Friday, July 13, 2018

242NewsBahamas - Embracing Your Friendly Neighborhood Content Creator (Weekly Highlights)

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Embracing your friendly neighborhood 
Content Creator

Dear Readers,

TV Watchers are cutting the cord. It's a trend that began with young millennials and has since spilt over into Generation Z. Industry professions refer to this pattern of viewers as Cord Cutters, cancelling their subscriptions to multichannel subscription television services available over cable, dropping paid television channels or reducing the number of hours of subscription TV. 
That's right, in the age of Youtube, Netflix, and Hulu, millions of people who once paid hefty prices for premium cable channels are abandoning the TV watching habits of yesteryear.  Gone are the days when you had to be at home at a certain time to catch your favorite show. In today's world of on-demand style TV and Android Boxes you never have to miss a show, now you can stream it to any smart device, pause it, rewind it and rewatch it at your leisure. I think its safe to say TV watchers in the 21st-century enjoy an arguably more flexible entertainment experience. 
But wait...there's more 
Cord Cutters have taken it a step further. Rather just being consumers of content we have also become CREATORS of content. New age creatives have literally cut out the middleman (the cable company) creating content they want to watch and making that content easily accessible. This is no less true here at home where talented Bahamian creatives have not only cut the cord and become content creators but they're also finding ways to monetize what many years ago would have only been a hobby. 
One such creative is Vincent "VMAC' McDonald who has successfully launched the local online network called LiveUp TV. Every day, the network puts out fresh content, including talk shows, sitcoms and so much more. Whether or not you find something in the content that strikes your fancy, it's amazing to see young Bahamians creating new platforms to tell their stories.
By now you're probably wondering, what does a local online network have to do with 242 news? Well, it's simple. Our readers already know and love us for providing both hard news and human interest stories taking place around the country and Now we're pleased that with the help of LiveUp TV, we can add entertainment to our roster as well. Stay tuned each week for #RETNews hosted by "Rabs" who brings fun and flavour to pop culture stories both local and international! Click the link to enjoy the latest episode and be sure to Follow, Like and Share Content from  LiveUp TV and let's do our part to support Bahamian creatives. 
Independence Marks Call to Action to Improve the Country
Making a better Bahamas for future generations is what Bahamians should focus on when singing the National Anthem - a call to action to improve the country, said Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest on SundayRead More
Senate President Urges Residents to Unite for a Better Bahamas
President of the Senate, the Hon. Katherine Forbes-Smith, urged residents of West Grand Bahama to unite for a Bahamas that is better for future generations.
During the 45th Anniversary of Bahamas Independence Celebrations Prayer Breakfast and Flag Raising Ceremony at the Administrator's Office in Jones Town, Eight Mile Rock, on Monday, the Senator reflected on the struggles, marches and boycotts the nation's heroes participated in so as to ensure a better country for all. Read More
New Flexible Retirement Plan from Royal Fidelity Pension Services
With the long running forecasts that question the National Insurance Board's ability to meet its obligations to retirees, Royal Fidelity Merchant Bank & Trust (Bahamas) Limited has launched a new retirement account to help retirees fund their retirement - the Royal Fidelity Personal Retirement Account. Read More
Palm Cay's $100M One Marina Comes to Market
Palm Cay, the fast-growing beachfront community on New Providence's southeast shore that combines a resort feel with residential living, announced today it is releasing its most ambitious project to date - a $100 million luxury condominiums and penthouse complex with panoramic views overlooking the popular marina and ocean.  Read More
Economic Citizenship Could Prove Vital to Family Islands' Growth
As the nation grapples with a hike in value-added tax (VAT) and the government's debt burden continues to rise, prominent luxury real estate broker Mario Carey is convinced his Economic Citizenship Programme is an idea whose time has come, and could prove to be exactly what the government needs to lift the economy from the doldrums. Read More
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Pelican Bay Celebrates Mid-term Success
 It is commonly said that preparation, hard work, and the ability to learn from failures are the keys to success both in life and in business. Since opening its doors, Pelican Bay Hotel, its managers and employees have proven this to be true; positioning themselves as the #Happiest place on Grand Bahama Island with a focus on providing its guests a superior experience. Read More
Grand Bahama Homecoming and Regatta dates set

