE YEAR

Nominees:

1 – Natario McKenzie – Reporter, The Tribune

2 – Ianthia Smith –Freelance Journalist

 

SOCIAL MEDIA AWARD – BLOGGERS, PODCASTERS, LIVE STREAMING, ETC.

Nominees:

1 – Natario McKenzie – Reporter, The Tribune

2 – 10th Year Seniors

3 – Frecinda S. Mullings – Writer, Producer, Social Media Comedian

4 – Ianthia Smith –Freelance Journalist

5 – Stephen Hanna – Journalist, Social Media

6 – Rossano Deal – Video Editor, The Nassau Guardian

7 – Timothy Bain – Instagram Reporter et al

 

THE AWARD FOR BEST TELEVISION NEWS STORY

Nominees:

1 – Kyle Walkine – Reporter, Our News/The Nassau Guardian

2 – Genea Noel-Ferguson – Reporter, ZNS

3 – Karissma Robinson – News Anchor/Journalist, ZNS

 

THE LESLIE HIGGS FEATURE WRITER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Nominees:

1 – Alesha Cadet – Reporter, The Tribune

2 – Jessica Robertson – Journalist/Marketing/Advertising/PR

3 – Jeffarah Gibson – Writer, The Tribune

4 – Jayme C. Pinder – Reporter, The Nassau Guardian

5 – Travis Cartwright-Carrol – Reporter, The Nassau Guardian

THE PAN-AMERICAN HEALTH ORGANIZATION-WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION EXCELLENCE IN HEALTH PROMOTION AWARD

Nominees:

1 – Ava Turnquest – Chief Reporter, The Tribune

2 – Shavaughn Moss – Lifestyles Editor, The Nassau Guardian

3 – Shenique Miller –  Journalist/Talk Show Host – Guardian Radio

4 – LeDaunne Davis – National Anchor/General Assignment Reporter, ZNS

 

THE AWARD FOR BEST TELEVISION DOCUMENTARY

Nominees:

1 – Andrew Burrows – Director of Special Projects, the Broadcasting Corporation of The

Bahamas  (ZNS)

 

2 – Prof. Winston Mitchell – Professor Media Journalism, University of The Bahamas

 

THE AWARD FOR BEST EDITING FOR TELEVISION NEWS STORY OR DOCUMENTARY

Nominees:

1 – Andrew Burrows – Director of Special Projects, the Broadcasting Corporation of The

Bahamas (ZNS)

 

2 – Rossano Deal – Social Media Editor, The Nassau Guardian

3 – Winston Mitchell – Professor Media Journalism, University of The Bahamas

 

THE P. ANTHONY WHITE AWARD FOR COLUMNIST OF THE YEAR

Nominees:

1 – Inigo ‘Naughty’ Zenicazelaya – Columnist, The Tribune

2 – Alicia Wallace – Columnist, The Tribune

 

UNIVERSITY OF THE BAHAMAS BEST FEATURE STORY AND BEST HARD NEWS STORY TV/RADIO (UB Students Only)

Nominees:

1 – Dawn Munroe – Student, Media Journalism, University of The Bahamas

2 – Leah Cooper – Student, Media Journalism, University of The Bahamas

3 – Andrea Darville – Student, Media Journalism, University of The Bahamas

 

For more information contact: Lindsay Thompson, Secretary, The Bahamas Press Club 2014 at: (242) 434-5643. For Ticket sales: (242) 824-2924. Facebook: The Bahamas Press Club 2014. Website: bahamaspressclub.org

Other corporate sponsors are being encouraged to come on board and to strengthen ties with the media.

Shasha Lightbourne – ALIV Media Champion said that the communications company is happy to partner with The Press Club in recognizing the work of the Bahamian media, as a Powered by Sponsor.

Equally as excited to come on as a Silver sponsor, Diana-Lynn Sands, Manager Corporate Communications BPL, Silver Sponsor, indicated its intention to enhance relations with the media

And Dr Esther de Gourville, PAHO-WHO Country Rep for The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands underscored the importance of that organization promoting healthy lifestyles throughout the Caribbean region. Hence, its sponsorship of the health promotion segment, within the Press Club Media awards this year.

