#242NewsBahamas Newsletter Edition: August 15th, 2019
Damned If You Do; Damned If You Don't:
The Power Debacle
case you are living in a cave (which might be cooler), Nassauvians are
not happy! Their power issues have been a huge problem for many years,
with consistent outages happening this summer – for some, we hear three
to four times a day. To be frank, the situation has seemingly reached an
all-time crisis level for the island, but officials have estimated that
the challenges, which include wide-spread load shedding, will not end
until at least November 2019.
Bahamians know this nightmare, over fifteen years ago, the power
company known then as Freeport Power, was in a similar situation. Like
their Nassuvian counterparts, residents on GB suffered through constant
power outages and ruined appliances while business and residential
customers all cried shame and begged for relief. Thankfully their
prayers were answered in the form of a privatization deal, which saw a
Canadian company, EMERA take the helm; and ever since, Grand Bahama
Power Company and its customers have been basking in the limelight of
solid and reliable service.
Veteran Bahamas Ministry of Tourism Executive Receives Coveted Apex Award in Hospitality and Tourism
Linville Johnson, a
Sr. Executive of The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (BMOTA)
has joined a privileged list. The group includes Tourism Ministers,
Governors, CEO’s and Presidents of major national organizations and
associations who are all among past recipients of the coveted Apex
Award, presented annually by Black Meetings and Tourism Magazine.
responsible for BMOTA’s Multi-Cultural Market development, was one of
the recipients of the Award at the recent Annual gala culminating the
National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators and Developers
(NABHOOD) and the International Multicultural and Heritage Summit and
Trade Show at the Marriott’s Biscayne Bay Hotel, Miami, Florida.
Two Students Make History by Receiving the All Bahamas Merit Scholar Award
For the first time in 25 years, two outstanding Bahamians have been recognized as All Bahamas Merit scholars.
The 2019 winners,
Mahlia Neely, a graduate of Queen’s College High School and Dehron
Smith, a graduate of Nassau Christian Academy, have received full
scholarships valued at $140,000 to attend colleges abroad.
General, the Most Hon. Cornelius A. Smith, headed the list of
dignitaries at a special ceremony to honour the 17 All Bahamas Merit and
National Merit scholars in the Ballroom of Government House, Thursday,
August 8, 2019.
Prime Minister Minnis hands over land deeds to Inagua residents
Prime Minister the
Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis officially handed over land deeds to the
first group of residents of Great Inagua during a Town Hall Meeting on
Wednesday 7 August.
The hand over to
the eight residents is a demonstration of the progress being made in the
Minnis Administration’s Land Reform initiative, which is focused on
ensuring that thousands more Bahamians have greater access to Crown
“We promised to
regularize the many Bahamians who long ago applied for and received
Crown Land, but who were never given their deeds.
Officials at the
Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development have tripled the staff
complement at the Department of Gender and Family Affairs within the
past year from three to ten staff members in order to meet the
Department’s expanding role.
The new additions
include: Retired Superintendent of Police, Royal Bahamas Police Force,
Mrs. Elaine Sands, a Gender-based Violence Expert; Ms. Vechenda Roberts,
Public Education Officer; Miss Alicia Rolle, Gender Programme Officer,
whose concentration is in international conventions; retired Corrections
Officer, Mr. Henry Johnson, a Gender-based Violence Expert who serves
as Male Programme Coordinator; Miss Torree Musgrove, Research Analyst;
and Miss Markayla Major.
CIBC FirstCaribbean Debuts Innovative “Project ICE” Internship Program
CIBC FirstCaribbean placed a special group of young Bahamians on “ice” this summer.
The bank recently
launched its “Project ICE” internship program here in The Bahamas, the
first country out of its 16 territories to debut the programme after the
pilot was launched at its regional headquarters in Barbados last year.
“Project ICE” –
Innovate, Create, Elevate – is a “strategic learning internship program”
that hosts 12 college-level students to a four-week problem-solving
workshop. The students were divided into three teams, each one focused
on solving an internal issue related to one of the bank’s four strategic
pillars: client relationships, simplification, modern digital banking,
Gender and Family Affairs Hosts Key Workshop for Female Law Enforcement Officials
enforcement officials from all ranks and across the government sector,
were hosted to a one-day ‘Women, Peace and Security’ Workshop by staff
of the Department of Gender and Family Affairs (DGFA), Ministry of
Social Services and Urban Development.
The session was
also attended by Ms. Maria Kelley, Executive Secretary, Secretariat, the
National Commission for Persons with Disability. The Commission serves
as an advocate for the community of persons with disabilities.
Minister Dames: Re-Commissioning of Rolleville Police Station Speaks to Government's Family Island Commitment
of National Security the Hon. Marvin Dames said, on August 7, 2019,
that when his government came into office more than two years ago, it
made the important commitment to ensuring safety and providing the tools
for law enforcement to best carry out their service to the nation.
you see here today is a testament of our government's commitment to the
people of The Bahamas," Minister Dames said, during the Official
Ceremony for the Re-Commissioning of the Rolleville Police Station, in