242NewsBahamas Newsletter Edition: February 28th, 2019
The Great Vaccination Debate
Recently, you would have seen in the news (here) there
was a reported case of a four year-old tourist with measles, visiting
Nassau. Measles was thought to be eliminated in 2000, through
vaccinations, mainly in first world countries. For those of you who do
not know what it is:
or rubeola, is a viral infection of the respiratory system. Measles is a
very contagious disease that can spread through contact with infected
mucus and saliva. An infected person can release the infection into the
air when they cough or sneeze.
the majority of people in The Bahamas, this child’s visit and the
disease would not be of great concern as vaccinations are commonplace.
For me, the concern comes up when I think of the many one year olds or
younger, whom may have been contaminated by this deadly disease, as they
would not have had vaccinations yet (shots are give around 9-15
PM Minnis: Digital transformation to improve government services and attract investment
the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis believes The Bahamas can replicate the
success experienced by the Republic of Estonia, which has effectively
used technology to transform its government services and attract
Minnis held a bilateral meeting with the President of the Republic of
Estonia, Mrs. Kersti Kaljulaid, on Tuesday, February 26, 2019, on the
sidelines of the 30th Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of the
Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
Government’s 2018/2019 Budget Guided By Stringent Fiscal Requirements
Minister the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest said the Government’s 2018/19
Budget was a watershed budget, as it was guided by the stringent fiscal
requirements of the then-pending Fiscal Responsibility Act.
Fiscal Strategy Report of November then set the stage for the
medium-term framework that will underpin the development of the 2019/20
Budget, the Acting Prime Minister explained while presenting the 2018/19
Mid-Year Budget Statement in the House of Assembly, Wednesday, February
Völkers Bahamas, recognized as one of the world’s leading service
companies specializing in the brokerage of premium residential property,
commercial real estate, yachts and aircraft, has researched, developed
and released a new report on the new luxury real estate opportunities on
New Providence and Paradise Island.
The ‘New Condo
& Amenity Report’ streamlines for consumers solely the leading blue
chip properties; their amenities are also listed and evaluated by Engel
The response of
the Prime Minister to repeated public calls from both the PLP and FNM
leadership for his Ministers to resign or be fired in the aftermath of a
judicial condemnation in the Frank Smith case has only intensified and
complicated his credibility and trust issues with Bahamians.
How can the PM explain the award of a $1.8 million contract to the virtual complainant days before she is to testify?
What about the manipulation of evidence as was done to the call logs. Perhaps the PM would want to explain those actions.
Bahamas Signs $12 Million Bilateral Agreement With China for Economic and Technical Cooperation
The Government of
The Bahamas, via the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has signed a $12
million bilateral agreement with the Government of the People’s Republic
of China. The Signing Ceremony took place on Thursday, February 21,
2019 at the Ministry, and is a commitment from China to provide funds
for development projects in the country.
Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Darren Henfield thanked the Chinese Government
for their commitment and said that the funds would be used for upgrades
to the National Stadium and other Bahamian development projects.
BTC Saves 32% in Energy Consumption with Local Alternative Energy Business
remain high and continue to rise for many CARICOM countries; including
The Bahamas. Many are now embracing alternative energy and energy
conservation measures to help offset these costs. PowerPlus Bahamas, a
Bahamian owned Alternative Energy Business and their group of
international partners (GENPRO Energy, GREEN ENERGY SERVICES, GREENFIRE
Capital, POWERSHAVER, SOLARCOOL Caribbean, and SOLXENERGY) are providing
unique and exclusive alternative products for many businesses looking
to reduce their daily operating expenses.
GLOBAL PORTS HOLDING confident in potential of game-changing partnership with Bahamians
Ports Holding (GPH), a leading international player in the cruise
tourism industry and the world’s largest independent cruise port
operator, is pleased to announce that it has been selected as the
winning bidder for the redevelopment and operation of Prince George
Wharf, the main cruise port in Nassau, Bahamas.
project marks the beginning of a new Bahamian success story,” said
Mehmet Kutman, Chairman of Global Ports Holding. “The Government of the
Bahamas is opening doors to create the kinds of opportunities that will
make life better for all Bahamians. As the successful bidder for the
cruise port project, we are extremely pleased and honored to have been
selected as the Government’s partners in this transformational process.”
FLIFF Returns To Grand Bahama Island
in 2011, The Fort Lauderdale Film Festival (FLIFF), in conjunction with
Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, began a three-year run hosting “FLIFF On
Location: in Grand Bahama”, the first ever film festival brought to the
island. The three-day festival brought filmmakers to Freeport onboard
the Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, introduced the creatives to a taste of
Bahamian culture at an opening night party in Smith’s Point, and
screened a series of independent films at Pelican Bay Hotel.