Thursday, July 18, 2019

Why the FUSS? and other #242news

 Why The Fuss For A Great Deal?

Dear Readers,
Maybe it’s because I’m white?  Maybe it’s because I am a business person?  Maybe because I like the current government?  But I just don’t get all the “palaver” about the Post Office contract.   

From what I can gather, the Symonette brothers have rented to us their empty space at Town Centre Mall for a good price, to house our mold infested and non-functional post office.  Normally the rental was estimated at $25 per square foot, we got if for $12, so over 50% off – not bad negotiations. I never got a break for my office rental like that – but I want it!

PM focusing on empowering smaller businesses; honours hospitality professionals
Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis said his government is focusing on ensuring smaller companies have access to capital as a means of economic empowerment.

He made the statement while addressing the Former Hospitality Professionals Awards Banquet on the evening of Saturday, July 13, 2019 at MeliĆ  Nassau Beach resort, Cable Beach.
NEMA conducts community emergency response training exercises
In a continued effort to build disaster resilient communities throughout the country, the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, facilitated a number of training exercises toward this end.

Over the past two months NEMA has ensured that core group of residents become certified in Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) programmes aimed at managing crises in their respective communities.
Workshop for Passport Office Staff
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in collaboration with the Department of Transformation and Digitization of the Office of the Prime Minister, held a workshop for Passport Office staff on Saturday 6th July 2019 in the training room of Cecil Wallace Whitfield Centre on Cable Beach. Staff members of the Passport Offices in Nassau, Grand Bahama and Abaco attended the workshop. Other staff members participated via teleconference -- Consular officers of Bahamas Overseas Missions in Atlanta and Ottawa participated via video-conferencing. A staff member of the Bahamas Embassy in China was present at the workshop in Nassau. 
Bud Light Dive-Bar tour Winners get Boosie 
VIP Concert Experience
New Providence, Bahamas – Bud Light brand launched their first summer Campaign "Bud Light Dive Bar Tour" featuring talented local and international artists, which sought to position one of the world’s largest beer brands as a centerpiece for bonding time among good buddies felling the music enjoying a Bud Light.

This past Saturday, the brand upped the ante with its first international performer and offered a VIP experience to a select few of its loyal customers through a partnership with local party promoters.
Statement from Disney Cruise Line regarding a press release circulating today in The Bahamas regarding our project at Lighthouse Point.
“From the beginning, we have said we will only move forward with our project at Lighthouse Point if we can do so in an environmentally responsible manner. As we have shared with these organizations directly, our own internal team of animal and conservation experts is working closely with a highly qualified team of Bahamians and an experienced international firm to develop a comprehensive Environmental Impact Assessment and Environmental Management Plan that align with our company’s deep and longstanding commitment to the environment."

PM: Nair called me to apologize
Liberty Latin America (LLA) CEO Balan Nair apologized for his “distasteful and insulting” comments about the prime minister, the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) and its employees, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis said yesterday.

Minnis, who was speaking in the House of Assembly, said Nair called his cell phone yesterday morning to apologize.

The LLA CEO came under fire after disparaging comments he made about Minnis, BTC and The Bahamas began circulating on social media. The comments were contained in several videos.
High Hopes for Bahamas Water Polo Team Following Gold, Silver & Bronze at Carifta, Pan Am Games Qualifier Bronze at CCCAN in Barbados
Fifteen years ago, it was all organizers could do to scrap together enough players to call it a water polo team. Most Bahamians had never watched the game referred to as soccer in a pool. Today water polo could just be the country’s hottest sport with Bahamas Mantas players bringing home the hardware from every tournament they enter.
House Speaker Gives Social Science Educators Civics Lesson
Teachers representing public schools across the archipelago got a lesson in Civics from Speaker of the House of Assembly and MP for Nassau Village, the Hon. Halson Moultrie, Thursday.

The visit was in keeping with Summer Professional Development Workshops for Senior High School Social Science teachers put on by the Ministry of Education (MOE).
GIRL GUIDES PRESENT PLEDGES TO THE NEW HEADQUARTERS
The Bahamas Girl Guides Association’s Headquarters Building Committee was presented with a cheque of $4,000 from funds pledged through the “Quarters for Headquarters” Programme.

The 10 week programme introduced Sunflowers, Brownies, Guides and Rangers in New Providence and on Family Islands Districts to good financial management, a component in the newly introduced Guide “DREAM” Programme. This financial literacy component encourages girls to follow 4 Steps to meeting a Savings Goal: 1) Set your goal, 2) Devise a plan with a timeline, 3) Execute the plan and 4) Celebrate the achievement of the goal. 

Goombay Summer Festival 2019 Brings The Sizzle To Summer

Residents and visitors to Harbour Island got an opportunity to celebrate all things Bahamian at the Ministry of Tourism’s annual Goombay Summer Festival on Friday July 5th-7th 2019.

Working in collaboration with industry partners in Long Island to extend the itinerary of festivities beginning with the American Independence celebrations, Ministry of Tourism representatives capitalized on a major opportunity to showcase Bahamian music, food and culture all uniquely packaged to show what Harbour Island has to offer.

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New Providence
July 19th, 2019
  • “Keeping it Cool”: Exhibit by Harry Wallace 6:00pm at The Salus Art Gallery, Blake Rd
July 25th, 2019
  • NAGB Film Series presents: “City of God” 8:00pm at the NAGB
Grand Bahama
July 4th - 25th, 2019
  • Goombay Summer Festival 6:00pm - 12:00am at West Beach Drive
July 19th - 20th, 2019
  • Grand Bahama Regatta at Smith's Point
July 20th, 2019
  • Sister Sister Fun, Run, Walk 7:00am at Taino Beach
Family Islands
July 18th, 2019
  • Islands Biggest Pizza Party Thursday 5:30pm – 9:30pm at Tipsy Pool Bar Treasure Cay
July 19th, 2019
  • Sushi night Fridays 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm at Pete’s Pub
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