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Kids get our Tourism why don't the Adults
On Tuesday I
was privileged to attend the Ministry of Grand Bahama's Junior Minister
speech competition (my daughter was a contestant). Eleven students
were selected to the second round, with 10 of them being girls and one
lone young man. Their topic was: The Bahamas, a Paradise for Health
and Wellness Tourism.
Each speech was 5-7minutes long. As I sat there and listened
I was so pleased to hear each student list the many assets of our
country. They also listed current medical facilities that possible
tourists could go to now to have that 'vacation surgery' for cosmetic,
replacement surgery and more. They also noted the multitude of bush
medicines that we have in our country that can help improve their quest for health and longevity, and they all mentioned the healing power of the; Sun, Sea and Sand.
Each student's speech was vibrant, well researched and
presented in fun and unique ways. As a marketer I was impressed.
According to their speeches our tourism sector brings in 60% of our GDP and affects everyone in our country. Medical tourism in a 1.4 Million Dollar
business in the U.S and is expected to gross 439 Billion around the
world, with a 25% increase this year. So, it seems like a business we
need to remain in.
The speeches all highlighted the friendliness of our people which is something I would agree with, but we both would note it does not always come across in our customer service. As these young teenagers expressed the unlimited possibilities the health market could bring to our country, they were smart enough to note that we have to become proficient in the services but most importantly give good customer service.
the largest economic factor in our country, mediocre tourism will not
keep us in the game - and these kids got that. I just wish the adults
that are in this field would too. We must outshine our competition, we
must go above and beyond the call of duty. Sun, sea and sand will not
keep them returning - only our people can.
PM hails Sir Durward Knowles as 'great Bahamian patriot'
Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis on Monday hailed the late Sir Durward Randolph "Sea Wolf" Knowles as a great Bahamian patriot.
Prime Minister Minnis said Sir Durward's legacy represents the very
best of what the Commonwealth of The Bahamas is as a country.
Addressing mourners attending Sir Durward's funeral service
held at Ebenezer Methodist Church, East Shirley Street, Prime Minister
Minnis said the legendary sailor, Olympian, businessman and
philanthropist was a "great Bahamian who was driven by the stars and the
call to service." Read More
FNM trying to muzzle freedom of expression over immigration abuses
I hereby publicly condemn Attorney General Carl Bethel in strongest
possible terms for his cowardly and shameful attempt to muzzle freedom
of expression and intimidate activists seeking to educate the public
about their rights.
His complaints about a recent publication by Rights Bahamas are
petty, irrelevant and totally lacking in merit; meanwhile, his
threatening language toward human rights defenders should be considered
highly dangerous by all Bahamians who defend democracy and fundamental
rights. Read More
Government must terminate Fraudulent Heads of Agreement
For weeks now, the Oban Energies melodrama has played out in the
media. Each week, new revelations have been unearthed tearing away at
the credibility of both the company and more importantly, this inept
Minnis administration, which failed on multiple fronts to maintain the
confidence of the Bahamian people in this and future foreign direct
investments. Rather than attempting to adequately address the lingering
concerns of environmentalists and the wider population, the Prime
Minister and his cabinet have often become defensive with members of the
press and others who have dared to suggest that the deal in question is
not in the best Interest of the people of the Bahamas. Read More
Two Bahamian Beaches Make List of Top Ten in USA Today's Readers' Choice Awards, Bahamas Only Country with 2 Beaches in Top 5
When it comes to best of the best it is hard to do better than the beaches of The Bahamas.
Two beaches, the pink sand beaches of Harbour Island and Tropic of
Cancer beach in Exuma, made the Top 10 Best Caribbean Beaches Award
chosen by thousands of USA Today readers along with a panel of experts.
The Bahamas was the only country with two beaches in the top five, an
accolade that did not escape the notice of Ministry of Tourism
officials. Read More
International Women's Day recognizes women in rural communities
The Bahamas will focus on women and girls who live in the remote
areas of the archipelago, namely the Family Island Communities, in
celebration of International Women's Day, March 8, 2018....
The Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, the Hon.
Lanisha Rolle, encouraged Bahamians to assist and support women in
strengthening their communities, to help to build families and country. Read on
Bahamian Brewery & Beverage Company Launches Limited Edition Craft Beer
Since launching its signature Sands brands more than a
decade ago, the Bahamian Brewery & Beverage Company (BBB) has
consistently set the standard for quality products and quality
experiences for its customers. In addition to classic beers such as the
Sands, Sands Light, High Rock and Strong Back Stout, the BBB family has
also broadened its spectrum of offerings to include internationally recognized brands which are all equally loved in the local
market. Read More
BTC set to bring one of the World's Most Respected Devices to The Bahamas
Pre-orders have begun as BTC forecasts the launch of the Samsung
Galaxy S9 and the S9+ to be simply phenomenal. According to Samsung
Electronics, these new devices are made for the way we increasingly
communicate and express ourselves more with images, videos and emojis,
the Galaxy S9 and S9+ drive innovation with Samsung's most advanced
camera ever. Redesigned with a new dual aperture lens that powers an
innovative low light camera, Super Slow-mo video capabilities and
personalized AR Emoji, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ ensure you never miss a
moment and make your everyday epic. Read More
Huge Clifton Pier oil leak a result of government neglect
Yet another large and dangerous oil leak from the Clifton Pier
Power Station is causing critical damage to the surrounding marine
The oil slick is so vast that it can be clearly spotted from the
air - as can the government's woefully inadequate efforts at
containment. It is clear that the rudimentary methods employed by the
BEC to try and hold back these toxic slicks, which emanate from the
facility on a regular basis, are deplorably ineffective.Read More
Presidente Party Paradise Start the Carnival Season
Presidente took over Pompey Square this past Saturday
offering beer enthusiasts, Bahamians and tourists a premium
entertainment experience featuring Nassau's hottest DJ's and of course,
lots of Presidente Beer. The Mardi Gras and Presidente Party Paradise
themed event prompted partygoers to participate in various fun and
exciting 'deeds for beads' and signaled the official start of The
Bahamas Carni...val season. Read More
LAURIE LADY MILLER DIES AT 93
The Grand Bahama Port Authority Group of Companies
express heartfelt condolences to Russell, Deborah, Tony, grandchildren
and extended family of the late Laurie Lady Miller on her passing.
