Friday, March 16, 2018

242newsBahamas - Adjust the sails and Move On (Weekly Highlights)

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Time to adjust the sails

Dear Readers,

Its been almost a year since the Free National Movement rode a wave of promises, into victory in the May 7th general elections. Bahamians across the archipelago turned out en masse to register their displeasure with the then PLP administration and did so in a resounding vote against the former PM and his team.  

In the days following the election, things were generally as one would expect, the new Minnis led administration began to unearth what many persons felt were the secrets and lies left behind by the PLP. In its very first budget communication, the government lamented how bare the country's proverbial cupboards actually were and continued to point to the reckless spending habits of the former administration. At the time Bahamians were outraged, and rightfully so. Bahamians welcomed what was viewed as a new era of transparency, a peek behind the veil of political influence which also seemed to lend credence to the suspicions of the voting public. 

What began as an attempt at transparency, however, has devolved into a trend of finger pointing, name calling, complaining, and deflection. Now ten months into their 5-year term, and smack dab in the middle of its first midyear budget debate, the FNM is still complaining about what the former government did or didn't do. Why is that problematic? Because unlike the government of today, the Bahamian people have moved on from the PLP. Since sending such a strong message at the polls, the electorate has become generally uninterested in the actions of those who have dismissed from political office. Now, the voting public expects to see and feel the fulfillment of the many promises by the FNM made on the campaign trail; mortgage relief, a reduction in crime, lowered unemployment and financial stability. The question is have they gotten it? The short answer is NO! 

While the FNM has become particularly adept at finding and pointing out the flaws of the PLP they seem to be floundering on the issue of governance. Where are the detailed plans geared at moving us forward?  We're no longer concerned about what was done in the past, we're all more concerned about what, if anything, is happening now, and how future generations will be impacted.

There is a great quote by a man named William A Ward that says: "The pessimist complains about the wind, the optimist expects it to change, the realist adjusts the sails."

I think what Bahamians want now, more than ever, is a government that takes into account the realities of our 21st century Bahamas and rather than simply whining and complaining about what wasn't done or who didn't meet their obligations, they adjust the sails and chart a new course! That's what Bahamians voted for, and that's what we want to see happen!

Significant number of entrepreneurial and job opportunities available under HOA with 4M Harbour Island Limited
 significant number of entrepreneurial and job opportunities are expected to become available for local residents of Harbour Island as a result of Wednesday's signing of the Heads of Agreement for the $45 million Harbour Island Resort and Marina Development.
These include entrepreneurial opportunities for Bahamian entertainers, musicians, artists and artisans in the Marina Village and additional entrepreneurial opportunities through Tender Bids that will be offered to Bahamian contractors. Read More
Minister Dames Reveals Developments for Future of RBDF
 Minister of National Security the Hon. Marvin Dames said, on March 11, 2018, that his Ministry was working in conjunction with the Office of the Attorney General, with a view to increasing the retirement age for enlisted personnel in the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF).
"We must takes steps to stop the brain drain in the RBDF," Minister Dames said, during the RBDF Annual Church Service, held at the New Destiny Baptist Church, Jean Street. Read More
Residents Asked to Treat Hurricane Relief Responsibly
Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Works, the Hon. Iram Lewis on Monday, March 12, 2018, asked that residents be responsible and insure their homes, as the Hurricane Assistance Programme is a very costly one for the government.
The programme, said Mr. Lewis, is a "give-away" as there is no way for the government to recover the funds, and urged residents to be responsible with their funds - fix their roofs. Read More
Save The Bays Fears Oban Energies Refinery 'Could Wipe Out Life as We Know It' in Grand Bahama
Declaring that a proposed oil refinery, storage and distribution facility "could wipe out life as we know it in Grand Bahama", Save The Bays today became the latest environmental advocacy organization to urge government to quash the deal that has aroused national concern for life, marine and land resources and the country's reputation.
"Everything about the deal with Oban Energies for a proposed $5.5 billion crude oil refinery, storage and distribution facility sends up red flags," said Save The Bays Chairman Joe Darville. Read More
BTC was on hand for the Official Sponsors Press Conference for the upcoming Flow CARIFTA Games at the end of this month. Vice President with responsibility for Marketing, Marcian Cash said, "We at BTC are proud that our parent company Flow is the Title Sponsor of the Caribbean's premier junior Track & Field event - The Flow CARIFTA Games. For decades, we have been known for our continued investment in Sports by supporting the Flow CARIFTA Games, which is considered to be the incubator of some of the Caribbean's greatest athletes.  Read on 
Violence and injury running up the cost of healthcare
 Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Duane Sands said there is a growing concern of violence and injury running up the cost of health care and crippling the country's social systems.
"We must get a handle on the root causes of this with research guiding our understanding of this growing epidemic," Dr. Sands said at the Medical Association of The Bahamas' 46th Annual Scientific Conference held at Melia Nassau Beach resort, March 7, 2018. Read More
EU Blacklist: Time to Change our Approach
The recent announcement that The Bahamas is at risk of being included on the European Union's list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes (blacklist) is both surprising and disappointing. According to media reports, the Code of Conduct Group (COCG) intends to recommend to the Council of the EU, the inclusion of The Bahamas on this infamous list.
In the aftermath of the recent efforts made by the Government to avoid the blacklisting of our nation, it is clear that the age-long practice of international and multilateral agencies continuously moving the goal post is still alive. The Bahamas dodged the proverbial bullet when the initial list was published in December 2017 due to the devastating storms that impacted the Caribbean in 2017. Read More
From Stalled Eyesore to Vision to Reality
ONE OCEAN Developers Target Early May for Phase 2 Completion
At 10 stories, it is hard to ignore ONE OCEAN on Paradise Island just as it is hard to ignore the turnaround story of the high-rise property that went from stalled eyesore to vision to reality and is now what one real estate investor called "the best investment opportunity currently available on Paradise Island."
Today, developers who salvaged, saved and revived the once-stalled 79-unit development reported they are targeting early May for completion of Phase 2Read More
"Strut (your Mutt) in the name of Love"
In honor of Humane Society International's World Spay Day Baark! hosted its 6th 'Strut your Mutt' Walk-A-Thon event on Sunday February 25th at Goodman's Bay, for both two and four-legged participants. The park was a bustle of dogs of all shapes and sizes meeting and greeting each other. With the largest turnout yet, Baark! raised a record amount... $18,000 for their spay/neuter and education programs all over the Bahamas. All 'strutters' received a 'doggie bag' filled with goodies including a delicious Haagen Dazs ice - cream whilst the four-legged walkers each received stylish bandanas and bags of Purina Dog Chow. Read More
New $45 million deal expected to invigorate
Harbour Island, surrounding Eleuthera economies
Officials of the Government of The Bahamas Wednesday (March 14) signed a Heads of Agreement with 4M Harbour Island Limited for the redevelopment of the Harbour Island Marina into a world-class tourism facility.
The Minnis Administration says the project has received "the overwhelming support of the residents of Harbour Island.
"The residents are enthusiastically receptive to the development and eagerly await the potential economic benefits," Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis said. Read More
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This week 242news is adding "The Style Report" by Monique Graham the owner of Style Office Solutions.  We will be adding in bi-weekly tips for you to help improve, edit or change your style.  Something that is constantly changing ... we hope you enjoy:

