#242NewsBahamas Newsletter Edition: May 16th, 2019
Is It Abuse Or Is It Needed Discipline?
is not a topic that we are thrilled about having to discuss again, but
the events of the past week have made it very clear that this
conversation needs to be had; openly and frequently. CHILD ABUSE – where
do we draw the line?
week there was yet another video of “child abuse” circulating around
The Bahamas. The video depicts a young girl called Muffin crying, being
shouted at, and then shouting back, and can be watched here
PM Minnis Endorses Reinstatement of Fulbright Program
A Memorandum of
Understanding was signed between The Bahamas through the Ministry of
Education and the United States Department of State’s Bureau of
Educational and Cultural Affairs for the re-establishment of the
prestigious Fulbright Program for academically qualified Bahamians.
After a 23-year
hiatus, which included 2 years of renegotiations, the MOU was signed
during a ceremony at the Office of the Prime Minister on Tuesday, May
14, 2019. Signatories were the Hon. Jeffrey Lloyd, Minister of Education
and Caroline Casagrande, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the US
Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
The Bahamas – The
Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) under the powers vested in
it by the Hawksbill Creek Agreement (HCA) has been and still is the sole
regulator for all utilities in the Freeport zone since 1956.
As the utilities
Regulatory Authority in the City of Freeport, GBPA in 2012, recognized
that there was a need to strengthen the regulatory regime by
implementing a Regulatory Framework and Operating Protocol (“Framework”)
in accordance with international best practices. This Framework not
only provides an objective and transparent process for rate setting, but
also establishes a regime of efficiency and customer service standards
designed to secure greater levels of customer protection. The Framework
was, and remains, the first of its kind and the most advanced set of
regulations within the Bahamas, which clearly outlines the expectations
of GBPA as the regulator.
With a booming
market and more luxury developments coming on stream than ever before,
real estate leaders warned hundreds this week that a new era of
compliance regulations would force every firm dealing with property to
focus on not just what it was selling, but who it was selling to.
“This has been
another interesting year with many obstacles and challenges,” Bahamas
Real Estate Association (BREA) President Christine Wallace-Whitfield
told a packed house at the Nassau Yacht Club May 1 as the 800+-member
organization held its annual general meeting. Record numbers turned out
for what is considered the serious business highlight of the year for
the real estate community but this year most subjects paled by
comparison to the new issue of compliance.
Statement From Obie Roberts National Vice Chair PLP On Senate President Kay Forbes Smith And Carnival
The PLP takes note
of the public report of the engagement of the Senate President Kay
Forbes Smith as consultant to the Carnival Cruise Line, an applicant to
the government of The Bahamas for permission to build a cruise port in
We have taken note
of the Attorney General's statement defending the right to accept the
consultancy on legal grounds. The Senate President defended the position
on similar grounds as the Attorney General.
The law is not the issue or a correct response.
The issue is
whether or not it passes the test of propriety, the proverbial smell
test. In other words, would an objective observer say that there is no
Conchman Continues to Support Local Sports Programs
longest standing triathlon in The Bahamas, the Conchman Triathlon is
continuing to use its annual profits to support young athletes and local
programs in the community. Presenting a donation to the GB Sailing Club
was Conchman Chairman, Christopher Baker. “We are pleased to support
the sailing club,” he noted. “They are a club involved with Youth sport
on the island run by volunteers. We are pleased they are using the funds
to purchase much needed equipment, and will continue to assist our
committee by providing volunteers following our swimmers on kayaks to
help in any distress and/or course needs.”
Minister Thompson responds to Taxi Drivers’ concerns
Responding to Taxi
Drivers’ concerns on Thursday, May 9, Minister of State for Grand
Bahama, Senator the Hon. J. Kwasi Thompson said during a press briefing
at Office of the Prime Minister that issues that they currently face
have been that way for years, but taxis are very important to the
The Minister was
responding to statements made on Wednesday when union representatives
held a press conference threatening action if something is not done to
address their concerns by the relevant authorities.
EARTHCARE participates in WORLDWIDE EVENTS TO END CAPTIVE WHALE AND DOLPHIN PROGRAMS
On May 11th 2019,
Concerned citizens across the globe gathered for the 7th Annual Empty
The Tanks Worldwide event. Thousands gathered in solidarity to bring
awareness to the plight of captive whales and dolphins during this
annual event, which spanned over 70 event locations across 25
volunteers manned an information station in Freeport, Grand Bahama, to
educate the public about captive whale and dolphin programs. Gail Woon,
Founder of EARTHCARE, a former Dolphin Trainer shared her experiences
and is adamant that dolphins can’t be kept happily in captivity.
“EARTHCARE is vehemently against the introduction of any new captive
dolphin facilities into the Bahamas”, she said. “Atlantic Bottlenose
Dolphins travel up to 40 miles a day. They can dive to great depths and
live in family units. To keep a marine mammal in captivity is a very
tragic situation.” Her experiences can be found in an article by the
Huffington Post, “Former Dolphin Trainer Speaks out on the Horrors of
Captivity”. Savanna and Havana Gibson, Tyler Riley and Jahrin Ellis
assisted with the EARTHCARE Empty the Tanks Information Station.
9th ANNUAL JUNIOR RUGBY FESTIVAL THIS WEEKEND IN GRAND BAHAMA
Football Club (FRFC) are preparing to welcome teams from Cayman, Miami,
and Nassau for their Ninth Annual Youth Rugby Festival, May 17th thru
19th. The club are expecting over 250 youth players from 8 to 17, in
both girls and boys age groups, travelling to enjoy the experience of
playing International rugby.
The festival is a
culmination of months of dedication from Freeport’s coaching staff,
players, and numerous sponsors helping to make the event possible. “As a
non-profit organization we rely on the goodwill of our members and
sponsors; to enable all our youth programs to operate and to host such
an event. Our aim has always been to provide boys and girls in our
community with a safe environment to play soccer and rugby, and to pass
on the love of this great game to others.”