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BAHAMAS: Urban Renewal/PAHO join forces to host healthy lifestyles seminar



#Nassau, 28 November, 2019 – Bahamas – Officials of the Urban Renewal Commission, Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development, and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) joined forces (Saturday, November 23) to host a one-day World (Universal) Children’s Day Healthy Lifestyles Seminar, as part of the Ministry’s observance of World Children’s Day.

They were joined by representatives from the Healthy Bahamas Coalition, which serves as the National Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) Commission for The Bahamas. The Coalition provides a “mechanism for effective multi-sectoral action in prevention and control of NCDs at the national level” through re-orienting and strengthening the national response, especially with regard to risk factors.

The primary tasks of the Healthy Bahamas Coalition (HBS) is to advise the Government of The Bahamas, generate networks for communication that link the three sectors – public, private and civil society — and to communicate with and inform the wider community regarding actions required to decrease the national burden of NCDs.

Held at the Marjorie Davis Institute for Special Education (formerly Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School), the Healthy Lifestyles Seminar was attended by more than 150 children from the ten urban communities in New Providence in which Urban Renewal Centres are located, and capped off the Ministry’s celebrations of World Children’s Day.

Discussions/presentations centred on the rights of children as found in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (also known as the CRC or the UNCRC) including the right to recreation and physical activity, nutritious food/clean water, a clean environment, and health-related children’s rights, among a number of other activities designed to create even greater awareness among participants.

Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, the Hon. Frankie A. Campbell applauded the collaboration. He told the participants that the observance of World Children’s Day was a special event.

“That celebration is not just talk. That celebration manifests itself in ways to ensure that children and grown-ups alike are aware that children have rights; among them the right to an education, a child’s right to healthcare, the right to family life, the right to play and recreation, the right to an adequate standard of living, a child’s right not to be exploited, and the right to be protected from abuse and harm.”

The Convention also speaks to a child’s right to develop their potential in all situations and at all times. It also speaks to a child’s right to be able to express their opinions and to have those opinions heard and acted upon when appropriate. The Convention obliges States Parties and Signatories to allow parents to exercise their parental responsibilities.

Minister Campbell advised the participants that recognizing that responsibility comes with rights is crucial. The Minister also used the opportunity to address participants about the efforts the Ministry and its partners and stakeholders are undertaking as they relate to child abuse prevention.

Release: BIS

Photo Captions:

Header: Officials of the Healthy Bahamas Coalition joined those from the Urban Renewal Commission and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) at the Marjorie Davis Institute for Special Education (formerly Our Lady’s Roman Catholic Primary School) for Saturday’s event. Pictured (from left) are: Mrs. Evelyn Shaw (HBC), Dr. Kitti Adderley (HBC), Mrs. Donna Bannister (HBC Secretariat), Minister Campbell; Dr. Esther De Gourville, PAHO Country Representative; Mr. Kellen Russell, Director/Urban Renewal Commission; Ms. Patricia Pratt, Urban Renewal Commission; Dr. Philip Swann, Chairman, Healthy Bahamas Coalition; and Ms. Lisa Leubrunson, Urban Renewal Commission.  

Insert: Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, the Hon. Frankie A. Campbell, and Dr. Esther de Gourville, PAHO Country Representative, join children from the ten urban communities in which Urban Renewal Centres are located in performing the Father Abraham dance during Saturday’s opening session of the one-day Urban Renewal Commission/Pan American Health Organization’s World (Universal) Children’s Day Healthy Lifestyles Seminar held Saturday, November 23 at the Marjorie Davis Institute for Special Education (formerly Our Lady’s Roman Catholic Primary School).

(BIS Photo/Matt Maura)

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Over 68,000 STAYED HOME in Bahamas Elections; We have BEST and WORST for Voter Participation



#TheBahamas, September 21, 2021 – The just-concluded General Election in Bahamas has presented a new shift in governance.  The former ruling part, Free National Movement, lost nearly all the electoral seats it secured in the 2017 general elections.  However, this seems a swap of the Progressive Liberal party’s score in the 2017 general elections in which the former ruling party (FNM) won nearly all the parliamentary seats.


While the FNM secured 35 out of 39 seats in the 2017 ballot, leaving only four slots for the Opposition, the 2021 elections presented “new day” with the Opposition clinching 32 parliamentary seats, leaving the former ruling party FNM with only seven slots.

However, the election results showed a significant drop in voter turnout compared to the 2017 election results. Out of 194,494 registered voters in The Bahamas, only 126,414 voted, translating to 65 per cent voter turnout.


This was different from the previous election in which 160,407 out of 181,543 registered voters cast their ballots, translating to a remarkable 88.36 per cent voter turnout.

Being the first election in the island nation since the Covid-19 struck the Caribbean; the dismal voter turnout could be attributed to the severe impact of the Covid-19 pandemic in The Bahamas and the current countermeasures taken by individuals to avoid contracting the deadly virus.

