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Guest Editorial From The Freeport News 

GB Humane Society Operates Admirably

Dear Readers,
As one moves throughout Grand Bahama, in particular, Freeport, the control of pets is evident. To a large extent, this mindset of caring for animals is a culture driven by the Grand Bahama Humane Society. This is how it ought to be.

Functioning very much under the radar, truly, without fanfare, the GB Humane Society is steadily on point, as much or perhaps more so, than any of the sister organizations operating in the rest of The Bahamas.  There has been depreciation clearly notable in other aspects of our society. However, the GB Humane Society's outreach has been simply comprehensive and outstanding.

Like many of the programs that propel that comfortable and meaningful civil existence throughout the world, humane societies got their beginnings in the United Kingdom.The Royal Humane Society was established in 1774 for the expressed collective purpose of ensuring care for sick, injured animals; humane treatment of pets; and a focus on the preservation of wildlife communities.

The GB Humane Society follows the script as flawlessly as is humanly possible. In The Freeport News on Monday, a sub-lead story heralded a particular situation that painted a picture of the hands-on, willingness and readiness features that typify the GB Humane Society.

The story is about a dog being rescued from a dumpster at the Grand Bahama Sports Complex by a citizen of high quality, kindness and one with a distinct humane trait. In the final analysis, after the animal was put in the care of the GB Society, its life changed very much for the better.

It's was Executive Director Tip Burrows' appeal to the general public though that prompted us to spotlight the GB Humane Society for the extraordinary role it has been playing for these many years.

Burrows implored residents to come forward on behalf of pets or stray animals found to be in distress. Burrows said the doors of the GB Society remain open to the public at large, when care is needed to be afforded animals. Very touching was her request of the public to bring animals in dire condition to the society, so that at the very least, they would die in a humane environment, being attended to until the very last.

That attitude is the essence of what is required to be a leader of civil societies
We congratulate the executive director and the other employees such as Felicia Teleforte who is pictured in The Freeport News lovingly holding a dog no longer under stress, once in the care of the GB Society.

Indeed, we encourage Tip Burrows and her associates to keep up the excellent work.

Hail to the Grand Bahama Humane Society!

Click This Photo for The Freeport News Article 

Minister Dames Explains why Bill is not a 'Spy Bill'

While giving his contribution to the Interception of Communications Bill 2017, Minister of National Security the Hon. Marvin Dames termed it a comprehensive contemporary law to fight "sophisticated technologically savvy criminals and dismantle their criminal networks."

"From the outset, let me dispel this ridiculousness of the Interception of Communications Bill being referred to as a 'Spy Bill'," Minister Dames said in the House of Assembly, on April 25, 2018. "For all within hearing distance of my voice, it is not and I will explain in my Contribution this morning. Read More
US Embassy Charge d'Affaires Pays Courtesy Call at OPM, Grand Bahama

Minister of State for Grand Bahama in the Office of the Prime Minister, Senator the Hon. J. Kwasi Thompson welcomed Stephanie Bowers, US Embassy Charge d'Affaires, on her first official visit to Grand Bahama, April 27, 2018.
Minister Thompson said the United States is an important partner with The Bahamas, and he was pleased to welcome her to Grand Bahama. Read More
Illegal Dumper Caught Red Handed

Each month, it's estimated that thousands of pounds of illegal waste are dumped in remote areas across various family islands. On Grand Bahama, beaches, service roads, and other sparsely populated areas have long been the target of illegal dumpers who use them to offload everything from old furniture and appliances to construction debris. The practice of dumping 'in the bush' in addition to being illegal under the law, also has far-reaching implications for the environment, public health and community development. Read More
Developer Releases Final Units Luxury P.I. Condo Nears Completion, 65% Sold

Developers of the 36-unit luxury condominium THIRTY SIX on Paradise Island released the final units this week as the $30 million project neared completion with 65% sold and an expected occupancy by year end.

"We are extremely pleased with how the project is evolving and excited about the response it has been generating," said Aristo Director of Sales & Marketing Matt Marco. "To be 65% sold at this stage with completion a few months ahead is a success by any measure." Read More
Friends of The Home, open their Homes to Help Local Children

They say it takes a village to raise a child, and thanks to some wonderful local mothers and their group of supporters, the Grand Bahama Children's Home (GBCH) everyday life is getting better.

These mothers, the 'Friends of the Home,' have focused their efforts on ensuring the children have the food and necessary supplies - along with a big dose of love - each month.  Read More
Bahamians played significant role in Commonwealth Youth Forum at CHOGM

For the voices of young people to be heard at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting bodes well for the future of the 53-member nations and by extension, the world.

