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#242NewsBahamas Newsletter Edition: November 22nd, 2019

The Importance of REAL Mentorship

Malcolm X put it eloquently when he stated that “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today”. The biggest issue we seem to be experiencing with the public-school sector is a lack of patience and tolerance when it comes to educating young minds. Don’t get me started on the overcrowding of classrooms especially at the Junior and Senior High school levels. There are so many more issues with the Public-School sector that the Government needs to address, the biggest one is ensuring that no child is left behind.
Women’s groups converge ‘downtown’ for launch of 16 Days of Activism Campaign
Representatives from women’s and other organizations across The Bahamas gathered “downtown” in Parliament Square Monday for the Launch of 16 Days of Activism for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls.

The 16 Days of Activism Campaign begins annually on November 25, a day that is observed globally as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls and ends on December 10, which is observed as Human Rights Day.

Representatives of the Zonta Club of New Providence, the Zonta Club of Nassau, S.M.A.R.T. Women, the National Women’s Advisory Council (NWAC), Princess Court Ministries, Teen Life Skills Services, Women of Strength, Kiwanis Club of New Providence, the National Congress of Trade Unions and its Women’s Association, and many other stakeholders and partners attended the Launch along with officials from the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development and the Department of Gender and Family Affairs/Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development, as they “took over” Parliament Square for the Launch.
Prime Minister Minnis welcomes continued support from United Nations
During a meeting with United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator Ms. Mariko Kagoshima about relief and reconstruction efforts on Grand Bahama and Abaco, Prime Minister Minnis welcomed the offer of assistance by the United Nations for Haitian residents affected by Hurricane Dorian,
The Prime Minister and Ms. Kagoshima discussed what role the UN can play to help Haitian residents displaced by the hurricane and relief initiatives being spearheaded by UN agencies, including: UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund), PAHO (Pan-American Health Organization), WFP (World Food Programme) and the IOM (International Organization for Migration).

During the meeting held on Monday 25 November, Prime Minster Minnis emphasised that undocumented residents will be treated humanely.
It was an exciting day for Grand Bahama on Tuesday, November 26, as the island welcomed its first official international flight to the Fixed Based Operators (FBO) at Grand Bahama International Airport since the passing of Hurricane Dorian. Representatives from The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation (BMOTA), Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board, Grand Bahama Airport Company, Bahamas Customs and Immigration and the Royal Bahamas Police Force all assembled on the tarmac Tuesday afternoon to welcome the inbound Bahamasair Boeing 737 Jet. The capacity flight departed Tri-Cities Regional Airport in Tennessee bringing 138 passengers, all of whom are on island for the 21st Annual Tabernacle Falcons Thanksgiving Basketball Classic.

The girls’ and boys’ high school basketball teams, along with their coaches and chaperones were welcomed with much fanfare. Each guest received a personal greeting from the various industry officials upon disembarking the aircraft, and upon exiting the airport, they were treated to a Bahamas Goombay Punch soda, and the sweet sounds of Junkanoo music, provided by The Platinum Knights.

Government Makes Commitment to End Gender-Based Violence by 2030; Campbell Outlines Plan of Action
The Government of The Bahamas has committed to doing all in its power to end Gender-Based Violence in the Commonwealth by the Year 2030, Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, the Hon. Frankie A. Campbell, said Monday.

Addressing the 2019 Launch of the Sixteen Days of Activism for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls held in Rawson Square, Minister Campbell said the commitment was made by himself on behalf of the Government of The Bahamas while attending the International Conference on Population Development (ICPD) 25th Anniversary Meeting.

Minister Campbell, was accompanied to ICPD 25 by the Hon. Brensil A. Rolle, Minister for the Public Service and National Insurance, and Mrs. Elaine Sands, Gender-Based Violence Expert in the Department of Gender and Family Affairs, Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development. The Conference took place November 12-14 in Nairobi, Kenya.

