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Kids get our Tourism why don't the Adults

Dear Readers,

On Tuesday I was privileged to attend the Ministry of Grand Bahama's Junior Minister speech competition (my daughter was a contestant).  Eleven students were selected to the second round, with 10 of them being girls and one lone young man.  Their topic was:  The Bahamas, a Paradise for Health and Wellness Tourism.

Each speech was 5-7minutes long.  As I sat there and listened I was so pleased to hear each student list the many assets of our country.  They also listed current medical facilities that possible tourists could go to now to have that 'vacation surgery' for cosmetic, replacement surgery and more.   They also noted the multitude of bush medicines that we have in our country that can help improve their quest for health and longevity, and they all mentioned the healing power of the; Sun, Sea and Sand.

Each student's speech was vibrant, well researched and presented in fun and unique ways.  As a marketer I was impressed.  According to their speeches our tourism sector brings in 60% of our GDP and affects everyone in our country.  Medical tourism in a 1.4 Million Dollar business in the U.S and is expected to gross 439 Billion around the world, with a 25% increase this year. So, it seems like a business we need to remain in.

The speeches all highlighted the friendliness of our people which is something I would agree with, but we both would note it does not always come across in our customer service.  As these young teenagers expressed the unlimited possibilities the health market could bring to our country, they were smart enough to note that we have to become proficient in the services but most importantly give good customer service.

As the largest economic factor in our country, mediocre tourism will not keep us in the game - and these kids got that.  I just wish the adults that are in this field would too.  We must outshine our competition, we must go above and beyond the call of duty.  Sun, sea and sand will not keep them returning - only our people can.

PM hails Sir Durward Knowles as 'great Bahamian patriot'
Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis on Monday hailed the late Sir Durward Randolph "Sea Wolf" Knowles as a great Bahamian patriot.
Prime Minister Minnis said Sir Durward's legacy represents the very best of what the Commonwealth of The Bahamas is as a country.
Addressing mourners attending Sir Durward's funeral service held at Ebenezer Methodist Church, East Shirley Street, Prime Minister Minnis said the legendary sailor, Olympian, businessman and philanthropist was a "great Bahamian who was driven by the stars and the call to service." Read More
FNM trying to muzzle freedom of expression over immigration abuses
I hereby publicly condemn Attorney General Carl Bethel in strongest possible terms for his cowardly and shameful attempt to muzzle freedom of expression and intimidate activists seeking to educate the public about their rights.
His complaints about a recent publication by Rights Bahamas are petty, irrelevant and totally lacking in merit; meanwhile, his threatening language toward human rights defenders should be considered highly dangerous by all Bahamians who defend democracy and fundamental rights. Read More
Government must terminate Fraudulent Heads of Agreement
For weeks now, the Oban Energies melodrama has played out in the media. Each week, new revelations have been unearthed tearing away at the credibility of both the company and more importantly, this inept Minnis administration, which failed on multiple fronts to maintain the confidence of the Bahamian people in this and future foreign direct investments. Rather than attempting to adequately address the lingering concerns of environmentalists and the wider population, the Prime Minister and his cabinet have often become defensive with members of the press and others who have dared to suggest that the deal in question is not in the best Interest of the people of the Bahamas. Read More
Two Bahamian Beaches Make List of Top Ten in USA Today's Readers' Choice Awards, Bahamas Only Country with 2 Beaches in Top 5

When it comes to best of the best it is hard to do better than the beaches of The Bahamas.
Two beaches, the pink sand beaches of Harbour Island and Tropic of Cancer beach in Exuma, made the Top 10 Best Caribbean Beaches Award chosen by thousands of USA Today readers along with a panel of experts. The Bahamas was the only country with two beaches in the top five, an accolade that did not escape the notice of Ministry of Tourism officials. Read More
International Women's Day recognizes women in rural communities
The Bahamas will focus on women and girls who live in the remote areas of the archipelago, namely the Family Island Communities, in celebration of International Women's Day, March 8, 2018....
The Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, the Hon. Lanisha Rolle, encouraged Bahamians to assist and support women in strengthening their communities, to help to build families and country. Read on 
Bahamian Brewery & Beverage Company Launches Limited Edition Craft Beer

