Thursday, March 28, 2019

242NewsBahamas Newsletter Edition: March 28th, 2019

Dear Reader, 
This week’s editorial is taken from a recent article published in the Tribune from Frederick R.M. Smith, QC. QC Smith is the Managing Partner of Callenders & Co. Mr. Smith also the President of Human Rights Bahamas and is a well known speaker and activist on the Environment. In October 2009, Mr. Smith received the honour of appointment to Queen’s Counsel.

No One Should Go To Prison For Smoking A Joint
No one should go to prison for smoking a joint. No life should be ruined over a small amount of weed. Marijuana is not the devil and, like certain other recreationally enjoyed substances like alcohol, most humans are perfectly capable of using it responsibly. In certain contexts, it is beneficial for your health and in an increasing number of countries, it is becoming legalised for recreational and medical use – generating massive revenue returns in the process.


LOI Signed for Purchase of the Grand Lucayan Resort
“We have done what we said we would do – in the face of much criticism the Government of The Bahamas purchased the Grand Lucayan Resort for $65 million dollars and we said that we would hold it for the shortest period of time and sell it for $65 million dollars – and we have done exactly that.”

Those were the sentiments of Minister of Tourism, the Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar, during an official press conference on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 in the Office of the Prime Minister, as a part of the signing of a Letter of Intent (LOI) for the purchase of the Grand Lucayan resort.
Youth leaders encouraged to prepare young people to be employers
During a graduation ceremony for Youth Leaders, graduates were told to not only prepare young people to be good employees, but also good employers and leaders. These words of encouragement were given by the guest speaker for the evening, Senator the Hon. J. Kwasi Thompson, Minister of State for Grand Bahama in the Office of the Prime Minister.
There are a number of projects about to happen on the island, he said, and one cannot wait until it happens to get prepared. “Now is the time to prepare the young people for these opportunities that lie ahead.”

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Ministry of Public Works exposes contractors to best practices for building houses
Local contractors and other persons employed in the construction industry were today armed with knowledge of how to build resilient homes that can withstand up to Category 5 hurricanes.

The Ministry of Public Works (MOPW) in conjunction with the Caribbean Development Bank, through the Caribbean Technological Consultancy Services Network, hosted a one-day workshop, March 19, to educate, train and develop small contractors, artisans and building inspectors on techniques, best practices and products to ensure improved construction of houses. The theme for the workshop was 'Partnering to Provide Hurricane Resilient Housing Throughout The Bahamas.'

The workshop was held at Holy Trinity Activity Centre and comprised three sessions which were led by Selena Curry, Senior Building Inspector and Timothy Johnson, Acting Chief Architect. In 2018, Ms. Curry and Mr. Johnson attended a regional Train-the-Trainer workshop in Barbados which focused on improved practices for the construction of houses. The workshop was designed for participants to facilitate national workshops in their respective countries and share the knowledge gained with others. 
Bahamas police force out of control
Rights Bahamas calls for full independent investigation; urges brutality victims to take independent legal action against the RBPF

Tuesday's shocking and appalling headline story in The Tribune is further evidence that the Royal Bahamas Police Force is now completely out of control. Brutality at the hands of officers has become so commonplace that the police might as well dispense with their halfhearted excuses for why they had to call an ambulance for a man after several house in their custody. No one believes them.

Police shootings and brutality claims have reached unprecedented levels under this FNM administration. Meanwhile, the complaints process is a bad joke, with officers investigating their own colleagues and friends with zero independent oversight. 

Bahamas receives record-breaking number of visitors in 2018
The Bahamas received far more visitors to its shores in 2018 than in any previous year in its “entire history of being engaged” in the tourism business, Minister of Tourism and Aviation, the Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar said Wednesday.

The increase in tourism business in 2018 was experienced nationwide -- Nassau/ Paradise Island, Grand Bahama and in the major Family Islands.

Mr. D’Aguilar also announced that the major hotels on Nassau and Paradise Island recorded a 34% increase in room revenues during 2018, gains not experienced in the past ten years

Campbell admonishes parents, guardians communities to be more responsive to child protection efforts
Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, the Hon. Frankie A. Campbell Wednesday admonished parents, guardians and communities across The Bahamas to do their part to ensure the safety of Bahamian children everywhere.

“The future of our nation depends on it,” Minister Campbell said.

Addressing a Press Conference held Wednesday (March 27) to announce plans for the observance of Child Protection Month – the Month has been observed annually in April in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas since 1992, marking 27 consecutive years, Minister Campbell said he subscribes to the African Proverb that it takes a village to raise a child. 
Bahamian Brewery & Tito’s Pour Support and Time Into The Bahamas

 Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Bahamian Brewery & Beverage (BBB) Company Ltd., continued their philanthropic efforts by proudly sponsoring The Bahamas Kennel Club’s (BKC) 38th Annual International Dog Show, recently held at the Collins House Grounds, in Nassau.

BBB is the official distributor of the very popular brand, Tito’s Handmade Vodka in The Bahamas. Tito’s is infamous for its passionate support of nonprofit charities, through its “Love, Tito’s” initiatives. Every year, the brand carefully screens and selects nonprofit organizations in countries abroad to financially assist. This year the company chose to support the Kennel Club Dog Show, and donated funds whose proceeds aid The Bahamas Humane Society.
FLIFF On Location: Shows Off A Stellar Lineup of Independent Films

The return of “FLIFF On Location” to Grand Bahama Island and the Pelican Bay Hotel this past weekend, was a heartwarming experience for President and CEO of the Fort Lauderdale Film Festival (FLIFF), Greg Von Hausch. The festival’s strong connection to the island, was the driving force behind its return.

“FLIFF has a wonderful history with Grand Bahama and it feels good to be back”, said Von Hausch. “We first came to the island in 2009, to screen a movie at the Regency Theatre. That event was a tremendous success, and the catalyst for our agreement with the Ministry of Tourism to come to Freeport to host FLIFF at Pelican Bay from 2011 to 2013. During that time, we showcased a minimum 20 films a year, met aspiring Bahamian filmmakers and showcased some of their movies at the festivals. We also brought many filmmakers to Grand Bahama.”

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New Providence
March 29th, 2019
  • Buju Banton Concert Bahamas 7:00pm at Thomas A. Robinson Stadium
March 30th, 2019
  • The Cancer Society of The Bahamas presents: An Evening at the Races 6:00pm at Old Fort Bay
March 30th, 2019
  • Beer Fest Bahamas 2019
Grand Bahama
April 6th, 2019
  • The Grand Bahama Flower Club 50th Annual Flower Show 11:00am - 5:00pm at Mary Star of The Sea Academy Auditorium
April 25th - 26th, 2019
  • 4th Annual Global Unity Summit 8:00am at The Grand Lucayan Resort
April 25th - 26th, 2019
  • 4th Annual Global Unity Summit 8:00am at The Grand Lucayan Resort
Family Islands
April 10th, 2019
  • White Marlin Roundup at Abaco Beach Resort
April 10th, 2019
  • Eleuthera...All That Jazz Festival on Governor's Harbour
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