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Bahamas Social Services Minister: Positive, meaningful partnerships between sexes are critical to nation’s success

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#NASSAU, The Bahamas – November 24, 2020 — The ongoing efforts to create, develop, encourage, promote and maintain long-lasting, positive and meaningful partnerships and/or relationships between men and women and boys and girls are critical to driving the nation’s continued success, Minister of Social Services an Urban Development, the Hon. Frankie A. Campbell told a limited number of persons attending an International Mens’ Day observance.

“To advance one and leave the other behind, will be to our detriment,” Minister Campbell added. Addressing the International Mens’ Day Bahamas Committee’s 2020 observance of International Mens’ Day unveiling of its new logo and mural launch at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, Minister Campbell likened the nation and the importance of harmony among the sexes to a bird. (The event was held Thursday, November 19)

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“I have a good friend who once told me that a bird cannot fly on one wing,”

Minister Campbell said. “Let us then think of our nation as a bird and also consider our women and girls as one wing, and our men and boys as the other wing. In order for our nation to fly and advance to where it ought to be, it is necessary, it is important, it is vital that we have fully functioning partnerships between men and women and boys and girls.

“Together, men, women, boys and girls in this Bahama Land can come together to end all forms of gender-based violence, to end all forms of discrimination, not just against women because some men are discriminated against as well, and so our job is to come together to ensure that there is equity, equality and inclusion for all Bahamians throughout the Commonwealth of The Bahama while further ensuring that we all advance and prosper together.”

Minister Campbell said the partnership between the International Mens’ Day Bahamas Committee and the Office of the First Spouse and Mrs. Patricia Minnis, was a “wonderful example” of the benefits that can be derived through the establishment of positive relationships/partnerships between men and women.

Mrs. Minnis, who attended the unveiling and launch of the logo and the mural, donated numerous gifts to be distributed by the International Mens’ Day Bahamas Committee. Minister Campbell applauded the International Mens’ Day Bahamas Committee for being one of those organizations that stepped forward to assist men of the community over the past three years.

Mrs. Patricia Minnis, Office of the First Spouse, Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, the Hon. Frankie A. Campbell and Mr. Keith Cox, President of the International MensDay Bahamas Committee, participated in the unveiling of the International MensDay Bahamas Committee’s logo and mural launch at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium. (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna)

Minister Campbell issued a challenge to the Committee. “Your work is far from done and so I want to challenge you to take your message throughout every nook and cranny of this Bahamas as this cannot be a New Providence-centric Movement.”

The Committee honored six men from across The Bahamas for their work with men and boys in their various communities.

The honourees were: Mr. Pedro Hield (New Providence), Mr. Dudley Seide (Grand Bahama), Mr. Cecil Penn (Andros), M. Lincoln Young (Eleuthera), Mr. Dallas Knowles (Exuma) and Mr. Stephen “S. Brown” Brown (San Salvador).

“The persons you would have chosen to honour are from six different islands in our archipelago. That tells me that your reach and your look is not just New Providence-centric. That tells me that the positive effect that will come from your work will encompass the entire Bahamas and to me, that spells good news for the future,” Minister Campbell added.

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Brave presentation in defence of Bahamas’ financial services reputation by PM Davis

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By Sherrica Thompson

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#TheBahamas, October 1, 2022 – Prime Minister of the Bahamas Phillip ‘Brave’ Davis is again calling for equality in the financial services sector and for the United Nations to leverage its universal jurisdiction for greater oversight of global anti-money laundering de-risking and tax cooperation matters.

In addressing the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday, September 24, Prime Minister Davis said the Bahamas is one of the best-regulated countries in the world, yet it has been under attack by international bodies and placed on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) blacklist while transgressions in the developed world are ignored.

He questioned why this was the case and highlighted some disparities in the financial sector.

