Thursday, August 1, 2019

You've Got To Know When To Fold Them & Other News - August 1st, 2019 Newsletter

Dear Readers,
This week in Bahamian history gave us the 2019 race for leadership within one of the country's oldest political organizations: The Progressive Liberal Party. If you're a follower of local politics then you may have realized that our system is often a revolving door of the same faces. Many of our political leaders have made full-time careers of it - representing certain communities for decades. One such individual is former Tall Pines MP, Leslie Miller. The 'potcake', as he's affectionately called, has been at the forefront of our political landscape for all of my adult life; serving on multiple boards and held different chairmanships. What he's most known for however, is his sharp tongue and quick temper, both of which have made for some pretty interesting news soundbites over the years.
Human Rights Bahamas Statement
Brutal Attack on a Human Rights Defender
It has come to the attention of Rights Bahamas that our chairperson for migrant rights, Mona Agenor, a Bahamian citizen and Human Rights Defender working with Human Rights Bahamas, was last night the victim of a vicious, brutal and illegal attack perpetrated by officers of the Royal Bahamas Police Force Central Detective unit and The Department of Immigration. In the dead of night, officers forced their way into her home and began beating Mona and her children - all Bahamian citizens and detaining then without lawful cause.

PM Launches Second Phase of BCB’s HD TV Platform at the Northern Service
Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis affirmed that Bahamian journalism should maintain the best practices of the profession and fulfill its indispensable function in a democratic society as he addressed the launch the second phase of the Broadcasting Corporation’s Hi Definition (HD) Television platform at the Northern Service, today.

With the achievement of full HD digital, Prime Minister Minnis said it is essential that the journalists at ZNS continue to improve their skill sets and knowledge base in Bahamian civics, history, and international current affairs, and provide accurate and timely news and information.
GB Tech Hub Committee Meets to Create Strong Framework
Minister of State for Grand Bahama in the Office of the Prime Minister, Senator the Hon. J. Kwasi Thompson declared the technological future is ‘now,’ as he addressed the recent Tech Hub Committee Meeting at British Colonial Hilton.

The committee was established to advise the government on creation of Grand Bahama as a Tech Hub.

During the meeting, the Minister informed the committee of current and future initiatives being taken to ensure Grand Bahama is established as the Tech Hub of the region.
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.
Work of BNT’s Discovery Club Praised at their Leaders Symposium
Minister of the Environment and Housing the Hon. Romauld Ferreira congratulated the Bahamas National Trust (BNT) and said that the future and the future of Bahamian children will depend on the society's ability to adapt and change, to change the mindset of people.

“The Bahamas National Trust has a long history of pioneering the innovative educational programmes for young people,” Minister Ferreira said during the BNT Discovery Club Leaders Symposium, held at SuperClubs Breezes, Cable Beach, July 29, 2019.
Blue Lagoon Island became the first Caribbean destination to invest in a WeatherSTEM weather station providing island-specific, real-time weather information area for the island’s management and guests.

Keeping close tabs on weather that will impact the private island tourist attraction situated a few miles northeast of New Providence is critical for keeping guests, staff and animals safe.

“Weather plays a major role in our day to day and even hour to hour operations,” explained Blue Lagoon Island President Robert Meister, adding “Our new WeatherSTEM system means we have access to not only the weather forecasts and alerts issued for Nassau and the northwestern Bahamas, but for our island and the area immediately surrounding it.”
Entrepreneur secures over $200,000 in investment funding through SBDC
The Access Accelerator, Small Business Development Center has assisted Cheryl’s Bahamas Taxi & Tours in accessing $230,000 in debt financing from the Royal Bank of Canada.

Cheryl Cambridge, owner of Cheryl’s Bahamas Taxi & Tours began her taxi business in Grand Bahama in the early '80s. According to Cambridge, it all started with a nice clean car.
Bahamas Fully Represented at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Show The Largest Aviation Event in the World For General Aviators

The aviation team of the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (MOTA) is out in full force at the 2019 Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture Oshkosh Show, taking place July 21-28, 2019 in Wisconsin. The team led by Captain Greg Rolle, Senior Director, Sports and Vertical Markets, MOTA and Frederick Donathan, Aviation Consultant, MOTA is comprised of representatives from MOTA, Royal Bahamas Police Force (aviation arm) and Bahamas Customs Department.

Now in its 50th year, the EAA AirVenture Show is the largest general aviation show in the world, and each year attracts in excess of 500,000 pilots, aviation enthusiasts and media and industry professionals from around the world, as well as over 10,000 airplanes ranging from home-builts to war birds.

Sterling Hurricane Hole Phase 1 retail and office 100% leased as Commonwealth Brewery and 700 Wines & Spirits announce flagship store

Less than three weeks after concrete trucks moved in for the first pour, Sterling Hurricane Hole announced today that Phase 1 of Sterling Commons is fully leased with Commonwealth Brewery’s retail division, 700 Wines & Spirits, contracting to create a flagship store and pushing leasing for Phase 2 ahead of schedule.

Sterling Commons, along with the iconic marina that will double in size, are being called the centrepieces of Hurricane Hole’s $350 Million redevelopment on Paradise Island.

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August 1st, 2019
  • “Material Beauty” by Alistair Stevenson 6:00pm - 9:00pm at Doongalik Studios & Art Gallery
August 7th, 2019
  • Women’s Wednesdays: Women in the Arts 6:00pm – 7:00 pm at the NAGB
August 22nd, 2019
  • The Visual Life of Social Affliction: A Small Axe Project 7:00pm - 10:00pm at the NAGB
Grand Bahama
August 2nd, 2019
  • UNEXSO Trunk Show 7:00pm at UNEXSO
August 3rd, 2019
  • Junkanoo Summer Festival 6:00pm - 12:00am at Taino Beach
August 12th, 2019
  • Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce Mix & Mingle 5:30pm -7:00pm
August 17th, 2019
  • 49th Annual Bernie Butler Swim Race 10:00am - 7:00pm at Coral Beach
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August 2nd - 5th, 2019
  • Rolleville Homecoming Festival Regatta in Exuma
Sept 7th - 13th, 2019
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