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Big Take Away points from Bahamas Health Minister on Friday past

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FROM FRIDAY APRIL 2, 2020 PRESS CONFERENCE HELD IN NASSAU, THE BAHAMAS

  • Dr Duane Sands, Bahamas Minister of Health is concerned that 21% of cases in The Bahamas are health care workers; five medical staff are positive for COVID-19. 
  • Bahamas Govt paying for respite – designated accommodations – for Health Care workers. They can rest up, clean up, sleep, eat and stay if concerned about going home after dealing with patients in this coronavirus health crisis.
  • Nine year old girl with COVID-19 infected by her mother who had travelled to DR, Dominican Republic.  Health Officials say she is being monitored.
  • Ships parked off the island of San Salvador are without passengers but with significant crew members.  They are liaising with Health, Transport and AGs Chambers to determine if they are served or permitted docking. 
  • Media exempt from restrictions for The Bahamas over the weekend; counted as ‘essential’ workers.
  • The placement of the special breathing tube of a ventilator is what could cause fluids in a COVID-19 positive patient to become airborne. Just under 100 people in The Bahamas are qualified to manage ventilators.  Health Minister Sands explained critical care will be restricted to Grand Bahama and New Providence. There are 70 available ventilators in The Bahamas for use on any sick patient.  The minister is satisfied with the amount of ventilators and trained experts there are to cope with the coronavirus health crisis.
  • Bimini case of Kim Johnson-Rolle, the 57 year old woman who is the first COVID death for The Bahamas has not resulted in an all island quarantine.  The health workers, the transport contacts and Mrs Rolle’s immediate family are confirmed as being in quarantine.  Bahamas Health says 36 contacts have been identified so far.
    Transport Isolation suits are now secured; Bahamas had been pushed to back of the line in its order. Consultant Dr. Dahl-Regis said there is a protocol, to be provided to media by the Ministry of Health.
  • Funerals planned for this weekend should be cancelled/postponed.
  • “This weekend should be very, very, quiet time… we hope to see less and less transmission of this horrible, aggressive virus.” said Dr. Sands

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Da Rocks’ Jonquel Jones and Sun aim to repeat win in bid for WNBA Championship

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By Deandrea Hamilton

Editor

 

#USA, September 18, 2022 – Jonquel Jones of Eight Mile Rock, Grand Bahama power forward and centre for the Suns had 20 points, five rebounds and four assists in a victorious and glorious effort against the Las Vegas Aces on Friday night. The Connecticut Suns holding on in game three, which could have been elimination if that score went the Aces way.

Now, on ESPN Sunday Jones is hoping for another win and a tie of the series which is a best of game five.

The Sun are now 4-0 in elimination games in the playoffs so far this postseason.

There was other good news on the weekend for Bahamian Jonquel, as she was named an All-WNBA Second Team selection.  Jones scored 126 overall, receiving 12 first team votes and 22 second team votes which came as no surprise to many.  Jonquel leads the Suns in scoring, rebounds and blocked shots.  She averages 14.6 points per game, ranking in the top 20 in the WNBA for scoring.

Add to the road Jonquel is still on for WNBA Champion and historic Bahamian athlete, as a member of the All- WNBA First Team, she will receive $10,300 and each member of the Second Team will receive $5,150.

The Bahamas continues to be proud of this outstanding player.

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Tourism, Investments & Aviation Minister I. Chester Cooper Elected Vice Chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organization

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#TheBahamas, September 16, 2022 –  The Hon. I. Chester Cooper, Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) and Minister of Tourism, Investments & Aviation, was elected to continue to serve as a vice chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) during the Council of Ministers and Commissioners of Tourism Meetings this week.

DPM Cooper is leading a delegation which includes Latia Duncombe, Acting Director General (ADG) and Dr Kenneth Romer, Deputy Director General and Acting Director of Aviation, to the four-day CTO Business Meetings which are taking place in the Cayman Islands 12-15 September 2022.

“I am grateful and honoured to serve in this capacity on behalf of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas and the entire Caribbean region,” DPM Cooper said.

“It is important that we continue to forge deeper relations with our tourism counterparts and support each other as we aim for full economic recovery. It is my hope that ongoing efforts will enhance our tourism product across the region and position the Caribbean as the most desirable destination year-round.”

In his role as CTO Vice Chairman, DPM Cooper will provide updates regarding the region’s performance and developments.

The CTO is the Caribbean’s tourism development agency comprising over 24 member countries and territories and provides support to those members in marketing, sustainable tourism, communications, and research & information technology. This year’s conference focuses on regional recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic and plans for the future of tourism.

CTO Business Meetings have been on hold since 2020, making this meeting the organisation’s first in-person event following the onset of the pandemic.

For more information, visit Bahamas.com.

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Statement from the Office of The Prime Minister on the Prime Minister’s Travel to the State Funeral of HM Queen Elizabeth II and UNGA 77th Session

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#TheBahamas, September 15, 2022 – Prime Minister Philip Edward Davis KC, MP, has been invited to attend The State Funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in London.  Prime Minister Davis will depart for London on September 16, 2022.

Following the Prime Minister’s travel to London, he will leave for New York, where he will attend the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.  Prime Minister Davis will return to The Bahamas on September 25th, 2022.

Deputy Prime Minister Chester Cooper will serve as Acting Prime Minister while Prime Minister Davis is abroad.

You are encouraged to follow The Office of The Prime Minister’s social media platforms for regular updates during the Prime Minister’s travel.

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