Thursday, March 22, 2018

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Change is a process, not an event

Dear Readers,

Last week our editorial team discussed the so-called PLP bashing and the need for the new FNM government to stop complaining about the previous PLP administration and simply get to work. We understand that not everyone feels that way though and so today, we thought it equally important to present a counter-argument. 

Maybe it's because I live outside of the "Big Cities" of Nassau or Freeport, or maybe because I am a fan of the new government and what PM Minnis and his team are so far accomplishing, but I argue, the PLP bashing has not been too much. 

The fact of the matter is, the FNM has been in office for less than a year, taking the reigns of government under the budgetary precedent left behind by the PLP. Not only did they have to work under the constraints of a budget which they did not set themselves, but they have also had to slowly uncover and undo all the damage left behind by the previous government...and that list grows daily. 

Change takes time, it doesn't happen overnight. In the past ten months, we've watched the FNM  bring to light all the corruption and gross mismanagement which has taken place over the previous five years AND they've made that information PUBLIC - something which very rarely happens. Simply put, it is impossible for us to move forward if we have no real idea of how deep in the hole we really are. As a people, we must remember that it will take time to crawl out of that hole.We must be patient with our new government and appreciate the steps they've taken toward transparency and keeping the Bahamian people informed. That is, in and of itself, a major step toward CHANGE! In just ten short months, they've shown us that they will no longer stand for corrupt politicians who break the law without consequence, nor will they allow the citizenry to become lawless, applying the laws to ALL PEOPLE within our borders, whether it be Bahamians, residents or immigrants. In fact, I dare say this administration is working to enforce laws which have been ignored for years, and others which were never enforced, to begin with. 
Now, I am not saying the FNM is the almighty savior of our country and won't have their own corruption and false promises as well... But what I would like us to remember that The Bahamas is still a relatively young country, and while it is easy to compare ourselves to our regional and international counterparts we must understand that our own growth, development, and progress will take time. Even now, we are blessed to be a country with the highest GDP in the Caribbean thanks to Tourism, and this government is trying to expand our industries to Tech and more. Our laws and governing is rather "new" (less than 50 years! ) and learning how to enforce them is a new issue the government must tackle which must not be easy since we are spread throughout soo many islands and miles of sea. The new administration has made some big promises and now with the new budget hearing yesterday, we can start to feel the change of this administration, even in small ways and we hope this no-nonsense talk leads to progress as they have promised. I for one am remaining hopeful and will give PM Minnis and his team my support until they give me a reason not to. "Change is a process, not an event."

