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242NewsBahamas Newsletter Edition: March21st, 2019

Way Past Time for a Sex Offenders Registry

Dear Reader, 

A story that sparked outrage in the hearts of many in our offices, was the news of the eight year old girl who was sexually assaulted by her seventy one year old stepfather last week. Apart from the obvious, the most chilling part of this story was the fact that the alleged perpetrator had done this before, and he had served time for this crime. It was noted in the press that he had married his victim’s mother after these events.

In the wake of this incident, many people are vying for a Sexual Offender Registry, and we couldn’t agree more. If a registry was in place at the time of this first man’s offense, maybe the mother of this young girl would have been equipped with the knowledge of whom to marry. More worrying, is the thought that people are aware that these predators exist in their family, and continue to sweep incident after incident under the rug “for the sake of the family”, and sadly to the detriment of innocent children.


Prime Minister Opens the 47th Annual Scientific Conference
Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis delivered welcome remarks at the 47h Annual Scientific Conference Medical Association of the Bahamas & Bahamas Dental Association, Wednesday, March 13. The two-day event is being held at the Baha Mar Convention Centre.

“It is always good to be with former colleagues, especially at events such as this.
“During the conference there will be a rich and dynamic exchange of ideas and information which may help to improve health care practices, save lives, and enhance the quality of health for Bahamians and residents,” said the Prime Minister.
Senator Highlights Move to E-Cabinet and E-Government Services as Consumer Rights Week 2019 Activities Close
The Ministry of Labour (MOL) officially celebrated World Consumer Rights Day (March 15) with a special ceremony and exhibition in Freeport, Grand Bahama, Friday.

The ceremony was held at the Harold DeGregory Complex and brought to a climax World Consumer Rights Week which was recognized with various activities in New Providence and the major Family Islands. The theme for the week was “Trusted Smart Products”.

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Bahamas police force out of control
Rights Bahamas calls for full independent investigation; urges brutality victims to take independent legal action against the RBPF

Tuesday's shocking and appalling headline story in The Tribune is further evidence that the Royal Bahamas Police Force is now completely out of control. Brutality at the hands of officers has become so commonplace that the police might as well dispense with their halfhearted excuses for why they had to call an ambulance for a man after several house in their custody. No one believes them
Government embarks on ‘new frontier in renewable energy’
Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis today officially opened a 925-kilowatt solar plant facility at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium.

The facility, the largest of its kind in The Bahamas, is expected to replace the equivalent of 310,000 gallons of diesel annually, and will also serve as a carport with electric vehicle charging stations. It was made possible by a grant from the Government of the United Arab Emirates, through the UAE-Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund.

Sands Make 9th Year Tournament one of Giving Back
As spring approaches, so do the hot days of The Bahamian sun, but thankfully The Bahamian Brewery and Beverage Company was able to enjoy a breezy and not too warm, Sunday on the greens for their 9th Annual Sands Beer Golf Tournament in Grand Bahama.

Joining forces with The Fortune Hills Golf Association the annual tournament was held on lucky St. Patrick’s Day, with lots of beer to go around. “It was good to see such a well-attended tournament on Sunday,” noted Nigel Kirkby, a local player who also won longest drive. “The Reef Course is looking really good right now and the Sands set-up

Award Winning Coral Vita Team to Speak at GB Chamber Event
 Late last year Government officials, private stakeholders and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s) attended the groundbreaking of the world’s first ever coral farm, in Grand Bahama. The Coral Vita Project, which is a collaborative endeavor between Coral Vita, The Grand Bahama Port Authority, and the Grand Bahama Development Company (DEVCO) was founded by Gator Halpern and Sam Teicher, Environmental Managers who were inspired to create a company to restore the world’s dying reefs.

Deputy Prime Minister, the Honorable Peter Turnquest officially broke ground for the land base offices, noted at the time, “I am very pleased to be here to join in this very momentous occasion and the tremendous opportunities this investment can bring to our island and to our country. The importance of these coral reefs to the protection of our coastlines in itself is reason for concern to the sustainability of our environment.”

Conchman Helps Young GB Athletes Get A Fast Start

As part of their mandate to support organizations that focus on Youth and Sports, the GBPA Conchman Triathlon began their donations with the Grand Bahama Amateur Athletic Association (GBAAA). The GBAAA uses all its donations to help purchase track and field equipment as well as cover the athletes’ travel expenses to Nassau and other islands for competitions.

Chairman of the Conchman Committee, Christopher Baker, said “We are very pleased to be able to assist the Grand Bahama Amateur Athletic Association. The funds were used to purchase new starting blocks, a high jump bar and other equipment. Many of these young athletes also participate in the Conchman Triathlon, so it’s great to give back to them.”
BRON’s Women Scientists & Leaders Encourage Girls to join STEM fields in celebration of International Women’s Day

 An all-female contingent from BRON, a management and administration hub that supports a group of companies dealing in STEM-related industries, celebrated International Women's Day by visiting students of C.I. Gibson High School and Windsor High School.
The group consisting of Kelli Armstrong, Corey Cartwright, Elise Roberts, Desiree Smith, Crystal Hanna, Niketra Smith, Lakeisha Albury, Gabrielle Neely, and Patricia Roberts, spoke to students about working in engineering, environmental science, and technology - all male-dominated fields. 

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New Providence
March 30th, 2019
  • The Cancer Society of The Bahamas presents: An Evening at the Races 6:00pm at Old Fort Bay
Grand Bahama
March 30th, 2019
  • ZNS Fun Run / Walk 6:00am at The Harold DeGregory Complex
April 6th, 2019
  • The Grand Bahama Flower Club 50th Annual Flower Show 11:00am - 5:00pm at Mary Star of The Sea Academy Auditorium
April 25th - 26th, 2019
  • 4th Annual Global Unity Summit 8:00am at The Grand Lucayan Resort
Grand Bahama
April 6th, 2019
  • The Grand Bahama Flower Club 50th Annual Flower Show 11:00am - 5:00pm at Mary Star of The Sea Academy Auditorium
April 25th - 26th, 2019
  • 4th Annual Global Unity Summit 8:00am at The Grand Lucayan Resort
April 25th - 26th, 2019
  • 4th Annual Global Unity Summit 8:00am at The Grand Lucayan Resort
Family Islands
March 25th, 2019
  • Treasure Sands Club Pasta Mondays at 4:30pm
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