“Why is it that European states that operate frameworks akin to that of high-risk or blacklisted countries, are not even eligible for inclusion on these lists? Why are all the countries targeted – all of them – small and vulnerable, and former colonies of European states? We find it astounding that the $2-$3 trillion dollars which is estimated to be laundered each year through the developed countries, are never flagged as causes for concern,” articulated Phillip Davis, addressing the 77th session in New York.

Prime Minister Davis further noted that there are elements of racism in the decision-making when it comes to regulating black-governed countries in the financial services sector. He also declared that black-governed countries matter as well.

And yet my country, which is widely recognized as one of the best-regulated countries in the world, and other countries like The Bahamas, are singled-out for such reputational attacks? The robust regulatory regimes of our Central Bank, Securities Commission, and Insurance Commission, are chastised on minor details of technical process, while much bigger transgressions in the developed world are ignored.

The evidence is mounting, that the considerations behind these decisions have less to do with compliance, and more to do with darker issues of pre-judged, discriminatory perceptions. Black-governed countries also matter.”

 Davis also highlighted the need for reforms that apply to all in the global financial system.

“Mr. President: We support the call for reforms in the global financial system to make it more relevant to the needs of today. But those reforms need ambition. They need to go beyond the incremental. And they need to apply to all. For example, the community of international financial institutions are in a position to forgive the debt incurred by the economic shutdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic. They should do so.”

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Statement to Update on the Sale of the Grand Lucayan

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“Deal progressing toward closure”

 

#GrandBahama, The Bahamas, October 1, 2022 – The Board of Lucayan Renewal Holdings Limited (LRHL) advises that negotiations toward a successful deal on the Grand Lucayan Resort continue to progress satisfactorily. It was announced in the first week of August in a joint statement with Electra America Hospitality Group that the due diligence period was extended by 45 days to September 15.

By virtue of this, the final closing date was also extended to November 15, 2022. We note that the recent seven-day extension did not impact the agreed November closing date. We anticipate that the sales process will be completed consistent with our revised timelines. The Board of LRHL remains committed to ensuring that a credible plan and shared vision for the resort is realized – a plan that will provide jobs, entrepreneurial opportunities and strengthen Grand Bahama’s economy.

We remain on track for a successful purchase and signing of a Heads of Agreement, in the best interest of the people of Grand Bahama.

There are matters connected to the transaction that are still being negotiated; we look forward to briefing the public as soon as negotiations are concluded.

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MASK AND COVID TESTING MANDATES END FOR THE BAHAMAS

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By Shanieka Smith

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#TheBahamas, October 1, 2022 – The Bahamas is looking ahead to another roll back on restrictions as the precautions set up in response to the coronavirus pandemic fade away.  October 1 ends the mandate for face masks in The Bahamas; it’s another policy being recalled as the world embraces a new normal, where face coverings are optional.

In a snap measure, the minister of health for the Bahamas, Michael Darville also this month ended the COVID 19 testing entry requirement for the unvaccinated.  It makes The Bahamas, as a leading tourism destination, more affordable and more accessible as evidence supports that it does not also mean a spike in Covid cases.

Prime Minister Phillip Davis announced that the mask mandate change from New York, following his appearance at the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II and while attending the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly.  However, it is not masks off for everyone:  medical facilities, aged care centers and schools will keep the rule.

The decision was met with applause by President of the Bahamas Hotel Catering and Allied Workers Union, Darrin Woods who said this move will undoubtedly improve tourism numbers and contribute to the nation’s economic recovery.

Additionally, President of The Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association, Robert Sands, said the time for mask mandate and Covid-19 testing for unvaccinated travellers had long passed. He believes that removing this protocol will level the playing field since other rivals in the tourism industry have already done so.

Already, long stay guests to The Bahamas were exempt from mask wearing on hotel properties.

At this point, some 173,000 Bahamas residents have been fully vaccinated and in the September 26 health report; three patients were in intensive care from the virus of the 132 active and only one new case had been recorded in Nassau.

 

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