Prime Minister Explains Oban Deal While Still Focused on Grand Bahama's Economic Growth
The Government of The Bahamas remains focused on Grand Bahama's economic growth in spite of the Oban misstep, Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis said Tuesday.
Wrapping up the debate on the Mid-Year Budget in the House of Assembly, Prime Minister Minnis acknowledged that "missteps" were made in the Oban Energies LLC Project. Read More
Senior government officials undergo training in Public Policy Analysis and Management
Permanent Secretaries and other senior government officials are taking part in a Public Policy Analysis and Management, and Project Cycle Management Training Programme facilitated by the Caribbean Development Bank and DODs Training UK.
The training comes as The Bahamas Government conducts a sizeable effort to strengthen the effectiveness, efficiency, reliability, transparency and accountability of the public sector in delivering service to the public, which is its primary goal, Secretary to the Cabinet and Head of the Public Service, Camille Johnson said at the launch of the training at the Office of the Prime Minister, March 19, 2018. Read More
NEMA took Bahamas through Regional Tsunami Test Exercise
The Bahamas, through the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, participated in a regional simulation Tsunami Readiness Exercise "CaribeWave 18" on Thursday, March 15.
The Tsunami exercise is conducted yearly in the Caribbean, including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands under the direction of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre (PTWC) in Hawaii. Read More
Annually, Abaconians look forward to their streets lighting up with the glitz, glamour and pulsating sounds from its Junkanoo Parade. BTC led the way again, as a sponsor for the parade. This year, the Abaco Love Rush parade was held in honor of Junkanoo enthusiast, Colon Curry. Vice President for Marketing & Sales, Marcian Cash said, "BTC continues to invest in community and in culture. Read More
PM impressed with PharmaChem development
Following an introduction and tour of PharmaChem Technologies, Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis stated that he was impressed with what the plant produces and will produce in the future.
During his monthly working hours in Grand Bahama, the Prime Minister started his day at the Career Fair held at the Grand Lucayan under the theme, "How to be successful in the world of technology", then Tabernacle Baptist Academy was the next stop where the Prime Minister congratulated the recently crowned Hugh Campbell Basketball Champions. The final stop was at PharmaChem.  Read on 
UB Board of Trustees Elects Chair and Vice-Chair
Accomplished Ophthalmologist Dr. K. Jonathan Rodgers, MBE, and Director of the Lyford Cay Foundation, Inc. Mrs. Alessandra Holowesko have been elected Chair and Vice-Chair respectively of the University of The Bahamas (UB) Board of Trustees at a board meeting held on Wednesday, 14th March, 2018.
Legislated under the University of The Bahamas Act 2016, the Board of Trustees serves as the governing body of UB and is responsible for the general direction and control over the conduct of the affairs of the University. Read More
Flow CARIFTA Games on track with $30,000 boost from Commonwealth Bank
With the countdown to the start of Flow CARIFTA 2018 set for March 30 - April 2 in Nassau, Commonwealth Bank today announced a $30,000 donation to boost coffers for the host country.
This will be the 8th time The Bahamas plays host to the premier track and field meet. Some 600 athletes along with 100 team officials from 26 countries are expected to descend on Nassau with track and field stars and superstars competing in 65 events. Read More
WSC Supports Elementary School Scholars
The Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC) prides itself on its ability to give back to the communities it serves. Over the years, the corporation has introduced countless initiatives geared specifically at community and youth development; from its partnership with MIYA Bahamas for 'Good Deeds Day', helping underprivileged children, or school visits teaching about water conservation as well as supporting the educational needs.  Read More
Labour Minister Addresses National Tripartite Council
The Minister of Labour, Senator, the Honourable Dion Foulkes challenged executives of the National Tripartite Council to always act in the best interest of The Bahamas as he addressed the First Annual General Assembly of the Council at the BCPOU Headquarters on March 20, 2018.
"As stakeholders deliberate over the next few hours and chart a course for the way forward for the Council, I admonish each of you to critically examine all of the issues that we as a people are faced, consider the short and long term effects of our recommendations and reflect on, if indeed we are truly acting in the best interest of all those Bahamians, even those unborn," commented Minister Foulkes. Read More
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Upcoming Calendar
New Providence
  • March 24th, 2018 
    • Exhibition: The Minnis Family: "Imagine The Bahamas" 12:00pm - 8:00pm at Ocean Club Golf Club, Atlantis, Paradise Island
  • 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 24th, 2018
    • Keys Bahamas and Home Design Center Presents "1st Annual Spring Home Fair" 11:00am - 3:00pm at No. 3 Executive Business Cente
  • March 24th, 2018 
    • Sip & Shop 3:00pm - 8:00pm at Pelican Bay Hotel 
  • March 30th, 2018 
    • 5th Annual GB Regatta Good Friday Fish Fry Fundraiser 12:00pm - 6:00pm
  • March 30th, 2018 
    • The 20th Annual Pelican Point Coconut Festival at 3:00pm
  • March 31st, 2018 
    • Da Local Fresh Market 9:00am - 1:00pm at The Rand Nature Centre
  • April 13th - 14th, 2018 
    • Harbourside Marine "Tuna Classic" Tournament
Family Islands
  • March 23rd, 2018 
    • Hope Zero Waste Program Launch 11:00am - 1:30pm at the St. James Community Center
  • 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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