Anthony Capron, president of The Bahamas Press Club 2014 shed light on particulars of the night, which is being billed – the go to event of the year.

“Today, we are here to promote the 2017 Bahamas Press Club Media Awards Banquet, to be held Saturday, November 18th, in the Windsor Room of the British Colonial Hilton. Governor General Dame Marguerite Pindling is again our patron and Prime Minister Dr the Hubert Minnis will be the keynote speaker,” Mr. Capron said.

The theme for the evening will be “Uncovering The Bahamas.”

“Often you may hear phrases being bandied about that the press is the watchdog of society. And, indeed, it is. But you may also hear that the media is not doing a good job, and sometimes that it is not doing its job, period.

You always hear what the press is not doing. The good goes unspoken, and unrecognized by the critics.

We in the media know that we are not all good. But, we also know, that we are not as bad as the naysayers try to paint us.

And so, it is up to us to recognize our worth and to give ourselves the necessary pat on the back.

However, we note that with the advent and the spread of social media, a burden has been placed on the traditional media, like never before. More than ever now, we need to be very careful of our sources and to remember our tenets. Check and recheck. Ensure that we have the facts and to jealously guard against being the purveyors of what today is heralded as “fake news”.

Mr. Capron noted that the awards were first held in 2015 when the pioneers in media were honoured, namely, Eileen Dupuch Carron, Kenneth Francis, Wendall Jones, Henry Saunders, Silbert Mills, Anthony Ferguson and the Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas (ZNS).  Mrs. Carron, the long serving editor and publisher of The Tribune, was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Bahamas Press Club’s Media Awards 2016 covered and a wide range of working journalists who were nominated, judged and given awards for the fruit of their labour over the previous year. The Lifetime Achievement Award went to veteran broadcaster Calsey Johnson, the recent Bahamas High Commissioner to Canada.

The standing awards are:

  • The Leon Turnquest Award for Sports Print Journalism
  • The Bursell Bradshaw Award for Press Photographer of the Year
  • The Kenneth N. Francis Award for Newspaper Design and Competition
  • The Cyril Stevenson Award for Political Journalism
  • The Best TV Documentary Award
  • The Best Television News Story Award
  • The Leslie Higgs Award for Feature Writer of the Year
  • Website of the Year Award, and
  • The Etienne Dupuch Lifetime Achievement Award

Also this year, the recipient of the Pioneer Award is Joan Albury, of The Counsellors Limited.

A distinguished panel of judges will adjudicate the submissions. They represent a balanced mixture of expertise in journalism and mass communications:

Hadassah Hall,

Judy Terrell,

Quincy Parker,

Duke Wells,

Ray Munnings, and

Dr Esther de Gourville, PAHO-WHO Country Rep for The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands.

Members of the media and their publishers, editors and managers throughout the country were emailed a package consisting of the Awards Criteria and Submission form, which is to be filled out indicating the award category they are entering and emailed to: thebahamaspressclub@gmail.com. Submission forms and information regarding the awards can also be found on the Press Club’s Website: www.bahamaspressclub.org and The Bahamas Press Club 2014 Facebook page.

“I would also add, excitedly, that The Bahamas’ very own Celebrity Artist and political cartoonist in The Tribune, Jamaal Rolle has been commissioned to produce The Press Club Person of the Year portrait, which will be unveiled at the Awards Banquet,” Mr. Capron said.

The awards night is promising to be exciting – the MC is Mr. David Wallace himself – local politician, playwright and comedian. There will be gifts, prizes and surprises. Tickets for the Awards Banquet are on sale.

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION

“Ladies and gentlemen, the Bahamas Press club is not meant to be just another group of civil society, or nonsensical advocacy gathering. The Bahamas Press Club is supposed to fathom the aspirations of all the people who would seek to make The Bahamas a model country, where there is honesty and transparency in government, and where it is easy for investors to do business,” Mr. Capron said.

“We All know that the FNM administration that came in 2007 passed a freedom of information bill but in the end failed at enactment. It never became law,” he added.

