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Bahamas Minister attends Regional Consultation on Beijing+25

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#Barbados – February 13, 2020 — Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, the Hon. Frankie A. Campbell, joined regional Ministers and senior government officials from around the Caribbean in Barbados for a Regional Consultation “on building a Coordinated position for Caribbean negotiations on Beijing+25.”

Held February 10-11 in Bridgetown, the Regional Consultation was sponsored by UN Women, ParlAmericas, the University of the West Indies’ Institute for Gender and Development Studies, Nita Barrow Unit, Mona Campus, Caribbean Women in Leadership (CIWIL) and the Westminster Foundation for Democracy.

Minister Campbell was accompanied to Barbados by: Dr. Jacinta Higgs, Director of the Department of Gender and Family Affairs, Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development and Ms. Vechenda Roberts, Education Officer, the Department of Gender and Family Affairs, Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development. The delegation also included Mrs. Arinthia Komolafe, Leader of the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) and Mrs. Charlene Paul, President of CIWIL Bahamas.

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Minister Campbell and the delegation attended the session as guests of ParlAmericas. The delegation’s tickets, travel and accommodations, were provided by ParlAmericas.  Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, ParlAmericas is composed of 35 National Legislatures from North, Central and South America and the Caribbean.

The Barbados Meeting was being held on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women & the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, and ahead of the 64th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW64) scheduled for the United Nations Headquarters, New York, USA, March 9-20.

Representatives from eleven Caribbean Community countries are attending the Sessions, among them, The Bahamas, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados (host country), Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago.

 Adopted at the United Nation’s Fourth World Conference on Women (Beijing, China, 1995), the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BDPA), is considered the most progressive blueprint ever for advancing women’s rights. An agenda for women’s empowerment, it aims at removing all of the obstacles to women’s active participation in all spheres of public and private life through ensuring women a full and equal share in economic, social, cultural and political decision-making.

The Declaration and Platform for Action affirms that equality between women and men is a matter of human rights and a condition for social justice. It is also what global officials say “is a necessary and fundamental prerequisite for equality, development and peace,” and covers twelve areas, among them, Women and poverty, Education and training of women, Women and health, Violence against women, Women and the economy, and women in power and decision-making, among others.

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“The purpose of the conference was to have CARICOM come together and put in place its final strategies for CSW64. The theme is building a coordinated position for Caribbean negotiations on Beijing+25,” Minister Campbell said Monday at the conclusion of the Opening Session.

“It has been 25 years since the Beijing Declaration and Plan of Action and we sought to take this opportunity to determine advances made; to look back at the past, consider where we are now, and determine where we want to be as a Caribbean bloc.

“The delegation from The Bahamas fully participated in the lively discussions. We are in search of best practices and bench marking that we are able to come back home and implement. We are being reminded of our need for good data collection so that our programmes and projects will be data- driven in order for us be in a better position to show the impact of our programmes and projects,” Minister Campbell added.

Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, the Hon. Frankie A. Campbell, with members of the Bahamian delegation attending the Regional Consultation on Building a coordinated position for Caribbean negotiations on Beijing+25 held February 10-11 in Bridgetown, Barbados.

Pictured seated from left: Miss Vechenda Roberts, Education Officer, Department of Gender and Family Affairs, Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development and Mrs. Arinthia Komolafe, Leader, Democratic National Alliance. Pictured standing from left: Miss Dwina Higgs, delegation assistant, Mrs. Charlene Paul, President, CIWIL Bahamas, and Dr. Jacinta Higgs, Director, Department of Gender and Family Affairs, Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development.

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Beautiful Grand Bahama extended for additional 12 weeks

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By: Robyn Adderley

Bahamas Information Services

 

#GrandBahama, The Bahamas, July 2, 2022 – Hundreds of Beautiful Grand Bahama workers cheered when told by Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Ginger Moxey on Friday that their 12-week work programme has been extended for 12 additional weeks.

The employees are from all communities of the island.

While addressing the employees at the Grand Lucayan, Minister Moxey said, “Your hard work and dedication has begun delivering the results we, at the Ministry for Grand Bahama, envisioned when we launched this program back in April.

“We wanted to give hope, provide an opportunity for our young people, especially our inner-city residents, to make an honest living, while also helping to revitalize their communities by tackling issues that have negatively affected the environment and diminished the historical and cultural beauty of our beloved island, which affects its attractiveness as a world-class destination.”

The goal of the programme, she said, is to transform lives and communities.

“Many of you here today, are mothers, fathers, siblings, and possibly the main breadwinners in your household, and the time you’ve dedicated to this program has restored your faith in our island’s recovery.”

It was the belief of the Prime Minister, the Hon. Philip Davis, when assigning her to the Ministry, she continued, that Grand Bahama could be one of the most powerful economies in the country.

The programme, the Minister continued, is designed to transform communities, and not just a cleanup campaign.

Minister Moxey then pointed out how the transformations have already begun:  Tripp Circle Project is designed to house displaced families to provide short-term housing relief, including trauma counseling and a job readiness programme to help them get back on their feet; the Peel Street Project is designed to transform a historic site for national security into a Police Museum and Cultural Centre for visitors and residents to enjoy; the Pinder’s Point Historic Lighthouse area will be converted into a community visitor attraction and entrepreneurship centre, as part of the Community Tourism & Cultural Initiative; the Pelican Bay Festival Grounds will be transformed into another tourism & cultural center for East Grand Bahama, to create year-round economic activity for the residents; and work in West Grand Bahama, to transform the community from Eight Mile Rock to West End, clearing bushes and debris, beautifying spaces for both residents and visitors to enjoy.

