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Bahamas Press Club 2014 to Hold Annual Media Awards on November 10th 2018

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#Nassau, October 15, 2018 – Bahamas – During a press conference on October 13th at the British Colonial Hilton, the Bahamas Press Club 2014 announced it would honour persons who have made contributions to the journalism and media profession in the country, during its annual media awards ceremony.

Now in its fourth year, under the theme of: “Celebrating 75 years of Bahamian Media: 1973-2018”, the ceremony is scheduled to take place on Saturday, November 10th at the British Colonial Hilton. Doors will open to a stunning black tie event, as the finest in Bahamian media grace the Governor’s Ballroom to receive accolades for their hard work.

President of The Bahamas Press Club 2014, Anthony Capron, said this year the club has designed a commemorative pin that will reflect the years 1973-2018. This pin will be awarded to 10 selected persons who were employed in the media at the time of Bahamian independence on July 10, 1973.

“We will again recognize a media pioneer. The recipient is well known and relatively still a young man and today, he and his newspaper have made an indelible mark on Bahamian journalism. He is Mr. Ivan Johnson, publisher of The Punch,” said Capron.

Mr. Capron said The Bahamas Press Club 2014 for the second time, will present the Person of the Year Award. Attendees at the award show will experience the big reveal on the night of the event as this recipient is kept a secret until that very night.

“This person is chosen by the Press Club, said Capron. It is a person who has been a   perennial newsmaker over the course of the year (2018); and the news doesn’t always have to be good. Last year it was Prime Minister, the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis. When you hear the name and see the person at the banquet this year, you will all agree it is a well deserved honor.”

The recipient of The Etienne Dupuch Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by Royal Fidelity, is veteran broadcaster, Sir Charles Carter. Sir Charles, who has had a stellar media career since 1964, expressed his gratitude for such an honour, which is the highest of the media awards.

 

Sir Charles said being in the media has inspired him and he likes what has happened to the country as it relates to being able to tell a story.

“Find in your work the trigger, the love, that makes you want to tell the stories of this country in such a way that you cause young people to have a better idea about this country,” Sir Charles said.

The Bahamas Press Club 2014 Media Awards cover a wide range of categories honoring working Journalists who are experts at their craft. The deadline for submission of nominees is October 17th 2018.

The other standing awards are:

PAHO/WHO Excellence in Health Promotion Award

The Bahamas Press Club Student Media/Journalism Award

Eric Wilmott Award for Investigative Journalism

Leon Turnquest Award for Sports Print Journalism

Phil Smith Outstanding Sports Broadcast Journalism Award

Bursell Bradshaw Press Photographer of the Year Award

Kenneth N. Francis Award for Newspaper Design and Composition

  1. Anthony White Columnist of the Year Award

Cyril Stevenson Outstanding Political Journalism Award

Best TV Documentary Award

Best TV News Story Award

Best Editing for TV News Story or Documentary Award

Website of the Year Award

Social Media Award

Best Cinematography

Best Video Editing Award

Best in Photography

Best Producer Award

Best Producer Award Package

Best Newscast Award

 

Additional awards this year include the People’s Choice Awards.  This segment will feature online poll voting where members of the public can vote for their favourites in each category.  The online polls open October 29th to November 8th.  The award categories are:

Best Radio Talk Show

Best Radio Talk Show Host

Best TV Talk Show

Best TV Talk Show Host

Best Radio Personality  (inclusive of DJs and Radio Announcers)

 

A panel of judges, representing a balanced mixture of expertise in journalism and mass communications, will adjudicate the submissions. They are: Quincy Parker, Duke Wells, Ray Munnings, Ed Bethel and Paul Turnquest.

The Bahamas Press Club 2014 is grateful to welcome IL Cares Foundation & Verizon Media Group as title sponsors.

Branding Manager for IL Cares Foundation and Verizon Media Group, Aneka Stewart, said both of the organizations she represents understand the important role the media plays in developing a progressive society.

“We believe it is essential to not only highlight the work of journalists and those professions who guard the fourth estate, but to also salute them for their tireless commitment and unwavering efforts,” said Stewart.

Mr. Capron said The Bahamas Press Club 2014 is delighted to acknowledge other key sponsors such as Aliv, Bahamas Stripping Group of Companies, as well as continuing sponsors including: The Broadcasting Corporation of the Bahamas (ZNS), The Tribune Newspaper, The Nassau Guardian, PAHO, Caribbean Bottling Company, Summit Insurance, and many others who would get proper recognition leading up to and on the night of the awards ceremony.

Tickets are $150 and will be available for purchase on October 21st 2018.

 

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Header: The Bahamas Press Club 2014 will hold its Fourth Annual Media Awards on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at the British Colonial Hilton. A press conference was held Saturday, October 13 at the Hilton, during which executives outline the awards night’s programme.  Also introduced was the Etienne Dupuch Lifetime Achievement Recipient, former broadcaster Sir Charles Carter.  Sponsors pictured from right are Aneka Stewart, Brand Manager   IL Cares Foundation & Verizon Media Group, Title Sponsor of the Media Awards; Sasha Lightbourn, Aliv Media Champion; Anthony Capron, President, The Bhaamas Press Club 2014; and Tanya McFall, PAHO.

Insert: Former broadcaster and newspaper general manager Sir Charles Carter is the recipient of The Etienne Dupuch Lifetime Achievement Award, which will be presented at The Bahamas Press Club Media Awards ceremony on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at the British Colonial Hilton. A press conference was held Saturday, October 13, 2018 at the Hilton for the announcement. Pictured are Michael Anderson, president, Royal Fidelity, sponsor of The Etienne Dupuch Lifetime Achievement Award; Sir Charles, and Anthony Capron, President, The Bahamas Press Club 2018.

(PHOTO/BAHAMAS PRESS CLUB 2014)

 

 

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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

 

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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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