#242NewsBahamas Newsletter Edition: January 16th 2020
#BEAHero Well intentioned and Well Executed
This week, our editorial team was deeply troubled by a #Tribune column
which unfortunately and incorrectly linked the #BeAHero campaign to the
government's recently introduced plastic ban. The column written by
Malcolm Strachan blasted the government's #JanBan as
a 'well-intentioned' but 'poorly executed' initiative and used a photo
of the Minister of the Environment Romi Ferreira standing in front of a
#BeAHero backdrop. The presentation of the article - particularly at
first glance - seems to link the two initiatives which are absolutely
separate. It further gives the impression that the #BeAHero campaign was
somehow a failure.
Here's why this is
an issue. While it's not difficult to see how the columnist made this
jump, the only actual element linking the two initiatives is the fact
that that they were both released under from the Ministry of the
Since it launched
in October of 2018 the #BeAHero campaign which targeted elementary
school students inspired scores of school-based projects which
encouraged young people to become environmentally conscious and to do
their part to protect their surroundings, through school cleanups,
agricultural projects, community cleanups, etc. Using social media, the
campaign organizers were able to track the work of participants and
share their progress with the world.
$1.5 billion in recovery funding and in-kind services pledged at Hurricane Dorian conference
NGOs, multilateral institutions, companies and individuals pledged $1.5
billion in recovery funding and in-kind services on Monday at the
Hurricane Dorian Private Sector Pledging Conference. More than 300 local
and international delegates attended the conference at Baha Mar.
pledging section of the conference occurred during the afternoon
session. It was chaired by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance
the Hon. Peter Turnquest.
pledges included initiatives in homebuilding and repair; educational
assistance; renewable energy partnerships; relief aid; grants; direct
assistance to storm victims; parks restoration; loans and financing.
pledges are an important step in the ongoing reconstruction and
rebuilding of areas affected by Hurricane Dorian, so that we may rebuild
stronger and with more resilience,” said Prime Minister the Most Hon.
Dr. Hubert Minnis.
“We are grateful to domestic and international partners, including foreign governments.
Minister Dames Lauds Contract Signing for Police Body and Dash Cams
National Security the Hon. Marvin Dames, said, on January 14, 2020,
that, as the worlds of law enforcement and technology continue to
integrate, the probability of capturing a critical incident on video
He added that was
why he was “extremely pleased” by the signing of the contract that day
between the Government of The Bahamas and AE Tactical, and its partner
Axon, for body and dash cams because, in doing so, the Royal Bahamas
Police Force not only improved its crime-fighting initiative by the
implementation of “cutting-edge” technology; but ,more so, because the
commitments being made that day spoke volumes about the seriousness and
veracity of the Government’s approach towards “the fight against crime,
safety of communities and enabling of police officers to perform their
duties in an optimal way”.
are an effective law enforcement tool that can reduce violent
confrontations and malicious complaints against officers,” Minister
Dames said, at the contract signing ceremony held at the Paul
Farquharson Centre, Police Headquaters. “Body-worn cameras provide
additional documentation of police-public encounters and will be an
important tool for collecting evidence and maintaining public trust.”
Dylan Wu claims 36-hole lead at The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay
After a 5-under
67 on Sunday led to a T2 position entering the second round, Dylan Wu
carded a front-nine 31 and an eventual 66 on Monday to open up a
seven-stroke lead on the field. At 11-under, Wu leads George Cunningham
and John Oda at 4-under and three players at 3-under. Play was suspended
due to darkness at 5:48 p.m. with five groups remaining on the course
at The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay.
front-nine 31 is the low nine of the tournament so far, his round almost
got off to a much different start. The 23-year-old credited a
grind-it-out par on the first hole to jump-starting his day.
“On No. 1, that
was a really good par,” said Wu. “It’s probably my least favorite tee
shot because I hit the ball left to right, and the wind is straight off
the left. In the practice round my first two tee shots were in the
water. Today I was in the rough and somehow hit it left into the hazard
on my second shot. I found it in the hazard, but I could only advance it
about 20 yards into a waste bunker. Then I had a 40-yard shot and I hit
it to nine feet and made the putt for par.”
University of the Ozarks, Arkansas, Professors Provide Workshops at BAMSI
Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI) is excited to
announce that as part of its expanding relationship with the University
of the Ozarks, three professors from the Arkansas-based school are
currently visiting the Bahamas to share their expertise through a
week-long series of workshops at BAMSI’s North Andros campus.