Since launching its signature Sands brands more than a decade ago, the Bahamian Brewery & Beverage Company (BBB) has consistently set the standard for quality products and quality experiences for its customers. In addition to classic beers such as the Sands, Sands Light, High Rock and Strong Back Stout, the BBB family has also broadened its spectrum of offerings to include internationally recognized brands which are all equally loved in the local
market. Read More
BTC set to bring one of the World's Most Respected Devices to The Bahamas
Pre-orders have begun as BTC forecasts the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and the S9+ to be simply phenomenal. According to Samsung Electronics, these new devices are made for the way we increasingly communicate and express ourselves more with images, videos and emojis, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ drive innovation with Samsung's most advanced camera ever. Redesigned with a new dual aperture lens that powers an innovative low light camera, Super Slow-mo video capabilities and personalized AR Emoji, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ ensure you never miss a moment and make your everyday epic. Read More
Huge Clifton Pier oil leak a result of government neglect
Yet another large and dangerous oil leak from the Clifton Pier Power Station is causing critical damage to the surrounding marine environment.
The oil slick is so vast that it can be clearly spotted from the air - as can the government's woefully inadequate efforts at containment. It is clear that the rudimentary methods employed by the BEC to try and hold back these toxic slicks, which emanate from the facility on a regular basis, are deplorably ineffective.Read More
Presidente Party Paradise Start the Carnival Season
Presidente took over Pompey Square this past Saturday offering beer enthusiasts, Bahamians and tourists a premium entertainment experience featuring Nassau's hottest DJ's and of course, lots of Presidente Beer. The Mardi Gras and Presidente Party Paradise themed event prompted partygoers to participate in various fun and exciting 'deeds for beads' and signaled the official start of The Bahamas Carni...val season. Read More

The Grand Bahama Port Authority Group of Companies express heartfelt condolences to Russell, Deborah, Tony, grandchildren and extended family of the late Laurie Lady Miller on her passing.
Lady Miller gave meaning to the saying 'Behind every good man stands a great lady" as she was truly a strong and ardent supporter of her late husband and our former President, Sir Albert J. Miller, KCMG. Indeed, we can refer to this couple as the dynamic duo. ... They complemented each other in the growth and development of Freeport. Read More
Minister Dames Gives Insight into the Proceeds of Crime Bill
While giving his Communication during the debate on the Financial Transactions Reporting Bill 2018 and the Proceeds of Crime Bill, 2018, Minister of National Security the Hon. Marvin Dames presented to the House of Assembly an in-depth look into the latter.
"The Proceeds of Crime Bill is for an Act to Consolidate and Strengthen Measures to Recover the Proceeds and Instrumentalities of Crime and to Combat Identified Risks," Minister Dames pointed out, on March 1, 2018. Read More
Protected Areas Defend $24 Mil of Spiny Lobster Annually Report Highlights
Marine Protected Areas safeguard about 6 million pounds of spiny lobster, worth almost 24 million dollars, every year. Protecting more breeding grounds would increase the annual output of this resource, according to a report commissioned by The Bahamas Protected project.
The "Economic Valuation of Ecosystem Services in Bahamian Marine Protected Areas" report was commissioned by The Bahamas Protected Project, a three-year initiative to manage and expand marine protected areas in the country in an effort to safeguard the economic value of marine ecosystems. Read More
The Great Abaco Family Fitness Weekend returns to Treasure Cay on March 16th-18th. The three day event encourages family and friends to participate in fun and friendly competition. The ever beautiful beaches and waters of Abaco set a perfect backdrop for the athletic events.
The events consist of a 1-mile open water swim on Friday, triathlons and a kid's 1-mile run on Saturday, and a 5k/10k fun run/walk on Sunday. Participants can enter one or all events as desired. Teams of 2 or 3 persons can also compete in the triathlons, consisting of swim, bike and run legs. Read More
Symonette: Improved Systems to Further Expand Financial Services
Minister of Financial Services, Trade & Industry and Immigration, the Hon. Brent Symonette, says that steps are being taken to grow and sustain the financial services sector. The Minister delivered opening remarks during the 15th annual International Business and Finance Summit. The event was held at the Baha Mar Convention Centre on Thurday, 1st March under the theme, "Hit the Reset Button." Read More
The Bahamas Ranks High as a Well-Regulated Jurisdiction
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest said that in respect to regulations and compliance, The Bahamas continues to be a very well regulated jurisdiction and continues to be highly ranked in this regard. In its efforts to keep up with international best practices, the country has signed onto the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters and the Framework on Base Erosion Profit Shifting (BEPS), DPM Turnquest said at the International Business Finance Summit presented by the Bahamas Financial Services Board and held at Baha Mar, March 1, 2018.Read More
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Another very quiet & smooth run. Again, a lovely addition to the bags were freshly baked loaves of bread from from Natalie's group, from Don and from Bobby Miller's family.  

