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Government establishes task force to focus on Ebola awareness
Written by BIS   

Photo: Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie announces the Government's new Task force, which will focus on Ebola awareness. The task force includes professionals from a cross section of public and private sector agencies. The announcement was made during a press conference held at the Office of the Prime Minister on Wednesday, October 22. (BIS Photo/Peter Ramsay).NASSAU, Bahamas - The Government has assembled a task force to ensure that the Bahamas is prepared in the event of Ebola cases entering the country. Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie made the announcement during a press conference held at the Office of the Prime Minister on Wednesday, October 22.

“This task force, which includes a cross-section of professionals and experts from various agencies of government and the private sector, has been organized in order that we ensure that in the face of this calamitous disease – Ebola – reaching our country, we would be poised to provide maximum protection and assistance to our people and visitors alike,” said Prime Minister Christie.

He said that the government is working diligently with other international stakeholders and that it is expected that more advice will be made available to the Government within 24 hours on the recommended protocols required should a case arise in the country.

Expressing his satisfaction that all the necessary discussions have been held and the relevant authorities have been consulted, Mr. Christie said that the Bahamas has decided to keep its border open for tourism. He said that he is ‘confident’ that from a policy point of view, the government has taken the necessary steps to mitigate undesirable results.

“We are not going to compromise the health of Bahamians but we must recognize that 70 percent of our economy is dependent on our tourism industry,” he said. “Given this reality and the fact that we have put in place the necessary protocols needed to protect our people, I am satisfied that we will be ready in the event of exposure to the disease.”

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BNT Wine & Art Festival – postponed
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   

 
Local AKA chapter sorority members take on international posts
Submitted by Phylicia Laramore   

NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Eta Psi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated continues to trail blaze within the international region and the sorority at large as six local members are appointed to international committees.  

On the heels of the chapter's 50th anniversary, and the 66th International Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina the following members were acknowledged and appointed to international committees by the 29th International President Mrs. Dorothy Buchanan-Wilson who also introduced a new platform “Launching New Dimensions of Service”.  

Mrs. Mavis Johnson-Collie - Chairman of the International Archives Committee, a Life Member and Silver Star of the sorority, former president of the Eta Psi Omega Chapter. Johnson-Collie has served as the first member from the international region to be appointed to international committees and an elected member to the International nominating committee. She previously served as the International Region's Representative to the Connections Committee, the Advocacy arm of the organization.  

Ms. Presleith McPhee - The International Membership Committee also a Life Member and Silver Star of the sorority. She is also a former president of the Eta Psi Omega Chapter, and also served as Parliamentarian to the National PanHellenic Association.  

Mrs. JoyAnne Archer - International Connections Committee and is the immediate past president of the Eta Psi Omega Chapter, has also served on the International committee and Chairman of the Centennial International Region Gala. International Representative for Membership and Programs.  

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Bahamas Consul General in New York visits Freeport for ‘Diplomatic Week’
Submitted by BIS   

FREEPORT, The Bahamas – His Excellency Forrester J. Carroll Consul General, Bahamas Consulate, New York, made an official visit to Grand Bahama, and as part of ‘Diplomatic Week’ – this week -- he visited schools on the island – this morning speaking to faculty and students in the capacity of diplomat during this special week that nationally recognizes the diplomatic corps.

Mr. Carroll introduced himself to the youngsters as an honorary Grand Bahamian who has lived on Grand Bahama since 1963. His participation for ‘Diplomatic Week’ involved speaking at various high schools and giving young people a glimpse of what the diplomatic corps is all about, explaining the functions of diplomats in representing the interests of Bahamians, abroad.

Mr. Carroll spoke to the children about the role of consulates, nationhood and The Bahamas’s place in the world. He is The Bahamas Consul General to New York and jurisdictions including Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

His Excellency is pictured here greeting students of Sir Jack Hayward High School, seated on the bleachers; meeting the students of St. George High School; and being welcomed by education officials, Mary Cooper, District Superintendent, West Grand Bahama, Ministry of Education; and Ivan Butler, Principal, Eight Mile Rock High School – during a visit to EMR High School. (BIS Photos/Vandyke Hepburn)

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Heart Ball Committee meeting: What’s to come from the Heart Ball Committee
Submitted by Ingrid Sears   

Heart Ball Committee members. Back: L-R: Keniqua Whitehouse, Linda Lafleur, Claire Howorth, Ingrid Sears, Sue Riding, Michelangiolio Baccelli, Marilyn Cambridge, Erin Bethell, Alice Similien, Lottie Palumbo, Olivia Porteous   Front: L-R: Rosemarie Thompson, Coretta Owen (co-chair), Portia Nottage (Co-chair), Maria Symonette 	NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Heart Ball Committee is back at it again. Despite current economic challenges and imposing changes to the economy, The Heart Ball Committee recently met to plan their upcoming events. This group of dedicated volunteers give their time and efforts to raise funds to help repair the hearts of children. When Committee members Zelia Bethell (recent honouree) and Linda Lafleur (treasurer) were asked, why they do what they do, they replied as follows:  

Mrs. Lafleur, “ I do it because it’s a charity I have become passionate about; it’s something I enjoy doing. I do it to assist the children. The reality is, this is the only avenue most children diagnosed with heart disease have to obtain heart repair.”  

Mrs. Bethell indicated, “I was taught, all of my life that you should give back; as it is better to give than to receive. This was my parents’ motto. Additionally, being a nurse, I have a passion for people’s health. This cause is particularly dear to my heart because it is helping the future generations; we may be helping a future prime minister.”  

The Heart Ball Committee is the fund raising arm of The Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamas) Heart Foundation. It is a non-profit entity established in 1961 that helps to repair the hearts of children. The Heart Foundation works along with the Bahamas Heart Association to educate the public, about heart care, in hopes of preventing heart disease in adults and children.  

Heart care is not cheap. One surgery can cost over $100,000 dollars. As such, the Heart Ball Committee works feverishly to raise funds to save lives. They host two major fund raisers yearly – the Annual Tea Party & Fashion Show and the Annual Heart Ball. The Tea Party and Fashion Show is scheduled to be held at Mt. Fitzwilliam, Government House, on Sunday, November 23rd, 2014. The Annual Heart Ball is scheduled to be held on Saturday, February 14th, 2015 at Melia Nassau Beach. These events are open to the public for a minimal donation.

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