#242NewsBahamas Newsletter Edition: May 30th, 2019
Should we Wrestle with a Shark?
week’s editorial was submitted by an anonymous 242 reader who asked to
share their opinion on the treatment of animals as entertainment. Let us
know your thoughts…we’d love to hear them.
before Fido and Bella became the dogs we love and spoil, they were the
animals used by our forefathers to help hunt and gather. The use of
animals as beasts of burden for centuries was a reality that we all sort
of understood. We may not have liked it, but in some ways, we turned a
blind eye and accepted it knowing the practice allowed our ancestors to
survive in harsh climates and hard conditions and if it hadn’t been for
their survival, well, the obvious…we wouldn’t be here today to fuss
about how animals are being used now.
PM Minnis opens General Post Office in Town Centre Mall
It was a
celebratory mood as Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis
officially opened the General Post Office in its new location, Town
Centre Mall in the heart of the island of New Providence.
Staff members read
poetry and sang songs, complemented with entertainment by the Royal
Bahamas Police Force Pop Band – all in celebration of relocating to the
new premises. Also present were Cabinet Ministers, Senators, senior
public officials and other invited guests.
unceremonious termination of the previous Board of Bahamas Power and
Light (BPL) amid allegations of political interference and unethical
behavior, the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) called for a swift and
independent investigation into these matters in August 2018. Nine months
later, it remains unclear if and when the probe promised by the Prime
Minister will be completed and a report issued to the Bahamian people.
The DNA notes the
recent confirmation by the Attorney General (AG) that the government has
retained a local firm of private lawyers to defend the $1.1 million
lawsuit against the Minister of Public Works filed by former directors
of BPL. This follows the signing of a contract with an international
firm to probe the serious allegations against the Minister responsible
Urban Renewal Utilizes Assets to Help Effect Community Change
Officials from the
Urban Renewal Commission, Ministry of Social Services and Urban
Development, recently distributed care packages to 900 families residing
in the urban communities of New Providence where Centres are located.
They included Bain
and Grants Town, Centreville, Englerston, Fort Charlotte, Fox Hill,
Free Town, Nassau Village, Pinewood and St. Barnabas. Care packages were
also delivered to a number of Senior Citizen facilities.
Minister of Social
Services and Urban Development, the Hon. Frankie A. Campbell said there
are times when families in the urban communities may need assistance
for a short period of time outside of the scope of the Department of
The Government Proposes a Number of Tax Relief Measures to Provide Reprieve to Citizens
The Government has
proposed a number of tax relief measures to provide some reprieve to
all citizens and to encourage economic activity by making the import of
certain items relatively cheaper, thereby comparatively easier for
persons to enter existing markets and, in some cases, create new ones.
Minister and Minister of Finance the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest listed the
tax relief measures during the Budget Communication 2019/20, in the
House of Assembly, Wednesday, May 29, 2019.
explained that there will duty reductions worth $28 million in revenue.
“In an effort to rebalance the tax burden between the provision of goods
and services and reduce the attendant distortionary impacts, we are
beginning to make good on our commitment to reduce duty and excise rates
over the next three years.
Days before the
first investment funds with Island Luck shares in their portfolio become
available for subscription, executives said today that initial interest
has “exceeded all expectations.”
President & CEO of Investar Securities Ltd., which is launching the
Titan Balanced Fund and the Titan Fixed Income Fund June 3 reported that
more than 500 inquiries had filled their e-mail inboxes and poured into
its social media pages in the first 48 hours.
“We announced the
launch of the funds at OWN Talks on Thursday evening of last week (May
23) after 10 pm at the end of a very lengthy program,” said Watson.
“With the coverage in the newspapers, on radio and TV, word got out
On May 22, 2019,
the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection
Service (FSIS) issued a recall for over 62K lbs. of raw beef due to
potential E. coli 0157-H7 contamination after random sampling.
The meat was
packaged at the Aurora Packing Company, Inc. in North Aurora, Illinois
and has the establishment number, "EST. 788", inside the USDA mark of
The recall includes over 40 products, mostly steak (ribeyes, ribs and brisket cuts).
Bahamian Musicians Had International Audience Out of Their Seats
had the international audience out of their seats for their entire
performance, on May 23, 2019, during the opening set at the Sixth Annual
Latin American Arts Season and the First Latin American and Caribbean
Culture and Arts Carnival (LACC).
The event held in
the World Rose Theme Park, in Beijing, the People's Republic of China,
took place after the Opening Ceremony, and was part of a cultural
exchange. Among those present was Bahamas Ambassador to the People's
Republic of China His Excellency Sterling R.L. Quant.
Thompson, Freddie Munnings, Jr., and Angel Reckley produced a
high-octane set with Brick City Band members Julian Darville, Jackson
Jeffer, Treco Johnson and Chineko Andrews.
This past weekend,
BahaMar was host to a thrilling junior tennis tournament. The IC
Winterbotham Junior Series is an ongoing event created and run by Neil
Mactaggart, Mickey Williams, Kit Spencer and Ivan Hooper (of
Winterbotham Bank and Trust). The IC is made up of people who are
passionate about tennis and want to see it grow as both a sport and as a
community. One of the IC’s goals is to create a fun, inclusive and
competitive environment in which to develop young tennis players.
Throughout the event, there was a constant buzz of excitement from the
competitors, as they each played 5 or 6 matches over the two and a half
days of the tournament.