Miller gave meaning to the saying 'Behind every good man stands a great
lady" as she was truly a strong and ardent supporter of her late
husband and our former President, Sir Albert J. Miller, KCMG. Indeed,
we can refer to this couple as the dynamic duo. ... They complemented each other in the growth and development of Freeport. Read More
Minister Dames Gives Insight into the Proceeds of Crime Bill
While giving his Communication during the debate on the Financial
Transactions Reporting Bill 2018 and the Proceeds of Crime Bill, 2018,
Minister of National Security the Hon. Marvin Dames presented to the
House of Assembly an in-depth look into the latter.
"The Proceeds of Crime Bill is for an Act to Consolidate and
Strengthen Measures to Recover the Proceeds and Instrumentalities of
Crime and to Combat Identified Risks," Minister Dames pointed out, on
March 1, 2018. Read More
Protected Areas Defend $24 Mil of Spiny Lobster Annually Report Highlights
Marine Protected Areas safeguard about 6 million pounds of spiny
lobster, worth almost 24 million dollars, every year. Protecting more
breeding grounds would increase the annual output of this resource,
according to a report commissioned by The Bahamas Protected project. The "Economic Valuation of Ecosystem Services in Bahamian Marine
Protected Areas" report was commissioned by The Bahamas Protected
Project, a three-year initiative to manage and expand marine protected
areas in the country in an effort to safeguard the economic value of
marine ecosystems. Read More
GAFFW RETURNS TO TREASURE CAY
The Great Abaco Family Fitness Weekend returns to Treasure Cay on March 16th-18th.
The three day event encourages family and friends to participate in fun
and friendly competition. The ever beautiful beaches and waters of
Abaco set a perfect backdrop for the athletic events.
The events consist of a 1-mile open water swim on Friday, triathlons and a kid's 1-mile run on Saturday, and a 5k/10k fun run/walk on Sunday.
Participants can enter one or all events as desired. Teams of 2 or 3
persons can also compete in the triathlons, consisting of swim, bike and
run legs. Read More
Symonette: Improved Systems to Further Expand Financial Services
Minister of Financial Services, Trade & Industry and
Immigration, the Hon. Brent Symonette, says that steps are being taken
to grow and sustain the financial services sector. The Minister
delivered opening remarks during the 15th annual International Business
and Finance Summit. The event was held at the Baha Mar Convention
Centre on Thurday, 1st March under the theme, "Hit the Reset Button." Read More
The Bahamas Ranks High as a Well-Regulated Jurisdiction
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Hon. K. Peter
Turnquest said that in respect to regulations and compliance, The
Bahamas continues to be a very well regulated jurisdiction and continues
to be highly ranked in this regard. In its efforts to keep up
with international best practices, the country has signed onto the
Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax
Matters and the Framework on Base Erosion Profit Shifting (BEPS), DPM
Turnquest said at the International Business Finance Summit presented by
the Bahamas Financial Services Board and held at Baha Mar, March 1,
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FEBRUARY 2018 UPDATE
very quiet & smooth run. Again, a lovely addition to the bags were
freshly baked loaves of bread from from Natalie's group, from Don and
from Bobby Miller's family.
Manno: totally blind
and lives alone in a little wooden shack in Eight Mile Rock, suffered
severely during hurricane Matthew when the side of his hut blew away and
he was crawling about in the open looking for pieces of wood to
re-secure his wall in the middle of the raging storm.
been a Crossreach recipient long before the present team took over 8
years ago. He always welcome everyone with a smile and a greeting and
likes to know who is present.
REFRIGERATION: We have requests from 2 of our recipients for a fridge. Anastacia needs to
her insulin shots cool, and Carlos needs to keep drinks and food cool.
Neither are able to get electricity connected as they can't get a
certificate of occupancy for their below-par living quarters. We have
researched the possibility of solar power which is too costly and too
exposed to theft. Does anyone know of the existence of some kind of
fridge that runs on gas or propane?
We do get our recipients occasionally asking for money. Whenever
possible, please avoid handing over any cash. We have found, in the past
, that once cash is given, they rarely look to see what is in the bag
or appreciate its contents, just looking for more cash.
COIN BOX: AGAIN, many thanks for the coins in the coin box and the bin....another $200 was deposited this week!
is beginning to receive donations...keep it up, please. Also, we are
always asked for disposable diapers. Huggies size 6 little movers are
for Leonie's 2 year-old daughter with downs syndrome and for 12 year-old
Mario, Nekemea's son amongst others.
Future Run Dates
Mark your calendars .........
Saturday 24th March 2018
Saturday 21st April 2018
Saturday 19th May 2018
Saturday 16th June 2018
like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their incredible
support over the past 8 years. We certainly couldn't have done it
Volunteers: Rotary Club of Freeport, Dusti Rhodes our awesome M.C., Eileen Watters Jones and
her friend Chris all the way from Michigan, Paulien Schoonhoven our
fabulous ring steward, Vicki Stafford, Christine Russell, Jarrod Pakosh,