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PM welcomes PNBC to The Bahamas with Dr. King admonition

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#Bahamas, January 30, 2018 – Nassau – There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politically expedient, nor popular, but must do it because conscience says it is the right thing to do,” Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis told members of the Progressive National Baptist Convention Inc., (PNBC) Thursday.

“Those of us in political and religious life have a shared mission: an abiding commitment to a genuine common good and to the least among us, especially the poor. Let us continue to be men and women of conscience in our defence of human dignity and the promotion of social justice.

“As you complete your Mid-Winter Meeting, thinking about and planning for your work in the year ahead, may you be guided by the inspiration of Dr. King (legendary Civil Rights Activist Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a former member of the PNBC), who famously advised: ‘‘On some positions, cowardice asks the question is it safe? Expediency asks the question, is it popular? But conscience asks the question, is it right?

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“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because conscience tells him it is right,” Prime Minister Minnis added.

IMG-20180125-WA0044Addressing the Opening Session of the Progressive National Baptist Convention Inc., Mid-Winter Board Meeting, the Prime Minister used the Convention’s core values (including the defence of human dignity and the promotion of social justice) as a theme of his address and to outline some of the similarities still shared between persons of the African Diaspora in North America, and The Bahamas in particular.

“I note and celebrate with you your core values of fellowship, progress, service and peace which have issued forth your struggle for economic empowerment and development, and the realization of universal human rights and total human liberation for all people,” Prime Minister Minnis said.

“You will discover in The Bahamas also, a people committed to social justice, equality and freedom.  You will discover a people fiercely committed to democratic values and a high level of participatory democracy.

“And as important, you will discover a people of faith, committed to defending the dignity of all people made in the image and likeness of a marvelous, wonderful God, whose natural creation we are also commanded to care for and preserve,” Prime Minister Minnis added.

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Founded in 1961, the PNBC is a “vital” Baptist denomination with an estimated membership of 2.5 million people. PNBC was formed to give “full voice, sterling leadership and active support to the American and world fight for human freedom” and was interwoven with the Civil Rights Movement in the United States of America.

The Convention was the denominational home and platform for the late Dr. King, who addressed every annual session until his death in 1968.  Reverend Dr. James C. Perkins is the current president of the Convention.

By: Matt Mauar (BIS)

Photo Captions: At the Progressive National Baptist Convention Mid-Winter Meeting at Melia Nassau Beach resort, January 25, 2018 – Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis is pictured in front row, centre; and also holding visiting toddler in the audience, during the proceedings.

(Photos/Yontalay Bowe, OPM Media Services)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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