#242NewsBahamas Newsletter Edition: June 28th, 2019
The Parental Guide to Surviving Summer
is out and Summer 2019 is officially in full swing. For young people,
summer brings with it a sense of freedom: No need to wake up early, no
uniforms and NO HOMEWORK! But for parents, summer break can be a huge
adjustment. From figuring out what to feed your children, to finding a
safe and fun environment for them to be in while you're at work; summer
can be stressful.
As usual, this year scores of
youth-based organizations, churches, sports organizations, and
nonprofits are all doing their part to make summer a little easier on
parents looking to keep their kids active and engaged. We know it can be
a little overwhelming to sift through all the potential camp options so
our editorial team thought we'd put together a parental survival guide
with some popular safe options for you!
PM says Government Will Ensure Bahamians Access Crown Land
Prime Minister the
Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis announced that his government has embarked
on an ambitious effort to ensure Bahamians have greater access to Crown
the 2019/20 Budget Debate in the House of Assembly on Wednesday, June
19, he also stated that his government would promote access to Crown
Land for development of preschools, especially on the Family Islands.
The rash of power
outages spreading across The Bahamas is highly unacceptable. The excuses
that have been proffered are nothing more than a continuation of
excuses that have marked the incompetence that has been going on at
BPL/BEC for decades. The question is, will anyone be held accountable
for this fiasco? Will anyone be held accountable to The Bahamian
debacle is a reflection of inept government policies and decisions that
are made based on political expediency and relationships with special
interests who benefit from these government policies. The Bahamian
people are sick and tired and have had enough of the suffering that has
been inflicted upon them by successive PLP and FNM administrations.
Every year, millions of dollars are paid by the Bahamian people in the
form of taxes and fees for inconsistent essential services. Special
interests have continued to get wealthier off the backs of poor and
working-class Bahamians who could ill afford these outrageously high
electricity costs, much less the standby generators that the wealthy use
to avoid the inconveniences at BPL.
It’s Regatta Time
again! All across the country, Bahamians are gathering to celebrate our
annual down-home traditions, with sloop sailing, Bahamian music, crafts,
food, and more.
This year, the
24th Grand Bahama Regatta & Homecoming is slated to take place in
the historic Smith’s Point community over a six-day period, starting
July 14 and ending July 20. During that time, Grand Bahamians will have
access to a series of events, including a church service to take place
at the St. Cleveland Baptist Church in Freetown on Sunday, July 14 and a
major opening ceremony and performance planned for Friday, July 19.
On Minister Of Works Latest Excuse For Power Failure
If the matter of
the power blackouts in New Providence by the Bahamas Power and Light
Company were not so serious, you would laugh at the sheer incompetence
of this FNM government.
The latest bit of
comedy was from the Minister responsible for BPL. While the Bahamian
people were sweating away in the heat from BPL's load shedding, the
Minister's best defence was that it was worse under the PLP. This is so
tiresome now. The fact that people have no power today has nothing to do
with the PLP.
Campbell toasts ‘mentor and friend’ during farewell reception for PS Sherrylee Smith
Social Services and Urban Development, the Hon. Frankie A. Campbell
toasted retiring Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Social Services
and Urban Development, Ms. Sherrylee Smith, as a “mentor and friend.”
officials from across the Bahamas Public Service joined counterparts and
colleagues from the Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development
in paying “the proper tribute” to Permanent Secretary Smith (Friday,
June 21) during a Retirement Luncheon held in Ms. Smith’s honour in the
Public Hearing Room, Aventura Plaza.
Bud Light Kicks Off the summer with the Dive Bar Tour and Willis & the Illest Band
We all have one,
our favorite Dive-Bar. It’s the place you retreat to after a long day;
where the bartender knows you by name, where the Bud Light on tap is
always ice cold, and where your favorite music is always in rotation.
This summer, dive-bars around New Providence will become ground zero for
the hottest mini concert series to
hit the island.
The music-themed series is the latest in an exciting line of promotions
backed by the Bud Light Brand and the Bahamian Brewery &Beverage
Company - the country’s only authorized Bud Light distributor.
“We’re very proud
to be the local distributor of Bud Light in the Bahamas and we’re
constantly looking for new, creative and fun ways to promote the brand
locally,” said BBB Executive Marketing Manager Wellington Seymour.
Sir Jack Hayward
was known for his love of Football, or Soccer. Before his passing he was
so proud of the work the Freeport Rugby and Football Club (FRFC) was
doing to promote and improve his beloved sport in Grand Bahama, often
coming out on the first day, kicking the ball around, and posing for
photos. Now going 16 years strong, the FRFC Soccer Camp will once again
be held on Monday July 1st to Friday July 5th.
“This camp is
truly the best deal on the island for the summer,” said Rob Speller,
FRFC President. “Attendance is being pegged at 100 this year, and those
parents who want their children to take part need to act quickly to
ensure all the places are not already filled.”
Glass bottles are
recyclable. Typically bottles are made with between 20 and 30 percent
recycled material. This is good news for our emerging green country, but
glass is heavy and can be hard to transport. Despite this fact, the
Bahamian Brewery and Beverage team will launch recycling of their beer
bottles in the Abacos on July 16th, 2019.
“We have been
recycling bottles in Freeport for the past 11 years and in Nassau for
the past 9 years,” said Gary Sands, the General Manager for Bahamian
Brewery and Beverage. “Last year was a major accomplishment to the
recycling program as we collected just over 50% of the bottles we sold
to the market. With the launch of Abaco we hope to reach 60-65% this