Friday, January 25, 2019

242NewsBahamas Newsletter Edition: January 24th, 2019


Fear of Competition, or does WTO bring Business and Tax benefits

For the past few weeks, we've been discussing the ramifications of the country's accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) and we've detailed some of the arguments against the move, and while some of the positions carry weight they seem to be built on fear. Fear of the unknown, fear of competition, fear of globalization, fear that Bahamians will somehow disadvantaged. Are these fears are valid? Or are they keeping local businesses from embracing the potentially good aspects of the WTO?


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PM says Government Relentless in its Crime-Fighting Efforts
 Prime Minister, Dr. the Most Hon. Hubert Minnis said his Government will be relentless in its efforts in reducing crime for a safer and secure Bahamas.

He was addressing the contract signing ceremony between the Ministry of National Security and ShotSpotter Technology, a US -based company known for its technology in detecting gunshots being fired, almost immediately, in criminal activities.
JOHN WATLING’S DISTILLERY BEGINS EXPORT TO THE UNITED STATES
John Watling’s Distillery, a Bahamian company, located at the 1789 Buena Vista Estate in Historic Downtown Nassau and named for a 17th Century buccaneer, announced today that on the 2nd of January 2019 it began exporting its namesake rum to the United States of America and are now available for purchase at www.johnwatlings.com.


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Opposition Leader held meetings with the Rum Cay community.
Opposition Leader, Philip Brave Davis, was in Rum Cay on Tuesday the 22nd January to meet and greet residents there. As a part of his nation wide listening tour, Mr. Davis hosted a public meeting to listen to the concerns of residents there and offer his action plan.

Davis, the MP for Cat Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador, also took the opportunity to tour, inspect and witness the progress being made on work on a new docking facility, a project he approved when he served as Works Minister.
Ministers tour Grand Bahama capital works nearing completion
As some of the capital projects in Grand Bahama near completion, and some are still in the stages of development, frequent inspections by Government Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries continue to be carried out.

The latest visit took place Friday, January 18, 2019.

Led by Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Works, Iram Lewis, a team of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest; Minister of State for Grand Bahama in the Office of the Prime Minister, Senator Kwasi Thompson and Parliamentary Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, Pakesia Parker-Edgecombe visited three of the major on-going projects on the island.


BIG INCREASE IN NUMBERS FOR JUNIOR TENNIS
A great sign for the future of Bahamian tennis is the large jump in young players from 20 to 35 participants at the Winterbotham IC Junior Series for the young 10’s and 12’s tennis players this last weekend. This is from the inaugural event last year to the same event this year.
In this first of the 2019 Series 35 most juniors played three matches in a Round Robin format on Saturday at The National Tennis Centre. Then with play offs for everyone on Sunday giving 4 or 5 matches in total. This was the first of a series of four events which will be followed by events at The Leyton Hewitt Academy at Albany in March, The Racket Centre at Baha Mar in May and The YMCA Courts in Freeport in The Fall.


BLUE LAGOON ISLAND ENCOURAGES STUDENTS TO HELP PUT A STOP TO ‘TRASHING OUR TREASURE’ WITH ANNUAL POSTER CONTEST
Every piece of trash that makes its way into the ocean threatens the life of the animals that call it home and in a country with more than 3,400 km of coastline, that trash known as marine debris, also threatens the Bahamas’ livelihood.

To cultivate awareness of the importance of properly disposing of all garbage and encourage Bahamians to reduce, reuse and recycle, the Dolphin Encounters Project BEACH 19th Annual Marine Education Poster contest challenges kindergarten through grade 12 students to creatively depict the topic “Marine Debris – Trashing our Treasure.”

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#PrettyGirlProblems: Hair Removal
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Welcome to the first in the newest series here at #BFFBeauty called #PrettyGirlProblems where we try to tackle and provide answers to some common questions, concerns, makeup, and skin issues facing our readers.

Today, I thought we'd address the #PrettyGirlProblem of Facial Hair removal. Believe it or not, this is one question that I'm asked about constantly as a makeup artist. Let me be clear that I'm an MUA not an esthetician or skin therapist, so I can only make recommendations based on my research and or personal experience. Before you try any of these treatments DO YOUR RESEARCH. Seek out a professional and ask tons of questions.


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New Providence
January 27
  • Love That Child Benefit Concert 3:00pm at University of The Bahamas Performing Arts Centre
February 2
  • Men's Rugby: Golden Oldies Touch Rugby 2:00pm at Winton Rugby Centre
February 9
  • The Bahamas National Trust Pig Roast & Bonfire at Maillis Farm
Grand Bahama
February 2
  • Encore: A Sister Act 8:00pm at The Regency Theatre
February 3
  • Encore: The Sister Act 4:00pm at The Regency Theatre
February 16
  • Friends of The Grand Bahama Children's Home Present: Totally Awesome 80's Prom 8:00pm at The Grand Bahama Sailing Club
Family Islands
February 7 - February 10
  • Sea Spray Abaco Challenge
March 9
  • Ride & March For Hope
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