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#242NewsBahamas Newsletter Edition: August 29th, 2019

Keep Theatre LIVE
The Bahamas

Dear Readers,
Freeport, Grand Bahama may not have Atlantis, Baha Mar or the swimming pigs… but we do have the most beautiful theatre in the entire Bahamas. The Regency Theatre is the only purpose-built performing arts theatre in the entire country, outside of a hotel, and is run by the non-profit organization the Freeport Players Guild.
“Undoubtedly, the Regency Theatre has been a staple of the Grand Bahama community for over the past 40 years, “said former President, Liselle Harris-Russell. “Many persons have passed through the doors of this theatre and have gone on to become world-famous thespians, who continue to support and participate in the plays and productions staged here at home.”
PM Visits First Recipients of Government’s Free Education Programme at BTVI
By Lindsay Thompson
NASSAU, The Bahamas – As classes began on Monday, August 26, 2019 at Bahamas Technical & Vocational Institute, Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis visited the campus to find if students were taking full advantage of the government’s financial initiative for free tertiary education.
He was accompanied by the Hon. Jeffrey Lloyd, Minister of Education, and Lorraine Armbrister, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education. They were led on tour of the Old Trail Road campus by BTVI's President, Dr. Robert W. Robertson and other officials.
New E-Filing and Case Management at the Industrial Tribunal
New E-Filing and Case Management at the Industrial Tribunal
As The Bahamas expands digital transformation with recent implementation of E-Filing and Case Management at the Industrial Tribunal, Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, the Hon. Carl Bethel, and Permanent Secretary Cecilia Strachan paid a courtesy call on President of the Industrial Tribunal, Her Honour Indira Demeritte Francis, on August 19, 2019 for a viewing of the new e-filing portal.
The new system was implemented at the Industrial Tribunal on August 12, 2019. For the first time, litigants, advocates and legal representatives accessing The Bahamas Industrial Tribunal will be able to file their cases anytime, from anywhere, including the Family Islands.
MOTA Conducts Special Fly Out To Grand Bahama For FBO’s, Flying Ambassadors and Aviation Media
PLANTATION, Florida – August 22, 2019 – The Vertical Department team of The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (MOTA) recently led a group of forty persons comprising private pilots, flying ambassadors, fixed based operators (FB0) and aviation media professionals to Freeport, Grand Bahama, for a familiarization trip of the destination.
The group, made up of representatives from Florida Aero Club, Stuart Jet Center, ATA Flight School, Jetscape, Aerospace, Banyan Air Service, Atlantic Aviation and Women in Aviation, departed from the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, on August 15 and returned on August 18, 2019. Media representatives from Aviation International News and 121fiveonline flew commercially.
Bahamas Government Signs $250 Million Agreement to Re-develop Nassau Cruise Port
By Llonella Gilbert
Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis said the government is embarking on a “quarter of a billion dollar major project to redevelop what will become the iconic, world-renowned and new Nassau Cruise Port.”
The Prime Minister was speaking at the Heads of Agreement Signing between The Bahamas Government and Nassau Cruise Port Ltd. for the redevelopment of Nassau Cruise Port, August 28, 2019, at Festival Place.
CIBC FirstCaribbean placed a special group of young Bahamians on “ice” this The Future Use of Science in The Bahamas
Consolidated Water (Bahamas) Ltd. (CWCO) hailed CV Bethel high school for helping to mould the “future of science” in The Bahamas with their annual 12th grade Science Competition. The water company was a sponsor of this year’s event, which allows all senior high school students of CV Bethel to participate in mock BGCSE examinations for the sciences in preparation for the national examinations.
Among 200 of their peers in this year’s competition, Jacaria Knowles achieved the highest grade overall in Biology, while Jonathan King and Tyrese Farrington tied for the highest mark in Chemistry, and Tyrese also scored first place in Physics.
Cabinet and Public Sector Unions Have Frank and Open Dialogue on State of the Economy.
The Government reiterated its commitment to concluding negotiations over the outstanding industrial agreements with all public sector unions at a high-level meeting between the Cabinet and representatives of public sector unions and the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce on Saturday 24 August.
The important meeting paved the way for discussions to move forward with a factual understanding of the country’s economic outlook and the Government’s fiscal constraints, including the need to exercise spending restraint and reach sustainable economic growth targets.
Youngsters Learn about Blockchain Technology at Hackathon Conference

By: Kathryn Campbell
NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Young Bahamians ages seven to 17 from Abaco, Eleuthera, Grand Bahama and New Providence are spending the weekend engaged in sessions that are teaching them about cybersecurity, blockchain and the law, how to successfully raise capital and how to start a business in The Bahamas.

The first Youth Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence (AI) Hackathon and conference in The Bahamas officially opened at Windsor School, Frank Watson Highway, Friday, August 23, 2019.

Deltec Initiatives Foundation Establishes Family Island Scholarship at UB

The Deltec Initiative for Scholarship & Education has established a scholarship tenable at University of The Bahamas to provide academic financial assistance to young Bahamian students from the Family Islands who possess extraordinary scholastic talent and require financial assistance to enable them to pursue a tertiary education.

On Wednesday, 21st August 2019, Mrs. Tanya Carey, Chief Financial Officer of Deltec Bank & Trust Limited and Director of the Deltec Initiatives Foundation, announced the partnership during the signing of an MOU for the Deltec Initiatives Foundation Scholarship Award.

This week we WELCOME Dr. Ash as a bi-monthly contributor:
Dr. Ash, a native of West End, she studied at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine and earned a Degree in Medicine (MD) in 1991. Dr. Ash interned in Transitional Medicine at Howard University Hospital in Washington, DC; followed by an Ophthalmology Residency at Stanford University in Stanford, CA and completed her training at the University of Medicine and Dentistry, New Jersey. She is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. She is also a member of the Christian Ophthalmology Society, Vision Outreach International and the Grand Bahama Medical and Dental Association. Learn more Click Here

Back To School Eye Examinations
With Back-To-School time in full gear, parents are scrambling to get kids off to a great start for the new school year. As you tick off your long list of school to-dos, it’s important to remember that good vision and overall eye health are also vital to learning. Conveniently, August is designated as Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month. It’s time to make comprehensive eye exam appointments for your kids!

Keeping eyes healthy is important at any age, beginning with young children. Vision screenings and eye exams are critical to early detection of problems like amblyopia, the most common cause of visual impairment among young children, according to the National Eye Institute (NEI). Vision loss from amblyopia can be largely prevented, if detected and treated early.
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Information provided by the Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board, DonCar Management and The Bahamas Hotel & Tourism Association.

In preparation for the storm, businesses and residents are advised to review their readiness plans. To assist with your plans, you can access the below documents by clicking onto the link.

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New Providence
August 31st, 2019
  • The Visual Life of Social Affliction: A Small Axe Project 7pm - 10pm at the NAGB
  • Bahamas Bodybuilding Fitness Federation National Championships at Melia Resort 7pm

September 27, 2019
  • Optimist North American Championship at Bahamas National Sailing School 12pm - October 4 12pm
Grand Bahama
September 13th, 2019
  • Prostate Cancer Screening at Pearce Plaza 5pm-9pm

September 14th, 2019
  • Prostate Cancer Screening at Pearce Plaza 9am-5pm
  • Presidents Cocktail Party at Regency Theatre 7pm-10pm

October 4, 2019
  • Presidents Cocktail Party at Freeport Rugby Club
Family Islands
Sept 7th - 13th, 2019
  • Chef’s Table / Fly Fishing Event 6:00 pm at Blackfly Lodge
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