Friday, May 24, 2019

#242NewsBahamas Newsletter Edition: May 23rd, 2019

Dear Readers,

This week we saw a post by Fred Smith on his social media page click here to see post

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.
The Access 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.”

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
Rights Bahamas 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 absolutely necessary.

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.

Nassau Captives 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.
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.”

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New Providence
May 24th, 2019
  • Central Bank of The Bahamas Art Gallery presents: The Vanguard Collection 9:00am - 5:00pm at Central Bank, Trinity Place
May 24th - 25th, 2019
  • The Harbourside Marine/Rotary "Tuna Classic Tournament"
May 25th, 2019
  • The Cancer Society of The Bahamas Presents the 18th Annual Ball MET GALA 7:00pm at The Grand Ballroom, Atlantis
June 14th, 2019
  • National Conclave of Chambers at Baha Mar
Grand Bahama
May 24th - 25th, 2019
  • The Harbourside Marine/Rotary "Tuna Classic Tournament"
May 25th, 2019
  • The Jubilee Cathedral's Fun Run Walk
May 31st, 2019
  • RUNWAY 2: Where Fashion Meets Compassion! 8:00pm - 11:00pm at Regency Theatre
Family Islands
May 24th - 25th, 2019
  • The Harbourside Marine/Rotary "Tuna Classic Tournament"
May 24th, 2019
  • Brown Tip: Live Rake N Scrape Band 8:00pm - 11:00pm at Abaco Beach Resort
May 25th, 2019
  • 4th Annual Bimini Bread & Seafood Cook-Off at Bimini Craft Centre
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