Saturday, May 4, 2019

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This week's editorial is a from an
OP-ED from Attorney Fred Smith, QC.,
on the government’s passing of new Immigration Laws. 

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"The Bahamas Needs to Grow Up"

STATEMENT by Frederick Smith, QC, Rights Bahamas legal director
on the Immigration Amendment Bill

"It’s time that the Bahamas grew up. If we want to be a big player like Singapore on the world stage and if we want to be in the First World category, then we need to embrace immigration for investment and development purposes. For far too long, the amazing potential of the Bahamas has been choked by oppressive, repressive, discriminatory and abusive immigration policies."

Read the Full OP-ED here!

Organizers, sponsors, and patrons unveiled all the details for the 33rd Annual Rotary Club of East Nassau and Scout Association of The Bahamas Golf Tournament, which will be held at the Ocean Club Golf Course on Monday the 6th of May. Over 100 golfers are expected to play in the annual event, noted for being one of the biggest charitable tournaments on the island and looking to raise over $140,000 for local charities.

PM offers condolences to slain RBDF Marine’s family; urged church to pray for country
Addressing Voice of Deliverance Ministries' 37th Annual General Assembly, Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis expressed condolences to the family of slain Petty Officer Philip Perpall of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force who was killed Sunday while on duty at Government House.

And, he called on the church to pray for the soul of the marine, who served for more than 30 years, and his loved ones.

“I offer my condolences also to the Royal Bahamas Defence Force. I also ask you to pray for the other members of the Force who witnessed the killing of a fellow officer.

“This is a terrible tragedy. Let us continue to pray for peace in our land and for all of those who are victims of crime and for their families,” said the prime minster on Monday, April 29, 2019 at the church, located on Deliverance Way, Malcolm Allotment East.
Minister for Grand Bahama happy with repairs being carried out at Freeport Court House
Minister of State for Grand Bahama, Senator Kwasi Thompson said Friday that work being carried out at the Garnet Levarity Justice Centre will result in a partially brand new court house. The Minister’s remarks came during a tour of work being carried out at the centre.

Joining Minister Thompson on the tour were Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Works, Iram Lewis and Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, Harcourt Brown.

“In spite of how it appears, work has continued to progress on the court house and we’re very, very pleased with what we have seen so far,” Minister Thompson told the media following the tour.

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Ground breaking ceremony to establish a Lucayan Village at Clifton Heritage National Park
Against the backdrop of balmy ocean breezes and crystal blue waters, ground was broken for the establishment of a Lucayan Village at the historic Clifton Heritage National Park, Southwest Road, Friday, April 26, 2019. A Lucayan Village Billboard was also unveiled.

The ceremony marked the first in a series of events that are intended to revitalize the heritage, history and culture of Lucayan, European, and African ancestors.
DNA expresses concern over recent murders
  • Government House should enjoy highest level of security

  • Crime fighting initiatives must restore confidence of the people

  • More resources should be placed to treatment of mental health

Thoughts and prayers remain with victims, RBDF, Governor General & staff
The Democratic National Alliance (DNA) is deeply concerned by the news of the gruesome murder of a Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) marine at Government House earlier today.

Government House is the official residence of the Head of our nation - the Governor General of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. This historical and monumental property should enjoy the highest level of security in the land. It is therefore troubling that this hallowed property became a crime scene this morning.

Royal Caribbean Donates 20 Laptops to National Training Agency
Royal Caribbean International has donated 20 laptops to the National Training Agency (NTA), helping to boost tools as the world’s largest cruise line continues its campaign to hire and train hundreds of Bahamians for ship and on shore positions.

Executive Director of the training agency that is helping to prepare hundreds of prospective Royal Caribbean International staff and crew among other job seekers Gadville McDonald expressed appreciation.

“The Agency now stands equipped with the tools necessary to launch its computer lab. These laptop computers have enhanced our capability to offer interactive learning options to remote locations in the Family Islands in addition to onsite training,” said McDonald. “We thank Royal Caribbean for its very generous donation.
MOU signed to advance the diagnosis and treatment of gynecological cancer in The Bahamas
The University of West Indies (UWI) School of Clinical Medicine and Research (SCMR) The Bahamas, in conjunction with the University of Miami (UM), Leonard Miller School of Medicine, and the International Gynecological Cancer Society (IGCS) announced a healthcare partnership that is hoped to reverse the “unacceptable” rate of ovarian cancer in The Bahamas.

Dr. Robin Roberts, Director, UWI SCMR announced the official launch of a fellowship training programme between the faculty of Medical Sciences of UWI in The Bahamas at the Princess Margaret Hospital, and the University of Miami during a press conference Thursday, April 25, 2019.
Bahamas Waste continues their support of Autism Awareness

In support of R.E.A.C.H Bahamas and Autism Awareness Month in April, Bahamas Waste Ltd. (BW) team members donned the Autism Awareness T-shirts and posed in front of their painted truck which brings daily awareness to Autism in The Bahamas. R.E.A.C.H (Resources and Education For Autism Challenges) is The Bahamas resource and educational source for Autism and other related challenges. BW staff members wore the signature R.E.A.C.H Bahamas t-shirt every Friday in April to show their support for the many Autistic children and adults living in The Bahamas, and the families who care for them. 
ABACO HAS OPEN CONSULTATIONS WITH URCA REPRESENTATIVES Grand Bahama to see next forum of town halls and pop ups.
Abaco residents got the opportunity to share their thoughts and to discuss concerns with URCA representatives in a Town Hall Meeting Wednesday evening, as the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) continued their campaign of public consultations across the northern islands.

Carlton Smith, URCA's Director of Electronic Communications and Shevonn Cambridge, URCA’s Director of Utilities & Energy, sat down with residents in a public town meeting to discuss various concerns related to consumer protection, alternative energy, disaster preparedness and management, and several electronic communications projects; all done as part of the authority’s initiative to promote transparency with consumers. 

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New Providence
May 3rd, 2019
  • Lagoon Fete Premium 6:00pm at Pearl Island

May 6th, 2019
  • 33rd Annual Golf Tournament at Ocean Club Golf Course
May 8th, 2019
  • Arbitration and Mediation Benefits Your Business Seminar 8:00am - 10:00am at The British Colonial Hilton
May 24th - 25th, 2019
  • The Harbourside Marine/Rotary "Tuna Classic Tournament"
Grand Bahama
May 5th, 2019
  • FIVE:The Documentary - Art Exhibition & Crowdfunding Event 6:00pm at Pelican Bay Hotel
May 11th, 2019
  • Unexso Spring Fashion Show 7:30pm at Unexso
May 24th - 25th, 2019
  • The Harbourside Marine/Rotary "Tuna Classic Tournament"
GB URCA dates:
May 7th, 2019
  • URCA Town Hall Meeting at 6pm, at EMR High School
May 8th, 2019
  • URCA Town Hall Meeting at 6pm, Father Pastenia Centre (Christ the King Church)
May 9th, 2019
  • URCA Town Hall meeting at 6pm in High Rock, at the St. Nicholas Parish Hall
Family Islands
May 24th - 25th, 2019
  • The Harbourside Marine/Rotary "Tuna Classic Tournament"
May 25th, 2019
  • 4th Annual Bimini Bread & Seafood Cook-Off at Bimini Craft Centre
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