In the 2012-2017 term of a PLP administration, another FOI bill was passed, but still, there is no law. This present FNM administration, under the leadership of Prime Minister Minnis, is again promising to enact Freedom of Information.

“And, in that regard, the Bahamas Press club will continue in the pursuit of having the government implement the FOI, which will ensure that not only the media but the general population would have free access to information,” he said.

For more information and for ticket sales contact Lindsay Thompson at: thebahamaspressclub@gmail.com  Telephone: (242) 434-5643 or  (242) 557-0862

 

Caption:

The Bahamas Press Club 2014 held a press conference Thursday, October 26, 2017 at The Shoal Restaurant on Nassau Street to announce its media awards banquet. The Black Tie event will be held Saturday, November 18, 2017 at the British Colonial Hilton. Pictured from left are Dr Esther de Gourville, PAHO-WHO Country Rep for The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands; Anthony Capron, president, The Bahamas Press Club; Shasha Lightbourne, Media Champion, ALIV, Poweredby Sponsor and Diana-Lynn Sands, Manager Corporate Communications BPL, Silver Sponsor

(PHOTO/BPC)

 

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Guys, Have 2 Minutes? Here’s How to Check Yourself for Testicular Cancer

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Testicular cancer is a rare form of cancer for men in The Bahamas.  It is highly curable — if you know it’s there!

 

November 30, 2021 – Men…how often do you perform a self-exam to check yourselves for testicular cancer?

While it’s a relatively rare form of cancer, young men aren’t exempt – in fact, testicular cancer occurs most often in young and middle-aged men. The good news is, it can usually be treated successfully.

The most common symptom of testicular cancer is a lump on your testicle. But that’s not the only sign of this disease.

Men who have testicular cancer may experience several different kinds of symptoms, says oncologist Timothy Gilligan, MD, a Medical Oncologist at Cleveland Clinic who specializes in treating testicular cancer.

Testicular cancer most frequently strikes men younger than age 44, and is the most commonly diagnosed cancer for men ages 15 to 34. It is almost always curable if found early, Dr. Gilligan says, and it is usually curable even when at a later stage. So it’s important to know signs and symptoms.

Here, Dr. Gilligan says, are five possible signs of testicular cancer you might not know about:

5 Testicular Cancer Symptoms That Aren’t a Lump  – Know what to look for and catch it early

  1. A feeling of heaviness or pressure in your scrotum.
  2. Change in testicle size or firmness.Certain types of testicular tumors can reduce testosterone or increase estrogen in the body, which can result in a change in testicle size or firmness.
  3. Swollen legs.When a tumor spreads to the lymph node, it can constrict blood flow in the veins and result in a blood clot. The clots often occur in the legs, which causes them to swell. You might even experience blood clot symptoms such as pain and difficulty breathing.
  4. Lower back pain and shortness of breath.These are symptoms of advanced testicular cancer, meaning the cancer has spread to lymph nodes behind your stomach. Shortness of breath also may signal that the cancer has spread to your lungs, which may make it harder for air to move in and out.
  5. Breast growth or tenderness.In rare cases, hormone changes also can cause breast tenderness or growth of breast tissue. Some tumors can secrete high levels of a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG), which stimulates breast development.

If you experience any of these symptoms, make an appointment with your doctor right away, Dr. Gilligan says. If your physician diagnoses you with epididymitis or orchitis and the symptoms do not resolve quickly with antibiotics, request an ultrasound to evaluate for a testicular tumor.

“While up to 95 percent of men with testicular cancer are cured, it’s important to get care quickly if you’re experiencing symptoms because testicular cancers usually grow fast,” Dr. Gilligan says. “If there is disease, the earlier it is treated, the greater than chance for success.”

 

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Signs of Recovery in East Grand Bahama Habitats Scarred by Hurricane Dorian

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#TheBahamas, November 30, 2021 – In the pinelands and mangroves that make East Grand Bahama so distinctly unique, nature is replenishing itself from the massive destruction of Hurricane Dorian. The restoration slowly taking shape is evidence that the death and devastation that the massive storm left behind is giving way to new life, according to biodiversity experts and scientists who recently conducted field assessments.

