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#242NewsBahamas Newsletter Edition: November 22nd, 2019

When Do you Say I’m Good, thanks!

It’s been said that weddings, funerals, and natural disasters bring out the best and the worst in people. Well having recently lived through Hurricane Dorian, it would appear that some among us are working overtime to prove the worst of this saying is true.

You would think that during a time like this, everybody would collaborate and, keyword: share. Unfortunately, this surely isn’t the case. Relief has been flowing through the islands of Grand Bahama and Abaco for two months now. Everyone has gotten their fair share of supplies needed, food, water, toiletries etc. You would expect nothing but satisfaction and gratitude but unfortunately you see the opposite. Relief hoarding has become the new thing. People who have time on their hands take it upon themselves to drive around to local churches, wait in line, and stock up on unneeded supplies, knowing there are people in that line that are in much more difficult situations than them. 
Fundraiser for the hurricane devastated Lucayan National Park and Rand Nature Centre
Bolstered by encouragement from the Grand Bahama community and stories of what Festival Noël means to the island as the event heralding the Christmas Season for the past 24 years, the Festival Noël Committee has decided to move forward with plans for the event. Not just to help with raising funds to restore the damages to Lucayan National Park and Rand Nature Centre, but to help with raising the spirits of many this Christmas Season and to provide a platform for our Grand Bahamian chefs, artists and artisans to tell their visual stories and gain support for their livelihoods.

The 25th annual Festival Noël will be held Friday, December 6th 2019, 7pm – 11pm at the Rand Nature Centre, Cathedral Boulevard, Grand Bahama under the theme “Silver Bells”. Festival Noël is the Bahamas National Trust’s signature and main fundraising event for Grand Bahama’s National Parks and ALL funds raised from ticket sales will go towards the restoration of the hurricane devastated Lucayan National Park and Rand Nature Centre.

Grand Bahama is invited to celebrate the opening of the festive season with an evening of wine tasting of over 25 special selections from Bristol Wines and Spirits, fine art from local artists utilizing various mediums, live entertainment and a culinary showcase.

GB Small Businesses Receive Grants
A number of businesses were recipients of grants from the Small Business Development Centre and the Office of the Prime Minister on Friday, at the Office of the Prime Minister, Grand Bahama.
The businesses were either existing, looking to expand, or start-up and would be located anywhere from East Grand Bahama, to Freeport, to West Grand Bahama.

The recipients were: Sunny Side Food Truck, owned by Jaimmee Gaskins, specializing in baked goods; EJ’s Café in McLean’s Town; Peaches and Cream Boutique, owned by Sally Forbes, a clothing boutique; Junkanoo Shoe Company, owned by Tamika Knowles, a local shoe manufacturer; Bahamas Disposal Waste Treatment and Supplies, owned by Mervin Dean, specializing in hazardous water removal; Yellow Tail BioFuel, owned by Phillip Kemp specializing in renewable fuel sources; Utopia Nature Gardens, owned by Chaka Woodside, featuring organic produce; Voluptuous Beauties, owned by Beneta Pinder, a women’s clothing and accessory store; New Era Productions, owned by Quninton Gordon, a multimedia production firm; New Horizon Travel, owned by Hortense Russell, a travel agency; and Lost At Sea Jewelry, owned by Sherrill Bethel, specializing in sea glass jewelry.
The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and aviation join forces with Vip hotel and tour operator Delegation for largest media blitz in BTO Canada History
Efforts to strengthen relationship between Bahamas and Canada expected to yield positive results with media blitz in Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto Vancouver, Canada
( November 18th, 2019)-

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation delegates lead by Minister of Tourism, the Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar, as well as numerous industry partners took media outlets and tour operators in Canada on a whirlwind tour of the Islands of the Bahamas, solidifying the messaging of the Bahamas being a viable destination for the Canadian tourists, despite the impact of Hurricane Dorian. “Following Hurricane Dorian, we felt that it was absolutely critical to come and let the Canadian market know that we are open for business and to introduce The Bahamas to new aspects of the Canadian market,” remarked Bahamas Ministry of Tourism Director General, Joy Jibrilu, “as far west as Vancouver, there is huge potential to market the country.”

#BeAHero Campaign Partners with Royal Caribbean to Fund Islandwide Community Beautification Programs
According to recent studies, more than 800 million people around the globe are impacted by rising global temperatures. From droughts, floods, and heatwaves to devastating hurricanes brought on by warming oceans, planet earth is in dire straits. With more attention than ever on the environment, the Bahamas Ministry of Environment and Housing today announced a nationwide competition to drive environmental stewardship through community beautification.

The campaign, taking the popular Be A Hero from the classroom room to community associations, is being conducted in partnership with Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. which is providing the $10,000 prize money for the best sustainable beautification project undertaken by a non-profit civic organization or association.

“We are very proud to unveil the second phase of our Be A Hero community improvement initiative, challenging clubs, associations and organizations to take on a project that is sustainable and beautifies a community of their choosing in one of three ways,” said Minister of Environment and Housing Romauld ‘Romi’ Ferreira. “The first category is beautification so a community association may take on creation of murals, or clean up and ‘green up’ a park or open space, perhaps planting and beautifying the area, inclusive of a maintenance plan.

Press Statement Announcing The 4th Annual Best Of The Best Regatta
Hon. Micheal c. Pintard
Ladies and gentlemen, good morning. Please allow me to thank you for joining us this morning for the official announcement of this, the fourth annual Best of the Best Regatta.
The sport of sloop sailing has been a part of the Bahamian national identity for more than 80 years, first starting as challenge among boats bringing their wares to New Providence. A little organization, no doubt a result of the presence of the women connected to the old sailors, and the concept of the Bahamian regatta was born.

The 2019 Best of the Best Regatta seeks to continue the evolution of the sport in how it is presented to the public. There is no secret that one of the main goals of this ministry is to secure the designation of sailing as our national sport. Like Junkanoo and peas and rice and fried fish, sloop sailing is intrinsically Bahamian.
The movement of people, commerce, news and gossip happened because of the back and forth of these boats in the old days. Now, it’s the competitive juices that drive the competition in our various regattas, with settlements and islands seeking the bragging rights that come with winning a major regatta.

Government to Industrialize Cascarilla Production
The government has embarked on a joint venture to continue its objective of industrializing cascarilla production. In a collaborative effort, which includes experts of the Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources, Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC), Department of Forestry, Department of Cooperative Development, the Bahamas Agricultural and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI), BEST Commission, Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture, the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI), there will be a week-long trip into Acklins Island to implement the cascarilla industrialization project.

A team of various stakeholders will be traveling to Acklins 23rd-30th November to begin the process. The purpose of the trip will include the preparation of a pilot scale extraction facility for potential commercial production; establishment of a nursery for the cascarilla plantation; and training of the new Acklins Island Cooperative Board. The announcement was made during a press conference held November 15, 2019.

East Grand Bahama: Restoring an Island within an Island
by Bruce Hicks

When you first visit Grand Bahama, there are a couple things that stand out as you travel around the island. The first thing you notice are the people of Grand Bahama. Given the islands “British Commonwealth” history, there is an interesting blend of legacy British cultural heritage coupled with an easy going “Caribbean Island” flavor that proves to be a very unique and attractive cultural combination. The British flavor brings a “formality” to daily living as the children still wear uniforms to school and no one hardly dares to speak to one another without opening up with “Good Morning” or “Good Afternoon”. As a visitor, you will also notice that the majority of the island is populated mostly with people of color; however, everyone is made to feel right at home no matter your ethnic background. Very refreshing, especially for visitors from the US where race seems to be a focal point all too often.

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