During the meetings, five Bahamian young people joined an estimated 500 delegates who participated in the Eighth Commonwealth Youth Forum held on the margins of CHOGM from April 16-18. Read More
Mobile Multimedia: Galaxy S9's Audio Designers on the Shift to Stereo Sound

"With steps forward in sound volume and quality, the Galaxy S9 provides a true-to-life multimedia experience."
Bahamas, May 1, 2018 - As more people enjoy music and video through their smartphones, even greater importance is placed on the multimedia capabilities of our mobile devices. In the design of the Galaxy S9, Samsung set out to reimagine the smartphone's speakers, joining with globally renowned audio specialists to achieve a premium stereo sound. 
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WTO Consultation for Public Communication Services

Members of the Bahamas Association of Advertising and Marketing professionals (BAAM!) recently attended an industry-specific World Trade Organization (WTO) Consultation session to better understand the reasons for country membership and how to maximize the opportunities afforded by the worldwide trade organization. Read More 
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After School Sailing and Sailing Summer Camp

As you know, Ross, our current Director of Sailing, will be leaving us soon to pursue a new adventure. Over the past three-years, we have been fortunate that with Ross' spirit and motivational personality, he has trained an amazing group of Junior Sailing Instructors and developed each to recognize their leadership abilities. The Junior Instructors ("JIs") have been instrumental in the success of the sailing program, and should be commended on their commitment to teaching our children many skills, and most importantly, putting smiles on their faces and ensuring they have fun and stay safe. Read More
Pet Food Institute Team Earns Silver, Wins Hearts
Miracle Man Kimwood Mott, far right, with teammates son Kadin, the swimmer, left, and cyclist Patrick Paul, centre, prepare to enter the challenging BAARK Powerade Potcakeman Triathlon on Jaws Beach April 15. The event, sponsored in part by Washington, D.C.-based Pet Food Institute (PFI), attracted 151 athletes, 22 relay teams and hundreds of spectators, many accompanied by their four-legged friends. This is the third year that PFI Caribbean has helped to support the event that raises awareness and funds for pet nutrition, wellness and care in the Bahamas, as part of supporting responsible pet care. Read More

April was a very smooth series of runs distributing all 51 bags. Once again, loaves of bread for each bag were a lovely addition and also this month we had a donation of 51 containers of salad greens donated by Aquaponics at the Garden of the Groves, a real luxury for everyone.

Maylene Hield, East End Run
Hurricane Season: The start of the season on June 1st is rapidly approaching. In anticipation, Crossreach has already stockpiled a large quantity of canned foods and water. Thanks mainly to our friends in Coral Beach. In the event that a devastating hurricane does hit Grand Bahama we should be in a position to distribute emergency supplies immediately after its passing as we have done in years past. However, there is still plenty of shelf space left for more items.
Blessed Hands Ministry: (founded by two of our Crossreach members) is planning to start a soup kitchen, distributing soup, chicken souse, johnny cake, fruit & water in the Lewis Yard/Pinders Point area. Crossreach has provided the fruit and water. Certainly we wish them every success.

THE CROSSREACH TEAM                                                          

To learn more about the work of the Crossreach Team, please email them at: or visit the Church's Facebook page:

Brent Bethel delivers much needed help.
Peggy loving her Easter Candy
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Upcoming Calendar
New Providence
  • May 5th, 2018 
    • "My Mother's Inheritance on Sapodilla Street" 8:00pm at Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts, Mackey St.
  • May 6th, 2018 
    • "My Mother's Inheritance on Sapodilla Street" 5:00pm at Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts, Mackey St.
  • May 6th, 2018 
    • The Bahamas National Youth Choir presents: "This is My Story/This is My Song: Hymns Modern and Ancient" 7:00pm at Lutheran Church of Nassau, J F Kennedy Drive
  • May 10th, 2018 
    • Cyber Security Forum 7:30am - 1:00pm at The Island House
  • May 11th, 2018 
    • Woman's Tongue: A Social Commentary
      Art Show by Carla Campbell 6:30pm at Doongalik Studios Art Gallery, Village Road
  • May 17th, 2018 
    • Woman's Tongue: A Social Commentary
      Art Show by Carla Campbell Art Talk Panel Discussion 6:00pm at Doongalik Studios Art Gallery, Village Road
Grand Bahama
  • May 3rd - 4th, 2018
    • 3rd Annual Global Unity Summit 8:00am - 8:30m at Pelican Bay Hotel
  • May 5th, 2018
    • Hope Society 2nd Annual Color Fun Walk and Grill Out 6:30am - 5:00pm at Taino Beach
  • May 5th, 2018

    • UNEXSO'S Annual Fashion Show 7:00pm-11:00pm at UNEXSO
  • May 7th, 2018
    • Freeport Players Guild Monthly Meeting 7:00pm at Regency Theatre
  • May 12th, 2018
    • Rotary Club 8th Annual Cigar Night 6:00pm at Grand Bahama Yacht Club
Family Islands
  • May 5th, 2018

    • Staniel Cay: Cinco De Mayo 
  • May 5th, 2018

    • Valentines Resort's Kentucky Derby at Roster Tail Bar at Valentines Resort  
  • May 7th, 2018

    • Farmer's Cay: Conch Jamboree 
  • May 7th, 2018

    • 12th Annual Island Roots Heritage Festival at Green Turtle Cay, Abaco
  • May 10th, 2018

    • Goombay Summer Festival : Sea Spray Resort at Elbow Cay, Abaco
  • May 12th, 2018

    • Red Bays Snapper Tournament at Red Bays, Andros
  • May 13th, 2018

    • A Passion For Fashion at Cancer Society, Palmetto Point. Eleuthera 
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