The biodiversity consultants with the Implementing Land, Water and Ecosystems Management (IWEco) in The Bahamas project have concluded a new phase of field surveys in East Grand Bahama. The team assessed pinelands and wetlands, collecting detailed information on the habitats and the life forms they support for a biodiversity inventory that will be published as part of the project.

“We have yet to see a standing pine tree that remains alive. In different types of pine habitats, however, you’re seeing different rates of recovery, with seedlings beginning to be established and these seedlings are typically anywhere from eight to 12 inches tall, and some we’ve seen are two to three feet tall,” Mark Daniels, biodiversity consultant with BRON Ltd. said.

The biodiversity team spent more than a week conducting point counts, walking transects and vegetation plots to better understand the recovery process of pine and wetland areas in East Grand Bahama since Hurricane Dorian in 2019.

“The external fringes of those mangrove systems remain dead. However, in the more protected interior regions of these mangrove patches you are seeing mangroves returning and those creek systems where you have mangrove habitats that are inland and protected from the full force of the sea, are also recovering and looking very healthy,” Daniels said.

The biodiversity team also saw several species of wetland and forest birds as well as endemics like the Bahama Yellowthroat and Bahama Woodstar as well as pine saplings that are growing in areas where the trees were dead. Information on the wildlife in East Grand Bahama will also be included in the biodiversity inventory that will be made public.

“We are seeing a lot more birds in the area but most of them are winter migrants from North America coming to The Bahamas and their presence increases our avian fauna by over 50 per cent,” said Scott Johnson, biodiversity consultant with BRON Ltd. “What’s also interesting is that some of the highest diversity of birds we are seeing is in patches of coppice areas in East Grand Bahama. These birds are occupying sites that have a variety of plant species that are producing flowers and some fruits so they have food resources.”

Although the Bahama Yellowthroat and Bahama Woodstar have been observed in the area, other pineland species of birds have not been seen since Hurricane Dorian in 2019, he added.

“I fear that they may have been extirpated from the East Grand Bahama area. Until that pineland ecosystem comes back which may allow for new immigration of birds in that area, chances are that we may not see Bahama Warblers, Olive-Capped Warblers, or Cuban Emeralds in that area for a while,” Johnson said.

The IWEco The Bahamas project is part of a larger, regional undertaking for the Caribbean funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and implemented by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). For The Bahamas, the Department of Environmental Planning and Protection (DEPP), the Forestry Unit, the Ministry of Public Works and Bonefish & Tarpon Trust are the leading partners.

The work that is being done towards creating a biodiversity inventory is pivotal as it will not only benefit the natural environment but involve citizens more closely in sustaining it. East Grand Bahama has a diverse ecosystem in its plant and animal life as well as its habitats. Investigating and gathering a record of all these life forms is a key part of developing the systems and driving the adaptation to make the environment stronger.

“The Biodiversity Inventory conducted under the IWEco project and its respective findings show significant signs of ecosystem regeneration, and therefore signs of hope as it relates to Hurricane Dorian recovery,” said IWEco The Bahamas National Project Coordinator Melissa Ingraham. “The inventory, amongst other project aspects, such as the development of an ecotourism sector and capacity building opportunities will be incorporated into a watershed management plan to sustainably guide resource use and management at a community based level.”

The project aims to develop and implement of integrated systems that support ecosystem health and strengthen national monitoring and evaluation systems. Other goals include policy, legislative and institutional reforms to increase capacity for sustainable natural resource management and deepening the knowledge that is key for effective stakeholder involvement.

 

Header: Gathering information for the biodiversity inventory from the pineland forest near West Gap Creek.

1st Insert: These dead mangroves at Ridge Creek are among the lingering signs of Hurricane Dorian’s trek across East Grand Bahama.

2nd insert: Members of the IWEco The Bahamas biodiversity team visit the mangroves at Ridge Creek where there are signs of recovery.

 

Press Release: IWECO

 

 

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MOSSUD to adopt ‘You are Somebody’ Programme in early 2022

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#TheBahamas, November 30, 2021 – Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, the Hon. Obadiah Wilchcombe said his Ministry will adopt the “You are Somebody” Programme within the first quarter of the year 2022 as a means of ensuring that the community of persons with disabilities are included in all aspects of society.

