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“Sandals Royal Bahamas Joins Fight Against Period Poverty for Women’s History Month”

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#TheBahamas, March 31, 2022 – The Willie Mae Pratt Centre for Girls on Fox Hill Road recently received a sizeable donation of menstrual health and hygiene supplies courtesy of Sandals Royal Bahamian. This formed part of the resort’s efforts for Women’s History Month as they endeavoured to join in the fight against period poverty as well as to give back to young women on the island.

The institution’s students and staff also received hot meals and refreshing beverages from the resort. Among the items donated were sheets, bath towels, soaps, sanitary napkins and hand sanitizers. Period Poverty speaks to the lack of access to menstrual products, menstrual health education, hygiene products as well as facilities and waste management. It is a phenomenon that affects over 500 million women worldwide.

Sandals Royal Bahamian’s Hotel Manager, Deryk Meany was on hand to provide pep talks to the young women and assured them that the resort will continue to collaborate with the centre on future initiatives.

“It is important that as we break the bias which is the theme for Women’s History Month, we start by breaking the stigma attached to menstrual health which is that it is solely a woman’s issue. It is a crucial concern in our society and I am delighted that our resort, Sandals Royal Bahamian decided to embark on this journey, advocating for an end to period poverty. This is the first of many collaborations with Willie Mae Pratt Centre for Girls. We believe in the power of community and we love what this noble institution is doing for young women here,” he shared.

The Centre’s Superintendent, Monique Greenslade commended the resort for the initiative and stated that she is elated about the future prospects.

“We are so grateful that you all saw it fitting to leave your offices to come join us here. We are taken aback and we are appreciative that you decided to take the time to visit us. You all are our newest partners and together we can make a difference in the lives of young women who come here. Together we can change lives for a safer Bahamas. I know with Sandals by our sides, greater things are going to happen,” Greenslade declared.

Also present was Executive Chef, Colin Watson who not only served special lunches to the young women but also promised that going forward, a birthday cake would be delivered to the centre each month, to help in the observance of celebratory festivities.

The donation to Willie Mae Pratt Centre for Girls is one of three community-focused projects that the resort has undertaken so far for the month of March. They earlier donated items to the Nazareth Centre and nonprofit organization, FOAM (Families of all murder victims) through its leader, Khandi Gibson.

Sandals Royal Bahamian’s Public Relations Manager, Renee Deleon was keen to note that one of the resort’s main objectives since its reopening is to impact more lives positively.

“The resort is re-imagined in every sense. The aim is to delve deeper into the communities, to make an even greater impact and help to transform lives, positively. We are pleased, that our efforts for Women’s History Month have forged some meaningful partnerships with various entities. This is indicative of what is meant by community and we are serious about our mission to show care and concern for the ones in which we operate,” she shared.

 

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Header: Representatives from Willie Mae Pratt Centre for Girls as well as representatives from Sandals Royal Bahamian were pictured at the Centre recently when the resort donated a few items for their women’s history month campaign to help end period poverty. They also provided the centre with lunches.

insert 1: Colin Watson, Executive Chef at Sandals Royal Bahamian stopped by Willie Mae Pratt Centre for Girls recently where he along with other members of his team provided lunches for the young women and the Centre’s team members.

insert  2: Sandals Royal Bahamian’s Hotel Manager, Deryk Meany has a chat with Monique Greenslade, superintendent at Willie Mae Pratt Centre for girls. Meany was among other representatives from Sandals who stopped by the centre recently in observance of their women’s history month campaign.

 

 

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

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By Shanieka Smith

Features Writer

 

#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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Grand Bahama Minister invites residents to enjoy the Independence Celebrations

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By: Robyn Adderley

From: Bahamas Information Services

 

#TheBahamas, June 30, 2022 – Residents and visitors alike were on Wednesday, June 29 encouraged by Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Ginger Moxey to participate in the upcoming Independence celebrations during a press conference at the Ministry.

Being held under the theme “Proud To Be Bahamian” Minister Moxey said with this theme in mind, she thinks of the many Bahamians proudly displaying the colours of the flag while excelling in their various sporting disciplines such as NBA stars Klay Thompson and Buddy Hield, track sensations Steven Gardiner and Shaunae Miller-Ubo, professional baseball player Jazz Chisholm, along with others making contributions in the areas of music, film, visual arts, science and others.

“These proud Bahamians unapologetically represent the 242 on the global stage, and they remind me how blessed this nation called The Bahamas truly is.”

The Minister continued, “This year’s Independence Celebrations are very special for several reasons; firstly, the residents of Grand Bahama will unite as a community to give praise and thanks to God for His grace and mercy, and His continued guidance and protection, after everything this island has been through.

“Secondly, we are officially on the road to marking our nation’s 50th year of Independence, The Bahamas’ Golden Jubilee!

“For this reason, we proudly celebrate our culture and heritage, and my Ministry in conjunction with the Independence Committee will kick off Independence activities this Thursday June 30th (my birthday) at the Eight Mile Rock Fish Fry and Unity Rush Out in Sunset Village, Eight Mile Rock at 7pm.”

The four, Category (A), Junkanoo Groups participating in the rush out are The Swingers, Classic Dancers, Superstar Rockers and Platinum Knights. During the press conference, the Swingers presented Minister Moxey with a special junkanoo piece as an early birthday present.

Events are scheduled for East to West Grand Bahama, beginning Thursday with the Eight Mile Rock Fish Fry and Unity Rush Out in Sunset Village, and ending on July 11 with the return of the Pelican Point Coconut Festival in East Grand Bahama.

The public is advised that as a matter of importance, for the public’s safety, COVID-19 Protocols will be enforced at all events. Event goers are encouraged to wear their masks at all the events to ensure their safety.

“So, this is a clarion call to the public to get involved; pull out those flags, those Bahamian colors; because YES! WE PROUD TO BE A BAHAMIAN!!,” she said.

 

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Header: After a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Ginger Moxey on Wednesday, June 29 announced plans for the upcoming Independence celebrations being held under the theme, “Proud to be Bahamian.”

1st insert: Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Ginger Moxey on Wednesday, July 29 announced plans for the upcoming Independence celebrations.  Minister Moxey is seen with the committee members.

2nd insert: Representatives from the Swingers Junkanoo Group on Wednesday, June 29 presented Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Ginger Moxey, will a special piece in recognition of her birthday on Thursday. The first Grand Bahama Independence activity will be held then at the Eight Mile Rock Fish Fry and Unity Rush Out in Sunset Village at 7pm.

 

(BIS Photos/Andrew Miller)

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