The post is an exerpt from his speech at IACHR (The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights) in
Kingston Jamaica on May 10, 2019 by him and his organization, Rights
Bahamas, discussing the treatment of migrants in The Bahamas. There
have been numerous accounts about the Rights Bahamas trip to these
meetings and lots of hostility about what they said, especially what
people perceived as demeaning about The Bahamas.
Prime Minister outlines plans to enhance lives of Bahamians
Making good on his
promise to impact the lives of Bahamians, Prime Minister the Most Hon.
Dr. Hubert Minnis outlined areas of transformation, in an address to the
nation, toward this end.
It was his third
National Address for 2019, delivered on Monday, May 20; and the final in
a series of such reports, in which he outlined land reform, renewable
energy and modernization of public services in a digital global world.
“These reports are intended to provide updates on how your government is working for you.
SBDC assists “Shiver” in accessing over 150,000 dollars in capital.
Accelerator Small Business Development Centre (SBDC) has assisted
another small business with accessing capital. Shiver, a local sorbet
and ice-cream brand, received access to $100,000 in loans from Royal
Bank Bahamas (RBC), $50,000 in equity investments from Bahamas
Entrepreneurial Venture Fund and $11,600 in grant funding from the
Government of The Bahamas.
Founders and CEOs
of the company, Melissa Darville and Elvis Percentie, described the news
as exciting and another reason to be grateful.
“We are excited”,
said Percentie. "I was driving when Melissa called to tell me that they
announced we had received the funding. I had to pull to the side of the
road and check my phone just to see it for myself. I'm a numbers guy, so
I've already started calculating where this and that would go, but it's
exciting, and we're grateful.”
ALL FEMALE FISHING ‘BABES’ TO RAISE MONEY FOR ROTARY
The Bones Babes,
an all Bahamian female fishing team, are preparing to head back on the
boat for the 2019 Harbourside Marine, Tuna Classic. This year, they plan
to fish while raising money for a great cause and showing the guys that
they can fish too!
The 2019 Tuna
Classic, a fundraiser for the Bahamas East Rotary Club, will be held
over two days, May 24th and 25th. With six weigh in stations throughout
the islands of Nassau, Abaco, Freeport, Eleuthera, Bimini, and the Berry
islands. There is an official start of 6am on the Friday morning, and
fish must be weighed in by the Weighmaster at each island’s station.
Teams from all over The Bahamas will compete for the largest: Tuna,
Dolphin, Wahoo, Snapper/Grouper categories, with overall points
determining the winning boat.
Rights Bahamas backs independent investigation into police shootings
supports the call from leader of the opposition Philip Davis for an
outside agency to investigate the recent police shootings of three men
in eastern New Providence.
We have long said
that the police cannot police themselves and in the face of claims that,
contrary to the official version of events, the men were unarmed and
therefore killed in cold blood, an independent and objective probe is
We suggest that a
reputable overseas private investigation company be engaged by the
government to look into this and all other cases like it. The company
should be tasked with producing a detailed report of the incident after
conducting witness interviews, interviews with the officers, an
examination of the physical evidence, including the weapons purported to
have been fired by the deceased men, ballistics tests and whatever
other forms of forensic studies are necessary to get to the truth.
Chairman of the Water and Sewerage Corporation Tours Plants in Eleuthera
Chairman of the
Water and Sewerage Corporation, Adrian Gibson led a delegation of senior
government officials on a tour of several water plants in Eleuthera,
Thursday, May 16, 2019.
The first stop was
to view the Reverse Osmosis (RO) Plant in Waterford, which will service
four settlements. The plant also features a storage tank with the
capacity of 120,000 gallons as back up for up to four days. Currently,
the plant services 800 customers. Mr. Gibson said that improvement of
services on the island is in keeping with the Government’s objectives of
supplying optimal water services.
Bahamian Actuarial Consultancy Offers a Captive Insurance Facility
Actuarial and risk consulting firm Nichol & Co has announced the opening of its subsidiary
Nassau Captive Management Services Ltd (“Nassau Captives”) to expand on services offered to international (and local) clients.
provides a variety of services to firms that require a captive insurance
solution to meet their risk management needs. A captive insurer is an
insurance company established to insure the risks of its owners –
thereby meeting their specific risk requirements.
Royal Caribbean partners with Bahamas Feeding Network, pledges food for entire year 2019
On a sunny
afternoon in November, Royal Caribbean International President & CEO
Michael Bayley stood in the AquaTheater of Symphony of The Seas, the
largest cruise ship in the world as it made its inaugural visit to
Nassau, and before an audience of hundreds including volunteers from one
of the destination’s most challenged communities made a promise – to
fund all the food needed by the Bahamas Feeding Network in 2019.
The applause that
erupted was louder than a ship’s horn and all the music the bands and
Junkanoo groups had made during the celebration. There were tears on the
faces of those touched by the compassion and the promise.
This week, the Bahamas Feeding Network sent a message back to Bayley and to Royal Caribbean.
BAHAMAS WASTE PRESENTED APPRECIATION PLAQUE BY SUNSHINE INSURANCE RACE WEEKEND
With more than a
decade of partnership between them, the relationship between Sunshine
Insurance Race Weekend and New Providence’s leading waste management
company is primed for even greater things. During a special ceremony
held last week, Bahamas Waste Ltd. was awarded a plaque of appreciation
to commemorate its long-time sponsorship of the annual event.
“Bahamas Waste has
been with us since the very beginning,” explained Assistant Race
Director, Tonique Williams who praised the company for its consistent
support over the past ten years.
“We have always
been able to count on them as a major sponsorship partner” she noted,
“and we’re looking forward to continuing this partnership well into the
future as well.”