If you were to follow trends in office design, you'd notice that they are constantly changing. With the days of bland, brown desks now gone, opting for white office decor is rising in popularity in modern work environments. As SOS wishes to modernise office design in the Bahamas, we'll give you a few reasons as to why white is such an on-trend color in office interior design:

Increased light
For those desiring a highly-lit working environment, white is ideal due to its high reflectivity. This increase in light transforms the overall feel and aesthetic of an office.

Neutral design
Designing an office so everything matches can be a challenge. However, the neutrality of white ensures that all furniture fits seamlessly with the overall style. While this is key for the aesthetically conscious, it also compliments the future introduction of any corporate colours on office partitions or glass walls.

Compliments glass partitions and creates space
With glass office partitions now common, white has emerged as the perfect complimentary colour. Not only does this create a slick aesthetic, but the combination of glass partitions and white flooring creates an illusion of space - perfect for small offices or meeting rooms.

Advances in furniture
Advances in furniture manufacturing have also increased the popularity of white office partitions, chairs and desks. Many years ago, white was associated with cheap, poor quality products. Today, advances in available materials has allowed designers to create higher quality white items for the work environment.

Simplistic design
Simple and minimalist aesthetics have become prevalent across all elements of design. Whether it is through the style of furniture or the color of office partitioning, white effortlessly creates this minimalist look.
If you've tried everything else to liven up your work environment and you're still not satisfied, perhaps white is your solution. 

To lighten things up, whiten things up!

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Upcoming Calendar
New Providence
  • March 16th, 2018 
    • The Nassau Music Society presents: Steel Pan virtuoso Liam Teague 7:00pm at St Paul's Church Hall, Lyford Cay
  • March 17th, 2018 
    • The Nassau Music Society presents: Steel Pan virtuoso Liam Teague 7:00pm at  The Current, Baha Mar
  • April 13th - 14th, 2018 
    • Harbourside Marine "Tuna Classic" Tournament
  • April 15th, 2018 30th 
    • Annual Bahamas Bridal Show 12:00pm at The Melia Nassau Beach
  • May 28th - 31st, 2018
    • MRT Facilitators Training 
Grand Bahama
  • March 16th, 2018 
    • Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce Monthly Business Meeting 12:30pm at Pelican Bay Hotel 
  • March 24th, 2018 
    • Sip & Shop 3:00pm - 8:00pm at Pelican Bay Hotel 
  • March 17th, 2018
    • Rotary Ball 7:00pm at Grand Lucayan Resort 
  • March 17th, 2018 
    • Grand Bahama Children's Home 2nd Annual Bazaar + Market 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
  • April 13th - 14th, 2018 
    • Harbourside Marine "Tuna Classic" Tournament
Family Islands
  • March 16th - 18th, 2018
    • The Great Abaco Family Fitness Weekend in Treasure Cay 
  • April 13th - 14th, 2018 
    • Harbourside Marine "Tuna Classic" Tournament
  • April 11th -15th, 2018 
    • Eleuthera...All That Jazz Music Festival at Governor's Harbour 
  • April 19th-28th, 2018
    • Abaco Anglers 48th Annual Fishing Tournament
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