— Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 26, 2017 – Nassau – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest says the government is convinced that the health and strength of Grand Bahama’s economy is vital to the nation’s overall growth and development.“I can’t stress that enough because people don’t necessarily understand how important Grand Bahama is to the entire health of this country, because it is still the second largest economy in the country, never mind that Abaco is gaining on our heels every day and other islands like Exuma are holding their own,” added Minister Turnquest, who was the guest speaker at the 12th Annual Northern Conference of The Bahamas Association of Compliance Officers, which was held at Pelican Bay Resort, October 25, 2017.“If (Grand Bahama’s economy) fails, it will cause enormous pressure on the rest of the country,” added Minister Turnquest. “So, I can’t understate how important it is for us to get Grand Bahama right.”In his address to Compliance Officers, Minister Turnquest said his government feels it has an obligation to do what it can to ensure that Grand Bahama succeeds. He said that is just the first step in delivering on the commitments the government has made to the people of Grand Bahama and for the people of The Bahamas.“The economic transformation of Grand Bahama requires growth,” said Minister Thompson. “According to the IMF World outlook, The Bahamas is forecasted to grow by 1.8 percent in 2017 and by 2.5 percent in 2018. However, that growth will not happen and be sustained if the government does not do its part to facilitate economic transformation.“And again, getting Grand Bahama’s economy going is a key, critical component to achieving those goals. In fact, the country cannot progress without undertaking reforms that lead to better business conditions. These reforms are critical to achieve better living standards, moderate inflation, low inflationary concerns and high growth rates.”The Finance Minister noted that The Bahamas fell in its rankings on the “ease of doing business” ladder since last year and to a large extent that fall was not because of something the Bahamian government did, but rather what they did not do.“In other words, if we continue to stand still, thinking that we are doing okay, we are going to fall further and further behind because the rest of the world is moving forward,” Minister Thompson pointed out. “For example, Jamaica has made tremendous strides in its utilization of technology in order to facilitate and make the ease of doing business much better. And they have leap-frogged ahead of us.“We have an obligation and we have a commitment to make the improvements, to make the changes that we need to make in order to ensure that we keep pace, at a minimum. But I challenge my people every day to make a quantum leap to ensure that we get ahead.”By: Andrew Coakley (BIS)OPENS BACO CONFERENCE – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Hon. K. Peter Turnquest was the guest speaker to open the 12th Annual Northern Conference of The Bahamas Association of Compliance Officers (BACO) one-day conference, which was held on October 25, 2017 at Pelican Bay Resort.(BIS Photo/Lisa Davis) Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Aamir KhanPR HandoutWorld’s biggest Superstar Aamir Khan has an unfathomable fanbase across the globe and has followers deeply rooted in even the heartlands of the nation.Owing to the prodigious fan-following the actor is one of the most sought after and dependable faces when it comes to brands, hence, this IPL season, advertisers have invested over 250 crores on Aamir Khan alone.Combining the high value of the Superstar with one of the most celebrated festivals of India, IPL, Aamir Khan will witness visibility on the small screens every break of the IPL. Interestingly, as signed by three prime sponsors of the cricket league, Aamir Khan will be the only face seen on the TV Screens during the matches.Last year, Aamir Khan signed one of the top smartphone brands and continue to be the face of the brand this year as well. Aamir Khan will be seen selling wares of the title sponsor of the league, digital payments company and a well-known shoe brand.The digital payment company, on the other hand, has brought on Aamir Khan as its first-ever celebrity endorser. On choosing Aamir Khan as the face of their brand CEO of the company said, “His name is synonymous with sincerity, hard work and dedication to his craft. These are values that are completely in sync with PhonePe’s ethos of trust, security and reliability. Therefore, we felt that Aamir is the perfect brand ambassador for our company as we look to introduce digital payments to a billion Indians”.The third brand will kickstart their television campaign with Aamir Khan this premier league season which is a premium shoe brand.Endorsing more than one brand at a time is a departure for Aamir Khan, who has famously maintained he would prefer endorsing one brand at a time. The actor has earlier been the face of brands like Snapdeal, and Godrej Realty.On the work front, Aamir Khan will start prepping for his next film ‘Lal Singh Chadha’ which was announced on his birthday.
By Tyra Wilkes, Special to the AFROHoward University Hospital announced the opening of their Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Family Center at the Joint Base Anacostia –Bolling (JBAB), located at 53 MacDill Boulevard (Building 53) S.W., Washington, D.C. The center will provide healthcare to low-income military families with infants and children, access to healthy foods, nutritional and educational counseling, breastfeeding support, health care and immunization resources, and community-based social services.With the huge influx of postnatal death amongst women and children in the District, this announcement is major news as it guarantees accessibility for community members whose lives depend on having access to affordable healthcare. Howard University Hospital announced the opening of their WIC Family Center at the Joint Base Anacostia- Bolling (JBAB) in S.W., Washington, D.C. (Courtesy Photo)“Poverty and lack of health care access among military families are quite often overlooked with many families living well below the poverty line,” said Davene White, director of the HUH CARES Public Health Program. “Howard UniversityHospital is proud to open a new WIC center at Joint Base Anacostia – Bolling, which will help eliminate barriers and provide local military families with valuable nutrition education and resources to address their dietary and health needs.”The fight against the rising maternal mortality rate in Washington, D.C. has already caught the attention of major media and government. With mothers and children in low-income areas of the city dying at rapid rates in comparison to wealthier zip codes, Howard University Hospital is taking a step to combat this horrific trend and end the major health disparities issue facing the city.“Studies show that babies born prematurely or with low birth weight are at a higher risk of an early death,” White said. “The HUH CARES WIC program is very effective at reducing these incidents by offering resources focused on helping women improve the quality of their diet; as well as staying abreast of childhood immunization standards, growth and development and increasing access to prenatal care much earlier in their pregnancy.”The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Family Center is open from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.