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242NewsBahamas Newsletter Edition: February 28th, 2019

The Great Vaccination Debate

Dear Readers,

Recently, you would have seen in the news (here) there was a reported case of a four year-old tourist with measles, visiting Nassau. Measles was thought to be eliminated in 2000, through vaccinations, mainly in first world countries. For those of you who do not know what it is: 

Measles, or rubeola, is a viral infection of the respiratory system. Measles is a very contagious disease that can spread through contact with infected mucus and saliva. An infected person can release the infection into the air when they cough or sneeze.

For the majority of people in The Bahamas, this child’s visit and the disease would not be of great concern as vaccinations are commonplace. For me, the concern comes up when I think of the many one year olds or younger, whom may have been contaminated by this deadly disease, as they would not have had vaccinations yet (shots are give around 9-15 months).


PM Minnis: Digital transformation to improve government services and attract investment
 Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis believes The Bahamas can replicate the success experienced by the Republic of Estonia, which has effectively used technology to transform its government services and attract international investment.

Prime Minister Minnis held a bilateral meeting with the President of the Republic of Estonia, Mrs. Kersti Kaljulaid, on Tuesday, February 26, 2019, on the sidelines of the 30th Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of the Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

Government’s 2018/2019 Budget Guided By Stringent Fiscal Requirements
Acting Prime Minister the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest said the Government’s 2018/19 Budget was a watershed budget, as it was guided by the stringent fiscal requirements of the then-pending Fiscal Responsibility Act.

The subsequent Fiscal Strategy Report of November then set the stage for the medium-term framework that will underpin the development of the 2019/20 Budget, the Acting Prime Minister explained while presenting the 2018/19 Mid-Year Budget Statement in the House of Assembly, Wednesday, February 27, 2019.

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2019 Condo & Amenity Report Released
Engel & Völkers Bahamas, recognized as one of the world’s leading service companies specializing in the brokerage of premium residential property, commercial real estate, yachts and aircraft, has researched, developed and released a new report on the new luxury real estate opportunities on New Providence and Paradise Island.

The ‘New Condo & Amenity Report’ streamlines for consumers solely the leading blue chip properties; their amenities are also listed and evaluated by Engel & Völkers. 
Statement by Opposition Leader
In response to Prime Minister on resignation call
The response of the Prime Minister to repeated public calls from both the PLP and FNM leadership for his Ministers to resign or be fired in the aftermath of a judicial condemnation in the Frank Smith case has only intensified and complicated his credibility and trust issues with Bahamians.

How can the PM explain the award of a $1.8 million contract to the virtual complainant days before she is to testify?

What about the manipulation of evidence as was done to the call logs. Perhaps the PM would want to explain those actions.

Bahamas Signs $12 Million Bilateral Agreement With China for Economic and Technical Cooperation
The Government of The Bahamas, via the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has signed a $12 million bilateral agreement with the Government of the People’s Republic of China. The Signing Ceremony took place on Thursday, February 21, 2019 at the Ministry, and is a commitment from China to provide funds for development projects in the country.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Darren Henfield thanked the Chinese Government for their commitment and said that the funds would be used for upgrades to the National Stadium and other Bahamian development projects.

BTC Saves 32% in Energy Consumption with Local Alternative Energy Business
Energy costs remain high and continue to rise for many CARICOM countries; including The Bahamas. Many are now embracing alternative energy and energy conservation measures to help offset these costs. PowerPlus Bahamas, a Bahamian owned Alternative Energy Business and their group of international partners (GENPRO Energy, GREEN ENERGY SERVICES, GREENFIRE Capital, POWERSHAVER, SOLARCOOL Caribbean, and SOLXENERGY) are providing unique and exclusive alternative products for many businesses looking to reduce their daily operating expenses.

GLOBAL PORTS HOLDING confident in potential of game-changing partnership with Bahamians

Global Ports Holding (GPH), a leading international player in the cruise tourism industry and the world’s largest independent cruise port operator, is pleased to announce that it has been selected as the winning bidder for the redevelopment and operation of Prince George Wharf, the main cruise port in Nassau, Bahamas.
“This project marks the beginning of a new Bahamian success story,” said Mehmet Kutman, Chairman of Global Ports Holding. “The Government of the Bahamas is opening doors to create the kinds of opportunities that will make life better for all Bahamians. As the successful bidder for the cruise port project, we are extremely pleased and honored to have been selected as the Government’s partners in this transformational process.”
FLIFF Returns To Grand Bahama Island

Back in 2011, The Fort Lauderdale Film Festival (FLIFF), in conjunction with Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, began a three-year run hosting “FLIFF On Location: in Grand Bahama”, the first ever film festival brought to the island. The three-day festival brought filmmakers to Freeport onboard the Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, introduced the creatives to a taste of Bahamian culture at an opening night party in Smith’s Point, and screened a series of independent films at Pelican Bay Hotel.
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New Providence
February 26th - March 3rd, 2019
  • The Colored Museum at The University of The Bahamas Performing Arts Centre
March 12th, 2019
  • Ministry of Education Scholarship Town Hall Meeting 7:00pm at C.V. Bethal Senior High School
Grand Bahama
March 2nd, 2019
  • GBHS 34th Annual Dog Show 12:30pm - 4:30pm at The Grand Bahama Humane Society
March 7th, 2019
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April 25th - 26th, 2019
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