Saturday, February 23, 2019

242NewsBahamas Newsletter Edition

That's all right then. Not a kidnap. Just doing your 'job'

This week's editorial is an editorial by the Tribune released this week on a recent “kidnapping” alleged by The Bahamas Human Rights Association, by The Bahamas Immigration Department. We would like to remind all readers, to know thier rights and for all of us to practice #HUMANDIGNITY when dealing with one another. #242NewsBahamas endorses this editorial 100%

Dear Reader, 

"The Immigration department must hate the sight of Fred Smith QC almost as much as they hate the prospect of doing their jobs properly. If they did the latter, they wouldn’t need to see nearly so much of the former.

This week brought the alarming sight of a man being detained by Immigration officers who bundled him into the trunk of a car."


Prime Minister Minnis: ‘The revival of Grand Bahama has begun’
“After so many long decades of downturn and economic stagnation, the revival of Grand Bahama has begun,” said Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis.

The Prime Minister’s remarks came during groundbreaking ceremonies, February 20, 2019 for a new Colonial Group International office complex in Grand Bahama.

The new headquarters will be home to the CGI group of companies that provide group employee benefits to individuals and dependents in Bermuda and the Caribbean.
The overwhelming support shown for the GBPA Conchman Triathlon last November, from triathletes near and far, has prompted the organizing committee to begin early registration for the increasingly popular competition scheduled for Saturday, November 2nd on Taino Beach in Freeport.

Interested persons can register online now at All event categories are open, including Individual Sprint, Individual Olympic, Relay Team, Corporate Challenge, Secondary School Challenge and the crowd favorite, the IronKids Competition. 

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Campbell begins consultations towards development of comprehensive plan for persons with disabilities
Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, the Hon. Frankie A. Campbell began consultations towards the development of a comprehensive plan for the community of persons living with disabilities. The plan is expected to include legislation.

Minister Campbell recently held separate discussions with Mrs. Sheila Culmer, a noted disability rights advocate and trailblazer, and former President of the Bahamas National Council for Disability (BNCD), and officials of the Physically Challenged Children’s Committee at the Ministry’s headquarters, located at Aventura Plaza, Bethel Avenue and John F. Kennedy Drive.
The Bahamian Government seems to have been caught by surprise by the punitive action taken by the European Commission against The Bahamas on Wednesday February 13, 2019, alleging that The Bahamas has 7 strategic deficiencies in its AML/CFT regime, based on Article 9 of the European Union’s Directive 2015/849.

I caution the Prime Minister, the Attorney General, the Minister of Finance and the Minister of Financial Services, Trade & Industry against rushing off to Brussels, in a panic, to make any ill-considered appeasements and secret agreements.

Bahamas Waste Encourages ‘The Power of Play’ at Centerville Primary School
Play, like more formal avenues of education, is critical to the development of young children. Sadly, for children of inner-city communities, safe spaces designed to encourage physical activity and outdoor play can be few and far between. 

For many residents living in New Providence, broken park equipment, non-functioning restrooms, and littered spaces have become quite commonplace. In an effort to reverse the trend, however, Bahamas Waste (BW), the island’s leading waste management company, recently stepped up to help community leaders transform the playground at the Centerville Primary School. 

Training Future Bahamian Olympians
Swift Athletics Head Coach Andrew Tynes said many sporting medals and trophies may well be in The Bahamas’ future thanks in part to the well of athletic potential within the B3A-sanctioned track and field club. 

Tynes said, “Swift Athletics got its start four years ago. We normally take on about 40 kids but this year we have 55, and the amount of talent in that pool is undeniable.”
Pelican Bay Leads The Charge in Promoting Grand Bahama 
Highlights newly renovated hotel at CHTA 2019 Marketplace

With more than $4 million dollars invested in room renovations last year, Pelican Bay seized the opportunity to promote their new d├ęcor and upgraded facilities at the recent 2019 Caribbean Hotel Tourism Association’s (CHTA) Caribbean Travel Marketplace held in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Known as the ‘Happiest Hotel’ on Grand Bahama, Pelican Bay was represented at CHTA by Operations Manager Della Bridgewater and Reservations Supervisor Dominique Smith. 

Bahamian Fashion Icon Flo Miller Launches Book - Return to Mango Hill

 Return to Mango Hill is about the life of Sammie, a young girl growing up on Mango Hill with her family and siblings. A bright eyed, inquisitive child with big dreams, Sammie’s life would take her from the powder white beaches of The Bahamas to the hustle and bustle of New York to the land of love and art, France to the fashion mecca, Italy.
Bridal Beauty with @theNavashionBrand Bridal Collection

Hey BFF's

February is the month of Love! Which means many of you are celebrating all of the things you love about your partner. Here at #BFFBeauty we thought it would be cool to celebrate Brides. For ladies preparing for spring nuptials, February is the perfect time to finalize details for the big day, including MAKEUP. 

Over the course of the month, we've had a few brides consult on their upcoming looks but the highlight of the Month so far has been collaborating with the @theNavashion brand on his bridal collection shoot. 

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New Providence
February 20th - 21st, 2019
  • NAGB Teachers’ Seminar in Art and History 9:30am - 2:30pm at National Art Gallery of The Bahamas
February 22nd, 2019
  • Sip & Safari Happy Hour Fundraiser 5:30pm – 8:30pm at Ardastra Gardens & Zoo
February 22nd, 2019
  • NAGB presents: Friday Night Live! 6:00pm - 10:00pm at The NAGB
February 26th, 2019
  • Global Policy Lecture on International Trade and the WTO 7:00pm at Harry C. Moore Library and Information Centre Auditorium
February 27th, 2019
  • BCCEC Power Breakfast: WTO, The Plan Forward 7:30am - 10:00am
Grand Bahama
February 21st - 22nd, 2019
  • Royal Caribbean International Job Fair 8:00am - 7:00pm at The Department of Labour
February 21st, 2019
  • Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce Business Outlook
Family Islands
February 21st, 2019
  • Pizza Night at Tipsy, Treasure Cay
February 22nd, 2019
  • Karaoke Friday at Treasure Cay Resort 
February 23rd, 2019
  • Coco's Open on Saturdays 11am -9pm Spinnakers Prime Rib, Treasure Cay 
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