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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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Press Release: Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) Bahamas

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February 3, 2023 – ILM Bahamas Centre held its Certificate Presentation Ceremony for Cohort 7.  The cohort consisted of fourteen (14) Senior Immigration Officers from the Department of Immigration.  This Cohort was a hybrid of in-person and online learning. Four of the Immigration Officers were from the Family Islands (Grand Bahama, Abaco, Berry Islands and Eleuthera).

Present at the ceremony were:  The Hon. Keith Bell, Minister of Labour and Immigration, Madam Justice J. Denise Lewis-Johnson, Permanent Secretary Ms. Ceceila Strachan, Executive Chair of NTA Ms. Agatha Marcelle, Executive Director of NTA Mr. Terry Murray, Director of Immigration Mrs. Keturah Ferguson, Deputy Director of Immigration Mr. Dwight Beneby, Ms. Esther McKinney Office Manager at the Department of Immigration.

The guest speaker at the ceremony was Dr. Donald M. McCartney a Leadership and Management Consultant with Motivation Incorporated Bahamas and the United States. He was a former senior public servant.  He was also a First Assistant Secretary in the Ministry of Public Service with responsibility for the Northern Bahamas. He was also a former educator and professor at various colleges in the United States.

In his address to ILM Cohort 7, Dr. McCartney spoke about having the courage to lead and that leadership goes beyond SELF.  It’s not about you or your ego but rather more about contributing to nation building. He said, “We must be prepared to take the bold steps that would not lead us into the abyss of despair but on the road that leads us to lift up our heads to the rising sun and press onward to the mountaintop experience, which will lead us to become the proud and productive people we were destine to be.”  He also expanded on the four fundamental virtues: COURAGE, TEMPERANCE, JUSTICE AND WISDOM.  Additionally, he expanded on the focus and influence of courage, on the ego and discipline.

The Hon. Keith Bell, Minister of Labour and Immigration brought brief remarks on the occasion.  Some of the highlights of his speech were that Immigration is one of the highest revenue earners, challenges within the Department of Immigration such as lack of autonomy from the Public Service as compared to the other armed forces. He also talked about that the fact that the top tier is going to be retired within two years and this would be an opportunity for many of the graduates of this Cohort 7 to gain upward mobility.

He also stated that there needs to be a complete overhaul of the Immigration Act, and a review of the Asylum Bill.  Furthermore, he discussed the inevitable need for the relocation of the Department of Immigration from its current location. Lastly, he stated that we must tread a delicate balance between enforcing the law and being humane, in regards to shanty towns.

It is noteworthy that the ILM Centre at the National Training Agency recently obtained a Centre upgrade.  The ILM Centre Bahamas now hold the statue of Direct Claim Status with City and Guilds of London. Additionally, the Centre is now registered with the National Accreditation and Equivalency Council of the Bahamas (NAECOB) for all of its current course offerings. The ILM Department is lead Miss Pamela Gomez as the ILM Centre Coordinator. Registration is now open for Level 2 Certificate in Leadership and Team Skill and Level 3 Certificate in Leadership and Management. Our mission statement is, “Helping people, organizations, and economies develop their skills for growth.”

For more information, contact the ILM Centre Bahamas located in the Gladstone Road Business Centre by calling 461-6021 or 461-6008.

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Sugar and salt tax campaigns gaining steam 

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By Dana Malcolm

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February 7, 2023 – A global battle on sugar and salt is ramping up as the United States joins The Bahamas and Barbados in creating proposals for historic sugar and salt laws.

The country’s Agricultural Department for the first time in history, proposed a cap on the amount of sugar to be allowed in school meals.

The World Health Organization has found that North America and the Caribbean have the highest rates of childhood diabetes in the world and based on the International Diabetes Federation’s Diabetes Atlas we also have the second highest prevalence of Diabetes overall for all global regions at 14 percent  or 51 million people with a projected 24 percent increase in just 22 years.

Barbados, the United States, Canada, Haiti, Mexico, Belize and St. Kitts and Nevis are all suffering from incredibly high rates of diabetes.

Barbados and The Bahamas announced sugar taxes last month; the hope is to reduce the importation and sale of sugar and salt rich foods.

Advocates across the Caribbean including Jamaica, Trinidad, and others have been campaigning for sugar taxes in their own countries with support from the public.

Now the proposed nutritional rules for the United States would set firm boundaries on how much salt and sugar can legally be added to meals, setting a new standard as most food imports for countries like The Bahamas are from the US.

The plan for the US is expected to be rolled out by 2025.

The rules, are unapologetically an attempt to cut down incidences of diabetes and other diseases fueled by unhealthy diets, according to media reports.

For now, the quantities on sugar and salt additives is an idea waiting wider consultation.

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TCI Office in Bahamas identified 

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By Dana Malcolm 

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#TurksandCaicos, February 7, 2023 – An office space has already been identified for an all-new TCI Immigration office in The Bahamas according to Arlington Musgrove, Minister of Immigration and Border Services.

Musgrove told Magnetic Media that the ministry was “almost there” in regard to securing the space; it indicates the Government is moving full speed ahead with plans for the passing of the new Immigration Bill which will allow third-generation TC Islanders citizenship, even as the public awaits consultations on it.

The announcement of the bill had caused some skepticism among islanders, some of whom wanted the government to focus on keeping TC Islanders at home instead of recruiting others.  Musgrove however had made it clear that the TCI was in a population crisis and would need to slow down PRC naturalisation rates and naturalise people with historical, familial and cultural connections to the land or risk going ‘extinct’.

The office will work to deepen the relationship between the two sister countries even more and help increase the TCI’s population offsetting the need for masses of external labour according to the government.

When passed, the rule will apply to third-generation islanders everywhere, not only in The Bahamas giving them a free ticket to come home.

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