Manno: totally blind and lives alone in a little wooden shack in Eight Mile Rock, suffered severely during hurricane Matthew when the side of his hut blew away and he was crawling about in the open looking for pieces of wood to re-secure his wall in the middle of the raging storm. 

Manno has been a Crossreach recipient long before the present team took over 8 years ago. He always welcome everyone with a smile and a greeting and likes to know who is present.
                                                          REFRIGERATION: We have requests from 2 of our recipients for a fridge. Anastacia needs to
keep her insulin shots cool, and Carlos needs to keep drinks and food cool. Neither are able to get electricity connected as they can't get a certificate of occupancy for their below-par living quarters. We have researched the possibility of solar power which is too costly and too exposed to theft. Does anyone know of the existence of some kind of fridge that runs on gas or propane?

WARNING: We do get our recipients occasionally asking for money. Whenever possible, please avoid handing over any cash. We have found, in the past , that once cash is given, they rarely look to see what is in the bag or appreciate its contents, just looking for more cash.

COIN BOX: AGAIN, many thanks for  the coins in the coin box and the bin....another $200 was deposited this week!

CROSSREACH BIN: is beginning to receive donations...keep it up, please. Also, we are always asked for disposable diapers. Huggies size 6 little movers are for Leonie's 2 year-old daughter with downs syndrome and for 12 year-old Mario, Nekemea's son amongst others.

Future Run Dates
Mark your calendars .........
       Saturday 24th March 2018
       Saturday 21st April 2018
       Saturday 19th May 2018
       Saturday 16th June 2018

Would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their incredible support over the past 8 years. We certainly couldn't have done it without you.                                                                                 

Dog Show Success

The 33rd Annual Dog Show was held last Saturday.  Beautiful weather and beautiful dogs and people made it a perfect day. Thanks to everyone who came out!

Big thanks also owed to:
Percy Grant, our guest judge from the BHS in Nassau
Sponsors: Purina, Barefoot Marketing, Sunny Isles/Crown Ice, Bahamian Brewery & HSGB Board of Directors & Staff

Volunteers: Rotary Club of Freeport, Dusti Rhodes our awesome M.C., Eileen Watters Jones and her friend Chris all the way from Michigan, Paulien Schoonhoven our fabulous ring steward, Vicki Stafford, Christine Russell, Jarrod Pakosh, Adam Long

Raffle prize donors: Hilton Palm Beach AirportSam Silver, Sharie Benoit, Shanin Weber-Hughes, Cynthia Meyers

Baked goods: Silvana Lazzari, Cindy DeGregory, Regina Russell, Karen Sands, Vivien Johnson, Judy Rose, Sharie Benoit, Lisa Pakosh, Penny Ettinger

Pictured:  Best in Show Winner Kentie, with owner Barry Parker, HSGB President Joe Darville, Guest Judge Percy Grant and HSGB Executive Director Tip Burrows

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Upcoming Calendar
New Providence
  • March 11th, 2018
    • Closing of "Medium: Practices and Routes of Spirituality & Mysticism" 
  • 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
  • March 14th, 2018 
    • Bahamas Chamber of Commerce Power Breakfast 8:00am - 12:00pm
  • April 13th - 14th, 2018 
    • Harbourside Marine "Tuna Classic" Tournament
  • April 15th, 2018 30th 
    • Annual Bahamas Bridal Show 12:00pm at The Melia Nassau Beach
Grand Bahama
  • March 10th, 2018 
    • Lucayan Presbyterian Church Coffee Morning 10:00am at Lucayan Presbyterian Church
  • March 14th, 2018
    • Bahamas Public Service Union "Young Workers Forum" 9:30am - 4:30pm at BPSU Hall
  • March 16th, 2018 
    • Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce Monthly Business Meeting 12:30pm 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
For More Abaco Events click the photo below