Turnquest, newly appointed Chairman of BAMSI, said the partnership
between the Institute and the University of the Ozarks is a reflection
of BAMSI’s commitment to providing the richest possible academic
experience for its students, alumni, faculty and staff. “The three
faculty workshops being put on are an incredible opportunity for our
Bahamian students to be exposed to a wealth of information. They will
have access to new research data and technologies, experience different
teaching methods, and gain greater insight into what it might feel like
to attend university abroad."
LENO hits the rim, sinks a two-point winner, supports two basketball teams
Basketball and Eagles Nest Basketball teams received an early New
Year’s present in the form of a $6,050 donation from Leno Group of
Companies, a leading financial, trust and real estate services provider.
Regulators Basketball Team was formed back in 1999 by Police Corporal
1361 Don Dorsette (aka “Coach Robo” on the court), who wanted to start a
boys club and use basketball as the magnet to teach lifelong skills and
offer tutoring to struggling young men.
was his way to give back and minister to young men in his community,
many of whom came from disadvantaged situations. Impressed with the
Regulator’s success on and off the court, Sterling Pratt, a basketball
veteran, teamed up with Dorsette to form Eagles Nest Basketball team in
Philcher Grant appointed Director of Group Corporate Affairs and Government Relations at Port Group, Limited
President of the
Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) and Port Group Limited
(PGL), Ian Rolle, today announced the appointment of Philcher Grant as
Director of Group Corporate Affairs and Government Relations at Port
“We are pleased to
announce the appointment of Philcher Grant to the Port Group Limited
team,” said Mr. Rolle. “This appointment comes as we continue to
strategically position the organization to execute our responsibilities
to residents in the most effective and efficient way. We remain focused
on our vision to improve the quality of life for everyone in Grand
Bahama, and to provide high performance service in areas of utility,
city management and business development.”
In her new
capacity, Ms. Grant is charged with leading engagement plans and
initiatives with key stakeholders, media and public relations, hurricane
preparedness, government relations and managing strategy process for
the Grand Bahama Utility Company. She joined the company on January 13,
Acting Chairman of
the GBPA, Sarah St. George, said, “Ms. Grant possesses the expertise
and diverse knowledge to complement and strengthen our team.
AML Foods Limited & Bahamas Feeding Network Continue to help those in need on Grand Bahama
than twenty-two nonprofit feeding centers and church outreach programs,
members of the Bahamas Feeding Network (BFN) on Grand Bahama, were the
recipients of some much-needed assistance through the Feed 5000 Families
campaign spearheaded by AML Foods Limited (AML) at the end of the year.
Representatives gathered at Solomon’s in Freeport to receive food
vouchers from AML Foods which were distributed by BFN Executive
Director, Phillip Smith, volunteers and staff of AML.
is the fourth consecutive year that AML Foods Limited partnered with
BFN on its ‘Feed the 5000’ initiative. “We wanted families to have a
great Christmas and not worry or stress about where their next meal will
come from,” shared Daneisha Clarke, an AML Foods Associate. “Especially
after the hurricane we felt that it was important to do the annual give
back because there are still so many in need.”
its membership in Grand Bahama of more than 22 organizations - which
include churches, soup kitchens, and other feeding organizations - BFN
made gift cards available to scores of deserving residents, just in time
for the Christmas holiday. Each of the gift cards, valued at $40
dollars, were redeemable at any AML Solomon’s and Cost Right locations.
Disaster Reconstruction Authority updates on housing post Hurricane Dorian
Government of The Bahamas is researching the best affordable, permanent
solution for homes for residents impacted by Hurricane Dorian, beyond
providing temporary housing.That, according to John Michael Clarke,
Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Disaster Reconstruction
of January 14, eleven (11) domes are being erected in Spring City,
Abaco and by January 23, 119 Domes will be on the island, according to
the contractor. This is, unfortunately a delay from earlier anticipated,
that, the strategy is to erect 40 domes in Spring City by the end of
January and commence with the construction of the other domes in
communities throughout the impacted areas in Abaco, as soon as the
residents for those structures have been identified.
Authority is currently working with the Department of Social Services,
the Ministry of Works, the Department of Housing and NEMA in finalizing
the process for applications for temporary housing as well as for home
are expected to be accessed online by the end of January, at Ministry
of Works in the Government Complex in Marsh Harbour, and at the Disaster
Reconstruction Authority office in Grand Bahama in the Star General