#242NewsBahamas Newsletter Edition: October 3rd, 2019
Immigration: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
Someone once told me
that weddings, funerals and natural disasters bring out the best and
worst in human beings. As the country attempts to move forward from the
tragedy that was hurricane Dorian we've seen and heard the many stories
of heroism and togetherness as Bahamians have rallied to help each other
navigate this difficult time. On the opposite end of the spectrum,
we've also seen some of our basest instincts and fears pandered to,
particularly when it comes to the Haitian population living in The
Bahamas. With immigration tensions high, yet again, Rights Bahamas put
out an interesting perspective on the matter calling some of the public
commentary and even the government's response cold-hearted. In lieu of
this week's editorial, we wanted to share that perspective with our
readers and open the door for a NUANCED, BALANCED conversation about the
way forward. We hope you participate in the discussion in a way that
serves the greater good and that considers the humanity of our Haitian
brothers and sisters while balancing our own love of country. Read it
here: Savage, Cold-Hearted and Illegal
Since the release of
the initial statement, new concerns that persons being targetted by
immigration operations were not in fact illegal migrants but Haitian
nationals with legal status and the right to live and work in the
country. Rights Bahamas put out a follow-up statement. We have also
shared it here: Targeted Victims are Not Illegals
Bahamas Red Cross and MV Impulse go door to door in North Abaco
Just weeks after Hurricane Dorian ravaged the Abacos and Grand Bahama, BahamasLocal.com
set sail with the
crew of the MV Impulse and the Bahamas Red Cross to answer the call of
those in Little Abaco and East End, Grand Bahama, who were quickly
running out of basic needs after the historically destructive storm.
Determined to make a personal impact, they loaded the luxury yacht with
16 pallets of goods including food, water, tarps, blankets, clothing,
shoes, bleach, insecticide, hygiene kits, and more and made the 12 hour
voyage into the banks between the Abacos and Grand Bahama.
Planning for the
trip began immediately after the hurricane when the owners of the MV
Impulse told their crew they could use the charter vessel to assist in
getting aid to the islands that were severely impacted.
Monday the 23rd of September, two Amazon Air flights loaded with
hurricane relief supplies landed at the Grand Bahama International
Airport - the latest in a series of aid drops benefitting the Grand
Bahama Disaster Relief Foundation. See Video Below:
Minister Dames Visits Grand Bahama Post Dorian
Bahamas has signed on to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of
2030 and, like many other countries, safety and security are pivotal for
the advancement of the goals. Goal 16 of the same seeks to ‘promote
peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development; provide
access to justice for all; and build effective, accountable and
inclusive institutions at all levels’.
statement highlights the need for effective and sustainable
institutions of safety and security for the prevention and control of
various manifestations of crime as a significant developmental goal.
Minister of the
Environment and Housing the Hon. Romauld Ferreira led members of the
media on a tour of the newly-completed Construction of a Dock and
Bulkhead that is part of the Clifton Pier Remediation Project on
September 26, 2019. Also present on the tour were his Ministry's
Permanent Secretary, Janice Miller; Senior Consultant Geologist at
Geosyntec Consultants, Joe Casey and Managing Director of Geosyntec
(Bahamas) Limited, Jerome P. Gomez.
The Ministry of
Ministry of Public Works is the Lead Agency, while the Ministry of the
Environment and Housing and Bahamas Power and Light are Key Agencies in
Broker Mario Carey: Distressed properties rental assistance program idea gaining momentum
A little more than
a week after real estate broker Mario Carey introduced the idea of
using foreclosed properties to meet housing needs for displaced families
in the wake of monstrous Category 5 Hurricane Dorian, Carey reported
the concept has gained ‘incredible momentum.’
“We had a group of high net worth individuals on the island this week for a private event hosted by Bahamian businessmen.
When we mentioned
the idea of taking unoccupied residential properties, either single or
multi-residential, and converting them into short-term rentals at a
reduced rate to provide some form of normalcy for families who lost
everything during the storm, every single member of that group of the
super successful said they would like to be part of it,” said Carey.
“They recognized it as social entrepreneurship.”
WHO Director General and Delegation Visit Hurricane Dorian-Impacted Abaco and Grand Bahama
of Health, the Hon. Dr. Duane Sands, accompanied Director General of
the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, and
delegations from PAHO and the Ministry of Health, on a tour of Abaco
and Grand Bahama, September 27, 2019.
in Grand Bahama by charter plane on Friday afternoon, the group viewed
first-hand, the devastation from Hurricane Dorian some four weeks ago.
They were able to view the residential community of Lady Lake, the
University of The Bahamas and the High Rock Government Complex, as well
as Samaritan’s Purse International Relief.
