Bahamas Information Services by Matt Laura
February 23, 2018 – PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – The Bahamas’ advance delegation to the 29th Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) arrived in the Republic of Haiti late Thursday afternoon.
The conclave will be held Monday, February 26 and Tuesday, February 27 (2018). The Bahamas’ delegation will participate in a number of High Level and other meetings leading up to the Inter-Sessional assembly.
Led by Minister of Transport and Local Government, the Hon. Frankie Campbell, the advance delegation was met at Toussaint L’Ouverture International Airport, Port-au-Prince, by Bahamas Ambassador to the Republic of Haiti, His Excellency Jeffrey Williams and Embassy Staff.
The Bahamas’ full delegation is expected to arrive in Port-au-Prince on Saturday. Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis is the Head of Delegation. Prime Minister Minnis will be accompanied by Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources, the Hon. Renward Wells; Minister of Tourism, the Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar; Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Darren Henfield; His Excellency Joshua Sears, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Prime Minister, and Mr. Gregory Rahming, Acting Director, Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources.
Key items to be addressed on the agenda of the Inter-Sessional assembly include Disaster Management and Recovery, Tourism, Regional Security, and Blacklisting and De-Risking. CARICOM Heads will also discuss the Enlargement Policy for the Community with a view to addressing applications received for Associate Membership in CARICOM.
The Caribbean Community currently comprises 15 Member States and 5 Associate Member States. Member States include Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago.
Associate Member States include: Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands and the Turks and Caicos.
CARICOM Heads of Government convene two meetings annually. The major meeting is the Regular Meeting of The Conference, which is a formal meeting that is held annually during the first week of July and which coincides with the anniversary of the signing of the original Treaty of Chaguaramas, on what is now known as CARICOM Day.
Inter-Sessional Meetings of The Conference are held annually in either February or March and are less formal and less ceremonial than Regular Meetings. The bi-annual meetings provide CARICOM Heads with the opportunity to cover a wider range of topical issues within a given period.
Minister of Transport & Local Government the Hon. Frankie Campbell, centre, led the Bahamas advance delegation to CARICOM, pictured upon arrival in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, February 22, 2018. The Minister is also pictured (right) being greeted by Bahamas Ambassador to the Republic of Haiti, His Excellency Jeffrey Williams. (Photos/Yontalay Bowe, OPM Media Services)
WHO says COVID deaths THREE TIMES higher
By Dana Malcolm
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)
Two Babies die from toxic Similac, TCI Ministry of Health asks stores to pull bad batches off Shelves
By Dana Malcolm
#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.”
Pineapple Fest Makes Return this June
#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
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