It could also be voter apathy.


Despite coronavirus prevalence in the country, North Andros & Berry Islands, Cat Island, Rum Cay & San Salvador, and Mangrove Cay & South Andros constituencies recorded an impressive voter turnout of 77.99 per cent, 76.11 per cent and 73.06 per cent respectively.

North Andros & Berry Islands had 2,126 out of 2,569 registered voters cast their ballots, followed by 1,255 out of 1,622 in Cat Island, Rum Cay & San Salvador, and 1,706 out of 2,164 registered voters in Mangrove Cay & South Andros.


The bottom three constituencies in terms of voter turnout include Bamboo Town, which had 3,436 out of 5,838 (58.63 per cent) registered voters cast their ballot, followed by Garden Hills with 3,033 out of 5,287 (57.09 per cent), and   Central & South Abaco falling at the bottom of the list with 1,844 out of 3,271 (55.96 per cent).

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BAHAMAS: Nine new Cabinet ministers sworn-in



#TheBahamas, September 21, 2021 – Prime Minister the Hon. Philip Davis today introduced the first set of new Cabinet ministers with portfolios covering the Attorney General, Foreign Affairs, Education, Works and Public Utilities, Health and Wellness, Government Affairs, Agriculture, National Security and Legal Affairs.

The nine ministers were sworn-in on Monday 20 September 2021 by Governor-General the Most Hon. Sir Cornelius A. Smith during ceremonies held at the Baha Mar Convention Center.

“They are the initial members of a Cabinet which will reflect the breadth and depth of the competencies and characteristics of our team: experience combined with innovation; expertise combined with a willingness to see things anew; integrity and a strong sense of purpose,” said Prime Minister Davis.

“They are receiving these appointments because of their determination to get things done.”

Among the new Ministers sworn-in on Monday were:

  • Senator the Hon. L. Ryan Pinder, Attorney General;
  • Hon. Fred Mitchell, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Public Service;
  • Hon. Glenys Hanna-Martin, Minister of Education, and Technical and Vocational Training;
  • Hon. Alfred Sears, Minister of Works and Utilities;
  • Dr. Hon. Michael Darville, Minister of Health and Wellness;
  • Senator the Hon. Michael Halkitis, Minister of Government Affairs and Leader of Government Business in the Senate;
  • Hon. Clay Sweeting, Minister of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Family Island Affairs;
  • Hon. Wayne Munroe, Minister of National Security; and
  • Hon. Jomo Campbell, Minister of State for Legal Affairs.

“I am confident that these first-appointed members of our Cabinet team are ready to deliver on the promise of a New Day for our Bahamas,” said the Prime Minister.

Prime Minister Davis pledged to move with urgency to address the economic and health crises that are faced by The Bahamas.

Many thousands of Bahamians are out of work, people are losing too many loved ones to the COVID-19 virus and Bahamian schoolchildren are falling behind, said Prime Minister Davis.

“I want to be clear: we are not here to tinker at the edges of these problems,” said the Prime Minister.

“We are here to meet them head on.”

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Prime Minister Hon. Philip Davis pledges to govern in the interests of all Bahamians



#TheBahamas, September 19, 2021 – During his ceremonial swearing-in today as the nation’s fifth Prime Minister, Hon. Philip Davis pledged to govern in the interests of all Bahamians and to consult widely with the Bahamian people.

The best way to make progress as a nation is to bring people together, said Prime Minister Davis, who was presented with his instruments of Office in ceremonies held at the Baha Mar Convention Centre, on Saturday 18 September 2021.

Prime Minister Davis was officially sworn in as Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas on Friday 17 September 2021 at the Office of the Governor General.

“We will uphold the constitution and the rule of law, and ensure that everyone is treated fairly, so that it’s not one rule for one set of people, and another for another set of people,” said the Prime Minister.

“There is much work to be done; but I know that by working together we can succeed and build the kind of prosperous, independent Bahamas that our founding fathers dreamed for us.”

Prime Minister Davis said that while there are big challenges ahead for The Bahamas, his team has the right vision and policies to take the country forward.

The Prime Minister said the new administration is coming into office at a time when the Bahamian people are hurting as never before.

The country faces many crises due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an economy in decline and deeply concerning challenges in education, said Prime Minister Davis.

If everyone works together towards a common purpose, in the common interest and for the common good, great things are possible for The Bahamas and its people, said the Prime Minister.

But no government can do great things on its own, Prime Minister Davis added.

“I am sure that my government can only succeed if we partner with the Bahamian people,” said the Prime Minister.
“We are going to listen, we are going to consult widely and we are going to bring people together.”

18 September 2021
Office of the Prime Minister
Commonwealth of The Bahamas

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