Community outreach organizations visited on Women’s Day by Mrs. Ann Marie Davis and Minister of State Lisa Rahming
NASSAU, The Bahamas, March 14, 2023 – In celebration of International Women’s Day, on March 8, 2023, the Office of the Spouse of the Prime Minister, led by Mrs. Ann Marie Davis along with Minister of State for Social Services and Urban Development, the Hon. Lisa Rahming visited various women-led community outreach organizations.
According to Mrs. Ann Marie Davis, International Women’s Day is significant because it’s a day to recognize women for the contributions they’ve made as women are the “bedrock of our nation.”
Overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Bahamas Crisis Centre in the protection of women and girls in The Bahamas is one of the reasons why, according to Mrs. Davis, the center’s founder Dr. Sandra Dean-Patterson and staff were chosen to be presented with a plaque for assistance in social work.
“This is so phenomenal. Your contributions are great, and I respect this institution very much,” she said.
The Bahamas Crisis Center has established programs for domestic violence advocacy and rape survivors’ advocacy as well as provides support and accommodation to victims of domestic violence and sexual violence.
In its forty years of commitment to the advocacy for the safety of women and girls, the work of the Bahamas Crisis Centre is crucial to what International Women’s Day is all about, according to Minister Rahming.
“You are the nucleus of the hurting women. Not us. You. Because we give them to you. They are counseled. They are nurtured back to wholeness,” she said.
In addition to the Bahamas Crisis Center, other organizations honoured for the work they do in supporting women for International Women’s Day include: the Persis Rodgers Home for the Aged, Eljhay’s Hilltop Cottage Ministries, and Pat’s Senior Citizens Home.
Mrs. Davis and Minister of State Rahming, with representatives of the Bahamas National Trust and Aliv, planted breadfruit and mahogany trees in Lou Adderley Park for the first installation of the “50 for 50” tree-planting initiative. The Aliv-sponsored program is a partnership between The Office of the Spouse and the Bahamas National Trust with the aim of planting 50 trees across The Bahamas in commemoration of the celebration of the 50th Independence Anniversary.
According to Mrs. Davis, the initiative is a great way for people to connect with nature and the future benefits of planting the trees will help the environment as well as provide food accessibility to everyone. “Let us enrich our knowledge, health and our environment,” she said.
Header: First lady and Minister of State at Bahamas Crisis Centre
FBI and Bahamas looking into woman’s death
#TheBahamas, March 17, 2023 – The FBI is investigating a woman’s ‘suspicious’ death on a Carnival Cruise ship in February. The unnamed woman and her husband boarded the Carnival Sunshine on February 27th, for a trip to the Bahamas, but she was dead before they arrived in the port in The Bahamas.
The FBI said Carnival’s team had administered life saving measures when the woman was reported unresponsive, but they were unsuccessful. The body and the woman’s husband were released to the Bahamian authorities when the cruise arrived in the country.
In a statement shared with US media houses, Carnival Cruises claimed the death has been a natural one. The Nassau Guardian said a source told them the police findings had concurred with that assessment saying it was a “normal sudden death of a tourist who wasn’t feeling well.”
The FBI was waiting for the cruise and when it got back to South Carolina on March 4th, they immediately boarded and began to investigate the room based on ‘evidence of a crime.’ The FBI also searched the couple’s car.
No updates have been shared to contradict the currently established cause of death.
Why Sargassum Matters
#TheBahamas, March 17, 2023 – “If you don’t like it, go to another beach!” Is what Aaron John, an Education Officer from The Bahamas National Trust jokingly tells our news team about sargassum blooms; his quip, motivated by the necessity of nature when pit against the notion that there is a real threat when the stinky seaweed makes its annual appearance.
John can admit, he says, that Sargassum isn’t very pretty but life isn’t all about aesthetics and in this instance that ugly patch serves a purpose.
“We love our sandy beaches, but in order to keep them we need Sargassum. When storms come, they wash away all the sand off the beach but sargassum acts as a mulch to protect the sand from water erosion. It doesn’t look good, it doesn’t feel good but we need it.”
He said it also provides a habitat for small crustaceans, crabs, and insects that are all necessary to our ecosystem and islanders have found use for the weed.
“Historically, (in The Bahamas) we have been using sargassum as fertilizer, especially in the family Islands as far back as I know,” he said. “Birds don’t go on the beach unless there is Sargassum and what do they do? they feed – it’s beautiful.”
He encouraged residents to just leave it be if they came across it.
Sargassum isn’t harmful to humans, except for people with respiratory issues who may find the rotten egg smell triggers asthma. Despite this, it’s not advisable to walk through the weeds which may hide sharp rocks and bottles or vulnerable animals.
Experts say Sargassum blooms began to increase in size around 2011 and have continued to get bigger and bigger since. This year‘s bloom is around 5000 miles long and 300 miles wide and visible from space.
“I know it’s not a general outlook, but I would like to change the perspective on sargassum,” John said, pointing out The Bahamas National Trust is actively working to decrease alarm over the less worrisome events like sargassum as it raises the profile on the environmentally devastating.
Lease agreement approved for diaspora office
#TurksandCaicos, March 17, 2023 – The Turks and Caicos’ Bahamas Diaspora Office is moving closer and closer to opening day, following the Cabinet’s approval for the signing of a lease agreement.
The lease will be signed with FINCEN ltd in the Bahamas. Several weeks ago, Arlington Musgrove, Minister of Immigration confirmed to our news team that the location had been found and was being finalized; now a lease is approved at the Cabinet level.
The interest in the TCI from TC Bahamians was evident in the diaspora meetings held in early February. The two meetings held in Nassau and Grand Bahama were completely full and over-subscribed by hundreds.
It’s interest which the Government hopes will translate to real life population growth, bolstering the local population before the native population ‘goes extinct’.
The Opposition PDM is on the record with what it feels is a far more viable solution to a dwindling native population; seek out the country’s own citizens and bring them back home.
Cabinet did not state when the office will open.
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