#242NewsBahamas Newsletter Edition: July 11th, 2019
Are we ever going to be ONE BAHAMAS?
an age where overt racism, discrimination, and classism has become very
commonplace around the world, I had hoped that we, here at home had
found a way to bypass our physical differences and live as ONE PEOPLE.
Black and white, born bred ga dead Bahamian and Naturalized citizens
alike. Just yesterday (Wednesday) we celebrated 46 years of Independence
as a sovereign nation, free from British rule. This is a huge milestone
in our country’s history and development. One which all BAHAMIANS
should be proud of, but in recent weeks though it seems that we too have
been bitten by the bug of racial tensions. As a white Bahamian, I’ve
watched and listened to the commentary surrounding the Brent Symonette
controversy and I can honestly say it’s been a bit disheartening and I
wonder will we ever be able to celebrate Independence for ALL?
Prime Minister Minnis raises climate change in bilateral talks with Norway
Prime Minister the
Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis stressed the need for The Bahamas to build
climate resilience in the face of rising sea levels and increased
hurricane activity, during bilateral talks with Norway on Thursday, 4
Minnis met with Her Excellency Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway,
in the margins of the 40th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of
Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
Bahamians are in a
state of hopelessness, frustration and annoyance by the recent
blackouts that have become a part of everyday life in our country. The
load shedding exercise being carried out by BPL is evidence that
successive Free National Movement (FNM) and Progressive Liberal Party
(PLP) administrations including the current Minnis-led administration
lack a viable plan for reliable and sustainable energy. Meanwhile, while
the people sweat, PM Minnis and his entourage are in comfortable and
air conditioned accommodation at a resort in St. Lucia.
real economic impact of this crisis cannot be quantified and it is yet
to be made known to the Bahamian people. The current load shedding
exercise could not have come at a worse time when children are home for
the summer break, home patients need reliable electricity, the elderly
are in discomfort and persons with special needs are at risk and babies
As The Bahamas
Government continues to seek ways to stimulate economic growth and
reduce the 10.7% unemployment rate, a source of inspiration may lie in
Co-ops and The Bahamas National Beekeepers Cooperative Society Limited
philosophy “People helping people to help themselves,”
community-centered Cooperative business enterprises bring together
like-minded individuals focused on developing their business.
DPM Turnquest: A Strong Effective Government Partner is Important for Sustainable Growth
Minister and Minister of Finance the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest explained
that this Government Administration believes that having a strong and
effective partner in government is an important ingredient to
sustainable growth and development.
DPM Turnquest was
the keynote speaker at the inaugural CFAL BudgetPass 2019/20 Conference
held at Baha Mar, Monday, July 8, 2019, under the theme “Striking the
46th Independence - Nation Can Only Advance with Common Purpose, Says Senate President
“Whatever the true
meaning of national progress may be, or by whatever measuring stick
used, one thing is certain, we can only advance as a nation when people
are unified with one common purpose,” said President of the Senate,
comments came during her address at the official ceremony for National
Pride Day in West End on Friday, July 5, 2019.
Senator Smith said
that Bahamians will not accomplish as much as they would like, nor
advance as much as they would like, until all Bahamians come together
and decide that what they desire for The Bahamas is the very best.
Teachers explore technology, civics, farming and more
teachers are swapping roles, becoming students for one week as they
prepare to review and redevelop the curriculum.
Creating blogs and
drop boxes, exploring livestock and crops on a farm, learning about
international organizations (OAS and IICA) and civics are just a few of
the areas that senior high school teachers will be exploring in the
Ministry of Education’s Social Sciences Summer Professional Development
Biminites gained increased confidence in the water and new insight into
its vital importance during the third annual Swim and Eco Camp hosted by
Save The Bays, Waterkeeper(r) Bahamas and international group
The five-day camp
offered pool swim, ocean swim, science experiments, field assessments
and presentations on the importance of water. Last year, the same
partnership offered Biminites free swimming and lifeguard training in an
effort to boost water safety skills on the island.
ABACO STUDENT WINS INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR ART ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO PROTECT THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT
student’s artwork depicting the damage that can happen if we don’t all
protect the ocean has been internationally recognized by the marine
zoological facility Delphinus, located just outside of Cancun, Mexico.
Jacob Malone, an
11-year-old fifth grader at Agape Christian School in Marsh Harbour,
Abaco, won 2nd place in the International Festival of the Oceans Drawing
for his creative illustration of the theme ‘Don’t Trash Our Treasure.’
run was very successful with a couple of welcome new faces helping out.
50 bags delivered which included insect lotions and a few solar powered
lanterns. The latter proving invaluable to most of our recipient who
have no power. The solar lanterns provide up to 17 hours of continuous
light and can be recharged in ordinary light without leaving them in the
sunshine where they could be stolen.