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Oban: Say Yay or Nay?
For more than 2 months now the controversial Oban Energies deal has continued to dominate headlines.
No matter how hard they've tried, it seems like the Minnis
administration simply cannot shake the lingering public criticism of the
proposed Oban deal. From misleading the public on when the
official document was signed to granting preliminary approvals without
completed Environmental Impact Assessments to reports of missing Best
Commission Files I think its safe to say that many Bahamians feel that
the government has lost its credibility on this matter.
Oban Energies deal is about far more than the way the government has
handled this potential project. At the heart of it, the deal is
revealing exactly what we as a people place our value on.
On one side are environmentalists, who
rightly so, have expressed concerns. The scale and scope of this
project can have widespread implications for the future of delicate
ecosystems on Grand Bahama. What protections are there in the event of a
worst case scenario? Do we have the ability to respond immediately and
effectively? What direct benefit do we get? Will it
reduce the price of gas for Bahamians and what sureties do we have that
Bahamians will reap long-term benefits from this project? As a country, which depends heavily on the Sun, Sand & Sea which we were blessed with; are we really willing to jeopardize our natural habitats for the sake of an investment?
On the other side, are the scores
of Grand Bahamians who have been promised better. As a Grand Bahamian
who lived in Freeport at the height of its magic and at some of its
lowest points, I empathize and sympathize with many people on the island
who have been living in a place of expectation for YEARS! Men and women
who have chosen to believe the word of our politicians who have
promised better. Better opportunities, better jobs, a better way of
life. I understand that after years of expecting, and wishing, and
hoping and praying, the idea of a 5.5 BILLION dollar project, which would create much-needed employment, seems like a no-brainer... but is it?
In preparing this editorial I came across a social media Ad, sponsored by a group out of Freeport, which seemed to blast critics of the deal for attempting to block potential jobs for residents on the island.
My question to our readers is this: Who do you think is right? Who/What takes precedence?
you blame residents in Freeport for wanting to throw their support
behind the idea of this project? Are environmentalists not considering
the real day to day realities facing the island? Is this matter as black
and white as some are making it or do you see shades of grey?
We'd love to hear from you, sound off in the comments and tell us your position.
Moxey-Ingraham Hailed as True 21st Century Woman;
Drum Major for Good, Justice and Democracy
Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon Hubert A. Minnis Friday
described former Cabinet Minister, Senator and Parliamentarian, the
Hon. Theresa Maria Moxey-Ingraham as a "true 21st Century Woman" who was
vocal in her support for equality for women in The Bahamas.
Prime Minister Minnis further described Mrs. Moxey-Ingraham as a Drum Major for what was good, right and just. Read More
DPM Turnquest - 'Sustainable Development' Addresses Our Common Future
"The challenges we face as a country - unemployment, poverty,
inequality and climate related disasters - are problems which need to be
solved holistically, through local and global partnerships," says
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Hon. K. Peter
Minister Turnquest, who was the keynote speaker at the Sustainable
Grand Bahama Conference, hosted by the University of The Bahamas, and
held at the Grand Lucayan on Thursday morning, said that one of the ways
sustainable development is being mainstreamed in the educational system
is through the national development planning process.Read More
Presidente Party Paradise provides Mystery & Mischief at Mask Fete
Excitement, vibrant colors,
drums, music and a real festive ambiance filled Pompey Square and
brought it alive with the sights and sounds of Carnival courtesy of the
Caribbean's favorite beer: Presidente. More than three thousand Soca
enthusiasts packed the square for the Presidente Party in Paradise mask
fete which offered 'carnivalists' and visiting tourists great music,
great vibes and of course lots of Presidente Beer. Read More
Port & Devco Partner on Inaugural Reef Restoration Initiative
Across the globe, coastal communities
have for centuries been protected by coral reefs. These diverse
underwater eco-systems not only provide a home for a wealth of marine
life but also act as a protection and natural barrier against hurricanes
and natural disasters. Additionally, coral reefs generate up to 30
billion dollars in annual revenue around the globe, with as many as one
billion people depending on reefs for their livelihoods. Read More
Playoff Rugby is Coming to Freeport
Just one game stands in the way of a spot in the Heineken Cup
finals, for Freeport Rugby Club. But before the final showdown, Freeport
must take care of business this Saturday the 14th against Nassau's Baillou squad that has proven to be a tough competitor all season.
Though Freeport emerged victorious in two regular-season games
against Baillou, the Nassau club has not gone away quietly. After
escaping with a 43-35 win in Nassau, Freeport barely edged out Baillou at home on March 24 in a 29-28 nail-biting win.Read More
Bahamas participates in Recognition Ceremony and Cultural Presentation at UNESCO
The World International Council of Dance (CID) in Paris officially
presented documents recognizing the Nassau Section of CID during a
special ceremony in Paris on March 29th.
