Abaco, December 16, 2019 – The Bahamas – In a ceremony dubbed a ‘celebration of hope’ the community of Abaco witnessed the signing of an agreement for Abaco Sunny Waters, a $1.2 million initiative between the Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC), The Goodness Tour, Water Mission, and The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), for a solarization project to transform 11 water systems in Abaco, the mainland and the cays that have suffered damage as a result of Hurricane Dorian.
“I am pleased to be here today to participate in the signing of the agreement between the corporation, Water Mission and UNICEF that will result in the supply and installation of a state-of-the-art solar facility that will power both of our well fields in Marsh Harbour plus our new Marsh Harbour pumping station,” said Adrian Gibson, Water and Sewerage Corporation executive chairman, and MP for Long Island.
Mr. Gibson said WSC has successfully restored an interim supply of water for all communities in Abaco and noted the occurrence of periods of low pressure and or no water due to the fragility of the power generation, water production and destruction to the distribution systems.
The chairman addressed the launch Thursday, December 12, 2019 in Marsh Harbour. In attendance was James Albury, Parliamentary Secretary and MP for Central and South Abaco, representatives of NEMA, WSC and NGOs, community leaders and school children.
“I have been extremely impressed with the heart and soul of people of Abaco and Bahamian population as we have come together to demonstrate our resiliency and resolve in the face of utter devastation. Yes, we’ve been knocked down but we’ve definitely have not been knocked out. We’re getting up and we’re building stronger and better than before,” he added.
The Chairman thanked the NGOs for their support and outlined measures that WSC has undertaken since the passage of Dorian. They include the following:
– Interim measures at Treasure Cay and Spring City operations;
– The award of a contract for a new 1.5 million imperial gallon storage tank to replace 2 existing storage tanks that have been extensively damaged;
– The grant of a contract for a new 750,000 imperial gallon tank for Treasure Cay, a 125,000 imperial gallon tank for Grand Cay, and repairs to the existing Green Turtle Cay storage tank;
-The award of a contract for new distribution pumps;
-Processing of contract drawings for a new Pumping Station.
Mr. Gibson said, “In total, contracts in excess of $6 million have been issued for rebuilding works in Abaco.
“The focus in all of our rebuilding efforts is to design and construct climate resilient systems and facilities that can withstand future major storms.”
James Albury, Parliamentary Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, MP for Central and South Abaco, said the signing is the result of hard work and collaboration.
“Pessimism and criticism will not rebuild our communities, our homes or a better world for ourselves and future generations. What we’re doing here today is what makes a better future for ourselves and all those who come after us. It’s a representation of hope, of what we can actually accomplish by working together.”
Etoile Pinder, National Coordinator, UNICEF, said the project is expected to transform Abaco’s damaged water systems into a sustainable and resilient infrastructure.
“This project will not only work to improve the hardware per se of the island but, through the proposed water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) school program, have a lasting impact on the next generation of Abaco,” said Mrs. Pinder.
“Through partnerships with the Ministry of Education and Friends of the Environment greater opportunities will be created for children to experience science up close and personal and hope to inspire the next generation of Bahamian hydrologists, environmental scientists, water resource experts and professionals with a deep understanding of sustainability and resilience.
“It is therefore so inspiring that the WSC has taken this lead role in ensuring that The Bahamas will be an example for other countries in both reducing our carbon footprint through the solarization of the Abaco well fields, and being such an advocate for the involvement of Bahamian children. We are truly lifting up our heads to the rising sun and the world will mark the manner of our bearing,” added Mrs. Pinder.
Coopers Town Primary Ensemble led by The Goodness Tour provided entertainment. The unveiling of a mural by Benjamin Swatez of The Goodness Tour also took place.
By Kathryn Campbell
Header: The Water and Sewerage Corporation led by Executive Chairman, Adrian Gibson (seated 3rd from left) and representatives of NGOs sign a contract for the transformation of water systems in Abaco. James Albury, Parliamentary Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, is pictured seated at far right.
BIS Photos/Patrick Hanna
James Albury, MP for Central and South Abaco and Parliamentary Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, gives welcome remarks.
Coopers Town Primary School Ensemble performs.
Executive Chairman of Water and Sewerage Corporation, Adrian Gibson speaks at the launch of Abaco Sunny Waters initiative.
Cruising should slow down says PAHO
By Dana Malcolm
‘Slow down on Cruising’, that’s the word from the Pan American Health Organization, PAHO in their latest recent press conference.
“In the context of intense transmission, due to the Omicron variant as we have highlighted several times. It is just logical to suspend or at least limit the cruise ship traffic as an outbreak on board might end up exceedingly high and probably will go beyond the capacity of local health services”
Both the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos are experiencing a massive uptick in cases and several warnings regarding cruise travel have been issued by the US Centers for Disease Control.
Cruising just resumed for many regional countries this past Summer, Turks and Caicos was among the latest to restart on December 13.
A stop to sailing would be devastating to economies, however, ports of call like Grand Turk which are reeling with rocketing case numbers of COVID are urged to consider the suggestion of slowing down on ships by PAHO.
TCI & Bahamas and over 20 other countries put at higher risk by CDC, Residents say DIVERSIFY
#TurksandCaicos, January 20, 2022 – ‘We need to diversify!’ is the main call from residents of the Turks and Caicos and the Bahamas after the recent bumping of their countries to a level 4 in the US, Centres for Disease Control’s Travel Health Notice index. The Turks and Caicos Islands along with the Bahamas, Cayman, Bonaire, Curaçao Trinidad and Tobago and 16 other countries were officially added to the CDC’s level 4 list on Tuesday.
