Saturday, September 19, 2020
“But when we look at the Over-the-Hill of the 50s and 60s…we see a people who, oppressed by colonial and oligarchical regimes, marched, fought, possessed the land and then rose up to become governor generals, prime ministers and leaders in every single sphere of vocational and professional endeavor.”
~ Rosalie Fawkes
Rosalie’s seventh birthday - Photos courtesy of Rosalie Fawkes
By Rosalie Fawkes, Guest Contributor
Over-The-Hill 242 Blog
They say that as a person grows older, the mind starts to travel back in time. I saw it happen with my mother – did she ever enjoy talking to everyone about her idyllic, childhood days in West End, Grand Bahama.
Today, I often think about Over-the-Hill, the place where I spent the first thirteen years of my life. Just about everyone I knew lived Over-the-Hill, On-Top-of-the-Hill or Fort Fincastle – small world as they would say.
We did not live Over-the-Hill by choice but as a people of colour, that is where most of us were relegated. Why was this area called Over-the-Hill? To be honest I don’t know but one thing I do know is that in front of Over-the-Hill was a street called Bay Street – the street where the land merged with pristine, white, sandy beaches that led to the emerald green and turquoise waters of the ocean – choice property as they would say. Bay Street also symbolized wealth, power and colonial arrogance and in the 1950s Black persons could neither work nor live on Bay Street. Read more >>
By Rolling Harbour
PIPING PLOVERS Charadrius melodus are specialist shorebirds in the Bahamas, and on Abaco in particular. For a start, they are very rare – the IUCN listing suggests a population of only 8000 mature birds in the world. They are both scarce numerically and limited geographically.
September is the month when shorebirds get good publicity. World Shorebirds Day, Plover Appreciation Day, Migratory Birds Celebration Day, Ruddy Turnstone Tuesday and the like. Piping plovers are my particular pigeon, so I’m posting a revised article about them and their close migratory relationship with the Bahamas. Read more >>
By LEANDRA ROLLE
Tribune Staff Reporter
DEPUTY Prime Minister Peter Turnquest said the Minnis administration is hopeful that the re-opening of smaller hotels will help jumpstart the tourism industry.
This comes after several of the country’s top resorts, including Baha Mar, the Melia Nassau Beach property and Club Med in San Salvador announced they will not reopen on October 15, the date recommended by the Ministry of Tourism for the resort industry’s return.
Some resorts have even indicated that they may not resume operations until Christmas, with one property saying it won’t reopen until late 2021.
Acknowledging the challenges this poses for the government, the finance minister said the Minnis administration is hoping that smaller size hotels will resume operations to help attract more tourists to the country, thereby aiding in the economic recovery from COVID-19. Read more >>
TC Weekly News
THE TURKS and Caicos Islands has inched one step closer towards inking a historic agreement with the Bahamas to combat illegal migration in both nations.
Cabinet has approved a final draft of the long-awaited Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the TCI Government and the Government of the Bahamas.
It will see the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and TCI Joint Task Force combining efforts, sharing intelligence and conducting training to cut human trafficking and illegal migration. Read more >>
United States Donates $3.6M in Modular Shelters, Rescue Boats, and Construction Materials for Hurricane Response in The Bahamas
U.S. Chargé d'Affaires John McNamara (left) greets Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Honourable K. Peter Turnquest (right) at the Royal Bahamas Defence Force base.
By Bahamas US Embassy
The Embassy of the United States in Nassau delivered $3.6 million dollars-worth of modular shelters, medical evacuation boats, and construction materials to The Ministry for Disaster Preparedness, Management, and Reconstruction just in time for peak hurricane season.
Chargé d’Affaires John McNamara delivered the donation to Minister for Disaster Preparedness, Management, and Reconstruction the Honourable Iram Lewis at Coral Harbour in Nassau, just over two weeks after the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Dorian. Read more >>