Bahamas Ambassador to UNESCO H.E. Desmond Edwards delivered greetings on behalf of the Government of The Bahamas at the event.Read More
LLEYTON HEWITT ACADEMY TO HOST ITS FIRST JUNIOR TENNIS TOURNAMENT
This weekend The Lleyton Hewitt
Tennis Academy at Albany will host its first junior tennis tournament in
The Bahamas. It will be the second event in The Winterbotham IC Junior
Series that proved very popular at its first event in February at The
National Tennis Centre. The IC Junior Series continues through the year
with the third event that will be at The Raquet Club at Baha Mar in May. Read More
Former M.P. Pierre Dupuch comments on rumours of an FNM Coup.
A short while ago it was said that I was starting and spreading
rumours about Hubert Ingraham being a part of a coup to challenge Dr.
Hubert Minnis for leadership.
For Hubert Ingraham to believe that, he must be living in a fool's
world, and suffering from delusions of grandeur to think that I would
have the time or interest in starting any rumours about him. I was
merely commenting on a rumour about a possible vote of no confidence in Dr. Minnis and him being replaced as Prime Minister.Read More
Health Minister: Bahamians are eating themselves to death
Minister of Health the Dr. the Hon Duane Sands said in his opinion, it is evident that Bahamians are eating themselves to death.
Some of the foods on the national breadbasket have something to do
with many of the health challenges Bahamians face such as diabetes,
hypertension and heart disease, Dr. Sands explained at a town meeting on
the national breadbasket items at T. G. Glover Primary School,
Thursday, April 5, 2018.Read More
Minister Wells Committed to Making Sailing the National Sport
Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources, the Hon. Renward
Wells says that he is committed to making sailing the national sport of
The Bahamas in short order.
During his address at the opening ceremonies for the launch of the
Third Annual Sir Durward Knowles National Junior Sailing Regatta,
Minister Wells said that it must have all been a part of God's plan to
have him, a former Olympian, be the Minister who would help to bring
about the realization of the dream of Sir Durward Knowles in having
sailing become the national sport.Read More
Master Plan for 'Sterling Commons at Hurricane Hole, P.I.,' Unveiled
Sterling Hurricane Hole, on Thursday announced a $250 million
development on Paradise Island that is expected to create 600
construction job opportunities over a five-year period beginning 2019.
The company unveiled a master plan for 'Sterling Commons at
Hurricane Hole, P.I.' that includes marina, residences, retail
restaurants, office space and yachting services during a press briefing
and tour of the property.Read More
DPM Turnquest: 'Noise in the market has drowned out the good news and potential of Oban project'
Deputy Prime Minister, Minister
of Finance, and Member of Parliament for East Grand Bahama, the Hon. K.
Peter Turnquest said it is important for everyone to understand that the
Government of The Bahamas will not approve any project that is not
environmentally sound and sustainable, and that Government always
strives for symbiotic balance between environmental/community
development and economic growth.Read More
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CROSSREACH MARCH 2018 UPDATE
March proved to be a very busy month......
The Impact Group:
in conjunction with their 36 hour fast, the impact group set out on a
special run and helped deliver 12 bags of groceries to our most needy
families in Freeport and Lewis Yard.
Impact Team ready for delivery
The Easter bags were over full thanks to the efforts of Stacy &
Jeannette and Bobby & April Miller with loaves of bread, Kay and
Anne & Bob with bags of candies, Judy with sweet potatoes and
Leslie's group with bags full of a lovely selection of little
surprises. Again 50 bags successfully delivered across the 4 separate
The following weekend, Joe Kohler departed for East End and Sweeting Cay with a further 15 bags.
(Freeport Run, lost one leg to diabetes), lives with her mother and her
4 children. Her refrigerator broke down in which she needed to keep her
diabetes medication cool as well as the usual food and drink. Dolly
Madison very kindly donated a used Fridge as a replacement. Now we
understand that her stove packed up. We have given her a one-ring gas
burner for the time being until we can find a possible replacement for
Michelle's refrigerator delivered
Crossreach has reached an agreement with her landlady to reduce her
monthly rent (slightly). Crossreach, together with an anonymous donor,
have settled her substantial arrears, and has taken on the
responsibility of ensuring her rent will be kept current from now on.
She has been a Crossreach recipient for the past 8 years and with her 2
severely handicapped sons, Nekito and Mario, is in need of all the help
we can give her.
is also in receipt of a lovely donation from the Coral Beach Golf
Association. We have elected to use the funds to build up a stock of
supplies that carry a long-term shelf-life and extensive supplies of
bottled water in preparation for the upcoming hurricane season.
Future Run Dates
Mark your calendars .........
Saturday 19th May 2018
Saturday 16th June 2018
Saturday 21st July 2018
we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their
incredible support over the past 8 years. We certainly couldn't have
done it without you.