#242NewsBahamas Newsletter Edition: August 22nd, 2019
In The True Spirit of BASRA!
nearly 50 years, officials of the Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association of
Grand Bahama have hosted an annual beach party at the famed Coral Beach
on Grand Bahama Island. What began as a fundraising event to support
the organization’s rescue efforts eventually blossomed into the ultimate
end of summer beach party. As the event has grown, so too has the
community participation and involvement. The event now not only attracts
local Grand Bahamians but also participants from Abaco, and New
Providence and other family islands.
decades now, organizers of the event have taken on the increasingly
complicated task of coordinating volunteers and securing the necessary
donations required to make their work possible. As has been the annual
tradition, BASRA’s Volunteer board secured the use of the Coral Beach
area (above the high tide water mark) for BASRA’s bar, food tent
(rotary) the band and more. Over the last few years the event added TENT
sponsorship, as a way to pay for shade, earn corporate funds and
provide drinks for the renters. This decision was also made to
discourage patrons from bringing their own beverages and encourage the
sale of donated products.
Last week, the
business community of Grand Bahama officially helped proprietor Olivia
Pagés open her newly revamped Stoned Crab Restaurant and Bar on Taino
Beach. The iconic restaurant, with its signature,three-pointed roofs was
packed with well-wishers including the Deputy Prime Minister, Peter
Turnquest, who is also the MP for the Lucaya area.
to the event, was Master of Ceremonies, Brenford Christie, well-known
attorney for McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes, and Step-Father to the
Three Acre Warehouse with Retail Location to Open Soon
For more than a
decade, the Bahamian Brewery and Beverage Company Limited (BBB) has
redefined the beer business in The Bahamas. Since launching in 2008, the
company has become known throughout the islands for its signature
products brewed in Grand Bahama like Sands, Sands Light, and Sands Pink
Radler along with their Bush Crack, High Rock lager, Strong Back stout,
Triple B malt and the newest, Sands Passion Radler.
When the company
opened its flagship retail store in Grand Bahama, Jimmy’s Wines and
Spirits, it was primarily designed to bring those brands to its
customers and help promote sales. This proved to be another asset for
this growing company. Jimmy’s carries one of the largest inventories of
wines and spirits in the country.
Eye-Opening Aquaponics Discovery Experience for GB Summer Campers
people were part of an Aquaponics Summer Discovery Programme held
recently at Sir Jack Hayward High School, where they were introduced to
new advances in agricultural science and technology. The students
learned about aspects of farm operations and engaging in best practices
in aquaponics from experts and trained professionals.
Agriculture and Marine Resources, the Hon. Michael Pintard, on Friday,
August 16, encouraged the summer campers to become a part of the
agricultural industry where they could become self-employed, stating:
“we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that agriculture and marine
resources hold opportunities for decent work for decent pay, as well as
Social Services Minister Commends Programmes for Focus on Urban Communities
of Social Services and Urban Development, the Hon. Frankie A. Campbell,
commended the executives of three urban programmes that operate
year-round life and social skills enhancement programmes that cater to
residents of the urban communities of New Providence for having the
foresight to pool their human and other resources in order to effect
positive change within those communities.
Minister Campbell Challenges to Men/Men’s Groups to Serve as Father Figures
CIBC FirstCaribbean placed a special group of young Bahamians on “ice” this summer.
Minister of Social
Services and Urban Development, the Hon. Frankie A. Campbell, told
executives of a visiting group of male organizations that one of the
best ways they can partner with the Ministry to ensure equity and
equality for women, and the protection of women across The Bahamas, is
if they continue to provide positive influences/programmes geared
towards the nation's young men.
“There is a
saying: ‘Bend the tree while it is young.’ Another is that ‘it is easier
to build a boy, than repair a man.’ Both of those are very wise sayings
that would be useless clichés if we do not put them into action,"
Minister Campbell said.
The Grand Bahama
Port Authority (GBPA) has conducted an ongoing summer student employment
program for many years which provides Grand Bahamian high school and
university students with the opportunity to experience real, hands-on
work within the corporate world. GBPA began this program with the intent
to create a structured environment where young people are able to learn
valuable information from top business professionals. The program,
which commenced in May and ends in August of each year, includes three,
four-week long sessions; ensuring that GBPA includes the highest number
of participants possible.
PM Visits First Recipients of the Government’s Free Education Programme at UB
the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert A. Minnis visited the campus of The University
of The Bahamas (UB) to get first-hand knowledge from students taking
advantage of the Government’s financial initiative for free tertiary
kicked in on Monday, August 19, 2019, the first day of classes. The
Prime Minister accompanied by Dr. Rodney Smith, President of UB, toured
several areas where students spoke about their enrollment experience and
their area of study.
Bahamas Waterkeepers Welcomes Chinese Counterparts for Cultural Exchange
For millennia, all
of earth’s living things have depended on water for its survival. Up to
71 percent of the world’s surface is covered in water, it exists in the
air, in the soil and even in the human body which is up to 60% water.
According to research, however, only 3 percent of the earth’s water
supply is drinkable which makes water conservation all the more
across the country for its efforts to protect and improve local water
systems, Waterkeepers® Bahamas, is part of a global organization
dedicated to ensuring that the world’s water supply is protected. As
part of its efforts, the group has formed countless partnerships with
environmental groups both locally and abroad. Most recently, those
partnerships resulted in a multicultural exchange between
Bahamian students and their counterparts in China.