Friday, April 13, 2018

Oban: Say Yay or Nay? (Weekly Highlights)

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Oban: Say Yay or Nay?


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Dear Readers,

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.

The proposed 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? 


Can 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.
 


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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

Easter Run: 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 runs.

The following weekend, Joe Kohler departed for East End and Sweeting Cay with a further 15 bags.

Michelle Forbes (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 her.

          
      Michelle's refrigerator delivered

Nekemea Jones: 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.

Crossreach 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

              THECROSSREACH TEAM
Again, 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.
                                                                               
        Email: xreach@live.com

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New Providence
  • April 13th - 14th, 2018 
    • Harbourside Marine "Tuna Classic" Tournament
  • April 13th - 15th, 2018 
    • Agri-Business Expo 10:00am - 10:00pm at Gladstone Road Agricultural Centre

  • April 15th, 2018  
    • 30th Annual Bahamas Bridal Show 12:00pm at The Melia Nassau Beach

  • April 21st, 2018  
    • National Park Day 8:00am - 4:00pm at The Retreat, Village Road
Grand Bahama
  • April 12th, 2018 
    • Bahamas Public Services Union "Men 1 day Seminar" 9:00am - 4:30pm at 
      West Atlantic Drive, BPSU Hall
  • April 12th, 2018 
    • GBCC Corporate Mix N Mingle 5:30pm at 
      Flying Fish Gastro Bar
  • April 13th - 14th, 2018 
    • Harbourside Marine "Tuna Classic" Tournament
  • April 14th, 2018 
    • Rotaract Club of Freeport 4th Annual Art Exhibition Competition 7:00pm-10:00pm at The Rand Nature Center
  • April 21st, 2018 
    • Earth Day 2018- National Park Day at Lucayan National Park
  • April 24th, 2018 
    • Extreme Kayak Fishing Tournament
  • April 25th, 2018 

    • Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce Monthly Business Meeting 12:30pm at Delphine Room, Pelican Bay Hotel
  • April 28th, 2018 

    • Da Local Fresh Market 9:00 am-1:00 pm at Rand Nature Centre
Family Islands
  • April 11th -15th, 2018 
    • Eleuthera...All That Jazz Music Festival at Governor's Harbour 
  • April 16th, 2018 
    • Cuban night in The Berries 7:00 pm at Great Harbour Cay Marina
  • April 19th-28th, 2018
    • Abaco Anglers 48th Annual Fishing Tournament
  • April 22nd, 2018 
    • Earth Day Festival Festival at Governor's Harbour 
  • April 24th, 2018 
    • National Family Island Regatta at Elizabeth Harbour, Georgetown, The Exumas
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