Minister Wilchcombe was addressing the Church Service held (Sunday, November 28 at Living Waters Kingdom Ministries) to officially launch Disability Awareness Week in The Bahamas. The Week runs November 27 to December 4 under the theme: ‘Inclusion for All.’

Inclusion, Minister Wilchcombe said, has been more of a word, than an action.

“The Bible tells us that our gifts open doors,” Minister Wilchcombe told his inhouse and virtual audience. “The Bible didn’t say that you have to be able or living with a disability; the Bible says that all of us have gifts and that we should all utilize our gifts, and leadership must do what it can to lift those gifts and make them useful for communities, for societies, for our country.

“My purpose here today is to tell you that over the next several months, all of the things you thought were left, were gathering dust, will be lifted, will become part of the dialogue in this country and will become a part of the action taken by the Ministry responsible for Social Services and Urban Development (to ensure inclusion). I thank you. I appreciate you. You are somebody.”

Speaking formally for the very first time (outside of the House of Assembly) as Minister regarding one of the units that fall under his remit, Minister Wilchcombe told members of the community that the “You are Somebody” Programme (the name is adopted from the words of U.S Civil Rights icon, the Reverend Jesse Jackson) will help to address some of the many issues still facing the community of persons with disabilities in The Bahamas.

“I have a difficulty with the fact that so many of you, in general, feel marginalized; I have a difficulty because you are not to be considered separate and different in our communities; I have  a difficulty because inclusion has been more of a word than action, that there is still discrimination, that we have not done some of the things that we were supposed to do legislatively; that you still do not have transportation that you ought to have.

“We still have not created the Foundation that was intended to raise funding. The truth is we have not fulfilled the agenda, we have not done what we ought to have done, and so I have come to tell you that my Ministry will be adopting, in the first quarter of next year, a simple programme for the disabled and the programme will be titled –  and I borrow the words of Jesse Jackson – ‘You are Somebody’ and we will do all we must to ensure that you are included.”

Minister Wilchcombe said the Ministry will “lead by example.”

“I am going to ensure that at the Ministry itself, that we lead by example. Those who wish to discriminate and do not wish to provide jobs and employment, well I don’t see why you can’t be receptionists; I don’t see why you can’t be working throughout the Ministry; I don’t see why the Ministry cannot set the example and cause others to follow. And so, we shall lead. My purpose is to ensure that you have an appreciation that you are loved, and that you are appreciated,”

Minister Wilchcombe also shared the stories of his brother, Richard, whom he said is autistic, and his best friend, a female, who spent most of her life in a wheelchair.

“What I found most interesting about both is that they have never been excluded, always included, always individuals who were present with incredible capacity, talent – in fact my brother always teases me that he can do things I can’t,” Minister Wilchcombe added.

 

By Matt Maura

BIS

 

 Photo Captions: 

Header: Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, the Hon. Obadiah Wilchcombe addressing Sunday’s Church Service that officially launched Disability Awareness Week in The Bahamas. The Church Service was held at Living Waters Kindom Ministries. The Week runs November 27 – December 4.

1st insert: Bahamas Ambassador to CARICOM, Her Excellency Leslie Miller-Brice (third left), joined the community of persons with disabilities for Sunday’s Church Service launching Disability Awareness Week in The Bahamas.  Her Excellency is pictured with (from left): Mr. Kendrick Rolle, Disability Affairs Division; Miss Christina Fernander, Secretariat, National Commission for Persons with Disabilities; Mrs. Desire Clarke, Deputy Secretary, Secretariat, National Commission for Persons with Disabilities (to Her Excellency’s left); Mrs. Annette Lunn, Sign Language Interpreter/Community of Persons who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing; Mr. Kelvin Lunn and Miss Tamera Lunn.

2nd insert: Mrs. Annette Lunn provides Sign Language Interpretation for the community of persons who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing during Sunday’s Church Service. Sign Language Interpreters help to bridge the communication gap for the community. Sign Languages are an extremely important communications tool for members of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community.

(BIS Photo/Ulric Woodside)

 

 

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