Friday, September 28, 2018

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Safety First

Dear Readers,

Picture it: Miami, Christmas time, 2018. You disembark your flight and breathe in that "good" foreign air, and you immediately start thinking about strolling through the aisles of the nearest 'wally world' aka Walmart or even a 'TarJay' aka Target. You're so excited to begin your US adventures that you race to the rental car, dump your suitcases in the back trunk, and get ready...what's the first thing you do? BUCKLE YOUR SEATBELT! If you're like me then you also clip your cell phone to the console or plug into whatever USB thing makes it hands-free and THEN you pull out of the lot.
How come we know exactly what to do when we hit the shores of the US but fail to do so right here at home? Welp...courtesy of a set of amendments to the road traffic laws, we're all going to have to be a little more conscientious about the way we use the road and in obeying traffic laws.
One of those amendments makes it illegal to use your cell phone and when I say USE I mean hold, rest in your lap, or have on your physical person! From here on has to be affixed to the vehicle. Why? Because we're an easily distracted bunch. How many times have you nearly swerved into another lane trying to answer a message, or what happens if your phone falls from your lap?
Another amendment is that you can't have an open container of alcohol in the car as you drive. Which means that those weekends of bar hopping, drinks in hand, and in car, will be curtailed.
Does it sound harsh? Maybe. Will the transition be easy? Probably not, but are the amendments necessary? Absolutely! If you've been paying attention then you know that the number of traffic accidents and traffic fatalities are on the rise. As road users, we simply have not been doing enough to drive with due caution and care; especially in Nassau where traffic is already a nightmare.
So what does this mean? It means you can expect police officers to take a more aggressive approach to enforcement. It means driving without your seatbelt, or while operating your cell phone will get you ticketed. It means that on the weekend, you'll have to assign a designated driver, and make sure you finish your drink of choice before going to the next spot. But it also means that the roads will be safer...for all of us.

This Week's 242 News
Statement by Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis Prime Minister Commonwealth of The Bahamas on the occasion of the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit United Nations Headquarters (New York)
I wish to thank you for convening the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit in support of global peace.
Amidst the wars, conflicts, violence, injustice, hunger and bitter hatreds, which stalk the global commons, we find hope in the commemoration of the centenary of the birth of a noble soul, whose witness to reconciliation and peace is an eternal wellspring for humanity.
Peace and justice are as indivisible as the bond of human dignity, which transcends race, creed, ethnicity and every circumstance of birth amidst the exuberant diversity of humanity. Read More
D'Aguilar: Govt. to be relentless in efforts to restore Grand Bahama
The Government of The Bahamas will be relentless in its efforts to restore the island of Grand Bahama to the levels of economic prosperity that will allow Grand Bahamians to "earn a living that will more than adequately support them and their families," Minister of Tourism and Aviation, the Hon. Dionisio D'Aguilar said in the House of Assembly Thursday. Read More
GBPA On Target to Successfully Complete Annual City Maintenance Needs
The City Maintenance and Management team of The Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA), have been working around the clock, ensuring that they meet their obligations of upgrades to the City of Freeport for the 2018 year. This charge, conducted on an annual basis, began with detailed assessments throughout the city, identifying areas of concern-such as landscaping,dilapidated building structures, or road work- that require attention. Read More
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Coalition to offer Sustainable Development for Lighthouse Point, responds to Disney's Proposed Environmental Changes
As discussions surrounding the proposed commercial development of the famed Lighthouse Point and the 700 acres of private land have progressed, one thing has become particularly clear: that we as citizens are faced again with choosing large commercial tourism over a more island appropriate, boutique development.  Read More
BNT urges caution in opening up Pelagic species to commercial fishing.
he Bahamas National Trust (BNT) noted the remarks of the Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources, the Honourable Michael Pintard, in The Nassau Guardian August 24th when he stated the intent of his Ministry and the Department of Marine Resources (DMR) to explore expanding commercial fishing to species such as tuna. Read More
NEMA participates in Bahamas First General Insurance Co.'s public education forum on hurricane preparedness
The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, participated in Bahamas First General Insurance Company's second public forum dubbed -- Hurricane Prep 101 -- on Saturday, September 22, 2018.
The trade show and public form was held at the Harry C. Moore Library at the University of The Bahamas, where scores of people received first-hand practical advice on how to safeguard their homes, valuables and businesses during hurricane season. Read More
"Bahamian or Nuttin'" and "Unreel" Support Walk for the Cure
"Bahamian or Nuttin' 92.5FM," the radio station offering authentic Bahamian music all day every day, and media group "Unreel Advertising and Marketing," have teamed up to support CIBC FirstCaribbean's seventh annual "Walk for the Cure" - the fundraiser on Saturday October 6 in aid of cancer treatment, patient support, and awareness throughout The Bahamas. Read More
 It is viewed by many as the Emmys of the Travel Industry, and this week Sandals Resorts International swept the Travel Trade Gazette Awards 2018 held at the Lyceum Theatre in London's Covent Garden.
Sandals held off competition from the world's leading travel industry bodies such as Thomas Cook, Jet2Holidays, Royal Caribbean International, Beachcomber Tours and Celebrity Cruises, and walked away with the three top prizes on offer including the coveted Travel Company of the Year Award. Read More
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Upcoming Calendar
New Providence
Grand Bahama
  • September 28th, 2018
    • Local Farmers and Craft Market 9:00am - 1:00pm at The Rand Nature Centre
  • September 28th, 2018
    • The Ministry of Environment and Housing Town Hall Meeting 9:00am - 3:00pm at The Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce
  • September 29th, 2018
    • Latin Nights with host Leo Calvin Consistory #83 7:00pm - 12:00am at The Hawksbill Yacht Club
  • September 29th, 2018
    • The Humane Society of Grand Bahama Car Boot Sale 10:00am - 1:00pm at Garden of The Groves
  • September 29th, 2018
    • Us Too Grand Bahama Luncheon 2:00pm at Flamingo Restaurant 
  • October 13th, 2018
    • Book Launch for S.L. Sheppard's The Left-over Daughters 6:00pm at Regency Theatre Foyer
Family Islands
  • September 29th, 2018 
    • Pap Smear & Breast Exam for Women and PSA Blood Testing & Digital Exam for Men at Long Island Clinics
  • January 14th - 24th, 2019 
    • The Great Abaco Classic at Abaco Club
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