The government, she said, is committed to “rebuilding, revolutionizing, and restoring Grand Bahama but we cannot do it without your help. The people of Grand Bahama are courageous and resilient; it is finally Grand Bahama’s time, and the Ministry for Grand Bahama wants to assist you with preparing yourselves for future opportunities.”

To assist the employees further, continued Minister Moxey, Pastor Barry Morris was invited to assist those who may have made choices in their past and now have a record.  Representatives were also present from the Labour Department and Immigration to further assist with those areas.

“Like I’ve been saying all along, this is what Beautiful Grand Bahama is all about – it’s a holistic approach to rebuilding our communities and the lives of our people.”

Minister Moxey then announced that the programme has been extended for an additional 12 weeks and the room erupted with cheers.

As a surprise for the Minister, Corey Nixon serenaded her on the saxophone with an Alicia Keys song, “If I Aint Got You.” In response to this, Minister Moxey used the opportunity to inform the employees of the $5,000 grant for the Orange Economy.

The Minister closed the event with, “See you on Monday.”

 

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Header: The Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Ginger Moxey on Friday, July 1 announced to hundreds of employees of the Beautiful Grand Bahama initiative that the programme has been extended for an additional 12 weeks.

1st insert: Hundreds of residents gathered in the Ballroom of the Grand Lucayan Resort on Friday, July 1 for the closing ceremony of Beautiful Grand Bahama, a 12-week initiative geared towards cleaning up every community on the island. During the ceremony, Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Ginger Moxey, explained what is intended for the areas the employees had been working in.

2nd insert: Saxophonist Corey Nixon serenaded Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Ginger Moxey on Friday, July 1 at the Grand Lucayan Ballroom at the end of the Closing Ceremony of the Beautiful Grand Bahama 12-week initiative. Minister Moxey explained that there is a $5,000 grant for the Orange Economy where talented artists and creatives can receive funding.

(BIS Photos/Andrew Miller)

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Teen girl denies rape in PMH Bathroom says Nat’l Security Minister

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By Shanieka Smith

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#TheBahamas, June 30, 2022 – The 14 year old girl, said to have been allegedly sexually assaulted at the Princess Margaret Hospital, in the restroom is now denying the claim.  The teenager, in media reports about the  investigation launched over the weekend denies that she was raped and that she engaged in sexual activity at the hospital.

The National Security Minister, Wayne Munroe in updating an outraged nation on the matter said he received a recent briefing from police on the matter saying that the “mother made a complaint to police with a view to saying her daughter may be engaging in sexual relations with a boyfriend.”

The briefing continued: “Whether it’s voluntary or not, that’s a crime. And so police took her to the hospital for checking. She tested positive for COVID. She was detained for COVID. And during the course of that detention, a janitor at the hospital made a report about her and a 52-year-old patient. The young child was discharged, the report was made to the police; they investigated.”

Both the young girl and the 52-year-old patient deny what the janitor reports. On Saturday, social media released the reported rape and the news spread like wildfire.

Following it was a statement from the Public Hospitals Authority, that the matter was turned over to the Royal Bahamas Police for investigation.

Minister Munroe, advised that “the police continue to investigate.”

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Flow TCI signs Three Year Deal with Bahamas Broadcasting Corporation ZNS added to Flow TV Channel Line Up

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#TurksandCaicos, June 30, 2022 – Flow TCI, full-service communications and entertainment provider, has announced a three-year partnership with the Broadcasting Corporation of the Bahamas (BCB), enabling Flow customers to bring the popular channel ZNS to their Flow TV channel line-up starting in July 2022.

Flow TCI Country Manager, Joanne Missick, stated: “As a nation and a company that holds close ties and history with the people of the Bahamas, this agreement further strengthens our connection to our sister country and helps viewers and residents in the TCI to stay connected to these roots as well. We express our gratitude to the team from BCB and ZNS and look forward to an exciting partnership as we aim to deliver fresh, relevant content to our Flow TV customers.”

Flow TCI and BCB previously joined forces in February 2022 to live stream the program ‘Direct Talk’ with hosts David Wallace and co-host, Editor in Chief of Magnetic Media, Deandrea Hamilton, from the Crackpot Kitchen in Providenciales. The show featured guests such as Flow Country Manager, Joanne Missick, well-known local chef & owner of ‘Crackpot Kitchen’, Chef Nikita Skippings, current and former members of TCI Parliament, and a selection of accomplished Bahamian and Turks & Caicos Islanders.

The broadcast was powered by Flow’s latest Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) service from around Providenciales and at Mudjin Harbour in Middle Caicos.

Executive Chairman, BCB, Picewell Forbes, commented: “On behalf of the Board of Directors and the management team of the BCB, the profound pleasure is to join the team at Flow Turks and Caicos as we embark on this new journey. We celebrate today in a spirit of collegiality where the Bahamas and TCI continue to grow and cover these islands the way only we can—together.”

Acting General Manager, ZNS Bahamas, Darren Meadows added: “Thank you to the Country Manager and senior leadership team of Flow TCI for their continued partnership with BCB to take the ZNS signal to the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands. This is impetus for us to do more projects with Flow in the TCI beyond the ZNS network channel to incorporate content from both countries into programs and events.”

ZNS will launch on Flow TV on July 4 in the Flow TV Essential Package on Channel 107.

For more information on the Broadcasting Corporation of the Bahamas (BCB) and ZNS visit znsbahamas.com

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