#242NewsBahamas Newsletter Edition: April 12th, 2019
Nassau Child Abductions – What’s the real takeaway
learned a valuable lesson from the recent child abductions in New
Providence, we must pay better attention to our communities. Over the
past two months, reports of child abductions worried parents and
guardians, and left the nation bewildered at the fact that someone
residing in our midst, had launched an attack on the safety of our
children, and they were executing this attack with supreme ease.
weeks of intense investigation, the Royal Bahamas Police Force recently
arrested two female suspects, who are believed to be responsible for
four of the abductions. And although the victims, who were all little
boys, were found unharmed hours after each abduction, the bizarre
incidents frightened residents with each passing day and sparked a
public outcry for the police to solve these mysterious occurrences
Prime Minister Minnis officially opens Smith’s Point Seawall
the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis says the Smith’s Point Project is part
of a broader vision and program for the revitalization and renewal of
official opening of the newly constructed sea wall in Smith’s Point,
Prime Minister Minnis, who was the keynote speaker, noted that his
government is committed to investing in sound infrastructure which
supports economic growth and which fosters efficiency and normalcy in
the day-to day-lives of Bahamians, while protecting the country’s
natural and built environment.
“After many, decades of struggle, neglect, and fits and starts, the Grand Bahama revival has begun,” added Dr. Minnis.
announcement by the President of the University of The Bahamas (UB) that
tuition fees will be increasing beginning in the Fall of 2019 took many
by surprise. Additionally, the revelations that the costs for attending
UB were up to approximately $30k for a UB student were also startling.
Many were alarmed by the President’s announcement considering the fact
that the Prime Minister had on many occasions promised that tuition at
UB would be free for Bahamian students – a campaign promise which the
current administration has failed to deliver on.
It is imperative
that our societal leaders craft policies and programs that will create a
path that is clear to the middle class for Bahamians from all walks of
life to ensure our nation's economic prosperity. This entails opening
the doors of higher education to more Bahamians in the best way possible
by ensuring access and affordability.
CIBC FirstCaribbean Increases Annual Donation to Cancer Organizations Across The Bahamas
organizations across The Bahamas will be able to provide free services
to even more patients thanks to a recent $90,000 donation from CIBC
support has allowed us to touch so many lives, be it male, children, or
women,” said Helen Rolle, Sister Sister Breast Cancer Support Group
alongside Sister Sister President Andrea Sweeting and Cancer Society of
The Bahamas President Dr. Williamson Chea at a brief ceremony at the
bank’s Airport Industrial Park location, where Chief Executive Officer,
Colette Delaney, presented the New Providence funds from the 2018 “Walk
for the Cure” cancer fundraising campaign.
The Ministry of
Agriculture and Marine Resources held a press conference Tuesday, April
9, at the Ministry's offices to announce its Bahamas National
Agri-Bahamas Expo for 2019 at the Gladstone Road Agricultural site
Thursday, May 9, thru Saturday, May 11.
Agriculture and Marine Resources the Hon. Michael Pintard said the
shorter title, 'Expo 2019,' will be used; and this year's theme is
"Embracing change, improving lives through agriculture." The theme is
reflective of the mission in Agriculture, which is to use the natural
resources of land and sea to empower the Bahamian people.
The intent of Expo
2019 is to expose the nation's farmers, artisans, craftsmen,
processors, agri and marine business people to the consuming public, as
well as provide opportunities to learn, enhance and grow their
approaches to their business.
Mr. Adrian Gibson,
Chairman, Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC) and Member of Parliament
for Long Island has announced that the utility company is implementing a
digital business strategy that is expected to result in an improvement
in operational efficiency and a platform that allows customers and
suppliers to interact more easily with the organization.
“This is a move to
a more efficient organization, and means that we are embracing a new
approach to normal ways of doing business for our staff as well as our
customers,” said Mr. Gibson.
He spoke of the
Corporation’s transformation during a press briefing Monday, April 8th
2019 at WSC headquarters on University Drive.
Oasis Sandyport to Serve up Junior Achievement 1st Cookbook Launch Saturday
Ever wonder what
the First Lady of Bahamian food, Elaine Pinder, cooks when the Bamboo
Shack and Sapodilla genius is in the kitchen herself? Or how super Chef
Kevyn Pratt makes his famous cracked lobster taco?
The secrets will
be available for sale in the first cookbook ever produced by Junior
Achievement (JA), a nearly 120-page treasure of all things tasty with a
local flair and recipes by local names you know.
through the sale of the cookbook that was nearly one year in the making
will support the Junior Achievement program that is celebrating 40 years
of helping prepare high school students for the business of life and
the life of business,” said JA Chairman Philip Simon.
52-Year Old Dolphin Gives Birth at Blue Lagoon Island
The team at Blue
Lagoon Island has officially introduced its newest member of the family –
a healthy and strong native Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin calf named
Princess, at age 52 is one of the oldest known dolphins under human care
around the world. Duchess’ father is Stormy.
Duchess was born
in the all-natural habitat on Blue Lagoon Island on November 21, 2018.
The marine mammal team was able to confirm her gender a few weeks after
her birth and has been monitoring her health and progress daily.
“She’s a very
pretty little dolphin,” said George Rodgers, Blue Lagoon Island’s
Zoological Director, “As with people, they all look different, believe
it or not. And she’s a very good looking little dolphin. Perfectly
formed. Weight distributed exactly where it should be. Very active,
energetic, all the signs are good. She will continue to nurse from her
mother for quite some time yet.”
Young Women of S.T.R.A.W Become Financially Savvy
Nearly 300 girls
recently received some crucial financial literacy advice, courtesy of
CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Treasury and Finance Department, as part of
S.T.R.A.W. Inc’s 15th Annual Girls’ Leadership Conference, themed “Girls
Empowered - #SpeakUp.”
Executive Director and President Therena Cunningham, S.T.R.A.W.
(Strengthening, Transforming, Restoring, and Affirming young Women) “is a
community-based youth development organization where we engage
underserved adolescent girls and young women.”
“The point of this
year’s theme was to allow the young women to have a platform to be able
to identify the voices they hear within themselves on a daily basis.”