Jamaica was also moved up to level three.
Despite a record breaking year for arrivals, one TCI resident said, “Maybe now the PNP will put something credible into place to go with their words about diversifying the economy.”
A Bahamian resident added his views from Grand Bahama.
“Tourism is running the whole country, which is ridiculous because every time something goes down in the rest of the world tourism is the first thing that drops off. With Covid you think they would have learned a lesson, no, they’re still using Tourism as a base for everything.”
This is a blow for all the Caribbean countries listed, who are still trying to rebound from 2020’s economic shocks due to the freeze on travel and tourism when the Coronavirus Pandemic first started.
It is especially difficult for the Turks and Caicos which mandates that travelers must have travel insurance to vacation on the islands as level 4 ratings makes that security more difficult to procure.
Back to the Bush, Traditional Remedies make a Come-back
By Shanieka Smith
You may know it as the Wild Hyssop; American blue verbena, mosquito plant, holy herb or simpler’s joy. You may even know it because of its rich purple colour or its tiny and delicate leaves and five-petaled blossoms. But what you really need to know is that Vervain has several healing properties; it is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antispasmodic, and analgesic (pain-relieving).
Among its purported benefits, vervain is used to treat headaches, other aches and pain, insomnia, digestive dysfunction, depression and anxiety, and upper respiratory tract infections.
This means it’s perfect for the time we live in now as the coronavirus infamously attacks respiratory systems.
Neem – the tree for solving global problems grows “almost anywhere” in the lowland tropics.
Every part of the Neem tree is beneficial: the bark, leaves, seed, fruit, and twigs. It has over 130 biologically active compounds that can keep viral and bacterial diseases at bay. It is also a powerful immune stimulant.
Yes, it is bitter and has a garlic, nutty aroma but that is a sign that it is good for your body but not so good if you are trying to become pregnant, according to experts on the plant.
Neem is “A” class, which means it is antiviral (inhibits the growth of viruses), antifungal (inhibits the growth of fungi), antibacterial (destroys the growth of bacteria), analgesic (provides pain relief), anti-inflammatory (reduces certain signs of inflammation, swelling or tenderness), antimicrobial (destroys the growth of microorganisms) and it is age-defying.
As everyone is in survival mode, Moringa, the survival food, which contains all the nutritional elements may be just what you need.
Moringa has protein, calcium, eight of the nine essential amino acids, iron, Vitamin C and A minerals and more. The best part is that all parts of the Moringa plant have their unique health properties and you have different ways to use the plant.
Moringa leaves can be dried and grounded in powder form or as supplements. You can also use it to make an essential oil as well as a delicious drink from fresh leaves.
To improve both health, cure digestive disorders, protect your heart and cardiovascular system, reduce blood sugar levels, boost energy levels and immunity, try Moringa.
“Go home Elena, go home Elena, go boil Cerasee fi yuh belly” – This Caribbean folk song was loved more than the plant itself. But if your grandmother could not convince you enough, COVID-19 is here to remind you that your body needs to remain healthy and Cerasee can add to your body that renewed look and feel. The fruit, leaves, and seeds of the bitter melon plant have medicinal properties and are used as traditional medicine in many parts of the world. The herb is a natural detoxifier, containing vitamins A and C, as well as phosphorus and iron.
It is mostly used to make a hot beverage to calm symptoms of hypertension, diabetes, liver problems, fever, and constipation.
LEAF OF LIFE
Miracles still happen and if you do not believe, have a nice warm tea or a cool blended drink made from the Leaf of Life. You can also enjoy the raw plant. The tall, erect, succulent perennial herb is native to Madagascar and has become naturalised in tropical and subtropical areas.
It is used as a herbal remedy to treat respiratory conditions like asthma, colds, coughs, shortness of breath and bronchitis. The Life plant has several health and beauty benefits and the good news is, you can even have it as a houseplant.
The Aloe Vera plant is packed full of immune-boosting polysaccharides, just what you need now to strengthen your body and build resistance against harmful bacteria and viruses. Along with being used in cosmetics, the thick, short-stemmed plant has antioxidant and antibacterial properties that help to inhibit the growth of certain bacteria that can cause infections in humans.
It also enhances insulin sensitivity and helps improve blood sugar management, so if you are diabetic, it is good to add Aloe Vera to your medicinal list.
Papaya trees are almost everywhere on the island, so you have no excuses. Moreover, the nutrition filled fruit is not only a healthy choice, it’s a tasty one too.
Add papaya to your fruit salad, scoop the raw fruit with a spoon, blend the seeds into a creamy salad dressing and don’t forget to add the green fruit to your meat pot.
As you enjoy the juiciness and freshness of the fruit, it will help your body to reduce stress, prevent cholesterol build-up, arthritis, and ageing. The leaves are also proven to be helpful in preventing cancer.
Papaya is also one of nature’s natural contraceptives, they say.
Lemongrass or Fever grass is commonly taken orally, applied directly to the skin, or inhaled as aromatherapy.
It contains substances that can relieve pain and swelling, reduce fever, improve levels of sugar and cholesterol in the blood, stimulate the uterus and menstrual flow, and it has antioxidant properties.
A hot cup of lemongrass tea every morning can significantly improve your health.
Also, the leaves and the oil are used to make medicine. So what better way to enjoy the benefits of this herb than to grab it fresh from your backyard and enjoy the pure scent and the soothing taste?
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