#242NewsBahamas Newsletter Edition: July 4th, 2019
When Will We Confront The Elephant In The Room
As our independence draws near, it is high time we confront the “elephant in the room” - RACE!
The words like; “white man”
“foreigner” “ex-pat” or “conchy-joe” and their negative connotations are
all too present in our culture. This racism against whites (please note
its not reverse racism- there is no such thing) is almost as bad as
Bahamian's racism against Haitians. This weeks resignation of Minister
and former Deputy Prime Minister Brent Symonette is a prime
example. Read more here, from the editorial of The Nassau Guardian,
showing we really are not “One Bahamas!"
Prime Minister Minnis challenges CARICOM tourism ministers to come up with new plan to grow regional tourism
Prime Minister the
Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis urged CARICOM tourism leaders to explore
new ways that the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) can more
effectively work with member countries to contribute to the growth of
tourism in the region.
Minnis is the representative for tourism in CARICOM’s Quasi-Cabinet. The
Prime Minister and Allen Chastanet, the Prime Minister of St. Lucia and
CARICOM Chairman, met with ministers of tourism and senior officials on
Tuesday evening, ahead of Wednesday’s specially convened meeting of the
CTO Council of Tourism ministers and commissioners.
Public School Scholars Share Stories of Paths to Success
Rayshon Neymour, a
graduate of Anatol Rodgers, attended 10 schools throughout his life and
had to overcome what may be considered insurmountable challenges. His
parents were unmarried teenagers. His mother did not attend her school’s
graduation ceremony because she was pregnant with him.
“Almost every year I had to pack up my Georgie bundle,” he said.
“Although I may
have been called ‘drift wood,’ I never felt that way. I had a resolve to
do my best to impact every school that I went to positively. I believe
that overcoming is an important part of being a public school scholar.”
JA Students Win Scholarships Courtesy of CIBC FirstCaribbean
Two Senior High
School students were awarded scholarships at this year’s Junior
Achievement (JA) annual Awards Ceremony for their display of leadership
skills, entrepreneurial drive, and creativity.
Kareem Robinson, a
2019 graduate of St. Augustine’s College, came in fourth place in JA’s
“Most Distinguished Achiever” category, which is the highest honor an
“achiever” can receive within the JA Company Programme. Kareem was the
President of the JA Company “DRIP” and will attend Acadia University in
Nova Scotia Canada, majoring in Biology.
The Bahamas has
been elected to serve on the Council of the 194-member Food and
Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
Bahamas at the 41st Conference of the FAO were Minister of Agriculture
& Marine Resources, Hon. Michael Pintard, Ambassador to the FAO, Her
Excellency Verna Grant and National Correspondent for the FAO Delreese
Moss-Grant. The Bahamas' expression of interest in serving in this
capacity was unanimously supported by the countries from CARICOM. The
Bahamas succeeds Trinidad and Tobago who who had previously served in
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.
Price Commission sounds warnings to grocery store owners
Merchants are being warned of price infractions on breadbasket items and price gouging.
Price Commission Chairman, said the Commission is actively pursuing
complaints of alleged price infractions on items including butter,
cheese, cooking oil, corned beef, evaporated milk, flour, grits,
margarine, mayonnaise, rice and tomato paste.
The Chairman spoke
recently at a Press Conference at the Department of Labour, Rosetta
Street. Members of the Price Commission board were present.
Biminites gained increased confidence in the water and new insight into
its vital importance during the third annual Swim and Eco Camp hosted by
Save The Bays, Waterkeeper(r) Bahamas and international group
The five-day camp
offered pool swim, ocean swim, science experiments, field assessments
and presentations on the importance of water. Last year, the same
partnership offered Biminites free swimming and lifeguard training in an
effort to boost water safety skills on the island.
Bahamas Feeding Network Summer Sizzle Steak-out Moves to Montagu, Set for July 13
by hundreds who turned out for hot-off-the-grill steaks to support the
organisation that serves up to 5,000 hot meals a week to ease the pain
of hunger, the Bahamas Feeding Network announced this week it will move
its summer fund-raiser steak-out to Montagu Park July 13.
“They say you can
never have too much of a good thing,” said Bahamas Feeding Network (BFN)
Executive Director Philip Smith. “We love a hungry crowd, but we found
that when it comes to holding major events like our steak-outs at the
little cottage called Moseff House on Fox Hill Road that serves as our
kitchen and main distribution center for hot meals is just too small. So
we are very pleased to announce that this July’s summer sizzle will be
at Montagu from noon to 6 pm on Saturday, July 13.”