#242NewsBahamas Newsletter Edition: July 25th, 2019
$300 Million to Clean Up and Protect a barren Cay
week, our editorial team had the distinct pleasure of sitting in on an
amazing presentation from Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) as they
announced plans for a multi-million dollar eco-investment on Ocean Cay.
The cay is located 20 miles south of Bimini and only 65 miles east of
Miami, Florida and after months of hard work, the transformed island
will culminate with the arrival of the very first guests this November.
MINISTER PINTARD REPRESENTS BAHAMAS AT IICA MEETING IN COSTA RICA
Agriculture & Marine Resources, the Honorable Michael Pintard led
the Bahamian delegation to the 2019 IICA Thirty-Ninth Regular Meeting of
the Executive Committee of which the Bahamas is a member. The Bahamian
delegation included Minister Pintard and Agricultural Officer Joan Telle
from the Department of Agriculture.
The meeting was held at the headquarters of IICA in San Jose, Costa Rica on the 16 -17 July, 2019.
Generations of Girl Guides, Patrons turn out for soft launch in $800,000 Fundraiser to Complete Headquarters
Long before the US
Women’s Soccer team won its fourth World Cup title amidst cheers of
fans round the world, there were young girls across the globe headed for
success, many of them thanks to an international organization most
often known as the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.
In The Bahamas
where that organization is known as the “Bahamas Girl Guides
Association,” its supporters say it is helping thousands of young
females to grow up stronger with greater self-awareness, confidence and a
sense of responsibility to community.
MSC CRUISES INVESTS OVER USD 300 MILLION IN ECO-INTELLIGENT OCEAN CAY MSC MARINE RESERVE
With just under
four months to go until Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve welcomes its first
guests, a meeting was held in Nassau, between Bahamian government
officials and a delegation of senior MSC Cruises representatives. The
Honorable Prime Minister of The Bahamas, Dr. Hubert Alexander Minnis,
along with other Cabinet Ministers and government officials, and the
Executive Chairman of MSC Cruises, Pierfrancesco Vago, discussed the
final stages in the process to ready the island for its first cruise
guests in November 2019.
BEST Commission Holds Persistent Organic Pollutants Workshop
Commission in the Ministry of Environment and Housing and the National
Chemicals Coordinating Committee (NCCC) requested participation in a
National workshop on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), held at the
British Colonial Hilton July 18, 2019. The Workshop aims to inform
specific stakeholders in the public and private sector of the pending
changes which will impact the way chemicals and certain products are
imported into The Bahamas. The Bahamas is a member country of the
Stockholm Convention and under that convention we are required to
identify all imports and service providers which import POPs containing
products or utilize POPs in the services which they provide.
BAMSI Shines at Central Bank of the Bahamas’ Wellness Fair
Agriculture and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI) was thrilled to be one
of the participants in the Central Bank of The Bahamas’ Annual Wellness
Fair, held earlier this month, which reeled in excited staff and curious
members of the public who were happy to share in the bounty of fresh
produce brought by the Institute.
Along with a host
of information - pamphlets and flyers - available on the school and
explaining all of its academic programmes, BAMSI brought cases of
bananas, papayas, okra, butternut squash, sweet potato, honeydew melon,
GBPA Conchman Triathlon Makes donation to the Freeport Rugby & Football Club
The Freeport Rugby
Football Club (FRFC) was delighted and thankful for a recent donation
provided by the GBPA Conchman Committee of funding for new uniforms
(kits), training equipment, and tents for the new season starting in
September. Having just finished another successful Sir Jack Hayward
Soccer Camp the much-needed tents will provide shade for the eighty
children who attend their annual camp.
President of the FRFC, said “We are very grateful for the donation by
the Conchman Triathlon Committee and are thrilled to have new kits for
all our junior programs. We try to make all our programs as affordable
as possible and donations like this help; so many who want to be part of
a team and a great club.
At Lyford Cay
International School (LCIS) the International Baccalaureate (IB)
inquiry-based curriculum allows for students at all ages to undertake
in-depth exploration of concepts in a variety of different themes. At
the end of the school year, the Grade 3 students embarked on an inquiry
about simple machines and how they make lives easier. During this
investigation, the students realised that a wheelchair is a machine that
continues to make life easier for many, especially children with
disabilities. With this knowledge, they took action - they raised money
to purchase wheelchairs for the Bahamas Association for the Physically