National Emergency Management Services (NEMS) receiving a boost to its
fleet of emergency service vehicles as Global Medical Response donates
twelve (12) ambulances in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian. The first
donation of four (4) ambulances took place on September 12th, the second
shipment of four (4) more ambulances on September 24th, and an
additional four (4) ambulances expected in approximately two (2) weeks.
addition to new ambulances, Global has also donated three (3)
forty-foot containers of emergency medical equipment and supplies to
NEMS. In the coming days, NEMS is expected to receive the equipment and
State Recognized Funeral Held for Cultural Icon John Arthur “Chippie” Chipman
A State Recognized
Funeral was held for the late John Arthur “Chippie” Chipman, MBE and
former Cultural Icon, on Saturday, 28th September, 2019 at 11:00a.m at
St. Agnes Anglican Church, Baillou Hill Road and Cockburn Street.
Interment followed in St. Agnes Cemetery, Nassau Street. Minister of
Education the Hon.
brought remarks on behalf of the Government. Also in attendance were
Governor General His Excellency the Most Hon. Cornelius A. Smith; former
Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Gladstone Christie; the Minister of
Heath Dr. the Hon. Duane Sands; Minister of the Public Service and
National Insurance the Hon. Brensil Rolle; Leader of Her Majesty’s
Official Opposition the Hon. Phillip “Brave” Davis; other dignitaries
and members of the cultural community.
Providence, Bahamas – Brewed with the same great ingredients since
1982, Bud Light has carefully crafted its reputation as the world’s
go-to light beer. Locally, Bud Light has also become synonymous with the
world’s biggest sporting event: NFL Football. With the 2019 football
season now in full swing, Bud Light, through its local distributor the
Bahamian Brewery and Beverage Company is again giving beer drinkers the
opportunity to support their favorite teams and win amazing prizes.
mark the launch of the new NFL Season, Bud Light hosted a special event
for its many partners. The event held at the Warwick Hotel gave sports
and beer enthusiasts the chance to mix, mingle, enjoy the game and the
great taste of Bud Light.
Micronesia gives $100,000 to Hurricane Dorian recovery and reconstruction effort
Prime Minister the
Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis was presented with a $100,000 donation to
assist with Hurricane Dorian recovery and reconstruction efforts from
Micronesia, a small nation in the western Pacific with a population of
just over 100,000.
Minnis received the cheque on Friday 27 September from the President of
Micronesia, David W. Panuelo, following the Prime Minister’s address to
the General Assembly at the United Nations. The Prime Minister thanked
President Panuelo for the small country’s generous donation to the
people of The Bahamas in their time of need.
John Watling’s Bahamian Rum is Double Gold Winner at the International Rum Conference in Coral Gables, Florida
SEPTEMBER, 2019, NASSAU, N.P., BAHAMAS: John Watling’s Distillery, a
Bahamian company, located at the 1789 Buena Vista Estate in Historic
Downtown Nassau and named for a 17th Century buccaneer, announced today
that JOHN WATLING’S Single Barrel rum is a 2019 DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL WINNER
and JOHN WATLING’S Pale rum is a 2019 SILVER MEDAL WINNER at the
International Rum Conference in Coral Gables, Florida.
International Rum Conference, formerly known as the Congreso del Ron,
moved from Madrid to Coral Gables, Florida, in its 8th year to be closer
to the core rum manufacturing territories. It is co-directed by
industry veterans Javier Herrera and Jorge Galbis. The Conference ran
from September 25th to 28th 2019, at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables,
Florida. The four-day conference consisted of a two-day Industry
Enrichment Seminar, two-day Grand Tasting and a Tasting Competition.
had another productive week thanks to the help from LPC Crossreach
regulars, wonderful local volunteers, from Crisis Response International
and of course your food and financial support,
High points of the week.
has now stabilized its main warehouse in the RAM complex by removing
water damaged drywall and the last of the wet items stored there making
receiving, shelving and filling bags much safer and more efficient.
everyone’s delight power was reconnected on Thursday. No AC due to
hurricane damage, so it is still a hot spot to work in but having
overhead light rather than battery lamps makes the work much easier.
when we thought the universe of good, kind people may be winding down
their giving of generous donations, we were surprised by a miracle of
generosity. A donor who wishes to remain anonymous came forward with a
$50,000 matching grant for the Deep Water Cay Family. If there is
anything else you would like to donate or another friend you can share
with, any more funds we raise in the next week (through 10/11) will be
doubled or matched by this donor - up to $50,000. Imagine our gratitude
for this latest offer and the difference it will make for
the Deep Water Cay staff and their families. Donate here: DWC GoFundMe
#242NewsWeather'cause its always Better in
October 5, 2019
Sound Waves Festival for Dorian Hurricane Dorian Relief at The Retreat 2pm - 11pm
October 9, 2019
Burger and Lobster Night at British Colonial Hilton 6pm
Clay Plate Handbuilding Class at Paint Your Own Pottery 7pm - 9pm
October 18, 2019
We Gatchu: Digging Deep & Letting Go at NAGB 7pm - 9pm
October 26 - 27, 2019
Wine & Art Festival at Bahamas National Trust 12pm - 7pm
Grand Bahama & Abaco Events
Events are on hold for Grand Bahama and Abaco until
further notice. We do encourage you to eat at local restaurants, shop in
local stores... to get both these economies going!