#242NewsBahamas Newsletter Edition: August 29th, 2019
Keep Theatre LIVE
Bahama may not have Atlantis, Baha Mar or the swimming pigs… but we do
have the most beautiful theatre in the entire Bahamas. The Regency
Theatre is the only purpose-built performing arts theatre in the entire
country, outside of a hotel, and is run by the non-profit organization
the Freeport Players Guild.
the Regency Theatre has been a staple of the Grand Bahama community for
over the past 40 years, “said former President, Liselle Harris-Russell.
“Many persons have passed through the doors of this theatre and have
gone on to become world-famous thespians, who continue to support and
participate in the plays and productions staged here at home.”
PM Visits First Recipients of Government’s Free Education Programme at BTVI
By Lindsay Thompson
Bahamas – As classes began on Monday, August 26, 2019 at Bahamas
Technical & Vocational Institute, Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr.
Hubert Minnis visited the campus to find if students were taking full
advantage of the government’s financial initiative for free tertiary
He was accompanied
by the Hon. Jeffrey Lloyd, Minister of Education, and Lorraine
Armbrister, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education. They were led on
tour of the Old Trail Road campus by BTVI's President, Dr. Robert W.
Robertson and other officials.
New E-Filing and Case Management at the Industrial Tribunal
New E-Filing and Case Management at the Industrial Tribunal
As The Bahamas
expands digital transformation with recent implementation of E-Filing
and Case Management at the Industrial Tribunal, Attorney General and
Minister of Legal Affairs, the Hon. Carl Bethel, and Permanent Secretary
Cecilia Strachan paid a courtesy call on President of the Industrial
Tribunal, Her Honour Indira Demeritte Francis, on August 19, 2019 for a
viewing of the new e-filing portal.
The new system was
implemented at the Industrial Tribunal on August 12, 2019. For the
first time, litigants, advocates and legal representatives accessing The
Bahamas Industrial Tribunal will be able to file their cases anytime,
from anywhere, including the Family Islands.
MOTA Conducts Special Fly Out To Grand Bahama For FBO’s, Flying Ambassadors and Aviation Media
Florida – August 22, 2019 – The Vertical Department team of The Bahamas
Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (MOTA) recently led a group of forty
persons comprising private pilots, flying ambassadors, fixed based
operators (FB0) and aviation media professionals to Freeport, Grand
Bahama, for a familiarization trip of the destination.
The group, made up
of representatives from Florida Aero Club, Stuart Jet Center, ATA
Flight School, Jetscape, Aerospace, Banyan Air Service, Atlantic
Aviation and Women in Aviation, departed from the Fort Lauderdale
Executive Airport, on August 15 and returned on August 18, 2019. Media
representatives from Aviation International News and 121fiveonline flew
Bahamas Government Signs $250 Million Agreement to Re-develop Nassau Cruise Port
By Llonella Gilbert
the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis said the government is embarking on a
“quarter of a billion dollar major project to redevelop what will become
the iconic, world-renowned and new Nassau Cruise Port.”
The Prime Minister
was speaking at the Heads of Agreement Signing between The Bahamas
Government and Nassau Cruise Port Ltd. for the redevelopment of Nassau
Cruise Port, August 28, 2019, at Festival Place.
CIBC FirstCaribbean placed a special group of young Bahamians on “ice” this The Future Use of Science in The Bahamas
(Bahamas) Ltd. (CWCO) hailed CV Bethel high school for helping to mould
the “future of science” in The Bahamas with their annual 12th grade
Science Competition. The water company was a sponsor of this year’s
event, which allows all senior high school students of CV Bethel to
participate in mock BGCSE examinations for the sciences in preparation
for the national examinations.
Among 200 of their
peers in this year’s competition, Jacaria Knowles achieved the highest
grade overall in Biology, while Jonathan King and Tyrese Farrington tied
for the highest mark in Chemistry, and Tyrese also scored first place
Cabinet and Public Sector Unions Have Frank and Open Dialogue on State of the Economy.
reiterated its commitment to concluding negotiations over the
outstanding industrial agreements with all public sector unions at a
high-level meeting between the Cabinet and representatives of public
sector unions and the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce on Saturday 24 August.
meeting paved the way for discussions to move forward with a factual
understanding of the country’s economic outlook and the Government’s
fiscal constraints, including the need to exercise spending restraint
and reach sustainable economic growth targets.
Youngsters Learn about Blockchain Technology at Hackathon Conference
By: Kathryn Campbell
Bahamas -- Young Bahamians ages seven to 17 from Abaco, Eleuthera, Grand
Bahama and New Providence are spending the weekend engaged in sessions
that are teaching them about cybersecurity, blockchain and the law, how
to successfully raise capital and how to start a business in The
The first Youth
Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence (AI) Hackathon and conference in
The Bahamas officially opened at Windsor School, Frank Watson Highway,
Friday, August 23, 2019.
Deltec Initiatives Foundation Establishes Family Island Scholarship at UB
Initiative for Scholarship & Education has established a scholarship
tenable at University of The Bahamas to provide academic financial
assistance to young Bahamian students from the Family Islands who
possess extraordinary scholastic talent and require financial assistance
to enable them to pursue a tertiary education.
On Wednesday, 21st
August 2019, Mrs. Tanya Carey, Chief Financial Officer of Deltec Bank
& Trust Limited and Director of the Deltec Initiatives Foundation,
announced the partnership during the signing of an MOU for the Deltec
Initiatives Foundation Scholarship Award.
This week we WELCOME Dr. Ash as a bi-monthly contributor:
Dr. Ash, a native of West
End, she studied at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine and earned a
Degree in Medicine (MD) in 1991. Dr. Ash interned in Transitional
Medicine at Howard University Hospital in Washington, DC; followed by an
Ophthalmology Residency at Stanford University in Stanford, CA and
completed her training at the University of Medicine and Dentistry, New
Jersey. She is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a
Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. She is also a member
of the Christian Ophthalmology Society, Vision Outreach International
and the Grand Bahama Medical and Dental Association. Learn more Click Here
Back To School Eye Examinations
Back-To-School time in full gear, parents are scrambling to get kids
off to a great start for the new school year. As you tick off your long
list of school to-dos, it’s important to remember
that good vision and overall eye health are also vital to learning.
Conveniently, August is designated as Children’s Eye Health and Safety
Month. It’s time to make comprehensive eye exam appointments for your kids!
eyes healthy is important at any age, beginning with young children.
Vision screenings and eye exams are critical to early detection of
problems like amblyopia, the most common cause of visual impairment
among young children, according to the National Eye Institute (NEI).
Vision loss from amblyopia can be largely prevented, if detected and