Despite a dip in terms of sponsorship for the event, the Grand Bahama Homecoming and Regatta is expected to continue to make waves. Slated for July 20 - 22 at Taino Beach under the theme, "Build your dream ... Sail the Sea," the yearly cultural tradition aims to please local residents with a weekend filled with onshore and offshore activities. Each year, the GB Homecoming and Regatta Committee selects an honoree to acknowledge, for his or her selfless support to the regatta and sailing in general. This year, the committee chose to honor long-time Committee Member, Janice Elizabeth Grant. Read More
IAAF World Relays: Unanswered Questions
The recent news that the Government of The Bahamas has cancelled the IAAF World Relays Bahamas 2019 was met with much dismay and disappointment by several Bahamians and sports enthusiasts. This announcement sent shock waves across the nation and the global sports community with just 10 months before the event was scheduled to take place. Read More
An Educational Legacy - The Jane and Marcus Bethel $100,000 Scholarship Established at UB
Growing up "liberty is through education," was the adage which resonated through the home of the late Marcus Bethel, founder of Bethel Brothers Morticians, renowned visionary, entrepreneur and patriarch, with seven children Justice Rubie M. Nottage (Ret.), Dr. Pamela F. Etuk, Dr. Marcus R. C. Bethel, Dr. Paulette A. Bethel, Michael Bethel, Marion Bethel Sears and Owen M. Bethel. He and his wife, the late Jane Fitzroy Bethel (nee Butler) believed in the transformative power of education. Though the couple did not have the opportunity to graduate from high school, they instilled in their progeny the value of a sound education. Read More
Tour company offers Bahamas National Trust Members Extra Incentive

Harbour Safaris is the newest Corporate Partner to join The Bahamas National Trust (BNT) Rewardship Program. BNT Members will now enjoy an exclusive discount when joining Harbour Safaris' exciting tours.

The Bahamas National Trust is a nonprofit, national park management of the Bahamas which is responsible for the protection of over 2 million acres of land and sea. Membership is a fundraising mechanism for the BNT, and the rewardship program invites corporate partners to extend discount services to card carrying members. Read More
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We successfully delivered all 50 full bags as well as a fresh loaf of bread in each. However, we do need more helpers to learn the routes and substitute when necessary.
Sorority Chapter: Freeport branch of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority very kindly donated a large amount of food supplies which was immediately used to help fill the bags for the June run. Our grateful thanks to Stephanie Collie and her sorority group.

East End delivery

Hurricane Season: The start of the season was June 1st.. Already we have significant supplies on the shelves in readiness for the possibility of a catastrophic hurricane. However, there is plenty of room for additional supplies. Nothing ever gets wasted.

Vacation Bible School: A great success but with the added benefit for Crossreach as we received a beautiful supply of canned foods for our next run, plus a lovely note from the children to be attached to each of the bags.

Coin Box & Crossreach Bin: Please keep them filled. We have more requests for people to be added to our list of recipients so Crossreach need for supplies does not diminish.

Future Run Dates
Mark your calendars .........
     Saturday 21st July 2018
     Saturday 18th August 2018
     Saturday 22nd September

Blessed Hands soup kitchen: another successful Saturday at Lewis Yard serving in excess of 75 meals. A very large ham donated by June contributed to an enormous pea soup & ham for most of the dinners. Crossreach, once again, donated 2 cases of bottled water and 3 cases of fruit.
Upcoming Calendar
New Providence
  • June 25th - July 13th, 2018 
    • The NAGB Mixed Media Art Summer Camp 
  • July 10th, 2018
    • Independence Day (Public Holiday)
  • June 25th - July 29th, 2019 
    • Hard Mouth: From the Tongue of the Ocean  at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas
  • July 16th - August 3rd, 2018 
    • The NAGB Mixed Media Art Summer Camp 
Grand Bahama
  • July 5th - 26th, 2018
    • Goombay Festival Thursdays in the month of July  6:00pm - 11:59pm at Taino Beach
  • July 14th, 2018
    • Splash Mania Kayak Race at Manta Ray Village Restaurant
  • July 15th, 2018
    • St. John's Native Baptist Church Men's Ministry 7:00pm at St. John's Native Baptist
  • July 20th - 22nd, 2018
    • Grand Bahama Regatta & Homecoming 11:00am at 
      Taino Beach 
Family Islands
  • July 14th, 2018
    • "Spanish Wells Fisherman's Festival" at Public Park, Spanish Wells
  • July 14th, 2018
    • Goombay Summer Festival at Almond Tree Park, San Salvador
  • July 15th, 2018
    • Junkanoo Summer Festival in The Berry Islands
  • July 24th, 2018
    • Bahamas Boating Fling in Alice Town, Bimini
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