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Got a disability? Govt wants you to register

OFFICIALS have made a plea to the disabled community to participate in the Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development’s ongoing voluntary registration of persons with disabilities.

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FACE TO FACE: And the award goes to . . me!

DECEMBER got off to an amazing start for me. I had an unexpected surprise that has really inspired me to press on with my personal mission of “Getting Good News in the News”. I was chosen as the “Media Advocate of the Year” and received an Icon Award during celebrations for Disability Awareness Week.

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Rights in Zimbabwe

It is beyond belief that the Zimbabwean government is failing to respect disabled people and empower them so that they can have decent standards of living.

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US criticises Bahamas on citizenship measures

THE United States said the Bahamas government has not effectively implemented laws to provide long-term residents the chance to get Bahamian citizenship “in a timely manner and on a non-discriminatory basis.”

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Govt ‘working to reduce backlog on citizenship’

PRESS secretary Clint Watson said while the government refuses to respond to criticism from the United States, it is working to reduce the backlog of people seeking a response to their citizenship applications.

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Workshop helps protect rights

A WORKSHOP designed to help protect the rights of Bahamian children and persons with disabilities was recently held. The event brought together United Nations officials and government agencies which make up the National Reporting Cooperation Mechanism.

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UPDATED: Govt promises to increase pensions, enhance social assistance

THE government has promised to increase pensions for the elderly and raise benefits for the disabled community as a part of its plan to improve social assistance.

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ALICIA WALLACE: Planning for the future - but do we really have one?

Independence is always an interesting time in The Bahamas. On the weekend, someone joked that on July 9, people complain about the country. On July 10, The Bahamas is the best place on earth. By July 11, the complaints are back.

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ALIV Connect aims to assist the disabled community

ALIV presented an initiative yesterday to bring greater assistance to the disabled community called ALIV Connect.

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Disabled crane operators lose Weather Dept tornado claims

Three former Freeport Container Port operators have lost their bid to claim damages from the Government over disabilities and “extensive psychological trauma” resulting from the March 2010 tornado that devastated the firm’s operation.

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Drifting catamaran rescued by RBDF

THREE occupants of a disabled vessel are grateful for the assistance of members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force after they were safely escorted to harbour in the southern Bahamas early yesterday morning.

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Boat spotted adrift - and rescue turns to detention

TWO Bahamians are currently being detained allegedly for customs violations after their disabled vessel was towed into Grand Bahama on Saturday afternoon.

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‘Abusers should compensate victims’

SOCIAL Services Minister Obie Wilchcombe wants laws changed so people convicted of abuse must financially compensate their victims.

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A chance to give thanks

A PRE-THANKSGIVING day event was held by Nassau Village MP Jamahl Strachan for members of the Bahamas Alliance for the Blind and Visually Impaired (BABVI).

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Para-athlete Erin Brown to become godmother of Royal Caribbean’s Odyssey of the Seas

A BAHAMIAN woman who lost her leg to cancer and went on to defy odds and inspire thousands will be named “godmother” of Royal Caribbean International’s Odyssey of the Seas.

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ALICIA WALLACE: We need more than laws

LAST week was tough. The conversations taking place in public and private spaces were difficult. Reading the news was a chore. The constant barrage of video clips, audio snippets, and sensational quotes were intrusive and exhausting.

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Pioneering community leader honoured after her death

The late Robertha Johnson made history when she became the first female President of the Bahamas Alliance for the Blind and Visually Impaired (BABVI) last year. After taking up the post in April of 2021, she made a difference in the organisation, injecting her passion into various projects, always with a view of seeing more inclusion for people with disabilities and opportunities for their employment and advancement.

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BTC helping spread Christmas cheer

BTC HAS announced its corporate donations to 18 organisations for the holidays to help them to spread Christmas cheer to families across the Bahamas. Among the organisations are five children’s homes and eight groups committed to feeding those in need.

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Thank you for rescuing me

I am writing this letter in the hopes that it may be read by the wonderful, caring couple who came to my aid last Saturday night.

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3,000 expected to vote in Grand Bahama today

ABOUT 3,000 people are expected to vote in the advanced poll in Grand Bahama today.

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