Tuesday, May 18, 2021


Condolences Pour in After Son of Cabinet Minister Dies

Condolences poured in after a son of Environment Minister Romauld Ferreira was found unresponsive at his home.

Police say shortly after 2 pm on Thursday, they received reports of the incident and upon arrival, they were directed to a room where the teenager was found laying on the floor of the room. EMS was unsuccessful in resuscitating him.

What Former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest said

“Sonia and I send our deepest condolences to minister Romauld Ferriera and his family on the sudden passing of his teenage son.

“No words seem appropriate in these circumstances and so we send our love and prayers to and for them as they try to come to terms with this tragic loss.

“We encourage persons who may be feeling pressured to take a second look, take a second step back and consider their options,” he said.

“Whether it be financial pressure, emotional pressure or pressure from relatives, there’s always someone they can find to talk to.

What Opposition Leader Philip Davis said

“I join thousands of Bahamians in expressing shock and sadness at the tragic death of the son of a parliamentary colleague, Romauld Ferreira, Minister of Housing and the Environment at the family’s home today.

“As a parent, l imagine that the grief and sadness at the loss of a beloved child must be unspeakable.

“I pray for the Ferreira family that they may find strength, solace and comfort in the midst of this unsettling tragedy. I ask that the nation also pray for them and respect their privacy, allowing them to grieve in private.

What DNA Leader Arinthia Komolafe said

“As a mother, I am heartbroken and saddened by news of the loss of a child. It is a pain that no parent should ever have to bear.

“Tonight, I join the nation as we mourn with our brother, Mr. Romauld Ferreira – Minister of Housing and the Environment.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this dark and difficult time. We extend our deepest condolences and pray for comfort that only God can provide.

Featured Image: Nassau Guardian

Vaughn Miller Slams Government for Non Invitation to Housing Ceremony

Golden Isles MP Vaughn Miller lambasted the government for neither informing nor inviting him to the recent groundbreaking ceremony for the new Carmichael Village Subdivision.

Miller stood in the House of Assembly to slam the government saying the lack of invitation shows “disrespect.” He said, “I take grave offense.”

Why it matters

  • The new subdivision is located in the Golden Isles constituency.
  • Vaughn Miller just recently crossed the floor from the governing party to become a member of the Progressive Liberal Party.
  • The housing project in the Carmichael area was attended by Prime Minister Hubert Minnis and the Minister of the Environment and Housing Romauld Ferreira.

The big picture

  • The new subdivision comprises a total of 365 lots for the purpose of home construction. It will accommodate single and multi-family housing. Additional lots will be used to construct community parks and other common areas for the residents of the subdivision.
  • The serviced lot will provide land at prices below market value in order for the land to be used as collateral; ensure that the land has infrastructure; and provide concessions to enable Bahamians to build at considerably reduced costs.

What Vaughn Miller said

  • It has always been accepted and expected practice in our democracy. He is not aware nor informed that the practice has been changed.
  • It was a blatant lack of respect shown to him as the member of parliament for the area.
  • I was elected and not appointed by Golden Isles.
  • We are supposed to be honorable men and women in this honorable institution. Our behaviour should therefore reflect the same.
  • I am the member of parliament for the said constituency regardless of their political persuasion.
  • It is disheartening to see the leader of the country seemingly unfazed that the elected member of parliament for the said constituency was not apart of the project that could undoubtedly have a great impact on the quality of life of those residents.

State of play

  • Prime Minister Minnis nor Romauld Ferriera were present in the House during the speech.

Young Activist Behind Country’s Plastic Ban Wins International Environmental Award

Kristal Ambrose is the young woman that convinced the government to ban single-use plastic items in the Bahamas.

Ambrose was recently awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize for her efforts, the award given to honor grassroots environmental heroes around the world.

Ambrose, the 30-year-old native of Eleuthera led a local campaign, creating an “upcycled” program to motivate students to repurpose plastic waste.

Photo credit: Dorian Curtis Jr. and Jawanza Small

She soon drafted legislation to share with the government on the issue of plastic use in the country and travelled to Nassau in January 2018 to meet Minister of Environment Romauld Ferriera to discuss her solution for the problem of plastic pollution.

Ferreira promised he would address it and later that year, the government announced a plan to address the issue, while banning single-use plastic bags, food utensils, straws, and Styrofoam in January 2020.

Ambrose told UK media, “In the Bahamas, it’s a really big deal because we receive the world’s waste as well as producing our own. This is paradise, until you look closely. Then you see the plastic pollution that washes in with the Sargasso Sea.”

Photo credit: Goldman Prize

Ambrose is studying marine waste in Sweden and wants to use her research to build stronger organizations and awareness in the Bahamas.

“We need to bridge the gap between community and science. It is no good publishing research every year if the information is not going to the people,” she said. “Plastic is just a tool.

“It’s about way more than that. It’s about helping young people to find their voice and recognize we are in this together.”

Ambrose was one of many environmental winners. Chibeze Ezekiel of Ghana was awarded for his four-year grassroots efforts, prompting his government to halt the construction of a 700-megawatt coal power plant. Nemonte Nenquimo of Ecuador led an indigenous campaign to protect 500,000 acres of the Amazon rainforest. Leydy Pech of Mexico, stopped the planting of genetically modified soybeans in southern Mexico. Lucie Pinson of France pressured France’s largest banks to stop financing new coal projects and companies.