Co-convened by the Government of Kenya, the Kingdom of Denmark and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the Meeting was a High-Level Summit that focused on the recommitment of world leaders to complete the ICPD Programme of Action that was initiated in Cairo, Egypt, in 1994, and in recognition of its “important contribution” to accelerating the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), 2030 Agenda.
Bahamian Bud Light Fans Become NFL VIPs
With just a few short months to go before the biggest game of the NFL Season - Superbowl 54 - lucky football fans from The Bahamas celebrated ‘Beer O’Clock’ with a VIP Experience courtesy of Bud Light and its distributor, Bahamian Brewery &Beverage Company (BBB).
In early November, lucky Bud Light beer drinkers and their guests were treated to an all-expense-paid trip to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida where they witnessed the showdown between the New York Jets and the Miami Dolphins up close and personal.

Jeno Stuart, Brian Burrows, and Brendan Foulkes all had their names randomly drawn from the thousands of entries received. “The rules were simple,” explained Bud Light Trade & Marketing Supervisor, Annstacia Storr. “To enter, our customers simply had to a purchase a six-pack of Bud Light from any Jimmy’s Wines & Spirits location or other participating vendors. Not only did this give them an entry into the drawing for the Bud Light VIP Game Experience but also made it possible to win weekly prizes like Bud Light paraphernalia and free beer.”

The winners and their guests were provided with air travel, hotel, ground transportation, and VIP access to an exclusive Bud Light Tailgaters Party ahead of the game. “This was a truly VIP experience,” said Brendan Foulkes, a local Nassau winner. “From the moment we stepped off the plane, our every need was met and catered to, we were like game day celebrities.”

Grand Bahama’s Iconic Tony Macaroni’s Conch Experience Reopens Post Hurricane Dorian
For more than a decade, Tony Macaroni’s Conch Experience has been the go-to spot for authentic Bahamian cuisine, from Roast Conch - a Tony specialty - traditional Conch salad, Conch Burgers and more. Set against the backdrop of miles of pristine sandy beach on beautiful Grand Bahama Island, the open-air, thatch-roofed shack and its fun-loving owner built an award reputation for providing both local and international visitors with memorable experiences.

In 2016, the world-famous eatery was forced to temporarily shut its doors after suffering severe damage from Hurricane Matthew. Even in its absence, the restaurant’s reputation garnered it a nomination as one of the US Today’s 20 Best Reader’s Choice Awards for Best Beach Bar in the Caribbean. After successfully rebounding from Hurricane Matthew, the popular beach bar was again caught in the crossfire of another major system, this time Hurricane Dorian.
“While we had no damage to the deck, which was very fortunate, the impact on the island and my business is really severe from the business income perspective” explained Tony.

Environment Minister Challenges Rotary, Churches, Civic Groups to Pick a Project, Beautify a Community and Win Up to $10,000

Minister of Environment Romauld ‘Romi’ Ferreira
challenges civic organisations, social clubs and neighbourhood associations to join the Be A Hero campaign, pick a beautification project and vie for $10,000 in prize money donated to the environmental improvement program by Royal Caribbean. (Photos by Cay Focus Photography)

Declaring that everyone has the a part to play in making The Bahamas better, safer, cleaner and greener, Minister of Environment and Housing Romauld ‘Romi’ Ferreira this week challenged Rotarians and civic groups nationwide to pick a project, beautify a community and enter a competition that could earn them up to $10,000 dollars, prize money donated by Royal Caribbean International.
Ferreira, an environmental lawyer by profession, addressed the Rotary Club of Southeast Nassau November 20, just minutes after tabling in the House of Assembly for the second time the most sweeping environmental legislation in the country’s history, ushering in an era of intense scrutiny of how resources are managed and land developed in the face of impending climate change events.
His talk to Rotary was part of a road show to introduce phase two of the popular Be A Hero campaign that involved the environment minister and team reaching thousands of students in trips to 19 schools in New Providence.

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